Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

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Clubs and Organizations

Sacred Heart Academy encourages each student to participate in extracurricular clubs and activities.  These opportunities provide outstanding leadership experiences for students and occasions to build friendships with peers who share similar interests.  The extracurricular clubs and activities at SHA are designed to foster social awareness and debate, develop talents and skills, and enhance our students’ commitment to others.  Some of the diverse opportunities available at SHA include:

American Sign Language will allow students to learn another language - American Sign Language.  It will also help them to better understand what life is like for the deaf and hard of hearing.  Students will learn how to sign and more.

Moderator: Ms. Meghan Dandrea

Amnesty International focuses on helping the vulnerable and unfortunate in the impoverished and war torn areas of the world.  SHA’s chapter emphasizes women’s rights and freedoms in these disadvantaged countries.  Meetings are held twice a month.

Moderator:  Mrs. Sheila Lyons

Art Alive is a creative arts group dedicated to the creation and implementation of a living work of art for submission to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery "Art Alive" event held in June.

Moderator: Ms. Lisa Bonn

Art Club is a group of students who create art and work on projects which they choose.  Meetings are held every other week.

Moderator: Ms. Lisa Bonn

Art of Cosmetology Club is open to all students interested in learning about and practicing the art of makeup application for both social and theatrical  purposes.  Meetings are held every other week for 10 weeks.

Moderator: Ms. Lisa Bonn

Badminton Club allows any student the opportunity to play badminton.  Members will also have the opportunity to participate in some tournaments.  Badminton meets twice a week for 8-10 weeks in January and February.

Moderator:  Ms. Kristina Hartman

Book Club is a group of  SHA students who enjoy reading great books and discussing them with others.  Members meet every 6 weeks to discuss books chosen by the members.

Moderator: Mrs. Lyn Biniszkiewicz

Classic Club (Latin Bowl) is a group of students who participate in a quiz bowl, much like Jeopardy, except all questions are in and/or about Latin.  Meetings are held monthly.

Moderator: Mr. Michael Wright

Cooking for a Cause is a group that meets several times a year to plan and cook delicious and nutritious meals or treats for various organizations in Buffalo and its surrounding areas that support people in need.

Moderators:  Mrs. Kristin Clarke and Mrs. Jolene Rucinski

Couch to 5K Club is a group that trains to run a 5K race in 9 weeks.  Couch to 5K is less of a running regimen than a walking and jogging program.  The idea is to transform members from "couch potatoes" to runners capable of going 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in just two months.

Moderator:  Mrs. Mary Cochrane

Diversity Club celebrates the colorful backgrounds and experiences of our school community and the world at large.  Members actively work to make all feel accepted and break down stereotypes in order to create a postitive environment for all.

Moderator:  Dr. Bryan Krull

DIY Club (Do It Yourself) is a group that makes various crafts found on Pinterest, mainly focusing on the holidays.  Some of the projects are made for the club members and others for their family.  The club meets monthly.

Moderator: Ms. Jessica Thrush

Documentary Film Club members watch award-winning documentaries that they select and discuss them online in Schoology afterwards.

Moderator: Mrs. Shiela Lyons

Donate Life is a club that seeks to raise awareness about the importance of blood and organ donation in order to give critically ill patients a new chance at leading healthy, productive lives.

Moderators:  Mrs. Lyn Biniszkiewicz and Mrs. Jane Coughlin

Drama Club/Musical Production members participate in SHA’s fall musical and/or spring drama.  On-stage and behind-the-scenes roles offer everyone a chance to get involved. 

Directors:  Musical - Ms. Terri Filips Vaughan

                     Drama - Mrs. Karen Szalach

Drill Team is a diverse group of students who put together step routines to perform for a variety of SHA events.  No previous experience is necessary.  Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month from 3:00 to 3:30 pm.

Moderator: Ms. Kirsten Smith

Environmental Club is a group of concerned students who are interested in taking action to help the environment.  This group combines learning, service, and fun in monthly activities.  The club is open to all classes and organizational meetings are held weekly.

Moderators:  Mrs. Andrea Covey and Sister Mara Walton

Etiquette Club will help students learn how to act appropriately, how to present themselves, and how to dress properly in social settings such as weddings, dinners, etc.  The club will meet weekly.

Moderator:  Mrs. Margaret Wietig

Franciscan Scholars are SHA students in advanced placement or honors English classes who read and discuss various plays and musicals and attend the theatrical productions. 

Moderator:  Mrs. Nancy Brady

Going Places will offer students the opportunity to visit various sites and places of interest in and around Buffalo, as well as attend some special events and theater productions.  Meetings will be held monthly.

Moderator:  Ms. Jennifer Egan

History Club will explore our multi-faceted human history.  It will also prepare for, and participate in, regional History Bowl/History Bee competitions.  Varsity competitions are open to upperclasswomen, Junior Varsity to underclasswomen.

Moderator: Dr. Bryan Krull

Knitting Club will teach students how to knit or refine their knitting skills.  The group will also work on a service project and invites knitters of all levels to join. 

Moderator:  Mrs. Barbara Rooney

Life Skills is a club that will teach members practical skills to help them get along in the real world.  Members will learn to iron and mend clothing, change a flat tire, manage their money, balance a checkbook.  They will also learn other helpful skills to survive day-to-day life.

Moderstor: Ms. Jessica Geraci

Literary Magazine is comprised of a group of SHA students who enjoy creative writing and artwork, and who work together to produce SHA’s literary magazine, Quoth The Raven.

Moderator:  Mrs. Martha Horohoe

Mock Trial learns about the principles of case development and trial techniques and competes against other schools in mock trial tournaments.

Meetings are three times a week.

Moderator:  Mrs. Nancy Brady

National Honor Society is a group of juniors and seniors who maintain a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.  Members participate in activities that help improve the community.  Time and dates of meetings vary, depending on the projects at hand.

Moderator:  Mrs. Martha Horohoe

Podcast Club will explore the many genres of podcasts and show members what makes a great podcast.  Members will write, star in, and edit their own podcasts using a variety of digital tools.

Moderator: Mrs. Mary Cochrane

Rocketry Club plans, builds, and flies rockets, using math and science skills.  The club is part of the Team America Rocketry Challenge competition - the world's largest student rocket competition.

Moderator:  Mr. Ron Stepien

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) seeks to inform, educate, support, and empower young people to make positive decisions in their lives.

Moderator: Ms. Amanda Moran

Sacristans help to prepare the SHA auditorium for school religious services and participate in the Academy liturgies.  Sacristans meet during the week prior to liturgies.

Moderator:  Mrs. Maria Clare

Science Olympiad Team prepares for Regional, State, and National interscholastic competitions in science, engineering, and math events.  The team meets every week on Wednesday after school.

Moderator:  Mrs. Tammy Mugel

Self-Defense Club will teach students some valuable self-defense techniques while giving them self-confidence and the opportunity to become more physically fit.  The club will meet once a week for one month.

Moderator:  Mrs. Rosa Newman

Service Club works to provide a service corps for the needs of our Western New York community.  Participants in this club will research, design, and volunteer for various WNY non-profit organizations.  Our goal is to help others while having fun and learning more about the community in which we live.  Club members, if present at all club volunteer days, should be able to satisfy the basic Footprints Service Requirements.

Moderator:  Mrs. Bridget McGuinness

SHAcappella is a high-quality performance group that incorporates singing and dancing without musical accompaniment. Meetings are held every Monday from 3-4 pm and some Wednesday mornings from

7:30-8 am.

Moderator:  Mr. Terry Madill

SHARK Club (Sacred Heart Acts of Random Kindness) is a group of students who participate in various activities that bring kindness to the SHA community and beyond.  Meetings are held twice each month.

Moderator:  Mrs. Jane Coughlin

SHA Shouties are a group of students overflowing with school spirit who cheer on the school sports teams at competitions with rival schools.

Shouties will meet prior to selected games.

Moderator:  Mrs. Anne Spasiano

SHAkulele Club is open to students, faculty, and staff members who would like to learn to play the ukulele.  Members will perform at the Music Department concerts as well as at various events throughout the school year.  The group meets each week.

Moderator: Ms. Riley Stepnick

Spanish Club offers exposure to the Spanish speaking world and its culture in a fun environment.  It looks beyond the Foreign Language classrooms and encourages the understanding of diversity of other people and cultures.  Meetings are held monthly.

Moderator: Mrs. Rosa Newman

Spilled Ink is a community for budding writers who are looking to hone their craft, procure quality feedback from their peers, and publish through a variety of avenues, including our own Schoology Page.

Moderator:  Mrs. Katelyn Posenjak

Sports Writing for the Media Club members will cover all SHA sports and compose season outlooks, game recaps, player spotlights, and season recaps.  The club will publish to various outlets, including the SHA website, the SHA Athletics Twitter Account, and other school publications.  Members will also work to expand the @SHAathletics Twitter network by reaching past, present, and future SHA Sharks.

Moderator:  Mr. Nick Sperrazza

Ski Club offers a great outdoor winter activity for those students who enjoy the thrill of the slopes. Students ski at Holiday Valley on Friday evenings through the St Joe’s Ski Club.

Student Council is the government and leadership of the student body.  Its members include the Student Council officers, class officers, and homeroom representatives.  Student Council and class officers are elected each year in May.  Homeroom representatives are elected in October.  Members discuss and plan various events throughout the year, including Spirit Week.  All officers and representatives must attend meetings every quarter.

Moderator:  Mrs. Anne Spasiano

The TORCH is the school's newspaper and is published as an online news site.  Articles range from International, National, and Local News to Editorials, as well as features on SHA activities, fashion, movies, books, and sports.

Moderator:  Mrs. Mary Marciniak

Volleyball Club is open to all students who enjoy playing volleyball in a non-competitive atmosphere.   The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 pm from September through November.

Moderator:  Mr. Ron Stepien