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

  • Lent at Scecina offers several opportunities to deepen faith

    Greetings, 

    The upcoming season of Lent offers more opportunities for Scecina students and staff to experience and live our Catholic Christian identity than at any other time during the school year. 

    Lent is the period before Easter that we Christians devote to fasting, abstinence, and penitence. As Pope Francis has said, "Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy." The period commemorates Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. 

    Director of Campus Ministry Maria Siap again has produced a Lenten schedule that will deepen the spiritual experience for our school. We’ll be able to adore, to confess, and to reflect collectively and individually. 

    Our Ash Wednesday service next week at 9:35 a.m. will be led by Father Paul Koetter of Holy Spirit Parish. 

    On Friday March 3 we will mark the Stations of the Cross, or the Way of the Cross. You can learn more about this Catholic devotion that follows Jesus’ last day at www.catholic.org/prayers/station.php .

    We have set aside two days, March 9 and March 16, for adoration in our chapel in St. Francis Hall. Theology classes will rotate so that someone is continuously with the Blessed Sacrament. Students also can receive passes to pray in the chapel. 

    The gymnasium will become a solemn space for reflection and prayer on during students’ resource periods on March 31. Several priests from the East Deanery parishes will be with us. Students can use the space to examine their conscience and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students who are not Catholic also may speak with one of the priests during this time, if they wish. 

    Our Lenten observance as a school will conclude on April 14 with our Good Friday service at 12:10 p.m. in the gym. You are welcome to join us. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Siap at msiap@scecina.org

    Again, our Lenten practices are an important facet of being a great Catholic high school. I wish you and your family peace this Lenten season. I also invite you to the baseball team’s Ash Wednesday Fish Fry from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 1 in the cafeteria. This is a great tradition for breaking your fast on Ash Wednesday. 

    Peace,
    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Your feedback helps Scecina provide the best education

    Science teacher Mrs. Dee Ann Sinclair  in her Scecina classroom. 

    Greetings, 

    For the fourth consecutive year, we invited parents, students and staff in December to take part in our Net Promoter Score survey. This input opportunity shows us what we’re doing well at Scecina Memorial High School, as well as the areas where we can improve in our service to students and families.

    In the survey, parents are asked one simple question: "As a parent, how likely is it that you would recommend Scecina Memorial 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. Thank you to all who took the time to complete the survey. Several of you also left compliments about the job we’re doing at Scecina. Here are a few of those positive comments from parents:

    • “Because SMHS is small, the staff and faculty know the students, and every student has the opportunity to participate in many things (sports, music, etc.).” 
    • “Very happy with how my children who graduated from Scecina have done in college.” 
    • "I think Scecina offers the best education and spiritual guidance these students need. Faculty is awesome!” 

    The results also show your feedback on areas where you believe we can improve. Again, thank you for this valuable input. You can read more about the survey and the results at www.scecina.org/what-parents-are -saying

    Implementing this survey also reinforces one of Scecina’s Core Values, Excellence: Living the Gospel and attaining the best possible results in all that we do. 

     Thank you for sharing for insights with us, and God bless you and your families, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

    The Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Ind. Several of the sisters will come to Scecina on Jan. 29, 2017, for a special viewing of "A Sign of The Cross," a film that documents the Sisters' history.

    Greetings, 

    We're celebrating National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29-Feb. 4. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We exist for these reasons! 

    It’s fitting during Catholic Schools Week that we honor a community of women who each day live out their commitment to faith, knowledge and service. Since the late 1950s, the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, have profoundly touched the lives of many who walked the halls of Scecina Memorial High School. The Sisters served Scecina as administrators, teachers, friends, coaches and mentors. Our school’s connection to the Sisters remains special to this day.

    On Sunday, January 29, Scecina hosted a viewing of “A Sign of The Cross,” a documentary about the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, that already has appeared on PBS. The film was written, directed and produced by a Scecina graduate, Jeannine “Andy” Murphy, and is narrated by local TV anchor Debby Knox. 

    More than 50 years after she graduated from Scecina, Andy still felt a close connection to the Sisters and was moved to tell their story. Her 50-minute film documents the Sisters’ incredible 165 years of history, not just in Indiana and at Scecina, but across the world. 

    Most of you likely have seen the display wall in our main hallway that pays tribute to the Sisters and their service to our school. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to stop in and take a moment to learn more and reflect with us.

    Also at Scecina during Catholic Schools Week, we explored vocations. Fifth-graders from our partner schools joined Scecina students to hear a panel discuss vocations. Our second annual vocations panel included a priest, a nun, a married couple and a deacon. 

    I can repeat and write plenty of superlatives about our school and Catholic education in general. I think the Catholic Schools Week theme sums up what matters most: faith, knowledge, service. Thank you for choosing Catholic schools!;

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Scecina strengthens community engagement

    Conrad Cortellini 

    Greetings, 

    A New Year’s question: Do you know what a fractal is? Fractal is a word you will be hearing a lot more of at Scecina, thanks to Conrad Cortellini. Besides being an enthusiastic graduate of Scecina, Class of 1961, Conrad is an accomplished architect and artist who soon will take up residence at our school with a studio on the lower hall across from the visual arts room. 

    Conrad is in the process of building a Feedback Fractal. At 34 feet by 24 feet, it will be perhaps the world’s largest paper sculpture. He plans to build more of the project at Scecina. You can learn more about Conrad’s project at http://feedbackfractal.com/ 

    A fractal, according to FractalFoundation.org, “is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are . . . created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop.” 

    Scecina’s unique partnership with Conrad holds all sorts of potential to engage current and prospective students and the wider community in exploring the skills and life lessons that art can teach.  There’s a community aspect to the project; students, staff, alumni, and friends can be involved in building parts of the sculpture.

    “I personally am quite excited about the prospects this opportunity represents,” Conrad wrote in his newsletter, Metaphor. 

    Speaking of feedback loops (an element of fractals), thank you to our students, parents, and staff members who participated in our Net Promoter Score survey recently. The results are in, and I will be sharing summaries with the community later this month on our website and in communications directly to the students, parents, and staff. 

    Finally, as an Eastside anchor institution, Scecina has joined with Community Hospital East, Lutheran Child and Family Services, and the Jane Pauley Community Health Center to apply for a matching grant through a pilot initiative of the Indy Chamber and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP). This wonderful opportunity is a quality-of-life initiative that focuses on helping anchor institutions’ employees who want to live close to where they work. I will share more updates during the next couple months after more dialogue with the INHP and the Indy Chamber. 

    Thank you for your prayers and ongoing support of the great students at Scecina Memorial High School! 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Looking to 2017 and beyond: A special announcement

    Scecina Principal John Hegarty 

    Dear Scecina community, 

    Today I am announcing some exciting changes that will move Scecina Memorial High School forward and build upon our school’s history of success.

    I believe God is continually showing us a path forward. Listening, discerning, and then acting, we can realize the vision that God has for us. 

    Cardinal Tobin reflected on the theme of vision in his homily recently at the Senior Mass for the Class of 2017. He encouraged the seniors to remember that God is not in the rearview mirror; instead, He is like a car’s headlights, always showing us the way home, illuminating our path. 

    I believe that God is beckoning Scecina to grow again, to be more and do more. As a result, I have been talking with the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools, the Scecina Board of Directors and many staff members about Scecina’s growth model for the future. We all agree that Scecina is being called to: 

    • Expand our students’ educational opportunities and life skills; 
    • Further enhance our school’s impact and position in the community; 
    • Create new sources of revenue; and 
    • Build our enrollment even more. 

    Responding to new opportunities while holding close our mission and traditions, we will continue to develop servant leaders who make a difference in the world. Looking ahead to 2017, we hope to expand some programs and explore some new ones. For a few examples, we plan to: 

    • Expand our International Student Program; 
    • Explore partnership opportunities to provide technical training for our students who plan to enter the workforce straight from high school; and 
    • Expand our CREST program (Crusaders Reaching Educational Success Together) to enhance the academic and life skills for students with high-functioning autism.

    To make this happen, we are creating a new leadership position, which we are now calling Vice President of Community Initiatives. A primary responsibility under this new position will be collaboration with administrative, staff and community leaders to develop program implementation plans and resource goals. Key qualities necessary for the position include: experience in education, understanding of issues relating to international students and fondness for students with special learning needs. 

    We project this new initiative will help more of our students succeed, expand our impact, and generate net revenue for new or existing programs, capital improvements, endowment funds and/or savings for future opportunities. 

    Because of his gifts and affinity for this new initiative, I invited our principal, Mr. John Hegarty, to consider taking on this new role. John’s gifts fit this position, plus he already has demonstrated his commitment to Scecina and his ability to be a positive ambassador for our school. He recently traveled to China as a Scecina representative and expanded his knowledge about international student programs. 

    I am delighted to say that John has accepted my invitation to become Vice President of Community Initiatives. I thank him for sharing his gifts and talents in the past, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future. 

    With John accepting the new position, we will begin recruiting a new principal. The recruitment process will begin in January. We plan to create a Search Committee that will, among other duties, seek input from students, staff, parents and the Scecina Community. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the principal search. 

    Thank you for keeping Scecina in your thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as we await, reflect on and experience the meaning of God coming into our lives through the person of Jesus. 

    Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

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