This week, our Crusader gridiron squad prepares to take the field in the Semi-State Championship Game on Friday night versus Linton-Stockton. I want to make note of the true Crusader Spirit that marks our football team and numerous other school endeavors.
Last week, we held our Open House for prospective students and families. 195 guests attended the event. Our student guests ranged from grades 5 to 11, and they hailed from 20 different schools in our community. Our Advancement Staff, Student Ambassadors, parent volunteers, faculty, and staff did a tremendous job of displaying Crusader hospitality and spirit.
The football team itself showed the spirit and resiliency that has marked its season since spring and summer workouts. The team has played in a variety of weather situations and has battled a host of injuries leading to numerous on-the-field playing combinations all season.
Yesterday, at a CYO Boys Cadet “A” Basketball Pre-Season Tournament game, I had the pleasure of visiting with an alumnus from our Class of 1989 and the Saint Michael—Greenfield Class of 1985. This individual, an accomplished professional and active parishioner in the Indianapolis West Deanery, remarked that he is now President of the Parish Council in his parish. He then said, “If I learned one thing at Scecina, it’s that you have to get involved.”
During the next game of the tournament, I visited with another alumnus from the late 1970’s. This graduate has a son who is in the 8th grade at an area Catholic school. He said, “Scecina would be a great fit for my son. It would give him the personalized attention and opportunities to grow that he needs.”
Just a week ago, our Strategic Growth Planning initiative continued with the first in a series of workshops for our Planning Area Teams. 98 participants attended! We had strong representation from parents, school staff, alumni, and friends. The initiative will continue through next spring. A couple current projects within the overall project are satisfaction surveys for current school families and staff. I look forward to the results!
As Thanksgiving approaches, thank you very much for your Crusader Spirit. We are in the midst of our Giving Back, Looking Forward annual appeal with $330,000 pledged toward our minimum goal of $678,000. To the people whose generosity has brought us to this point, thank you very much! If you have not yet had an opportunity to make a difference, please respond as generously as you can when you hear from us.