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ADOLPHSON, Carl

President’s Message, Summer 2018

ADOLPHSON, CarlThe 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!

God Bless,

Carl Adolphson
Sacred Heart School President

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Students Recognized as part of 100+ Hours of Service Challenge

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Beginning in the fall of 2016, in conjunction with the school’s philosophy to foster students to become “citizens who are responsive to the needs of society,” Sacred Heart School set the expectation that each student in grade nine through twelve, will accumulate 100 hours of Christian Service prior to graduation. The expectation is that each student, starting in grade nine, will accumulate their service hours with a goal to perform 25 hours of service at school or in the community each year. Our hope is that each student will set as his/her goal a total of 100 hours prior to graduation. Students will not be required to achieve the hours to graduate, however, the students who accomplish the 100 hours will receive recognition in the graduation program and the honor to wear a white honor cord with their graduation apparel. The following student have met the 25 hours per year goal set for the grade they are currently enrolled.

Following each student’s name is an account of the amount of service hours they have completed.

25 Hours of Service Goal by End of Freshman Year
Paige Brandner (50)
Isabella Knudson (47)
Sydney Lloyd (121)
Dustin Ringuette (49)
Adam Sobolik (37.5)
Dana Walski (29)
Jack Zavoral (33)
Gabriella Zimprich (106)

50 Hours of Service Goal by End of Sophomore Year
Macyn Bloom (61)
Katie Brindamour (172)
Ivy Edwards (86)
Benjamin Goetz (84)
Caden Knutsvig (53)
Mallory Howe (112)
Madalin Mitzel (75)
Aaron Steckman (63)
Kaitlyn Werner (178)

75 Hours of Service Goal by End of Junior Year
Abby Brouillard (84)
Jiejun Chen (86)
Zyan Greer (104)
Jessica Remer (89.75)
William Rohrich (100)
James Votava (113)
John White (83)
Lily Zimprich (160.73)

75 Hours of Service Goal by End of Senior Year (White Service Cords at Graduation)
Abby Anderson (83)
Jaxon Bergum (80.5)
Chelsea Greer (200)
Hannah Hollcraft (78.5)
Lauryn Larson (82)
Jordan Tomkinson (78)
Kloe Wavra (241.75)
Jade Zimprich (101)

 

 

Olympian Laurie Hernandez helps kick off the first day of school at SHS

Olympian Laurie Hernandez helps kick off the first day of school at SHS

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For Sacred Heart students the first day of school culminated in a visit from an Olympian. Laurie Hernandez joined Sacred Heart students, sharing her faith, journey, and goals. “Everyday leads up to what you want to do.” said Hernadez. “Your future doesn’t start in 10 years, it doesn’t start in a few months. It starts right now and you get to decide where you go from here.”

DSC_0167In the moderated Q & A she shared with students her journey and her experience. Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 17-year-old Hernandez has gone on to win the coveted Mirror ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23. She also recently published her first book titled “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond” chronicling her journey thus far was published in January 2017, hitting the New York Times Best Sellers list. Laurie is known for her dazzling floor exercise routine where she has been nicknamed the “human emoji” for her outgoing facial expressions and for her grace and artistry on the balance beam. Laurie is a second generation American, as her grandparents are from Puerto Rico, making her the first U.S. born Latina to make the U.S. team since 1984. Laurie credits her hard work, leadership skills, and her never give up attitude to her Mom, who was in the Army Reserves while Laurie was growing up.DSC_0243

Hernandez is the third guest speaker brought to Sacred Heart for the school’s DAY ONE activities. Previous speakers include 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.

Doze, a senior at SHS, selected as U.S. Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist

Doze, a senior at SHS, selected as U.S. Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist

Doze, ValerieCongrats to Valerie!

Valerie Doze, a senior at Sacred Heart School, has been selected as one of 723 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition.

From nearly 3.5 million graduating high school seniors, over 5,100 students were identified as candidates in the program, and 723 semifinalists have been selected from across the country. These semifinalists form the pool from which the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen.

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SHS Senior named candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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SHS Senior, Valerie Doze, has been named a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognized some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among the nations senior classes, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness from America’s youth. We congratulate Valerie on being invited to apply for the program!

 

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Science Club to send members to State Competition

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The Science Club took 4th at a recent Science Olympiad in Moorhead

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SHS Junior Kloe Wavra with her project. Wavra received a Red Award, the Geoscience Excellence Award and the Outstanding Achievement in Meteorological Science Award at the recent Regional Science Fair.

The Sacred Heart Science Club, headed by science instructor Sarina Bauer, has had an exciting first year, taking 4th in the recent Science Olympiad, competing in the regional fair and now sending some of our students to the State competition.

The Science Club had a great day at the Regional Science Fair at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Lily Grossbauer and Kannon Knutsvig received a 1st Place Blue award and are going to State competitions. Knutsvig  also received the Sustainability Solutions Award, Broadcom Master’s Award, and the Air Force Top 4 middle school project award.

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Lily Grossbauer received a 1st Place Blue award is going onto the State Science competitions.

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Kannon Knutsvigreceived a 1st Place Blue award and is going onto the State Science competitions. Knutsvig also received the Sustainability Solutions Award, Broadcom Master’s Award, and the Air Force Top 4 middle school project award.

Receiving Red Awards (2nd place), were Lily Zimprich, Imari Crayton, Daisy Hu and Harrison Punton. Gabby Zimprich also received a Red Award and is a first alternate to State. Hannah Hollcraft & Jade Zimprich received a Red Award and the “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award. Kloe Wavra received a Red Award, the Geoscience Excellence Award and t
he Outstanding Achievement in Metrological Science award. Receiving Green Awards (3rd Place) were: Kate Chen and Yuki Guan.

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Sacred Heart seniors and Fr. Jerry Rogers during a visit to the Red Lake Mission last fall.

Senior Legacy Project: Red Lake

Sacred Heart seniors and Fr. Jerry Rogers during a visit to the Red Lake Mission last fall.

Sacred Heart seniors and Fr. Jerry Rogers during a visit to the Red Lake Mission last fall.

IMG_9778The Sacred Heart Seniors took a day trip to Red Lake on Wednesday Feb. 8th as a part of their Senior Legacy Service Project. Earlier this fall they had an overnight trip to Red Lake in which they spent 2 full days in the school. Fr. Jerry Rogers the pastor at St. Mary’s school wants this project to be “relational.” Fr. Jerry stated, “The best thing these kids could have is someone of high school age to look up to and realize that education is important and finishing high school is attainable. Most of these students do not have older siblings or parents to look up to who have graduated high school.”

The poverty on the Red Lake reservation is daunting… Fr. Jerry goes on to say, “I hope that through building positive mentorship relationships both the Red Lake and Sacred Heart IMG_9770seniors will learn something. They can learn from each other.” The Red Lake 4th-6th graders will be coming for a field trip visit to Sacred Heart in March. The seniors are working to design a fun and faith filled visit for the Red Lake students. Fr. Jerry stated, “We want to help build some positive memories for these kids.”

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Science Club takes 4th in Olympiad

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IMG_6698 Congrats to the Science Club who took 4th place at the Science Olympiad in Moorhead. They competed against 14 teams in 14 different science events. Each event was comprised of two team members. Some events were labs that students had to complete, some had tests they had to take, and some required the students to build things before they arrived at the event and had to compete against other teams. Categories included Anatomy & Physiology, Write It, Do it, Remote Sensing, Experimental Design, Chemistry Lab, Ecology, Optics, Wind Power, Astronomy, Invasive Species, Towers, and Robot Arms.

IMG_6710This weekend the science club students are competing in the regional science fair. This is an individual event, so each member conducted their own experiment and will be presenting them to judges. The event is also open for public viewing. It is in Crookston at UMC on Saturday from 9:30-12pm.

For the Science Olympiad, the Club is still waiting to hear about officially going to State. Having already competed and tied, they are now waiting for another region’s competition to see if there will be any more ties before they will know if they will go to State.

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