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  • Commitment to All Students’ Success

    Greetings!

    I want to thank you for supporting and praying for Scecina Memorial High School through the years.

    As a community of faith, we enter this new year recommitted to our mission, which is to motivate our diverse and gifted students “to attain educational excellence, be lifelong learners and live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.”

    We take seriously our responsibility to recruit a diverse student body, to provide healthy opportunities for them and to give them individual attention so that they feel accepted and connected.

    Our enrollment progress over the past five years shows we are succeeding in meeting those goals. As you can see from the graph (above), each year our freshman class has increased in size. We also are increasing our retention of these students throughout their high school years. As a result, total enrollment numbers are growing as families experience the value that we provide in preparing students for life.

    This growth is moving us toward the target enrollment of 475 students by 2020, a goal recently approved by our Board of Directors. To attain this goal while preparing students for life, we will enhance our individual student success planning, faculty support and development opportunities, and the attractiveness of our campus. Please look for more updates on our Facility Master Plan to unfold this year.

    To establish the 475 student target, our Enrollment Management and Marketing Committee consulted with stakeholders including our teachers and local school principals and pastors. The committee and administration analyzed community data and prioritized the importance of welcoming and retaining students who want to live the values for which our school stands.

    While reaching this goal will require vision and work, together we can do it. Together, we should do it.

    Thank you, our alumni and friends, for helping us reach the milestones that fulfill our Catholic mission rooted in the Gospel and the influence of Father Scecina. Your prayers, volunteer work and financial investments help us provide the rigorous academic programs and student support systems to help us live one of our “10 Great Things”: A commitment to all students’ success.

    God has blessed us with many generous people willing to give back to Scecina Memorial High School and we can’t thank you enough. Here’s to a prosperous 2015 that touches each and every one of our students in positive and lasting ways.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President


  • Enrollment at Highest Level in a Decade

     

    In the 1950’s, Scecina Memorial was one of only a few Catholic high schools for Indianapolis families. Upon our school’s opening in 1953, Catholic families responded enthusiastically to the opportunities Scecina offered their children to grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Enrollment soared, stressing the physical capacity of the school, and very soon it became necessary to build additional high schools.

    Today, best practices in education--as well as fire codes--will not allow for our building to accommodate the enrollment of those early years. (A 1:45 student-to-teacher ratio was a bit much!) But we have room to grow, and guided by our Strategic Growth Plan and in accordance with our mission, vision, and values, we have begun to intentionally increase our enrollment.

    Scecina Memorial High School began the 2014-2015 school year with a freshman class of 128 students and a total school enrollment of 430 students. This is the highest enrollment we have seen in the last decade!

    Students and staff pack the home stands for the school year's first All-School Mass.

    While this recent growth is cause enough for excitement, I am optimistic about the future as well. We are making a number of improvements that will strengthen our school and increase our enrollment further. Our vision is to be the school of choice for students and families seeking unique moments to learn, grow, and go forth to transform the world inspired by the light of Christ. This year we are undertaking new initiatives that will advance our efforts to achieve this vision.

    2014-15 Initiatives:

    • A new Master Teacher position. This role is responsible for integrating and sustaining daily professional development of SMHS faculty.
    • An expanded Guidance Department. A full-time career counselor for students will complement the efforts of the College Counselor and other members of the guidance staff.
    • An expanded Biomedical Science Program. A new course titled “Human Body Systems” is the second course in a nationally recognized Project Lead the Way curriculum.
    • Additional dual credit courses.  Courses in Biomedical Sciences, Computer Programming, Accounting, and Marketing are the product of partnerships with several colleges and universities.
    • A continued partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s ECHO program. This provides additional staff resources to foster a strong Catholic culture at SMHS.

    These initiatives will continue to fuel our recent enrollment growth and, more importantly, provide our families with the very best in Catholic education. In the months ahead, I will share additional initiatives designed to advance our school in a number of areas. I look forward to the opportunity!

    Over the past 60 years, the landscape of Catholic education in Indianapolis has changed in many ways. And while the days of 45 students per classroom are over, we remain committed to motivating our diverse and gifted community of students to attain educational excellence, be lifelong learners, and live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.

    Thank you for your continued support of Scecina Memorial High School.

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President



     

  • New Year, Enrollment Up

    Dear Scecina Memorial Community,

    The new school year of forming, informing, and transforming our students is fully in session. God has graced us once again with many blessings!

    Enrollment is 406 students, representing a 25% increase since 2009 and our highest figure in 12 years. We welcomed a freshmen class of 123 students, marking the second consecutive year that freshmen enrollment exceeded 100 students.

    Our freshmen, transfer, and returning students will be the first Crusaders to benefit from our new Strategic Growth Plan. Implementation priorities will focus on enhancing our Catholic Culture, Post-Secondary Preparation, Technology, Facilities, Enrollment Management, Finance, and Development.

    The Archdiocese of Indianapolis administration, many of whom participated in the planning process, is reviewing the plan that our Board of Directors submitted in June for formal approval. After receiving the archdiocesan response, we will inform our community and begin implementation.

    New or expanded academic offerings this year include the start of a new four-year biomedical sciences curriculum; new fine arts classes; additional science and math courses to meet enrollment growth and state requirements; and a life preparation class for freshmen. In addition, students in Yearbook and Television Production classes will assist with social media and website development.

    During the summer, we completed $350,000 in capital improvements to our school building. These improvements included new lighting and/or painting in 22 classrooms; a complete renovation of our girls locker room; new light and ceilings in our Journalism Lab and Physics/Anatomy classroom; and structural improvements in the gymnasium. During the last eight years, we have invested more than $3 million in educational and infrastructural enhancements for our students.

    Our alumni and friends once again invested in our mission in significant ways last year, and students' families were extremely faithful in fulfilling their tuition plans. I am pleased to report that income again exceeded expenses. In addition, we deposited funds into our reserve accountso that we can continue to deliver relevant programs and plan for future opportunities.

    Thank you all for your prayers and support. A unique and enduring hallmark of Scecina Memorial High School is the generosity of our alumni and friends. Please keep us in your prayers, knowing that we will do the same for you.

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President