Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart


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

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

Badminton Club allows any student the opportunity to play badminton. 

The group will meet weekly in December, January, and February.  Students will have an opportunity to play in a singles tournament in December and a doubles tournament in March.

Moderator:  Mrs. Kristina Hartman Gerschwender

Book Club is a social club for girls who enjoy reading books and discussing them with others.  We meet every 5-6 weeks.  Each year we try to do something fun like travel to Rochester for the Teen Book Festival or go to the movies to see a book that we have read and was made into a movie.

Moderator: Mrs. Lyn Biniszkiewicz

Classic Club /Latin Quiz 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

Coding Club

How is a website built?  An app?  A computer application?  A game?  Come to Coding Club to find out!  You can dabble in whatever language interests you – HTML or Java, perhaps.  Or just dabble in basic programming functions like IF statements and loops.

Moderator: Ms. Jessica Geraci

Cosmetic Art Club is open to all students interested in learning about and practicing the art of makeup application for both social and theatrical  purposes.  This club enjoys watching tutorial videos and demonstrations by group members, followed by experimentation with learned applications on self and others, if desired.  All members provide their own cosmetic products for use and practice and are discouraged from sharing these with one another.  A permission slip is issued to interested students and must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian for any student wishing to

participate.  The group meets one day every other week for 10 weeks.

Moderator: Ms. Lisa Bonn

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.

The club will meet once a week on Thursdays and will require you to run two other days during the week.

Moderator:  Mrs. Mary Cochrane

Diversity Club is open to everyone and will explore issues relating to diversity and inclusion, both at SHA and in the larger community outside.  We will work to address issues that impact members of the SHA community, finding ways to break down stereotypes and provide school-wide education when possible.  We will schedule both club and school-wide events.

Moderator:  Ms. Alison Taylor

DIY (Do It Yourself) Club 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 families.  The club meets every other month.

Moderator: Mrs. Patty Hooper

Documentary Film Club will meet once a month, watch a student-selected documentary, and discuss it online in Schoology afterward.  Students will select from a variety of award-winning films interesting to them – including the 1974 wire-walker between the World Trade Twin towers, the Sea World orca scandal, college campus sexual assaults, ballerina Misty Copeland’s story, a tour of the Space Station, the dangers of texting while driving, just to name a few. 

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

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:  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 monthly.

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

Glee Club

Do you love to sing and dance? Have you ever imagined yourself on the show "Glee?" If you want to show off your talent, sign up to try out for the Glee Club. We are planning to meet once a week on Wednesdays in the dance studio to practice for a few performances throughout the year. Look for the auditions sign-up on the Wall Mail.

Moderator:  Ms. Lori Kiefer

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. Students will also prepare for and participate in Model United Nations, in which we represent one nation to debate and propose solutions to many of today's important global issues.

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

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 Tuesday and Wednesday after school.

Moderator:  Mrs. Tammy Mugel

Scientific Journal Club is a brand new club at SHA this year open to all students.  We will familiarize ourselves with the structure of peer-reviewed scientific research articles, critique and discuss the latest findings, and of course, eat lots of food and have fun while doing it!

Moderator: Mrs. Andrea Covey


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

SHAcappellas 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.

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

SHAkuleles 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

Spilled Ink is a club for storytellers.  If you are a budding writer who is looking for a community of like-minded individuals to talk about your interests, inspirations, and writing processes, then Spilled Ink is the club for you.  During meetings, we will share our newest stories or chapters, receive constructive feedback from the group, and discuss our habits as writers, such as how we set up our writing spaces, the music we listen to, our stories ideas, and how to overcome writer’s block. We can even publish some of our work through our own Schoology page!  This year, we will also take on the challenge of National Novel Writing Month, a thrilling worldwide movement that encourages writers to hunker down and write a 50,000-word novel over the span of 30 days in November.  Whether you are an avid writer or more of a "story-listener", you will always have a spot in our club.

Moderator:  Mrs. Katelyn Posenjak

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 Monday and Wednesday from 3-4 pm from September through the end of October.

Moderator:  Mr. Ron Stepien