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Debate Team

Debate is an academically rigorous competition for Middle School Academy and Hardey students.

Debate 2018-2019 kicks off their season with their first practices on

Thursday, September 20, 3:45-5:15pm

and Friday, September 21, 3:30-4:45pm

Ongoing Debate Practices will be held weekly on

Thursdays, 3:45-5:15 and Fridays, 3:30-4:45 pm

Sign up by 12noon on September 13th via Ultra Camp website (located in the upper right hand corner)

Email Dr. Sharp at with any questions

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:

Michele D’Andrea who previously taught debate to undergraduates as a Communications major (BA) and for the past ten years has been using her Master’s in Teaching in the lower and primary school age groups.

Alli Lueders, is a Loyola University First Year 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.

Mason Wicklander, Hardey Class of 2014 and senior at Walter Payton College Prep, competed at Sacred Heart for three years and is starting his fourth year of debate at Walter Payton. He has debated at the Varsity level since his sophomore year and has also competed at the national level.

Debate Tournaments Are Scheduled for the following dates and last from 8am-5:30pm

Saturday, October 27th

Saturday, December 15th

Saturday, January 19th

Saturday, February 9th

League Championship – Saturday, March 16th

State Championship – Saturday, April 6th


The Resolution: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

2018/19 Illinois Middle School Debate League Conference Roster

British International School

Chute Middle School

Avery Coonley Day School

King Literary and Fine Arts Middle School

Nichols Middle School

Old St. Mary’s School

Bessie Rhodes Global Studies

Sacred Heart Schools

The Francis X. Warde School

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

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 band to join. There is an instrument fitting session offered to each interested child starting mid-September. There are weekly group lessons by section one morning before school (7:40-8:20 am), periodic ensemble rehearsals are held on Friday mornings with returning band members and a spring performance. Instruments include brass, wind and percussion.

Returning band members: Rehearsal start date TBD

Weekly rehearsals on Friday mornings from 7:30-8:15 am. Performances are scheduled throughout the year.

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)

Sacred Heart Glee Club, under the direction of Justin Nixon, Middle School Music Teacher, is open to new and returning students in grades 6-8. Practice is held on Wednesday mornings, starting September 19 from 7:20am-8:15am in the chapel. The Glee Club performs at various on and off-campus gatherings throughout the year.


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, taught by Mr. Alex Makris, are offered weekly (Monday -Thursday) to students grades 1-5. Students meet for 30 minutes between 3:30-6 pm. Monday - Thursday.

On the day of rehearsal for Choir, Guitar, Piano, or Voice 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

Cub Scout Pack 4250 is currently inactive.

If you would like to become a leader, please contact

Girl Scouts

All Girl Scout Troops are currently inactive.

If you would like to Lead a troop, contact

Math Club

Math Club has been extended to students in grades 4-8 and meets before school starting mid-September until mid- April . Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of algebra concepts in preparation for various Chicago-area Math competitions and Academic Bowls, including the Fenwick High School's Junior High Math Contest and the American Mathematics Competition

Math Club starts Thursday, September 20, 2018 ( 7:30-8:15 am) held in Mr. Gusaas's classroom #147

Advisor - Mr. David Gusaas, Middle School Math Teacher

Math Coaches - Margot DiMuzio, Assistant Athletic Director & Student Life Coordinator; Marie Regala, Teaching Assistant (A2a)

If you would like to join, please attend the first meeting on Thursday, September 20

Test Prep

Test Prep for 8th graders will be offered twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:40-4:40pm

The class book to used is The Princeton Review: Cracking the SSAT & the ISEE. The cost of the book will be included in the registration fee. This class is specifically designed for 8th grade students who are preparing to take high school entrance exams. Students are expected to attend class both daysl

Register via Ultra Camp website (August 1 - September 21)

Test Prep 2018 Schedule

Week 1: Tuesday, October 2 Thursday, October 4
Week 2: ------------------------ Thursday, October 11
Week 3: Tuesday, October 16 Thursday, October 18
Week 4: Tuesday, October 23 Thursday, October 25
Week 5: Tuesday, October 30 Thursday, November 1
Week 6: Tuesday, November 6 ------------------------------------
Week 7: Tuesday, November 13 Thursday, November 15
Week 8: Tuesday, November 20 -------------------------------
Possible makeup date -- Thursday, November 27

HSPT Entrance Exam - Saturday, December 1

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

Winter Session II - February 20 - April 5

Easter Session - April 8 - 11

2019 Spring Session After School Class Registration is Closed!

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 (all payments are due) – April 11
Spring Session Begins – April 24
Spring Session Ends – May 17

To download a copy of the Spring Session (Sports & Dance) class booklet, click here.


Contact Brenda Asare, Coordinator, Specialized After School Class Program


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