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All-School eNews | April 28, 2017


Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced


As stated in the Student Handbook, the selection of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the graduating class is determined by a number of factors, including full attendance during her junior and senior years. If she is a transfer student, she must bring with her a minimum of a 3.60 Grade Point Average. The Valedictorian is the student with the highest cumulative GPA, with a minimum of a 3.70. The Salutatorian is the student with the second highest cumulative GPA, with a minimum of a 3.60. In some years, it is possible there may be no Salutatorian. The Valedictory Address is given at the Commencement Exercises on Thursday, June 8. The Salutatorians' Address is presented at Prize Day on the same morning.


This year, the Academy of the Sacred Heart is proud to recognize Sara Smith (above left) as Valedictorian and her classmate, Stella Betrus, as Salutatorian. Congratulations to these young women for their many academic achievements and accomplishments throughout the years.

All-School Representative Elected

The return from Easter vacation marks the beginning of many transitions in the school community. After a series of events, including an interview with the Dean of Students and Avery Henderson '17, the current All-School Representative, several days of campaigning with posters and flyers, a Fishbowl Q&A session and the delivery of campaign speeches to the entire Upper School and eighth grade, the Upper School is proud to announce the election of Claire Kobold-Vettraino '18 as the All-School Representative for the 2017-2018 year. 


Claire, a student at Sacred Heart since she was in fourth grade, ran against three formidable opponents and classmates, Amelia Charamand-Quelas, Keeley Najor and Victoria Shahnazary. Each of them ran excellent campaigns. They also presented themselves well during the Fishbowl questions, which required them to reflect on a series of predetermined questions drawn from a "fishbowl". The campaigning culminated with each candidate offering a speech, highlighting her experience here at Sacred Heart and projecting how she would be a good representative for the school community.


We would again like to congratulate Claire Kobold-Vettraino on her election to the position of All-School Representative for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Fujitsu Design Team Visits ASH

On Wednesday, April 26, ASH was pleased to welcome four guests from Fujitsu. The team included the design director and a designer from Fujitsu Japan as well as a product manager and client executive from Fujitsu America, all of whom were interested in observing and speaking with students and faculty to ultimately improve their company's PC designs for 2019.


Our school was one of only eight in North America (six in the U.S. and two in Canada) selected for a visit. The Fujitsu guests were able to meet with students from the Middle School for Girls, Kensington Hall and the Upper School to learn about the various technology tools used, and applications such as the robotics program. Of particular interest were the Chromebook Carts used in the Lower School and our 1:1 mobile technology program that begins in Grade 5.

Joe Flaherty, Senior Client Executive for Fujitsu America, said, "The chance to sit down and speak with students and engage them regarding their views about the current and future requirements of technology was truly well worth the visit."

Thank you to the students for sharing honest dialogue and thoughtful ideas, and to all who made the #ASHDifference evident to our visitors.

ASH Recognized for 10 Years as a Michigan Green School 


On Wednesday, April 26, the Academy of the Sacred Heart was recognized for participation in the Michigan Green Schools Program since the program's inception ten years ago. ASH is one of only 14 schools that have participated in the program since its origin. The Michigan Green School designation is in recognition of environmentally-friendly activities within our facilities and in our curriculum; ASH has achieved "Evergreen" status in every year it has been offered.


At a ceremony held by Oakland Schools, ASH Green Committee members Mark LaDuke and Danielle Bell (above) were presented with a plaque made by Reclaim Detroit using materials reclaimed from Webster Elementary in Pontiac. Learn more about our Green School Designation here.

Community Support Commended 


The National Honor Society would like thank the school community for supporting the recent Bruegger's Bagels fundraising. On Sunday, April 23, the members of the NHS were on hand to collect donations from customers as Bruegger's held a training session for their employees. The students unanimously felt that their time and efforts should be directed to the Sean English GoFundMe account. 

To date, between the approximately $1600 raised at Bruegger's and other monies collected at school, the Sacred Heart community has sent approximately $1,910 to Sean English and his family. Sean continues to heal and progress, and truly values the continued prayers and messages. #SeanStrong @seanenglish24


Ready, Set, Go: The Road Rally is May 12!

Since 2003, members of the ASH community have supported the Upper School Performing Arts Department while having a rockin' good time, racing around town during the annual Road Rally! Originally designed as a fundraiser, it has become a community builder that people both look forward to and, depending on how competitive team members are, dread at the same time.


For three hours teams figure out clues, solve puzzles and drive from place to place in a race to be the first car to arrive at the final destination and win fabulous monetary prizes and possibly the honor of hosting the next year's Rally.


A good time is had by all and it's a fun way to support a great cause! Click here for more details about this year's Road Rally and plan to join in on May 12. 


Kids' Night Out is TONIGHT


Excitement is in the air for the all-encompassing fun fest known as Kids' Night Out. Preschool, Primary, Lower School, and fifth and sixth grade students can join us from 6:30-10:30 with dinner provided! Early-bird pricing is extended through 3 p.m. today! (Walk-ins are welcome!) REGISTER HERE!


It's RECITAL TIME! The Performing Arts Academy DANCE RECITAL will take place Wednesday, May 10 in the Sacred Heart Auditorium at 7 p.m.! Make sure you have read the Dance Recital Information Sheet and ordered a Star Note and Video of the performance!


On Thursday, May 25 the Spring HEART Enrichment MUSIC RECITAL will take place in the Field House gym at 4:30 p.m.! Students should arrive by 4:15 to the Field House classroom in their Sunday best.


Final Enrichment Events! It's hard to believe it is almost the close of the 2016-17 school year! Below are the final Enrichment events of the year (register here):

  • May 5: Final Primary Cache-Cache
  • May 8: Mother's Day Extravaganza
  • May 12: Final Lower School, MSG, KH Cache-Cache
  • May 22: Spring Scavenger Hunt
  • June 2: Primary & Lower School Play Day



The Ryan Rocks Annual Blood Drive

By Robin Clements, School Nurse

The blood drive will be held at Northbrook Presbyterian Church (22055 West 14 Mile Road, Beverly Hills) on Wednesday, May 3 from 1-7 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please go to: and use the sponsor code: northpres.


Be sure to bring your photo I.D. You won't be able to donate without your I.D. Also, please arrive a couple minutes prior to your appointment time so that they maintain an on-time schedule. To save time, pre-screening can now be done online. Go to


In preparation for your donation:

  • Be sure to get a good eight hours of sleep.
  • Be sure your meals include healthy protein sources, complex carbohydrates and iron-rich foods. Dietary iron intake is really important – low iron can cause your hemoglobin to be low, which will make you ineligible to donate.
  • Drink plenty of water. Start the day with a glass of water and be sure to drink extra water throughout the day. Drinking water 10-30 minutes prior to your donation will help to prevent dizziness and/or lightheadedness from donating.

If you are nervous about donating or if you haven't donated before:

  • Look away when the needle is inserted and use positive imagery to help you relax.
  • Bring something to read while you are waiting.
  • If you feel discomfort, tell your Red Cross staff member and they can help you. 
  • After donating, all donors should plan to take 15 minutes to relax at the "canteen," drink fluids and have a snack before you return to your day's activities.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact me at or 248-646-8900 ext 424.


"Who's Driving" the 2017 Raffle?


You'll never believe who's behind the wheel this year! Find out here and then help us drive the annual raffle to success. The winner will choose from a prepaid lease of a 2017 Jeep Wrangler or Dodge challenger or $5,000 cash. Support the #ASHDifference - call 248-646-8900 or email to purchase tickets.

Remember, our goal is to sell 1,500 tickets by May 12. If we meet this goal, there will be an all-school day off on Friday, May 26. Let's do it!



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