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L’Esprit du Vin sets stage for L’Esprit de Sacré Coeur

Chairs (from l) Nancy Fullerton, Jane Goodrich, Peggy Hampton, Sandra Luzzi Hamacher and Jona Penner raise a toast to a successful L’Esprit du Vin.

Saluté! The 4th annual L’Esprit du Vin on Nov. 16 was a lively harbinger for the Schools’ 10th annual L’Esprit de Sacré Coeur, Feb. 9 at the Fairmont Hotel. The SHS gym was transformed into a well-stocked wine cellar, with more than 300 guests bidding on their favorite vintages while sampling bountiful appetizer pairings. Along with a Collectibles table of rare wines, there was a Chateau Margaux Premier Grand Cru Classe, France 1982 (value $1000) up for bidding. Excitement reigned for the drawing of the Tuition/Cash

($10,000) Raffle winner. The Siebert family took home the prize. The hip tunes played during the event were provided by the Schools’ own resident DJ, Dr. David Scheffler, father of Miles H5 and Wynne H6. He is a dentist by day, the “Spin Doctor” by night. Thank you! The Schools also thank Chef Fredy, who donated much of the extensive repast. Event Chairs Nancy Fullerton, Jane Goodrich, Courtney Mentzer Petit, Sandra Luzzi Hamacher, Peggy Hampton and Jona Penner orchestrated the sale of nearly 400 bottles of wine, helping to raise approximately $25,000 for SHS.

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Volume 30 No. 1

SHCOG team concludes on-site assessment The Schools have been basking in the glow of a wonderful visit from the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG) visiting team. For four days in November, the team did a thorough once-over on the SHS campus, interviewing individuals from every constituent group and peering into most nooks and crannies. Their findings are published in the Reflection, which can be read in its entirety on the SHS website ( The team was led by Sr. Maureen Glavin, Head of Schools at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri. She was joined by Chris Rader, the Board Chair from Grand Coteau, Louisiana; Renee McNally, Division Head from Bloomfield Hills in Michigan; Cathy Boates a teacher from Regis School for Boys in Houston; and Tim Stevens, a teacher from Princeton Academy in New Jersey. These Network of Sacred Heart Schools colleagues began their Reflection by noting that the “SHS community has beautifully and bountifully communicated

ment, converged to allow for authentic, deep and important sharing,” the report stated. This process was shepherded along with grace and diligence by Kathleen Edwards, LS Religion teacher. Sr. Glavin officially pronounced that “this Visiting Committee is The SHCOG visiting team (from l): Chris Rader, Renee McNally, happy to report to the Sr. Maureen Glavin, Cathy Boates, Tim Stevens Provincial and her Team the attitudes and dispositions of the Heart that Schools of the Sacred Heart, Sheridan of Jesus.” They acknowledged the Schools’ Road, is deeply committed to living the commitment to the year-long reflection Goals and Criteria.” process that preceded their visit, the qual The Reflection then went on to exity of group discussions and the excellence plain the group’s goal. “The Visiting Comof the resulting Self-Study. mittee’s task has been twofold: first, to “It is evident that the quality of the confirm that the community is indeed livprocess planning (from cohort conversaing the Goals and Criteria on a daily basis, tions to passion group discussions and ev- as described in the Self-Study, and second, erything in-between) in combination with to reflect back what has been heard from the quality of the community’s engagethe various constituent groups.”

The answer to the first was a resounding “yes”! “Without reservation or qualification, we wholeheartedly affirm your commitment to living the challenges and being the prophetic voice of the Goals and Criteria.” The Reflection then noted that it also will become a blueprint for further action. It “is intended to serve as a guide and point of departure for crafting an Action Plan that will carry SHS forward in living the mission to new and greater depths.” Of the many facets of the Schools that impressed the visiting team, one stood out. They stated that it was striking to hear almost everyone claim the school’s Catholic identity with pride while equally fervently extolling the school’s open and inclusive spirit. “A Catholic school for children of all faiths” was heard often by the team. The Reflection went on to commend, for each Goal, the ways the Schools honor and implement it. See Nat Wilburn’s article, page 8, for details.

Tour guides put Schools’ best foot forward “I want my child to grow up to be just like my tour guide.” Jan Farnsworth, Admissions Director, was asked how many times she has heard a variation of this comment. “Hundreds!” she responds. The 8th grade admissions tour guides have been “sealing the deal” for Sacred Heart for the past 20 years at the monthly Admissions Coffees. These Coffees are held during the school day. Administrators give a presentation to the visiting prospective parents, but the highlight of the morning is a half-hour tour with an 8th grader. It was considered a daring experiment in the early 90s when students were first used for tours. What if they slip up? What if they say they don’t like uniforms, or single sex education? What if they forget

there are five Kindergarten rooms? All fears were put to rest when the first tours came back to rave reviews. Even though there have been some minor contretemps along the way…the time one boy was waxing poetic about the school so long he had to be searched for and retrieved… the time another guide convinced a family we taught Greek…the guides have been an unqualified success. Considered a plum role, students complete an extensive application process and interview to become a guide. “We look for students that are true Hardey gentlemen or Academy ladies – confident, poised, able to speak to adults with ease, personable with eagerness and pride for their school,” notes Farnsworth.

Gloria Kwakye guides her tour through a Kindergarten room.

What is it like to show applicant parents around your school and be a resident expert on all things Sacred Heart? Nate Casale H8, one of this year’s guides, gives his behind-the-scenes view on page 3.

Alumna chosen for ‘genius’ grant


atalia Almada A’89, a Sheridan Road elementary school grad, was recently selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive a “genius” grant. These grants provide the winner a $500,000 award paid over five years. Natalia Almada, a noted filmmaker, was born in Sinaloa, Mexico. She grew up in Chicago, and now resides in both Brook-

lyn and Mexico City. Her directing credits include All Water Has A Perfect Memory, an internationally recognized experimental short, and Al Otro Lado, an award-winning feature documentary about immigration and drug trafficking. Almada’s work has been screened at Sundance, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Biennial, as well as on ARTE

and PBS. She is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow and has received support from the Sundance Institute and the MacDowell Colony. SHS teacher Lynn Patterson said, “I taught Natalia my first year here when she was in 8th grade. I remember her as a very intelligent, hardworking student and an incredibly polite and pleasant person.” Congratulations from SHS!

School News



Master Teacher title conferred on seven

Door Decor contest winner! Sacred Heart’s Inaugural Decorate Your Door Contest was a tight competition! The school office created a winner with this depiction of cheerleader Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools.

Independent Schools Management defines a Master Teacher as “a truly outstanding faculty member with at least 20 years total teaching experience, two at the Senior Teacher level, a 4.50 average on the performance evaluation, and the recommendation of the Division Head with final decision by the Head of Schools.” Whew! The Master Teacher program was instituted at Sacred Heart Schools several years ago to recognize teachers whose performance is exemplary and who embody the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. As further clarifed by Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools, “The designation of Master Teacher at Sacred Heart denotes not only skill as an educator, but also one

who models the Goals and Criteria.” To a man, and woman, the seven master teachers (at right) are thrilled to be awarded the title. “It is truly an honor to be a Master Teacher at Sacred Heart Schools,” said Paula Fusco, Enrichment Coordinator. “With the designation comes Front, from l: Wenche Haverkamp, Paula Fusco, Sue Heybach, a responsibility to assist the Holly DePalma; Back: Mark Anderson, Lexi Pond, Lynn Patterson learning community in any sums it up. “I was so honored to receive way I can.” She added that it serves as that title. It means that those who judge a positive motivator to challenge her to my performance in the classroom have improve through life-long learning and confidence in my abilities. Teaching professional development. brings me such joy and fulfillment.” Wenche Haverkamp, MS teacher,

iPads used across the board

Conifer or broadleaf...? Kindergartner Ahmad Oluewu shows a leaf he collected at Berger Park to teacher Melissa Stoll as part of their science unit on trees. KDG are now experts on the tree’s life cycle!

Lights, camera, action...iPad! This ubiquitous device has found its way into every facet of education at SHS. All classes have access to the iPad carts, using them for projects ranging from filming The Aeneid in Middle School, to researching the saints in Lower School, to creating global passports in Primary School. Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid not only presented the opportunity to enact and film key scenes with the iPads, but also gave rise to some creative interpretations of the Trojan Horse, using the app DoodleBuddy. Jennifer Bozyk’s H7 Humanities classes deepened their understanding of the ancient poem using 21st century technology.

Class Capers

Blazers are in! These 6th grade girls are sporting their new Academy blazers. The navy blazers will be worn by all Middle School girls on formal uniform days and liturgy days. They feature the new Academy patch, which coordinates with the shield on the Hardey blazers.

1 I s it safe? - Hardey 6 is running a stream contamination lab to find out who or what is polluting the stream in a fictitious town. Michael Youngblood and Mario Cook record their findings, which will demonstrate the dangers facing real rivers.


Under the Pear Tree Brenda Asare, After School coordinator, reads this biography of St. Philippine, written by Jan Dunn, RSCJ, to the 3rd grade.


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Aeneas’ quest to found Rome became fodder for an iMovie, incorporating the elements of the epic hero cycle. The student movies were required to show a hero who goes on a quest, is tested, receives help and is resurrected after suffering an extreme low point. In 3rd grade, Kathleen Edwards Dennis Polite films a rousing sword fight between Peis using scrapbooking and drawing ter D’Arrigo (r) and Jack Wyman, depicting a hero apps on the ipads for the Religion class being tested from a story they created. Saints Project. This year, students are ments,” said Kathy Roderer, 3rd grade researching and rendering their chosen teacher. saint on the iPads. This tech integration gets rave re “It’s a new twist on an existing proj- views from the students. “My girls have ect, but I think it’s a perfect example of the always loved the Saints Project, but this direction we are heading, with technology year they are even more passionate about being a part of everyday curricular assign- it,” Roderer added.

Jamie Powers Kathy Roderer Sally Sharp Sophie Streeter Debbie Wells


2 D igital book reports - The boys and the girls of the 5th grade used their new iPads to create digital stories explaining the books they read over the summer. Using the SonicPics application, each student used a variety of photos, pictures, audio and text to discuss the main characters and themes in their novels. The digital stories were shared with all four of the 5th grade classes during coed time. “A new and fun way to spark interest in reading!” noted Lynn Patterson, 5th grade teacher. Clockwise from top: Caroline Walker, Stephen Whitacre, Corry Thorpe, Miles Scheffler, Ava Taylor, Azucena Sodini, Amelia Wissink and Scarlet Zell share their iPad reports.

3F  rio o calor? - Nicholas Earley (left) and Nevile Makau used The Weather Channel and Keynote apps on their iPads to create and present a week-long weather forecast in Spanish. Each student in Ms. Creed’s 8th grade class chose a world city, used The Weather Channel to compile forecast data and then put the information into a Keynote slideshow, which they presented to the class in Spanish. 4S  elf Portraits - Jessica Hotz’s H3 class used the Photobooth app on the iPads for a creative writing project. They did a selfportrait, then distorted the image. The resulting photo inspired their writing. Nico Wagner (from l), Ryan Hardiman and Ben Penner display their creations!


Faculty Profiles

Holly DePalma

Donna Terry Years at Sacred Heart – 12

Heartbeat profiles three Kindergarten teachers, each of whom has been at SHS for 12 years:

Years at Sacred Heart – 12 (2 years MS Physical Ed and 10 years - KDG) Area of responsibility – KDG

Lynn Feeley Years at Sacred Heart – 12 Area of responsibility – KDG What are the unique challenges of teaching Kindergarten? Helping the students and their parents get acclimated to everything: academics, the big building, many different teachers and new friends. What are the greatest rewards? Seeing them get excited when letter sounds evolve into reading skills. Any previous Sacred Heart connection? My daughter graduated from Woodlands Academy. I also have three grandchildren in SHS Kindergarten this year (yes, triplets). Ryan, Jack and Charlie are down the hall. It’s so much fun and I get to see them every day in a whole new way. I love having them here and they love being here! My daughter’s second set of triplets (yes!) starts next fall and can’t wait to get here. I grew up in – Oak Park, IL. Personal hero or heroine – my three daughters: all for different reasons. Currently I’m – a grandmother of eight and enjoying every minute. If I could do it all over, I’d – teach here sooner. My family says I – am loyal, dependable and funny. Now I’m reading – Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter I’d like to have dinner with – Nora Ephron and John Stewart. Schooling – B.A. Dominican University

What are the unique challenges of teaching Kindergarten? – I want to make it a “special journey” for each student and their parents. It takes a positive attitude, dedication, and time to afford the attention each family deserves. It is all worth it! What are the greatest rewards? Witnessing that “A-HA “moment, seeing their faces lights up with understanding, is a priceless experience! Furthermore, it is a privilege molding SHS children into future leaders of our community. How does it compare to your years teaching phys ed? Teaching students to stay healthy and physically-fit was such a pleasure! The biggest difference is educating 16 students vs. 225. Also, young children express their love of learning more immediately than adolescents. I grew up in – Jefferson Park area of Chicago, IL. Personal hero or heroine – Doris Nagel, my mom. Her love of life was contagious. She gave back to the world by volunteering at our elementary school, church and in the community. Everyone loved her energy, enthusiasm and love for children, especially me. Currently I’m – working on what it takes to be a “good mom” of college-age children. I miss all the fun that comes with having young children. Thank goodness for the Caterpillars! If I could do it all over, I’d – have more children. My family says I – like things a “certain way.” Imagine that! Now I’m reading – Empowering Students with Technology by Alan November I’d like to have dinner with –my family: Kevin, Jordan, Grant. Schooling – M.A. Concordia University; B.A. Northeastern Illinois University; A.A. Felician College

In school I was known as – a joiner.

In school I was known as – enthusiastic, energetic, and the kid who liked everyone.

Favorite “junk” food is – pizza.

Favorite “junk” food is – Oreos.

I spend my “free” time – with my family and friends, and golfing whenever possible. Your proudest moment – when all of my children became college graduates. Favorite school memory – senior year, good times.

I spend my “free” time – watching my son, Grant, play college football, exercising and playing floor hockey. Your proudest moment – when I became a mom. Favorite school memory – when I was chosen for the role of “Dorothy” in the school play The Wizard of Oz.

New this year at SHS... Bring on the band! What are those dulcet strains coming from the music rooms? The new SHS band is practicing! Flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones and snare drums make up the newly initiated band. Under the direction of Tim Mikolay, PS music teacher, 47 students practice each week, getting ready for the first performance in the spring. Mikolay has 12 years of elementary school band experience.

Revamped Advisory Program a hit In the Advisory program, students in grades six through eight travel through Middle School with the same group of students and the same advisor for all three years. It gives students the opportunity to develop a relationship with one particular adult within Middle School. “This is especially important in these formative years, and this component of relationship-building is an essential element of our new Developmental Designs approach to A6 (from l) Abby Lawrence, Isabella Cerda, Zoe Tsokolas, Advisory time,” said Katie Lowry A8 Mia Pearsall engage in “CPR.” At a signal, they form random groups and discuss a topic, until signaled to switch. Humanities teacher. New to the advisory program this year is the use of Circle of Power and Respect, or CPR. CPR follows the format of “greeting, sharing, activity, and daily news.” This powerful ritual creates a routine and helps to develop strong relationships within the advisory. CPR also looks at meeting the four basic needs of Middle School students: relationship, autonomy, competence and, of course, fun. Academy 6 is engaged above in a new CPR activity, “Table Top.” The teacher calls out “Table for 4” and students quickly move to form a group of four. When the group is formed, students discuss an assigned topic, such as what it takes to be a good friend, ideas for getting along better with siblings or ways to have fun with friends.

Area of responsibility – KDG What are the unique challenges of teaching Kindergarten? In September, establishing simple routines such as lining up and following the person in front, sitting in a circle, and keeping track of their belongings can be challenging. What are the greatest rewards? The enthusiasm the children bring when new and different topics are introduced. Their inquisitive minds always want to know the “how” and “why,” which is such a delight when they truly grasp a new concept. I grew up in – Chicago. Personal hero or heroine – my 92-year-old mother, Helyn Tortorello. She raised six children with love, humor, and a great deal of patience. She jet-skied and golfed into her eighties and is still active. Currently I’m – helping plan my daughter’s wedding in July and my son’s wedding in October. I suspect my other son will be engaged shortly. If I could do it all over, – I wouldn’t change a thing. My family says I – am passionate about them and will always be there. Now I’m reading – 11-22-63 by Stephen King I’d like to have dinner with – the cast of Modern Family. Schooling – B.A. Edgewood College Favorite away place to relax – on a beach in Islamorada in the Florida Keys Favorite “junk” food is – chocolate. I spend my “free” time – reading, swimming, playing games on my iPad and crafting. Your proudest moment – when my four children were born. Favorite school memory – Being a member of my 8th grade cheerleading team and winning five 1st place trophies.

The Schools’ annual Christmas video greeting will be posted on the website - - and sent via email. Please send your current email address to Merci!


First impressions

by Nate Casale H8

a tour guide’s mission

It all starts with a firm handshake, a welcoming look, and most importantly, a smile. Being an admissions tour guide is all about positive impressions and representing the school in the best way we can. We tour guides put our best foot forward on every tour. We are honest and don’t say things that we don’t believe to be true. Our job is to show parents what our school is really about. The first step toward becoming a tour guide is to fill out a form about yourself stating why you should be a tour guide. I wanted to be a tour guide because of the impressions you could give parents about what an amazing school I attend. After my parents toured the school 11 years ago, they felt like it was the right place for me. They wanted me to be like the boy who toured them. He was kind and respectful, two qualities of a true Hardey gentleman. I wanted to be a tour guide ever since I heard this story. The next part of the selection process is the student interview. This is where your ability to leave a great impression matters. All of the applicants go to the Driehaus Center to interview with Ms. Carbon or Ms. Farnsworth. As soon as my name was called I nervously walked with Ms. Carbon to the back of the house. We sat down and she started to ask me questions such as “Why do you want to be a tour guide?” and ”When did you first think you wanted to be a representative for our school?” I answered to the best of my abilities. I realized there wasn’t a right or wrong answer; they just wanted to get to know me. After the interviews, invitation letters were sent out. When I ripped open the form I was speechless. I couldn’t believe I was going to be a tour guide. All that was left was training. Training is simple. All we need to learn is to manage our time, memorize facts about the school, and make the parents feel welcome into the community. After our initial training we are assigned to two teachers or staff members, who pose as prospective parents as we give them a tour. They ask questions commonly asked on the real tours such as, “What is the student-toteacher ratio?” and “How do you like the single gender classes?” The day of the first admissions coffee was exciting. I woke up ready for what lay ahead. We went to the MPR and listened to the welcoming remarks of Mr. Wilburn, Mrs. Corrin and Ms. Farnsworth. Then we were matched with our guests. The tours began. I walked my route with surprising ease and felt that I answered parents’ questions to the best of my abilities. The long month of training came in handy. The biggest problem I encountered was using my time wisely. You have to space each stop’s time to fit into the 30-minute time limit. Now, after my third tour, I am enjoying the role of tour guide and continue to represent our school in hopes of creating favorable first impressions.



Goal Social Awareness

Each year, the Schools focus on one of the five Goals of Sacred Heart education. This year, the focus is Goal 3, “to educate to a social awareness which impels to action.” Numerous activities occu­r on and off campus to that end. Highlighted here are a few.


Care for Real Goal

Coffees feature ‘StoryCorps’ SHS parents Drs. Annette Gonzalez and Jaime Dominguez shared stories of growing up in the U.S. with an Hispanic heritage.

The opening salvo for StoryCorps Every Voice Matters, occurred Sept. 14, when two SHS families shared their unique experiences with others over coffee. This Diversity Council event, part of Community Coffee and Conversation, provides Sacred Heart families of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to share their stories with the Sacred Heart community. Mollie Murnane, Director of Human Resources, spoke of her experiences in adopting Maggie A1 from China. She shared pictures and told of how she has seen her daughter flourish and thrive since coming to the U.S. and to Sacred Heart. Drs. Annette Gonzalez, an M.D., and Jaime Dominguez, a professor at Northwestern, parents of Edward H3 and Danielle A1, shared their stories of growing up in California and Chicago with an Hispanic heritage and what it was like to

fit in and sometimes not to fit in. All shared their thoughts on how to make their own children’s experiences more open to the richness of the diversity that they encounter in today’s world. “The beauty of StoryCorps is in discoveries and connections,” explained Karen Croteau, Council Co-Chair. “Discovering one anothers’ experiences is often a pathway to becoming a more sensitive and compassionate community.” Also, audience members often make connections with the panelists, which leads to the building of support systems. “The Diversity Council initiated StoryCorps to explore the diversity of our own families,” explained Croteau. “While the administration is working hard to increase our diversity, we already have an impressive breadth. Why not learn from each other?”

McEvoy teaches students to act for justice ‘Sweat the small stuff’ the key to her anti-bullying program

Bradleigh Smith (l) and Jacqueline Topping role play with Marcia McEvoy.

Sweat the Small Stuff: Creating a School Culture that Stops Bullying was presented by noted psychologist and expert in school-based violence prevention, Marcia McEvoy, during her three-day visit in October. She spoke with faculty, staff, students and parents about developing a

critical consciousness that leads its total community to act for justice. As a part of SHS parent education and the SHS CARES program, McEvoy worked with each grade level to find better ways to interact with one another and effective ways to deal with mean behavior. She also gave presentations to both the faculty and parents. “We will continue to educate our children first and foremost through the Sacred Heart Goals and then through the use of this program to promote a positive approach to behavior, social interactions and peaceful ways to live with one another,” said Mary Ann Ligon, LS Head. The techniques learned from McEvoy, such as role playing, will be employed throughout the year. “We will use her methods to help students find the words to express their feelings,” noted Meghan Donahue, PS Religion teacher.

Eco-answers from H8 As part of the Middle School service program, Hardey 8th graders meet regularly with Lexi Pond and Maya Lampic, the MS science teachers, to address environmental issues. They are presently tackling ways to create sustainable food sources. They are building indoor vertical gardens to help grow food in limited spaces and with limited resources. “The boys get the benefit of deciding how to incorporate their systems to help others,” noted Mrs. Pond. “They hope to create an inexpensive system using PCP pipe that can be assembled easily and used almost anywhere.” The group plans to address afford-


Nancy Meyerson, as Chair of the Board at Care for Real, has coordinated the tremendous growth experienced by the agency over the past 5 years. “We have gone from 700 client visits a month to as many as 5,000. This means people come approximately 55,000 times each year for food and clothing,” she said. This increase necessitated the move to their larger space on Sheridan Road, extended hours, additional volunteers and an increase in fundraising efforts. Because so many of their clients are employable but out of work, they started a jobs club to support their job search. “We hope to be a community center through which people can connect with and help each other,” Meyerson noted. “Our arts group and sewing circle are the result of this effort.” They also host a Christmas toy distribution, allowing clients to select a new, unwrapped gift for each child in their family. “But, first and foremost,” she states, “our mission is providing food to people in need.”

The Schools have chosen Care for Real as the recipient of the 10th Annual Sacred Heart Schools Goal Award. The neighborhood social service agency, now in its 40th year in Edgewater, provides food, clothing and counseling services to those in need. Its headquarters at 5339 N. Sheridan not only operates as a food pantry, but also provides a free clothes closet, a casemanagement program to help clients connect with other services and coordinates deliveries to the home bound. “The selection committee was overwhelmed and humbled by the many examples of support performed by Care for Real,” noted Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools. “They were especially impressed with the diversity of Care for Real’s clients and its commitment to retaining their dignity while assisting them in so many ways.” Care for Real, by providing social services to the greater Edgewater area, not only builds community for underserved constituencies, but also builds community among its many volunteers. More than 70 people volunteer at the food pantry each month, a tribute to the success and magnitude of the program. Sacred Heart Schools

International Night celebrates SHS’s rich heritage Goal 3 Criterion 4 “From the opening parade of nations and the live bluegrass music, to the incredible array of food from around the world and the Chinese calligraphy and beading,” said Head of Student Life, Dr. Sally Sharp, “International Night is always such a fabulous evening that celebrates the rich diversity of our community.” Each year SHS celebrates International Night, transforming the gym into a mini tour of nations. And it always smells heavenly! A plethora of delicious dishes



are cooked and served by school families, which include favorites like Baklava, apple pie, pierogis, tamales, plantain salad, Irish Sausage Puffs, and egg rolls. The tastes, sounds, colorful costumes and fun activities of the evening are a wonderful showcase of the diversity of the Schools. “It’s an evening that comes and goes much too quickly,” said Dr. Sharp. “The memories of our great community having such fun always bring a smile to my face.” Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools

POTPOURRI Sewing up a storm!

Hunter Morgan (left) and Matthew Reahl check water quality for their vertical garden.

able distribution of the gardens and the produce grown in future sessions. They will also focus on water quality and global warming.

Basting, hemming, selvage stitching...Jacqueline Topping and Margaret Mui channeled their inner homemaker while learning to make tote bags for Care for Real. Using donated clothing, Adademy girls cut squares, usually including a pocket in one, and learned to sew them into serviceable, sturdy bags. These very popular items are given to the agency’s clients and sold to raise funds.

Goal 3 Criteria (From the revised Goals and Criteria, 2005)

1. The school educates to a critical consciousness that leads its total community to analyze and reflect on the values of society and

to act for justice.

2. The school offers all its members opportunities for direct service and advocacy and instills a life-long commitment to service. 3. The school is linked in a reciprocal manner with ministries among people who are poor, marginalized and suffering from injustice. 4. In our multicultural world, the school prepares and inspires students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally. 5. The school teaches respect for creation and prepares students to be stewards of the earth’s resources.

l Award winner has forged a budding partnership with Care for Real with their inclusion in our 7th and 8th Grade Off-Campus Community Service Program this year. “Sacred Heart has always been a strong and generous partner with Care for Real,” said Nancy Meyerson, their Board Chair. “We are pleased to host student groups at the pantry and have had volunteers from SHS in Chicago and across the country. But, the Goal Award has brought us closer together.” By providing client-selected food Nancy Meyerson, (r) Chair of the Board, and Martha and clothing, a jobs program, lending Welter, seamstress volunteer, show off one of the handmade tote bags given to clients and sold to raise funds library, art classes, and more, the agency for Care for Real. SHS 7th grade girls assisted in the helps others to a brighter future. As Jan sewing. (see below, left) Schakowsky stated in her nomination letter, “Care for Real has a remarkable 40- Their nomination states, “Through the overyear history of caring for our neighbors and whelming support of the entire community, strengthening our community.” Care for Real continues to be a lifeline for What came across most clearly in Care all those in need.” for Real’s nomination was the close attention The presentation of the award will to the way clients are treated...the indoor take place at L’Esprit de Sacré Coeur, an waiting area, the play room, the jobs club. all-community dinner dance and auction Even the sewing circle that makes reusable on Saturday, February 9, 2013. food bags bears witness to their commitment to efficient food distribution with a Past Goal Award recipients can be viewed mind to the earth’s resources. online at

SHS mom Yatta Sherif (left) serves up her specialty.

concurred. “International night is a great family tradition of living the goals. We enjoyed a wonderful evening of celebrat-

Kindergartners Nico Hussey-Gonzalez (l) and Johnny Simoncic join the Parade of Nations.

ing the many families from all over the world who are part of our larger school family.”

Off campus service: MS groups assist locally As part of the Schools’ community service program, groups of 7th and 8th graders travel off-campus to perform service on Tuesday mornings at one of the Schools’ service partner sites. Students rotate so that each participates once a month. They help out at: Care for Real, Children of the Heart, Howard Area Community Center, Howard Area Head Start, Inspiration Cafe, Ignatian Services, Misericordia and Uptown Head Start.

Eleanor Buchanan (l), Agnes Asare and Carlisle Wagner Sherer leave for community service.

From Sr. Rosemary Connelly... Misericordia has a long-standing relationship with SHS. For more than 20 years, SHS has been assisting there. The Schools also employ several Misericordia residents in our cafeteria. Sr. Rosemary Connolly, Director of Misericordia, shared these thoughts with Heartbeat: What is the greatest contribution the Middle Schoolers make when they come to assist the residents at Misericordia? Their generous donation of their time! With more than 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities, it takes many hands to complete all of the very important work that needs to be done. By taking the time to get to know our residents and learn about our mission we hope that every student will see him/herself as an ambassador to the community – telling people about their experiences and helping to raise awareness about the work being done at Misericordia. What needs are met by the students’ assistance? Sacred Heart students provide much needed support to our many programs and we especially appreciate the valuable friendships that are formed between the students and Misericordia’s residents. When the students at Sacred Heart volunteer here they come with open hearts that are willing to accept the lessons and gifts that Misericordia’s residents have to share with us all.

Million hours of service 8th graders Jack Siebert, Maddie Kyhl, Connor Kaniewski, Savita Gupta and Mary Claire D’Arrigo participated in a web chat with Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots moderator Adrienne Bermingham and an Environmental Club from CT, where they discussed the One Million Hours of Service Campaign.“Our kids did an amazing job answering the moderators questions and talking about our service program with the high school group from a school in CT! It was a great experience for our students and for me, too,” said Maria-Paz Salas, Outreach Coordinator.

Goal 3 Book Club goes eco! Joseph had a Little Overcoat, a retelling of an

old Jewish folk tale about using everything you have and never throwing anything away, inspired an eco-friendly project for this after school group. From l: Gabe Klinepeter, Max Devine, Will Klinepeter, Addie Needham, Johnny Simoncic display desk caddies made out of milk cartons, toilet paper rolls and filled with used pencils and recycled paper. Something

Faculty/staff tour Misericordia campus during in-service week. From l: Sophie Streeter, Wenche Haverkamp, Emily Brenner and Betsy Claman. .

We were thrilled to honor you with the 2005 SHS Goal Award. How do you feel about the partnership we have enjoyed over the years? We feel so blessed by our collaborative partnership with Sacred Heart Schools. The staff, the students and their families have truly enriched the mission here at Misericordia. We feel that, like Misericordia, Sacred Heart’s mission is based on service and a reciprocal relationship with the surrounding community, as evidenced by your school’s thriving volunteer program. Not only does Sacred Heart continue to provide meaningful work opportunities for Misericordia residents, but we also welcome and embrace the school’s caring and compassionate students as volunteers and future leaders. We continue to admire Sacred Heart Schools for the outstanding education and personal growth opportunities you provide for your students.

8th graders + tots = fun! Paolo Bernardo (center) and his Hardey 7 classmates enjoy assisting with playtime at Children of the Heart (COTH) as part of their Community Service program. COTH is a Sacred Heart-sponsored early intervention program for local moms and tots. The boys also help distribute snacks and join in the sing-alongs!

Pennies from heaven The Schools raised a total of $1,465.62 through Spirit Week’s Penny Power Competition! The monies raised will go toward providing scholarships for students to be able to attend the Sacred Heart School In Uganda. “Many students sacrificed more than a penny to raise such an amazing total in less than a week,” said Spirit Week coordinator Dr. Sally Sharp.

old made new again!


Alumni News Alex L Wyman H’91


updates SHS introduces the Society of 1876 Honors alumna member whose SHS roots stretch back 90 years

Enjoying the gala are (from l) Lisa Jozwiak, Cathy and Pat Chambliss.

‘Cor Unum’ gala thanks supporters The Cor Unum reception September 9 in the Driehaus Center recognized those who made a Leadership contribution to the 2011-12 Annual Fund. This included current families with Annual Fund commitments beginning at $3,000 and alumni, parents of alumni and friends who made gifts of $1,000 or more. Approximately 22% of last year’s donors made gifts at this level. Nat Wilburn used the occasion to release the 2011-12 Annual Report, which featured stunning examples of student art. New pieces for the permanent art collection, some of which were in the Annual Report, were on display in the Driehaus Center that evening. The event is also the unofficial kickoff for the 2012-13 Annual Fund campaign, now underway. This year’s goal is $850,000, which will be utilized to support all the essential components of Sacred Heart education. “The campaign is off to a great start, having raised 60% of that goal to date,” said Lindsey Lopez, Development Director. Contact her at 773-681-8410 or via email at to be a “part of the Heart.”

With the newly created Society of 1876, Convent of the Sacred Heart was still Sacred Heart honors alumni, parents located at Pine Grove Avenue, which was and friends who provide for the Schools where the School stayed until 1927. She through a planned gift or bequest. Soci- commuted daily from her family’s home ety of 1876 members become partners in the Uptown neighborhood and she in shaping the future of generations of acknowledged that her years at Sacred Sacred Heart students. By remembering Heart helped her to solidify her faith and the Schools in their wills, Society mem- prepared her with a solid foundation for bers support student scholarships, faculty further academic pursuits. development and curricu R osalie’s love for edlar programming – all the ucation, nurtured at The Society of 1876 things that make SHS one SHS, came to flower honors those who of a kind in Chicago. in a world class educa Over the years, the provide for the Schools tion, unusual for women Schools have been the through a planned gift of her generation. She grateful recipients of many earned degrees in Engor bequest. thoughtful bequests, some lish and French, with a of which came as a surprise. Much as it minor in German, from Northwestern is delightful to learn of support at any University and a post-graduate degree in time, the Schools appreciate being able Library Science from Columbia University to connect with donors and personally in NY. recognize their commitment to furthering Her thirst for knowledge and perthe vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. sonal growth evolved into a life-long love Sacred Heart thanks current and of learning as she served as a Librarian future members of the Society of 1876 for at Northwestern University for 46 years. making a lasting contribution to the long- For almost 20 of those years, she was term success of Sacred Heart education in Head Librarian at Schaffner Library, which Chicago. One of their stories began 90 served the Kellogg School of Management years ago… and the School of Continuing Studies. Rosalie became a world traveler, making numerous trips to Mexico, EuM. Rosalie Kempe ASH’23 rope, the Orient, and even sailed around Although M. Rosalie Kempe ASH’23 the Straits of Magellan. Often, she went attended Sacred Heart before the Goals alone, never deterred by society’s expectaand Criteria of Sacred Heart schools in tions for women of her day. the United States were even introduced as a collective document to the Network, 1998 Seiker Award recipient Rosalie lived her life vibrantly and in the A neighbor and ever a good friend of the spirit of the goals of Sacred Heart educa- RSCJ and Sacred Heart Schools, Rosalie tion. continued to be a familiar face around Rosalie attended high school at campus for several years in the late 1980’s, Sacred Heart and graduated when the when she assisted in compiling the Alum-

M. Rosalie Kempe ASH’23 (right) with Sr. Jeanette Kimball, RSCJ

nae Directory and continued to promote the building of community among her alumnae peers. Sacred Heart further recognized her magnanimous character by awarding her The Catherine I. Seiker, RSCJ Award in 1998 for her outstanding dedication and service to Sacred Heart Schools. Upon her death in 2001, Rosalie remained committed to her ongoing support of “an institution where important work was taking place.” Accordingly, she bequeathed a generous gift to the mission of Sacred Heart and her memory lives on as the next generation of students attends her beloved alma mater. Sacred Heart Schools wishes to salute Rosalie Kempe ASH ’23 in recognition of the 90th anniversary of her graduation from the Academy of Sacred Heart and express our continued appreciation for her dedicated service and commitment to Sacred Heart education. For more information about the Society of 1876, please visit our web site at www. If you have already included Sacred Heart in your estate plans, but have not yet informed us of your intention, or would like to learn more about the Society of 1876, contact Lindsey Lopez, Development Director, at 773-681-8410 or at

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1898 cloth donated

R S C J C onnections

Alum Board stocks the pantry

The Schools received a rare and priceless gift from Fran Hoffman ASH’53: an 1898 Goûter cloth. Goûter, a beloved Sacred Heart tradition, is a special treat given to students on feast days and holidays. The beautifully embroidered 28” x 28” ecru linen square was used at a goûter and belonged to Blanche Felt, SHS Pine Grove. Around the sides, amid elaborately embroidered flowers, are the names of seven of her classmates. Embroidered in the center is “Class of ‘98 Sacred Heart Academy” and “Noblesse Oblige.” The cloth was given to Fran by Margo Coupe Macy, Woodlands ‘53, whose mother received it from Blanche Felt. The presence of two noticeable burn holes, probably from a cigarette, indicate that perhaps someone at that tea in 1898 - or even later - was smoking. It now hangs in the Driehaus Center. The elaborate framing was donated by a group of alumni. A list of donors is posted at


The SHS Alumni Board collected food for the Howard Area Food Drive. From l, sitting: Kwaben Komai A’83, Clara McGuire Haser ASH’51; standing: Joey Yao H’86, Ed Cooper H’63, Adrienne Guariglia A’02, Christine Ahern A’02, Fran Hoffmann ASH’53

Sr. Margaret Mary Munch, RSCJ, (below left) returned to SHS for a walk down memory lane last summer. A language arts teacher at SHS (1960-1990), with a Faculty Chair named in her honor, she lived for nearly 15 years at the corner brownstone, now the Driehaus Center. During her tour she was amazed at the beautiful renovation of her former home.

She currently teaches at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri. Sr. Martha Curry, RSCJ, (below right) had a very successful book signing for Barat College: A Legacy, A Spirit and a Name, her newly published extensive history of the college, held at the Driehaus Center in November.

Remembrance Mass draws alums

Nicholas Earley (from r), Olive Welsh, Michael Cleland process with the Book of Remembrance.

Special prayers were offered on Nov. 2, All Souls Day, for those enrolled in the Book of Remembrance, containing the names of those in the SHS community who have died. Fr. Mark Bosco, SJ,5 celebrated the mass, attended by alums, 4 Alumni gathered at the Driehaus Center in August for the Young Alumni Cocktail Party. parents, RSCJ and the entire 8th grade.

1940s Dorothy Hasten Daly Kelly ASH’44 reports that her son R.H.D.M Peter H. Daly (Ret.) is the new president and CEO of the Naval Institute publications at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Dorothy also has eight great-grandchildren, ages 1-7. Sally Tuohy Brennan ASH’46 became a greatgrandmother in March, 2012, to John Joseph McCormick VII, son of John and Sally Ziegler McCormick, grandson of Mary Brennan Ziegler ASH’69 and Jim Ziegler. 1950s Helen Kuhn Brennan ASH’50 added two new great-grandchildren this past year for a total of seven. She and Bill celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in October. They travel to Arizona in the winter and Door County in the summer. She sends regards to all her former classmates. Rosemary Dowd, RSCJ, ASH’51 writes that after retiring from social work at Cook County Jail because of failing eyesight, she stayed on as Volunteer Staff Chaplain in the jail. “The men are a delight to work with.” She attends their weekly Communion service and she circulates a popular paperback book cart. Elisabeth Flynn-Chapman ASH’51 prepared for a new photography show in the Richmond Public Library. She had 25 new images that opened August 3, 2012. Glen Magnuson H’57 went to Canterbury School in New Milford, CT and then to Harvard. He practiced law for 44 years mostly in Houston and New Orleans and for five years in London and now lives in New Orleans. 1960s Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, ASH’61 joins the provincial leadership team after seven years as the director of pastoral care at Saint Louis

University Hospital. Previously she served as a member of the provincial team with Provincial Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, 1999-2005. She has also served as director of chaplaincy services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, director of formation for the U.S. Province and as chaplain for hospitals in Detroit and Lansing, Michigan. 1970s Diane Skowron Evans ASH’70 and her family enjoyed a lovely birthday weekend at the home of Kathy Schneider Grantham ASH’70 and her husband Charlie in New Jersey before flying out of Newark for an 8-day trip to northern Spain “Following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius Loyola” with 15 Jesuit educators and priests across the U.S. Diane and her family were celebrating the graduation of their youngest from Regis Jesuit HS Girls Division in Denver. She also welcomed granddaughter #2 Anastasia Xariah Evans in Denver last month. 1980s Madame Sylvia Rovito (French) and Mrs. Laurie Fitzpatrick (K), former faculty, visited Sheridan Road in September. They both commented on how Sacred Heart had always been known as a “hidden gem” and it is not so hidden anymore! Timothy Leonardo H’81 is a Parents’ Choice Award-winning family musician, writing and performing original songs and traditional favorites. Along with his surf rockin’ Makin Waves Band, he performs a high energy, interactive concert that is a pep rally, rock ‘n’ roll show

and beach party all in one. called his songs “Empowering, thoughtful, original compositions.” Leonardo played at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe last August. Michael Husman H’89 and his wife Eleanor are thrilled to announce the birth of their new daughter, and Fiona’s new baby sister, Edith June, born on June 11, 2012. Natalia Almada A’89 was awarded a “genius grant” by the MacArthur Foundation. See pg.1 2000s Maxwell E. Lisy H’02 now attends The John Marshall Law School. Alexander Holt H’03 attended St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy and then Monmouth College on a bagpipe scholarship, majoring in English Literature and Classics and graduating with honors. He was the president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and president of the student body and Hall Director as a senior. Alex was named Student Laureate to Lincoln Academy of Illinois for 2011-2012. After graduating last May, he started with The Evanston Group, a Business and IT consulting firm, as an account executive. He looks forward to connecting with the Alumni network. Alex attributes all of the success he has enjoyed up to this point to the incredible educational and moral foundation learned while at Sacred Heart. Melissa Jordan A’05 says Dia duit! (That’s “hello” in Gaelic!) She spent seven weeks in Ireland last summer through a grant from Notre Dame’s Department of Irish Language and Literature. She stayed in Glencolmcille, a small town in County Donegal, while taking Irish Language courses as well as conducting interviews for her senior thesis. Lauren Lougee A’06 is studying in Lyon, France for the fall semester. Grant DePalma H’07 attends Rose-Hulman Technical Institute in IN and was named

HCAC Football Defensive Player of the Week. He recorded the fifth 20-tackle performance in Rose-Hulman football history. On the season, he leads the HCAC with 30 solo tackles and five sacks. He paces the Fightin’ Engineers with 42 stops. Mason George H’07 attends Earlham College in IN and lives off campus on their student-run small scale organic farm. They have three goats and almost 40 chickens. Mason is the custodian of the woods and tool manager. He is also the meetings clerk. Braeden Lord H’07 was chosen Best Delegate at Chicago Model UN. He is currently the Program Director for Boston College Model UN and the Secretary General for their inaugural conference. He will also serve as the DeputyDirector of Simulations for the Chicago International Conference. Braeden competed at four international conferences this year: Yale, Boston University, McGill and Harvard. Braeden credits the Saint Ignatius Model UN program and his mentoring teachers for his success. Hamna Khan A’11 is a Dunbach Scholar at Loyola Academy. Ryan Shaaban H’11 trekked 103 miles over ten days and up 12,441 feet in Philmont, NM, this summer after a year of preparation, training and fundraising with his team of 10 from Evanston Troop 916. Farukh Sarkulov, Blake Rubey & Tenzin Woser all H’12, returned to SHS to make equipment for the 6th grade’s environmental studies trip to South Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo.

C ondolences The SHS alum parents (right) hosted a send-off for their SHS Class of 2008 grads to celebrate the great friendships they developed since meeting in Kindergarten. Pictured under their college flags are St. Ignatius grads: Terry Taylor-Michigan, Katie Douma-Wisconsin, Maggie Connelly-Georgetown, Luke Lamble-Syracuse, Emily Craven-Wisconsin, Sterling Yates-Dayton; Fenwick grad: Montana Birringer-Cornell; Woodlands grad: Breanna Kendall-Duke.

The Schools welcome 7 new Board of Trustee members


he Schools welcome seven new members to the 2012-13 Board of Trustees. George Ruhana is a partner at PEAK6 Investments, LP and CEO of Optionshouse LLC. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BBA from the University of Michigan. His daughters, Audrey A6 and Natalie A3, will welcome little sister Sadie to SHS in two years. I spent six years on the board of a charter school in West Garfield Park. That experience and my time on the SHS Finance Committee give me a good perspective on issues facing the school. Yvonne Ralsky is a freelance brand,

marketing and public relations consultant. She earned her BA at Southern Methodist University. She is the mother of Nina A3 and Dean H1. I hope to continue to help our community understand how the mission of Sacred Heart resonates in the marketplace, so that we can most effectively communicate our values.

versity. Her twins, Margot and London, are in 3rd grade. I look forward to gaining a

an alumna, while son Zachary is in Hardey 6. Our family has benefited greatly from Sacred

deeper understanding of Sacred Heart Schools through service on the Board of Trustees.

Heart Schools, and I am anxious to ‘give back.’ I have been involved in various legal affairs for SHS and look forward to continuing my efforts.

Anna Atkinson is President of Parents of the Heart. She holds a BS from Texas A & M University and is the mother of Julia Rose A8. In 2011, Anna chaired the very successful L’Esprit de Sacré Coeur and also is the President of the Evanston Women’s Board for Northwestern University Settlement House. As President of POTH, my

mission is to help ALL families feel included and special members of our SHS community. Rex Sessions is a partner at Winston &

Strawn LLP, and Chair of Labor & Employment. He holds a JD from the University of Michigan and undergrad degree from Northwestern. His daughter, Isabel A’11, is

Jeff Hesse is a partner at Pricewater-

house Coopers, Co-Lead US Banking & Capital Markets Advisory. He holds a BA in Finance from University of Iowa and is the father of three SHS students: Genevieve A5, Beatrice A4, Timothy H2. When our family joined the school, my wife Julie and I received an education in the mission and goals of SHS, which has left a lasting positive impression on us. I’m excited to have an opportunity to give back. I’m looking forward to using my skills to help the school build upon what has made it such a special place. Sr. Frances Gimber, RSCJ, (not pictured)

Sue Bettman is the Executive

Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of RR Donnelley & Sons. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois College of Law. She also holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern Uni- New Board members (from l): George Ruhana, Yvonne Ralsky, Sue Bettman, Anna Atkinson, Rex Sessions, Jeff Hesse (Sr. Gimber not pic.)

works in the RSCJ archives in St. Louis and does translating and editing for the Society. She is an alumna of Manhattanville College and Sacred Heart in Atherton, CA. It is important for members of the Society to show our continued support for the Network schools, especially as the number of us who are able to be employed in the schools diminishes.

=Sr. Ida Rinne, RSCJ (1916-2012) A Hardey teacher for nearly 12 years: from 1943 to 48; and also from 1953 to 58.

= James Brady, grandfather of Courtney A’10 and Ashley Brady A7 = Janet Finn Clark ASH’54, sister of Sr. Nancy Finn, RSCJ = Grace Donellan, mother of Kathleen Donellan Lubawski ASH’68 = Eleanor J. Duncan, grandmother of William H’10, Andrew H’12, Peter H7, and Anne Martinson A6 = Charles Hammond, grandfather of Brady H4 and Colin DuRoss H2 = Geraldine Henderson, mother of Sheryl Henderson, faculty member = Terrence F. Kiely, grandfather of Isabella A5 and Finnegan Keily H1 = Frances Hurd Lamb, mother of Joan Callahan, staff member = Elsa Junker Miller ASH’33 = Edie Mullen, grandmother of Meg Steele, school administrator = Daniel P. O’Brien, grandfather of Bridget A’85 and Charles Stumpf H’86 = Peter O’Brien Jr, H’94 = Margaret O’Connor ASH’40 = Antonio Pineda, brother of Mel Vargas, staff member = Peter Rowntree, grandfather of Samantha A8 and Katherine Beck A5 = Kurt Schultz H’59 = Joan F. Sikorski, grandmother of Robert Sikorski H’05 and Mary Lynn Dekold A8 = Charlotte Whalen Vlerick ASH’56


SHCOG visiting team: The Goals are alive and well on Sheridan Road I am proud to report that we have received a glowing commendation from the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG). The visiting team, who spent four days here last month, lauded our commitment and dedication to the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education. I am personally humbled by their enthusiastic praise. As noted in the article on the front page of Heartbeat, we have been found to be living the mission of St. Madeleine Sophie “beautifully and bountifully.” Their Reflection documented specific ways we live the mission for each Goal and specific suggestions on how to deepen our life in the Goals. I have extracted a few excerpts to share with you:

From the

Head of Schools

Goal I - a personal and active faith in God. The Love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is illuminated and exemplified by the continual acts of kindness practiced toward one another in daily life at the school and in times of crisis. Fostering inter-religious acceptance, dialogue and understanding, a deep respect for religions of the world is evident. The Visiting Committee applauds the creation and implementation of a comprehensive Formation to Mission Plan which aided in the seamless transition from RSCJ to lay leadership.

Goal II - a deep respect for intellectual values. The school’s commitment to intellectual values is thoroughly enhanced within the context of developing their students’ hearts and consciences as well. The adult community at SHS is deeply passionate about providing the children entrusted to them with a rigorous, yet meaningful, educational experience. The faculty is committed to differentiated instruction, integrating technology, fostering creativity, and taking

the school’s curriculum to the next level. Just about every Middle School student wanted a chance to respond when asked to give examples of what exciting academic opportunities are provided for them at school. In addition, when the Visiting Committee asked the Primary students what they like best about their school, just about every curricular area was mentioned with enthusiasm.

Goal III - a social awareness that impels to action. One Lower School student summed up Goal III attitudes and actions with a succinct proclamation: “We help other people.” The Visiting Committee heard this echoed clearly and consistently from students, faculty, staff, parents and alumnae/i. Without a doubt, the service program at SHS is strong! The Visiting Committee was particularly impressed that the service sites were described by faculty, not merely as affiliated agencies, but, as long-standing relationships. Reciprocity in these relationships is clearly noted and strikingly evident. Given the students’ opportunity for international language study, and the value placed on the community’s diversity (international, linguistic, racial, cultural and religious) as most palpably experienced at International Night, as well as through the students’ study of world religions, much is being done to prepare SHS students to be active and informed global citizens in the 21st century.

Goal IV - building of community as a Christian value. A Lower School student summarized Goal IV in stating, “Everybody is a friend at Sacred Heart.” The Parents of the Heart Committee and the Diversity Council reach out to all parents with exerted emphasis on new parents, ensuring all feel a part of the community from day one.

Goal V - personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. Respect abounds at this school. The implementation of the Dr. Marcia McEvoy anti-bullying program is one way that SHS demonstrates a commitment to teach self-discipline and accountability. Mistakes are transformed into “teachable moments” The practice of being held accountable for their actions strengthens SHS students’ capacity to make wise choices when they leave this loving community. Leadership is nurtured in many ways at SHS. The Visiting Committee’s student tour guides exhibited leadership with confidence. The “Buddies” system allows all 7th and 8th graders to experience being a role model. They are not only accountable for their own actions, but also for those of their “buddies.” The gifts of all are cherished at this school. From the artwork celebrated so openly and readily in the hallways, to the presentation of the Spring Concerts, to the Middle School Dramas, students are provided opportunities to shine!

This is just a small sampling of comments from the Reflection. I encourage you to read it in its entirety on our website at An essential aspect of this evaluation process will be our attention to the recommendations delineated in the report. In particular, we will continue to focus on our financial strength, our stewardship of environmental resources and creating structures for cross-constituency conversations. We look forward to implementing these recommendations through our Action Plan.

Primary students described the school as a place where they feel safe. Maintenance personnel described the school as their second home.

Exemplifying this in a poignant way, one alum stated that his ten best friends today are not from high school, not from college, but rather, from Hardey Prep.

QR code will link to the entire Reflection from the SHCOG visiting committee.

Athletics program booming at SHS Kick, set, jump, run…the SHS sports program celebrated a sterling fall season, winning five tournament championships, a league first place and a trip to the state finals. The Schools fielded fall teams in boys soccer, girls volleyball and co-ed cross country. This year, 48 boys played soccer, volleyball reached a new high, with 112 girls on 13 teams, while the cross country team had 129 boys and girls. Cross country began the year with a bang, with the Varsity girls taking first place in five meets and the JV boys in one. The girls also won the C.Y.O. City Championship. For the first time in school history, cross country

Hardey Varsity Cross Country

placed in Sectionals and earned a berth in the State Finals in Bloomington, IL. There, competing in Division 1, both the Varsity girls and Varsity boys finished 10th out of the 21 best teams in the state. The Academy 8 Volleyball team, coached by Technology teacher Ademola Popoola, won first place in the Queen of Angels League, while the A6 team took second

Academy Varsity Cross Country

in the Northside Catholic Academy League. The basketball season commenced in mid-November, with 22 teams and 221 athletes participating. The Schools’ program is devoted to developing the “whole child’ as articulated by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat.

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