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Debate Team

DEBATE - 2019-2020


Debate is an academically rigorous competition for Middle School Academy and Hardey students.  Joining the Debate Team means, you are committing to regularly attending practices and participating in scheduled tournaments. The tournament schedule is below and includes some holiday/long weekends. Students will have all materials provided, including the Core Files. There is no fee to participate. This year's debate coaching team includes:

Jonathan Stopyra - Former Senior Kindergarten Assistant. 

Alli Lueders, is a Loyola University student and member of the Loyola University Debate Team. She comes to Chicago with three years of high school experience debating in Public Forum, Congress, and Lincoln Douglas events. During her senior year, she earned the title, Nebraska State Champion in Lincoln-Douglas.

Debate Practice Schedule - TBD


Debate Tournaments are scheduled for the following locations from 8am-4:30pm

Tournament One 
September 28th (Saturday, 8am – 4pm)
Location: Sacred Heart 
Tournament Two 
November 10th (Sunday, 8am – 4:30pm)
Location:  Bernard Zell
Tournament Three
December 14th (Saturday, 8am – 4:30pm)
Location:  King Arts
Tournament Four
January 25th (Saturday, 8am – 4:30pm)
Location:  Avery Coonley
Optional Mini-Tournament
February 4th (4pm – 8pm)
Location:  Bernard Zell
Make-Up Tournament
February 8th (Saturday, 8am – 4:30pm)
Location:  Francis X. Warde
Tournament Five: IMSDL Championship
March 7th (Saturday, 8am – 5:30pm)
Locations:  Nichols
The Illinois State Middle School
Debate Championship
March 21st (Saturday, 8am – 4pm)
Location:  Skinner West


Email Ms. Henderson with any questions.


Sacred Heart Band - Instrument Fitting


Instrument Fitting Session for Students New to Band!

We are excited to be entering the seventh year of Sacred Heart Schools Band and welcoming new musicians in grades 3 to 8 to join the group!

Please check back to download a copy of the Instrument Fitting sign-up form

Music Lessons

Band (Grades 3-8)

Students New to Band:  We invite new students to join band. There is an instrument fitting session (brass, wind and percussions) offered to each interested child starting mid-September. There are weekly group lessons for beginners one morning before school on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7:40am-8:20am).  Periodic rehearsals are held on Tuesdays with spring concerts in May.  Instruments will include brass, wind and percussion. If you have interest in learning more/joining the band in the fall, email Tim Mikolay at


Returning band members: Rehearsal start date TBD

Weekly rehearsals on Friday mornings from 7:30-8:15 am. Performances are scheduled throughout the year with spring concerts in May. Instruments include brass, wind and percussion.


Choir (Grades 3-8)

All students in 3rd - 8th grade are invited to participate in the Sacred Heart Liturgical Choir. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays in the chapel. Members will meet immediately after school until 4:30pm Start date will be announced early September. Ms. Becker leads the choir during school liturgies.


Glee Club (Grades 6-8)

This is a singing/performance ensemble directed by the Fine Arts Director, Mr. Justin Taylor Nixon. Most of the music represented is contemporary pop music or musical theater with the occasional sacred performance during a school chapel or mass. This ensemble involves a much more rigorous rehearsal process. Students will be challenged through the complexity of the music and the inclusion of tight harmonies and part work. Students will perform at all school music concerts as well as possibly presenting their own Glee Club concert and occasional performances throughout the school year at school functions and off-campus gatherings.  Click here to download a copy of the registration form



Daniel Gomez offers private guitar lessons to beginner through intermediate levels. Students will meet for 30 or 45 minute lessons on Tuesdays - Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm and Fridays 2:30pm-5:30pm. Beginners will learn the essential open chords and basic strumming patterns, as well as note-reading to build a foundation for music. For those who have previous experience, they will elevate their guitar playing by learning barre chords, basic lead guitar techniques, continued note-reading, finger style guitar, creative songwriting and more.

Mr. Gomez has earned a Bachelor degree in Music Guitar Performance from Northeastern University and a Masters degree in Music Guitar Performance from DePaul University.



Private Piano Lessons (Suzuki Method) are offered weekly to students in grades K-8 from 3:30-5:45 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Lessons are taught by Mrs. Camille Witos, a faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago. Note: The Suzuki Method of teaching requires a parent to be present at the child's lessons and receive training as a practice partner to the child.



Private Voice Lessons will not be offered at this time.


On the day of rehearsal for Choir, Guitar, or Piano Lessons, students should go to After School and wait for for their Instructor (After School starts in the cafeteria and proceeds to the Sheridan Road Playground (K-5) or Interior Playground (6-8). Dismissal will be on Rosemont road. IF arriving after dismissal time, please proceed to the Portry.




Science Olympiads

Science Olympiads is a team activity for students in grades 6–8 to learn skills covering 23 events involving Engineering, problem-solving, experimentation and research. Students may participate in 2 or more events. The first meeting will be held in early October. Everyone is welcome to participate.

In October, a local competition will be held to select the Olympiad team. Starting in November, only the team will meet to train for the Regional and State Competitions.

All students interested in trying out will be expected to:

  1. Attend three days of event demonstrations held after school.
  2. Study a prep packet which will be handed out at the event demonstrations.
  3. Participate in individual and group testing.

Wednesday afternoons after school are tentatively scheduled as the meeting day (3:30-5pm.). 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.

There are two event competitions which include Regional, held in March, and State, held in April.


Cub Scouts

If you would like to become a leader, please contact



Brownie Girl Scouts

 Scout Leader:  Mackenzie Cronin, Loyola University Student

Grades:  3rd & 4th

Dates:  Mondays, starting in October (start date TBD)

Time:  3:45 – 4:45 p.m.      

Minimum Enrollment: 5; Maximum Enrollment: 40

Students will meet after school on Mondays twice a month for the entire school year.  In addition to the scheduled after school meetings, the troop will plan for 2-3 optional weekend field trips throughout the year.  Girls will be actively involved in planning the field trips.  

Membership dues will be discussed at initial meeting.

If you would like to Lead a troop for Daisy or Junior Scouts please contact

Math Club

The Sacred Heart Math Club is for students in grades 4 through 8 who would like to explore topics of mathematics that they may not encounter in their regular math courses. Students will increase their understanding of algebra and geometry concepts and, if they so choose, use this knowledge to prepare for Chicago-area math competitions, including those at Fenwick High School and Latin School of Chicago.

Teachers: Tom Steele, Middle School Math Teacher & Christine Meade, Lower School Teacher A3

Grades: 4th & 5th   (New & Returning Students) 

Dates:  Wednesday mornings, starting September 25

Time:  7:30am  – 8:15am

Fees:  No Charge


Math Club for Middle School (6th -8th)    Start date - TBA


If you would like to join, please attend the first meeting on Wednesday, September 25th.

Test Prep

Teachers:  David Gusaas: &  Katie Lowry:

Grades:  8th Only

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursday,

Times: 3:40pm-4:40pm  Tuesdays & Thursdays

Fees: $230

Class will meet twice a week on Tuesdays & Thursdays as listed below. Students will start in Language Arts/Verbal or Mathematics and meet for 6 sessions through October 24. Then beginning October 29, students will switch subjects for 6 additional sessions.  Students will receive instruction, practice questions and tests, strategies and review in both subjects.

 Students are expected to attend class both days!

 High School Test Prep Schedule:

Tuesdays Thursdays
October 8 October 10
October 15 October 17
October 22 October 24
October 29 October 31*
November 5 November 7**
November 12 November 14
November 19 November 21


*No Test Prep class due to early dismissal for Halloween

**No Test Prep class due to Parent/Teacher Conferences

HSPT Entrance Exam – Saturday, December 7, 2019


Sacred Heart is open after school for all sorts of fun, academic and personal enrichment. From beginning acoustic guitar lessons, and book clubs to mad science, After School offers a variety of courses.

Fall Session I - September 9 - October 18
Fall Session II - October 21 - December 6

Fall Session I  2019 After School Class Registration is now open.

To register, click the Ultra Camp icon in the upper right-hand corner.

If you’ve previously registered for hot lunch, bus service, or athletics, you do not need to create a new UltraCamp login to register for After School classes.

Remember, you are registered only if you receive confirmation of your class schedule.

Key Dates:

Registration ends & Financial Assistance Requests Due – September 3
All Payments Due – September 6

Please click here to download the Fall Session I class booklet in PDF format.



Contact Brenda Asare, Coordinator, Specialized After School Class Program


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