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Former Viking & Super Bowl Champ Matt Birk inspires students at SHS

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birk2Sacred Heart’s first ever DAY-ONE speaker, Matt Birk, invigorated 5-12 students, parents, grandparents and parishioners about the coming year with a message about his faith journey. He spoke to students, saying that they don’t need to be stressed or worried about the day to day stressors of this world. “I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I made. Our identity is secured in our faith. We can be confident. We don’t have to worry at all about the future.” 

 

Matt Birk took a few moments after his presentation to speak with a few members of the PCW football team. birk3

Birk encouraged some of the football players, saying, “Participating in high school football let’s you experience something that not everybody does, and it’s not like anything you will ever get to experience again.  Sooner or later your football career will be over, so make sure that you enjoy every second of it.”

 

 

 

First Day of School at Sacred Heart

First Day of School at Sacred Heart

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It was a flurry of activity once again in the halls here at Sacred Heart School.  Sacred Heart School President, Carl Adolphson, opened the day for students in grades 7-12 with a simple address, which outlined the tone for the year. “It’s going to be a great year — in fact we have the potential to make this the best year ever!” The theme for the 2015-16 school year, Family of Faith: Respect, Service, Love, was introduced to the student body. day1_02

The tone of Mr. Adolphson’s presentation was to ask students to do a few things to make this a great year. He asked them to make a commitment to grow in their faith and live the way Jesus taught. He also asked students to be the best version of themselves, to be involved, and be personally invested in their school experience.  “Keep your eyes on the prize,” said Adolphson, “Have fun and make the most out of the school year!”

Some other initiatives introduced included a change up to the high school faith families which included an introduction to the Y-Disciple program, student involvement in K-12 announcements, a new service cord for graduating students who meet the school’s service requirement, a new buddy reading program between the high school and elementary,

Senior student and President monthly breakfasts to discuss school culture, and once-a-month school-wide Praise & Worship. Adolphson emphasized opportunities for high school students, who were once elementary, “to be a good example of leadership to the younger grades.”

In the afternoon the students K-12 all gathered in the church, along with their parents and grandparents, for Praise & Worship. Praise & Worship at Sacred Heart is an opportunity for students, with song, to prayerfully exalt God. Worship is an expression of love and awe to God — and Sacred Heart students use this opportunity, guided by elementary Music teacher Gayle Gulbranson, to sing their praises.

More pictures are available on our facebook page here.

 

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SHS Potato Bowl Float and Marching Information

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Sacred Heart School will be participating in the Potato Bowl Parade THIS Saturday, Sept. 12th.

Please Click here to RSVP.

RSVPing is not required, but will help us ensure we have enough space for everyone! We definitely want to fill that bus with Sacred Heart families!

This event is open to all SHS families. Simply dress in your best purple and gold spirit wear and come show some SHS pride! Families will have the option to walk (we need some banner carriers!) or ride the bus.

Football and Volleyball players have been asked to march and help hand out candy. Football players are asked to wear their black PCW football jersey’s and school appropriate pants/shorts. Volleyball players have the options to wear either warmups or other SHS/purple & gold attire along with school appropriate pants/shorts. Wear good shoes as you will be walking.

Dress in your SHS spirit wear best, bring noisemakers, pom poms, etc.

THIS Saturday, Sept. 12th

9:00 a.m. — Bus will depart from Sacred Heart’s parking lot. All those that wish to avoid the parking hassel must be on the bus by 9:00 a.m. at SHS.

10:00 a.m. — Families and students who wish to transport themselves must be on bus 10:00am. Look for the long SHS school bus. Our float, #26, should be located along Dyke Ave between N 17th and N 18th Street, near 1712 Dyke Avenue.

10:30 a.m. — Parade begins. This year’s route is much shorter, and only runs the length of University from 14th St to 23rd Street (University Park). Parade walkers can get back on the bus at this point.

At the end of the parade any families who wish to transport themselves have the option to get off the bus at Dyke Avenue again. Those families that wish to ride back to their cars parked at SHS can get back on the bus.

Please Click here to RSVP.

RSVPing is not required, but will help us ensure we have enough space for everyone! We definitely want to fill that bus with Sacred Heart families!

Questions? Contact Jen MacLeod at jmacleod@sacredheartegf.net

Super Bowl Champion and former Viking, Matt Birk, to speak to Sacred Heart School Students

Super Bowl Champion and former Viking, Matt Birk, to speak to Sacred Heart School Students

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Sacred Heart School is pleased to announce the implementation of their DAY-ONE Program. DAY-ONE serves to invigorate and excite students about the coming year and to encourage them to be open to everything a Catholic education and Sacred Heart School has to offer.

2008 Minnesota Vikings vs Indianapolis ColtsThis year’s DAY-ONE Speaker will be Matt Birk. Birk, a former Minnesota Viking, Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens and current Director of Player Development for the National Football League will be speaking to Sacred Heart students in grades 5-12. He will deliver an upbeat and motivational message to kick off the school year. Birk is a graduate of a Catholic High School, Cretin Durham Hall in the Twin Cities, and will be delivering a message to help our students understand the gifts that are being given to them here at Sacred Heart School.

Birk will speak to SHS students in grades 5-12 at 2pm in the Merth Gymnasium on Tuesday, Sept. 8th. All Sacred Heart parents,  grandparents, and Sacred Heart parishioners are invited to attend the event.

In addition to the guest speaker, on the first day of school high school students will gather to highlight yearly goals and expectations for themselves as students and meet their Faith Families. Faith Families allow students to work with their peers in other grades as they complete scripture sharing, discussing gospel readings, prayer.

 

 

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Sacred Heart to induct teams into Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday

HallofFameSacred Heart School’s Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 20th class of inductees this Friday, August 21st, as part of the school’s Purple & Gold Alumni Gathering. This year’s inductions include the 1947, 1953 , and 1958 basketball teams, and the 2005 and 2006 baseball teams.

Sacred Heart School will host an Induction Dinner at 6pm in the Sacred Heart Social Hall on Friday, August 21st, as part of the Purple & Gold Alumni Weekend Events. All are welcome.  Tickets for the dinner are $10 and available in person at the Sacred Heart Parish Office, or by visiting online at www.sacredheartegf.net/alumni

The 1947 Basketballteam was comprised of Del Peterson, Ben Corbid, Billy Powers, Benny Wolfe, Jack Ruddy, Jerry Driscoll, Don Lyons, Jerome Krejci, Bob Brouse, Pat Kelly, and Tom McMahon.  Coach Bob Hannah led the Sacred Heart Eagles to the 10-team regional basketball tournament in St. Cloud, MN.

The 1947 Basketballteam was comprised of Del Peterson, Ben Corbid, Billy Powers, Benny Wolfe, Jack Ruddy, Jerry Driscoll, Don Lyons, Jerome Krejci, Bob Brouse, Pat Kelly, and Tom McMahon.  Coach Bob Hannah led the Sacred Heart Eagles to the 10-team regional basketball tournament in St. Cloud, MN.

 

The 1953 Basketball team is credited with the making the first trip tothe StateTournament by a Sacred Heart Athletic Team. The team won the consolation championship in a thrilling, double-overtime win in St. Paul.

The 1953 Basketball team is credited with the making the first trip tothe StateTournament by a Sacred Heart Athletic Team. The team won the consolation championship in a thrilling, double-overtime win in St. Paul.

1958 Basketball Team

The 1958 Basketball team won the Region I title of the Minnesota Catholic High School League. High scorer was Joe Raymond with 24 points. Joe Cariveau and Mike Cariveau made the All-Regional Team along with Ordean Juve.

2005 Baseball Team

The 2005 Baseball team is being recognized for being the first SHS baseball team toearn a trip tothe State Tournament. Under the guidance of first-year head coach, Mike Elke, Sacred Heart won the Section 8A Championship after a dramatic seventh inning comeback. The team finished with a 25-5 record. The 2006 Baseball team took 2nd in the Sub-Section and won the Section 8A Championship. The team went on to take 5th at the State tournament. The team finished with a 18-9 record.

 The 2005 Baseball team is being recognized for being the first SHS baseball team toearn a trip tothe State Tournament. Under the guidance of first-year head coach, Mike Elke, Sacred Heart won the Section 8A Championship after a dramatic seventh inning comeback. The team finished with a 25-5 record. The 2006 Baseball team took 2nd in the Sub-Section and won the Section 8A Championship. The team went on to take 5th at the State tournament. The team finished with a 18-9 record.


The 2005 Baseball team is being recognized for being the first SHS baseball team toearn a trip tothe State Tournament. Under the guidance of first-year head coach, Mike Elke, Sacred Heart won the Section 8A Championship after a dramatic seventh inning comeback. The team finished with a 25-5 record.
The 2006 Baseball team took 2nd in the Sub-Section and won the Section 8A Championship. The team went on to take 5th at the State tournament. The team finished with a 18-9 record.

The Athletics Hall of Fame was established by the Sacred Heart Athletic Club in 1993 to recognize the excellence of various individuals and team for their contributions to the Eagle’s Athletic Programs for the young men and women of Sacred Heart School. These honorees are chosen based upon their high school or college accomplishments and/or their efforts to help the School’s athletic programs.

 

 

 

Back to School Night for K-12 Families

Back to School Night for K-12 Families

Wednesday, Sept. 2
If you are a preschool family we encourage you to attend but please note that your open houses are on other nights.

5:00-6:00 p.m. Food and Social at playground.

6:00-6:30 p.m. Assembly in church for ALL Parents and students
Meet our new pastors and new Sacred Heart staff for the 2015-16 school year. We will also bring parents up-to-date on accreditation, goals and other positive changes going on at Sacred Heart School.

6:30-7:45 p.m. Open House for current SHS families
Elementary families can visit their classroom to meet their teachers. High school students and parents can get their class schedule and are open to move from class to class. Teachers will welcome families and have syllabi and supply lists to hand out.

President and Principal 2015 School Year Welcome Letter

President and Principal 2015 School Year Welcome Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Sacred Heart School will begin another school year in its mission to form and enrich the faith of your children in the Lord Jesus Christ. On behalf of the staff at Sacred Heart, let us welcome you. We are happy that you have chosen Sacred Heart as your choice in education and look forward to serving you.

There are some positive changes this year; enrollment continues to grow. With this steady growth we plan to keep two sections of Kindergarten, adding a second section of 1st grade, and a second section of 6th grade. In the high school several classes have been split into multiple sections as well to keep student/teacher ratios low. We also are welcoming our new international and exchange students.

Course schedules are being finalized — and we are excited to add Anatomy & Physiology to the high school course listings.

With the expanded growth we have quite a few new faculty and staff members. In June, we were pleased to add the new K-12 Resource/504 position. The staff changes will be listed in a back-to-school folder that you can pick up at the registration desk on Tuition/Fee Payment Days on August 17 & 18.

We would like to remind parents who wish to volunteer in the school or attend class trips to complete the Safe Environment Training. All faculty, staff, and parent volunteers are required to do the Diocesan Safe Environment training annually. Click here to complete your training.

Please see the detailed information in this issue about the Tuition/Fee Payment Days, Back to School Night, Orientation Night, and Athletics information.

We are here to serve you and your children. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or stop by.

Your servants in Christ,
Carl Adolphson & David Andrys

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Doze Represents SHS at Model United Nations Assembly in Winnipeg

MUNA_groupValerie Doze, a Sacred Heart sophomore, was selected by the East Grand Forks Rotary Club and represented Sacred Heart as part of an East Grand Forks delegation. Doze, along with her East Grand Forks Senior High partner, Danah Albaaj, was part of the team representing Bolivia in Winnipeg at the Model United Nations (M.U.N.A.) assembly.
The two-day learning simulation allowed the students, along with their counselors, Willem Schrage and Jen MacLeod, to take on global citizenship as they simulated the United Nations General Assembly.

Muna_DozeDoze and Albaaj prepared statements using Bolivia’s position on issues such as the situation in Syria and Iran, Moving Towards a Nuclear Free World, the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa, and a New Economic Order. Doze’s team, Bolivia, was the mover on a resolution that spoke about changing international economic policy. They had to give speeches, participate in lively debates and practice the same general decorum of delegates as close as possible to approximate the UN General Assembly.

Next year there will be two Sacred Heart spots available to juniors and seniors. Those SHS students interested in participating should contact Jen MacLeod at the school.

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“The Hobbit” comes to life in eighth grade English

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One of Mr. Pete Lund’s english students and her key which opened the door for Thorin & Company.

Sacred Heart students in Pete Lund’s eighth grade English class are being introduced to Catholic author, JRR Tolkien, and the book, The Hobbit. The book, known for its many Catholic themes, has been a fun addition to classroom studies. Students are evaluated on their reading using a variety of methods, but the first one was a project of the students’ own choice. English instructor, Pete Lund, says that “I am always impressed with the students’ imagination and creativity.” They could pick a character, scene or place and create an artifact using materials they wish to tell about it.

Ashley Combs, one of the students, created a video game based on The Hobbit. Combs said she had fun creating the game and learning how to complete it. “I made it with a developer program called Adobe Flash.” In her game Bilbo goes on his journey and the player advances by answering questions and collecting artifacts.

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Combs walked students through the game she created using the class SmartBoard.

Imari Crayton, a student, said that Mr. Lund is a neat teacher. “He doesn’t just have us read out of a book — he kind of puts his own “way” into everything.” Students are currently creating a second project, using clay, to reproduce a character from the story. Lund added, “anything hands on seems to enhance and give more value to the subject studied. It’s a great time to let artistry shine and imagination reign!”