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…
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Why We Wear Pink

Why We Wear Pink

Colleen Tanona '22 & Audrey Basta '23 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which recently gave members of the school community the time to recognize the struggle that a large percentage of women endure. One in eight women in the US will get invasive breast cancer at some point in her life, which means that ? of all female students, faculty and staff at Sacred Heart, will develop breast cancer.  Cancer is very persistent in the sense that it can go away and come back even after extensive treatment, which is painful and can have a lot of side effects.…
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The Great America Scare

Timothy Meneses '21 At the conclusion of the festive October month, knowledge of a mass shooter on the property of Great America induced terror into the Bay Area community and even some of our own Sacred Heart Students.  Great America, an amusement park in Santa Clara County, is known for its thrilling roller coasters, fun adventures, and long lines. Annually, the theme park even hosts the “Haunt”, a special Halloween attraction open on Friday and Saturday nights within the month of October. However, no attendee of Great America last October 26 ever expected to hear that a shooter may have…
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Administration Implements Long-Term Protocols for Student Safety

Administration Implements Long-Term Protocols for Student Safety

Adrian de Vernou '22 Natural disasters are frequent occurrences in California, and recently, these disasters have been affecting Sacred Heart’s schedule and academic life, leading to reflection on the behalf of the administration. With fires sprouting everywhere, power being cut, and earthquakes on the verge of high magnitude, Sacred Heart has taken large steps in ensuring the safety and well being of its students, especially during these natural disasters. On the 9th of October, just over a month ago, school was canceled because of an announcement made by PG&E claiming that high winds and temperatures in the area would cause…
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Ms. Benjamin Lays Out New Horizons for the Arts Department

Ms. Benjamin Lays Out New Horizons for the Arts Department

Colleen Tanona '22 and Audrey Basta '23 Whether it be sports, fine arts, or clubs, SHP has robust programs outside of its academic curriculum that make up much of how it defines itself as an institution. Ms. Lauren Benjamin, the Head of the Fine Arts Department, was happy to explain what she sees as the future of the department as well as how she views the arts as a necessary creative outlet for students. As Head of the Fine Arts Department, Ms. Benjamin has the responsibility of ensuring that Fine Arts is a space where students can express their passions…
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SHP Initiates School Closure in Light of Power Shut-Down

SHP Initiates School Closure in Light of Power Shut-Down

Axel de Vernou '21 In response to PG&E’s power shut-downs that affected households across the Bay Area for multiple days, SHP’s administration decided that the best action to reflect the needs of the community would be a school closure on Wednesday, October 9th. Though Atherton was outside of the area that stopped receiving power, Sacred Heart considered safety with regards to commute and having all the faculty administration necessary to run an effective school day. Due to the fact that PG&E has kept a system of cables and signals that are in need of modernization and advancement, many hazards have…
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Capstone Profile: Response to Climate Change

Capstone Profile: Response to Climate Change

Kiran Seeff '23 In the midst of a global cli- mate crisis, Sacred Heart students are moving towards mobilizing for change. Among the many ways that the school is helping to reverse the effects of climate change, some Sacred Heart seniors are using their capstone projects as an initiative to com- bat climate change. Alekos Kapur ‘21, a junior interested in starting a Senior Capstone project next year, defines the process as “a project that you come up with on your own [where] you can work with others... it might be some- thing related to your classes, or just something…
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Global Climate Strikes Highlight Challenge of Activism at SHP

Maya Moffat '23 On Friday, September 20, over 1.4 million students worldwide walked out of class to support a student led climate strike inspired by 16 year old Greta Thunburg, who began the movement to raise climate awareness. However, only a handful of students at Sacred Heart participated in this monumental event. Some students at SHP weren’t even aware that the strike was happening since the event was not widely broadcast or promoted at school.  Matthew Carroll, Director of service learning at SHP, recognizes the issue of climate change and claims that “it’s going take strength in numbers to get…
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The New Campbell Building Opens Social and Academic Opportunities

The New Campbell Building Opens Social and Academic Opportunities

William Heafey '22, Adrian de Vernou '22, Finn Roblin '21, & Timothy Meneses '21 With the new school year underway, Sacred Heart has changed radically in its physical environment and the culture it inspires. Construction of the new William V. Campbell Arts and Academics Center has been completed, broadly impacting students and teachers. New and better facilities allow for teachers to improve their craft and for students to grow as artists and scholars. The new building will allow for students to utilize its new study spaces, flex rooms, and improved facilities for the arts to broaden their learning. After the…
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The Creative Inquiry Department Grows

The Creative Inquiry Department Grows

William Briger '21 For many years, the Creative Inquiry (CI) department has been a small but essential part of the Sacred Heart environment. The department offers a crucial piece of student development not found around campus; it is a space for the non-traditional, where the students explore their interests and find inspiration in a diversity of projects. As the 2019 school year starts, the Creative Inquiry department experienced a significant transformation: a new location, more and larger classes, additional funding, new teachers, and greater recognition. When discussing Creative Inquiry in the new seven virtues campaign, Director of Schools Richard Dioli,…
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