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 President Therber can be contacted by email at or by  telephone at 317.352.3282

  • Accountability: Results matter

    Junior Dominic Petrone (left) and seniors Corinne Maue and Jenna Nosek.

    We’ve all heard the term “accountability” used often in the education world in recent years. There are more efforts to hold schools and educators accountable for student progress through the public reporting of data. Also, our students are made accountable through local and standardized tests as well as regular progress reports that record how well they’re doing in their classes.

    Because so many of you invest so much in our school and our students, we want to be proactive in reporting Scecina’s results to you and being accountable and transparent. One way to accomplish this is through a Five-Year Progress Report that we plan to unveil in segments over the next few months. Many of my messages to you over this time will focus on progress in these areas: Academics, Catholic Culture, Capital Improvements, Enrollment and Finances. My plan is not only to show what we have accomplished in five years, but also to indicate some areas where we plan to improve or grow.

    At the end of this process, we will have a full Five-Year Progress Report that brings together a breadth of data and information showing how Scecina is performing on many different levels.

    We at Scecina feel good about what we have accomplished together in recent years. Of course, we know we can improve, and we strive always to be better and to do better. Through accountability and transparency, we earn the trust and confidence that binds the Crusader community together with hopefulness for our future.

    Please continue to keep our students, our staff and our school community in your prayers.


    Joe Therber


  • We're listening to you

    Latay Richardson with social studies teacher Rebeccah Lowe.


    To help Scecina move forward on a positive note, we like to gauge our community’s thoughts about the quality of a Scecina education.

    Each year we survey our parents, students, and staff, as part of our Net Promoter Score survey. To parents, we ask one simple question: “As a parent, how likely is it that you would recommend Scecina Memoria High School to your family, friends, and colleagues?” Respondents rate their likelihood to promote on a scale of 1 to 10. They explain why they selected 10 or what areas need to be addressed in order for their rating to be a 10.

    Conducting the Net Promoter Score survey, a customer loyalty metric, is an initiative of Scecina’s Strategic Growth Plan. In December we again invited you to take this survey. Thank you to all who participated.

    I’m happy to report that Scecina’s average Net Promoter Score from this recent Parent and Guardian Survey is 8.58 (out of 10). We’re very pleased with these results.

    Here are some examples of the uplifting comments from parents:

    • “We value a Catholic education and environment. I think it makes a huge difference in what is expected of the child both in behavior and grades.”
    • “I feel that Scecina is a great school academically and socially for our son. It is a big extended family who is supportive of everyone involved.”
    • “Scecina High School has some excellent educators, provides a more personal experience for those who wish, provides solid academics, offers diverse clubs, focuses on appropriate manners and faith-based values, and includes a diverse socio-economic student clientele.”
    • “Faculty really care about student achievement and it shows.”

    The survey results also list some recommended priorities, based upon your feedback. You can read more about the survey and the results at -saying.

    God bless,

    Joe Therber

  • March for Life trip takes a detour


    This week we pray for a safe return home for our 24 students and the faculty chaperones who traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. Due to a forecasted snowstorm, the chaperones decided for the students’ safety that Scecina’s Crusaders for Life should leave Washington before the march. I want to thank our staff who organized the trip: Director of Campus Ministry Maria Siap, Catholic theology teacher Kara McCarthy, Principal John Hegarty and English teacher Rachel Shaffer.

    Thanks also to those of you who participated last month in Scecina’s successful Trivia Night, organized by Miss McCarthy. This fun event raised funds for the trip.

    Although the weather wreaked havoc, this year’s trip still was a great educational experience for our students. They left school Wednesday morning and on Thursday toured Philadelphia, a key city in the nation’s founding, where they visited Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. They visited the monuments in Washington, D.C., and Arlington Cemetery, where they saw the plaque bearing Father Thomas Scecina's name at Chaplains Hill.

    Scecina’s Crusaders for Life club also is active throughout the year with activities designed to introduce, engage and educate them about the issues about the sanctity of life within the context of Catholic Church teachings. In September, they attended the 33rd Celebrate Life dinner in Downtown Indianapolis as guests of John ’61 and Marilyn Schneider.

    The students will have good memories of this year’s March for Life trip, made even more memorable by the threat of a giant snowstorm! We look forward to having them back safe and sound.

    God bless,

    Joe Therber


  • New year rings in improvements at Scecina

    The new sound system will be installed in the gymnasium in January 2016, enhancing the audience experience for events such as concerts, theater performances, athletic events, award programs, school liturgies and Commencement.

    Welcome to 2016!

    The new year brings good news of some positive changes coming soon to Scecina.

    1. We will completely modernize our school library this summer into an active, collaborative, learning center for all students with a technology service desk and a technology-rich meeting room for school and community groups.

    2. A much-needed new sound system will be installed in the gymnasium this month. This update entails much more than simply adding a speaker or a microphone; it’s a significant investment that will greatly enhance the audience experience for events such as school liturgies, music concerts, theater performances, athletic events, award programs, and Commencement.

    3. We’re adding eight security cameras outside the building and have plans to install several more inside the building, creating a safer environment for students, staff and visitors.

    These improvements – all part of our Facility Master Plan -- represent a $500,000 investment in the school. We’re thankful for our generous alumni and friends; families who are faithful to tuition agreements; archdiocesan support through Indianapolis deaneries parishes; and our advancement team for making these projects possible.

    We at Scecina wish you well during the coming year and hope 2016 is a joyful one for you and your family.

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber


  • Preparing the way of the Lord

    The Exploration, Discovery and Financial Feasibility Study is an important part of the process of discerning the best path for Scecina's future.


    In our Catholic liturgical year, we are in the midst of Advent, a season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. “Advent” is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming.” Throughout our school, our Nativity sets are displayed without Baby Jesus to remind us that we are joyfully awaiting His coming.

    At Scecina, we also are undergoing a more earthly type of waiting and preparation as we proceed with the Capital Campaign Exploration, Discovery and Financial Feasibility Study. Over the past two weeks, more than 180 people took part in 15 input and listening sessions for this exploration and feasibility study process: staff and faculty; parents; current students and alumni; East Deanery priests and principals; future Scecina parents; archdiocesan administrators; and community and business leaders. They shared their visions and hopes for Scecina Memorial High School and asked insightful questions. Thank you to all who made your voices heard. This is an important part of the process as we as a community discern the best path for Scecina’s future.

    For clarity, please remember that we have not yet undertaken a capital campaign, but we are in an exploratory and discovery phase as we determine the feasibility of any plan. This process will continue through the first half of 2016.

    The input and listening sessions focused on the five Case Points for Consideration in the feasibility study. The five areas being considered came out of our Strategic Growth Plan priorities. They are: Academic Excellence through further professional development and performance-based compensation for teachers; a new chapel to help create an inspiring campus; an expanded endowment especially for facilities upkeep and maintenance; boosting our Godparent Program so that more students can enjoy access to a quality Catholic education; and enhancing student life through upgrades such as new outdoor athletic fields and a multipurpose facility that will reduce scheduling conflicts for our co-curricular activities and provide activity and gathering space for our Scecina and broader community.

    We will keep you informed as this process develops. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and for keeping Scecina in your prayers.

    I wish all of you a joyous Advent as you prepare the way of the Lord and also a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Joe Therber


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