On Monday, October 8th, Sacred Heart will be hosting a flu shot clinic for students in grades 3rd-12th. Families with younger children, or parents wishing to get their own shots may come to the public flu shot clinic from 3:00-4:00 p.m. that same day. Parents – if you are wishing to have your child get a flu shot you must send them with the permission form and insurance documentation.
Read more about the scheduled clinic and vaccines HERE.
Parents will need to send insurance information and PRINT & FILL OUT THE appropriate form available HERE.
Read the Vaccine Information Statement HERE.
School Picture Day is September 19th! Picture packets will be sent home with students and will be available as well in each of the school offices. Caulfields is offering Green Background Screen Technology and advises no one wear any shade of green or fluorescent yellow shirts for photos! Caulfields also has a Family Plan Credit Program (under certain conditions for families of 3 or more children). More is explained on the packet.
For Sacred Heart students in grades 5-12th the first day of school culminated in a visit from quarterback and Grand Forks local Brooks Bollinger. Bollinger shared his path through life and called on students to be the best versions of themselves. He spoke about his own career and faith journey asking students to “be relentless about your path.” He also encouraged students to realize how lucky they are to be at a place like Sacred Heart and to be thoughtful about their time at Sacred Heart. “Leave your mark on this place.” Bollinger reflected on his time at St. Michael’s Catholic School and later as an athlete at Grand Forks Central and beyond remarking on how his Catholic faith in practice did not need to be separate from his goals in life. “I understood before I could lead others I had to lead myself.” He reminded Sacred Heart students that it is up to them to decide what it is they value and understand that decisions they choose to make today reflect on those values.
Brooks Bollinger is a former American football quarterback and current coach. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin. Bollinger has also been a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Florida Tuskers. Bollinger played quarterback for Central High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He played in every game while attending the school and passed for 40 touchdowns and ran for 19 more. He was also drafted twice in 2000 and 2001 by the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
Bollinger is the fourth guest speaker brought to Sacred Heart for the school’s DAY ONE activities.
Previous speakers include
- 2017 – Olympian Laurie Hernandez
- 2016 – “Remember the Titans” Coach Herman Boone and
- 2015 former Minnesota Viking, Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens and current Director of Player Development for the National Football, Matt Birk.
With the recent growth in enrollment, Sacred Heart School broke ground on a new $3M addition in June. Construction is set to begin over the summer of 2018 and continue through 2019. The new seven classroom addition will be open to students starting in the fall of 2019.
Sacred Heart School, with the support of donors as a part of the New Day Campaign, has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. The school maintains Personalized Education Profiles for all students in gr. 6–12, has implemented a new school leadership structure, increased faculty salary compensation and added funding for advanced degrees for faculty, added six on-site dual college credit courses for students, increased tuition revenue collection, created a full-time marketing and admissions position, and started the Sacred Heart Foundation 501(c)(3) to help supplement education costs and manage scholarships and endowments.
In just five years, Preschool-12th enrollment is up 30%, with an expected increase of over 100 students by Fall 2018. The school expects to host double sections of all grades except 4th, 5th, 10th, and 12th when school resumes this fall.
With recent growth, Sacred Heart has tried to squeeze every bit of space out of the current structure, converting areas meant for other purposes into classroom space. The upper grade level of the present school building has already lost three full classrooms, and subdivided another classroom into two as the school tries to accommodate the expanding enrollment. “The need for more classroom space has become a limiting factor in our offerings at Sacred Heart,” says School President Carl Adolphson, “If we want to continue our growth and academic excellence we need more space.” A growing student body has now created a bottle-neck as students progress to the upper grades.
“We keep getting calls about enrollment,” says Jen MacLeod Koller ‘02, the school’s Admission Director. “Our Preschool and Kindergartens are full at 40, capped, and at the point of having waitlists, with 6th, 7th, and a few other grades not far behind.”
With the understanding that the school will run out of space after the coming year, the Sacred Heart Foundation has been working on financing an addition and was recently awarded a generous $2.5 million dollar matching grant from the Engelstad Family Foundation to be used towards new construction. “They certainly didn’t have to do this for Sacred Heart. But, they did,” says School Superintendent, Msgr. Mike Foltz. “The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways and we will honor their gift by making Sacred Heart School the best it can be.”
The Sacred Heart Foundation plans to Seize this Moment
The Sacred Heart Foundation will have to raise a matching $500,000 by December 31st, 2018, to secure the $2.5M dollar grant. The Foundation concluded that this would be an opportunity to build upon this generosity as the school had just finished off the New Day Campaign nearly two years ago. “After generating $6M from scratch going back to 2013 we pondered the practicality of launching another campaign,” says Sacred Heart Foundation Chair Dan Zavoral ‘93. With the a new addition structure comes a need for additional staff, maintenance costs, increased faculty salaries, and additional subsidization for scholarships and tuition assistance for current and new students. The Foundation has grouped these needs together into the Seize this Moment Campaign.
On February 12th, 2018, the Sacred Heart Foundation Board, Finance Council, Pastoral Council, and School Advisory Council met in a joint session to discuss options for growth and acceptance of the $2.5M dollar grant offer, as well as the $7M Seize this Moment Campaign Plan. All four groups unanimously endorsed the plan to construct the addition and move forward with the Campaign.
On May 2nd, the Sacred Heart Foundation hosted a campaign kick off event detailing the campaign’s intentions. The first objective is constructing six new classrooms and a commons area on the south end of the current school at an estimated cost of $3M using the $2.5M match and raising $500,000. The school plans to cap enrollment at two sections of each grade K-12 with 40–50 per grade level. “Projections indicate we can continue to fill second sections,” says Adolphson.
When the new addition opens for students in the fall of 2019, it will be dedicated to the Sisters of Mount St. Benedict. “Sacred Heart School would not have been possible nor would it have flourished without the dedicated leadership of the Sisters of Mount Saint Benedict,” says Foundation Executive Director Dennis P. DeMers ‘66. “Dedicating this addition to them is a fitting and appropriate way of recognizing the multi-generational influence these gifted women have had on our parish.”
Adding capacity in the elementary enables the school to reclaim space lost in the high school and allows more students to be able to filter into various class offerings in grades 7-12th. Filling upper level seats makes the entire enterprise more cost-efficient and allows more scheduling options to make the high school experience more attractive.
“We need to continue on our current trajectory financially and in enrollment growth to meet our long-term goals,” says Adolphson. School Administration recognizes there are some challenges associated with adding onto the present structure of Sacred Heart School. “By raising additional funds beyond the $3M cost of the new addition,” explains Adolphson, “we will be able to extend our growth time allowing students to grow and fill the high school, fund current and future building maintenance needs, and keep us on our current path to ensure Sacred Heart School is here for the next 100+ years!”
The growing desire of a Catholic education option is not something limited to Sacred Heart. Superintendent Msgr. Mike Foltz has noticed a changing tide in interest in Catholic education in the Greater Grand Forks area. “It has been a great experience for me these past five years in collaborating with the Pastors of Holy Family, St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s to grow our Catholic schools,” says Foltz. “It is our vision and hope that we will, in the not too distant future, have all of our schools full and have a waiting list.”
With that goal in mind, Foltz is optimistic about the future. “We will continue to partner through the Grand Cities Catholic School Committee to enhance our collaboration with our leadership, teachers and staff,” says Msgr. Mike Foltz. “When we keep the focus on Christ and the students all things are possible.”
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) is a leading Catholic organization with a purpose to promote Catholic Schools nationwide. This organization holds a national conference every year where some of the brightest minds and strongest supporters of Catholic education gather to help reinvigorate attendees and celebrate our mission. Catholic school educators believe first and foremost in the importance of educating the whole child. We encourage children to live their faith, learn to serve others, and most importantly trust in Jesus, our Savior.
In my office I have a poster from the NCEA titled, “Why Choose Catholic Schools?,” which highlights the following reasons:
• We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.
• We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.
• We instill in students the value of service to others.
• We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.
• We provide a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.
• We use technology effectively and in a balanced way to enhance education.
• We teach children respect of self and others.
• We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.
• We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders with strong communication skills.
• We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring, and believe in our students and mission.
• We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.
The greater Grand Forks area residents are blessed to have such strong Catholic school options here in our city. The 11 reasons listed above from the NCEA are a great start, but if a friend, relative, neighbor, or colleague asked you “Why Catholic School?” what would you say? It’s my hope that you would not only mention some of the items listed above, but also add many others. Why Sacred Heart School? For most of us the short list above is only the beginning.
Have a great summer!
Sacred Heart School President
Sacred Heart Baseball is going to STATE!
Sacred Heart will be sending our boys baseball team to Chaska, MN to compete in the Minnesota State Tournament June 14-16th.
We invite alumni, friends, parents, and past parents to join us! If you cannot make any of the events please continue to pray for the success of the boys and for Sacred Heart School.
Help offset additional costs for the Eagles’ State appearance! Make a donation here.
We are about half way to funding this trip. With bussing, hotel accommodations, and food for 3 days it is not cheap. Please consider funding this trip today. Any donation made chips away at the cost. Thanks to all who have already donated!
State Send-Off on Wednesday, June 13th at Sacred Heart
- 7:15 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church (Door #1)
- 8:00 a.m. Team Send-Off Celebration and Spirit Wear available (Merth Gymnasium, door #2)
- 9:00 a.m. Send Off for Baseball Team
Cheer on the Eagles!
The Eagles open up the first round of the State Tournament Thursday morning at 10:00AM vs. Heritage Christian Academy. At this time the team would play Thursday June 14th and Friday June 15th no matter what and hopefully Saturday the 16th! Brackets will be updated online by the MSHSL.
Fan Bus to State – DID NOT FILL
UPDATE: There is no longer a fan bus planned for the State tournament.
UPDATE: The team is no longer at the Norwood Inn and Suites. The team is now at the Best Western in Shakopee. There are openings in the hotel for Wednesday and Thursday nights as well as nearby hotels with vacancy. Many parents and friends are booked at the Country Inn and Suites in Shakopee.
Can’t make it to Chaska?
Here’s ways you can get in on the STATE BASEBALL FUN!
- Follow their trip on Social Media! Get trip and game updates on Twitter (@SHSchoolEGF) or on Facebook.
- Radio coverage will be provided by KROX and by KNOX. Both stations offer a “Listen Live” option for fans outside of the broadcast area.
- Support SHS Athletics! Traveling to State is fun — but it isn’t cheap! Help the team defray the cost by donating online today! Make a donation here.