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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. As of June 30th practice is scheduled for Fridays from 2:45 - 4:45 pm and the 2nd day** is yet to be determined, 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. 

To sign up for Debate: Parents are asked to contact Mr. Watts via email over the summer – charlie.watts@shschicago.org ,  call him at (773) 391-5686 and/or meet with him in person on Meet the Teacher Day, September 2, 2014, to ask any questions.  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.

**Information regarding the additional meeting day will be posted as soon as it becomes available**           

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. Registration will be available via Afterschool Registration as of August 8, by going to the After School Class registration page of this website at http://www.shschicago.org/page.cfm?p=405

Science Olympiads

The Science Olympiads is a competitive team activity for students in grades 6th – 8th to learn skills covering 23 science and engineering-related topics, such as Disease Detectives, Fossils and various Architectural events. All Middle School students are invited to try out to be a member of the 2014-2015 team.

Team tryouts will be held immediately in September and team selection will be decided by early October.

 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 starting August 8, by going to the After School Class registration page of this website at  http://www.shschicago.org/page.cfm?p=405



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

  • August, 2014
    • FriAug22 New faculty orientation (8/20-8/22)
    • MonAug25 Cross Country practice begins (ASH & HP grades 3-8)
    • MonAug25 Institute week (8/25-8/29)
    • TueAug26 Institute week (8/25-8/29)
    • TueAug26 Soccer practice begins (HP grades 6-8)
    • WedAug27 Institute week (8/25-8/29)
    • ThuAug28 Institute week (8/25-8/29)
    • ThuAug28 MS 1:1 parent/student meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PMGym
    • FriAug29 Institute week (8/25-8/29)
    • FriAug29 Lunch program registration due
    • FriAug29 St. Philippine Duchesne's birthday
  • September, 2014
    • MonSep01 Labor Day - No school (offices closed)
    • TueSep02 Fall sports parent meeting (grades 3-8)
    • TueSep02 Uniform exchange
    • TueSep02 Kindergarten Meet Your Teacher day (individual appts.) 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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