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

  • Scecina: tradition, opportunities, faith

    Next week, we begin the re-enrollment process for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Like so many members of our faculty and staff, I am truly excited about next year—and about finishing the current year well for all our students.

    Why is Scecina an excellent school for your child? You should expect a high school that offers high-level academics, a full array of athletics and clubs, and opportunities for a fulfilling all-around experience and four years of cherished memories.

    We have a small-school environment where every child can discover his unique gifts, talents, and interests. Our college and life preparatory opportunities help young people reach their dreams.

    Did you know that Scecina’s rich academic tradition dates back more than 60 years? And we’ve kept up with 21st-century academic trends. Recent additions to our curriculum include a four-year Biomedical Science program, a Health Occupations course that takes place at Community Hospital East, and new computer science and technology offerings.

    Our top faculty and our smaller classes, paired with challenging academic offerings, such as 21 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, will prepare young people for meaningful careers. Our College and Career counseling office is committed to students staying on course throughout high school for their next phase in life.

    It’s no surprise that Scecina is rated “A” by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). The IDOE noted Scecina students’ growth in test score achievement from middle school to high school.

    The IDOE also recognized Scecina as one of just 73 Indiana high schools to have 25 percent or more of its students succeed on AP exams by earning passing marks and qualifying for college credit while in high school.

    Have you heard of the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL)? The IUL is a community organization devoted to helping minorities and the disadvantaged, with a focus on education. The IUL recently awarded Scecina with its School Excellence Award. The IUL cited several reasons for Scecina’s honor: our diverse student population; our “A” rating from the IDOE; and our Health Occupations class in partnership with Community Hospital East, which combines classroom instruction and real-life experience.

    At Scecina we take spiritual growth seriously, too. Every student takes four years of Catholic theology with curriculum centered around the life of Christ. We are committed to Christian service activities that benefit our community.

    Most of our students also play sports, which teach transformational life lessons. Scecina offers all of the Indiana High School Athletic Association sports, including swimming and gymnastics.

    Choosing a high school these days isn’t easy. At Scecina, we have so much to offer. We have tradition in academics and athletics. We have opportunities for every child to grow. We have a faith-based community that will pray with you and for you along the way.

    I hope you see why Scecina is a great choice. We look forward to serving you next year. Your participation in the re-enrollment process is the next step. If you have any questions about Scecina, please contact me at (317) 352-3280.

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • The legacy of Archbishop Buechlein

    “Scecina needs to be where it is and serve the youth of its parishes and neighborhoods.” 

    Before his passing into eternal life a few days ago, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, spoke and prayed these words countless times during his tenure as Archbishop of Indianapolis.

    Archbishop Daniel was valiant in his commitment to what we call home missions and shared ministries. A home mission is a mission here at home. It could be 50 miles away or it could be in my own backyard. A shared ministry is a ministry that requires the shared or collective support of the Church and wider community in order to exist and thrive. 

    Archbishop Daniel talked the talk of home missions and shared ministries. More importantly, he walked the walk. 

    Archbishop Daniel saw Scecina as an excellent example of both a home mission and a shared ministry. He acted fervently upon his vision. His commitment to center-city and urban Catholic education, including to Scecina in particular, was unmatched and tireless. He was a national Church leader for his effectiveness in leading fund development initiatives that raised significant amounts of money for home missions and shared ministries. His gift of leadership always was directed to benefit people in need, never to make life easier for himself. While his efforts no doubt fulfilled him, they required almost unhuman levels of focus and willpower. 

    Archbishop Daniel is an immensely impactful figure in the Scecina Memorial High School of today. From 1998 to 2008, Scecina benefited from archdiocesan development initiatives that he led. These programs helped Scecina’s physical infrastructure, faculty support, and endowment growth. 

    During his tenure, the school and/or the archdiocesan administration contemplated the possible relocation of Scecina on three different occasions. Each time, the archbishop’s conclusion was the same. His prayerful reflection and numerous consultations led him to conclude that Scecina has a vibrant mission and ministry in this neighborhood for young people of diverse walks of life. 

    I had the unique privilege of working directly under Archbishop Daniel from 2000 to 2008, and indirectly from 1998 to 2000. I saw, heard and felt his commitment every day. My life would never be the same, nor would the lives of countless other people. 

    Archbishop Daniel taught me much about prayer, compassion, gratitude, courage, patience, humility, relationships, synthesizing the distinct hopes and needs of seemingly countless constituents, and commitment to family. A very learned and accomplished man, he was a simple and pure man in the very best sense of the words. 

    May we all reflect on how we can further appreciate the wisdom and vision of this great man and continue or expand our commitment to living his legacy. 

    Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Parents invited to Update and Input gathering on Jan. 31

    Greetings, Scecina Community! 

    The wisdom of the Catholic Church teaches that parents are a student’s first and primary educators in the continual quest for faith, knowledge, understanding, and personal growth. 

    Since Scecina began as a school ministry more than 60 years ago, parental input and involvement have been the foundation for students’ growth and success. That tradition continues to this day, and we want to make it even stronger. 

    Therefore, the Scecina Parent Ambassador Team and administration are beginning an initiative to foster parental awareness and engagement. You recently received an e-mail invitation from Mr. Nick Petrone, Chair of the Parent Ambassador Team, to attend an Update and Input gathering with our principal, Dr. Brettnacher, and me from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, in the school cafeteria. We want to update you on important opportunities for our school and seek your feedback and input. Refreshments will be included. 

    One of the topics that we will discuss at this Update and Input gathering will be the future student technology environment at Scecina. Understanding your questions, hopes, needs, and even concerns is very important as we go forward. 

    I truly hope you will be able to attend this one-hour gathering on January 31 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. If you are unable to attend and want to speak with Dr. Brettnacher or me, please contact us at your convenience. 

    I want to thank every parent of a Scecina student for choosing us as your partner in your child’s daily life journey. We appreciate this awesome privilege and responsibility. We want to do our best for you and with you. 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

    President

  • 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 

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