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"A School Rich in Tradition"
July 2013 - Issue 1
Published by Sacred Heart School
Administrator, Class of 1975
Greetings! Sacred Heart’s “From the Heart” newsletter is back in a new online format. Thanks to the new setup, we plan to adopt a quarterly publication cycle, allowing for much more consistent communication with Sacred Heart friends.
Many years ago, we decided our primary goal was to become one of the finest small schools in Missouri. Sacred Heart School is a wonderful place and we feel blessed to remain on track in pursuit of that goal. We are constantly doing our best to live up to that standard as we serve our God, our families, and our children!
Please know that those of us at SH on a daily basis recognize and appreciate you and all of our many blessings. May the Lord continually smile upon each of you and remember, please pray for us because together we make THE difference!
By: Fr. Mark Miller, C.PP.S.
Sacred Heart School has not changed its motto or its desire to pass on our Catholic identity over the past 131 years; however, much has changed since its beginning, and certainly much has changed since I was here in the early 1970’s as a young priest. Some of you former students taught me a great deal or made me much wiser as I became aware of your attempts to circumvent policies and procedures. It took me a couple of years to understand why you enjoyed Retreats so much. Your definition of a Retreat was quite different from mine initially but eventually you came to a new understanding. I also carry fond memories that took place on those Senior Class trips to those exotic places like Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, floating down the Current River and Six Flags over America. Hopefully, all of us have grown to appreciate not only the academic knowledge we acquired at SH but also the social and religious perspectives that have made us who we are today.
One can only be amazed by the accomplishments of our faculty and students over the last few years, and the fact that most of our graduates continue to progress to college. Another distinct aspect of SH is that most of our students participate in extra-curricular activities. In the past few years, our vocal music and band programs have blossomed; we’ve continued to excel in math contests; and we’ve flourished in speech and drama competitions. Our Gremlin sports programs also have been extremely successful. We are truly growing into a college preparatory school with so many of our seniors acquiring college credits while attending Sacred Heart.
Wonderful things are happening in our school, thanks to a great student body and a dedicated faculty and staff. We hope to highlight some of these outstanding accomplishments in future posts so that all of our alumni and friends will become more aware of the “product” that is being produced for the world on Third Street.
May God continue to bless our faculty and staff and bless our families who choose to partner with SH in the ongoing education and formation of their children. I look forward to seeing and visiting with you after Mass on Sundays and at school functions.
Dr. Jim Davis
A SmartBoard is an interactive whiteboard; it operates as part of a system that includes the interactive whiteboard, a computer and a projector. The teacher can project content to the SmartBoard from her desktop computer, or she can operate the SmartBoard from the whiteboard by touch input, using her finger or a special pen. With a SmartBoard, teachers have the Internet and all of its educational resources at their fingertip.
“I cannot imagine teaching without a SmartBoard,” Mrs. Dove said. “I use it every day, all day long. It has revolutionized how I teach!” The SmartBoard also is a great behavioral management tool, she added, “because I only call students who are quiet and focused to come use the SmartBoard.”
Teachers in the upper grades use SmartBoards to augment math lessons about fractions and multiplication. In science, videos are available to introduce weather and other science concepts. Even Bill Nye, the science guy, is available on SmartBoard. The technology allowed our students to follow the selection process for Pope Francis this past spring; many Catholic websites have excellent sources for teaching Catholic tenets and theology. There also is a wealth of material to help teach US and world history, including virtual tours of historical sites.
We are just beginning to discover all of the resources available. Our teachers attend monthly in-service programs to learn more in depth uses for the application of SmartBoards. Both our students and teachers love this addition to the classroom. Please feel free to visit this fall and see our teachers, students and SmartBoards in action.
This past year we focused on encouraging K-5 students to read more outside of the classroom and again used the Accelerated Reader (AR) program to measure reading comprehension. AR, a powerful software tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, encourages substantial differentiated reading practice to create strong readers. Based on each student's independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and guide students to books difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not so difficult to cause frustration. After a student has read his/her book, the student takes a short quiz on the computer to check comprehension. Overall, our students passed 85% of the quizzes taken. Amazingly, our elementary students read 34,213,321 (That’s 34 million plus) words outside of the classroom during the past school year! We are grateful to the parishioner who anonymously donated the cost for the AR program during the past three years.
I think it’s safe to say that the addition of a reading lab at SH has spurred interest in reading outside of the classroom. The old art room now is home to more than 3,000 popular fiction books geared for students in grades 4-12, thanks to a former parent and SH employee who enjoys bargain hunting. The non-fiction collection is smaller but continues to grow, too. Books in the Reading Lab all have labels with the AR designation for reading level as well as age appropriate.
Our students participated in the local science fair this year, and three projects advanced to the Chancery in Jefferson City for the Diocesan-wide competition. Emma Rollings, Grade 8, received first place at her grade level with an earth science project. Reagen Martignetti and Emma Wilhelm, Grade 7, took first place at their grade level with their Life Science project. All three students received a trophy. Pictured are Reagan Martignetti, left, and Emma Rollings. Not pictured is Emma Wilhelm.
Overall, it was an exciting year at Sacred Heart Elementary. We are so thankful for all of our students and the generous support of the Catholic community of Sedalia.
By: Debbie Bolin
As Campus Minister of Sacred Heart School, I have many opportunities to speak about the spirituality of our students. I’m proud of the academic and athletic successes of our students, but what I’m most passionate about is the spiritual success of our children for eternal life!
As Catholics, how often do we publically proclaim the Word of God? Would you have the courage to tell others that the only way to true freedom and happiness is through living a chaste life? Have you had the experience of shouting “God is good!” and getting an enthusiastic reply of “All the time!” from a crowd of your peers?
I’ve seen these proclamations, and the fact that they’re coming from teenagers within our own student body makes me very proud.
It’s beautiful to witness the Holy Spirit giving our students the strength to stand up and be counted on for their faith. We are truly blessed to have an environment that encourages all of us to help nurture the moral formation within our children.
In March, our high school students were invited to participate as lectors and servers alongside Bishop John Gaydos and nearly 90 other priest and religious men and women for the Diocesan Holy Chrism mass. During this mass, the Bishop blesses the Holy Oils (Oil of the Sick, Oil of Catechumens and Sacred Chrism) for use in the coming year.
I was so proud of our students for actively engaging in this special mass. Despite juggling busy academic and extra-curricular schedules, many of our students are leading prayer services and participating in community-wide service projects!
We have increased our number of students going to “Youth Conferences” from two or three, to more than 25 students. That’s more than one-fifth of the student population!
It has been said that people should be nurtured by their own faith communities, and that not everyone can have “mountain top” Holy Spirit encounters. While that may be true, we are bringing God’s word to our entire student body. Students who attend the Youth Conferences we offer most often return with a fullness of the Holy Spirit and a readiness to help evangelize their school and community. Whether it’s leading prayer services or participating in the school and weekend masses as lectors, Eucharistic ministers and ushers, this energy from our students is inspiring our entire Catholic community.
By: Jan Bahner
Speech Team Moderator & English Teacher
By: Sherry Walker
Retired English Instructor; Class of 1965
Win or lose-- the games are played with good sportsmanship and pride to be a Gremlin. Sacred Heart has always made it known that they are present to play their hardest in whatever sport they participate. When a Gremlin steps on the court the opposing teams know that they have to step up their game because Sacred Heart always gives it their best. When the first graduating class chose the Gremlin as the school’s mascot they knew they would be outnumbered, considered the underdogs, but those two things fueled them to be those menacing gremlins from World War II history.
The 2012-2013 school year is once again filled with the pride of being a Gremlin player.
Golf: 11-1 record, District and Sectional Champs 3rd place in State
Volleyball: 22-9-6, District and Sectional Winner. Quarterfinals participant
Basketball: 13-14, Conference Tournament Champions
Soccer: 13-7, District Finalist
Softball: 12-8. No post season play
Shirley Luebbert Sportsmanship Award - Lyndzie Brace
Golf: Alex Bankovich: All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and All-State
Olivia Sobaski, Sarah Benitz, and Kaitlyn Sunnarborg all were selected All-Conference All-District, and All-Region
Sydney Smith: All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and All-State
Honor Kehde: All-District, All-Conference and All-Region
Becky Full: All-District
Lyndzie Brace: All-Conference
Sydney Smith: All-Conference, All-District and Sedalia Democrat All-Area team
Gabbi Ebers: All-Conference, All-District and Sedalia Democrat All-Area team
Destiny Matz: All-Conference
Emma Honn: All-Conference
Olivia Honn: All-Conference
Morgan Bogue: All-District, All-Region, All-State 2nd Team
Gabbi Ebers: All-District, All-Region, All-State Honorable Mention.
Honor Kehde: All-District, All-Region, All-State 1st Team & Regional Defensive Player of the Year
Kaitlyn Sunnarborg: All-District, All-Region
Soccer: 17-10, Conference Champions, Conference Tourney Champions, District and Sectional Winner and Quarterfinal Participant. Conference Coach of the Year
Football: 8-4 top finish in Conference and District (2nd)
Basketball: 25-5 District and Sectional Winner, Quarterfinal Participant
Baseball: 11-6, District Champion and Sectional Participant
Bob Racunas Sportsmanship Award - Jesse Carroll
Adrian Gonzalez: All-Conference, All-District & All-State
Malik Hacket: All-Conference & All-District
Michael Hohne: All-Conference, & All-District
David Lorandi: All-Conference, & All-District
Chase Lyles: All-Conference & All-District
Keyaire Marshall: All-District
Jack Smith: All-Conference
Caleb Tanguay: All-District
Brandon Cooper: All-Conference, All-District & All-Region
Mason Kelchner: All-Conference, All-District
Max Martin: All-Conference, All-District
Ky Oh: All-District
Chance Spangler: All-Conference
Garrett Strange: All-Conference, All-District, All-Region, & All-State Regional Defensive Player of the Year
Jimmy Villalobos: All-Conference, All-District & All-Region
Travis Cooper: Conference Coach of the Year.
Malik Hackett: All-Conference
Garrett Strange: All-Conference & All-District
Chase Lyles: All-District
Mason Kelchner: All-Conference
Nikolas Langston: All-District & All-Conference
Ben Smeltzer: All-Conference
Caleb Tanguay: All-District
James Lucchesi: All-Conference. Qualified for Sectionals & State.
Patrick Hoffman: All-Conference. Qualified for Sectionals.
Michael Hohne: All-Conference. Qualified for Sectionals.
The class of 1987 gathered for their 25th High School reunion in June of 2012. The group met for dinner at Fitters on Friday evening, and had lunch at the home of one of their classmates the next day. After attending the 5:30pm Mass at Sacred Heart for the All-School Reunion on June 23, 2012, the group attended the all-school reunion.
One June 23, 2012 an all-alumni reunion was held at Sacred Heart School. A great crowd turned out and enjoyed an evening of reminiscing with friends both old and new. The evening began with Mass at Sacred Heart, the group gathered at the school and enjoyed a catered meal by Table of 5 Catering. The school was open for tours. 2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the inception of Sacred Heart High School which began in 1942.
Class of 2003 - Save the DATE!
Matthew Watkins (’98) married Melinda Silvey on October 8, 2011
Jacob Dey (’07) and Alyssa Hanlon (’08) were married on July 14, 2012
Jessical Kehl (’07) and Brian Kiel were married on May 29, 2012
Remembering Our Dearly Departed
Rosa Lee Dove (Hall ’53) – November 27, 2012
Joseph “Joey” Gillespie (’91) – December 25, 2012
Nancy (Self ’51) Capuro – January 14, 2013
Karen Stone (’78) – February 1, 2013
Marie (Burlette ’48) Nicholson – September 22, 2011
Roger Cook (’86) – November 12, 2012
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