On Wednesday, Sept 25th, 2019, 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.
Recently 5 youth from Sacred Heart School along with other youth from the Crookston Diocese completed the inaugural Padres Aplas Leadership Program by traveling to Guatemala. The purpose of this program was to immerse these young Catholics into Catholic Social Teaching and inspire them to be the hands and feet of Christ. In Guatemala, they worked with three ministries who are committed to the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental well-being of some of Guatemala’s most vulnerable and most neglected citizens. It was an inspiring time to be with these people and get a chance to serve them in any way they needed. The following are the projects that the students worked with and the information if you would feel compelled to continue to extend help in any way.
Project Genesis is a community movement that seeks to disrupt the cycle of poverty at its roots by empowering children and families and providing a safe space where students can learn and play. Project Genesis provides hope to over 100 children, living in a neglected region of Guatemala. Children are given education support, proper nutrition, spiritual support, health care and safety. Director Ricardo Armas has devoted his life to this work. Ricardo shared that “children used to come to Project Genesis thinking their only options for the future were to drive a chicken bus, or migrate to the United States, now they talk about becoming doctors and veterinarians and lawyers.” You can learn more about Project Genesis by visiting their website:www.genesisguatemala.org.
Hogar Luz de Maria
Students visited the Luz de Maria children’s home that serves as a safe place for orphaned and abandoned children. Hogar Luz de Maria provides dozens of infants, toddlers and youngsters with love, support, education, health care, and nutrition. They provide a family structure and healthy atmosphere. You can find out more about Hogar Luz de Maria here:http://hogarluzdemaria.org/
Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children
Students also served at Casa Jackson, a hospital that has helped over 2,000 children recover from life-threatening malnutrition. You can learn about Casa Jackson here:https://godschild.org/services/guatemala/casa-jackson/
Since returning from the VEX World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, the Sacred Heart VEX Robotics team has been busy — planning, reflecting, and sharing their experiences. We sat down with three team members to talk more about their experiences.
This year’s VEX Robotics challenge game was called Turning Point. Can you explain a bit more about that?
Kannon Knutsvig: The goal is to use your robot to pick up balls and shoot them to flip flags to your color or to pick up and flip caps on the ground to your color. Either could score you a point. There is an autonomous operation for extra points, and “parking” which is two robots pushing.
What was a highlight for you?
Michael Suda: This is my first year participating, so it was interesting to just see how the competition works and then to try to design a robot that would work well to achieve the goals that were put before us. Also to meet other teams and see how they solved the same problem in a different way.
What awards did you earn this year?
Caden Knutsvig: This year we competed at State, Nationals, and Worlds. This year we won 12 awards, including two Excellence awards, twice we were named for the Judges Award and twice as Skills Finalists, we were tournament champions twice, and at almost every tournament we were in the finals. That’s a really big change from placing dead last for two years in a row. The Excellence award is for the all around “best in show” robot and is based off the team notebook, the score from talking to the judges, skills score, and your competition performance. It’s the highest honor you can get at a VEX competition and we got it twice this year… Which is really amazing!
What do you think made a difference last year to this year?
Michael Suda: Some of us had gone to a camp during the summer before competition started and we picked up some ideas there. There are two systems that are out for VEX systems right now, V4 is older, and V5 has newer motors. They are stronger, but you can use less of them. We were one of the few teams that got the V5 system early, but only had it for about a week before our first competition. It had a flywheel that would kind of shoot the ball like a baseball batting mechanism. We modified it throughout the year, but for the most part we kept the same basic design. We did develop a robot later on that had a catapult that threw the ball. There were a lot of factors that you could tweak with the catapult as to how fast or far you wanted the ball to launch.
What was the experience of competing at WORLDS like?
Kannon Knutsvig: The highlight for me at Worlds was to see 1,700 teams at the event — it was massive! To think that we made it to the world championship is pretty neat. You’re in the best of the best. It was nice to meet people from different cultures. I talked to people and brought back currency from all the countries I could – New Zealand, Philippines, China, UAE, South Korea, Canada, Columbia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Egypt, Mexico, Taiwan, Bahrain, Australia, Russia, Vietnam, Paraguay, and Saudi Arabia.
What challenges did you encounter?
Michael Suda: We’re looking at just making sure we have enough materials currently to keep a functioning robot. Ideally we would have more than one robot. It works really well, but having more materials will help us test our robot and see how it would work against other competitors. It would also help us try new things as there are multiple ways to solve the same issue or finding a more efficient way to solve a problem.
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Sacred Heart Baseball is going to STATE!
Sacred Heart will be sending our boys baseball team to Jordan, MN to compete in the Minnesota State Tournament June 13, 14, and 20.
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 THE EAGLE’S GET TO STATE
- Help offset additional costs for the Eagles’ State appearance! Make a donation here.
- 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!
- An updated bracket and team schedule is available HERE.
- Team Hotel - Best Western, 511 S Marschall Rd., Shakopee, MN 55379. 952-445-9779
- Other Nearby Hotels – Country Inn and Suites (952-445-0200), Super 8 by Wyndham (952-236-1650), Hampton Inn (952-641-3600)
CAN’T MAKE IT TO STATE?
Here’s ways you can get in on the STATE BASEBALL FUN!
Sacred Heart Students and Parents (current 6-11 graders):
Sacred Heart School is blessed to have an anonymous donor who is excited to help send up to 30 students to Laketrails Wilderness Adventure at a reduced rate of $310 (the full rate is $750). Laketrails is a Teenage Wilderness Camp on Oak Island, Minnesota, part of Lake of the Woods. The donor wishes to assist in supporting Sacred Heart students in a “growing” experience as they prepare for the 2019-20 school year. As they return to Sacred Heart they play a role in creating a nurturing community among the student body. Enrollment for the 2019 summer sessions will be limited to current sixth through eleventh graders.
Slots for this wilderness adventure will fill fast. If your child wishes to participate, there are few ways in which to register.
1. Fill out the pdf form, specific to Sacred Heart, and return it to the high school office with the $100 registration fee or payment in full of $310 (payable to Laketrails) by Wednesday, May 22.
2. OR - Fill out the pdf form, specific to Sacred Heart, and mail it to Laketrails (address provided on the form) along with the $100 registration fee or payment in full of $310 (payable to Laketrails).
3. OR – complete your registration on-line at www.laketrails.org. This process is not specific to Sacred Heart students and may appear in a different format.
Registration information will be forwarded on to Laketrails. Please note that Laketrails will facilitate all staffing and communication regarding the trip as it is not a Sacred Heart sponsored activity.
Sacred Heart High School had a personal finance class team place second in the “Stock Market Game” out of 478 Minnesota teams this year. Members of that successful team were Ivy Edwards (11th grade), Adam Sobolik (10th grade), and Harmon Swiger (10th grade). Ivy, Adam, and Harmon’s self-designated team name was “The Best.”
The Stock Market Game is a national simulation done by teams of elementary, middle, and high school students to teach the importance of investing. The Sacred Heart students participated in the high school division. Each team is given an imaginary $100,000 to invest in the stock market over a period of three months. The Sacred Heart team had a remarkable return of 26% on their chosen investments during their three months. Other Sacred Heart teams also scored high with one placing in 11th and another in 20th place.
The Stock Market Game is sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation at no cost to the students or Sacred Heart.
“The SIFMA Foundation is dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of the financial markets for individuals of all backgrounds. Drawing on the support and expertise of the financial industry, the SIFMA Foundation provides financial education programs and tools that strengthen economic opportunity across communities and increase individuals’ awareness of and access to the benefits of the global marketplace.”