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Campus Life

Student Activities

Capitalizing on the opportunity to augment character development and leadership skills, SHS offers many extracurricular activities and programs—outside of arts and athletics—for students to share their gifts and talents with others, to identify, master, and try new interests and passions, and grow in both self-confidence and self-discovery.

The range of student- and faculty-led clubs vary from year to year, and are typically tied to levels of student participation and interests. However, a number of key programs related to student media, student government, cultural identity, creative process and technology, spirituality and service, and more traditional academic disciplines abound each academic cycle.

LMS Student Life Program

The Lower & Middle Schools are dedicated to being a community where all students can find their niche, where all can grow, and where all can excel and take pride in their individual and collective accomplishments. To this end, the Student Life program offers a number of opportunities designed to encourage and maximize each student’s personal growth and potential outside of the classroom experience.

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  • Athletics

    In athletics, students in grades 4 - 8 can participate in any of our “no cuts” sports teams, which compete along four seasons of play.
  • Performing Arts

    In the performing arts, students can take part in drama productions--including the biannual all-school musical for grades K-12, and the alternating annual Middle School play or LMS musical. Students in grades 4 - 8 have numerous opportunities for instrumental and choral groups, and can participate in the Middle School dance team.
  • Student Leadership

    Student leadership opportunities exists in many forms at the LMS. In the Lower School, students have the opportunity to apply to become class representatives. “Class reps” meet regularly and act as the “voice” of each grade level by sharing student generated ideas with the Student Council Moderators. They also help coordinate assemblies and act as environmental stewards on campus.

    The Peace Makers Program provides a special opportunity for students to develop basic conflict management skills while taking a leadership role among the primary grades. All third grade students are trained to be “Peace Makers”.  Their role is to help first and second grade students effectively resolve any issues that may arise on the playground during morning recess.   There are two pairs of Peace Makers at every morning recess to assist the adults who supervise the students.

    Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in Student Council. Framed around the Sacred Heart criterion “Schools programs provide for recognizing, nurturing and exercising leadership in its many forms,” students in the Middle School are given the opportunity to practice leadership skills through student government. Members meet regularly as a group, plan activities for the year and coordinate tasks according to their specific areas of responsibility. Council members represent the school at outside functions and act as the voice of the student body to the administration.  Students run for office and elected by their peers, with elections being held each year for the following year’s council.

    MS students participating in the Gator Guides Program serve as student ambassadors, working with the Admissions Office to represent the school and provide prospective families with a current student perspective. First and foremost, Gator Guides host and orient applicants on their campus visits, ensuring they feel welcome and included for a "day in the life" at SHS Middle School. Gator Guides attend our Open House events and serve on student panels to answer questions and share insight into student life and the Sacred Heart experience. Being a Gator Guide is a privilege and selected students exhibit maturity, leadership, school spirit and a true understanding of our discipline/honor system, Code of the Heart.
  • Community Building

    Within the Lower and Middle School experience, a number of diverse opportunities are designed to encourage and maximize each student’s personal growth while maintaining their sense of belonging to the greater community:

    • Weekly all-school assemblies are held with the goal of building community among all LMS students, faculty, and staff. The Student Council opens each assembly, followed by student presentations or special visitors such as musicians, speakers or authors.
    • Through song and skit, prayer and meditation, Mass and prayer services, students learn to connect the greater school community to the sacred. Religious and liturgical activities allow students of the Sacred Heart to explore religion more deeply, with the intent of enhancing the students’ own personal spirituality and faith practices.
    • Our “buddy program” pairs older students with younger ones to form a mentoring relationship. Collaborating on activities, attending joint grade picnics, or simply gathering together as “buddies”, a bond is built between our younger and older students on campus.
    • School spirit is fostered at the LMS by participation in specific events such as Spirit Week, Talent Show, 7th and 8th grade dances, “Gator Gear Free Dress Fridays”, and 6th grade Fun Nights. While these events actively promote school spirit, Gator spirit lives daily throughout the student body.
    • Finally, LMS students may connect to the greater Sacred Heart community by participating in Sacred Heart Summer Network Projects throughout the United States. 5th–8th grade students have the opportunity to participate in Sacred Heart Service Projects throughout the year with students from other Sacred Heart network schools. Offerings range from a spring trip working on the organic Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie, NY, to students preparing and distributing bag lunches to the hungry and homeless in inner-city Detroit.
  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

    Rooted in Goal IV, Criterion 2, “The school promotes a safe and welcoming environment in which each person is valued, cared for and respected”, the purpose of our social-emotional learning curriculum is to build emotional intelligence and self-advocacy skills in the students.

    In the Lower School, the key components of the SEL program are conflict management, I-statements, self-regulation, empathy, emotion identification, and collaboration. These skills are further developed in the Middle School’s Advising program, with added focus on resiliency, self-agency and reflection. With a 1:12 advisor to advisee ratio in the Middle school, meaningful connections are made between adult and student. Advisors help prepare their advisees for the spring Student-Led Conference, aimed at fostering student ownership of learning, encouraging consistent self-reflection in the students, and enhancing communication of student progress. This formal process of self-evaluation and reflection supports our commitment to Sacred Heart’s Goal V:  “Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.”  
  • Travel Opportunities & Field Trips

  • Student Clubs (MS)

    Students in grades 6-8 can take part in a number of special interest clubs, organized annually. The following is a list of clubs offered for the 2016-2017 school year, encompassing coding to crisis response, arts to athletics, spirituality to service and more.

    2016-2017 Middle School Student Clubs
    •Beyond Magenta
    •Bombastic Board Game Club
    •Foreign Language Movie Club
    •Comic Book Drawing Club
    •Badminton Club
    •Gator Guides
    •Fantasy Sports Club
    •Chess Club
    •Liturgical Signers
    •Morning Chorus
    •Leadership Club
    •Coding/Computer Science Club
    •Art Club
    •Girls Tech Club
    •SERT- Student Emergency Response Team
    •Gator Surf Club

SHP Student Life Program

The SHP Student Life team's involvement with day-to-day school operations encompasses the daily routine, the overall supervision of the campus, general order and discipline, programming and presentations, and a wide array of student activities throughout the year. SHP's Office of Student Life seeks to provide learning experiences beyond the classroom, that also complement academic coursework.
Striving to provide an atmosphere where students are challenged, supported, and heard, the entire Student Life team encourages and assists student organizations in planning, implementing, and assessing programming, in order to promote individual growth, and in particular, skills related to leadership, personal responsibility, and collaboration.

Among our many programs for SHP students, the Student Life team coordinates, works in conjunction with, or oversees:

  • casual and formal dances
  • fine and performing arts events
  • service learning opportunities
  • entertainment such as DJs, student rock, and jazz concerts
  • Spirit Week & Homecoming
  • student government
  • student clubs and organizations

SHP Student Clubs & Organizations

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LMS Contact

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    Sarah Coogan 

    Assistant Principal of Student Life - LMS

LMS Field Trips & Travel

SHP Contacts

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    Ruth G√≥mez 

    Coordinator of Student Affairs - SHP
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    Lamont Quattlebaum 

    Dean of Students - SHP
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    Brian Bell 

    Assistant Principal Community Life - SHP
Where Scholarship and Values Matter
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12