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Students Challenged to Serve here at Sacred Heart School

Students Challenged to Serve here at Sacred Heart School

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Students volunteered to clean Sacred Heart’s adopted stretch of highway in September.

At Sacred Heart School, students are encouraged to understand how service fits into a larger picture of the world.

This year the continued call for service was made more concrete and official, with a 100-hour service challenge to students in grades 9-12. In the fall, it was announced that seniors who have achieved 100+ hours of service by graduation will be recognized with a special white honor cord. This is done in conjunction with the school’s philosophy to foster students who become “citizens who are responsive to the needs of society.”

Last week high students gathered on a Saturday morning to help clean a stretch of highway the school has adopted. The students clean this adopted stretch along highway  each fall and spring — and don’t seem to mind doing the task.

In addition to the challenge to serve others, Sacred Heart is unique in the offering of a Christian Service Learning Class, which fosters the call as Christians to serve others.

Christian Service Learning explores the Christian foundations of service as found both in Scripture and in the Tradition of the Church. Their teacher, Roger Pieper, explains that, “students have been especially studying how all Christian service is a continuation of the mission of Christ to bring all of humanity into relationship with God, which is only possible by recognizing the dignity of each person.”

On Tuesday, the CSL students spent their first day at their service sites, the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Grand Forks, Altru YMCA, and assisting Fr. Bill Sherman.

Students volunteered to clean Sacred Heart’s adopted stretch of highway in September.

Students volunteered to clean Sacred Heart’s adopted stretch of highway in September.

The call to service does not start in just the high school. In the elementary, students are constantly encouraged to serve and are provided ample opportunities through events such as Rake-a-thon, Advent clothing, food, or toy drives, visiting the nursing homes, and various other volunteer opportunities during the year. During Rake-A-Thon, the younger students in Preschool-2nd grade pick up litter around the community, while older students in grades 3-12, faculty, and administration rake the lawns for over 30 homes in the greater Grand Forks community. This year’s Rake-A-Thon will be held October 23rd (weather permitting).

School President, Carl Adolphson, says, “we plan to continue volunteer opportunities such as ditch cleaning, Rake-a-thon, and food and clothing drives. By giving our students the opportunity to serve others we hope, upon adulthood, they will be compassionate, selfless, caring and giving individuals.”

Homecoming 2015 Recap

Homecoming 2015 Recap

Sacred Heart welcomed home alumni, family and friends last Friday for the culmination of the Homecoming Week. During the week the 7-12th grades participated in a variety of dress up themed days — Jersey Day, Tourist Day, Senior Citizen Day, Spirit Day and Dress Up Day. The week ended with Mass, Coronation, pep fest, and the Homecoming football game.

The day started with an all-school morning Mass, concelebrated by Msgr. Mike Foltz, Superintendent, and Fr. Ilango, Sacred Heart’s pastor.

Coronation followed with the introduction of the homecoming court and the introduction of the reigning 2014 Homecoming Queen, Marina O’Leary. O’Leary, like the queens in the past few years, was invited back to Sacred Heart to crown this year’s Homecoming Queen. Senior, Hannah Reimer, was crowned the 2015 Homecoming Queen.

Joe Kulas, a 2008 graduate & member of the recently inducted Hall of Fame 2005 Baseball team, spoke to students, family, & friends during Friday’s coronation. Kulas thanked several teachers and spoke about the treasure Sacred Heart School is to students.
Video of Kulas’ speech is also available at: www.youtube.com/sacredheartegf

In the afternoon students participated in a school pep rally, inviting the students from the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to join in on the festivities.

After a rousing faculty vs. seniors volleyball game, the students transferred to the Klinkhammer Auditorium for a lip sync contest. The winner of the contest was crowd favorite, senior Jonan Garcia, aka Johnny Cash.

Polk County West fought a tough battle and lost their first game of the season, a close one, 36-35 to visiting Fosston. The team is now 6-1 on the season as they prepare for post-season play.

More homecoming pictures are on page two, & at www.facebook.com/SacredHeartEGF

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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.”

 

 

 

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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

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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.

 

 

 

ARTS AND CRAFTS COUNCIL  SCHOLARSHIP FORMS AVAILABLE  TO EGF GRADUATE

ARTS AND CRAFTS COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP FORMS AVAILABLE TO EGF GRADUATE

EAST GRAND FORKS ARTS AND CRAFTS COUNCIL                   po Box 622 East Grand Forks, MN 56721

egfcraftcouncil@gmail.com                http://www.freewebs.com/egfcraftcouncil/

The EGF Arts & Crafts Council is offering a $1,000 scholarship to an East Grand Forks Sr. High graduate or Sacred Heart graduate who qualifies and meets the criteria set by the Council.

Requirements:  must be at least a second year college student; must be a graduate from EGF Senior High or Sacred Heart; must include a transcript of completed education; must show intent to continue education in art, music, drama, creative writing, or a related arts field; has not previously been awarded this scholarship.

Application forms may be downloaded at the above website address, or may be obtained by mailing or emailing the council at the above addresses.

Form requests must be made after May 1st and postmarked by July 15.

 

 

 

PCW seeks logo designs for the “Thunder”

PCW seeks logo designs for the “Thunder”

Sacred Heart, along with Climax and Fisher Schools, is currently accepting logo nominations to represent our Polk County West football team’s logo: Thunder. The logo will be used online, in print, on merchandise, and other locations as determined by the schools. Entries can be submitted by email to pstinar@sacredheartegf.net, or to the school or parish offices, attn.: Paul Stinar. Deadline for submission is Monday, May 11.

It is important to remember that because of the requirement for this to be our public logo, entrants should take care to ensure that their entries are not in any way similar to existing logos or other copyrighted images. PCW and its affiliates will reserve the rights to use the logo in any way they wish. The logo may include the letters PCW, words Polk County West, or Thunder. Logos can be submitted in electronic format or as a paper drawing. Please understand that the logo may be redrawn or modified to help clean up the edges and give it a finished look.

We look forward to collecting your entries and thank you for your continued support of Polk County West football!

Paul Stinar
Sacred Heart High School
218.773.0230 ext 239
Sacred Heart Eagles

High School Baseball Teams Go to Bat for EGF Food Shelf

High School Baseball Teams Go to Bat for EGF Food Shelf

 High School Baseball Teams Go to Bat for EGF Food Shelf

 On Tuesday, April 21st the East Grand Forks Senior High Green Wave will face the Sacred Heart Eagles in a High School baseball game.  The intra-city game that afternoon will be hard fought on the field for local bragging rights and will also feature some friendly competition off of the field.

The East Grand Forks Home Run Club, a local supporter of youth baseball, has come up with an off-field challenge for both schools.  The HRC will collect donations for the East Grand Forks Food Shelf from players, parents and fans from each of the schools.  All those attending the games that bring a food item to be donated will place their item(s) in a Sacred Heart collection box or a Senior High collection box.  The school with the largest donation will be deemed the winner of the Food Shelf Challenge.

The Home Run Club will also add to the fun.  The HRC will make a monetary donation to the Food Shelf on behalf of both varsity baseball teams based upon the number of pounds of food collected by each school.  Another savory twist added to the late afternoon at the ballpark will be with the sale of the delicious grilled burgers at the concession stand.  The HRC will donate one dollar to the Food Shelf for every hamburger sold at the park that day.  Fans can enjoy great baseball and a great burger all while lending a helping hand to the local food shelf.

Both varsity and junior varsity games are scheduled for that afternoon with the varsity game at 4:30pm followed by the junior varsity game starting at approximately 6:30pm.  All games will be played at Stauss Park.

 

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Tim Gust ‘56, speaks to Career Development Class

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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.”