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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

By: George H.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit box offices on December 16, 2016. It swept away most competition, acquiring over an astounding 1 billion dollars in the box office (most notably over 50% of the revenue was domestic). The action-packed movie focuses on how the plans to the first Death Star were acquired (something the original saga did not address). It sort of fits in as episode three and a half, as the events in A New Hope take place directly after the events of Rogue One. Countless people are confused to exactly where it fits into the Star Wars universe, but to further the confusion its official group title is the "Star Wars Anthology Series," a group of extended universe movies to explain certain events within the original episodes we all know and love. The movie itself has a decent plot with a slow start and a hard time introducing the characters. But the final scene on the Empire data planet Scarif makes up for the rough beginning, with looming AT-AT walkers unleashing their destructive firepower on the rebels below, dogfights with U-Wings zipping past TIE fighters, and LOTS of explosions. Overall, Rogue One was a great movie that is definitely worth seeing, and offers some insight to better understand the original trilogy.


Overall Rating:

4/5

December

By Jay D. and Davis H.

Technology is becoming such a big part in our daily lives, especially in education. The Sheridan Road Record interviewed a new addition to Sacred Heart Schools staff, Mr. Dvorak. Mr. Dvorak is the new Director of Technology, so we wanted to ask him a few questions.

Q: What tech experience did you have before this job at Sacred Heart?

A: I worked at Columbia College and I was the operation manager; the focus there was television. I have worked in the TV industry, and I was a teacher. I thought about video editing and TV.

Q: Technology is so important in education. How do you see this growing in the future?

A: There is so much happening with technology today and using all of the different tools. Collaborating with people over the internet is so important.

Q: What got you interested in technology?

A: I was always a geek for a long time, and I was on the internet when it came out. I was always interested in TV and all of the software and hardware.

Mr. Dvorak was very nice and pleased that the SHS community is welcoming him in such a nice way. He would be happy to answer any questions anyone has for him, so stop by the Technology Office if you want to learn more.

By Owen J.

A few weeks ago, many 7th graders from 23 independent and public schools all over Chicago attended their first session of Ballroom Dance classes at the Women's Athletic Club. The Women's Athletic Club, which is located in downtown Chicago, has been hosting these classes for the last 30 years. This year, the amount of students signing up for the classes was at a record high of more than 600 students, and the Women's Athletic Club had to adjust the amount of classes that each student attended, so that all students would be able to participate.

You might be asking yourself why these classes might be so popular with 7th graders. Most 7th graders might not be that interested in learning ballroom dancing, but the students are also taught social etiquette, including the proper way to sit, stand, introduce themselves, and ask someone to dance. While all of these things might not be high on a list of things your average 7th grader wants to know about, most students report that their parents do want them to learn these things and that is why they get signed up. Anonymous students from middle school had some additional input they shared. A Hardey 7th grade boy said "I like meeting new people." Another 8th grade girl said "I like Foodlife afterwards." For Sacred Heart students, it also gives them the opportunity to participate in a co-ed activity, which something that does not happen every day during school.

So far, students have participated in two sessions and have three more still to come. They have learned the foxtrot, the Cupid shuffle, the electric slide and the swing. "I loved it," said an 8th grade student. Seventh graders are also liking ballroom.


Move Review: Doctor Strange

By George H.

Doctor has most critics raving. With Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange, Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One and Benedict Wong playing the comical Wong, it has a promising yet not fully discovered cast, giving all of the actors involved some time in the spotlight. But if anyone had to ask me what my favorite part of Doctor Strange was, I would immediately start raving about the graphics. I have to hand it to the folks at Marvel Studios, as I could not even have imagined any of the perplexing dimensions they take the viewer through. Personally, I thought that a few things were lost with the focus on the special effects, including the plot. There were still good fight scenes, including one where a normal London street becomes a twisting, moving battleground, but there were a few gaps that prevented this great film from being a fantastic one. Overall, Doctor Strange was worth seeing, with an emphasis on the special effects. The plot could have been better, but when Doctor Strange and the bad guys duked it out in the mirror dimension, nothing on Earth could divert my attention.

Overall Rating:
5/5

Hamilton in Chicago: A Review of the Hit Broadway Musical

By Joseph G. and Jay D.

The hit musical Hamilton has come to Chicago! Hamilton is a historical musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton beginning when he was 17 all the way to his death in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

Hamilton is a show that combines an original and outstanding soundtrack, fantastic acting and the important story about one of America's Founding Fathers. The playwright, composer and lyricist for the show, Lin Manuel-Miranda, was also the main character in the original New York performances. When he was on a vacation in the Caribbean, he brought a book, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, which was a biography of the life of Alexander Hamilton. Miranda was so intrigued by the book that he did extensive research on the life of Hamilton to see if he could write a play about it. He met with Chernow, who was reluctant at first about the idea but then finally agreed to help Miranda. In about a month, Miranda had written the first song. In total, the whole show includes 46 songs. While it took several years of hard work to create this musical, it was worth it. Hamilton has won numerous awards including 11 Tony Awards and audiences have loved the show.

Having both seen the show here in Chicago, we highly recommend Hamilton to adults and kids interested in history, politics and musical theatre. Almost all of the songs in this musical are in the hip-hop style and very little happens on stage without a song being sung. Song after song, the musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's life and many important events during and after the American Revolution. Once you see the show, you'll want to the buy the soundtrack, too!

Hamilton is currently being performed eight times a week at The PrivateBank Theater in the Chicago Loop. While tickets can be hard to get because the show is so popular, one great option is the lottery on the show's website. The lottery is a daily opportunity through which you can enter an online drawing and the winners can receive up to two tickets to that day's performance for only $10 each. We wonder if the price was chosen because Hamilton is on the face of the $10 bill? Regardless, it's worth every penny in your pocket!

Overall Rating:
4.5/5

World's Greatest News: Our Trip to WGN

By Jay D.

The Sheridan Road Record staff had the great experience of taking an adventurous trip on the Monday of Columbus Day weekend. Our morning at WGN was jam packed and a great experience. We were immediately greeted by Terry Sullivan, the senior Legal Analyst for WGN TV. Then, we proceeded inside into the large studio and we saw the main studio while they were doing that morning's live TV News Broadcast! The lead weather reporter was reporting live right from the studio. Our tour guide then showed us the main news desk where the majority of what you see from TV is broadcasted. The news reporters were on a break but ready to go back once the break was over.

Throughout our tour we were able to gather and take in a lot of information. We attended the media center where all of the journalists and writers research their articles. In that same room, there was an interview going on about the recent elections, which was very interesting to sit in on. The day was full of fun and we got to see a lot of behind-the-scenes activities that go on such as bloopers. The Sheridan Road Record staff witnessed a very humorous blooper: our tour guide inadvertently walked in front of the teleprompter! Although this was a small mistake, it was very funny and even the newscasters got a good laugh about it. Our overall experience at WGN was amazing and the newspaper staff is enormously grateful for the educational experience.


Journalism 101: Trip to the Tribune

By Jay D.

On Wednesday, October 26, the staff of The Sheridan Road Record had the nice opportunity to be involved for an afternoon at the Chicago Tribune. We were driven to the Tribune tower where we were greeted by a tour guide who graciously escorted us up to the newspaper floor and as we turned the corner, we all exclaimed, "Wow!" "This is huge." We saw all of the journalists hard at work, and we were mesmerized at how large the room was. Our tour guide, Margaret Holt, the Standards Editor for the Tribune, was very knowledgeable as to how to navigate throughout the offices. After a few minutes, the group gathered in the conference room and sat down at the table where they discuss what the paper is going to contain each day. Next, Assistant Managing Editor George Papajohn also joined us and the group split up touring different sections and explored the floor where the newspaper is created.

The Sheridan Road Record staff was able to view the Test Kitchen and the famous editorial boardroom where President Obama sat when the Tribune Editorial Board interviewed him during his bid to become President. We had a great time learning about the history of the room and all of the famous people who have been there but that ended when we were allowed to attend the daily two o'clock staff meeting with many important editors on the Tribune staff, including Mr. Bruce Dold. Mr. Dold is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Tribune. During the meeting, the editors around the table gave each other a preview of what was going to be published in the upcoming newspaper, both online and in the print edition. Since our visit took place during the World Series, several of the stories discussed were about the Chicago Cubs and its fans. The meeting was probably the highlight of the trip and we all had the chance to ask Mr. Dold questions at the end. It was inspiring for our staff to be in a room with these professionals who report the important national and local news to our Chicago community every day. As we left that day, we passed by a stone wall engraved with the words of the First Amendment guaranteeing the important right of freedom of the press.


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October

Getting to know Athletic Director Eric Simpson

By Drew S. and Will S.

In this article, we interviewed the new Athletic Director of Sacred Heart, Mr. Simpson. We asked Mr. Simpson some questions that students may be wondering.

Question: What is your favorite thing about your new job?
Answer: "The best part about my new job is working with the students of Hardey Prep and the Academy, as well as a terrific group of coaches."

Question: How did you find this job?
Answer: "I was honored for the opportunity to speak at Angel Brunch two years ago."

Question: Why did you choose this school?
Answer: "Since that time, I stayed connected to the Sacred Heart and applied for the Athletic Director position when the job was posted. I could not be happier to be back and for the opportunity to support the Sacred Heart students through our athletic programs."

Question: What is your favorite sport?
Answer: "I honestly enjoy watching Sacred Heart students compete in all of our athletic programs. I hope our students are enjoying themselves and learning and growing through their experiences in athletics. I admire student-athletes that exhibit hard work, good sportsmanship and teamwork on any team."

Question: What is your favorite sport to coach?
Answer: "My experience in coaching is exclusive to basketball. I have been fortunate to work with great young people at the high school and collegiate level over the last 20 years. I am looking forward to working with our students and basketball coaches this winter."

Question: Are you coaching a Sacred Heart team this year?
Answer: "I will not be coaching a team at Sacred Heart this year, but I look forward to assisting our coaches in any way that I can."

Question: Why did you choose this school?
Answer: "I chose Sacred Heart because of my great experience here as a student. I have tremendous respect for all of the faculty and staff members that work so hard every day to provide our student body with a truly first-rate education."

Question: Where is your office?
Answer: "Room 501, Rosemont Building"

Question: What was your first impression when you came to this school?
Answer: "Except for the 'new building' on the south end of campus, the school looks the same, only everything seems a little smaller as an adult. I also miss the presence of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in the building. They had a tremendous positive impact on the students of my era. Sr. Mary McMahon was a particular mentor for me."

Question: What year of Alumni were you?
Answer: "1986 – Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, break dancing and checkerboard vans were in style."

The Turf Field at Sacred Heart

There is an exciting new edition to the Sheridan Road playground for all students to enjoy: a turf field. The turf field is large enough to play soccer, football and other fun games during recess and gym, with the added bonus of feeling like you are on a real field. The turf field will allow students to have a much more active and enjoyable experience. We also interviewed a handful of students at Sacred Heart and asked their opinions of the turf field. "My favorite sport is soccer," 7th grader Clayton B. tells us. "I think the turf field really makes that a better experience, because before [we had the turf field] we had to use the concrete and a lot of soccer balls would fly over [the fence]." Another 7th grader, Kate C., agrees. "I like the turf field because when you fall down, you don't get hurt and now we can play soccer," she reasons. "I think this was a good investment for Sacred Heart because that area is put to use a lot more." A part of Sacred Heart's Masterpiece Campaign, the turf field, along with other campus additions, is generally enjoyed by most students. Everyone looks forward to new and innovative ways to use the turf field!

Getting to Know the Head of Middle School Dan Gargano

By Joseph G. and George H.

We had a chance to interview Mr. Dan Gargano, the new Middle School Division Head at Sacred Heart. Prior to coming to SHS, he was a teacher and an administrator at several different schools and was most recently the principal at St. Thecia School in Chicago. The Sheridan Road Record thought students might want to get to know him better so we interviewed Mr. Gargano about his background in education and his other interests.

Question: Why did you come here to Sacred Heart?
Answer: "I came to Sacred Heart for the same reasons your parents sent you here. I like the Goals and Criteria, and it is a great academic school. I want to help families, students and teachers to achieve their goals and do well in school."

Question: How is Sacred Heart different from other school(s) you have taught at?
Answer: "It is the largest school I've taught at, and there are also single-gender classes.">

Question: What are your favorite things to do?
Answer: "My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family."

Question: What is your favorite sports team?
Answer: "My favorite sports team is the Cubs. I am hopeful and excited for this October, and I hope that the Cubs do well."

Question: Where did you get your degree?
Answer: "I received my undergrad degree from Depaul University for teaching grades 5-12 in English, Social Studies and African American Literature. Then, I received my graduate degree from Concordia."

Question: What made you want to become a teacher?
Answer: "My mom and dad were both teachers and I ended up helping out a friend who was a teacher when I was in college. I dressed up as a goofy superhero, Zero the Hero. I loved working with the kids in that class."

Question: What are your hobbies?
Answer: "I like working out. I like watching movies and shows on Netflix, I like to try new restaurants and I like going to a good baseball game."

It was fun to get to know Mr. Gargano a little better and we are fortunate to have him at our school.

Mascot Training

By Christopher C.

This year there is a new addition to the student life at Sacred Heart: Mascot training. The participants were all very excited. Everyone present had the unique opportunity to learn how to be a mascot from the cheer team at Loyola University. The cheer squad taught the trainees how to stay hydrated and what to do if a little kid gets scared. At the end, everyone was able to put on their mascot suit, whether it be the Falcon for Hardey or the Wildcat for the Academy. (They quickly learned how hot and stuffy it is in there!)

After that, there were two events for the mascots: the Red and White induction and the Edgewater 5k mascot race. All students, new and old, were excited when the mascot duo made an appearance. The second event was the Edgewater 5k. The mascots were cheering all of the racers on. After the 5k was over, the mascots from around Edgewater had a mascot race, and true to form, the mascots proudly ran clad in their suits. In the end, the Wildcat placed 2nd and close behind was the Falcon, who placed in 3rd. Everyone at Sacred Heart is looking forward to more fun activities with Sacred Heart's own Falcon and Wildcat!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Review

By George H.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the critically acclaimed book by Ransom Riggs, has been turned into a movie directed by none other than Tim Burton himself. The basic premise is promising; a home full of children with remarkable, superhuman abilities. These children are being hunted by hostile monsters called hollowgast, unfortunate results of a failed experiment. The film cast well known stars such as Asa Butterfield as Jacob, the protagonist, Eva Green as Miss Peregrine, and Samuel Jackson portraying the antagonist. In opening weekend it brought in a disappointing $28M, not even close to its $110M. However, it atoned for its poor performance by making $147M worldwide at press time. One important thing to remember, however, are some rather disturbing scenes, so be careful and read other reviews (and don't bring along your sister from 2nd grade!) to make sure that you know what you're in store for.

Rating: 4/5

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Editorial Board

Joseph G.
Editor-in-Chief

George H.
Arts & Technology Editor

Owen J., Davis H., Jay D.
Student Life Editors

Christopher C.
Senior Media Correspondent

Drew S. & Will S.
Sports Editors

Collin D.
Journalist

Dr. Sharp
Advisor



Movie reviews

Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

By: George H.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit box offices on December 16, 2016. It swept away most competition, acquiring over an astounding 1 billion dollars in the box office (most notably over 50% of the revenue was domestic). The action-packed movie focuses on how the plans to the first Death Star were acquired (something the original saga did not address). It sort of fits in as episode three and a half, as the events in A New Hope take place directly after the events of Rogue One. Countless people are confused to exactly where it fits into the Star Wars universe, but to further the confusion its official group title is the "Star Wars Anthology Series," a group of extended universe movies to explain certain events within the original episodes we all know and love. The movie itself has a decent plot with a slow start and a hard time introducing the characters. But the final scene on the Empire data planet Scarif makes up for the rough beginning, with looming AT-AT walkers unleashing their destructive firepower on the rebels below, dogfights with U-Wings zipping past TIE fighters, and LOTS of explosions. Overall, Rogue One was a great movie that is definitely worth seeing, and offers some insight to better understand the original trilogy.


Overall Rating:

4/5
Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

By George H.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new movie released from Warner Bros based off of a book J.K. Rowling wrote for charity purposes hit theaters in November 18. It made over an astounding 473 million dollars worldwide at press time, and all of the merchandise licenses that went along with it probably bumped it up to 500 million. The movie and the fantastic beasts themselves were breathtaking and beautiful, but the plot could have been much better. To be fair, J.K. Rowling and the other screenwriters had to take a fact book and turn it into a movie, but there were still so many unexplained things. The good news is that there are a planned four sequels to Fantastic Beasts that will probably do a better job of explaining the events in the first movie. And if you come to see the latest installment hoping for a Harry Potter prequel, don't bother. J.K. Rowling has already made it clear that she is done with Harry Potter. But when all is said and all is done, you're better off skipping the book and just watching the movie.

Overall Rating:
3/5

Move Review: Doctor Strange

By George H.

Doctor has most critics raving. With Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange, Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One and Benedict Wong playing the comical Wong, it has a promising yet not fully discovered cast, giving all of the actors involved some time in the spotlight. But if anyone had to ask me what my favorite part of Doctor Strange was, I would immediately start raving about the graphics. I have to hand it to the folks at Marvel Studios, as I could not even have imagined any of the perplexing dimensions they take the viewer through. Personally, I thought that a few things were lost with the focus on the special effects, including the plot. There were still good fight scenes, including one where a normal London street becomes a twisting, moving battleground, but there were a few gaps that prevented this great film from being a fantastic one. Overall, Doctor Strange was worth seeing, with an emphasis on the special effects. The plot could have been better, but when Doctor Strange and the bad guys duked it out in the mirror dimension, nothing on Earth could divert my attention.

Overall Rating:
5/5

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