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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                                         mid-September

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 meets on Thursday mornings, 7:30-8:15am and is  offered at no charge. This club is available for students in grades 6-8, advised by Mr. Anderson, Middle School Math Teacher.  You do not have to register for the class.  Attendance will be taken at each class meeting.


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 is offered twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting late October and runs through December with a final session the first week of school in January. Two coed sections of classes are offered: 3:40 - 4:40 pm and 4:45 - 5:45 pm. The book used is The Princeton Review: Cracking the SSAT & the ISEE. The cost is included in the registration fee of $230 (fees subject to change). Register via  UltraCamp website .


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