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  • 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


  • Strategic Growth Plan Update December 2014

    December 10, 2014

    Dear Scecina Community,

    Scecina Strong: We are a vibrant community of more than 7,500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends involved in a transformative Catholic mission, operating a GREAT Catholic high school on the Eastside of Indianapolis. As an important community member, you have helped us be the school that we have become. Grateful to you, I want to update you twice a year on the progress we are making as we implement our Strategic Growth Plan.

    We named the planning process, “Uniting People. Faith. Vision.” We sought to Unite the People of our community, based on the Faith of our Church, to develop a Vision for the future. Unity is still what we seek. Unity brings strength to do what needs to be done to advance the mission of the school.

    Through your involvement and support, we are making things happen. The progress report summarizes many advancements that we have made as a community since November 2013, which marks the month when the Archdiocese of Indianapolis approved the plan.

    Because we grow and improve as a school together, I would like your feedback. After reviewing the progress report, please complete the confidential survey. Again, thank you very much for your time and support. Please continue to be involved!

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President

    P.S. After reviewing the progress report, we would like to receive your feedback. Please complete this confidential survey.


     
  • Grateful for a Strong Scecina Community


    Archbishop Tobin shaking hands with President Therber at Father Tom Mass on November 5th

    This month, we celebrated a splendid Father Tom Day Mass on campus. It was a lively and first-rate celebration of Father Tom and of our school community.

    We had a full house. To be a little more informal, the gym was packed! It was a beautiful and strong sight that reflected many profound messages and realities

    Why was it such a special day?

    To welcome everyone to Father Tom Day, I commented that we are a “Scecina Strong” community of more than 7,500 people from various walks of life. The full house on Father Tom Day was a profound testament of our community.

    Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C. Ss. R., was the primary Mass celebrant. Eight priests who currently serve in the East Deanery or who have served here at one time concelebrated.

    Our ongoing mission as a co-educational archdiocesan Catholic high school means many things. One is that we have a collaborative and positive relationship with the Archbishop of Indianapolis, who now is Archbishop Joseph Tobin, C. Ss. R. Were it not for the full endorsement of the Archbishop of Indianapolis, whoever he is at any given moment, we would not exist.

    Think about that! Archbishop Tobin, like his predecessors including Archbishop Daniel Buechlein most recently, is like a parent to us. Archbishops give us life, guidance, encouragement, and support. If we wander from the intended path, which we hope not to do, Archbishop Tobin can call us back.

    Who else celebrated Father Tom Day? Our liturgical choir was absolutely outstanding. All of our students’ attentiveness and engagement in the Mass were high. Our teachers and our students’ parents, the first and primary educators, deserve much credit for fostering reverence and respect during this Mass and all of our weekly all-school Masses.

    Joining in the day were many alumni and friends, including Board members, parents, grandparents, and members of our Veterans Committee. I enjoy saying that our alumni veterans and the Veterans Committee are special people whose deep respect for Father Tom and for the values of service and sacrifice inspire us.

    Nearly 200 East Deanery middle school students joined us with their teachers and principals. Each East Deanery school brought its 6th, 7th, or 8th grade class to learn about Father Tom and experience Mass on the Scecina campus. These young people and their adult leaders represented the schools of Saint Philip Neri, Holy Cross, Little Flower, Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Spirit, and Saint Michael (Greenfield) in fine fashion.

    At the conclusion of Mass, we presented the Father Tom Service Award to Father Bob Gilday, Pastor of Little Flower Parish. We present this award annually to a person who has made Scecina Memorial High School an important part of his or her life and who often, in Father Tom’s words, “gives that little extra.”

    In his own words, Father Bob was shocked—a reflection of his humility. As Little Flower pastor and as a member of our Board of Directors, Father Bob often goes the extra mile and is a strong source of insight, support, and advocacy that have helped our school grow and improve during the last several years. The Little Flower students in attendance led the applause for their pastor.

    When Archbishop Tobin began his homily, his first word was, “Finally.” He said that he was glad to finally be at our school to celebrate Father Tom Day with our community after we had to postpone the event three times last year during the harsh winter that we all want to forget but are bracing ourselves for again.

    The second time that I met Archbishop Tobin after he came to Indianapolis, his words were, “Scecina. I want to visit Scecina.” I appreciated Archbishop Tobin’s unsolicited desire to be part of a school that is similar to high schools and communities where he has ministered previously. The archbishop’s opening word—“Finally”—attests to his desire to be in positive relationship with Scecina Memorial High School.

    As he continued, Archbishop Tobin told a story of a friend who was a priest who needed to give a special homily. The priest asked his cousin, a beautiful young girl to come forward and assist him with his homily. She stood by the priest as he spoke. He spoke about love. Eventually, he asked his cousin to imagine that someday a young man would look at her with starry eyes and say that he loved her with all his heart, mind, soul, and might. The priest turned to the girl and asked her what she should do when that occurred. The blushing young girl did not know what to say. The priest came to her rescue. He told her to “Run like h***!”

    The point of the story is that only God can love us completely and at all times, and that He created us to love Him from the deepest part of ourselves, as well. Even though we love one another as best we can, only God can love us infinitely, unconditionally, and at all times.

    Surely, for us as a Catholic high school, conveying this truth of our Christian faith is as valuable as every diploma that we present at Commencement. The vocation that we all share is to make and fulfill a commitment to know, love, and serve God every day. How, when, and where we know, love, and serve Him is unique to every person.

    Only 34 years of age when he died in service to God, freedoms, and his fellow man, Father Thomas Scecina lived his vocation to the fullest. While none of us is likely to endure a multi-mile torturous military death march or to die at sea on a Prisoner of War ship as he did, we all can serve and sacrifice today and tomorrow, just as he did.

    Archbishop Tobin pointed out a unique fact about our school. He noted that we are the only high school in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis established to remember and honor a Catholic priest who willingly gave his life for his friends. Please watch the video of his homily.

    May we live in such a way that our heavenly diplomas will be written with numerous examples of cheerfully living, in the words of our mission statement, “as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.”

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy the time with your family and friends. Grateful to everyone who strengthens and spreads our “Scecina Strong” community, I am,

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President