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

  • Celebrating our students' diverse gifts


    The boys soccer team beat third-ranked Cardinal Ritter, and made it to the Sectional championship game.

    Fall Greetings!

    Our students are taking a deserved break after weeks of studying and tests as the first grading period comes to an end.

    Congratulations to them and to our teachers for all the hard work in the classrooms so far this semester.

    Meanwhile, many of our student-athletes are embracing competition on the fields and courts during their break from classes.

    • Last weekend, our boys soccer team finished an exciting season, including a 2-1 victory on Sept. 24 over Cardinal Ritter, which was ranked third in the state. The Crusaders made it to the Sectional championship last Saturday before losing to Central Christian Academy.
    • The volleyball team capped off its regular season this week with a sweep over Herron and heads to the Sectionals against Broad Ripple on Thursday at Speedway High School.
    • The boys tennis team came in second in the ICC conference this season.
    • We honored 60 senior student-athletes of fall sports and band members during Senior Night before Friday's final regular-season football game. These young people have successfully balanced practices and games with studying and books during their four years at Scecina.

    Congratulations to all of our fall sports athletes and good luck. Our athletic teams contribute to the overall success of our school and our students by instilling the values of hard work, preparation and perseverance that young people need to be successful in life.

    God has given our students many diverse talents, and we are called to help them develop and be good stewards of those talents. Next week, our Advanced choir and Orchestra, under the direction of Donnie Glowinski, will present their second annual Sacred Music Festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. We hope you can make time for this uplifting musical experience.

    Thank you and God bless,

    Joe Therber

    President

  • Scecina students shine in community events



    Scecina students spread out throughout Indianapolis on Sept. 21 to perform service. This group spent the day partnering with Shepherd Community Center in cleaning up the neighboring area on Indy's Eastside.

    Greetings,

    Every day the teachers and staff get to see what great students we have here at Scecina and observe their individual gifts and talents.In the past few weeks, others in our community also have seen first-hand what the young people at Scecina have to offer our world at large.

    First, senior Austin Keogh and freshman Chad Lightbourne were invited to attend a Sept. 16 event on education called "Ready for Success," sponsored by the Mayor's Front Porch Alliance.

    Austin represented Scecina on a panel of student leaders from local high schools in a discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about community engagement and closing the achievement gap. Also taking part in the program were Scecina parent Mike O'Connor of Eli Lilly & Co. and Michael Twyman, program leader for Indy Black Expo's "Your Life Matters."

    Austin not only represented Scecina well, he spoke highly of his school and mentioned Scecina's commitment to Christian service in the community. He was able to pose a question to Secretary Duncan about how the secretary, when traveling and speaking to diverse groups, is able to find common ground. The secretary noted that Austin's question was one of the most insightful he has been asked.

    The second event was Scecina's Day of Service on Sept. 21. Our young people traveled to sites all over the city performing jobs small and large to help the nonprofit agencies in our community. At one of the sites, the Ransburg YMCA, the next day three administrators told me what a great job our students did there. Thank you to our campus minister, Maria Siap, and all of our staff for providing these Christian Service experiences for our students.

    These are wonderful examples of how we are working together with you, the parents and guardians, to help our students grow into servant-leaders and to prepare them for life.

    Thank you and God bless,

    Joe Therber


  • Scecina welcomes Col. Dan Bruno



    Scecina President Joe Therber (left) met with Col. Dan Bruno, Class of 1977, on Sept. 11. Col. Bruno was an adviser to Scecina on the Father Tom memorial sculpture and display case, which is saw for the first time in person on Sept. 11.

    Greetings,

    It’s always a pleasure when Scecina’s alumni return to visit. Last week, I was pleased to welcome Col. Dan Bruno, Scecina Class of 1977, back to Scecina.

    Col. Bruno, who is retired from the U.S. Army, rose to the position of Garrison Commander of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He returned to Scecina last Friday on a somber day of reflection, Sept. 11, as America observed the 14th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as well as the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Col. Bruno lost numerous friends as a result of the tragic events of that day.

    On his visit to Scecina, he brought a framed letter from the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains commemorating Father Thomas Scecina’s service and sacrifice for God and country, and the school’s visible efforts to promote Father Tom’s legacy. Col. Bruno was an adviser to Scecina on the Father Tom memorial sculpture and display case, which he saw for the first time in person on Sept. 11.

    He toured the school with me and met numerous students and teachers, all of which were positive experiences on his return trip to Scecina and the Eastside of Indianapolis. Col. Bruno is a proud alumnus who supports Scecina because of the school’s academic, moral and spiritual influence on the youth of our community. Thank you to Col. Bruno for all he continues to do for Scecina.

    This week we pray for safe travels and a spiritual renewal for David Dellacca, Scecina’s vice president of technology, and his family as they head to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. David and his family, members of St. Michael Parish in Greenfield, also will be in attendance as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Philadelphia. David’s photos and observations will be posted on our Twitter account, @ScecinaNow. Read more about the Dellacca family’s trip on our website.

    Our school and our world are blessed through the work of faithful servants such as Col. Dan Bruno and David Dellacca who are walking in the footsteps of Father Tom. We really hope to pass on this legacy to all of our current students.

    God Bless!

    Joe Therber

    President

  • Looking back and moving forward during Homecoming Week



    Scecina students dressed in Spirit Wear on the Friday of Homecoming Week.

    Greetings!

    Homecoming Week is a special time at Scecina. Alumni gather to remember their days at Scecina while current students enjoy a week of fun decorating the hallways, dressing up all week, voting for a court. Tonight, our students come together again for their Homecoming Dance, something Scecina students have done for years, but this year they'll celebrate in a renovated cafeteria (if you haven't had a chance to see the cafeteria in person, you can view photos at www.scecina.org/cafeteria-renovation).

    This Homecoming Week we honor Scecina's history in many ways, including a tribute during the game to the Class of 1991 on their 25th anniversary. These alumni were seniors in the fall of 1990 when Scecina won its first state football championship. We'll also honor the 1966 football team on its 50th anniversary. After the game, alumni will gather at the Irish Mutt.

    While we look back and reminisce, we also have some exciting plans for the future:

    1. We've begun installing the new computers for student use in the library. All 16 new devices will be in place soon after Labor Day.

    2. We've been listening to students, teachers, young alumni and our technology committee to hear what they would like to see in our redesigned library of the future.

    3. A new school year starts with the passing of the baton of our Parent Ambassador Team leadership. I thank Julanne Sausser for helping to form our current Parent Ambassador program and for chairing it over the past two years. Nick Petrone, a new member of the Scecina Board of Directors, soon will take over the leadership. Nick and his wife, Amy, have three children: Audrey '15; Dominic '17; and Sophia, an eighth-grader at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.

    We hope you can join us at the homecoming football game. It's another great way to meet other parents and to connect with the Crusader Community.

    Go Crusaders!

    Joe Therber

    President

  • New school year starts for 451 Scecina students



    Junior Jackie Kennedy gives a tour of the school to some of  Scecina's  international students. Scecina has nine international students thanks to an exchange program through Foreign Links Around the Globe, or FLAG.

    Welcome back!

    On behalf of the staff at Scecina Memorial High School, I want to welcome everyone to the new school year. We continue to show growth in enrollment and, with 451 students starting school this year, we are well on the way to our target enrollment of 475 students in the next few years.

    We welcomed the Class of 2019 with 128 freshmen, as well as 29 transfer students, and their families.

    Whether your family is new to Scecina, or you’ve been a member of the Crusader community for years, you’ll be pleased to find many upgrades to our school this year.

    • Students ate in the renovated cafeteria for the first time this week. The cafeteria is newly painted, brightly lit and decked with a new floor (and nine coats of wax!) You can see before and after photos at www.scecina.org/cafeteria-renovation.
    • Our Biomedical Science program -- a partnership with Project Lead The Way -- begins its third year at Scecina. The program is designed to prepare students to pursue postsecondary education and careers in the biomedical sciences.
    • The city of Indianapolis has upgraded and added sidewalks and curbs in front of and close to our school, making the area safer for students and staff as well as our neighbors and visitors.
    • There’s a new bike rack, a gift from the Class of 2015, by the East Gym entrance for staff, student and visitors.
    • We are in the process of replacing the computers in the library to improve access to research and activity resources as well as provide technology for state-required assessments.

    The fall is a busy time at school. Taking part in some of our many activities is the best way to get to know your students’ friends and other parents. We hope you can come to Back to School/Meet the Teachers Night at 7 p.m. Aug. 26; get out to cheer on one of our sports teams; attend homecoming at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 versus Park Tudor High School; and join in the fun at our annual fundraising event, Club 53: Live and Local, on Nov. 14.

    We know that, with our great students, staff and parents, we can make it a year to remember!

    Joe Therber

    President

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