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Attitudes of Respect

Attitudes of Respect

Here at Sacred Heart School, we believe God is always with us…we are never truly alone.  It doesn’t matter what language we speak, whether we shout, sing or whisper, or even if we put our prayers or thoughts in code, He hears each message.”

- Jan Verdi, 6th Grade Teacher

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One of Sacred Heart’s 6th grade STAR teams present to the fourth grade classroom the principles of conflict resolution. The principles taught are then reinforced through skits, games and other activities. The 6th grade teams will present on a variety of topics to their peers in K-5th throughout the year.

Sacred Heart School has a long-standing tradition of operating as a community. As recent 2015 graduate, Megan Ogaard put it, “Family is perhaps the best possible description for what we have here at Sacred Heart.”

The tradition of family extends not just to the relationships that students develop at the school but also to the way they interact as a community. A lot of positivity can come from how the school is able to inject Christ-like attitudes into everything.

Sacred Heart has started some exciting things this year; All-school praise and worship, monthly senior breakfasts for student discussion and input, Olweus staff training and program implementation, the posting of anti-bullying rules which were written by SHS students, all-school announcements in grades K-12, and service recognition for seniors.

In the last few weeks, teachers have begun facilitating weekly class meetings as well as more all-school activities and class challenges which are meant to allow students to have fun and bond as a family.

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Mrs. Verdi’s 6th grade implemented the school message, “We Do Not Stand Alone” as part of their project on Morse Code.

“Our challenge is to all stand together because we do not stand alone,” said school counselor, Patrick Hart, when addressing students at a school assembly.

6th graders in Mrs. Verdi’s class have taken that theme into their studies. The students recently were completing an assignment on Morse Code. The students each created their “heart” in code, and then made a big banner for the door, which translates to “We are One Body.”

Their teacher, Mrs. Jan Verdi explained the purpose behind making the project more personable for her students. “Here at Sacred Heart, we believe God is always with us…we are never truly alone.  It doesn’t matter what language we speak, whether we shout, sing or whisper, or even if we put our prayers or thoughts in code, He hears each message.”

As a community students are also extending that bond beyond their walls to their peers at the other Grand Forks Catholic Schools. Combined, each K-5 class from Sacred Heart School, Holy Family-St. Mary’s School, and St. Michael’s School plan to complete group service projects. The Kindergarten recently completed their project, making scarves for the homeless.

Internally, our own sixth graders hold an important position at Sacred Heart as members of the STAR Team. As members of STAR, which stands for “Students Teaching Attitudes of Respect” 6th graders attend a training on conflict resolution offered by Peacemaker Resources and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. All sixth graders are members of a STAR team, and they take what they learned back to their peers in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

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Kindergarteners get help as they create their tied scarves for the homeless shelter. The project was a collaboration with their peers at the Grand Forks Catholic Schools.

With so much continued focus on giving back and positive culture, the school is always excited at how they can continue to challenge students. The hope is that through continuing to provide and encourage a positive culture within the school students will feel a sense of belonging and a family atmosphere.

“Activities designed as a part of our plan focus on developing a sense of leadership, ownership, and pride in our school,” said School President, Carl Adolphson. “The focus is on following the values in the gospel about how we are to treat others with kindness, empathy, and compassion.”

Youth Basketball Sign-Up for 2015-16 Season

Youth Basketball Sign-Up for 2015-16 Season

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Who: 1st-6th Grade Boys and Girls Youth Basketball

What: Team and Individual Basketball Skills and Fundamentals

When: November 14-February 20

Where: Sacred Heart Gymnasium

How Much: $50 – Check payable to Sacred Heart

All grades will meet Saturday, November 14 at Sacred Heart for registration and practice at the following times:

1st & 2nd: 9:00-10:15am
3rd & 4th: 10:15-11:30am
5th & 6th: 11:30-12:45am

Then, 1st & 2nd Grade will meet Saturday mornings from 9-10:15am. 3rd-6th Grade will practice twice a week with games on Saturday mornings. A Schedule will be available at registration.

To sign-up return the below form, along with payment, to Sacred Heart School or at Registration.

For questions contact Brody Welsh at bwelsh@sacredheartegf.net.

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New SHS course challenges students to explore Physiology & Anatomy

New SHS course challenges students to explore Physiology & Anatomy

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Miss Sarina Bauer’s Anatomy & Physiology course allows students to explore and further come to understand the normal structure and function of the body. Michele Remer, a senior trying to decide if a medical career is right for her has enjoyed being able to take the class during High School. “My sister loved her anatomy class in college, which made me want to try it now.”

Bauer says that students are very eager to learn the material, and complete experiments in the lab. The course has had a positive reception, particularly amongst students who are looking at college in the coming years.

However, not everyone in the course is medically or research motivated. “I know a lot of students are taking it out of pure interest, said Bauer.

Petrie, a Blue Tongue Skink, meets some of Ms. Bauer's Anatomy & Physiology students. Petrie may be around for a while as she will live to be 20 years old, but she won’t be alone — she joins the other class creatures, the Hissing Cockroaches.

Petrie, a Blue Tongue Skink, meets some of Ms. Bauer’s Anatomy & Physiology students. Petrie may be around for a while as she will live to be 20 years old, but she won’t be alone — she joins the other class creatures, the Hissing Cockroaches.

The class has many opportunities to not only learn about the anatomical structures, but to study the interrelationships within them.  Among the more interesting tasks are the dissections, which will include eyeballs, hearts, kidneys, brains, and fetal pigs. “I also expect to do many activities such as artificial blood type testing, artificial urinalysis experiment, and case studies,” said Bauer. “To understand human health, you must first understand how the body is formed, and how it functions.”

Bauer, who has her Master’s in Physiology and Histology from UND, taught at Northland Community and Technical College for a year. She says she really enjoys teaching at Sacred Heart School. “I like the sense of family this school gives its students and faculty. It’s a very personable school, and it’s nice to be at a school that cares so deeply about each and every student.”

 

 

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.