SHP Creates New Plan and Cooperates with Other Schools to Construct Online Model

SHP Creates New Plan and Cooperates with Other Schools to Construct Online Model

Kiran Seeff '23 Since the beginning of the shelter-in-place, the Sacred Heart community has faced many notable changes. Among those, the necessary implementation of remote learning as a response to COVID-19 is crucial in allowing SHP to experiment with new technology. Fortunately, Sacred Heart is not coming into this period of remote learning unprepared. To get a better idea of the technology that Sacred heart is now using, members of the tech department have answered a few questions about this groundbreaking technology. “In many ways, we’re doing what [other schools are] doing right now,” says Dr. Diana Neebe, Director of…
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Coaches and Counselors Maintain Momentum During Quarantine

Coaches and Counselors Maintain Momentum During Quarantine

Adrian de Vernou '22 The transition to distance learning has affected everybody within the SHP community, including students, teachers, and faculty members. However, some groups on campus were more dependent on physical interactions than others. Due to the shift to an online model, college counselors, personal counselors, and coaches have had to find new and creative ways to get in touch with students and organize events. One of the most important end goals for students at Sacred Heart is finding a college, which is why the school offers such a robust college counseling program. Upperclassmen have been interacting with college…
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Student Media Forges Community Through New Online Outlets

Student Media Forges Community Through New Online Outlets

Finn Roblin '21 Although physical proximity has become impossible due to present circumstances, Sacred Heart has made efforts to connect everyone through student media. While everyone adjusts to an abnormal schedule, weekly broadcasts, the Heartbeat Digest, and the Daily Drop provide a reliable normalcy.  Despite the inability for people to gather at this time, the weekly broadcasts bring together everyone virtually. ASB president Jake Birdwell notes, “There is a strong sense of unity that comes with gathering as a school, and the broadcast is an attempt to do that given the restriction we have right now on coming together in…
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Online Learning Highlights Necessary Changes for In-Person Schedule

Online Learning Highlights Necessary Changes for In-Person Schedule

Axel de Vernou '21 & William Briger '21 We are in a moment of our school’s history where time has never been more relevant.  We are the first students to experience a Sacred Heart education remotely, which adds a new aspect to the conversation we have been having in the HeartBeat this semester. How does an education provided at school differ from what we can do at home, and is the time we spend in our physical classrooms allocated in the best way possible? In this article, the HeartBeat is analyzing both the in-person and online schedule to help discuss…
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School Closure Forces SHP to Rethink Curriculum

School Closure Forces SHP to Rethink Curriculum

Andrew Samuels '23 With just two days' notice, the SHP faculty were forced to completely rethink the way that the teaching profession has operated for over a century -- they needed to learn to teach in a virtual setting. The March 10th COVID-19 order to close SHP campus compelled teachers to change the way they engage their students and also innovate ways to recreate communities they so cherish.   The challenges teachers face are not only related to the classroom experience. “I really miss seeing my students---not only in class, but also during office hours, lunch, after school, or even in…
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Students Respond to the Coronavirus Before and After Closure

Students Respond to the Coronavirus Before and After Closure

Anneka Goel '23 On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic. The coronavirus has created prevalent issues in the Bay Area, causing schools to shut down, including SHP. Sacred Heart made the decision to close school for three weeks, creating mixed emotions among the students. With worry and stress spreading, the unanswered question that keeps coming up is whether or not school is going to be canceled for the rest of the school year. Before Sacred Heart's academic program became remote, five students were interviewed about their worries and opinions regarding the…
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AP Government Class Opens New Opportunities for Political Participation

AP Government Class Opens New Opportunities for Political Participation

Timothy Meneses '21 In our current political climate, the upcoming election has caused the American population to exercise their voting rights and become active participants in the 2020 presidential election. Many of our students in the AP Government and Politics class, taught by Mr. Smock and Ms. Williams, have performed deliberate efforts to educate our generation regarding the election process on campus to ensure that our future leaders are prepared to make wise decisions. According to AP Government student Sofia Wheeler, these endeavors have been a part of a “civil action project which aimed to increase [students’] involvement in the…
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Student Leadership Program Expands

Student Leadership Program Expands

Julia Birdwell '23 One core aspect that differentiates Sacred Heart from other high schools is an unwavering support of individuality and the pursuit of self expression. Sacred Heart has established this as a foundational value by creating a framework of student leadership with different levels of involvement, creating an opportunity for each student to engage in a positive way with the community. Mr. Brady, director of Creative Inquiry, expressed, “We believe that [a] meaningful role exists for every student who wants it and as a faculty team, we are committed to making that happen--even if it means developing a role…
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SHP Closes Campus, Moves Online in Response to Coronavirus

SHP Closes Campus, Moves Online in Response to Coronavirus

Maya Moffat '23 On Thursday, March 12, Sacred Heart temporarily closed the cam- pus to all members of its community due to the spreading coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Despite attempts to encourage hand-washing and sanitation in the weeks leading up to the decision, the quick way in which the virus has spread became a big enough risk to the health of many that the issue could no longer be safely handled at school. Although students themselves may be in a lower risk category, there are many other members of the school, such as the nuns at Oakwood that could…
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Fine Arts Expands, Tackles Pressing Issues

Fine Arts Expands, Tackles Pressing Issues

Adrian de Vernou '22 As more student exhibitions are being put in place across the campus, the Fine Arts department is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of showcasing the art in a meaningful and impactful way. One of the largest and most prominent showcasings on campus is currently the tape mural at the entrance of the Campbell building. Fine Arts Instructor Ms. Peggy O’Leary, the teacher who came up with the idea of the mural, decided to implement this new aspect on our campus after “learning about the tape mural technique in a fine arts workshop, and learning that…
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