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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SHP Hosts First Robotics Competition

SHP Hosts First Robotics Competition

Paul Fong '23 On Saturday, January 11, over 20 teams from around the Bay Area came to the Spieker Pavilion to compete in FTC, or the FIRSTTech Challenge, representing the first time that SHP has hosted a competition on campus. Every year, there is a new game that teams participate in, with this year’s being Skystone. The main objective was to build the tallest tower out of blocks using a robot that each team builds. This season, the robotics team at SHP has competed at four different competitions so far, and plan to compete in several more.   There were several…
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Spirit Week Creates Opportunities for Freshmen

Spirit Week Creates Opportunities for Freshmen

Kiran Seeff '23 As Spirit Week comes onto the horizon, the student body is excited to see what creative ideas each grade has come up with for the hectic events, with particular attention being given to what the freshmen can bring to the table this year. The freshman Class of 2023, who will be going through this time-honored tradition for their first time, will be looking to implement some advice on what Spirit Week is actually like.  “We are really excited for all of the competitive events in Spirit Week and we hope that every activity brings our grade closer,”…
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Editorial: The Other Side of the Homework Crisis

Editorial: The Other Side of the Homework Crisis

Axel de Vernou and William Briger '21 When we try to answer why students have so much homework and such little sleep, we blame each other and our system of time. Yes, we lack interdisciplinary and student-teacher communication. Yes, our schedule has flaws. However, this isn’t the whole story. The SHP culture of making ourselves look better through AP/Honors classes, perfect college apps, and an absurd number of extracurricular activities is also the root of the problem.  No matter what changes we make to the schedule, the system will remain broken if we do not fix our approach to education.…
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Unpredictability Causes Students to Sacrifice Health for Homework

Unpredictability Causes Students to Sacrifice Health for Homework

Axel de Vernou and William Briger '21 To ensure that it executes its mission, goals, and values with the wellbeing and growth of its students in mind, SHP is actively reconsidering the way it uses time. The 2021-22 school year will be the first to implement new changes in the schedule. In order to support this process, the HeartBeat is conducting a multi-part investigation into the challenges SHP faces around time. Our first installment identifies homework, and in particular, the lack of communication and demands on student time that surround it, as a critical problem. When students are considering their…
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Columbia University Speaker Set to Spark Discussion About Sexual Assault

Maya Moffat '23 Today, Jennifer Hirsch, a professor at the Mailman Institute of Public Health at Columbia University,  will be presenting to the upperclassmen at SHP about her recently published book Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus, which she co-authored with Shamus Khan. Since the book’s publication on January 14, 2020, Hirsch has been presenting to colleges about her groundbreaking study surrounding sexual assault. In fact, as Dr. Lisa Harper, English teacher and a long time friend of Hirsch says, “She’s mostly speaking at colleges right now, we are the only high school that’s…
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