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Spring 2011

At the Heart of the Matter Letter from Richard A. Dioli, Director of Schools

Dear Sacred Heart Community, As you browse through the pages of this magazine you will read about the many inspiring projects and achievements that have involved community members on and off our campus. These opportunities reflect our Sacred Heart values and the importance that we place on our traditions, heritage and the Goals and Criteria. We honor our past, engage in the present, and look to the future as we continue building our unique environment that supports our mission “to educate the whole child to be a leader who loves God and serves others.” This coming year represents a milestone for Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. We are thrilled to begin construction on a brand new Lower and Middle Schools campus due to the successful ongoing efforts of the Living our Mission, Building our Future Capital Campaign. These new buildings represent the commitment to quality 21st century teaching and learning taking place across the entire Sacred Heart campus. It is seen in the new and refurbished buildings at the Preparatory and Preschool/Kindergarten, the cross-campus dialogue about curriculum, the sharing and enhancement of technology in the classrooms and the opportunities for professional growth among faculty and staff. Our pledge to grow the endowment continues to strongly support the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat by providing a valued Catholic education for the multitude of children who will enroll at Sacred Heart Schools in the next 100 years and beyond. I am proud to be a part of Sacred Heart Schools’ time-honored traditions, and excited for our future. Today, these are extraordinary times for us as we plan for our next 100 years of continuing to provide thousands of children with a valued Catholic education that addresses the 21st century needs of our society. I am proud of the commitment and dedication our community places on providing our students with a first-rate, well-rounded education. I encourage you to reflect upon our cherished Sacred Heart heritage and traditions as you read through the wonderful stories of the many individuals who strive to put into practice our Goals and Criteria on a daily basis. I hope you will congratulate and applaud everyone’s achievements along with me. I am truly humbled by the numerous and amazing accomplishments our community attains. Sincerely,

Richard A. Dioli Director of Schools Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton


Sacred Heart Parents Flourish Together in Spiritual Growth

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Formation to Mission helps parents renew their faith, spirituality and relationship with God.

Dedicating One’s Life to Fulfilling the Vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat | page 6 Sister Clare Pratt reflects on her 50 plus year’s of service within the Society.

Providing Students with Tools for Success in Academics, Social and Emotional Learning | page 10 Whether solving conflicts or learning about decision-making, Sacred Heart students are hands-on and involved.

Fostering Mutual Respect Through Understanding


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Justice teach-in on immigration seeks to bring dignity toward immigrants of all ethnicities.

Students and RSCJ’s of Oakwood Rally to Raise Money

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Lap-a-thon nets $15,000 and provides tuition for up to 10 students.

Picking Olives and Planting Friendships

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Harvesting community spirit and olives from century-old trees on campus.

Students Embrace their Passions and Embark on Personal Growth through Independent Study | page 24 Program enriches both students and their faculty mentors.

Student Athletes Excel in 2010 Sports Season | page 28 Bicycling through Asia with Open Hearts and Open Minds | page 30 Finding common ground through exploring, integrating and living other cultures.

Building the Future for Tomorrow’s Leaders | page 34 “For the Sake of One Child” – Investing in St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s dream.

Ways to Give | page 45

FAITH: A personal and active faith in God

Sacred Heart Parents Flourish Together in Spiritual Growth Formation to Mission helps parents renew their faith, spirituality and relationship with God.


s part of the Society’s educational mission in the Catholic Church, nurturing the spirituality of our community members by educating to a personal and active faith in God remains a cornerstone of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS). Formation to Mission, led by Martha Roughan, RSCJ, strives to deepen the understanding of and commitment to living out the values of a Sacred Heart education and integrating these values into the fabric of personal

and school life. Intentional formation empowers the adult community to be bearers of the Schools’ mission, a main component of which is spiritual formation. In addition to programs developed especially for faculty and staff, programs designed especially for parents give those adults in the Sacred Heart community access to quality discourse about Catholic life and practice, as well as spiritual reflections and workshops which nourish and support Christian life.

It was more than a decade ago when a group of visionary Sacred Heart parents identified a hunger on the part of the community to include more spiritual activities for the parents. To address their desires these parents formed Spirituality Committees as part of the Parents’ Associations at St. Joseph’s of the Sacred Heart and Sacred Heart Preparatory. In 2005, Sally Vance-Trembath, Ph.D., began working with the Spirituality Committees during the early stages of SHS’ Formation to Mission program. Committee members asked Dr. Joseph Ciancaglini, director of schools at that time, if Vance-Trembath, who is trained in Catholic theology, would provide guidance and assistance to the group. Her role with the committee for the past six years has been to ensure that planned activities sponsored by the group are deeply rooted in the best theological insights of the Catholic Tradition. Besides providing guidance to the committee, Vance-Trembath offers a weekly Monday morning formation class in Otto Library for parents to learn more about Catholic identity. She also supports other events such as SHP Men’s Breakfast, Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, and the SHS Spring Day of Reflection. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the parents at Sacred Heart, and I particularly enjoy our Monday morning formation classes. It is a privilege to accompany a group of people who are hungry to apply their well-trained minds to the Catholic Tradition’s critical reflection about the personal experience of God,” said VanceTrembath. “I think St. Madeleine Sophie Barat would be very proud of them.” A recent event the SHP Parents’ Association’s Spirituality Committee sponsored for the community was a journey of renewing spiritual growth. The January winter retreat encouraged members to “open themselves to the transforming of power of the Spirit of God to engage in personal and communal prayer, reflection and action.” (Goal I: Criteria 4). More than 50 parents from across the

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the parents at Sacred Heart, and I particularly enjoy our Monday morning formation classes. It is a privilege to accompany a group of people who are hungry to apply their well-trained minds to the Catholic Tradition’s critical reflection about the personal experience of God.” -Sally Vance-Trembath, Ph.D. Parent Education Coordinator

SHS campus started the New Year with a commitment to further enrich their lives by growing their spirituality. They spent the entire morning reflecting and sharing their spiritual goals to build a path of spiritual freedom. he featured guest speaker, Kate McNichols, crafted a morning retreat entitled “From Spiritual Hunger to Spiritual Freedom.” This peaceful morning in the Gathering Room at Oakwood gave the community an opportunity to enrich their spiritual growth and relationship while learning how to be more alert to the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. McNichols advocated that “the path of spiritual freedom involves self-knowledge and self-acceptance, but often we are unconscious about our unexamined assumptions, and we will search only for the inner critic, one of the sources of ‘spiritual hunger.’” As part of McNichols’ teachings, she offered four basic “food groups” of a healthy Spiritual Nutrition diet: surrender to God, search for new insight, know your needs and find healthy ways to meet them, and know your inner critic. She provided participants with tools and exercises to help



“The intention of the retreat was to create a prayerful, reflective space so that parents might come together to nourish their relationship with God.” SALLY VANCE-TREMBATH

-Sally Vance-Trembath, Ph.D. Parent Education Coordinator

Sally Vance-Trembath, Ph.D. holds a doctorate degree in systematic theology from University of Notre Dame i n I n d ia n a . P ri o r to j o i n i n g S a c re d Heart Schools Parent Education C o o r d i n a t o r, A t h e r t o n i n 2 0 0 5 , Vance-Trembath was an assistant professor in theology at the University of San Francisco, and a high school English and religion teacher.

create self-efficacy as a path to spiritual freedom, which included examining experiences and learning from them, reviewing role models and their influences, social persuasion of encouragement, and physical and emotional improvements to avoiding negative influences and seeking positive ones. “The intention of the retreat was to create a prayerful, reflective space so that parents might come together to nourish their relationship with God,” said Vance-Trembath. “Kate’s spiritual radar is so attuned that she can take a room full of people who long for a deeper relationship with God and guide them through the shoals into open water. She is skilled at helping people identify obstacles that block us from experiencing God’s love and mercy.” “I am delighted that as a community, whether we are long-time friends or newly formed acquaintances, we can all come together to lean on and learn from each other to grow in our individual spirituality,” reflected VanceTrembath. “As a Catholic school, I feel it is important that our institution is a place where people can come to learn, express and reflect upon their Catholic identity.”

KATE MCNICHOLS Kate McNichols holds graduate d e g re e s in e d u c atio n a n d p a s to ra l ministry; she specialized in women’s spirituality while completing her m a s te r ’s d e g re e i n d i v i n i t y a t t h e University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Today, she is completing her graduate p ro g ra m in co unse ling psych olo gy at Santa Clara University. McNichols h a s to u ch e d a n d in spire d m a ny a s her work leads her into the fields of addiction treatment, hospice and p a l l i a ti ve c a re , s p i r i t u a l d i re c ti o n , and services for the homeless.

(right) For more than a decade, the Parents’ Associations’ Spirituality Committee organizes spiritual activities for the parent community at Sacred Heart Schools. (left to right) Sally VanceTrembath, Ph.D., Sacred Heart Schools; Stephanie Lane, Parents’ Association Spirituality Chair – Sacred Heart Preschool – 8th grade; Marie Jackson, Parents’ Association Spirituality Chair – Sacred Heart Preparatory. Photo credit: Joel Simon.


“I look forward to the parent spirituality retreats every year. The speakers are an enriching complement to the weekly Faith Formation gatherings with Sally. Sacred Heart parents are luck y to have th ese opp or tunities to share time together as spiritual companions.” Gigi Larson, Parent

“Through the retreats and Adult Faith Formation at Sacred H ear t, I have met a wonderful group of people who enjoy sharing their faith in an honest and insightful way. I have learned new ways of prayer and contemplation that I try to incorporate into my daily life. Parents are blessed and fortunate to have this amazing connection with the School.” Susan Krauss, Parent

“Adult Faith Formation programs are true gif ts to Sacred Hear t parents wh il e b u il d i n g co m m u n it y. S a lly ’s extensive training in Catholic theology and practice, together with her own special gif ts of understanding the roles of parents challenged by cultural shifts, inspire many to a richer spiritual life and deeper understanding of faith.” Sandy McNamara, Parent


FAITH: A personal and active faith in God

Dedicating One’s Life to Fulfilling the Vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Sister Clare Pratt reflects on her 50 plus year’s of service within the Society.


or more than 50 years, Clare Pratt, RSCJ and former Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart, has dedicated her life to carry on the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. She has had experience in working with children, the elderly, and the disadvantaged in support of the Society’s mission: to educate as a means of transforming society, of enabling each one’s potential and of renewing the social fabric that binds us together.

Sister Pratt entered the Society in 1959 and made her first vows in 1962, and her final profession in 1967, during the time when major changes were happening within the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council. Sister Pratt sees her career of service within the Society divided into two parts. In phase one, she was an educator and taught English and Religion in four Sacred Heart schools on the East

Coast before the Network of Sacred Heart Schools became formalized. She also had brief experiences in Boston public and parish schools in the mid 1970’s, and was principal of a parish school in Houston in the mid 1980’s. The “other part” of Sister Pratt’s life has been dedicated to internal service within the Society. She was Provincial of the Washington Province from 1978-1982 when the five U.S. provinces merged into one. Several years later she was asked to be part of the Provincial Administration team in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1994, her international service began when she became part of a formation team in Rome to prepare sisters for their final vows. “It is a program that is very precious to us because it brings together our sisters from all over the world who are ready for their final commitment,” said Sister Pratt. “I had a wonderful experience with the 27 RSCJs who came from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the U.S. S everal months later, Super ior G eneral Patricia García de Quevedo, RSCJ, asked Sister Pratt to come to Rome to be Secretary General. Her new role put her in touch with the Society of the Sacred Heart all over the world. As her role was mainly administrative, requiring her to sit before a computer most days, Sister Pratt also wanted to do something pastoral. “I had the opportunity to coordinate the Sunday liturgies for the inmates of Regina Coeli prison, a couple of blocks from the Vatican,” Sister Pratt recalls. “I had permission to have a small choir of 12 prisoners. We’d gather on Saturdays to prepare the liturgy, accompanied by my accordion, several guitars, a tambourine and bongo drums – depending on the musical gifts of the choir members. We had a great time.

“Those eight years of my life were an extraordinarily graced time. Visiting our sisters all over the world was a priority. I don’t know of any other profession that involves international travel where one arrives in a country to be met by one’s family.” -Clare Pratt, RSCJ Former Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

It was a wonderful counterpart to my ministry in the Motherhouse as Secretary. In 20 0 0, Sister P ratt was elected Superior General, a role she held until 2008. Sister Pratt said, “Those eight years of my life were an extraordinarily graced time. Visiting our sisters all over the world was a priority. I don’t know of any other profession that involves international travel where one arrives in a country to be met by one’s family. I came as their sister, and was totally at home in my RSCJ family.” Sister Pratt continued, “Since the time of St. Madeleine Sophie, we have had a tremendous sense of love and allegiance to the center of the Society. One of the things that I have marveled at is how we have stayed one congregation, particularly when Philippine Duchesne moved to this country. Given technological improvements, travel and communications are relatively easy today, as

(left) Clare Pratt, RSCJ (far right) talks with Oakwood community members Rina Ronconi, RSCJ (left) and Mary McMahon, RSCJ (middle). Sister Ronconi, at the age of 97, is currently the oldest community member at Oakwood; she was the librarian at San Francisco Broadway for 29 years (1972-2000). Sister McMahon was the interim principal at St. Joseph’s of the Sacred Heart in the 1970’s, and was the former director of Oakwood for six years in the early 1980’s. Photo credit: Joel Simon.


CLARE PRATT, RSCJ 1959 – Entered the Society of the Sacred Heart; Albany, New York 1962 – First Vows 1967 – Final Profession; Rome, Italy 1963-1976 – Teacher/Administrator, Sacred Heart Schools; Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts 1976-1977 – Teacher, Boston Public Schools; Boston, Massachusetts 1977-1978 – Teacher, Cathedral Grammar School; Boston, Massachusetts 1978-1982 – Provincial, Washington Province; Boston, Massachusetts 1982-1988 – Principal, Our Lady of Guadalupe School; Houston, Texas 1988-1993 – Provincial Team, U.S. Province; St. Louis, Missouri 1994 – Formation Team, Society of the Sacred Heart; Rome, Italy 1994-2000 – Secretary General, Society of the Sacred Heart; Rome, Italy 2000-2008 – Superior General, Society of the Sacred Heart; Rome, Italy 2010 – Community Director, Oakwood; Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Board of Trustee; Atherton, California


(above) Clare Pratt, RSCJ, visits with Mary Munch, RSCJ and Margaret Ehart, RSCJ, during a morning Goûter at Oakwood.

compared to when Philippine often had to wait months for a response from Sophie when she wrote to her in France.” eflecting on one of the greatest accomplishments the Society has achieved in the last 50 years, Sister Pratt names gaining the status of a Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations a decade ago, a first step toward obtaining consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system. As an international congregation of educators with a presence in 42 countries around the world, the Society wanted to contribute to deliberations on international humanitarian issues thereby helping to shape a different world by influencing policy making. In 2010, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton welcomed Sister Pratt to the Atherton community as Community Director of the RSCJs at Oakwood and as a member of the SHS Board of Trustees. “The Oakwood community is the perfect place for me at this moment of my life as I’ve had an interest for a long time in the pastoral care of the elderly, and especially of our sisters,” concluded Sister Pratt. “The Sisters at Oakwood have lived the various stages of the evolution of the Church and of the Society. They are a tremendous inspiration in terms of how they have been able to adapt and in some cases be pioneers in responding to what today’s world is asking of us. One of the joys of being on the SHS campus is the opportunity we have to welcome students of all ages. We never retire from our mission of communicating God’s love, especially to young people.”


FAITH TRADITIONS Sacred Heart Schools’ Formation to Mission provides ongoing opportunities for the adult community to learn how to more deeply and fully understand what it means to be a Sacred Heart educator. On March 16, 2011, the Educators of the Sacred Heart (ESCJ) group under the leadership of Connie Solari, sponsored an event on forgiveness and reconciliation for Sacred Heart faculty and staff. The presentation, “Across Religious Traditions: A Lenten Meditation,” featured five Sacred Heart educators and staff members who shared their reflections on the topic from the perspective of their religious traditions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Sacred Heart Schools’ Director of Formation to Mission, Martha Roughan, RSCJ, concluded that the event provided “a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the many ways the process of conversion and the rituals of reconciliation are understood and celebrated across various faith traditions.”

2011 ALUMNI SPIRIT OF MATER AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED Sara Merryman (SHE ’57, Convent ’61) and Ashley Elizabeth Pritchard (SHP ’05) Sacred Heart Schools is proud to honor the 2011 Spirit of Mater Award Recipients on Saturday, June 11, 2011, during the Grand

Reunion. This award recognizes alumni who radiate Mater’s spark of the divine spirit and who employ life in a manner representative of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. Nominees must have attended one of the following: St. Joseph’s School of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Preparatory, Sacred Heart Elementary, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Menlo or Atherton College at Menlo, and Academy of the Sacred Heart. These individuals have contributed significantly to their alma mater, their profession and/or their community. Finally, all exemplify a quality of character worthy of being role models for past, present and future Sacred Heart students. Previous award recipients include Yvonne Pometti, RSCJ (Sacred Heart Menlo ’37) and Rob Van Alstyne (SHP ’04), Irene Cullen, RSCJ (SHP ’57), Melissa Pritchard (SHP ’66), and Jonny Dorsey (SJSH ’99, SHP ’03). For more information about the Spirit of Mater award, please visit


LEARNING: A deep respect for intellectual values

Providing Students with Tools for Success in Academics, Social and Emotional Learning Whether solving conflicts or learning about decision-making, Sacred Heart students are hands-on and involved.


uring a spring morning at recess on Sacred Heart Schools’ lower campus, pairs of on-duty student peacemakers make themselves available to help fellow classmates in grades one through three resolve disputes on the playground. These trained student peacemakers represent an important aspect of Social Emotional

Learning (SEL), and teaches the principles of nonviolence, conflict resolution, and peacemaking. Social Emotional Learning was introduced to teachers, parents and students at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. It is a well researched means of teaching students social skills, decision making skills, and character education.

“There are so many situations in which brilliant kids go off to college and they fall apart because they don’t know how to deal with setbacks or adversity. For these kids, everything had come easily for them, and then all of a sudden they are faced with a different and demanding environment and they don’t know how to cope with these natural life experiences.” -Wendy Parker SEL Coordinator

WE NDY PARKE R Wendy J. Parker has been a Sacred H e a r t S c h o o l s co u n s e l o r f o r p re sch o o l th ro u g h g ra d e e ig ht sin ce 2001. She earned a Master’s degree

Research findings indicate that after SEL training, schools have noticed increased pro-social behavior, decreased problematic behavior and increased academic performance. Through this process, people learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, make informed decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships, and avoid negative behaviors. These interpersonal and intrapersonal skills benefit students throughout their academic years and into adulthood. While life skills education has been a part of the Middle School curriculum for the past seven years and has an SEL base to it, implementation of Social Emotional Learning began last summer with a two-day training session in which faculty from preschool to eighth grade learned basic SEL philosophy and curriculum. Wendy Parker, preschool to grade eight school counselor, became interested in SEL when she was introduced to it at the local private school where the program originated. As part of Sacred Heart’s strategic plan to find more effective ways to teach students social and decision-making skills and character education, Parker invited Janice Toben, M.Ed., a pioneer and leader in Social Emotional Learning, to train Sacred Heart faculty and staff on the behavioral curriculum model. According to Toben, SEL implementation into the classrooms is a three year process of learning and refining specific skills and integrating them throughout the curriculum. The lessons teach interpersonal and intrapersonal skills for children ages five through 14. “Today, there is a whole movement in education that looks at how we prepare our kids for life in other ways than through academics,” commented Parker. “There are so many situations in which brilliant kids go off to college and they fall apart because they don’t know how to deal with setbacks or adversity. For these kids, everything had come easily for them, and then all of a sudden they are faced with a different and demanding environment and they don’t know how to cope with these natural life experiences. That is why I believe it is so important that we teach our students life skills to cope and be prepared to deal with real life challenges they will face in the future.”

in Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University, and a Master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, East Bay. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Parker is a licensed MFT and has spent 20 years working in the counseling field, and prior to joining the Sacred Heart community she worked for the San Mateo-Foster City School District. Wendy J. Parker Personal Counselor Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Sacred Heart Schools, P-8

“In my classroom I am definitely seeing the impact SEL is having on my students and others this year. It gives our School a common language, and it gives us time in our day to help students have a voice about what might be bothering them. It allows them to reflect on themselves, their feelings, how they relate to others, and how well they can interpret what others are feeling. Students are speaking to each other using kinder words and sincere actions.”

(left) Through the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program, all third grade students are trained to assist fellow classmates in grades one through three to resolve disputes on the playground. Peacemaking teaches the principles of non-violence, conflict resolution, and reconciliation, all important aspects of the SEL program. Photo credit: Joel Simon.

Leah Haile Lower School, Fifth Grade Teacher


“Each day presents many teachable moments and opportunities to use SEL. We are influencing the next generation and teaching them the tools necessary to help them care for, serve, and respect others in our global world. The result is a safe and fun learning environment where the children engage each other in positive behaviors and relationships. SEL is essential in educating the ‘whole child’ for a meaningful life.” Nancy Blears Montessori, Kindergarten Teacher

(above) Seventh grade students participate in an SEL activity to build self-awareness and decision-making by working together toward a shared goal by using only eye contact and nonverbal communication. Photo credit: Joel Simon.

“I have been excited to see how many parents see the value and have embraced having a formal SEL program as part of the curriculum in all grades, from preschool through eighth grade.

“Implementing SEL into Sacred Heart Schools’ curriculum is important. We know and value the link between SEL skills and our Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria,” continued Parker. “Specifically, the SEL program speaks to Goal I, Criteria 3 in that the entire school program ‘explores one’s relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all creation.’”

S EL teaches our children to understand and take responsibility for their behaviors, actions, and interactions. If we can create an emotionally responsible, self-confident, and compassionate child, we will create a child who respects, values, and shows concern for him/herself and others. We will create a child of the Sacred Heart.” Mary Hinson Parent Lower & Middle Schools’ Parent Education Coordinator


Incorporating SEL Lessons in the Classroom

SEL develops competencies in five important life skills. • Self-Awareness: Recognizing feelings as they occur; having a realistic assessment of one’s own abilities and a well-grounded sense of self-confidence. • Social Awareness and Empathy: Sensing what others are feeling; being able to take their perspective; appreciating and interacting positively with diverse groups. • Self-Management and Optimism: Handling emotions so they facilitate rather than interfere with the task at hand; delaying gratification to pursue goals; persevering in the face of setbacks. • Relationship Skills: Handling emotions in relationships effectively; establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation; negotiating solutions to conflict; seeking help when needed. • Responsible Decision-Making: Accurately assessing risks; making decisions based on a consideration of all relevant factors and the likely consequences of alternative courses of action; respecting others; taking personal responsibility for one’s decisions.

“We are seeing the students embrace this new learning opportunity to become more focused on discovering their feelings and identity through conversations and classroom lessons. It is this expression of emotion that helps kids understand the perspective of others.” -Meghan Magilligan (SHP ’92) SEL Coordinator

“I believe SEL is important because as human beings we all face adversity at various levels and at various points of our lives. SEL helps students identify th eir asse r tive voices a n d e n co urages clear communication, teamwork and self-esteem. They are using SEL strategies to be their own advocates, giving them a voice and the skill set

SEL lessons are incorporated once a week in the Lower School and are integrated throughout the day in informal ways. In the Middle School, SEL is called Life Skills. Middle School students meet once a week with a small group of 10-12 students to discuss SEL topics like friendship, communication skills, conflict resolution, bullying, teasing and decision-making. Meghan Magilligan (SHP ’92), SEL coordinator for grades one through five, works with the faculty to help implement the program into the curriculum. “I love this program because it is such a natural fit with Sacred Heart’s traditions and it supports our Goals and Criteria in a very meaningful way,” said Magilligan. “Teachers are excited to employ a common objective and literacy around student behavior and competencies surrounding emotions. As Sacred Heart educators, we are charged with the responsibility of promoting a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected.” Magilligan continued, “We are seeing the students embrace this new learning opportunity to become more focused on discovering their feelings and identity through conversations and classroom lessons. It is this expression of emotion that helps kids understand the perspective of others.” Examples of classroom lessons teach a particular competency of SEL: Kindergarten students create “Sparkle Statements” by writing positive words to remind each other of the optimistic emotions and feelings in their environment. Third graders use the “God Box” to write down private notes to oneself as a means of letting go of one’s struggles in the form of silent prayers. Fourth and fifth graders employ lessons of self-awareness and decision-making by working together to create a tower with Tinker Toys using only body language and eye contact to communicate and develop a shared goal. These are just some of the creative ways the faculty are working with students on a weekly basis to impart SEL competencies in the classrooms. “Everyone is excited about the SEL program because it is a collaborative opportunity with the parent community,” concluded Magilligan. “We are dedicated to making sure parents are aware of what students are being taught about the program in the classrooms so that they can integrate and reinforce these lessons at home. This creates a true working partnership between parents and teachers to encourage students to grow personally.”

to learn to be assertive to both classmates and adults in a respectful way.” Colette Kenny Lower School, Third Grade Teacher

“SEL introduces the brain, body and hear t connec tion to student s which builds interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. It is more than just understanding ‘sad, mad, and glad’ because students are exposed to the nuances of language. They can use more precise words to describe and understand their emotions. I see s tu d e nt s willin g ly e m b ra ci n g a n d supporting this program by putting it to daily use.” Kathy Spieker Lower School, Fourth Grade Teacher


SERVICE: A social awareness which impels to action

Fostering Mutual Respect Through Understanding Justice teach-in on immigration seeks to bring dignity toward immigrants of all ethnicities.


ate last fall, a map of the world with hundreds of brightly colored pins appeared in the Homer Center lobby. The pins marked locations in England, Western Europe, Middle East, Asia, South America and Russia. Earlier in the week, Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) students, faculty and staff were asked to place the pins in the countries where their parents or grandparents were born. The point of the map? To

illustrate that most families can trace their roots to an immigrant background. This exercise kicked off the Immigration Justice Teach-In, a week long event at SHP sponsored by the Service Learning OfďŹ ce to shed light on the important role immigrants have played in the foundation of this country. Spearheaded by Emily Corpos, SHP service learning coordinator, with the support of faculty and staff members,

James Hughes, Monika Nagy, Reid Particelli, and student advisors Nancy Orocio (SHS ’11), Saba Teklu (SHS ’11), and JW Cho (SHS ’12), the Immigration Justice Teach-In was inspired by the 2009 DREAM Act immigration bill. Passage of this bill would mean millions of immigrant children who graduate from U.S. high schools would have the opportunity to obtain temporary residency, attend college (or serve in the U.S. Military), and, after certain conditions are met, receive permanent residency status. “The goals for the teach-in were to help students look at immigration from a truly global perspective and clarify terms around immigration, to provide facts and data, and to educate and inform about the many different paths of immigration and the inequitable process for individuals,” commented Corpos. “We wanted to provide a forum that allowed students to learn and form their own positions, opinions and beliefs in a safe and nonjudgmental, yet scholarly environment.” upporting Sacred Heart Schools’ Goal III, to “educate to a social awareness which i mp el s t o a ct ion ,” t he I m m ig r at ion Justice Teach-In also called into action Catholic Social Teachings of advocating dignity toward immigrants of all ethnicities. “We are a Catholic school with Christian values of social justice. Catholic Social Teaching says that people have a right to emigrate from their countries in search of a better life, and countries have a right to regulate their borders,” said Corpos. “In regulating their borders, countries should regulate them with equity and justice and that, in itself, says what a Sacred Heart education is all about. We think globally, act locally, and work toward issues of equity and justice.”


“The goals for the teach-in were to help students look at immigration from a truly global perspective and clarify terms around immigration, to provide facts and data, and to educate and inform about the many different paths of immigration and the inequitable process for individuals. We wanted to provide a forum that allowed students to learn and form their own positions, opinions and beliefs in a safe and nonjudgemental, yet scholarly environment.” -Emily Corpos SHP Service Learning Coordinator and Spanish Teacher

During the week, Immigration Justice TeachIn activities took place in classrooms and during lunch periods. Each of the departments was encouraged to incorporate the topic into their curriculum, while lunch period activities featured a number of presentations for all students. On Monday, seven SHP community members, including students, faculty and staff, shared their personal or family immigrant stories. Tuesday featured a live performance of “La Causa,” a story of a young woman who balances the demands of her family and culture while fighting to see her people free of poverty. Wednesday highlighted SHP faculty members speaking on topics such as “Why immigrants are moving north in search of crops,” and “Catholic

(left) Gus Elmashni, SHP math teacher, Nancy Orocio, Class of 2011, and Emily Corpos, SHP service learning coordinator and Spanish teacher, were just a few of the individuals who participated in the week-long justice teach-in on immigration. The goal of the week was to shed light on the important role immigrants have played in the foundation of the United States. Photo credit: Joel Simon.


“ Th e I m mig ratio n J u s tice Te a ch - I n was a very powerful and cathartic experience for me and hopefully for our community members. It is important to put real faces to the immigration narratives of our Sacred Heart community members.” Raymond Woo Sacred Heart Preparatory Religious Studies Teacher (above) The pins shown on the map showcase the many ethnic origins of Sacred Heart community members. It is a visual reminder that almost everyone comes from an immigrant background, whether it be a parent, grandparent or great grandparent who immigrated to the United States. Photo credit: Christopher Morrison (SHS ’11).

Social Teachings regarding immigration.” The presentation also included a panel of four undocumented college students, including two SHP alums, who shared their stories, struggles and challenges of being immigrants in the U.S. hursday, seniors from our sister school, Stuart Hall High School and the Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco joined SHP students to hear U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo speak about the DREAM Act immigration bill and what this proposed legislation means to 65,000 undocumented youths who graduate from U.S. high schools every year, but do not get the opportunity to live their American dream. And finally, the week wrapped up with an action fair to encourage further education and involvement in immigration issues. “Personally, it was important for me to share my immigration story because some believe that immigrants in California are mostly or exclusively Mexican, which is not true. Many immigrants in this state come from all over the world and still face the same problems,” remarked Gus Elmashni, Sacred Heart Preparatory mathematics teacher, who shared his immigration story with the SHS community. “Also, it is not such a small percentage of our community that is first or second generation immigrants.” One only had to look at the colorful map displayed in the Homer Center to confirm Elmashni’s reflection.


(right) U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) spoke to the students at an assembly during the justice teach-in week to speak about the DREAM Act immigration bill and what this proposed legislation means to the many undocumented youths in America.


“I think it’s important for us to share our immigration stories with others because as in recent years, immigration has been a heated topic in the U. S . Raising awareness throughout o u r co m m u n it y with th is te a ch - in helped us actually see that we were all immigrants at some point in our lives . I think the event helped stu de nt s b e com e more op e n - min de d by educating them through a p e r s p e c tive th ey m ay h ave n eve r thought through.” JW Cho Class of 2012


SERVICE: A social awareness which impels to action

Students and RSCJ’s of Oakwood Rally to Raise Money for Sister School in Uganda Lap-a-thon nets $15,000 and provides tuition for up to 10 students.


n a sunny October day, hundreds of students and parents from Sacred Heart Lower and Middle Schools, together with members of the Oakwood Community, converged for a common goal: to raise money for the Sacred Heart Primary School in Kyamusansal Hill, Uganda, Africa. The one day Lap-a-thon encouraged participants to seek pledges for each lap they walked or ran around the Sacred Heart Schools track.

“The event brought our students together with the Sisters of Oakwood to help raise funds for a very deserving recipient,” remarked Derek Waarich, Lower and Middle Schools’ dean of curriculum enrichment. “Giving students the ability to help young girls receive an education in Africa illustrates Sacred Heart’s commitment to nurturing a social awareness in our young community members. Sharing in these opportunities as a community, we

hopefully inspire our students to engage in a life-long commitment to service of others.” At the end of the day, when all pledges were tallied, more than $15,000 was raised to help provide tuition for 10 girls attending the Uganda Sacred Heart School. “I was extremely excited with the outcome of the Lap-a-thon. When I initially introduced the event, I challenged the students to raise $5,000. As I started to count the donations, I quickly saw that we were going to reach our goal and surpass it. I had no idea that we would collect as much as we did,” said Waarich. “I was blown away by the amount of involvement from the students, the Sisters at Oakwood, the teachers, the members of the Sacred Heart Society and the parents. Everyone came together for a great cause and to have fun.” The $15,000 raised during the event will be distributed to the Sacred Heart Uganda school over three years, with a $5,000 donation given each year. The money will be delivered through Irene Cullen, RSCJ and director of development for the school in Uganda. The Lap-a-thon is just one of many service learning activities the Lower and Middle Schools offer throughout the year. While the main school-wide fundraising activities for the students at the Lower and Middle Schools are the Lap-a-thon and the Novena collections, each grade level also carries out a service project, and parents help organize in-service days through the Helping Hearts program. In addition, the Student Council leads participation in the Box Tops for Education collection program to raise funds for the enhancement of technology for the Sisters of Oakwood.

LAP-A-THON HIGHLIGHTS Total money raised: $15,000 Number of sponsored tuition: 10 Total laps walked or ran: 3,722 Total miles walked or ran: 930

(left) Lower and Middle School students participate in the Lap-a-thon to raise money for Sacred Heart’s sister school in Uganda, Africa. Students ran/walked an estimate of 930 miles around Sacred Heart Schools track and raised $15,000. (above) Students of the Sacred Heart Primary School in Kyamusansal Hill, Uganda; 10 students will receive tuition from the fundraising efforts of the Lap-a-thon.


COMMUNIT Y: The building of community as a Christian value

Picking Olives and Planting Friendships Harvesting community spirit and olives from century-old trees on campus.


ince 189 8, more than fi fty beautiful heirloom olive trees have lined the western edge of Sacred Heart Schools’ campus along Elena Avenue. In the early part of the century, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ) tended to the trees and harvested the olives, but as time went on, the trees became less of an agricultural crop and more of a natural part of the campus landscape.

According to the former Director of Schools Nancy Morris, RSCJ, the olive trees migrated their way north from Mexico with the missionaries, and set roots in the Atherton area courtesy of Faxon Dean Atherton. While there isn’t confirmation, many believe the trees are well over 100-years old, and were planted as a property border even before the RSCJ settled on the land. Since the RSCJ last cultivated the trees in the 1950’s, for decades

during the fall, hundreds of thousands of olives have fallen to the ground and spoiled. In early 2009, an idea emerged from parent Nancy Sallaberry, who saw the olives sadly going to waste year after year. She suggested to her husband, Paul, that the orchard be revived to its former glory. Paul Sallaberry, a seasoned olive grower with an orchard in Carmel, California, seized the idea and began collaborating with SHP faculty member Dr. Stewart Slafter, director of the sustainable garden program, and Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) Principal Dr. James Everitt to restore the grove. The idea appealed to Principal Everitt, who had watched the School for years pay for the carpets to be cleaned after students would track in olive mush on their shoes. Over the spring and summer, organic orchard management practices such as pr uning and spraying were put in place so that the trees would begin to produce healthy fruit. By the fall of 2009, the trees were flourishing and the olives were hardy and plentiful. Dr. Slafter, together with the Sallaberrys, Principal Everitt, and members of the SHP Booster Club began mobilizing a large community of Sacred Heart student and parent volunteers to harvest the olives. Harvesting the Picholine olives, a French variety known as the “Queen of the Provencal,” came from “an interesting confluence of factors, 63-acres of open space, and a mandate from the founding Sisters to be responsible for creation and be stewards of the earth,” said Slafter. The first year’s harvest yielded 800 pounds of olives. Using ladders and just one mechanical lift, the project was “a marvelous experiment in community building and sustainability,” said Paul Sallaberry. “The students learned to take care of the trees, and experience the labor of a harvest

from soup to nuts.” This initial harvest ultimately resulted in the production of a premium olive oil which was bottled and sold. The proceeds are channeled back to maintenence of the orchard and to supporting SHP Scholarships. During the second and most recent harvest, on a sunny, warm weekend, SHP Booster Club members including Laura Daschbach Pitchford (SJSH ’73, SHP ’77) and Jim Russell recruited more than 100 volunteers who rallied for two days from dawn until dusk to pick olives. Three motorized lifts, generously donated by parents

“The students learned to take care of the trees, and experience the labor of a harvest from soup to nuts.” -Paul Sallaberry Parent, SHP Booster Club President

(left) Sacred Heart Preparatory students volunteer to pick olives during the 2010 olive harvest. More than 2,000 pounds of olives were harvested from the 50 heirloom olive trees on campus. (above) Sacred Heart Preparatory students are lifted up more than two stories high in a mechanical lift to pluck thumb-sized olives from branches. The olives were ultimately pressed to make 23 gallons of olive oil.


“I really enjoyed participating in the olive harvest because it was a great way to get involved with the school community while doing something that I have never done before. I learned the whole process of making olive oil, which I think is a very unique fundraiser for the School.” Matthew McNamara Class of 2012 (above) The green, torpedo-shaped olives on campus are a variety called Picholine, often referred to as the “Queen of the Provencal.” The flavor of these olives is rather delicate and subtle with a nutty flavor. They are harvested green and are often marinated or brined whole, or are pressed to make an exceptional olive oil.

“ I had a great time at the olive harve s t . I t ’s a n i ce way to s p e n d th e day and I enjoy being with the community at Sacred Heart. I met a lot of great pa re nt s who c a m e o ut to help, and I honestly can’t wait until n ex t ye a r ’s h a r ve s t . W h at a g re at fundraiser for the School. Not only is it fun to help in the harvest, but the effort also supports the Schools’ ‘go green’ goals.” Adriana Zuno Class of 2012


Eric Lamb and Mike Morhman, carried harvesters more than two stories high into the trees to collect the small thumbnail-sized fruit from branches, filling bucket after bucket of the light and dark green olives. The goodwill of parents, students and faculty members who may have never met each other before, spent the day talking and getting to know each other while working toward a common goal: to pick as many olives as possible. Student Adriana Zuno (SHS ’12) was one of the many who willingly volunteered time to come together as community to support Slafter’s goal of promoting sustainable and organic farming. “Picking olives was fun. Once I got into the rhythm of picking the olives off the branches, the buckets filled up pretty quickly,” remarked Zuno. With Zuno’s efforts, along with the other dedicated volunteers, a bountiful harvest of 2,000 pounds of olives was picked. he harvest plan included immediately milling the olives into oil through an innovative mobile olive oil press operation, the first of its kind in the United States and one of only three in the world. The mobile press, resembling an RV camper filled with spotless stainless steel equipment, was brought in from Davis, California and parked in front of the Sigall building. Unfortunately, this mobile press that travels and works non-stop for 24-hours a day during the California olive harvest season, had technical difficulties with one of its machines, making it impossible to mill the olives on site. After a series of phone calls, a local company was found who would press the olives within 24-hours, an important factor in producing the highest quality product. However, the education of learning how to make a high quality olive oil was not lost on community members. A demonstration of the milling machines and an olive oil tasting provided a quick lesson on what makes an olive oil extra virgin, why it is so special, and what factors affect its taste. It provided a wonderful teachable moment for students and adults to learn the entire olive oil harvesting process from tree to table.


After two full days of hand-picking the fruit, two olive-filled flatbed trucks were driven to a pressing facility near Sacramento and turned into a beautiful, vibrant green extra virgin olive oil. To qualify for the esteemed status of “extra virgin,” the oil was extracted without any solvents or heat applied to the fruit. From the pressing facility, two large steel drums transporting approximately 23 gallons of oil arrived in Otto Library where the bottling phase took place. More than 50 SHP volunteers once again gathered as community and created an assembly line, filling glass containers with the oil, corking the tops, sealing the lids with foil, and placing labels on the bottles. Approximately 390 7-ounce bottles of the pungent, peppery-flavored premium olive oil were produced and sold at the SHP Parents’ Association’s annual Christmas Holiday Boutique for $20 a bottle. Much in demand, for the second year in a row, Sacred Heart’s olive oil sold out early before the end of the three day boutique. As word spreads and the popularity of the event grows, Slafter has set lofty goals for future harvests. “Of the 50 trees on campus, we have only harvested onefifth of the orchard’s potential. In our last harvest we picked just over one ton of olives. My goal next year is to see if we can double our production and reach two tons. In the long-term, through better pruning and increased orchard management, I’d like us to continue increasing our yield while maintaining the quality of the crop each year.” Slafter continued, “Next year’s harvest will occur during the month of November, and we welcome as many alums, past and current parents, students and faculty to join us in this great community building experience.”

DR . STEWART SL AF TE R Since 1999, Dr. Stewart Slaf ter has been a part of the Sacred Heart community teaching high school students history and geography. He is also the coordinator of the Schools’ sustaina ble curriculum o n c a m p us which includes nurturing and harvesting the 10,000-square foot organic gardens, managing the composting program, and organizing activities designed to teach students to be good stewards of the earth. Dr. Slafter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1989, and completed his doctorate degree in modern history from the University of Chicago in 20 0 0. Before becoming a teacher at Sacred Heart Preparatory, he taught History at the University of San Francisco.

SACRED HEART OLIVE OIL Creating the label for the Sacred Heart olive oil was a “homegrown” ef for t as well. As par t of the ar t program, fine ar ts teacher Peggy O’ Lear y conducted a competition for students to draw and submit artwork of the label of the 2010 Sacred Heart olive oil. Nick Lamkin (SHS ’11) won the competition with his beautiful, yet simple and elegant illustration of an olive branch on an understated white background.


GROW TH: Personal Growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

Students Embrace their Passions and Embark on Personal Growth through Independent Study Program enriches both students and their faculty mentors.


n the spirit of Goal V, 17 years ago, four senior Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) students paved a path for others to follow: to challenge themselves with independent study on a topic deeply passionate and personal for each. As Goal V states, “to challenge and commit oneself to educate to a personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom,” these four young women pioneered

a curriculum path that did not exist at SHP prior to the 1993-94 academic school year. Today, the ensuing Senior Honors Independent Study Program at SHP flourishes under the expert guidance of Connie Solari, who teaches English and directs the program. “Over the years since we began this program, I continue to be in awe of those students

“Over the years since we began this program, I continue to be in awe of those students who exhibit the personal initiative to explore, discover and open themselves up to the demanding rigors of SHP’s Independent Study Programs.” -Connie Solari Director of Independent Studies who exhibit the personal initiative to explore, discover and open themselves up to the demanding rigors of SHP’s Independent Study Program,” remarked Solari, English teacher and Director of Independent Study. “It is amazing to see these highly motivated individuals seek out extraordinary opportunities for greater understanding and insight around a particular academic interest – something they are deeply passionate about. Everyone – the students, their on-campus mentors, and the Sacred Heart community – grows and learns from each other during this process.” Since the inception of the Program, which generally serves the top five to seven percent of the senior class, more than 50 students have sought to take on this remarkable challenge. Students must qualify and have an A average in the relevant subject area over their preceding three years at SHP. The application process is intensive and thorough. In preparing the application, students will have spent many hours fine-tuning their proposal, and reaching out to mentors within Sacred Heart, as well as to individuals outside of the community. A completed application includes a statement of purpose, a working bibliography, letters of recommendation, and letters of support from three off-campus mentors, who usually include university professors or industry professionals with expertise in the subject matter and who agree

to work with the student during the semester. Upon completion of their research, students give a 30-minute presentation and discuss their findings, insights and conclusions with faculty, staff, students, parents and mentors. Topics over the past years have varied, ranging from the influence of “Dante’s Inferno” on contemporary and renaissance artists, to the influence of flamenco dance in the poetry of Garcia Lorca, to the analysis of the role of stem cells in modern life and medicine. Sacred Heart senior Robert Dunlevie (SHS ’11) recently completed his senior independent research project in the discipline of science. Dunlevie’s love of science led him to an internship in the laboratory of regenerative medicine at Stanford University’s School of Medicine during the summer of 2010. He studied the challenge of how to regenerate bone growth for individuals who have had bone loss or injury to their bone structure. “I really have a strong interest in science. During my sophomore year I took AP Chemistry and after that course, I knew I wanted to explore other means of learning more about science,” commented Dunlevie. “My interest led me to contact Dr. Michael Longaker at Stanford’s School of Medicine and he offered me a summer internship in his laboratory.”

(left) Ten seniors embarked on a journey of personal growth through independent study at Sacred Heart Preparatory with topics ranging from social entrepreneurship in the Philippines, to exploring the psychology behind fairy tales. (left to right) Sarah Westcott, Rebecca Baugh, Ginny Maceda, Sean Hamilton, Robert Dunlevie, Sarah Gage, Alexandra Marshall, Francesca Surraco, Veronica Thompson, and Lauren Miller. Photo credit: Joel Simon.


“ Working on my independent study p roj e c t g ave m e in sig ht i nto wh at I want to focus on in college: international studies . Development and social entrepreneurship is a growing field, and I want to learn and get as much hands on experience as possible. So far, I’ve met a lot of young people in their 20’s working on great social entrepreneurship endeavours, and in a few years I hope to do the same.” Ginny Maceda Class of 2011

“ I w a s ve r y exc i te d a b o u t wo r k i n g with Lauren Miller in her research on Ukiyo-e wood block prints because I u se d to live i n J a p a n m a ny ye a r s a g o . A s a r e s u l t o f L a u r e n ’s w o r k I h ave c o m e to k n ow a g r e a t d e a l a b o u t t h e h i s to r y, m o t i v a t i o n a n d process of woodblock printing. I repeatedly remind L auren that this course of study is for her. It is an exce lle nt opp or tunit y for h e r to ta ke cre ative risk s a n d p ur su e h e r inte l lec tual endeavors . In addition to historical information, she has been getting hands on experience in printing, painting, and experimenting with pictorial composition.” Doug Schultz Sacred Heart Preparatory Fine Arts Teacher


(above) Lauren Miller works on her Japanese woodblock prints, known as Ukiyo-e. Her project is the cultural analysis of this traditional Japanese artwork and their depiction of feminine beauty. Photo credit: Joel Simon. (right) A portrait shot of a child in Guatemala. As part of Alexandra Marshall’s study of Global Philanthropy and education in developing countries, she photographed all of the students at the school her family started in Guatemala. Photo credit: Alexandra Marshall (SHS ’11).

Dunlevie believes that individuals thinking of embarking on an independent study program “should be very dedicated and passionate about the field or project because they will spend an enormous amount of time gathering research, working on the final paper, and developing and fine-tuning a viewpoint.” Working under Dr. Michael Longaker, director of children’s surgical research, and Dr. Ben Levi, postdoctoral research fellow, Dunlevie collected data for a research grant on stromel cells in vitro and in vivo. His hard work paid off. Dunlevie, at the age of 18, is listed as a co-author in the published paper of the research that appeared in “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal” in January of 2011. “It was a really good experience to get a taste of what working in medicine is like. It’s definitely helped me get a clearer picture of whether I want to pursue medicine,” continued Dunlevie. Working with Dunlevie as his school mentor, SHP Science Department Head Colin Quinton was impressed with the senior’s maturity level and the amount of self-exploration that was required of him. “Working on a highly complex subject, Robert’s ability to grasp new information well beyond the high school level and translate it back into a report in a written and oral presentation that was clear, understandable and relevant for people to easily grasp was exceptional,” remarked Quinton. For students thinking about applying for a Senior Honors Independent Study Program, Quinton concludes, “It’s an extraordinary opportunity and quite unique at the high school level to have this kind of independent experience. Whether it’s in the field of science or in another discipline, almost anything that interests a student has the potential to be an open project for someone who has the passion, drive and commitment.”

2010/2011 SENIOR HONORS INDEPENDENT RESEARCH STUDY TOPICS “Health Care in India: Does it Work” Sarah Westcott, Class of 2011 “An Inside View Into Global Philanthropy: Analyzing Why JusticeBased Programs are the Best Solution to Alleviating Poverty” Alexandra Marshall, Class of 2011 “Social Entrepreneurship in the Philippines, a Model for Growth and Development” Ginny Maceda, Class of 2011 “Differences in Osteogenic Capabilities of Adipose Derived Stem Cells from Humans, Mice, and Canines; Analyzing the Role of Stem Cells in Modern Life and Medicine” Robert Dunlevie, Class of 2011 “Enlightenment Philosophy and the Evolution of American Democracy” Veronica Thompson, Class of 2011 “Medieval Latin Lyrics” Sarah Gage, Class of 2011 “ Little Red Riding Hood: An Exploration of the Psychology Behind Fairy Tales” Francesca Surraco, Class of 2011 “The University in the Middle of the Jungle” Rebecca Baugh, Class of 2011 “The Visual Artist ’s Eternal Gravitation to Dante’s Inferno” Sean Hamilton, Class of 2011 “A Cultural Analysis of Japanese Woodblock Prints, otherwise Known as Ukiyo-e, and their Depiction of Feminine Beauty through a Perceived Floating World” Lauren Miller, Class of 2011


GROW TH: Personal Growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

Student Athletes Excel in 2010 Fall Sports Season “You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” - Arthur Ashe


t Sacred Heart, the athletic programs support the Schools’ mission to educate the whole child and to guide individuals with their own personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. It’s learning about discipline, team work, respecting one another, building relationships, and exhibiting sportsmanship, whether it’s on or off the field, pool or court.

The strength and success of Sacred Hear t’s 2010 fall season at the Preparatory and Lower and Middle Schools campus is an enormous testament to dedication and commitment of many individuals including the athletic directors, coaches, athletes, and parents. For the first time in Sacred Heart Preparatory’s (SHP) athletic history, all eight fall varsity sports

teams extended their season, advancing to Central Coast Section (CCS) post-season competition. Five teams played in CCS championship matches, with three teams winning CCS championship titles and one team advancing to Division IV California State Championship match play. In addition, Sacred Heart Lower and Middle Schools’ athletic programs captured seven Western Bay Area League (WBAL) championships in both boys’ and girls’ sports programs. Congratulations to all of the student athletes and coaches on their success.

Sacred Heart Schools, Middle and Lower Schools 2010 Fall Sports Season Success

Sacred Heart Preparatory 2010 Fall Sports Season Success

Softball – JVA Girls (Middle School)

Volleyball – Girls

Soccer – JVA Girls (Middle School)

• Central Coast Section Division IV Champions • Nor-Cal Division IV Championships • California State Division IV Tournament Finalist

• West Bay Athletic League Champions

Basketball – JVA Boys (Lower & Middle School)

• West Bay Athletic League Champions Cross Country – Boys & Girls (Lower School)

• West Bay Athletic League Champions Football – JVA (Middle School)

• West Bay Athletic League Champions Football – JVB (Lower School)

• West Bay Athletic League Champions • West Bay Athletic League Champions

Swimming – Boys (Middle School)

• West Bay Athletic League Champions

Water Polo – Girls

• West Catholic Athletic League Champions • Central Coast Section Division II Champions Football

• Central Coast Section Division IV Champions Golf – Girls

• West Bay Athletic League Champions • Central Coast Section Finalist Cross Country – Girls

• West Bay Athletic League Champions • CCS meet participant Water Polo – Boys

• Central Coast Section Division II Finalist Tennis – Girls

• 3rd place finish in West Bay Athletic League • Central Coast Section quarterfinals participant Cross Country - Boys

• 3rd place finish in West Bay Athletic League • Central Coast Section meet participant 29


Bicycling through Asia with Open Hearts and Open Minds Finding common ground through exploring, integrating and living other cultures.


ow many people have spent 10 months traveling around Asia, visiting 23 countries and covering close to 30,000 miles on planes, trains and bicycles? Sacred Heart Preparatory graduate, Scott Norton (SJSH ’00, SHP ’04) did exactly that, taking with him just a backpack with essentials and a high-tech collapsible, portable bike to begin a journey of a lifetime throughout Asia. In January 2010, Norton started his journey with college classmate Woody Schneider and a

plan to visit 100 destinations. Deciding to explore the small towns and villages on their bikes, they ultimately called their expedition “AsiaWheeling.” Their mission: “to study the delicate coexistence of technology, economy, and ecology that drives the evolution of humanity on our increasingly interconnected planet.” Before heading out on his trip, Norton worked in finance building high frequency trading systems in Tokyo, Japan and recalled, “While my work was fascinating and challenging, there was a

pull to go AsiaWheeling that was undeniable. The world is so huge and so diverse, and there are only a few times in one’s life where such a big decision feels right.” The concept of AsiaWheeling started in the form of a month-and-a-half long trip the summer Norton and his college classmate Schneider graduated from Brown University. Norton had already spent time in India and China, and Schneider in Russia, and both loved riding bicycles, exploring and documenting their adventures. Norton and Schneider wanted to discover parts of India and China that were less known by tourists and felt that experiencing these places at street level, on bikes, they would see, experience and immerse themselves into the fabric of people’s lives in ways no tourist traveling by customary modes could ever do. Creating an itinerary for the adventure proved to be a hefty course in analytical modeling and logistics. The two started by devising a list of places in Asia about which they knew little. Criteria of the list: towns must be relatively well connected by rail or bus transportation, and be an interesting destination to explore on bikes. While they favored regions where Chinese, Russian or English were spoken, it wasn’t necessarily a deal breaker for them. After consulting with other travelers, the twosome generated a shortlist of destinations and then crafted a climate model that included each location’s monthly rainfall totals and temperatures. Finally, an itinerary emerged to maximize optimal weather conditions that minimized rainfall. Through their network of connections, they identified and consulted with several individuals in each of the regions, known as bureau chiefs, to advise them on their trip. Bureau chiefs, either natives or individuals with experience in a region’s vicinity and knowledge of customs and cultures, often joined Norton and Schneider on parts of their journey, providing invaluable guidance and insight.

(above) Scott Norton riding through a narrow path surrounded by rice paddy fields in the town of Jianshui located near the southern border of China by Vietnam.

A key element of the AsiaWheeling experience was to create a documentary of their journey to share with family and friends during their 40-week trip. They designed a Web site, www.AsiaWheeling. com, to chronicle stories and photos about their daily travels. Their travels began in Indonesia and then meandered through India, South East Asia, China, the Middle East, Russia and ended last October in Taiwan. Norton reminisced, “There were times on the trip when we thought we were crazy, like in parts of Kazakhstan and Mongolia where things happened to us that were weird beyond any imagination we could muster. But what I’ve come to learn from my travels is that it’s not really accurate to talk about ‘the developed world’ and ‘the developing world.’ Everything is always developing, and there are plenty of places in America that are rawer than many Chinese cities.” During the Middle Eastern leg of their tour, Norton’s younger sister, Claudia (SJSH ’05, SHP ’09),

(left) Exploring the giant sand dunes of the United Arab Emirates, Claudia and Scott Norton, along with their AsiaWheeling travel mates, stop to revel in the beautiful desert sunset.


who had spent time in Egypt, was familiar with Arab culture and proficient in Arabic, joined the AsiaWheeling team as their Cultural Liaison through the countries of United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Oman. Claudia Norton credits SHP’s history teacher Deborah FarringtonPadilla with sparking her interest in foreign studies. Farrington-Padilla encouraged her to apply for a summer studies program abroad with the National Security Language Institute, sending her to Egypt to learn Arabic. Before she began traveling, Claudia Norton’s perceptions of the Middle East were largely based on information that the media portrayed. However,

she made a conscious decision to ignore what she’d heard and formulate her own first-hand opinions of the regions and its cultures. “During our travels throughout the Middle East, what I saw and experienced was humanity and culture, and people who were eager to connect with us in a genuine way,” commented the younger Norton. “When people learned that we were Americans, their reactions weren’t to take advantage of us, but instead to get to know us on a basic, curious human level.” Traveling abroad in a nontraditional and unconventional manner has changed the siblings in profound ways.

(above) Scott Norton, Woody Schneider and Claudia Norton briefly stop in the hot Jordanian sun to take in the view of the Red Sea.



“Sacred Heart has taught me that education is a platform for action and what AsiaWheeling accomplishes is providing a stage for awareness to help promote peace. I think of our travels as a way of sharing our Sacred Heart education with others.” -Claudia Norton (SJSH ’05, SHP ’09)

“ It is our mission to bicycle through Asia with as few preconceptions, and as open a mind as possible, to shirk from the oppor tunit y for new experience only when it endangers the body or mind, and to report our findings in the most diligent and evocative manner we can . This site embodies a mission to study the delicate coexistence of technology, economy, and ecology which drives t h e evo l u t i o n o f h u m a n i t y o n o u r increasingly interconnected planet.” Scott Norton (SJSH ’00, SHP ’04) and

“Traveling the world by bike has certainly made me more sociable and confident in approaching people. It’s also changed the way I travel because I’ve never really liked to be a ‘tourist,’ seeing only the well-known sights, and this experience solidified that for me,” remarked Scott Norton. “Now and in the future, traveling is about going somewhere and exploring, integrating, and living, rather than checking boxes. It’s also made fear a much smaller piece of my life. Success in wheeling is much less about avoiding negative experiences and much more about cultivating the skill of recovering from them quickly once they happen.” For Claudia Norton she discovered that “people all want the same things and culture is just a variation on how we channel it to get from point A to point B. In the end, the journey will be different from culture to culture, but we’re all striving to achieve the same end result, which is my way of finding common ground with people of different societies.” In addition, both found their time at Sacred Heart to have influenced them greatly in preparing them for their adventure. For Scott Norton, every piece of the planning process and the journey, from the analytical to the social-emotional components, and the basic tenants of thinking of the big picture were critical lessons learned at Sacred Heart. “Sensitivity to different cultures and a curious hunger for experience and information were developed from classes with Dr. Slafter and Mrs. Solari. It was Mr. Schultz who first introduced me to digital illustration, which forged the aesthetics of the AsiaWheeling Web site,” he reflected. “Of course, the whole experience is a lot of presentation, salesmanship, and conversational skills taught by Mr. Loschmann.” Claudia Norton concluded, “My Sacred Heart education has encouraged me to help spread the word of peace. The perceived divide of the East and West impelled me to embark on this trip, write about it and share our travels with others to give them a deeper awareness. Sacred Heart has taught me that education is a platform for action and what AsiaWheeling accomplishes is providing a stage for awareness to help promote peace. I think of our travels as a way of sharing our Sacred Heart education with others.”

Woody Schneider

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Building the Future for Tomorrow’s Leaders “For the Sake of One Child” – Investing in St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s dream. By Sterrin Bird, Director of Advancement


t’s hard to imagine just three short years ago, the Sacred Heart community gathered together for an exciting community-building event to launch Living our Mission, Building our Future, the most comprehensive capital campaign in the history of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS). Since that time, dozens of volunteers and hundreds of donors have joined together to raise more than 80 percent of our $95 million goal.

Launching in 2008, the Capital Campaign has sought to fund programs and priorities that will prepare Sacred Heart students to thrive in our complex world. Together we are enhancing all of Sacred Heart’s learning opportunities, ensuring that the Schools remains the best place for our children today, and for those children who will come after them, to develop into tomorrow’s leaders. This campaign is preparing SHS for the next 100 years,

and we are all blessed to be a part of this incredible community at this point in its history. As a result of this campaign effort, the Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center rose to life on the Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) campus. Preschool and kindergarten students now attend classes in a completely renovated building. The Aquatic Center was refurbished. New athletic fields were installed. During the summer of 2011, construction will begin for the new Lower and Middle Schools campus. And finally, we are still working hard to raise additional funds to strengthen the schools endowment. May 15, 2011, will be history in the making at Sacred Heart Schools. On this day, Sacred Heart students, faculty, staff, trustees, and alumni will join to celebrate the accomplishments of the Living Our Mission, Building Our Future Campaign. The event will begin with a community Mass celebrated by Father David Ghiorso, pastor of St. Charles Parish in San Carlos, followed by a site blessing of the new Lower and Middle Schools with Archbishop George Niederauer and a celebration on the football field with live music, a barbecue lunch, games, activities and fun for everyone of all ages.

While we have much to celebrate as we close in on realizing our dreams, and as we look ahead to the all-school celebration, we still have much work to do. In order to reach the $95 million dollar goal, we must raise an additional $15 million. Our Capital Campaign co-chairs, Kristina Homer and Lauren Gray Koenig (SJSH ’73, SHP ’77) have done an incredible job leading a large team of volunteers for more than three years to meet with each and every family at Sacred Heart to encourage participation in this historic campaign effort. We would like to thank all of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly on behalf of Sacred Heart’s Capital Campaign and to donors who have participated in this historic event. It will take the active participation of each and every family at Sacred Heart to reach our goal. Without your efforts, this could not be possible. In celebration of the Capital Campaign achievements, we invite all community members, current and past, to attend the May 15 celebration. This day represents the future for Sacred Heart Schools, and as an entire community, let us celebrate St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s dream together. We invite you and your family to join in the day’s festivities.

(left) Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center was the first new building to rise on Sacred Heart Schools’ campus from the Living our Mission, Building our Future, Capital Campaign. The Homer Center opened for use to high school students, faculty and staff in August, 2009. (above) Architectural rendering of the new Lower and Middle Schools’ campus. Groundbreaking of the site begins June 2011 with a target date to open for the academic school year of 2012/13.


NEW LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS CAMPUS Breaking ground in June 2011, the new Sacred Heart Lower and Middle Schools campus is scheduled to be completed August 2012. Highlights of the new campus include the following: • 89,000 square foot campus with four individual

buildings surrounding a large green courtyard,

double the size of the former campus

• More than 25 state-of-the art classrooms, along

with dedicated science lab rooms and a 23,000

square foot fine arts center

• New library, triple the size of the current library • New multi-use athletic fields with artificial turf surface • Multiple indoor and outdoor gathering spaces to

foster the sense of community

• Sustainable building features including natural

lighting, ventilation, use of renewable and recycled

materials and water-efficient landscaping

• Campus will be built to LEED–Silver standards by


the U.S. Green Building Council

BENEFITS: • Economic

Substantially reduced operating costs

• Educational

Supports the Sacred Heart Schools’ mission

Provides an optimal learning environment

• Health

Improve overall ventilation and indoor air quality

Enhance occupant health, comfort, and safety

• Community/Environmental

Improve air and classroom lighting

Natural ventilation

Consistent size classrooms

Reduced water use on the fields

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN ACCOMPLISHMENTS With the support of alumni, parents, family and friends, Sacred Heart Schools is setting the pace for educational leadership in the 21 st century. The following projects, programs and initiatives have been funded since the inception of the Living our Mission, Building our Future Campaign. STUDENT LIFE AND LEADERSHIP • Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life

Center, LEED-Platinum by the U.S. Green

Building Council

• Realignment of athletic fields with all-weather turf • Renovation of Sigall and McGanney Buildings • Modernization of Preschool and Kindergarten Building • Refurbishment of the Aquatic Center

FACULT Y SUPPORT • New Faculty Chair in History • New Faculty Chair in English • Faculty sabbatical support • Faculty professional growth funding ENDOWMENT • New endowed and spendable funds to support

financial aid and 21 st century learning initiatives

• New Lower and Middle Schools campus



We are incredibly grateful to those who have made commitments to the capital campaign. We hope their initial leadership will inspire other families to consider their own extraordinary gift to this all important effort. Whether you are the parent or grandparent of a current or past student, alumnus, or a friend of the school, there has never been a more opportune time to invest in Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Gifts of $10,000 or more as of April 2011. Roberta Campbell William Campbell Greene Family Harvey Family Homer Family

Jacque & John Jarve Karen & Ron Johnson In Memory of Mr. Y. F. Lai & Mr. N. C. Lee Elaine & Mike Murphy Mary Beth & Peter Oppenheimer

$2,500,000 to $4,999,999

$250,000 to $499,999

Chambers Family Child Family Angela Nomellini & Ken Olivier Rogers Family Mary & Mark Stevens

Bergeron Family Letetia & James Callinan Chiuchiarelli Family Comolli Family Shannon & Tom Fallon Gavello Family Elizabeth & M anuel Henriquez Wende & Tom Hutton Jimenez Family Klein Family Marie C. De Dampierre Memorial Foundation Anne & Martin Putnam Rey-Vaden Family Foundation Linda & Daniel Rosensweig Debra & Kevin Taweel Estate of Mary W. Thacher Sandra & John Thompson


$1,000,000 to $2,499,999

Donahoe Family Draper Family Elizabeth & Bruce Dunlevie Stephanie & Fred Harman Koenig Family Stephanie & Ray Lane Ravi Family Jillian Manus-Salzman & Alan Salzman Wishart Family Xie Family $500,000 to $999,999

$100,000 to $249,999

Anonymous (2) Mary Anne Nyburg Baker & G. Leonard Baker, Jr. Ann Fay Barry (SHP ’62) Ronald Conway Family Elmore Family Emma & Frederick Goltz (Emma Goltz, SH Ireland) Gurley Family Holloway Family Felicia and Ben Horowitz

Anonymous (2) Barnds Family Kelly & David Burke Lynda & Peter Clark Patti & Ed Cluss Cullen Family Juliet & Andre de Baubigny Denniston Family Drazan Family Foundation Duane Family Equilar

Allison Johnson Espeseth & Ron Espeseth Kenneth Fong & Family Dr. Pam Fong Haley Family Beth & Mark Hanson (Elizabeth “Beth” Hanson, SH Broadway ’78) Eleanor & Hoyoung Huh Elizabeth & John Kerrigan (Elizabeth Hunter Kerrigan, SJSH ’78, SHP ’82) Charlie Hays & Bob Komin Labe Family Catherine & Eric Lamb Larson Family Heidi & Jay Leupp London Family Maceda Family Maples Family Molly & Bill McKenna Debra & Jim McLean Meisel Family Jintamai & Tom Mitchell Liesl & Charles Moldow Ann McGraw Morrical (SJSH ’77, SHP ’81) & Matt McWright Lori & Chris Nawn Mary & Steve Rudolph Marcia & Scott Ryles SHP Parents’ Association Nancy & Paul Sallaberry Shah Family Mr. & Mrs. David Tai-Man Shen Sturzenegger Family Sue & Ken Sutherland Elaine & Art Taylor Rhona & Rick Thompson Whitman Family Kathy & Tom Wiggans Yuyan Wang & Sonny Wu Yang Family

If we have omitted your name, spelled it incorrectly, listed you in the wrong section or otherwise failed to acknowledge your gift to Sacred Heart Schools correctly, please contact Sterrin Bird at 650.473.4090 or email 38

$50,000 to $99,999

Bachler Family Susan & Steve Bird Fat Tire Foundation Glockner Family Anke Hebig & Tony Prophet Janina Pawlowski & Adam Jarczewski Beth & Guy Kawasaki Kirincich Family Kohlberg Family Sean C. McLarry Foundation Sandra & Robert McNamara Amity S. Millhiser Ellen & Matt Moran Katie & Dr. Greg Morganroth Janet & Dan Myers Gloria & Dennis O’Brien Anna Paustenbach Rowland Family Carley & Paul Rydberg Susan & Stephen Schwerdfeger Kathleen & Thomas Spieker Kathy Reavis & David Strohm Mr. & Mrs. Lim Hock Tay Rose & Andrew Touma Tiffany & Jon Woodruff $25,000 to $49,999

Ackley Family Anonymous Blaisdell Family Mr. & Mrs. John Borchers Buckley Family Angela Chang & Beng-Hong Lim Ann & Kirk Churukian Maureen & John Del Santo Diane & Mark Flynn Susie & Bill Frimel (Susan “Susie”

O’Brien Frimel, SJSH ’83, SHP ’87) Henske Family Mrs. Rose Hau & Mr. James Heslin Susan & Brad Hinrichs Nancy & Timothy Howes Karen & Thomas Ivey Directors & Officers of KKR Financial Holdings, LLC. Kathleen & Mark Martella Family Mohrman Family Mooring Family Missy & Jeff Morris Dianne & Brian Morton Marie Kendrick Otto Foundation Kim & Gary Palmer Lori Mirek & Ken Pelowski Betsy & Bob Plaschke Sally & Jeffrey Randall Julie & Mark Robson Sue Barsamian & Bill Romans Chick & Rick Runkel Mary Henry & Raj Sandhu Seaney Family Sewell Family Sandra & Steve Smith Somberg Family Susan Stevens-Toole, MD Still Family Kathleen & Mike Texido Elaine Tse & James Tung Amy & Michael Wendling Patricia & James White Janice & Alvin Wilkins $10,000 to $24,999

Anonymous (2) Debbie & Steve Baloff Jackie & Patrick Brandin Suki Bryan

Burke Family Paige & Brian Burns Carolyn & Preston Butcher Dupi & John Cogan (Marie “Dupi” Gomez Cogan, SHE ’67) Melissa & Peter Coleman Megan & Richard A. Dioli Cynthia Hamilton & Mark Duchesne Nancy & John Etchemendy Patty & Jerry Evans Barb & Patrick Fallon Lyn & Bill Galliani Hanna & Roger George Sterrin & Scott Gooch Renee Hellman Deborah & David Henry Hogan Family Laura Hamilton & Robert Horsley Chris Surowiec & Joel Jewitt Marguerite & Don Klaiss Arianna Carughi & Bryan Lamkin Libraro Family Teri & Dorian McKelvy (Teri Gray McKelvy, SJSH ’72, SHP ’76) Kim Young and John Moragne In Honor of Sister Nancy Morris Jennifer Minton & Scott Morrison Ellen & Vince Sakowski Sclafani Family Jeanne & Walter Sedgwick Sara & Steve Steppe Mr. & Mrs. Philip Summe Christine Budd & James Thanos Tiffany & Co. Virginia & Guy Wanger David Wollenberg


sacred heart schools AT H L E T I C H A L L O F FA M E

SACRED HEART SCHOOLS INVITES YOU TO THE INAUGURAL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION TRIBUTE Sacred Heart Schools (SHS) is proud to announce the Athletic Hall of Fame to honor Sacred Heart alumni for their athletic achievements. This award recognizes contributions of athletes, coaches, teams and administrators of Sacred Heart Schools. Individual athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame will have made a significant achievement in his/her sport either at the high school, collegiate, professional or amateur level. Coach and administrator inductees will have made a significant contribution to the athletic department at SHS over an extended period of time. All inductees must have exemplified the principals of sportsmanship and Christianity as illustrated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. This year’s inaugural ceremony takes place during Grand Reunion on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Congratulations to the inaugural inductees. INAUGURAL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: • Colette Chiamparino, SJSH ’86, SHP ’90 Women’s Basketball • Dane Holderman, SHP ’00 Men’s Basketball • Jenny Circle, SHP ’95 Women’s Basketball

• Tyler Holland, SHP ’04 Men’s Basketball, Men’s Football

• Alexis Felts, SHP ’94 Women’s Basketball

• Kobié Kennon, SHP ’95 Women’s Basketball

• Shawna Franceschini, SHP ’94 Women’s Basketball

• Elizabeth Rizzo Covey, SHP ’93 Women’s Basketball

• Christy Galvin†, SHP ’97 Women’s Basketball

• Renee Robinson, SHP ’96 Women’s Basketball



“THE ENDLESS SUMMER” AUCTION The 32 nd annual all-school auction dinner event took place on Saturday, March 26, 2011 with 100 percent of the net proceeds to

support arts, science and sports programs across the entire campus. This year’s theme, “The Endless Summer,” was a nod to surf culture of present and past. More than 500 guests were treated to a dinner, dance and live auction. Held on the Lower School’s campus in Robinson Courtyard and Spieker Pavilion, attendees danced to music provided by Full Tilt Woogie, and dined on cuisine by Betty Zlatchin Catering of San Francisco. “Sacred Heart Schools is committed to offering a 21 st century teaching and learning experience for both our faculty and students,” commented Director of Schools, Richard A. Dioli. “It is the community of our families and invited guests that makes this event so successful. For 32 consecutive years, our community members have shown unparalleled support for the Schools’ annual auction. We are extremely appreciative for everyone’s commitment in providing an educational opportunity that fosters development of the ‘whole-child.’”


THANKS TO YOU OUR ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN HAS: Set a new record of 98 percent all school pledged parent participation! This year we achieved 100 percent pledged participation at Sacred Heart Schools Preschool, Kindergarten, Lower & Middle Schools for the third year in a row during the 2010-2011 Annual Fund Campaign. Sacred Heart Preparatory has set a new mark, too. The SHS Class of 2013 has reached 100 percent parent participation for the fourth year in a row and the entire high school sits at 96 percent pledged parent participation with only 22 families remaining. We hope to hit 100 percent participation by June 30, 2011. Additionally, our Alumni, Parents of Alumni and Community Members continue to be generous in helping our Annual Fund Campaign reach its financial goal of $2.33 million this school year! We appreciate all of your generous support to our yearly campaign. Gifts can be made all year long at

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR SAINT MADELEINE SOPHIE AWARD The Saint Madeleine Sophie Award honors members of our Sacred Heart Schools (SHS) community who have made sustained and significant contributions to the Schools and embody the Goals and Criteria. Nominations for this award are being sought from the entire SHS community. The honorees are selected from those nominated by the senior administrative team of Sacred Heart Schools. Recipients are honored at a presentation ceremony and reception and at the Mass of the Holy Spirit, our first all-school liturgy of the year. Nominations can be made online by visiting Deadline for nominations is Friday, June 10, 2011. For questions and information, please contact Nancy Tarantino at, or 650.473.4089.


JOSEPH JOHN ZUCCA 1923-2010 Joseph Zucca, beloved Sacred Heart educator, died on November 24, 2010 in Belmont, California. A vigil and a memorial Mass were held on November 29, 2010 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Belmont, California. Since 1981, Zucca dedicated three decades to teaching science to hundreds of students at Sacred Heart Lower and Middle Schools. According to longtime friend and colleague Jeff Reynolds, Zucca was the essence of what an educator should be. “The model for a truly great Sacred Heart educator started with him. Watching him teach at Sacred Heart and give of himself to students, parents, faculty, staff and administration was truly inspiring.” On December 14, Sacred Heart Schools honored him with a celebration of his life. Mike Murphy, a Sacred Heart colleague and close friend gave the homily. “Joe embraced life with an exhilaration and enthusiasm that those of us decades younger marveled at with amazement and admiration. He loved to learn and he loved to teach,” remembered Murphy. Contributions in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart Schools in support of financial aid. Please contact Sterrin Bird at 650.473.4090 or email

PRAYER AND FUNDRAISING FOR THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN The devastating circumstances in Japan from the 8.8-magnitude earthquake and following tsunami on March 11, 2011 touched each and every Sacred Heart community member. Across the campus, students, faculty and staff were impelled into action to provide support for those suffering in the wake of this unprecedented natural disaster. Each of the school divisions responded to help those affected by the resulting consequences with fundraising activities, letter writing, meaningful discussions and ongoing prayer. At Sacred Heart Preparatory an Espacio was dedicated to the Japanese situation, and all students, faculty and staff wore the color red in solidarity with the Japanese people. The color red is significant in the Japanese culture and symbolizes hope among many other things. At the Lower and Middle Schools, students participated in a “Jeans for Japan” fundraiser. Students donated $2 to wear jeans and their white polo shirt, or $4 to come to school in free dress. $2,500 was raised and donated to the Sacred Heart Network to distribute to Catholic churches in Japan. At the Preschool, one classroom started a coin collection fundraiser to donate spare change. Students collected donations until the Easter break, and all funds were donated to the American Red Cross. The Sacred Heart community’s thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Japan.



At Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) we welcome and appreciate gifts of all sizes–the collective support of our many generous community members and friends provides the margin of excellence that distinguishes our Schools. Gifts to the Annual Fund support our yearly operating budget. These gifts help SHS maintain the programs and activities that are currently available to students. Gifts to the Capital Campaign are once in a lifetime opportunities that help Sacred Heart Schools build for the future in an extraordinary way. Please consider giving to both programs when considering a gift to SHS. We are pleased to offer a wide variety of gift vehicles to help make supporting Sacred Heart Schools a rewarding experience. If you would like assistance planning your contribution, please call the Advancement Office at 650.473.4003. Gifts of Cash (Cash, Check & Credit Cards) Gifts of cash are the simplest method of giving. Checks should be made payable to Sacred Heart Schools. All gifts are tax-deductible in accordance with current tax laws. Gifts of Securities (Stock) Donors should ask their broker to notify Sacred Heart Schools’ Advancement Office of the gift and instruct the broker to await instructions from the School. For more information on how to transfer securities by mail, donors should contact the Advancement Office or visit our Web site at Alternatively, brokers may contact Sacred Heart Schools’ broker: Pflueger & Baerwald, Inc. 220 Sansome Street, Suite 700 San Francisco, CA 94104 415.421.4171 Pledge Period of Annual Fund gifts is for the current fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) while a pledge for Capital Campaign Gifts may be paid over a three to five year period. Of course, Sacred Heart benefits if pledges are paid sooner, but we know that donors may need the extra time to give an extraordinary gift. Matching Gifts. Many corporations will match gifts to charitable institutions such as Sacred Heart Schools. These gifts allow you to double or triple your gift to the Schools. Ask your employer for a matching gift form. Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton 150 Valparaiso Avenue Atherton, CA 94027-4402 650.322.1866 (Main Switchboard) 650.327.7011 (Fax Number)


Trustees and Administration B OA R D O F T R U S T E E S 2 0 1 0 -2 0 1 1


Anne Marie Holloway, Chair (SH Newton ’73) Maryan Ackley Maude Brezinski (SH Noroton ’72) Ed Cluss John Cogan Barbara Dawson, RSCJ Richard A. Dioli Elizabeth Dunlevie MJ Elmore Cathy Friedman-Duane Emma Goltz Marritje Greene Tim Haley Fred Harman Catherine Harvey Mary Henry Kristina Homer Allison Johnson John Kerrigan Eric Lamb Stephanie Lane Manny Maceda Mike Mohrman Peter Oppenheimer Clare Pratt, RSCJ Mindy Rogers Steve Rudolph Chick Runkel Mary Pat Ryan, RSCJ Paul Sallaberry Susanne Sutherland Janice Wilkins Michael Wishart

Julie Ball Kelly Power


Robert Glockner John Hunter A L U M N I R E P R E S E N TAT I V E

Peter Coleman (SHP ’88) PA R E N T R E P R E S E N TAT I V E S

Ann Churukian Ron Espeseth Sandy McNamara


Richard A. Dioli Director of Schools James Everitt Principal, Sacred Heart Preparatory Bridget Collins Principal, Lower & Middle Schools Cee Salberg Principal, Preschool & Kindergarten Sterrin Bird Director of Institutional Advancement Sandy Dubinsky Chief Operations Officer Susan Raffo Chief Financial Officer Martha Roughan, RSCJ Director of Formation to Mission Dora Arredondo-Marròn Director of Equity, Justice, and Multicultural Education Wendy Miller Quattlebaum (SHP ’93) Director of Admissions Beth Tornabene Director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Projects Jennifer Hawks Executive Assistant to the Director of Schools

SACRED HEART SCHOOL S GOAL S Goal I: A personal and active faith in God

Goal II: A deep respect for intellectual values

Goal III: A social awareness which impels to action

Goal IV: The building of community as a Christian value

Goal V: Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

Cover Photo Credit: Joel Simon Images Design: Joey’s Corner |

Sacred Heart Magazine Spring 2011  

Spring issue of the Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton's Sacred Heart Magazine

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