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June 2017

Dear Scecina Community,

Scecina Memorial High School is committed to forward-looking, successful and inclusive planning that leads to continual improvement and faithfulness to our Catholic mission. We are four years into implementing our Strategic Growth Plan. I am pleased to report the following accomplishments, which are benefiting our students and community, thanks to the generous commitment and work of hundreds of faculty, staff, students, parents, volunteers, donors, and other friends. 

Sincerely,

Joe Therber
President


  • Summer 2017

    • Held first Distinguished Servant Leader Award ceremony during which four senior students shared personal stories of learning and growth through Christian service during their time at Scecina. 
  • Summer 2016

    • Attained 95 percent of current target enrollment of 475 students.
    • Gained acceptance to be a pilot school in the archdiocesan Latino Outreach Initiative.
    • Created Vice President of Community Initiatives position to aid the expansion of the International Student Program.
    • Developed “Discover Opportunities” marketing strategy to highlight students’ learning and growth opportunities inside and outside the classroom.
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  • Summer 2017

    • Implemented LabSim by TestOut, an online program with interactive lessons in Microsoft Office 2016 to help prepare students for college and careers.
    • Expanded Biomedical Sciences into fourth-year curriculum during 2016-17.
    • Designed and launched a healthcare careers class taught by Scecina science faculty and Community Hospital East professionals to begin in the 2017-18 school year.
    • Added computer science class and began constructing additional computer lab for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Summer 2016

    • Saw the Class of 2016 receive a record-setting amount of more than $10 million in college and university scholarship offers.
    • Expanded Biomedical Sciences curriculum into the fourth and capstone year during the 2016 -17 school year.
    • Implemented academic dual-credit university partnerships with Indiana University and Vincennes University.
    • Again earned the State of Indiana “A” rating for academic performance and progress.
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  • Summer 2017


    • Attained 95 percent of current target enrollment of 475 students.
    • Gained acceptance to be a pilot school in the archdiocesan Latino Outreach Initiative.
    • Created Vice President of Community Initiatives position to aid the expansion of the International Student Program.
    • Developed “Discover Opportunities” marketing strategy to highlight students’ learning and growth opportunities inside and outside the classroom.
  • Summer 2016

    Progressed to 95 percent of the current target enrollment of 475 students with a 2015-16 opening day enrollment of 453 students.

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  • Summer 2017

    • Researched, purchased, and began faculty training in a university-level Learning Management System that facilitates online curricula, academic resources, and grading of student academic work.
  • Summer 2016

    • Hired a Technology Integration Specialist to impact technology professional development for teachers.
    • Invested in a college preparatory Learning Management System for on-line submission, viewing, and grading of student academic work.
    • Ensured that every classroom has a wireless technology environment with flat-screen television monitors for internet access and videoconference abilities.
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  • Summer 2017

    • Transformed the library into the Gerald R. Matheny Community Library and the John P. Hofer Collaboration Room, which opened in October 2016.
    • Designed, funded, and planned $400,000 in classroom renovations for Summer 2017.
  • Summer 2016

    Completed the following Facility Master Plan projects:

    • Designed, funded, and began construction of a modern college-preparatory, technology-rich library as a learning and meeting center for students and community groups, which will open in September 2016.
    • Installed a new sound system in the gymnasium to enhance the quality of major school events.
    • Completed a full-scale cafeteria renovation.
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  • Summer 2017

    • Initiated and have nearly completed the process of seeking approval from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to conduct a capital campaign to fund vital initiatives
    • Completed first year of CREST program (Crusaders Reaching Educational and Social Success Together) to enhance the academic and life skills for students with high-functioning autism.
  • Summer 2016 Update

    Presented Father Tom Challenge Coins at Commencement to each member of the Class of 2016 to commemorate and motivate graduates to imitate Father Tom’s spirit of service and sacrifice.

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  • Summer 2017

    • Continued as founding member of Eastside Catholic School Partnership with Holy Spirit, Little Flower, and Our Lady of Lourdes schools.
    • •Created Vice President of Community Initiatives to explore partnership opportunities to provide technical training for students who plan to enter the workforce straight from high school.
    • Partnered with Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership to offer home purchase and improvement assistance to employees.
    • •Entered into new partnership with Franciscan Health for athletic training services for student athletes.
    • •Maintained ongoing partnerships with Museum of Science and Industry, Community Hospital East, Project Lead the Way and Marian University
  • Summer 2016

    Developed agreement with Community Hospital East and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for Scecina and Community Hospital to develop a student career shadowing initiative.

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  • Summer 2017

    • Created the Scecina Women’s Circle and the Scecina Business Connection to foster community, networking opportunities and philanthropy among our alumni and friends.
  • Summer 2016

    • Completed a Capital Campaign Exploration, Discovery, and Financial Feasibility Study involving nearly 300 stakeholders and presented a consultant’s written report with recommendations to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. 
    • Held 15 Alumni Information Gathering sessions through which 93 alumni donated 1,740 hours of volunteer time to share alumni success stories from all eras of Scecina’s history.
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  • Summer 2017

    • Attained eight consecutive years of financial surplus operations.
    • Engaged the Financial Model Subcommittee to review and update the school’s multi-year financial model for income and expenses.
  • Summer 2016

    • Completed a Capital Campaign Exploration, Discovery, and Financial Feasibility Study involving nearly 300 stakeholders and presented a consultant's written report with recommendations to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
    • Discovered numerous alumni through the Capital Campaign Feasibility Study who have included Scecina or may consider including Scecina in their estate plans for perpetual benefit to the school.
    • Received an increase in annual financial operating support from Indianapolis deanery parishes in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, which is projected to continue in future years.
    • Attained an actual surplus operating budget as of June 20, 2016, for the seventh consecutive year.
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