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

  • Scecina Parent Ambassador Team

    Our Parent Ambassadors help out at various events throughout the school year, like student orientation.

    The role of parental involvement in education is a key element for student success. We at Scecina honor the role of parents and guardians as the first and primary educators of their children.

    Actively engaged parents are critical in helping establish and sustain healthy, ongoing relationships among students, parents and school staff. Therefore, we are forming a new organization known as the Scecina Parent Ambassador Team.

    The Parent Ambassador Team will have four focus areas. These areas, with an example for each category, are:

    1. School and Family Communication: Welcome calls to new families

    2. Special Events: Open House and Club 53 involvement

    3. Affirming School Staff: Back to School Night dinner for staff and Teacher Appreciation Week luncheon

    4. Legislative Affairs: Keeping school families informed of legislative opportunities that have the potential to impact Catholic schools like Scecina.

    We would define a good parent leader as someone who:

    • Believes in the mission of Scecina.
    • Will enlist other volunteers and is a good delegator.
    • Likes to affirm and thank fellow volunteers.
    • Will work collaboratively with the school staff.

     

    If you have questions about the Parent Ambassador Team, please feel free to contact President Joe Therber  (jtherber@scecina.org) or Julanne Sausser (jmsausser@att.net), the current chairperson.

    Again, we value your input and your involvement in our school. 

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President

  • Father Scecina Magazine Winter 2015 Special Edition

    Father Scecina Magazine 2015

    This special edition of the Father Scecina Magazine focuses on history. History fascinates almost everyone. We love the History Channel. We love watching movies like “Unbroken” and television documentaries on the Roosevelts. Books like “American Sniper,” recently made into a feature film, fascinate us.

    Our new Scecina Story project satisfies our desire to learn about our origins and traditions. More importantly, they inspire us. I invite each of you to visit the school, see our tributes to Father Thomas Scecina and the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg on the first floor of the main building and reflect on the stories that are told.

    So why do we study history? And why are we making a big deal out of the life and death of Father Scecina, the school’s namesake, and the decades of service from the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg? After all, Father Scecina never stepped foot on this campus and the Sisters are no longer here. Why now?

    The answers are pretty straightforward, and at Scecina we think history will help our students understand their place as Christians walking in a world of constant change.

    The study of history shows us what it means to be human. Through history we see the good and the bad aspects of humanity. To paraphrase the historian R.G. Collingwood, “History is for human self-knowledge. The only clue to what women and men can do is what women and men have done.” In telling the stories of Father Scecina and the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg, we are calling attention to them. Most importantly, we are saying it is possible to live in service to God and others.

    History helps us be better citizens. Thomas Jefferson thought history was very important for educating citizens. As citizens, it is important to remember that 1,792 American prisoners of war died on the Arisan Maru at the end of World War II. Father Scecina administered last rites to many U.S. POWs before the ship sank. He died with them. These men were the heroes of Bataan, Corregidor, and the Philippine campaign. What does this teach us about being citizens? Freedom is not free.

    History helps us see things over time. It helps us see ourselves as part of something bigger than we are. For Christians, the Incarnation—Christ coming into the world—is the most important event in human history. Father Scecina is part of that continuing story. He gave his life for his friends. To recognize his service to God, country and his friends, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis named our high school after him. Over 800 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi founded the Franciscan movement to follow Christ by living the Gospels. The Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg are part of that story. The Scecina community, all 7,500 plus, are part of these continuing stories.

    I am grateful to the sponsors of the Scecina Story project. Without their support we would not be able to tell the stories of Father Scecina and the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg. I also am grateful for the support of the Scecina Veterans Committee and its efforts to raise money for the bust of Father Scecina. These are your stories, my story, our stories.

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber
    President

    P.S. To view the new special edition of the Father Scecina Magazine 2015 and Annual Report, please click here.

  • Christian Service Program

    Scecina students and staff volunteered at St. Elizabeth Coleman during the 2014 Day of Service.

    Scecina students and staff volunteered at St. Elizabeth Coleman during the 2014 Day of Service.

    Dear Crusader Community,

    Scecina’s mission statement calls us to motivate our diverse and gifted community of students to “live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.” Our Christian Service program plus daily opportunities to live and learn in a spirit of service are integral to our success in living this mission.

    During the last five years, the Christian Service program has successfully provided numerous service and reflection opportunities for our students and staff. Looking back further, our students have engaged in invaluable community service for decades.

    As we implement our Strategic Growth Plan, we will take a fresh look at the program to continue its strengths and to update or improve it where most valuable for our students and community. We will partner with Catholic School Management, Inc. (CSM). CSM works with Catholic elementary and secondary schools nationwide. Therefore, this relationship provides an opportunity to learn from successful Christian service programs nationally and to look ahead in light of our updated (2013) school mission statement.

    CSM and we want to engage many stakeholders in this endeavor. Therefore, during the second week of Lent on March 2, 3, and 4, two CSM representatives will be on campus to invite the viewpoints and inputs of faculty, students, parents, administrators, East Deanery clergy, Board members, and other friends of the school pertaining to Christian service as a core feature of the Scecina experience. Letters of invitation have been extended to members of these constituent groups to ensure a combination of random selection and broad-based representation. We will then receive a report from CSM with their commendations and recommendations.

    Please pray for this worthy undertaking that is at the heart of a Catholic school education. With your help, we will continue to live the school’s vision to “go forth to transform the world inspired by the light of Christ.”

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President

  • Commitment to All Students’ Success

    Greetings!

    I want to thank you for supporting and praying for Scecina Memorial High School through the years.

    As a community of faith, we enter this new year recommitted to our mission, which is to motivate our diverse and gifted students “to attain educational excellence, be lifelong learners and live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.”

    We take seriously our responsibility to recruit a diverse student body, to provide healthy opportunities for them and to give them individual attention so that they feel accepted and connected.

    Our enrollment progress over the past five years shows we are succeeding in meeting those goals. As you can see from the graph (above), each year our freshman class has increased in size. We also are increasing our retention of these students throughout their high school years. As a result, total enrollment numbers are growing as families experience the value that we provide in preparing students for life.

    This growth is moving us toward the target enrollment of 475 students by 2020, a goal recently approved by our Board of Directors. To attain this goal while preparing students for life, we will enhance our individual student success planning, faculty support and development opportunities, and the attractiveness of our campus. Please look for more updates on our Facility Master Plan to unfold this year.

    To establish the 475 student target, our Enrollment Management and Marketing Committee consulted with stakeholders including our teachers and local school principals and pastors. The committee and administration analyzed community data and prioritized the importance of welcoming and retaining students who want to live the values for which our school stands.

    While reaching this goal will require vision and work, together we can do it. Together, we should do it.

    Thank you, our alumni and friends, for helping us reach the milestones that fulfill our Catholic mission rooted in the Gospel and the influence of Father Scecina. Your prayers, volunteer work and financial investments help us provide the rigorous academic programs and student support systems to help us live one of our “10 Great Things”: A commitment to all students’ success.

    God has blessed us with many generous people willing to give back to Scecina Memorial High School and we can’t thank you enough. Here’s to a prosperous 2015 that touches each and every one of our students in positive and lasting ways.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President


  • Happy Catholic Schools Week 2015!


    Dear Crusader Families,

    As we start Catholic Schools Week 2015 with the theme of “Faith, Knowledge, Service,” thank you for the choices that you make to educate your child or children through the ministry of Catholic Schools.

    On behalf of our administration, faculty and staff, we appreciate your faith and the daily sacrifices that you make in support of your children. Please enjoy this video from our Office of Catholic Education Schools Team in appreciation for your commitment to our students and our school:

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President

     

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