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

  • New faces at Scecina as new year approaches

    Dear Crusader community,

    As the time for that first day of school draws closer, our work is taking shape here to make it another great year at Scecina Memorial High School. We have much good news to share:

    1. We’re delighted that the City of Indianapolis is installing new sidewalks in front of and in close proximity to Scecina.

    2. We’re seeing the cafeteria improve day by day. The renovated space will be a very welcoming and uplifting place for our students and community to gather. You can view "before" and "in progress" photos on our website on the Cafeteria Renovation page.

    3. We have a fully staffed faculty and are prepared to meet the needs of our students and parents.

    We have several new faculty members and administrators joining the veterans. This week, I’d like to introduce you to three new school leaders:


    Maria Siap

    Maria Siap, Director of Campus Ministry

    Maria brings a wide range of university campus ministry experience to Scecina along with her graduate degree in marriage and family counseling and her counseling experience with school-age youth.

    Maria is a practicing Catholic who wants to sustain and enhance the faith life of the school while we explore new campus ministry opportunities for serving our students, staff, and broader community. She is a very humble and nice young lady who appreciates the mission of Scecina and the good that we do in our students’ lives and in the Church overall.

    Maria has a B.S. degree in psychology with a minor in theology from Loyola University and a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Christian Theological Seminary. Maria and her young family are members of Saint Joan of Arc Parish.


    Mark Paras

    Mark Paras, Dean of Students

    Mark comes to us with longtime experience in the Marion County Superior Courts, where he spent 19 years with the Probation Department and another 10 years with the Court Administrator’s Office as Facilities Manager.

    Mark has always had a passion for being involved in education, especially Catholic education, and was intrigued by the opportunity to become Scecina’s dean of students. For 10 years he’s been a committed volunteer with the Athletics Department at Bishop Chatard High School. He’s a graduate of Marian College and IUPUI, with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

    Mark’s family has deep ties to education. His wife of 28 years, Lola, has been a teacher and currently is a teacher’s aide at St. Luke, which is also the parish they attend. Mark and Lola have two daughters: Lauren, 24, is a second-year teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Indianapolis; Morgan, 20, is a junior at Valparaiso University where she’s an education major.


    Jeremy Corn

    Jeremy Corn, Director of Guidance

    Jeremy Corn is not new to Scecina, but he is taking the reins of the guidance department as director after serving as our college and career counselor. He has a B.S. in Psychological Science, Sociology and History from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in school counseling from Butler University. He’s also a National Certified Counselor.

    Jeremy says, “I am looking forward to working in new capacities with Scecina stakeholders and students. I am also excited that I get to continue to learn about some new angles of school counseling--coordinating testing is one example that comes to mind. I also am looking forward to joining some school counseling committees around the Indianapolis area in the near future."

    Jeremy has been married since 2004 to Emily. Their children, Aidan and Zoe, are in elementary school, and they recently purchased a new home. They attend Emmaus Lutheran Church.

    Welcome, Maria, Mark and Jeremy. Thank you for your willingness to provide guidance, wisdom and knowledge to our students.

    May God grant us many blessings as we begin anew at Scecina.

    Joe Therber

    President

  • Grateful for givers and golfers


    Scecina Memorial High School President Joe Therber with Delaney Rohlman, Class of 2016 and recipient of the Kenneth R. Leffler Scholarship. The Scecina Alumni Golf Classic benefits the Leffler Scholarship.

    Dear Crusader community,

    As the positive memories of last school year remain with us, one theme comes to mind: gratitude. We have much to be grateful for at Scecina: a diverse and gifted community of students; parents who invest time, talent, and treasure; capable and caring teachers and staff members, supportive pastors and school principals; generous alumni and friends who support our mission; the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ commitment to provide a  Catholic education on the Eastside of Indianapolis; the message of the Gospel; the legacy of Father Thomas Scecina.

    To help our ministry grow, 1,377 generous Scecina alumni and friends committed $1,262,000 in support during the past year. At the annual Scecina Alumni Golf Classic at Ironwood Golf Club on July 17, a record number of golfers and sponsors funded the Kenneth R. Leffler Scholarship for a deserving child or grandchild of a Scecina alumnus. This year’s recipient, Delaney Rohlman, was on hand to welcome and thank the golfers. These investments enable Scecina to provide need-based grants, merit scholarships, high-quality academic classes and programs, challenging co-curricular activities, spiritual growth opportunities, and capital improvements that keep our campus facilities improving every year.

    The cafeteria renovation is progressing on schedule and according to budget.  I am eager for our students and staff to experience this new space in just a few short weeks. Click HERE to see the latest pictures of the renovation!

    Thank you for supporting this great school as we continue to honor the legacy of Father Thomas Scecina, a remarkable Catholic priest and patriot who has inspired countless students, alumni and friends to acts both great and small that serve our Church and our world.<

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber

    President

  • Scecina community mourns loss of Father Noah Casey


    Father Noah Casey (right) at Scecina's Club 53 with Scecina board member Jerry Jones.

    Dear Crusader community,

    It is with sadness that I pass along the news of the recent death of Father Noah Casey. Father Noah, who recently served as Chaplain Coordinator for Scecina Memorial High School, ended his earthly journey on Friday afternoon.

    Having held numerous pastoral leadership roles locally and nationally, Father Noah had many strong connections with Scecina and the East Deanery of Indianapolis. Father Noah was an alumnus of Our Lady of Lourdes School, rector of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, and pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette parishes. While we will miss him and his love of young people, liturgy, prayer, and humor, we are also deeply grateful for Father Noah's positive influence on our community.

    You can read Father Noah's obituary in The Criterion by clicking on www.archindy.org/criterion/local/2015/07-17/casey.html.

    Arrangements consist of:

    • Rite of Reception of the Body, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 5333 E. Washington St.
    • Visitation, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    • Vigil Service and Words of Remembrance, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    • Visitation (continued), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St.
    • Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral

    Please pray for Father Noah and the souls of all the faithfully departed. Eternal rest give unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber

    President

  • Cafeteria renovations underway


    The Scecina cafeteria is undergoing renovations during the summer and will be a new, welcoming space for students when they return in August.

    Greetings!

    I hope everyone enjoyed your Independence Day weekend. It's always a great time to recall our religious liberty and our relatives, friends, and ancestors who risked and even gave their lives to help ensure the existence of the freedom to worship, which allows Scecina Memorial High School to exist as a ministry of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

    We also remember and thank Scecina alumni veterans who, at great risk and hardship, walked in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.

    At Scecina, July means we're getting closer to a new school year. We're preparing now on many levels to welcome our returning and new students in August for a successful school year.

    Summer activities on campus are fully ramped up in anticipation of the new school year. These include professional development for staff; summer athletic conditioning and training programs; summer sports camps for future Crusaders; summer school; interviewing and hiring of new faculty and staff, and capital improvements.

    Our main capital improvement this summer is a full-scale cafeteria renovation. We're creating a more welcoming, refreshing, and life-giving space through new lighting, ceiling, flooring, and paint. This improvement is for our students, staff, teams, clubs, alumni groups, and others. The cafeteria renovation is made possible by the financial support of alumni, parents, and other friends through Giving Back, Looking Forward (annual appeal) and by family tuition payments. Thank you for your support! We expect the renovations to be completed by mid-August or sooner.

    Thank you also to the planning work of our staff and to our Facilities Committee, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors for their approvals of this valuable enhancement for our Crusader community.

    Click here to view “before” photos of the cafeteria. We will post photos of construction in progress from now through mid-August.

    In closing, please take a moment to be aware of the liberties that you enjoy and thank a military veteran or other special person for helping to make them possible.

    God bless,

    Joe Therber

    President

  • Summer improvements at Scecina


    Scecina continues to enhance the student learning experience through the purposeful use of technology.

    Summer greetings!

    As our students enjoy their vacation, we are re-energizing Scecina with many improvements that will enhance their experience this year and beyond.

    We’re focusing on many levels to prepare for next school year in support of our mission. For the 2015-16 school year, our students will find:

    • New staff members: We are recruiting and hiring energized and qualified faculty, a Director of Guidance, a Director of Campus Ministry, and a Dean of Students who are all committed to the principles of Catholic education and who have the experience it takes to be effective leaders.
    • State-of-the-art technology: Scecina is continuing its tradition of excellence by enhancing the student learning experience through the purposeful use of technology via:

      a. An Ethical and Responsible Use of Technology Policy will include guidance and expectations for students, staff, and volunteers

      b. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment in which students are encouraged to bring smartphones, laptops, or tablets to school in accordance with previously communicated standards

      c. Doubling the speed of Internet access through two new servers

      d. A new communication and alert system that we plan to make available during the first semester of the year

      e. Student access to Microsoft Office 2013 Professional, Office 2013 Apps, a Scecina e-mail account, and online cloud storage of school work and projects. Scecina will provide education and training for students on the use of these resources during the first quarter of the school year.

    • Updated facilities: We’re renovating the cafeteria into a very welcoming and attractive space for gathering and dining, changing all of the fixtures in our school restrooms, and installing a new roof on the Blockhouse, which is a safety priority.

    Meanwhile, we are collaborating with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on longer-range plans for improvements to our campus:

    • The archdiocese last month approved our proposed Facility Master Plan. Many students and members of our staff, Board of Directors, and overall community were engaged in this process over several months.
    • A proposal to the archdiocesan administration is being developed for Scecina to conduct a feasibility study for a future capital campaign. A feasibility study raises stakeholders’ awareness of our Facility Master Plan and how it supports our school mission. It also would invite the community to respond to questions relating to our potential readiness for a future capital campaign. (For clarity, we are laying the foundation for a successful campaign; we have not formally started a campaign.)

    I hope you find this update informative and in line with your vision for Scecina Memorial High School. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss any of these topics.

    Enjoy your summer, and thank you for keeping Scecina in your prayers!

    Blessings,
    Joe Therber

    President

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