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  • High Expectations, High Support

    Recently I received the fantastic news that Crusader baseball coach and 1968 alum, Dave Gandolph, was named Regional Coach of The Year. The award is impressive and well-deserved. How it was earned is impressive as well.

    The Crusader baseball program excelled this year, in large part, because Coach Gandolph created a team culture of high expectations and high support. “Expect to Win” was the team’s motto. They did just that—and often! Yes, it’s amazing what setting expectations can do. But at Scecina Memorial, high expectations are not reserved just for our athletic programs.college visit

    One of our Strategic Growth Plan goals is to create a culture of high expectations and high support at Scecina Memorial High School across all areas. Therefore, last school year, a group of faculty, parents, and volunteers, chaired by Principal John Hegarty, evaluated the strengths and limitations in our school day schedule.

    The committee reviewed factors such as the start and end times of the school day;the length and number of class periods;tutoring opportunities;and students' availability for college planning, academic advising, and other counseling topics. Following this assessment, the group recommended potential adjustments that would foster high expectations and high support for our students.

    The results of this process have produced a new Daily Schedule that will greatly benefit our students in many ways. We have added a Resource Period to our school day that will allow students to:

    • Meet individually with an academic advisor on a quarterly basis (without conflicting with in-class time) to develop and review a personalized Student Success Plan.
    • Attend tutoring sessions with a faculty member for extra instruction, practice, and/or test preparation.
    • Meet with college representatives when they visit our campus.
    • Discuss college admission and scholarship opportunities with our College Counselor.
    • Complete homework during the school day.

    This enhanced Daily Schedule will foster high expectations and support for our students; and, just as it was with our baseball program, success and recognition are sure to follow. Thank you to our staff members and volunteers who generously shared their time and viewpoints to help make this enhancement a homerun! (I couldn’t resist.)

    In Catholic Education,

    Joe Therber



     

  • Scholar Athlete Awards | Guest Speaker, Jack Doyle

    The month of May is an exciting time for our Scecina Memorial High School families. There are a number of events that celebrate the successes of our students and that affirm the school community’s role in making these successes possible. This week, I would like to share my remarks from two such events, starting with the Scholar Athlete Awards that took place on May 18th.

    Welcome!

    "I would like to begin by welcoming and congratulating our 8th grade guests and their parents from the East Deanery Catholic schools.

    To the parents of our Scecina students, you are your children's first and primary educators. Thank you for supporting and encouraging your children in all that they do.

    To our students, congratulations on earning the Scholar Athlete award. It has come your way because you enjoy and are good at setting and achieving goals in spirit, mind, and body. What is equally impressive is that you are committing to academic and athletic success at a time when more is being asked of you in these areas than perhaps at any time in the history of education in this country.

    This program began in 1997, when many of you were born, so you could say that the Scholar Athlete Awards program is a classmate of yours.

    We have continued this tradition because it reflects our mission of standing for academic excellence while encouraging students to develop all the gifts that God gives us, just as Father Scecina did during his lifetime.


    Indianapolis Colt and East Deanery alumnus, Jack Doyle, speaks to student-athletes at the 2014 Scholar Athlete Awards.

    Today, it is my pleasure to introduce a successful and Christian person who grew up on the East side, Mr. Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts.

    Jack is a great role model for us because he works hard, sees a temporary setback as a new avenue on the road to success, and sets a good example as a friendly, honorable person. Jack attended and graduated from one of our partner schools, Holy Spirit. He has played in the same gymnasium and football field and learned in the same classrooms as many of you have. Jack then went on to become a successful student-athlete at Cathedral High School.

    When I think of Jack, a particular saying comes to mind: "It's not where you start that counts; it's where you finish."

    One example of that saying, and I mean this as a compliment to Jack, is that he did not make the high school All-City football team, yet his work habits, optimism, determination, and commitment to academic success lead him to be a starter in the National Football League during the most recent season.

    Jack played college football at Western Kentucky University in the Sun Belt Conference. During his freshman year, he started 10 games, caught 37 passes, and was named to a national All-Freshmen team. As a sophomore, he suffered a season-ending injury during the year, but still started 7 games and caught 20 passes, again embodying the importance of "it's where you finish that counts."

    During his junior year, he started every game and was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference. During his senior year, he started all 13 games--including a bowl game with a touchdown on national television--and caught 53 passes. That year, he was named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference. During Jack's four-year college career, he was a three-time captain for Western Kentucky.

    After his college career, in 2013, Jack signed with the Tennessee Titans. Soon after, the Colts traded for him. Last season, Jack made a quick impact with the Colts, starting on special teams and on offense as a receiver and run blocker.

    Please join me in welcoming Jack Doyle.”

    View the Scholar Athlete Photo Gallery Here!

    58th Commencement Ceremony

    On Friday, I will share my remarks from our 58th Commencement Ceremony that took place on May 23.