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

  • Watch for Jesus

    Dear Scecina Community, 

    Advent and Christmas . . . two of our most favorite times of the year. Most, if not all, of us have fond memories of Christmases past. 

    Last weekend at Mass, on the first Sunday of Advent, the main theme was “Watch”: For Jesus in our hearts. For Jesus in our family, friends, and neighbors. And for Jesus confident that he will come again at the time of God’s choosing.

    I believe I have seen Jesus often in recent days. I frequently interact with alumni and parents who are infinitely devoted to God, Scecina, their children, and various worthy causes. 

    I experienced Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral last week full of high school seniors from all Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Archbishop Charles Thompson ministered to their hearts and minds with his words and images of wisdom.

     This week, many of our seniors are experiencing God’s love through people in their lives. They will see and hear Jesus during their Christian Awakening Senior Retreat. 

    Last week, I saw Jesus’ hands in a room full of education leaders in our city who are deeply vested in serving children of all abilities and backgrounds. 

    The Indianapolis Urban League chose Scecina as one of a handful of schools in metropolitan Indianapolis that excel in many dimensions of their service to young people, their families, and their communities.  

    The keynote speaker at the Urban League luncheon, nationally syndicated columnist Roland S. Martin, spoke of excellent urban education as the most life-changing cause that our country has now and will have during the coming decades. 

    Here at Scecina, our young people are learning and growing, and they are capable of so much going forward. They need us to show Jesus to them. I thank you for what you do that enables this to happen. 

    May God’s peace fill you and yours with faith, hope, and love during the memorable weeks ahead. 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • High school opportunities help students reach their potential

    Dear Scecina Community, 

    Opportunities are the name of the game at Scecina. Academically, spiritually, athletically, and co-curricularly, Scecina opportunities help our diverse and gifted community of students grow and achieve to their potential every day. 

    Nationally, more than 11 million students participate in extra- and co-curricular opportunities such as performing arts, interscholastic athletics, and other outlets. These activities are the best bargain in town, both from a spectator’s perspective and an institution’s perspective. Where else do young people learn and actually put into practice the life lessons of teamwork, time management, compassion, self-discipline, and measurable goal setting? 

    School activities are not “add-ons.” They are central and essential components of a young person’s education and of a community’s unifying spirit. 

    All year round, students discover great opportunities at Scecina. This evening, for example, is our fall play, “Fame.” Tonight’s performance starts a weekend of three stellar performances. Tomorrow, our football team competes for the semi-state championship at Tech High School at 2:00 versus Southridge High School. 

    Winter sports—girls and boys basketball, wrestling, swimming, and cheerleading—are in full swing, as are more than 20 co-curricular opportunities that range from our Baking Club to National Honor Society. 

    The arts, sports, clubs, and service teach young people to perform their skills and operate as a cohesive team in the light of public observation, sometimes even pressure. Students’ successes are opportunities to experience humility during joyful times, as well as optimism and growth during setbacks, real or perceived. 

    May we all find a reason to commend our young people for choosing the exhilarating and challenging road of involvement. While we’re at it, come out and enjoy a contest or a performance. You’ll be glad you did! 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Our March of Excellence

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you    . . . plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).”  

    Greetings, Scecina Community! 

    I have great news! Scecina Memorial High School has received approval from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to undertake the bold and exciting initiative of a forward-looking capital campaign. 

    This initiative will be the first of its kind in Scecina’s history. It will be a transformative step in our never-ending march of excellence—living the Gospel and attaining the best possible results in all that we do.

    The campaign will seek gifts of prayer, service, and treasure for the following priorities that emerged from our Strategic Growth Plan, stakeholder discussion groups, and personal interviews: 

    • Constructing new exterior sports and activity fields 
    • Constructing a chapel inside the school building 
    • Modernizing and re-locating the weight room to the school building 
    • Renovating the main entrance on Nowland Avenue while making it handicap accessible and more visitor friendly
    • Establishing an Academic Excellence Fund 
    • Expanding our Facilities Endowment Fund. 

    The organizational phase of the campaign is underway and will continue into 2018. Scecina alumni and friends locally and nationally will then receive more information and invitations to participate during the following 12 months. 

    Guiding the campaign will be an Executive Committee consisting of these alumni and friends: 

    • Mary A. (Robinson, 1961) and David S. Allen 
    • Dr. Sheila (McNelis, 1979) Gamache and Bob Bates 
    • Chris (1987) and Paje (Etling) Felts
    • Lori (Watts, 1977) and Kevin Johnson (1977) 
    • Nancy (Wagner, 1985) and Kris Leming 
    • George Newhart (1960) 
    • Mike and Anne (Mullin) O’Connor 
    • Bob Golobish, Vice President of Advancement 
    • Jean (Kriech, 1985) Donlan, Campaign Coordinator 
    • Joe Therber, President 

    We are in the process of inviting and enlisting Honorary Chairs, National Advisors and additional campaign leaders. Scecina has retained the consulting services of the Institute for School and Parish Development (www.ispd.com) to help guide the campaign. 

    As a school community, we have made significant progress in every facet of Scecina. I am truly excited to see this campaign unfold and want to thank you in advance for your prayers, suggestions, and support. 

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Reflecting on courage, sacrifice and community

    Dear Friends, 

    Entering November and approaching the Thanksgiving holiday, we have so much for which to be grateful. I think of Veterans Day next week on Saturday, November 11. How blessed we are as a Scecina community to know that so many of our alumni have answered the call to defend and protect human freedoms. 

    The event program for Father Tom Day last week contained a listing of deceased and living Scecina alumni military veterans. Reflecting on these courageous individuals’ lives and self-sacrifice is a wonderful experience. We honored Mr. Tom Griffin (right, with President Therber) of our Class of 1962  last week with the annual Father Tom Service Award, an award that we bestow upon a person for making Scecina Memorial High School an important part of his or her life and for frequently “giving that little extra.” 

    As with Saints and saints in the Catholic Church, you could say that we have Father Tom Service Award Recipients and recipients. Thank you for all that you do to ensure and advance Scecina as a vital ministry of our Church! The October/November window is a time of accomplishments and transitions. Our students recently completed the first grading period. 257 students, or more than half our student body, earned Honor Roll status for the first quarter of the year. We have bright and dedicated students! 

    As I interact with prospective students who visit Scecina at this time of year, it is a privilege to answer their questions and share with them the noble legacy of Father Thomas Scecina, the mission of our school, the accomplishments and impact of our alumni, the aspirations of our current students, and the generosity of our Scecina community. 

    Thank you for being aboard this journey! 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Scecina's A rating shows students' growth

    Congratulations Scecina Community! As we reported last week, Scecina has once again earned an A grade in the Indiana Department of Education school accountability rating system.

    The state rating system utilizes multiple measurements of academic performance and progress, including standardized test scores and measurable indicators of college and career readiness. A significant dimension of Scecina’s A rating is our students’ test score growth from middle school to high school. I commend our students for believing in their growth potential, our teachers for fostering a growth mindset, and our parents for all that you do.

    School accountability is but a pathway to higher goals. At Scecina, we want every college-bound student to identify and gain acceptance to his or her college or university of choice.

    Already this semester, our college and career counselor, Mr. Josh Orndorff, has hosted or scheduled 26 college and university admissions representative visits. That’s about one higher education visit for every two days our students will have been in school by the end of October. Because of Scecina’s mission to prepare students for college and life, we present a range of higher education options to our students. As a result, our students are interacting with Ivy Tech Community College, the University of Notre Dame, and other prestigious institutions statewide and nationally.

    Being a parent in society today is daunting. Parents, we appreciate all the sacrifices that you make and the insights you have about your children.

    This week, we are recommending two websites that have practical, interesting tips and information about growing up and succeeding in today’s world. The two organizations, which are based on faith and values, are www.growingleaders.com and www.leadlikejesus.com.

    Links to these websites now appear in the Parenting Resources section of The Weekly. I hope you visit them often and find benefit in them.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Joe Therber
    President 

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