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  • It's All About Relationships

     
    President Joe Therber

    Catholic Christians begin prayer by saying, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” These words identify the person praying as a Catholic. Those simple words remind Catholics of the Blessed Trinity and to do everything in the name of the Lord. The Trinity is a gift and the model for all relationships. It is a model that emphasizes love and unity. Read More...

     

     

     

  • Sr. Lavonne Long Asks For Your Prayers



    Dear Scecina Memorial Community,

    Recently, Sister Lavonne Long, O. S. F., called me and then sent a letter from her heart and from her room in the Motherhouse in Oldenburg. She asked if I would share her letter with our Scecina community; the answer was unhesitatingly “yes.” As a tireless advocate, cheerleader, counselor, and friend, Sister Lavonne will always be a gift to Scecina Memorial High School. Click on this link to see a copy of her signed letter. Thank you for reading it.

    President Joe Therber

     

  • Fall Senior Night 2014



    Neither wind, nor rain, nor dark of night could keep the Crusader Community from celebrating its senior athletes and pep band members on Friday, October 3, 2014. Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, 45 senior athletes and band members, along with their friends and family, gathered at Arsenal Technical High School to celebrate the accomplishments of members from the class of 2015.. ...Read More


     

  • Class of 2018 Sets New Record

    When you walk through the halls of Scecina Memorial High School, you might start seeing double.  The Class of 2018 has not one, not two, but five sets of twins! ...Read More

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Scecina Pipe and Drum Corps goes to Dublin (Ohio)

     

    On a rainy, overcast weekend typical of Ireland, three musicians from Scecina’s Pipe and Drum Corps journeyed to Dublin, Ohio with their families to participate in the world’s largest Irish Heritage Festival. Included in the group were founding members Joseph (2015) and Eamon (2016) Hegarty and the corps newest bass player AJ Gallagher (2018). The boys spent two days at the festival learning about their Celtic heritage, experiencing demonstrations in artisanal woodworking, basket weaving...Read More

     

     

  • Mourning Our Loss


     
    President Joe Therber

    At the close of the school Mass on Wednesday, we sang "Blessed Are They". The lyrics are taken from the Beatitudes, which are at the heart of Jesus' preaching and are found in Matthew 5:3-12. In light of recent events, I couldn’t help reflecting on the second beatitude:

    Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

    The past two weeks have been a difficult time for our school community...Read More

     

  • Coach Hurrle '70 Named Power of Influence Award Winner


     

  • The Future Starts Today


    “The Future Starts Today, Not Tomorrow.”-Pope John Paul IIWith these words in mind, the Scecina Athletic Department welcomed over 60 CYO football players and cheerleaders from our East Deanery partner schools to the 2014 football home-opener against conference rival Speedway High School. Proudly sporting their team uniforms, the boys and girls filled the stadium at Manual High School...Read More.

     

  • Scecina Mourns the Loss of Brian Hawkins


    Today, Scecina Memorial High School mourns the death of a valued and committed member of our staff and community, Mr. Brian Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins began serving as a full-time teacher and coach at Scecina Memorial High School in 1995...Read More.

     

  • 2014 Scecina Service Day


    Scecina Memorial's annual Service Day was held on Monday, September 15th. Members of the freshmen and sophomore classes spent their day in service to 16 sites around the community. The day began with a brief prayer service, and then the students were split into their service site groups to meet each other and begin the day’s activities...Read More.

     

     

     

     

  • Enrollment at Highest Level in a Decade


     
    President Joe Therber

    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!

    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...Read More



  • Being a Co-Worker in God's Kingdom


    What makes a good co-worker? Most people answer this question with a simple answer: communication. But at our 2014 Staff Retreat, Campus Ministry coordinators Angie Pometto and Margaret Zeh Fulford led the Scecina Memorial staff in considering a deeper question. What does it mean to be a good co-worker in God’s Kingdom and at Scecina Memorial High School? ...Read More

  • High Expectations, High Support


     
     President Joe Therber

    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.

    But at Scecina Memorial, high expectations are not reserved just for our athletic programs...Read More.

     

  • Crusaders Attend Hoosier State


    3 crusaders attend hoosier boys/girls state

    American Legion’s Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State are selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. Three students from Scecina Memorial were selected to participate in the 2014 sessions of Hoosier Boys State and Hoosier Girls State. ...Read More

     

     

     

  • Expect to Win


    The 2014 Crusader Baseball team entered every game inspired by their motto: “expect to win.” The result? The senior-laden team chalked up 17 wins to only 8 losses, including an exciting extra-inning victory over Cathedral High School. Several players were honored for their performance, and the Crusader Athletic Department recently learned that Head Coach Dave Gandolph ’68 received an impressive honor as well...Read More

  • Scecina Selects Microsoft’s Office 365 for Education Platform

    Office 365 for Education is providing faculty, staff, and eventually students at SMHS with cloud-based versions of MS Office products, email, file storage, and web conferencing.
    SMHS President Joe Therber said “Technology is part of our Strategic Growth Plan. It is a necessary part of our overall efforts to provide our students with an outstanding education that prepares them to succeed in the 21st Century.” ...Read More

  • Robotics Club Continues to Grow

    There are so many different groups for students to get involved in at Scecina Memorial High School. One of the most unique and challenging groups to join is the Robotics Club. The students who participate in the Robotics Club are faced with the task of creating their own robots; they learn how to program and code in order to get their robots ready to compete...Read More

     

     

     

  • Coach Padgett '01 Reflects On All-Star Experience


    The Indiana Football Coaches Association hosts an annual all-star game each summer to recognize the top players and coaches in Indiana. This year, Coach Kyle Padgett '01 was selected to serve as an assistant coach for the South Team.  The players and coaches spend a week together preparing for the game, and for many it is this experience that is the highlight of the week. We asked Coach Padgett to give us glimpse...Read More

     

     

     

     

  • Growing According to Plan


     
     President Joe Therber

    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. We call it the Strategic Growth Plan.Today, I would like to highlight one Strategic Growth Plan area, in particular, in which we have made significant progress: Technology...Read More.

  • New V.P. to Begin New Era in Tech

     
     David Dellacca

    Over the past two years, the Scecina Memorial Technology Committee and many other people have been instrumental in laying the foundation for a new technology era at our school. Today, this era has begun in earnest with President Joe Therber’s announcement that Mr. David Dellacca has been hired to serve as the school’s first Vice President of Technology...Read More

     

     

  • Siblings Stand Out On National French Exam



     Sabrina Georges '15

    This past spring, several students participated in Le Grand Concours, or the National French Contest. Two Crusaders finished in the top ten at both the State and National levels!...Read More

     

     

     

  • I Wanna Rock!

    During World War II, Father Thomas Scecina was among the many POWs who lost his life on a Japanese Imperial ship. Today, students at Scecina Memorial remember the bravery of Father Scecina in many ways; one way is by naming the school’s rock band after the ship he died on...Read More

     

  • 2014 Commencement Reflection

     

     Olivia Page '14

    Graduation, we actually made it this far. For some it was a relief to finally be done with projects, classes, and school in general. However, there is always a little fear for the uncertain future. What will college be like? Will I stay friends with my Scecina classmates? What should I be when I grow up? ...Read More

     

     

  • 2014 Baccalaureate Reflection

     
     Sarah Elam '14

    It seems fitting that one of the Class of 2014’s last moments as a senior class was spent celebrating Mass together in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Processing into Mass, it felt like the beginning of the end for our time together, but everyone made sure to be all smiles and no tears...Read More

     

     

  • Softball | Fruity Thursday

  • Looking Forward | Improvements and Expansions

     

     Joe Therber, President

    We understand that one of the unique features of a Scecina Memorial education is a personalized, Catholic Christian school environment. This environment fosters acceptance, compassion, and respect for the diversity that is among us.

    Listening to the members of our school community and addressing their needs is an important part of this personalized approach to education. Therefore, I am pleased to announce the following improvements and expansions that you can expect for the 2014-2015 school year ... Read More

  • Super Academics!

    The Academic Super Bowl Team is a great example of students working together to achieve academic success. These students, and the teachers who coach them, put in countless hours reviewing and studying materials in order to prepare themselves for interscholastic competitions. Members of the 2014 Academic Superbowl Team are...Read More

     

     

     

  • The Class of 2014

    To the Class of 2014, you have attained great heights and measurable results in academics, athletics, service, and the arts.Your grades, prayers, scholarships, awards, championships, acts of kindness, worship, service, conduct, and attendance throughout high school—these are now facts in the history book of Scecina Memorial High School. At the same time, so much of a Catholic education is not measurable...Read More

     

     

     

  • Scholar Athlete Awards | Guest Speaker, Jack Doyle

    The month of May is an exciting time for our Scecina Memorial High School families. There are a number of events that celebrate the successes of our students and that affirm the school community’s role in making these successes possible. This week, I would like to share my remarks from two such events...Read More

     

     

     

  • Celebrating Our Latin Scholars

    Every year, a handful of Scecina Memorial Latin students join over 140,000 others from across our nation in taking the National Latin Exam. The exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a timed, 40-question, multiple-choice test offered to students on seven levels. This year, five Crusaders took the 2014 National Latin Exam and...Read More.

     

  • Underclass Retreats Return!

    “All of it,” writes a freshmen student in response to the question “What was your favorite part about retreat?” Another student wrote that the retreat helped him feel closer to God and to his classmates.This past April saw the return of underclass retreats to Scecina Memorial High School. The program was reinstated as a result of the fruits from the Strategic Growth Plan’s focus on the Catholic Identity...Read More.

     

  • Three Seniors Help Team Peyton

    On April 25, three Scecina Memorial seniors had an opportunity to give back to the community and meet one of their football heroes at the same time. Nolan Ayres ‘14, Gary Fisher ‘14, and Jordan Brown ’14 volunteered with St. Vincent’s Sports Medicine to help run the Team Peyton All Stars...Read More.

     

     

  • Sprechen Sie Baseball? | Senior to Play in Germany


    Aaron Leming ‘14 was selected to represent the United States in a series of international baseball games versus teams from Germany and The Netherlands this summer. He will spend two weeks in Germany and Holland playing baseball and...Read More.

     

  • Affirming Academic Excellence

    On April 28, at our President’s Academic Excellence Awards, Scecina Memorial recognized 62 outstanding young people for their academic performance during the 2013-2014 school year. These students, in-turn, honored the individuals whom they believed to be influential in their success. My remarks from that evening follow...Read More


     

     

  • Rogers '14 Earns Athlete of The Week

  • Father Paul Koetter Honored by NCEA

    Talk about an experience I will never forget! I was in Pittsburgh this week for the National Catholic Education Association Convention, a gathering of thousands of workers in the vineyard—bishops, priests, central office personnel, school administrators, teachers, catechists, and volunteers. On Tuesday night, I attended an awards program as “one of our own” received a Distinguished Pastor Award...Read More

     

     

     

  • Boys Volleyball Begins New Tradition

    Any fan of Crusader Athletics knows that the Lady Crusader volleyball program has enjoyed a great amount of success over the past twenty years. Longtime teacher and coach, Brian Hawkins, has built a successful volleyball program that produces quality players year after year. But what the Crusader Community may not realize...Read More

     

  • Our Shared Vision

    Who do you want to become? What legacy do you want to leave for the world?These are questions of vision.

    The theme of our Strategic Growth Planning process was Uniting People. Faith. Vision. We are about uniting the people of our community around the Faith of our Church to build a shared vision for our future. Along with Scecina Memorial's mission and core values-which I touched on in previous posts-our new Strategic Growth Plan provides an updated vision for our school...Read More

     

  • Crusaders For Life | Alive and Active

    The Catholic social teaching of Right to Life promotes compassion and concern for all human beings from the time of conception to a natural death; aiming to protect those who are innocent and vulnerable within society. Crusaders for Life is a club at Scecina Memorial with the goal of...Read More

     

     

  • Clubs Teach Students Life Skills

    Co-curricular clubs and activities are an important aspect of Student Life at Scecina Memorial High School. The school currently has 20 clubs that students can join, with more planned for the coming year...Read More

     

     

     

  • Jim Gavaghan Honored With Neidlinger Award

     


    On February 22, 2014 Jim Gavaghan was honored for his commitment  and service to Scecina Memorial athletics by being awarded the Larry Neidlinger "We Care" Award...Read More

     

     

     

     

     
  • Celebrating Our Core Values

    Who is a person whose approach to life is so compelling that you want to learn his or her underlying values? Schools have values, too...Read More

     

     

     

     

     

  • Lady Crusader Basketball | Gavaghan ’14 Tops 1,000

    The 2013-2014 season was a year of improvement for the Lady Crusaders. The team posted 10 wins—two more than the previous year—and fired up the Scecina faithful with determined effort and enthusiasm. In addition to the team success, the season will be remembered for the individual accomplishments of the program’s four-year starter, Shannon Gavaghan ’14...Read More

     

     
  • Crusader Football | Scholar-Athlete Tradition


    The National Football Foundation was founded in 1947 to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people. The Crusader Football Program shares this admirable goal, and the Foundation has taken notice...Read More.

     

  • Scecina Memorial Key Club Receives Charter

    It’s official. On Thursday, March 5, 2014 Scecina Memorial’s Key Club was officially chartered by the Northwest Indianapolis Kiwanis Club. Students, parents, and representatives from Kiwanis International were on hand for the chartering ceremony and induction of members...Read More

      

     

  • Cheerleaders Place 3rd in ICC Tourney

    The Scecina Memorial cheerleaders spent June through March supporting the Crusader athletes at football and basketball games, as well as at Senior Night for the tennis, volleyball, and soccer teams. In addition to cheering at 50+ plus games throughout the school year, the squad makes banners, decorates lockers, and provides sweet treats to the athletes of Scecina. But last Saturday, March 1, it was the cheerleaders' turn to stand in the spotlight...Read More


  • Mission | Our Guiding Star

    Mission is a beautiful and powerful word.  It is a guiding star, a motivator with ultimate purpose.  It helps keep us true to being who we say we are and want to be.   The President of Scecina Memorial High School is responsible to...Read More


     

     

     

     

  • The Daily Drive

     

    From mid-October through January, hardly a day passed without SMHS students leading our school community in efforts to enhance the greater community. While students annually give back through Service Day and the "Extra" Service Program, a number of student life clubs "give that little extra" to those in need... Learn More


     
  • Let's Play Ball!

    Dave Gandolph '68 Returns to Lead Crusader Baseball

    Some baseball coaches would be content to retire after being named to the IHSBCA Hall of Fame and posting over 700 career victories. But Dave Gandolph '68 and his wife, Ann (McAtee) Gandolph '67, saw a very special opportunity for Dave to continue his passion for coaching and the game of baseball at their alma mater.

    In November, Dave was officially hired as the new Head Coach of the Scecina Memorial Baseball program...Read More

     

  • Godhigh '14 Earns Scholarship

     

    This past fall, the Indianapolis Fire Department's Emerald Society established a need-based scholarship at Scecina Memorial High School. The scholarship was to be awarded to a deserving student who displayed positive citizenship and leadership... Read More

     

  • Our Key Club Is Famous!

    Key Club Brochure

    Kiwanis International’s Key Club is one of many student life programs offered at Scecina Memorial. In October, several Crusaders modeled for Kiwanis International at a photo shoot... Read More

     

     

     

     
  • Full Speed Ahead | Michael Kennedy '14 Admitted to U.S. Naval Academy

    In the last issue of The Crusader, we highlighted the summer activities undertaken by several students and staff. One feature was on Michael Kennedy '14, who spent a week at the U.S. Naval Academy's Summer Seminar. ...Read More

  • Veterans Day

    Greetings! Today is a day of great significance, both to our country and to our school. Today, of course, is Veterans Day! We are all beneficiaries of our military veterans’ patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good...Read More.

  • Our Catholic Faith

    With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" would begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. In support of the "Year of Faith", the Archdiocese of Indianapolis recently released "10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith." Educating our students in the Catholic tradition and promoting Catholic values is at the heart of our mission. 72% of Scecina Memorial students are Catholic, and we are proud to serve families ...

  • 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...

  • Top 10 + 1

    The Crusader Class of 2013 recently completed their high school careers with many stellar accomplishments! Gratefully, I congratulate and extend all best wishes to all of these fine young people as the next chapters in their promising young lives unfold. If I were to make a “Top 10 + 1” list of positive news during the past year that has meaning to our students, parents, alumni, and friends, it would look like this...

  • Heading Toward Commencement

    Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2013 are less than a month away. As these milestones approach, I am impacted by the depth and breadth of accomplishments and potential in our Senior Class. Having come to know many of these fine young men and women, I truly appreciate their tremendous God-given gifts, their keen intellects and insights, and the camaraderie that they enjoy.

  • Uniting People

    Earlier this month, we held an exciting Strategic Planning Convocation on campus. More than 160 people attended to share their thoughts and dreams about the future of our school. The event was a great testimony to the loyalty of many alumni and friends, and to the importance of SMHS as an Eastside anchor.

  • Crusader Spirit

    This week, our Crusader gridiron squad prepares to take the field in the Semi-State Championship Game on Friday night versus Linton-Stockton. I want to make note of the true Crusader Spirit that marks our football team and numerous other school endeavors. Last week, we held our Open House for prospective students and families.

  • Scecina Earns Grade "A" Once Again

    Earlier this year, the Indiana Department of Education expanded its school report card criteria to include college and career readiness, graduation rates, and End of Course Assessment data. Our newest school “A” rating from the Department of Education presents an opportunity to congratulate hundreds of people. First and foremost, our current and very recent students earned this accomplishment; they deserve our most sincere recognition.

  • Gymnasium Improvements Impress

    We announce with great pleasure the newest in a multi-year series of capital improvements to benefit our students’ academic and co-curricular experience. The generosity of friends of Scecina Memorial High School has resulted in many recent updates and upgrades to our multi-purpose gymnasium. The gymnasium, as you know, is where we hold weekly Mass, physical education classes, athletic practices and competitions, Back to School Night, friend-raising events, special assemblies, the Scholar Athlete...

  • Charity: Sharing Our God-Given Gifts

    Greetings! As a way to communicate with you, this blog will be an avenue for sharing news and views regarding Scecina Memorial High School. I look forward to starting this endeavor and welcome your comments and suggestions along the way.

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