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…
Read More
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…
Read More
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,”…
Read More
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.…
Read More
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…
Read More

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…
Read More
The Community Speaks: Class Time at SHP

The Community Speaks: Class Time at SHP

Axel de Vernou '21, Will Briger '21 Class Time As It Stands: To ensure that its mission, goals, and values are being executed with the wellbeing and growth of its students in mind, SHP is actively reconsidering the way it uses time. The community is reflecting on how the current schedule and the time allocated to classes supports these goals while benefiting students academically. As of today, and until the end of the 2020-21, Sacred Heart Prep maintains an industrial schedule where a regular school day composed of five class periods, X/Y periods designed for specific interests, and usually Office…
Read More
Robotics Team Embarks on New Competitions

Robotics Team Embarks on New Competitions

Paul Fong '23 SHP's robotics team will bring together its hard work, creativity, and skill to compete in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) in a few days on November 17 and 24 while also looking to expand its program to host a competition in January of 2020. Though in previous years they have competed in First Robotics Challenge (FRC), they will be changing their focus to FTC for this season to better harness the talent of the school’s builders.  FTC involves building smaller robots over a longer period of time, usually for the duration of several months, depending on how…
Read More
Diversity Work Continues at SHP

Diversity Work Continues at SHP

Ryan Kiernan '21 & Finn Roblin '21 Cultural diversity is an important aspect of SHP. As stated in the criteria of Goal 4, the school fosters “a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for, and respected,” an example being the various yearly celebrations which take place to recognize traditions beyond Catholicism. The Equity, Justice, and Multicultural Education (EJME) program, whose goal is to support and educate students about the myriad of cultures and perspectives that make up the Sacred Heart campus, pioneers the initiatives that students see on a yearly basis. The EJME office offers…
Read More
Editorial: Big Questions About Time

Editorial: Big Questions About Time

Axel de Vernou '21 Do we spend our time correctly? Why are students struggling to complete homework on time? How can teachers see eye to eye with students competing at high athletic levels? What is the most productive way to spend one hour of the school day? How does all of this apply to students who prioritize an extracurricular activity as a part of their identity? The HeartBeat is setting out to tackle these questions in the next few issues. To foster dialogue on our campus and to create content that is meaningful for students, the News section will be…
Read More