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Grand People Day, Friday November 18th, 2016

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 kfrisch@sacredheartegf.net or 218-773-0877.

Information will also be sent home with students. There will be NO RSVP cards to return this year.

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Don’t miss Charlotte’s Web, SHS Drama Department’s Fall Play!

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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

When:
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!

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SHS to host first ever Robotic Competition November 19th!

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.

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 18th, 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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All-School Mass wraps up First Week Events

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Last Friday the school held their All-School Mass with students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade, parents and other family members attending. Msgr. Mike Foltz, School Superintendent, and Fr. Xavier Ilango,Sacred Heart’s pastor, presided.

During his homily, Msgr Foltz used an Olympics analogy to discuss with students how Olympians trained, saying, “here at Sacred Heart School we train you body, mind, and soul…we are all disciples in training.” Msgr. Foltz asked students to list off subjects they enjoyed learning. When one student touched on religion and faith he noted to them that at their school they are also here to work on their spirit and souls. “We also do actions,” said Foltz, “such as love, respect people, and pray for the poor.“ He invited students to remember that at Sacred Heart positive student actions and living Christian lives speak louder than words. “If we do that day after day, week after week, month after month… what’s the prize we’re working towards? Heaven!”

The school invites parents and parishioners to attend school Masses, Praise & Worship and a variety of other events during the year. Visit the school calendar at www.sacredheartegf.net/calendar for times.

 

2016-17 Enrollment Report

2016-17 Enrollment Report

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The 2016-17 School Year at Sacred Heart started on Tuesday, September 6th. This is the 105th year SHS has been forming students, mind, body and soul, in the Greater Grand Forks Community. It’s going to be the best year yet!

Overall we have seen a significant trend in growth since 2013, up 25.1% in Kindergarten through 12th grade numbers.

This year we welcome over 45 brand NEW Kindergarten through 12th-grade students, who will be attending classes in the halls for the very first time. As we grow past the 400 Preschool-12th student enrollment mark this year, we continue our focus on keeping our class sizes small and personal. In order to do this, we have continued to add additional sections of grade levels. This year the elementary has two sections of Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and Sixth Grade, in addition to several sections in the high school, depending on the classes and grade levels.

2016 First Day of School Numbers: enrolled as of 9/6/2016.

413        All students (PK-12)
344        K-12
194        K-6
150        7-12
69  Preschool*

Sacred Heart has opened applications for the 2017-18 school year. To schedule a visit please visit www.yourchildmatters.org or contact Admissions at 218-773-0877. Tuition and Scholarships are always available.

*Sacred Heart has one opening in the afternoon section of Little Saints (4-5 year olds) for the 2016-17 School Year. If you or someone you know is interested please contact us at 218-793-0021 or at yourchildmatters.org.

 

 

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Remember the Titans Coach Herman Boone to speak to Sacred Heart School Students

boone_herman(300)Sacred Heart School is pleased to announce the that Herman Boone, the head coach whose monumental real life story was captured in the film, Remember the Titans, will be the featured DAY ONE speaker. He will address students, parents, parishioners and alumni at Sacred Heart on September 6th.

In 1971, as the city of Alexandria Virginia was consolidating their schools, Boone was appointed head coach at T.C. Williams High School. Remarkably, Boone was able to solidify a diverse coaching staff and unite a group of players into one of the most powerful football teams in the nation. Boone will share an inspiring message about the importance of treating others with respect and kindness.

Boone will speak to SHS students in grades 5-12 at 1:00pm in the Merth Gymnasium on Tuesday, Sept. 6th. All Sacred Heart parents, parishioners, and alumni are invited to attend the event.

Boone is the second guest speaker brought to Sacred Heart for the school’s DAY ONE activities. Matt Birk, former Minnesota Viking and Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens spoke to students to kick off last year’s DAY ONE. The DAY ONE speaker serves to invigorate and excite students about the coming year.

Sacred Heart School is accepting applications for K-12 students and offers a willingness to try to make the school a financial possibility for all families. The school has made the pledge that no family will be denied a Catholic education based on finances. If you are interested in Sacred Heart School for your Preschool, Elementary or High School student, visit www.YourChildMatters.org or call 218-773-0877.

 

Sacred Heart baseball players and coaches presented a baseball clinic for the Hospitality House Youth Development (HHYD) in Minneapolis during a recent trip to play schools in the Twin Cities area.

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Sacred Heart baseball players and coaches presented a baseball clinic for the Hospitality House Youth Development (HHYD) in Minneapolis during a recent trip to play schools in the Twin Cities area.

Sacred Heart baseball players and coaches presented a baseball clinic for the Hospitality House Youth Development (HHYD) in Minneapolis during a recent trip to play schools in the Twin Cities area.

When Sacred Heart School announced in the fall that “service” was part of the theme for students this year, Varsity Baseball Coach Paul Bethke knew he wanted to come up with a way to bring that message home to his athletes.

Bethke and his coaches know their mission here as a coach at Sacred Heart is much more than just teaching athletes to throw, hit and run bases. He reminds his athletes in practice, at games, and while traveling that all they do as representatives of the Sacred Heart community is done with the idea of being good Christian role models. Bethke feels that instilling that attitude in his athletes “may help them to respond to more important every day situations in a similar way.”

Sacred Heart baseball players made a trip to Minneapolis late last month for two games. After arriving in town, they made a special early stop at the Hospitality House Youth Development facility in Minneapolis where they gave a baseball clinic for the inner-city youth that participate in the HHYD programs.

Sacred Heart baseball offered a baseball clinic to the youth at the Hospitality House Youth Development facility in Minneapolis last month.

Sacred Heart baseball offered a baseball clinic to the youth at the Hospitality House Youth Development facility in Minneapolis last month.

“Just minutes after arriving, I knew in my mind that no matter if we ended up playing a single baseball game or not, this trip was going to be well worth it,” said Bethke. Almost immediately Sacred Heart athletes and their families were interacting with the kids, playing on the playground, baking cookies, filling planters, and getting involved with what the kids were doing.

Officially the athletes were visiting the HHYD facility to offer a mini baseball clinic. Each athlete was partnered with a child as they went through the stations. “It was great to see the team sharing their knowledge of baseball in such a caring, thoughtful way,” said Bethke. “I can assure you, our kids got as much, or more, out of the time that we spent there that afternoon.”

Matt Ogaard, a senior, enjoyed the time spent doing service. “I thought it was a great experience to combine service with our sports program.”

Sacred Heart athletes joined their opponents from Legacy Christian Academy in prayer following the game.

Sacred Heart athletes joined their opponents from Legacy Christian Academy in prayer following the game.

The next day the Eagles focused on the business ahead and prepped for the first of their two games that day. First up was Legacy Christian Academy in Andover, Minnesota. “Just playing someone different can have huge benefits to the program,” said Bethke. “It helps measure where you are at against teams in different parts of the state.” The team beat Legacy Christian 6-4. Noah Chine had 2 hits and Devin Evavold pick up the win on the mound.

Later in the afternoon the Eagles also beat St. Agnes in St. Paul 10-9 in eight innings. Riley Wavra, Ryan Holte and Nolan Hallaway each had 2 hits and Ryan Holte was the winning pitcher.
Coach Bethke hopes that the trip can possibly become an annual tradition for the baseball athletes as they continue to develop relationships with other teams. Despite the short notice for the trip this year donors stepped up to help find a way to send their athletes down. “We are so grateful to those who made it possible,” said Bethke.

“It was so encouraging and moving to see the Legacy Christian Academy athletes welcome our athletes to stand side-by-side with them and share a prayer after our game.”viewpictures

Jodi Vanderheiden named new K-12 Principal for Sacred Heart School

Jodi Vanderheiden named new K-12 Principal for Sacred Heart School

Jodi Vanderheiden has been hired as the new K-12 Principal for Sacred Heart School. She will replace the current K-12 Principal, Dave Andrys, who announced in December 2015 he would be retiring from Sacred Heart School at the end of this current school year.

VanderheidenSacred Heart parents, friends, alumni, parishioners, faculty and staff would like to thank Dave Andrys for his 37 years of service to our school.

Vanderheiden, who will assume Principal duties on July 1st, 2016, brings 22 years of experience in education to Sacred Heart School. She earned her educational leadership degree through the University of Minnesota Mankato in July of 2015, her BA degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota Mankato, and her Master’s Degree in Education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Vanderheiden began her career at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic School in Wayzata, followed by six years at Wayzata Public Schools, and has been with the St Michael-Albertville Public School District for the past 13 years. Vanderheiden served as the Staff Development Coordinator and Chairperson, coordinated Professional Learning Communities (P.L.Cs), developed and implemented a mentorship program for 8th graders, supervised Targeted Services for after school programming, Youth Matters, MCA Prep, summer school, and Math Academy. She was selected as the 2006 LEEA Teacher of the Year.
Jodi Vanderheiden and her husband, Robert, have three children. She is an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN where she serves in various ministry roles.

A full story will be in our next issue of the Sacred Heart Development News.

Why Catholic Schools? – a Student’s Perspective

Why Catholic Schools? – a Student’s Perspective

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The following was written as part of the high school journalism class and was also published in the school newspaper, Echoes.

Why Catholic Schools?

by Haley Boushee, a Sacred Heart 11th grader

DSC_0003Going to a Catholic school is a very special thing and not something everyone can do. There are many perks involved in attending a Catholic school, such as growing in your faith with Christ, forming a strong bond with your school and community, and lastly an excellent education. It’s a very unique thing being able to pray and express your faith freely and however you want.

There are many reasons why parents choose to send their children to a Catholic school. Parents have the obligation to make sure their child is raised in the faith and sending them to a Catholic school fulfills that duty. It also gives the students an opportunity to learn how important the Catholic faith is and to grow closer to God.

Catholic schools are different compared to public schools because you can openly talk about God and your faith whenever you want. It feels like one big family and everyone knows each other which is also very nice. Sacred Heart School President, Mr. Adolphson said, “Catholic schools generally have a family atmosphere which is really attractive, and in most instances, students have more opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities, service opportunities, and travel at a Catholic school.”

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Catholic school students also score significantly above the national averages on standardized testing. Small class sizes contribute to students from a Catholic school having higher testing scores. Also, teachers take the time to make sure their students are succeeding in their studies. Students also have a religion class and the advantage of going to Mass weekly, allowing them to explore their faith even more than they could in a public school.

DSC_0192Senior, John MacLeod, said he wanted to come to Sacred Heart because, “I really wanted to finish high school at a Catholic school.” He also said, “The big difference between Sacred Heart and my former school is definitely the faith. Here conversations about life and how the world affects us are encouraged.” Freedom of thinking was sort of suppressed at his old public school. “Also we can praise Jesus all the time at Sacred Heart!”

Many of the students at Sacred Heart like attending a Catholic school for many different reasons. Sophomore, Abby Anderson said, “I like attending Sacred Heart because I’ve gone here since preschool so it’s like a second home.” Eighth grader, Ben Goetz said, “I like being at Sacred Heart because I get to grow in my relationship with God. I feel very blessed to have great teachers who have helped me throughout my journey. At Sacred Heart, I can put my faith into practice everyday.”

Some interesting facts about Catholic schools are:

There are 6,568 Catholic schools in America.

The total Catholic school student enrollment for the current academic year is 1.9 million.

99% of students who attend a Catholic high school graduate. Of those students, 86% attend a four year college.

Catholic schools provide over 20.5 billion dollars a year in savings for the nation.

 

Classroom Feature: Debbie Heitman, 9-12 Language Arts

Classroom Feature: Debbie Heitman, 9-12 Language Arts

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Mrs. Debbie Heitman begins her classes with a writing prompt, often asking students fun or philosophical questions. It is a great warm up before beginning class and, as one senior phrased it, “the prompt writing makes class interesting and fun.”

Each month we’re featuring a different class or grade here at Sacred Heart School.

Mrs. Debbie Heitman grew up in Wisconsin and Illinois where she attended public elementary school and then Catholic middle and high school. She moved to Grand Forks to attend the University of North Dakota where she earned her Bachelors in English as an Education Major along with her English as a Second Language Certification. Just for fun she also majored in Philosophy. After graduation she began teaching at Sacred Heart School where she just recently celebrated her 16th year here.

She says, “I get excited about watching students get invested in a project, when they roll up their sleeves and really dig into learning; then, they proudly share their results. The Freshman demonstrational speeches, the Sophomores authoring and illustrating children’s books, the Juniors reciting the Gettysburg address or singing Native American poetry, and Seniors holding mock interviews, producing Beowulf films, and standing before the school community in the senior debate all give students opportunities to shine, invest in what they are learning, and work collaboratively, creatively and actively.

I have remained dedicated to teaching at Sacred Heart because the most important aspect in my life is my faith in Jesus Christ, and my call to encourage students in their growing faith. Each subject area that we study involves a talent or gift God has given us. Literature across the ages allows us to look at the human pursuit of truth, meaning and worth.”

What her students say,
“Your class is unique because you challenge the students and care about their academic success in a way that seems more involved and meaningful.” – SHS senior.

“English is a language made up of many different components that are not always the easiest to understand. Mrs. Heitman breaks down each component so that when we leave the classroom, we feel like we accomplished something that day.” – SHS junior.

“Mrs. Heitman’s class is unique because she makes her lessons understandable for everyone, and will make sure everyone understands.” – SHS sophomore.

“We do a variety of different activities throughout the year, for example public speaking.”  - SHS freshman.