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Use the drop down menus below to explore Debate, Math Club, Science Olympiads and Test Prep for 8th graders at SHS.

Debate Team

Middle School Debate at Sacred Heart is entering its fourth season.  6th-8th graders are eligible to join the academically rigorous Hardey and Academy competition teams.  The debate season runs from mid-September through the championship tournament on March 14, 2015.  The teams practice twice each week on Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm and  Fridays from 2:45 - 4:45 pm  for a total of three hours per week.  The five tournaments – October 18, December 13, January 24, February 14 and March 14 – run from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm and there is no ability to attend only part of a tournament day. 

     ** Debate Team Practice starts                                        Thursday, September 19**

To sign up for Debate: Parents are asked to contact Mr. Watts via email at charlie.watts@shschicago.org ,  call him at (773) 391-5686 . There is no additional fee for joining debate, just the expectation that team members will study the Core Files outside of formal debate and regularly attend practices and meets. Find out more about the league at: http://www.chicagodebateleague.org/  Contact Mr. Watts at Charlie.Watts@shschicago.org to sign up. 8th Graders participating in Test Prep are asked to sign up for the 4:45 - 5:45 pm Test Prep session to accommodate debate.


Math Club

Math Club is moving to Thursday mornings, 7:30-8:15am and will be offered at no charge. This club is available for students in grades 6-8 and is advised by Mr. Anderson, Middle School Math Teacher. Class Registration can be found at  UltraCamp website  


Science Olympiads

 All students interested in trying out will be expected to:

  1. Attend two days of event demonstrations held after school (students with conflicts can make arrangements with the Science Olympiad coordinators to acquire necessary prep materials). Dates will be announced in early September.
  2. Study a prep packet which will be handed out at the event demonstrations.
  3. Participate in individual and group testing.  

A letter with a signup sheet will be sent home with Middle School students in the opening days of school and will need to be returned to Mrs. Galligan, Middle School Science Teacher, prior to the event demonstrations.

Wednesday afternoons after school are tentatively scheduled as the meeting day. Some morning before-school practices will also be scheduled to accommodate students’ schedules. There will be a couple of Saturdays in the fall that students will need to be present. Parents of team members will be expected to actively participate as coaches and assistants. 

Test Prep for 8th Graders

Test prep for 8th graders will be offered twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting Thursday, October 21 and running to Thursday, December 18, with two final sessions on Tuesday, January 6 and Thursday, January 8.  Two coed sections of classes are offered: 3:40 - 4:40 and 4:45 - 5:45 pm. The book that will be used is The Princeton Review: Cracking the SSAT & the ISEE. The cost will be included in the $230 registration fee. You can sign up for test prep by going to the  UltraCamp website 

Notice:  On-line Registraion has been extended until                     October 10. 


Week 1                 October 21/October 23

Week 2                 October 28/October 30

Week 3                 November 4/November 6

Week 4                 November 11 – NO CLASS ON NOV 13 
                                                          PT Conferences

Week 5                 November 18/November 20

Week 6                 December 2/December 4

Week 7                 December 9/ NO CLASS ON DEC 11
                                                 Faculty Christmas Celebration

Week 8                 December 16/December 18

Week 9                 January 6/January 8


Entrance Exam – January 10, 2015

  • December, 2014
    • SatDec20 Big 10 Basketball Games 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • MonDec22 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • TueDec23 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • WedDec24 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • ThuDec25 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • ThuDec25 Christmas Day
    • FriDec26 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • SatDec27 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • SunDec28 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • MonDec29 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • TueDec30 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • WedDec31 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • WedDec31 New Year's Eve
  • January, 2015
    • ThuJan01 Christmas break - No school (offices closed)
    • ThuJan01 New Year's Day

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