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  • Happy New Year 2015

     

    Construction for New Guidance Wing in December 2014

    Construction of New Guidance Wing in December 2014

    Happy New Year 2015! Welcome back to a new semester at Scecina Memorial High School. We hope everyone had a joyous Christmas break filled with family, friends and faith.

    The New Year is a time for fresh starts and renewal, and we have much to look forward to at Scecina.

    We welcome and say hello to three new staff members: teachers Mr. Jeff Getty, Social Studies, and Mrs. Stephanie Schulenborg, Spanish I, and also Mrs. Beth Murphy, our director of marketing communications. Please join me in welcoming them warmly into the Crusader Community.

    Thanks to the hard work of Scecina’s students, teachers, staff, alumni, parents and board of directors, we had many successes in 2014 that we can build upon throughout 2015:

    • We earned an “A” rating for academic achievement from the Indiana State Board of Education.
    • We strengthened our guidance staff and started construction on a guidance center.
    • We hired a master teacher to enhance the faculty’s professional development.
    • We reached our highest enrollment level in a decade.

    We celebrate these and many more achievements, as we also prepare for the future through our Strategic Growth Plan.

    Thank you for your past support to Scecina and your commitment to our growth in the future. May God’s grace bless you and your loved ones throughout this year and always.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President


  • Strategic Growth Plan Update December 2014

    December 10, 2014

    Dear Scecina Community,

    Scecina Strong: We are a vibrant community of more than 7,500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends involved in a transformative Catholic mission, operating a GREAT Catholic high school on the Eastside of Indianapolis. As an important community member, you have helped us be the school that we have become. Grateful to you, I want to update you twice a year on the progress we are making as we implement our Strategic Growth Plan.

    We named the planning process, “Uniting People. Faith. Vision.” We sought to Unite the People of our community, based on the Faith of our Church, to develop a Vision for the future. Unity is still what we seek. Unity brings strength to do what needs to be done to advance the mission of the school.

    Through your involvement and support, we are making things happen. The progress report summarizes many advancements that we have made as a community since November 2013, which marks the month when the Archdiocese of Indianapolis approved the plan.

    Because we grow and improve as a school together, I would like your feedback. After reviewing the progress report, please complete the confidential survey. Again, thank you very much for your time and support. Please continue to be involved!

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President

    P.S. After reviewing the progress report, we would like to receive your feedback. Please complete this confidential survey.


     
  • 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



     

  • High Expectations, High Support

    Recently I received the fantastic news that Crusader baseball coach and 1968 alum, Dave Gandolph, was named Regional Coach of The Year. The award is impressive and well-deserved. How it was earned is impressive as well.

    The Crusader baseball program excelled this year, in large part, because Coach Gandolph created a team culture of high expectations and high support. “Expect to Win” was the team’s motto. They did just that—and often! Yes, it’s amazing what setting expectations can do. But at Scecina Memorial, high expectations are not reserved just for our athletic programs.college visit

    One of our Strategic Growth Plan goals is to create a culture of high expectations and high support at Scecina Memorial High School across all areas. Therefore, last school year, a group of faculty, parents, and volunteers, chaired by Principal John Hegarty, evaluated the strengths and limitations in our school day schedule.

    The committee reviewed factors such as the start and end times of the school day;the length and number of class periods;tutoring opportunities;and students' availability for college planning, academic advising, and other counseling topics. Following this assessment, the group recommended potential adjustments that would foster high expectations and high support for our students.

    The results of this process have produced a new Daily Schedule that will greatly benefit our students in many ways. We have added a Resource Period to our school day that will allow students to:

    • Meet individually with an academic advisor on a quarterly basis (without conflicting with in-class time) to develop and review a personalized Student Success Plan.
    • Attend tutoring sessions with a faculty member for extra instruction, practice, and/or test preparation.
    • Meet with college representatives when they visit our campus.
    • Discuss college admission and scholarship opportunities with our College Counselor.
    • Complete homework during the school day.

    This enhanced Daily Schedule will foster high expectations and support for our students; and, just as it was with our baseball program, success and recognition are sure to follow. Thank you to our staff members and volunteers who generously shared their time and viewpoints to help make this enhancement a homerun! (I couldn’t resist.)

    In Catholic Education,

    Joe Therber



     

  • Growing According to Plan

    When it comes to thinking about the future, I have always liked this quotation from Lewis Carroll: “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

    Fortunately, at SMHS we have a plan to guide our future. The plan was developed over several months through a process that involved over 250 individuals from the school and greater Scecina Memorial community. Our Board of Directors and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis administration approved it in November 2013. We call it the Strategic Growth Plan.
     

    Workers install "Cat6a" cable for faster data transmission.

    Today, I would like to highlight one Strategic Growth Plan area, in particular, in which we have made significant progress: Technology. For example, right now, we are wrapping Scecina in 33,000 linear feet of category 6a cable for data transmission. This improvement is analogous to transforming a bumpy country road into a modern freeway--the new US 31 freeway that bypasses Kokomo comes to mind. Traffic moves faster and smoother. Similarly, at SMHS data is going to move much faster and smoother.

    When our students return to SMHS for the first day of classes on Monday, August 11, we will have accomplished the following in Technology:

    • Completed significant technology infrastructure upgrades throughout the school building,
    • Purchased and deployed 70 new computers for faculty and staff in anticipation of a 1:1 student computing environment,
    • Purchased and installed flat screen panel displays in several classrooms with more planned,
    • Updated our management information system for reporting and supporting technology requests, and
    • Begun professional development for staff on the use of new devices and software.

    Many people have been instrumental in ushering in this new era of integrating technology into teaching, learning, and other school processes.I would like to thank everyone, and in particular our Technology Committee, for supporting these technology improvements. I am confident that their work will advance our effectiveness in service to our students and community.

    During the first year of implementation, Scecina Memorial staff and volunteer Implementation Teams have succeeded in meeting a number of objectives across all Strategic Growth Plan areas. I invite you to learn of these achievements over the coming months by reading my blog. Each month, I will highlight two implementation areas of the Strategic Growth Plan, including updates on our Facility Master Plan.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to Scecina Memorial High School. Through your generosity and support, our school will continue to grow and flourish as a ministry of the Catholic Church on the east side of Indianapolis.

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President