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Fine Art takes center stage at SHS

During the school’s annual Interim/Beyond the Classroom program Sacred Heart students explored additional experiential learning opportunities and career exploration. For ten of Lacey Basgier’s Mural Painting students the week allowed them to work on a large scale mural that represented the identity of Sacred Heart School.


High School Mural painting students work on their mural on the first day of Interim week. The final piece will hang in the school.

“Interim was, without a doubt, the most impressed I have been with a group of students,” said Lacey Basgier, Sacred Heart’s High School Art Instructor. The group learned about the entire process of taking a sketch and turning it into a large acrylic painting. Basgier was impressed with how the students exceeded expectations. “I spent every day blown away by what they were doing.” The students drove the entire project, says Basgier, agreeing and sketching out the design on day one and beginning the painting process by Tuesday. “It just all fell into place perfectly.”


The Mural Painting Interim course is just one of the additional components that fit nicely into Sacred Heart’s curriculum opportunities. The Visual Arts program at Sacred Heart School develops a young artist’s technical abilities through a variety of traditional and contemporary media. Under the guidance of high school instructor Lacey Basgier and elementary instructor Mary Kulas, Sacred Heart students are learning the technical foundation necessary to clarify their ideas as they cultivate their artistic abilities.

The high school curriculum offers a wide variety of possibilities during the year. Painting, drawing, art history, charcoal, and ceramics are just a few of the topics covered. “I try to do a variety of things so hopefully the kids that aren’t drawn to a particular medium can be drawn into something.”

Elementary students begin taking art classes in first grade with classes continuing until 6th. High school students have the opportunity to take classes in 8th grade, with additional courses offered as electives each year. There is also the option to double up on art electives and take an additional elective called VA Advanced. Basgier adds, “As it’s all self-directed, with VA Advanced we do encourage students to try a new medium or direction not yet tried.”

Mural group Photo

Basgier’s students and their mural. The students created the mural to represent the identity of the school.

The school’s large windowed high school art department features two kilns which are utilized each year when students complete ceramics projects. Elementary students create a new ceramic nativity figurine each year in art, creating baby Jesus, the animals, an angel, Mary and Joseph. In high school a ceramics assignment is completed in each course. Basgier, who has a background in ceramics, says “I really enjoy working through problems of how to work with the clay with the students.”

Three times a year the high school art department joins with the Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Select Choir for a Fine Arts Night. Following the concert the Visual Art Department’s art show opens on the second floor of the school. The exhibit features an assortment of student artwork. “I like displaying all the student’s work. It is rewarding for them and for me as a teacher to see it up as a collective unit.” The public is welcome to visit Sacred Heart on a Fine Arts night. The next one will be held on May 13th  beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Tim Gust ‘56, speaks to Career Development Class


Sacred Heart School understands that students will eventually graduate and move out into the world. A unique offering at the school is a Career Development course offered in the fall semester to junior and senior students. The purpose of the course is to explore different career options, help students make a decision on a career direction, help them select a major in college, how to conduct a job search, find internships, set goals, and the importance of networking. The course is taught by Sacred Heart School’s guidance counselor, Patrick Hart.

Gust, the founder of the career and counseling program at Sacred Heart, poses with Patrick Hart, the current school counselor and instructor of the Career Development course.

Gust, the founder of the career and counseling program at Sacred Heart, poses with Patrick Hart, the current school counselor and instructor of the Career Development course.

On Tuesday, students heard from Tim Gust, a 1956 Sacred Heart alum, who has found success in the field of Neuropsychology. Gust, who currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, wanted to talk to students about his life and their career decisions.  Gust reminisced a little about his time at Sacred Heart relaying tales about a few of the sisters that used to teach here. “Here at Sacred Heart we are fortunate to have had good teachers. A good teacher really does make the difference. It’s what counts….That’s my thank you to Sacred Heart.”
Gust quickly changed the focus to careers. “Ultimately I want you all to have jobs. How many of you are working now?” Gust then pointed around the room as students responded with their various jobs.” He then asked students what careers they were considering. Students provided a variety of responses: law enforcement, acting, vocal performing, author, medical fields, and architecture.
Gust said, “you have to get into an environment or situation that rewards your particular interest. Without that there is a chance you won’t be successful.” Gust relayed his own personal story of academic success but a struggle in college to succeed. “Your looking at a guy who initially flunked out of college as an engineer.” Gust said he chose his career because of family history and not because of any particular interest. “Had I taken an interest survey or put more thought into my career initially it might have been different.”
Gust turned to the counseling center at UND who helped him with an assessment and ultimately he finished his degree and went onto complete several more. It was during his doctoral studies at UND that Gust started the first career and counseling program at Sacred Heart. “That was something I really enjoyed — and wished I had it as a senior.”
Gust, the founder of the career and counseling program at Sacred Heart, poses with Patrick Hart, the current school counselor and instructor of the Career Development course.[/caption]

Gust, although semi-retired, is still doing part time work for the city of Los Angeles where he helps the city screen possible law enforcement applicants. He mentioned to students the importance of thinking about their career now. “If you end up with a DUI now it will mess you up and hinder your application years down the road. You’ll be looked upon differently.”

When students asked him what the most important tool was for success in life he responded, “Know as much as you can about technology. To be able to use technology well in any field — music, health care, etc. — will advance your career options.”

Gust ended by encouraging students to really consider their future now. “I encourage you to make the most of your life.”


Students engage during “Theosis”

Theosis_MarkSacred Heart students already have daily prayer time, but the new “Theosis” program launched in the school on Monday will offer high school students a special opportunity to hear from a rotation of guest speakers on a variety of topics pertaining to faith, family, and life.

Theology Instructor, TJ Beyer, kicked off the program by asking students “What is the goal of Christians??” Following a round of responses the final answer from students was “to get into Heaven.” Beyer followed up with an explanation of Theosis saying, “with Theosis we share in God’s glory and become part of God. Our prayer is that you dive deeper into that mystery to get into heaven.”

Beyer introduced the guest speaker, Mark Hollcraft, Director of Life Teen Ministries and Newman Center Outreach at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. Hollcraft asked students, “what does it mean to be inspired? What inspires you?” Students supplied a variety of answers such as family, sports, and music. “Now of all those things you said, as a way of knowing, you are giving me what exactly? Opinions.” Hollcraft explained to students that sometimes we are put in a position in this world where an opinion may be used in place of fact. So our first way of knowing things is ‘opinion.’ What is the second way?” A student quickly chipped in, responding, “Facts.” Hollcraft affirmed the answer saying that through facts we can prove knowledge. “How do I know all this is true? I saw it. I experienced it. I heard it.”

“Here’s a tough one. How do you know you love someone? Love does not make sense without a third way of knowing.” Hollcraft asked students what was a third way knowing. Students responded, “Faith.”

The Miracle of Lanciano had been brought up in the event’s earlier Trivia Challenge. Hollcraft was quick to refer to this in his talk, reviewing the story with students. The miracle was a divine response to a priest who doubted about the Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. During Mass the host was changed into live flesh and the wine was changed into real Blood. Hollcraft asks students, “What is the truth of this story? The miracle is a confirmation of something Jesus said 2,000 years ago. This is my body and my blood.”

“Think about this for a moment. The God of all the Universe created all things and in the culmination of his creation we received the Eucharist. Anything that can inspire you cannot inspire unless inspired by the One who created you.”

Bringing his talk to a close, Hollcraft again threw a question out to the students asking them how many of them wanted to inspire others. After students raised their hand he responded, “To inspire others you first need to be ready to be inspired. To breathe out you must first breathe in the Holy Spirit.”

“You guys have this unique opportunity to be in a Catholic School. Our faith is a daily decision. What are you going to let inspire you? Things of your faith or things of mediocrity? Let it be the breath of God. His breath is new life.”



SHS to Host Section 8A High school Choral Festival

ChoirSacred Heart School will be hosting three area high schools on October 27th as part of an area high school Choral Festival.

The schedule is as follows:
12:00 p.m. Students arrive from the area and move into the gym.
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Students will spend time rehearsing.
7:00 p.m. Concert at 7 p.m. in the A.I. Merth Gymnasium.

Each visiting school will prepare and perform two of their own pieces and as a collective group all schools will perform three pieces together during the concert.


Fifth Grade Fishes with Cabela’s

Sacred Heart fifth graders were joined last week by students from St. Michael’s and Holy Family/St. Mary’s as they learned about fishing from Brad Olson of Cabela’s. The first afternoon was spent learning about fish habitats, biology and anatomy, and how to catch a fish. Students discussed, wrote, and drew pictures describing their past fishing experiences.
On Wednesday, the students took what they learned with them to Ryan Lake in Grand Forks where they experienced more hands-on learning such as casting techniques, knot tying, and fish identifying. The last hour was spent fishing in Ryan Lake.


Fishing Education Day was brought to Sacred Heart, St. Michael’s, and Holy Family/St. Mary’s through Cabela’s, the GF Park District, and UND.

More pictures available on the school Facebook page:


Homecoming 2014

EugeneStudents and parents welcomed home alumni, family, and friends of Sacred Heart last Friday for the culmination of the Homecoming Week. During the week the 7-12th grade participated in a variety of dress up themed days—Billy Bob Day, Twin Day, Generations Day, Spirit Day, and Dress Up Day. The week ended with Mass, Coronation, pep fest, and football game.

Coronation followed the morning Mass, concelebrated by Fr. Greg Haman , parochial vicar at St. Michael’s church, and Fr. Adam Hamness, parochial vicar at Sacred Heart. New this year was the attendance of other members of “The Royal Court.” Past Homecoming Queens, football players, and coaches from 1948 to the present were honored during the coronation festivities.

Congratulations to the 2014 Homecoming Court! Marina O’Leary was crowned 2014 Homecoming Queen. Senior Attendants: Megan Ogaard and Erin Hylden. Junior Attendants: Hannah Reimer and Emily Devine. Escorts: Ed Bushaw, Chris Devine, Noah Anderson, Brandon Kassa, Brent Steenerson, and Grant Walski.


Polk County West fell to Stephen-Argyle during Friday’s Football game 54-7. PCW hung around through the second and third quarters, outscoring the Storm 7-6 in the middle quarters — the Polk County touchdown coming on a 42-yard Riley Wavra run.

More Homecoming pictures are available on the school Facebook page


Celebrating a Lifetime of Service Punky Beauchamp Retires

PunkyRobert “Punky” Beauchamp officially retired from Sacred Heart Church and School on Tuesday, September 30th. Punky has served as Facilities Manager since June 15, 1984. Punky first came to Sacred Heart as a seven year old student in 1959 and graduated in the class of 1970. He married his high school sweetheart, Roberta Spoor ‘72, Their two children, Brad Beauchamp ’94 and Janelle Gergen ’01 also graduated from Sacred Heart School. His grandson, Peter, currently is a fourth grade SHS student.

While working as an electrician, Punky served on the school’s Athletic Club, completed maintenance work, and started the first parish maintenance committee. He also co-chaired the first financial development program with Pete Wald. His legacy will be his leadership during the flood of 1997 and subsequent rebuilding of the new parish Social Hall and school. Punky’s duties as Facilities Manager carried many responsibilities for not only the upkeep of the school, but also the softball and football fields, church, rectory, and surrounding grounds.

Punky, the church and school would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for all you have done and your many years of service to Sacred Heart Church and School!