Congratulations to Adam Sczepanski, grade 8, Sacred Heart School’s 2017 Spelling Bee Champion. Adam won the Bee in the 9th round by spelling the word interminableness. Adam will move on to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee held at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls on Wednesday, February 8th. The four top spellers from the region will advance to compete at the Mulit-Regional State Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 21 in Fergus Falls.The winner of this bee will participate in the Scripps National Spelling in late May early June. We wish Adam the best of luck and know that he will represent Sacred Heart well!
We congratulate our participants representing grades 5-8.
Alternate: Maddie Hart
Alternate: Lauren Tran
Alternates: Gianna Hollcraft and Caden Reimer
From Sunday, January 29 through Saturday, February 3, 2017, Catholic Schools across the nation will devote an entire week to celebrating their valuable contributions to American society. Through Catholic Schools Week, we try to inform students, parents, and the general public what we are about and have a little fun at the same time. Come and join us during our special week.
Explanation of Theme
The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities—small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged. The logo features a swirl of colors interacting around a cross, which is at the center of all Catholic education. The vibrancy of the colors and the movement and shadows in the logo portray the inner-connectivity and community life that are present in our Catholic schools.
January 29, Sunday
• Knights Pancake Breakfast supporting Sacred Heart School (students will be serving at all the Masses!)
• 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 10:30 am Mass (Sacred Heart students will be participating in Masses)
• 12:00 noon Knights of Columbus Free throw competition for ages 9-14. (SHS Merth Gymnasium)
January 30, Monday, Twin Day
• 9:42 Praise and Worship Kick Off K-12
• Know Your Faith Competition/ Pep Rally Periods 8 and 9 for grades 7-12
• 4:30/JV 6:00/V 7:30 Girls Basketball vs. Northern Freeze (Home) JH
• 4:30pm JH Boys Basketball vs. NCW (Halstad)
January 31, Tuesday, Spirit Day
• 7:30-8:10 am Pastries with Parents; Face Painting by Student Council, a free will offering will be accepted for the Make- a- Wish foundation.
• 1:30 HS Juniors to St. Mike’s to read
• Get up and Move Day (Music Plays EVERYONE dances throughout the day)
• 2:15 pm Kooky Olympics K-6
• JH 4:30/JV 6:00/V 7:30 Girls Basketball vs. Stephen-Argyle (Home)
• 4:30 JH Boys Basketball vs. Crookston (Crookston)
• 7:00 Wrestling vs. West Fargo (West Fargo)
February 1, Wednesday, Comfy Day (P.J.’s and Sweats)
• 6:00 am. Know Your Faith Competition Class winners Bismarck bus leaving at
• 1:00-3:20 Movie, ‘Finding Dory’, in the Gym K- 12. Popcorn and beverages will be sold by the NHS for $1.00. Students are invited to bring a pillow and blanket.
February 2, Thursday, Destination Day
• 2:15 pm 6th grade Parents vs. Students; K-6 cheer on the 6th graders
• 6:30-7:30 pm Family Science Night (More Information)
• JH 4:00/JV 6:00/V 7:30 Girls Basketball vs. Goodrige/Grygla-Gatzke (Goodrige)
• 7:00 Wrestling vs. Red River (Red River, GF)
February 3, Friday, Dress Up Day!
• 7:00am High School Science Club at the Science Olympiad bus leaving SHS
• 9:35-10:05 High School Students read with our Elementary students. (11th grade read to Kindergarten, 10th grade read to 4th graders, 9th graders read to 3rd graders, 8th graders read to 2nd graders, 7th graders read to 1st graders, The seniors will be facilitating the Lectio Divina with 5th and 6th graders).
• 1:00pm Grand Cities Catholic School Mass at St. Mike’s Parish
• JV 6:00/V 7:30 Boys Basketball vs. Clearbrook-Gonvick (Home)
Gregory Downs, a fourth grade student at Sacred Heart School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 17, 2017. The school-level Bee, where students answer questions on geography, was the first level in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Classroom champions who competed in the championship round were Gregory Downs & Alexander Keller (Grade Four); Coen Arndt, Benjamin Wharam, & Samara Zimprich (Grade Five); Kaiden Azure & Noah Thompson (Grade Six); Victoria Keller & Kannon Knutsvig (Grade Seven); Andrew Potter & Jacob Kraft (Grade Eight).
The winner of the Sacred Heart School Bee, Gregory Downs, will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine up to 100 of the top scores in the state making them eligible to compete in their state bee on March 31, 2017. All state champions are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, at the competition May 15-16, 2017, held at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The Sacred Heart Chess Club is open to all students 2nd – 6th grade (other grades by request) and to students of all chess abilities, Beginner to Advanced. Chess will be taught by instruction, problem-solving, and peer play for all levels. A new session is about to start!
“We love Sacred Heart because of the amazing, caring and compassionate teachers! It is such a family atmosphere and we know that our boys are taken care of. The educational experience they are learning in pre-school and kindergarten is by far more than we had expected! It is truly amazing that not only does Sacred Heart School want our children to excel in their classes but they also want to our children to be better members of society by teaching leadership, kindness, manners and faith! It was the best decision we could make for our boys to attend SHS! We look forward to MANY more years here!” – current parent.
“I am a single mom and my income level is low to take care of two kids on my own. Sacred Heart welcomes me and helps me to be able to afford it for my children to be able to attend. They make me feel so thankful that even though I can’t afford much my little one can still have the best education and home at that school no matter what! Love you Sacred Heart and thank you!” - current parent.
“It is the most beautiful place to teach the entire family the values of faith and love! It has guided our family for years!!” - current parent.
“Sacred Heart School is family!” – former parent and parishioner.
“Sacred Heart is an inviting school with a warm and caring atmosphere! Teachers become friends and students become well rounded with a love of learning and a love of God!” - current parent.
“It’s difficult to give your child up for that many hours a day, but knowing that they are in such loving hands makes it much easier! It’s a blessing!” - current parent.
Doze and Johnson named as Commended Students in 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program
Sacred Heart School announced today that seniors Valerie Doze and Joseph Johnson have been named as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Parents are requested to volunteer to help out for GrandPeople day! Volunteers are needed November 18th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and will receive credit towards their family fundraising commitment. Contact Karen Frisch at email@example.com or 218-773-0877.
Information will also be sent home with students. There will be NO RSVP cards to return this year.
Bring the whole family to Sacred Heart’s production of Charlotte’s Web running November 17th-November 20th.
E.B. White’s beloved children’s tale is brought to life in this stage adaptation, which finds the young farm pig Wilbur attempting to avoid a dire fate. Of all the barnyard creatures, Wilbur’s staunchest ally is Charlotte, a thoughtful spider who devises an intriguing plan to keep the gentle little swine out of the slaughterhouse. Although Charlotte’s efforts, which involve words written in her delicate web, seem far-fetched, they may just work. All the characters you know and love are here; Fern, a girl who is able to understand what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; and the Arables. Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web. This beautiful play about friendship is for audiences of all ages and will provide an evening of enchantment.
What: Charlotte’s Web, Sacred Heart Drama Department’s Fall Play
Nov 17th, 18th, 19th at 7:00pm
Nov 20th at 2:00pm
Where: Klinkhammer Auditorium at Sacred Heart (use Door #2) on 200 Third Street NW, EGF, MN
Tickets: Tickets are available at the door. $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 5 are free!
Katie Brindamour, freshman, helps guide the junior high team during a work session after school to construct their Robot. With two teams this year, other groups of students will continue to work on building, programming and practice piloting the two robots which need to be ready for the Nov 19th competition.
The Sacred Heart VEX Robotics team’s focus is learning and exercising skills such as programming and mechanical design. The goal is to foster 21st-century skills such as teamwork, problem solving, project management and communication. Under the advice of Amber Mattingley, a Science & Technology teacher at Sacred Heart, the students are tasked with the jobs of being robot builders, drivers and programmers.
“Robotics as a sport, hobby and job is growing,” says Mattingley. “We need to show our students how to become a part of this new medium of expression.”
And Sacred Heart has managed to fill that need rather nicely. With the recent increase in interest in robotics at Sacred Heart School, Mattingley is pleased to be fielding two teams this year, one for 6th-8th graders and one for 9th-12th graders. “Larger student participation really shows the need for clubs that are not sport related,” says Mattingley. “It also shows growing interest in the field of robotics.”
Freshman team leader Katie Brindamour says that robotics has enriched her school experience. “This is my third year doing it, and it’s a lot of fun.”
Here’s what you need to know if you go to the Competition: What: Robotics Competition hosted by Sacred Heart School. When: Nov 19th, opens at 9:00am but main action runs from 10:00-3:00pm. Where: Sacred Heart School Gymnasiums, 200 Third Street NW, EGF. Who: 24 Teams across the region will be competing for trophies and advancement to State Meets.
Home Turf Competition
In the last two years Sacred Heart has participated in a variety of scrimmages and competitions but is excited to be hosting 24 teams from the region in their first ever VEX Robotics Competition on November 19th. The competition will feature not only demonstrations of robotic operation in the form of a game, but will allow the teams to compete for trophies and advancement to the State Meets.
“I wanted to host the competition because the closest one for us this year would have been the cities,” says Mattingley, who feels having an opportunity to compete locally is important for students who can now share this interest with their families friends.
This year’s competition, called Starstruck, challenges the students to build a robot that can play on a 12×12 foot field. “There are stars and cubes,” says Brindamour. “We have to get them over the wall, and there are points depending on how and where they land.” Some of the two-minute competition has to be autonomously running via preprogrammed commands in the robot and some of the competition is allowed to be driver controlled.
“It’ll be interesting to program and drive for this year’s game,” says 9th grader, Jacob Kraft, who has experience piloting the robot from last year. “Autonomous operation is harder to program.”
A few of the members of Sacred Heart’s two Robotics teams with one of the Robots.
Importance of STEM Opportunities for Students
The Robotics team offers students the opportunity to put into practice their own interests in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). In addition to clubs such as Robotics and the recent addition of the Science Club for 7-12th grade, Sacred Heart has been offering a STEM class as an elective to students in 9th-12th grades for the past few years. STEM at Sacred Heart is a hands-on course that enables students to start analyzing how Math and Science are related. The purpose of STEM, is to ignite, excite and prepare students to have a better understanding of science.
And the Robotics team at Sacred Heart, which uses the VEX system, fits that purpose nicely. According to VEX President, Jason Morella, Robotics serves an important outlet for students interested in STEM fields. “It’s not just about the competition. This is a competition and just so much more. It’s all the best of academics and the best of sports all put together.”
Anticipated Growth in the Future
Mattingley cites growing interest in the field of robotics along with a growth in enrollment as a reason for expanding from one to two teams this year. “If my student body keeps growing like it has, we may need to divide the middle school teams again into two different teams next year,” says Mattingley. “What a fantastic problem to have!”
A video explaining this year’s challenging game can be found below.