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 President Therber can be contacted by email at jtherber@scecina.org or by  telephone at 317.352.3282

  • Looking back with gratefulness, looking forward to an exciting future

    Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018! I hope you had a joyous Christmas filled with family, friends and celebrations of our faith.

    As we look ahead to and plan for another year, I also look back proudly and gratefully at what Scecina accomplished in 2017. We enjoyed many blessings and shared inspiring moments through the year:

    • 102 young people from the Class of 2017 graduated in May. These seniors have moved on to outstanding colleges and universities throughout the country.
    • We upgraded and modernized 24 classrooms.
    • Our school’s academics again received an A rating from the Indiana Department of Education.
    • The Archdiocese of Indianapolis approved Scecina’s request to launch its first capital campaign.
    • Dr. Joseph Brettnacher joined us the new principal of Scecina.
    • Tom Griffin was recognized with the Father Tom Award for outstanding service to Scecina.
    • The Crusaders softball team won the 2017 IHSAA Class 2A state championship.
    • The school again operated in the black financially throughout the 2016-2017 year.

    These are just some of the milestones we accomplished together with your help and support. While we relish these steps forward, we invite you on our exciting journey to the future of Scecina in 2018 and beyond.

    Through the grace of God, I hope the coming year brings you the gifts of wisdom, hope and contentment.

    Blessings for 2018!

    Joe Therber

  • The greatest gift of all

    Dear Scecina Community, 

    In the midst of darkness, daylight is finally becoming longer, minutes at a time every day. Our students had a great moment of sunshine Thursday as they completed their last final exam of the first semester at 10:40 a.m. Christmas vacation has begun!

    As healthy and enjoyable as sunlight is, Jesus is the ultimate light in the world. His divine light is the source of faith and virtues at Scecina—in our students, our staff, our parents, and our alumni and friends. May this light and our eyes of faith lead us to exude Jesus in all things as Saint Teresa of Avila prayed: 

    “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

    We have received the greatest gift of all. Now that we have received it, may we present it every day to everyone we encounter. From all of us here at Scecina, Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you and yours!

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Watch for Jesus

    Dear Scecina Community, 

    Advent and Christmas . . . two of our most favorite times of the year. Most, if not all, of us have fond memories of Christmases past. 

    Last weekend at Mass, on the first Sunday of Advent, the main theme was “Watch”: For Jesus in our hearts. For Jesus in our family, friends, and neighbors. And for Jesus confident that he will come again at the time of God’s choosing.

    I believe I have seen Jesus often in recent days. I frequently interact with alumni and parents who are infinitely devoted to God, Scecina, their children, and various worthy causes. 

    I experienced Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral last week full of high school seniors from all Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Archbishop Charles Thompson ministered to their hearts and minds with his words and images of wisdom.

     This week, many of our seniors are experiencing God’s love through people in their lives. They will see and hear Jesus during their Christian Awakening Senior Retreat. 

    Last week, I saw Jesus’ hands in a room full of education leaders in our city who are deeply vested in serving children of all abilities and backgrounds. 

    The Indianapolis Urban League chose Scecina as one of a handful of schools in metropolitan Indianapolis that excel in many dimensions of their service to young people, their families, and their communities.  

    The keynote speaker at the Urban League luncheon, nationally syndicated columnist Roland S. Martin, spoke of excellent urban education as the most life-changing cause that our country has now and will have during the coming decades. 

    Here at Scecina, our young people are learning and growing, and they are capable of so much going forward. They need us to show Jesus to them. I thank you for what you do that enables this to happen. 

    May God’s peace fill you and yours with faith, hope, and love during the memorable weeks ahead. 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • High school opportunities help students reach their potential

    Dear Scecina Community, 

    Opportunities are the name of the game at Scecina. Academically, spiritually, athletically, and co-curricularly, Scecina opportunities help our diverse and gifted community of students grow and achieve to their potential every day. 

    Nationally, more than 11 million students participate in extra- and co-curricular opportunities such as performing arts, interscholastic athletics, and other outlets. These activities are the best bargain in town, both from a spectator’s perspective and an institution’s perspective. Where else do young people learn and actually put into practice the life lessons of teamwork, time management, compassion, self-discipline, and measurable goal setting? 

    School activities are not “add-ons.” They are central and essential components of a young person’s education and of a community’s unifying spirit. 

    All year round, students discover great opportunities at Scecina. This evening, for example, is our fall play, “Fame.” Tonight’s performance starts a weekend of three stellar performances. Tomorrow, our football team competes for the semi-state championship at Tech High School at 2:00 versus Southridge High School. 

    Winter sports—girls and boys basketball, wrestling, swimming, and cheerleading—are in full swing, as are more than 20 co-curricular opportunities that range from our Baking Club to National Honor Society. 

    The arts, sports, clubs, and service teach young people to perform their skills and operate as a cohesive team in the light of public observation, sometimes even pressure. Students’ successes are opportunities to experience humility during joyful times, as well as optimism and growth during setbacks, real or perceived. 

    May we all find a reason to commend our young people for choosing the exhilarating and challenging road of involvement. While we’re at it, come out and enjoy a contest or a performance. You’ll be glad you did! 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Our March of Excellence

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you    . . . plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).”  

    Greetings, Scecina Community! 

    I have great news! Scecina Memorial High School has received approval from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to undertake the bold and exciting initiative of a forward-looking capital campaign. 

    This initiative will be the first of its kind in Scecina’s history. It will be a transformative step in our never-ending march of excellence—living the Gospel and attaining the best possible results in all that we do.

    The campaign will seek gifts of prayer, service, and treasure for the following priorities that emerged from our Strategic Growth Plan, stakeholder discussion groups, and personal interviews: 

    • Constructing new exterior sports and activity fields 
    • Constructing a chapel inside the school building 
    • Modernizing and re-locating the weight room to the school building 
    • Renovating the main entrance on Nowland Avenue while making it handicap accessible and more visitor friendly
    • Establishing an Academic Excellence Fund 
    • Expanding our Facilities Endowment Fund. 

    The organizational phase of the campaign is underway and will continue into 2018. Scecina alumni and friends locally and nationally will then receive more information and invitations to participate during the following 12 months. 

    Guiding the campaign will be an Executive Committee consisting of these alumni and friends: 

    • Mary A. (Robinson, 1961) and David S. Allen 
    • Dr. Sheila (McNelis, 1979) Gamache and Bob Bates 
    • Chris (1987) and Paje (Etling) Felts
    • Lori (Watts, 1977) and Kevin Johnson (1977) 
    • Nancy (Wagner, 1985) and Kris Leming 
    • George Newhart (1960) 
    • Mike and Anne (Mullin) O’Connor 
    • Bob Golobish, Vice President of Advancement 
    • Jean (Kriech, 1985) Donlan, Campaign Coordinator 
    • Joe Therber, President 

    We are in the process of inviting and enlisting Honorary Chairs, National Advisors and additional campaign leaders. Scecina has retained the consulting services of the Institute for School and Parish Development (www.ispd.com) to help guide the campaign. 

    As a school community, we have made significant progress in every facet of Scecina. I am truly excited to see this campaign unfold and want to thank you in advance for your prayers, suggestions, and support. 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

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