By Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.
It is hard to believe that we just ended the school year. I want to thank the students, faculty, staff, parents, and community for your warm welcome and support in this my first year as principal of Scecina Memorial High School.
Scecina had many accomplishments during the 2017-2018. It is difficult to list them all, so, instead, I will share three of my favorite school events.
First, I am a teacher at heart. I enjoyed working with the faculty and staff on several initiatives (i.e., teacher induction, continuous school improvement, emergency operations plans, dialoguing with department chairs and faculty, and developing multi-tiered support systems to help students, etc.).
Second, my favorite experience was chaperoning the trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life (right).
Finally, I enjoyed watching our students excel in co-curricular (band, theater, Key Club, student council, etc.), and extra-curricular activities (sports and club teams). I especially enjoyed any chance I had to talk with parents and members of the community.
President Joe Therber wrote in his blog last week about many exciting new initiatives for the next school year. Rather than repeating those initiatives, I would like to share our new school improvement goals.
The school improvement team, composed of faculty, staff, parent, student, and administration, met monthly to write a new school improvement plan. We established three very broad goals.
Our Catholic Identity Goal is to increase the faith life of the school. Academically, our goal is to meet the needs of all learners. Finally, the Institutional Goal is to expand access to technology for all students and teachers to improve student achievement. To achieve these goals we wrote interventions (SMART goals: Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Responsible, and Time Bound] goals) and activities to accomplish them. I look forward to next year as we implement our goals and the achievements to come.
Thank you for your support during my first year as the principal. I look forward to working with you as our school has a bright future. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Have a great summer!