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Test Stress 101

By Nicky S, Caroline G, Sophia W

Have you ever felt lots of anxiety before testing? The truth is, you're not alone. Many students experience pre-test anxiety. It's common to feel overwhelmed or worried before testing. Here are a few tips to manage test stress.

One tip to keep in mind before and during test is to stay positive. If you have a negative attitude going into a test, chances are it will affect your performance. "People who convince themselves that they're naturally terrible at math often end up doing worse than people of similar ability who believe that their math ability is something that can be changed," (Magoosh). Don't doubt your abilities and be confident in yourself.

Secondly, make sure you study and understand what your test is about, so you don't worry about the test as much during the day. Ask your teachers for a study guide and prepare for the test before hand.

Next, make sure you manage your time before and during the test. Make sure you get studying in before your test but still manage your time to do the rest of your homework. Also remember to keep track of the time while taking the test so you don't run out of time.

Another thing to remember is not to stay up all night studying or doing other activities. You need your rest before a test so your mind is well rested and you can get a good score. Don't be afraid to email a teachers asking for an extension to a due date on homework because you feel like you are staying up to late. Remember to make sure to take some time out of your busy schedule full of activities, homework, and studying for you. Relax during this time and do things you have been wanting to do for a while like playing outside or taking a bath.

Additionally, finding a comfortable place to take the test is also important and can help you feel more relaxed. Ask your teacher if you can sit in the back of the room or in the hallway if it makes you more comfortable.

Furthermore, remember to bring a water bottle to class and go to the bathroom before the test. Most teachers won't let you get up during the test and being thirsty or having to go to the bathroom can distract you from doing well.

Remember if you have extra time to go over the answers or ask the teacher any more remaining questions you had about the test. Also bring a book if you know you will finish early so you don't distract others.

If you have time left, and you're done checking your answers, it's always a good idea to try extra credit. Finishing a test knowing you completed the extra credit will leave you feeling confident.

We have all been there. You have a Spanish, French, and Math test and are going crazy not knowing what to do. Well, if you follow some of our tips it will make taking test a bit less stressful. We hope you use some tips! Happy studying!

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Net Neutrality - What You Need To Know

By George Huebnner

Update: Yesterday on December 14th, the FCC officially repealed the Obama administration's net neutrality laws, freeing Internet service providers from their Title II classification. Hopefully they will not change their policies.

Net neutrality is a topic that has been circulating around the nation for the past few months, and it can be a confusing matter. Sacred Heart students should be well-informed about issues like these, which is the purpose of this article. Basically,

  • The FCC is going to vote to repeal (take back) net neutrality laws that are in place.
  • This effort if being led by the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, recently appointed earlier this year.
  • If the FCC does vote to repeal net neutrality, ISPs (Internet Service Providers, like Comcast, AT&T, etc) will be reclassified under Title I.
  • This would loosen restrictions on what ISPs are allowed to do.
  • This would allow a "tiered internet," or an internet where you would need to pay extra to have faster access to a website (or access to a website at all). This doesn't benefit anyone, especially those who can't afford these luxuries.
  • ISPs could modify speed and access to certain websites for a charge, or in favor of crushing that company using unfair business practices.
  • While the repealing of these laws does not guarantee that ISP's will engage in these unfair practices, it does leave everyone at their mercy.
  • The actual voting process will take place tomorrow, December 14, this Thursday.

You might have seen this poster around the school:

The staff at the newspaper strongly encourages you to support Net Neutrality if you believe in it. A free and open internet for all allows anyone is the world to come and visit this newspaper, which contains a certain amount of awesomeness within itself. An update will be posted after the FCC votes tomorrow.

April, 2017

March Madness Contest Results

By Joseph G

Wow! March Madness was crazy this year. There were lots of big upsets (such as South Carolina over Duke, Wisconsin over Villanova, and Michigan over Louisville) and many games went down to the wire. After some crazy good basketball, the final game was one of the biggest nail-biters of the tournament until there were 5 seconds left.

Our Sheridan Road Record bracket contest was extremely close too, and the finish was as close as ever. Here are the top 25 finishers:

25. Trent G. (H6) - 75 Points

25. Dylan K. (A7) - 75 Points

23. Will S. (H7) - 76 Points

22. Will M. (H6) - 80 Points

22. Benjamin P. (H7) - 80 Points

22. Andrew F. (H7) - 80 Points

19. Corbin K. (H6) - 83 Points

19. Olivia C. (A7) - 83 Points

19. Colin D. (H6) - 83 Points

16. Alex M. (H7) - 84 Points

15. Josh V. (H7) - 87 Points

14. Gonzalo M. (H7) - 91 Points

13. Raymond O. (H7) - 92 Points

12. Emersyn H. (A6) - 93 Points

11. Sean J. (H6) - 96 Points

10. Joey G. (H7) - 105 Points

8. Kate G. (A6) - 109 Points

8. Clayton B. t(H7) - 109 Points

7. Fin M. (H7) - 112 Points

6. Lily H. (A6) - 115 Points

4. Davis H. (H7) - 117 Points

4. Colin M. (H7) - 117 Points

And now for our winners: we have a three way tie this year! The winners are...

Kate C., Chris C., and the duo bracket of Grace G. and Marin C. All of them had 119 points, and won lunch with Mr. Simson.. Two of them -- Chris and Grace/Marin -- also picked the national champion correctly: North Carolina.

Congratulations to our winners! And get ready, everyone, for next year's Sheridan Road Record bracket contest: March Madness 2018!

March, 2017

March Madness Contest: First and Second Round Update
March Madness Contest: First and Second Round Update

By Joseph Gorman

Wow! These first two rounds have been crazy with many top teams getting knocked out. The First Round had no major upsets, but the Second Round knocked out Florida State, Louisville, Duke, and the defending champs Villanova! Here are some of the biggest games so far.

First Round:

Notre Dame (5) def. Princeton (12), 60-58

This is where the madness began! Notre Dame v. Princeton was the first matchup of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. This game was back and forth, very close, and no one had clinched the game until it was over. Bonzie Colson led Notre Dame to victory with 18 points and Matt Farrell had another 16 points.

USC (11) def. SMU (6), 66-65

This game might have helped bust your bracket, it certainly helped bust mine! With SMU riding a 15 game winning streak into the game, it all went to waste at the hands of Bennie Boatwright and the USC Trojans. In a game that seemed like it would be a runaway win for SMU, the Trojans just wouldn't go away. Three Trojans finished the game in double figures, with Elijah Stewart, a junior guard, leading the way with 22 points. A Semi Ojeleye led Mustangs team certainly seemed like a tall task for most if not all programs in the country, but the Trojans used a zone defense for the majority of the second half, and stormed back from an eight point deficit at the half to pull of the upset, one of the biggest of the first round.

Michigan (7) def. Oklahoma St. (10), 92-91

What a showdown! Michigan came into the tournament hot after winning the Big Ten! But, the Michigan defense was having trouble guarding superstar Jawun Evans. After getting behind early, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman put up 9 quick points and giving Michigan a 41-40 lead at the half. In the game, Michigan hit 16 threes and Derrick Walton Jr. had 26 points, and 11 assists (a double-double!). Michigan played amazing and barely came out of this game on top.

Second Round:

Michigan (7) def. Louisville (2), 73-69

The Championship Showdown from 2013 all over! The seed 7 Wolverines came in on a roll after beating Oklahoma St. by 1 and winning the Big Ten! After a slow start in the first half, the Wolverines pulled through to take the lead towards the end of the game and never give it up. The sophomores Moritz Wagner and DJ Wilson put up 43 points together. Wagner had 26 and Wilson had 17.

Baylor (3) def. USC (11), 82-78

What a close game! Jonathon Motley put up 19 points with a double-double to lead Baylor to victory! King McClure added on another 17 points and Terry Maston had 19! USC took a quick lead in the second half but did not hold onto it for long. Baylor barely pulled through to the Sweet Sixteen after an epic showdown!

South Carolina (7) def. Duke (2), 88-81

The Blue Devils have lost! The favorite for many brackets, Duke, lost to South Carolina on Sunday Night. After winning the ACC, nothing seemed to be able to stop Duke. But, the way they played Sunday proved otherwise. Duke committed 18 turnovers! and their star player, Jayson Tatum fouled out, two other starters (Luke Kennard, Matt Jones) also fouled out. After being down by 7 at the half. After halftime, the Gamecocks turned the game around and scored 65 points in the second half. Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points, and Chris Silva had a double-double.

Wisconsin (8) def. Villanova (1), 65-62

What an upset! Villanova, the defending champions and the top overall seed in the tournament seemed almost invincible with senior guard Josh Hart, forward Kris Jenkins, and a strong supporting cast. Nevertheless, the Badgers figured them out! The Badgers led a well balanced attack with four of five starters scoring in double figures, with Nigel Hayes leading the way, scoring 19 points, two of which were scored on the game clinching bucket, a sweet reverse layup with a defender right on him. Villanova played okay, but certainly nowhere near their best basketball, and Wisconsin capitalized on a team where the guards Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, and Donte DiVincenzo were the only ones who got things going in terms of scoring.

Kentucky (2) def. Wichita St. (10), 65-62

The Wildcats got it done in the clutch! Kentucky's freshman heavy team were able to pull through and get to the Sweet Sixteen under Coach Cal. De'Aaron Fox, coming of an ankle injury, and Malik Monk led the way for Kentucky with 14 points apiece, with Bam Adebayo tallying a double-double, with 13 points and 10 boards. Landry Shamet (20 points) and company led a valiant effort for Wichita State, but couldn't hit a three at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.

Oregon (3) def. Rhode Island (11), 75-72

The seed 3 Oregon Ducks knocked out Rhode Island in one of the tightest matchups in the tournament. Sophomore Guard Tyler Dorsey lead the Ducks to victory with 27 points. Oregon trailed by 8 at the half but tied up the game and took the lead 40 seconds left!

Middle School Contest

The Middle School Contest has gotten off to a great start, with lots of tight competition. Emersyn H. is in the lead but there is a very close race behind her. Here are the current standings (we will typically report top ten but due to ties, here are the top eleven):

1. Emersyn H. (A6), 53

2. Owen J. (H7), 52

3. Nate R. (H6), 51

3. Dylan K. (A7), 51

3. Josh V. (H7), 51

6. Neve C. (A7), 50

6. Leo R. (H8), 50

8. Kate C. (A7), 49

8. Clayton B. (H7), 49

8. Kyle M. (H7), 49

8. Davis H. (H7), 49

Good job to all who are participating in the contest!

Top Ways To Manage Your Homework When You're Sick

By Catherine H, Alexandra K, & Caroline N

When you are sick, usually you just want to sleep and play games. Even though that seems like your only option, the best possible thing to do is work on your homework. Here are four ways to keep up with your homework on a sick day.

One of the easiest ways to keep up on homework is to check Canvas. Canvas is on your Chromebook and allows you to see all of your classes. Even if you have the flu, you can easily access the website.

Another great option is to email your teachers. Even though it may be nerve wracking to email your teachers, there is no way you will miss an assignment. For instance, if you have a cold and you ask your teacher for the homework they will understand. They will think that you are working hard to get a good grade in their class, and really appreciate it.

A third option could be to ask a sibling or friend to bring you your homework. Imagine that you are sick and your sibling/friend is going to school. If you ask them to bring you your homework, they will.

Our last plan is to always write in your planner. If you write about projects in your planner, you will be able to remember. For example, if you have an assignment coming up and you are sick, you can look in your planner and easily remember what you must finish before next class.

Whether you are stuck in bed with the flu or you have a cold, we hope that these four options make doing your homework easier.

February, 2017

By Will F. and Henry H.

This weekend, the Hardey 6 basketball teams are in the playoffs. Of the three teams, two of them are in the championship bracket! The H6 White Team has come back from a devastating 0-2 start and has only lost two games since. The H6 Red Team had a strong start and has only lost two games this season. Both of the games that the red team lost were the second game of a double header. The H6 Black Team has not won a game and are hoping to go on a win streak and win the consolation bracket.

The two teams that made it to the championship bracket may be playing each other at one point in the playoffs. The H6 Red team is in third and hoping to end in first. The only two teams that are ranked in front of the Red Team are Saint Alphonsus and Northside Catholic (NCA). Northside Catholic is undefeated and in first place. Saint Alphonsus is in second and has only lost one game and it was to an FXW team that both H6 Red and White beat. But the Sacred Heart White Team almost beat NCA and the Sacred Heart Black Team has almost beaten Saint Alphonsus. H6 Red has not lost to either of them. Their only two losses are to Saint Alphonsus' other team and Saint Clement.

As always it is going to be a very exciting playoffs with all these great teams. There has not been a year when a Hardey basketball team from the Class of 2019 has not made it to the playoffs. Two years ago one of the teams won the championship for the championship bracket. Last year was the first year two teams made it to the Championship bracket but one team got out in the first round. This year we are hoping that both of the teams from Hardey make it as far as possible and maybe one team will win it all. Every team has had fun this year and everyone has worked hard hopefully all their hard work pays off.

Lion King Jr: The Musical

By: Caroline N., Sophia W., and Nicky S.

We're sure you have all heard about the school play and have probably been to it. It will show for 3 days only, so mark your calendars for April 7, 8, and 9! Previous, Sacred Heart has put on some amazing musicals. In previous years, we have seen Mary Poppins Jr., Annie get Your Gun, Peter Pan, and a lot more! This year's play is The Lion King Jr. by Tim Rice. This musical will be performed by Sacred Heart's very own middle schoolers! Any middle schooler can join. If singing, dancing, and acting isn't your thing, then you can join crew. No matter what you are, an actor/actress, crew, or part of the audience, it is a great show and experience.

If you want to join in the play next year, you will need to audition. First, you have to audition in front of the producers, Mr. Nixon, Mrs. Renn, and Ms. Steinfels. Then, a few days later you will receive a letter back personally from the team of producers, and you will know your role and the terms of conditions. By then you would be a true actor/actress!

By now you might be wondering what we do in play. So here are three main parts which are choreography, singing, and memorizing lines. Rehearsals are mostly all week but we are not called to show up every day. Choreography is so much fun when Ms. Renn, Mr. Steele, and Ms. Oelerich teach us. Mr. Nixon does music with Mr. Sebastian. Also Ms. Steinfels does improvisation with us. Play is super fun and exciting so I know the performance will be too.

The play is a big production with many different roles. These roles include Young Simba played by London B., Young Nala played by Aine S., Simba played by Matthew T., Nala played by Mackenzie J., Scar played by Bridget W., Timon played by Payton L., and Pumba played by Will E. There also are lionesses, hyenas, and drummers.

We have been having so much fun rehearsing and imagining characters in the musical! It is so fun and we encourage you to join! We hope to see you in early April for the show!

December, 2016

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.

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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!

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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.

October, 2016

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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Black Panther Movie Review

By George H

Black Panther from Marvel Studios dropped in theaters on February 16 and hit the ground running. Already, Black Panther has smashed several box office records, including best opening in February, the top-grossing movie directed by a person of color, and one of the top five openings of all time. The film raked in a little over 202 million dollars in its opening weekend alone, already surpassing the film's 200 million budget. The film begins where Captain America: Civil War left off, with the death of T'Challa's (Chadwick Boseman) father. T'Challa becomes the king of Wakanda, a fictional secret kingdom in Africa, far more technologically advanced than the other world powers. T'Challa's cousin and nemesis, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) bears a deep set hatred against the powerful nation and seeks to dethrone the new king. Other notable actors in the film include Lupita Nyong'o (who some may recognize as Maz Kanata from the more recent Star Wars movies), Forest Whitaker (Rogue One), Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror & Get Out) and Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars, Rise of the Planet of the Apes). The film has received much praise because the cast and crew are mostly people of color. Regardless of the race of the actors and directors, the film was absolutely fantastic, mixing in just the right amount of humour, action, and plot to make a brilliant superhero movie. Additionally, for those who wish to see more Black Panther, a sequel is in the works, not to mention Avengers: Infinity War (releasing on April 27th) which will include many characters from across the Marvel universe, including T'Challa.



Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

By George H

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is the latest installment in the gargantuan sci-fi franchise, and it sure packs a punch coming in with a runtime of two hours and thirty three minutes, the longest Star Wars movie ever. To avoid confusion, an ordered list of the Star Wars movies has been provided in numerical order.

  • The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • A New Hope (1977)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Force Awakens (2015)
  • The Last Jedi (2017)

The narrative of The Last Jedi picks right up where Episode VII left off at Anch-To (omitted for a spoiler-free article). The film, like its predecessors, follows a very strict plot curve that, unfortunately, is usually very predictable. However, The Last Jedi does throw the watcher some curveballs that catch you off guard. Some of these surprises have the potential to be very suspenseful, but finish early leaving the viewer unsatisfied with the scene's conclusion. While these surprises are numbered and could be figured out using prior information, the whole movie is a torrent of information and action, leaving you no time to think on past events. The only other grudge I had from the movie was that many of the plot items (location, events, character, etc.) felt copy-pasted from previous movies in the franchise. For example, the beginning of the movie is very similar to The Empire Strikes Back, and Crait reminds me very much of Hoth (not identical, just similar in some ways). Switching gears to box office stuff, The Last Jedi has already grabbed around 45 million on Thursday night alone, a number only bested by The Force Awakens. Then again, The Force Awakens also is the number 1 movie of all time domestically, and also had one of the best openings worldwide. The cast of The Last Jedi includes Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren/Ben Solo), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and Carrie Fisher (R.I.P. Princess Leia). So, should you see it? Definitely. The Last Jedi crams so much plot down your throat that you might even need to see it twice. Overall, it's a fantastic movie and lives up to the Star Wars legacy.

Tip: Try getting tickets right around Christmas time (Christmas day, Christmas Eve) if it works for you, as theatres are much more empty.



(Note: Plot description purposely omitted entirely to avoid spoilers)

The Circle Review

By George H

The Circle is a gripping, modern day dystopia that focuses on the need for privacy. The star-studded cast includes Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Bodegya and Karen Gillian, to name a few. The plot of the movie mainly consists of Mae (Emma Watson), a young temp who gets a job at The Circle (sort of a mashup of Google and Facebook) with assistance from her close friend Annie (Karen Gillian). The company's two leaders, Eamon Bailey and Tom Stenton (Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt), create a new, cheap mini-camera that can monitor anything, everywhere. Ty (John Bodegya) warns Mae of the dangers of this new technology. Throughout the film, the situation escalates out of control. CGI and special effects make little to no appearance in The Circle, but the film doesn't demand much anyway. Unfortunately, I view The Circle as a film that was OK, but could have been great. The basic plot idea is great on paper, but most viewers, including myself, felt very frustrated just watching Emma Watson looking very concerned at different screens for half the movie. I recommend trying to read The Circle by Dave Eggers if you feel disappointed by the movie like I was. Overall, it was a decent movie, but there are some swear words which come with its PG-13 tag.

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