Sacred Heart Greenwich

News from the Admission Office--January 2016

The Goals & Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools

Welcome to the Sacred Heart Greenwich Admission e-Newsletter! Thank you so much for considering Sacred Heart as an option for your child. We enjoyed meeting many of you earlier in the school year at our Tour Days, Open Houses and other admission events.

The Goals & Criteria define the mission of our school and every day each student, teacher and member of our community strives to live out this mission. This newsletter will give you a glimpse of what’s happening on our campus and we hope that it will give you a better understanding of how the Goals & Criteria play an integral role in life at Sacred Heart Greenwich.

We’ve also included an Admission Update which highlights important information about the application process and dates to remember. Please do not hesitate to contact us at or 203-532-3534 should you have any questions.

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Goal 1 : A Personal and Active Faith in God

All Saints Day is a solemn day of reflection in the Catholic Church, but our third-graders celebrated the lives of the saints joyously at a recent Lower School Chapel.

While the third grade made last minute adjustments to their saints' attire, parents filled pews and tested cameras in preparation for the Lower School's Saints Chapel.

The purpose was to enable the students to share their Theology unit with the entire Lower School and parents. Each third-grader selected a saint to study and then wrote a presentation. The crowning touch, of course, was dressing up like the saint!

In sharing what they had learned, students learned how to research and write their presentation. They also gained confidence in their ability to address a large audience.

Many saints were represented. "We met our beloved St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and little known saints like St. Maria Giuseppe Rossetto and St. Paula Montal," said theology teacher Marian Campana. "The students taught us to follow the examples of these holy men and women so that each of us can bring love and joy into our world. "

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Goal 2 : A Deep Respect for Intellectual Values

Kelly Heinzerling ’16 and Grace Passannante ’16 are the recipients of the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award, a STEM award for students who have excelled in independent scientific research.

Acorda Therapeutics is a biotechnology company that researches and develops therapies for neurological disorders.

Kelly and Grace have studied primate research within the Sacred Heart Science Research Program, which provided them with additional opportunities to work with scientists at New York University and the Bronx Zoo.

The title of their project is “The Effect of Zoo Visitors and Noise Levels on the Stereotypies of Gorillas in Captivity.” Stereotypies are self-destructive behaviors, such as repetitive pacing and scratching, that result from stress or boredom.

The students collected data at the Bronx Zoo over the summer of 2015 and then analyzed their data at Sacred Heart last fall. They discovered an increase in the total number of stereotypies among gorillas exposed to environments with higher visitor levels.

Kelly and Grace hope to continue their research and present their findings to the Bronx Zoo to assist in improving the welfare of captive gorillas.

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Goal 3 : A Social Awareness which Impels to Action

Gathering at school on the coldest day of the year so far, organizing food, clothing and Christmas gifts, a group of Sacred Heart faculty and staff packed the school van and headed to Tompkins Square Park in New York City. Handing out breakfast, hot chocolate, coffee, coats, shoes and toiletries, the group was a visible sign of God’s heart in our world.

Living Goal 3 of a Sacred Heart education comes naturally to our faculty and staff as they strive to embody the Goals & Criteria and be models of service for our students. Besides the breakfast run, the Sacred Heart community bought and wrapped gifts for the men at Fairview of Greenwich during the Christmas season, while the fifth grade girls made scarves for the women. Our community also gave generously to St. Bernandette’s school in Uganda, helping to raise $4,000 to provide shoes or other needed items to some in our Sacred Heart family who are most needy. Faculty, staff and students also served a meal to those in the Inspirica shelter system earlier in December.

We wonder how we teach compassion in a world that tells us to gather as much material wealth to ourselves as we can. Our faculty and staff do it by example. Because St. Madeleine Sophie Barat said, “Your example even more than your words will be an eloquent lesson to the world.”

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Goal 4 : The Building of Community as a Christian Value

Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance, encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. Sacred Heart’s Middle School got involved again this year and held its annual Mix It Up Lunch in Hayes Hall.

The activity was organized by the Middle School Student Council, who hope to inspire others by their example. Students “mixed it up” at lunch by joining new groups of students which enabled them to make new friends both within their own grade and throughout the Middle School.

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Goal 5 : Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom

Sacred Heart’s Middle School sent two teams to the FIRST LEGO League’s qualifying event for the state championship, which was held at Greenwich Academy.

The fifth-grade team, Titanium Tigers, won the entire competition and was awarded the Championship Award. They excelled in all three areas of the competition – robotics, teamwork and solving a real world problem. Their hard work and outstanding efforts were noted by the judges, who said the award was presented to the team that “embodies the FIRST LEGO League experience by fully embracing our core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both robot game and project.”

The fifth-graders were a rookie team in this year’s competition, bringing their team spirit to an event that is considered a “sport for the mind.” They competed against teams four teams from the Brunswick School and two teams from Greenwich Academy, among other regional schools.

The Tech Tigers team, consisting of sixth- and and seventh-grade students, won the Judges Award for excelling in all areas of the competition.

Both teams qualified to compete in the Connecticut state championship!

The FIRST LEGO League mission integrates well with our School’s mission to engage students from Barat Center through the Upper School in exciting programs that help them become science and technology leaders, and contributing members of society.

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Admission Update


Our application deadline of February 1 is approaching! If you have any outstanding items that will not reach the admission office by February 1, please contact us at 203-532-3534 or to let us know.

Visit us at Sacred Heart!

While our formal admission events have already taken place, we're always happy to introduce your family to Sacred Heart during a personal tour with a member of the admission office staff. Please call 203-532-3534 if you have not yet had a chance to visit our campus and would like to learn more about all that Sacred Heart has to offer.

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Sacred Heart Greenwich

An independent Catholic school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 12, with a coed Barat Center for Early Childhood Education