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Clubs & Organizations

 
Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart encourages each girl to find her passion. For many, our clubs and organizations allow girls to explore new ideas and activities. These opportunities provide outstanding leadership experiences, as well as ways to build friendships with other girls who share similar interests. Clubs and activities at SHA are designed to foster social awareness and debate, develop talents and skills, and enhance our students’ commitment to others.

Clubs include:

American Sign Language (ASL) Club provides SHA students with an introduction to sign language with a focus on building basic vocabulary, forming sentences, and developing conversational skills. Opportunities will be explored to use sign language to enhance special liturgies and other events at SHA.

Art Club is a group of students who create art and work on projects of their own choosing to enhance the Academy or the greater WNY community.
 
A World of Drums is a club which exposes students to this very important instrument of various cultures from around the world - particularly African and South American countries.  Come and drum with your friends and bring any singers or dancers with you as well.
 
Badminton Club allows any student the opportunity to play badminton. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in some tournaments.
 
Be-YOU-tiful Club is designed to help create a more conscious, inclusive, and accepting environment for each other where we can work together as students to shed light on the importance of mental health issues and find ways to educate and support one another here in our community. All are welcome to this club that celebrates YOU and your uniqueness. Let's help make our SHA the best and most affirming SHA ever.
 
Book Club is a social club for girls that enjoy leisure reading. At the initial meeting there is a dynamic discussion of what genres are of interest to the individuals in the club and a book is selected. Following meetings involve discussion of the book and a new selection is made before adjourning. All meetings are led by club officers and book selections are made by the club members. Snacks are enjoyed by all.
 
Coding Club teaches girls how to build websites, apps, games and more. Girls also learn computer languages such as HTML, Python, and Java to explore basic programming functions.
 
Coffee House Music Club is an opportunity for singers, strummers, piano players and any other musicians who would like to get together, meet, talk, hang out, and share their music. All are welcome!
 
Cooking Club is where you will develop basic cooking skills, master new recipes, and learn how to prepare healthy meals that you can be proud to share. 
 
Cosmetic Art Club If you are interested in the art of cosmetics and would like to explore them more, come join this newly devised club. All are welcome!
 
Couch to 5K Club is a group that trains to run a 5K race in nine 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. Fall and spring sessions are offered.
 
DECA is a business club for students interested in marketing.  DECA helps to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, fiance, hospitality and management.

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 while breaking down stereotypes in order to create a positive environment for all.

DIY Club (Do It Yourself) makes various crafts found on Pinterest, mainly focusing on the holidays. Some of the projects are made for the club members, others for their families, and others for community organizations.

Documentary Film Club members watch and discuss award-winning documentaries that pose challenging and current big ideas that are discussed in a supportive environment.

Donate Life Club 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. Students design an awareness campaign and help coordinate an annual blood drive.

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

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.
 
Franciscan Scholars is open to students enrolled in advanced placement or honors English classes who read and discuss various plays and musicals, and then have the opportunity to attend area theatrical productions.
 
Glee Club is for students who 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.
 
History Club explores our multi-faceted human history and also prepares students for participation in regional History Bowl/History Bee competitions. Students also participate in Model United Nations, in which we represent one nation to debate and propose solutions to many of today's important global issues.
 
Improv Club is for students who desire to improve their improvisational skills and build confidence! We will learn the basic rules of improv and apply them to various improv games. No theater background or experience necessary! 

Life Skills teaches 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 as well as other helpful skills to survive day-to-day life.

Literary Magazine is open to students who enjoy creative writing and artwork. Members work together to produce SHA’s literary magazine, Quoth The Raven.
Mathletes participate in a variety of interscholastic competitions in mathematics at the local, state, and national levels. Students improve and demonstrate their understanding of mathematical knowledge, thinking, modeling, and more.  
 
Mock Trial teaches the principles of case development and trial techniques. Members compete against other schools in mock trial tournaments. The SHA Mock Trial team is the 2019 Erie County and Regional Champions. Try-outs for Mock Trial are held each year.
 
Music Ministry is a group of SHA students who enjoy combining their faith with their love of music.  Students in this group help choose and perform music for the many Mass celebrations and prayer services throughout the year. 

National Honor Society is a select group of Juniors and Seniors who maintain a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and excel in leadership, service, as well as exemplary moral character. Members participate in activities that help improve the community.
 
Quiz Bowl is a club for fast-paced question and answer competition in subjects such as history, literature, science, politics, art, geography, religion, sports, and current events. Members compete against teams from other schools about once a month throughout the year.

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.  SHA has qualified for the Nationals, three out of the past four years.

Sacristans help to prepare for school religious services and participate in the SHA liturgies.

Science Olympiad Team prepares for regional, state, and national interscholastic competitions in science, engineering, and math events.

Service Club works to provide a service corps for the needs of our Western New York community. Participants in this club 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.
 
S.H.A.R.K. 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. 

SHAble Top Role Playing Club is a way for you to leave the world behind and create an intricate fantasy story with your friends after school.  This is a wonderful way to develop friendships that will last for life.
 
SHAnimals is a club that educates and shares information about diverse groups of animals and their habitats.
 
SHA Shouties are a group of students overflowing with school spirit who cheer on the school sports teams at competitions with rival schools. Shouties meet prior to selected games.
 
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.
 
Social Media Club will explore effective ways to use social media outlets as communication tools, develop the power of social media micro-influencers and educate our school community on safe and responsible use of social media. 
 
Spilled Ink is a club for people who appreciate a good story. We're the type of people who can't wait to tell our friends about our latest adventure, who get angry at movie-talkers because we don't want to miss a second, and who always wanted just one more bedtime story. During meetings, we will explore a variety of stories and media (including graphic novels, movies, and even music), and share our own stories with the group. We can even publish our own stories to our Schoology page! 
Student Council is the governance 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.
 
Theater Appreciation Club is for those who want to learn more about theater but don’t necessarily want to be onstage. We will explore many aspects of theater, read plays, watch musicals and discuss. Learn about different parts of the theater and various theatrical styles in order to really develop an appreciation for the arts.
 
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. Read the Torch
 
Upcycle Club is for girls who want to prevent fast fashion by personalizing and updating old clothes.  Learn how to sew, paint, embroider and much more to make your clothes just how you want in a fun and creative way.
 
Volleyball Club is open to all students who enjoy playing volleyball in a non-competitive atmosphere.
 
Yoga Club teaches busy students to quiet their minds through "moving meditation" and focus on the present task.  Students looking for a workout, stretching, and strengthening benefit from thoughtful movement.