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  • Scecina's Campus Crusade: A fun day for a great cause

    By Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.
     jbrettnacher@scecina.org

    Dear Parents, 

    What a great day last Friday for Scecina’s Campus Crusade day! It was my first experience with the Crusade. Allow me to share with you our goal progress, where the money is going, and student field events, and also recognize those who helped to organize the fun day. 

    Campus Crusade encompassed a walk-a-thon to raise money. This year the school set a goal to raise $13,000. I am pleased to inform you that as of May 10, we have raised $11,720. We are so close to reaching our goal.  The junior class has won the class participation competition and will get a pizza lunch.

    As a reminder, the money raised goes toward tuition assistance, academics, care of campus, student life (clubs and athletics) or campus ministry, and a $1,000 charitable donation this year to Catholic Relief Services of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. It is gratifying to know that the money raised will help our students, the school, and the community.

    During the day, students participated in field events. The events included a scooter race, dodgeball, musical chairs, walk-a-thon, water kickball, tug-a-war, and a dance office. Our students had a blast. The classes competed against each other to determine an overall winner. The seniors won the field event competition.

    Mr. Kurt Guldner, Mr. Mark Paras, and senior leaders (Isabelle Leffler, Libby Joson, Molly Griffin, Jack Wright, Cobie Dillard, Monica Higgins, and DeChelle Turner), helped to plan the field events. President Joe Therber, Mrs. Beth Murphy, Mr. Bob Globish, Ms. Gia Spaulding and Ms. Mandy Crandell worked on the campaign materials and finances. The faculty and staff supervised the events, and we had a cookout for lunch. The day seemed to go off without a hitch, and the students had fun!

    If you have yet to donate to this cause and want to help us reach our goal, please send your donation to Mrs. Beth Murphy. Rumor has it that President Therber will spend the night on the school’s roof if we reach our goal.  Have a great weekend! 

    Joseph Brettnacher, Ph.D.
    Principal

  • Scecina's Campus Crusade coming up on May 4

        

    By Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.
     jbrettnacher@scecina.org

    Dear Parents and Friends of Scecina, 

    I want to tell you about Scecina Memorial High School’s upcoming Campus Crusade. The event is an annual school community “walking for each other” fundraising event. Students raise money for tuition assistance, academics, care of the campus, student life (clubs and athletics), and campus ministry by participating in the walkathon event on Friday, May 4. It will be a fun day of activities. 

    Students can start raising money beginning on Wednesday, April 18. Each student has the goal of raising $50. (There are other levels for families with more than one student.) I want to let you know some things about raising the money, along with incentives. Next, I will explain how your child can make “the ask” for donations. Finally, I will give some examples of whom to ask. 

    Students will learn about Campus Crusade after Mass on April 18. As I mentioned, the goal for each student is $50, and each student must turn in all donations by Wednesday, May 2. As one incentive, each student who turns in $50 gets to be out of uniform for the rest of the school year, starting on the Monday, May 7. Students who raise $100 or more will be entered into a drawing for a $250. We’ll announce more incentives later. 

    When making “the ask” for donations, students should explain to the donor that the funds will help more students get a Catholic education at Scecina. The students should explain that half of what they raise goes to tuition assistance, but the student has the option of designating where the rest of their donations will go. The money will go toward tuition assistance, academics, care of campus, student life (clubs and athletics) or campus ministry. Students should tell potential donors about their Scecina story (activities they participate in and why the school is important to them) to help raise funds. 

    Who are some of the potential donors? Scecina alumni are one example. Another example is grandparents and other relatives. Neighbors and friends are potential donors too. We ask that students do not solicit businesses. 

    In summary, this year’s Campus Crusade in Friday, May 4. We will have early dismissal (time to be announced later) after the walkathon and the activities end. Students have a goal of raising $50 or more, and there are special incentives to do so. A student can start raising money on Wednesday, April 18 and they must turn in all funds by Wednesday, May 2. The money goes towards tuition assistance, academics, care of the campus, student life (clubs and athletics), and campus ministry. Best of all, there are incentives for each student who raises $50 or more. Students will receive their Campus Crusade packets after Spring Break. 

    We'll see you all back at school on April 16. Have a great Spring Break! 

    Blessings,
    Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D. 

  • Scecina's Good Friday tradition

        

    By Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.
     jbrettnacher@scecina.org

    Dear Parents and Friends of Scecina,

    I am writing to inform you of our school-day schedule, activities, and student attendance expectations for Good Friday, which this year falls on Friday, March 30. Good Friday is one of the most important and solemn days that the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions recognize every year.

    Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day, we observe the death, passion, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. We admire Jesus Christ’s selfless and faithful death on the Cross as a supreme act of forgiveness and trust in God’s mercy.

    Many Catholic schools choose to ensure that their students can prayerfully celebrate Good Friday. We at Scecina have chosen for many years to celebrate Good Friday liturgy as a school community.

    The school has shortened the school day for Good Friday. The school will provide our students and staff with a prayerful experience to remember Jesus’ obedience to the Father and his boundless forgiveness. We invite parents and family members to join us, as well.

    The Good Friday schedule for Friday, March 30, will consist of 34-minute classes as follows:

    Period 1 7:30 – 8:04
    Period 2 8:09 – 8:43
    Period 3 8:48 – 9:22
    Period 4 9:27 – 10:01
    Period 5 10:06 – 10:40
    Period 6 10:45 – 11:19
    Period 7 11:24 – 11:58
    Period 8 12:03 – 12:37
    Good Friday Liturgy 12:42 – 1:50

    As you can tell, the school cafeteria will not serve lunch on Good Friday. To commemorate Jesus’ extreme sacrifice, Catholics fast and abstain from eating meat on Good Friday. As a result, we invite students to bring snacks that they can enjoy during their fifth-period class.

    Finally, I wish to address student attendance expectations for Good Friday. In short, students are expected to attend school for the whole day, including the Good Friday liturgy. We close all school offices during the liturgy. Please place the highest importance on the Good Friday liturgy when making appointments or other scheduling decisions for this day. Once again, I invite you to join us for Good Friday liturgy! If I may answer any questions or concerns for you, please contact me. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

    Blessings,
    Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D. 

  • Scecina prayer service to honor victims of Florida shooting, support protest against school gun violence

        

    By Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.
     jbrettnacher@scecina.org

    Dear Parents and Community,

    Our school has planned a prayer service for this Wednesday, March 14, to honor the sacredness of life. Our prayer service is in support of a national school protest against gun violence in schools. We will remember in prayer the 17 students and staff who lost their lives due to the senseless shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. We pray for everyone affected by the shootings and mourn with the victims’ families and community. The date of our prayer service marks the one-month anniversary of the shootings.

    Encouraged by our administration, students and their moderators from Campus Ministry, Student Council, and Crusaders for Life planned the service. It will take place at approximately 10:15 a.m. for 25 minutes immediately after our regularly scheduled Wednesday Mass in Scecina’s gym. All members of our community are welcome to attend.

    The service will include an introduction, opening prayer, time to honor each victim of the Parkland shooting, and a closing prayer. Fourteen of our students will read the names of the 14 students at Parkland who lost their lives followed by a prayer, quote or statistic and a minute of silence for each of the deceased victims. We will do the same for the three Parkland staff members who lost their lives. At the conclusion, students, staff, and the community will have an opportunity to sign a banner to support the sacredness of life, protest against gun violence in schools, and honor the lives of the victims.

    Students who wish to participate will stay for the prayer service and those who do not will be supervised in the cafeteria until the next period bell rings.

    Through prayerful reflection and action, our students, staff, and community can help make the world a better place while honoring the sanctity of life.

    Thank you in advance for supporting our expression of faith, and please contact me if you have any questions.

    Blessings,
    Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.