Summerspace Camps

Summerspace '21 (June 28-July 30)
We are thrilled to be able to offer in-person camps during Summer '21.  This is our 15th anniversary of Summerspace, a series of week-long summer camps for middle school girls in entering grades 5-8.  These camps provide girls with the opportunities to explore, learn, have fun and make new friends.
 
All camps will operate following COVID-19 guidelines and procedures according to the Erie County Health Department.  Due to the continual change in the COVID situation in Western New York, we will provide updates on daily camp protocols as we get closer to the start date of Summerspace.
 
If for any reason, camps cannot run, we will provide families with a full refund.  
 
 Questions? Call the Admissions Office, 834-2101 ext. 311 or email mganey@sacredheartacademy.org.
 
 
Summerspace 2021
  • Summerspace is open to girls entering grades 5-8, except where noted.
  • Summerspace offers both morning and afternoon weeklong camps. Girls can pick a morning camp (9 a.m. - 12 noon), an afternoon camp (12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) or both. There are many campers who stay for a full day.
  • All camps take place at Sacred Heart Academy, except where noted.
  • Girls staying for both morning and afternoon camps should bring a lunch and drink. Snacks are included each day.
  • All camps are taught by Sacred Heart faculty & staff members, except where noted.
  • Sacred Heart reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is not sufficient enrollment.
  • Register online at sacredheartacademy.org

 

WEEK #1 - JUNE 28- JULY 2

Musical Theatre
Spend a week learning about live theatre and how to become a part of it. You will learn many different aspects of theatre, including movement, dance, voice and acting, as well as other technical and creative components such as costumes, set design and make-up. Each day you will participate in a series of activities which will prepare you for a performance piece to be presented on the final day of the camp.

June 28-July 2, AM CAMP Instructor: Heather Casseri, SHA musical theatre and dance teacher

Lacrosse
This camp will focus on the fundamentals of the game, emphasizing basic skills, techniques and concepts. You will learn and practice basic to intermediate stick skills including cradling, passing, catching and shooting drills. In addition, you will learn offensive and defensive techniques and engage in daily scrimmages. Equipment needed: mouth guard, lacrosse goggles and stick (SHA has a limited amount of sticks for those who don’t own one). Team play will be highlighted as well as individual play.

June 28-July 2, AM CAMP Instructor: Kristina Geschwender, SHA physical education teacher and varsity lacrosse coach

Catholic High School Entrance Exam Prep Course
Prepare yourself for the Catholic High School Entrance Exam in November. Learn strategies for test taking in Math and English along with review in each section. Students will take a full-length practice exam on the final day (This course will also be offered in Fall 2021.)

June 28-July 2, AM CAMP, girls entering grade 8 only Instructors: Eileen Maloney, SHA English teacher and Angela Harris, SHA Math teacher

Catholic High School Entrance Exam Practice Test – Friday, July 2
This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the format of the Catholic High School Entrance Exam which will be offered to 8th graders in November 2021. Girls will take all five sections in a test environment and receive detailed written results. The practice test is open to girls entering 8th grade in Fall 2021. This test is included in the full week prep course but is also open to girls who want to take the test only.

July 2, 9 am - 12 noon, girls entering grade 8 only

Filmmaking
Do you want to learn how to make your own movies? Come to our new filmmaking camp where you can learn how to film and edit your own movie using iMovie. Tap into your creative side and learn how to be a director as we explore various themes and genres of filmmaking. SHA will provide iPads for all participants.

June 28-July 2, PM CAMP Instructor: Heather Casseri, SHA musical theatre and dance teacher

S.T.E.A.M.
Spend the week learning about each of the S.T.E.A.M. fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Each day you will explore a different topic while participating in fun, hands-on activities.

July 28-July 2, PM CAMP Instructors: Various

WEEK #2 - JULY 6-9 (NO CAMP ON JULY 5)

Leadership Academy
Sacred Heart’s Leadership Academy, now in its tenth year, encourages young women to explore and practice skills in the 5 B’s of Leadership: Becoming a young adult leader, Belonging to a community called school, Believing in God and one’s own self, Building relationships and Bettering our world. Throughout the week, participants will develop their abilities to think creatively, to work as a team, to share ideas, and to handle conflicts. Eighth graders will be teamed up with our already trained student leaders. With the assistance of these student leaders, girls will develop the practical skills necessary for effective leadership in the school community. Each participant is eligible for a $200 tuition credit to Sacred Heart Academy upon registration at Sacred Heart for the 2022-23 school year. For girls entering grade 8, only.

July 6-9, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (full day, no camp on 7/5) Instructor: Maria Clare ‘95, SHA Religion teacher & campus minister & Katie Gravelle Kittleson ’05, SHA math teacher

Camp Calm
Learn how to minimize distractions in your daily life through art, yoga and nature appreciation. The week will include journaling, basic yoga, exploring various art forms, and field trips in nature.

July 6-9, AM Camp (no camp on 7/5) Instructor: Holly Doyle, SHA staff

The Art of Persuasion & Debate
Do you sometimes find you have something important to say... but are afraid to stand up and say it in front of your classmates? This camp will teach you the skills necessary to be able to stand up in front of people with confidence to either deliver a speech, argue a point effectively or simply answer a question! Throughout the week we will learn about public speaking, logic, rhetoric, improvisational speaking, and debate through an interactive, fun and dynamic curriculum. You will have the opportunity to practice each day while improving these vital communication skills in a safe and secure environment.

July 6-9, AM Camp (no camp on 7/5) Instructor: Nicole Polino, SHA English teacher

Field Hockey
This camp will focus on the fundamentals of the game, emphasizing basic skills, techniques, and concepts. You will learn and practice basic to intermediate stick skills including dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting drills. In addition, you will learn offensive and defensive techniques and engage in daily scrimmages. Equipment needed: mouth guard, goggles, shin guards and stick (SHA has a limited amount of sticks for those who don’t own one).Team play will be highlighted as well as individual play.

July 6-9, AM CAMP (no camp on 7/5) Instructor: Kyle Dillman, SHA varsity field hockey coach

Do It!
Join us as we head out for a week of doing new and different things at some of Western New York’s most popular and unique destinations.

July 6-9, PM CAMP (no camp on 7/5) Instructor: Melanie Whitney ‘96, SHA science teacher

Ceramics
Learn about the basics of ceramics as you explore a variety of building techniques. Experiment with the various qualities of clay, create both functional and sculptural work as well as different glazing applications.

June 6-9, PM CAMP (no camp on 7/5) Instructor: Talia Ryan ’14, Masters in Art Education, Nazareth College ’19

WEEK #3 - JULY 12-16

Painting
Whether you are new to painting or have previous experience, all are welcome to attend painting camp. We will experiment with a variety of techniques in both acrylic paint and watercolor, and learn methods for painting expressively and realistically.

June 12-16, AM CAMP Instructor: Talia Ryan ’14, Masters in Art Education, Nazareth College ’19

Into the Deep: Marine Biology
Do you love hands-on science? Are you interested in Oceanography, Ecology and Marine Biology? In this camp you will learn about Earth's amazing bodies of water and the animals and plants that inhabit them as well as our impact on this fragile ecosystem.

July 12-16, AM CAMP Instructor: Colleen Makar ‘08, SHA Science teacher

Printmaking
Before photos, inkjet printers, and Instagram, there was Printmaking! In this camp you will learn a variety of relief printmaking techniques, make decorative, detailed beautiful prints, learn how to carve your own stamps and make prints using special inks, as well as learning some art history along the way. You will have lots of creative freedom as you experiment with this easy to use medium.

July 12-16, PM camp Instructor: Talia Ryan ’14, Masters in Art Education, Nazareth College ‘19

Photography
During this week-long camp, you will learn about lighting, compositional techniques, and other photo-making hot tips. We will make self-portraits, go on field trips, and create spiral-bound portfolios of selected images made during the workshop. In addition, you will learn about graphic design and create your own book covers. All of your images will be uploaded via Google Drive so all artwork will be preserved for posterity digitally. Now in its eighth year, this camp is both fun and informative!

July 12-16, PM CAMP Instructor: Nancy J. Parisi, freelance photographer & journalist

Cooking: The Basics
Indulge your culinary curiosity! During this hands-on experience Chef Krista Van Wagner will introduce basic cooking techniques including meal preparation (mise en place), sautéing, deglazing, and baking. Every day you will be working around a cooking theme ranging from making homemade soups and salads to healthy breakfast ideas. This camp will be offered twice, it will be the same content in each camp.

July 12-16 & July 19-23 (PM CAMP) Instructor: Krista Van Wagner, professional chef & culinary instructor

WEEK #4 - JULY 19-23

Basketball
This camp will help you develop your skills and improve your abilities with emphasis on fundamentals. You will be involved in games, drills and various skill contests throughout the week, according to your age and ability. This camp is for the beginning as well as the experienced player. This camp will be offered in both the morning and afternoon sessions. It will be the same camp in each session.

July 19-23, AM CAMP & PM CAMP Coach: Carrie Owens, SHA varsity basketball coach

Service
Spend a week sharing your time and talents by volunteering at a variety of agencies throughout Western New York. Each day we will volunteer at a different service site and learn about each organization. This is a great opportunity to explore our gifts and talents, and to give back and make a difference in the community. This camp is open to girls entering grades 6-8. This camp will be offered in both the morning and afternoon sessions. It will be the same camp in each session.

July 19-23, AM CAMP & PM CAMP Instructor: Maria Clare, SHA campus minister

Introduction to Ukulele
Have you always wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument? The ukulele is fun, versatile, and easy to learn! Over the course of this camp you will learn how to read and play tabs, chords, and strumming patterns so that you can play any song that comes your way. The course will also explore the history and cultural importance of the ukulele and similar folk instruments. No experience necessary. We will provide the ukuleles which will be available for purchase after the camp.

July 19-23, AM CAMP Instructor: Christina Santa Maria, music educator

Stained Glass Fusion
Have fun making art by fusing glass using glass kilns. Make jewelry, frit cast ornaments, glass paintings and so much more! This class for beginners is totally hands on and very creative. You will take home everything you make at the end of the week. Students will be bussed to Villa Maria College each day. This camp will also be offered July 26-30. It will be the same camp in each session.

July 19-23, PM camp Instructor: Sister Ann Therese Kelly, Villa Maria College professor, SHA faculty member, and the Roycroft Artisans

Cooking: The Basics
Indulge your culinary curiosity! During this hands-on experience Chef Krista Van Wagner will introduce basic cooking techniques including meal preparation (mise en place), sautéing, deglazing, and baking. Every day you will be working around a cooking theme ranging from making homemade soups and salads to healthy breakfast ideas. This camp will be offered twice, it will be the same content in each camp.

July 12-16 & July 19-23 (PM CAMP) Instructor: Krista Van Wagner, professional chef & culinary instructor

WEEK #5 - JULY 26-30

Backyard Science
From exploring dirt to understanding plants, to birds and habitats right in our own backyards, this camp will offer lots of hands-on activities to better understand the world right outside the door. We will explore how we can use science to answer questions and solve problems that are created by both nature and humans. Topics will include the Great Lakes, native plants and animals, and even some forensic science!

July 26-30, AM CAMP Instructor: Colleen Makar, SHA Science teacher

Volleyball
This camp is designed to meet the needs of both beginning and intermediate players. As a beginning player, you will learn the basics of volleyball including passing, setting, hitting and serving while receiving an introduction to team play. If you have experience you will further develop your team skills with a volleyball player who has already mastered the basics. In addition, we will teach offensive and defensive tactics through drills and scrimmages. This camp will be offered in both the morning and afternoon sessions. It will be the same camp in each session.

July 26-30, AM CAMP & PM CAMP Coach: Ron Stepien, SHA volleyball coach

Cooking: Flavors of the Caribbean
Indulge your culinary curiosity! Chef Krista Van Wagner will incorporate a basic hands-on skills class while preparing exotic dishes from the Caribbean.

July 26-30, PM camp Instructor: Krista Van Wagner, professional chef & educator

Stained Glass Fusion
Have fun making art by fusing glass using glass kilns. Make jewelry, frit cast ornaments, glass paintings and so much more! This class for beginners is totally hands on and very creative. You will take home everything you make at the end of the week. Students will be bussed to Villa Maria College each day. This camp will also be offered July 19-23. It will be the same camp in each session.

July 26-30, PM camp Instructor: Sister Ann Therese Kelly, Villa Maria College professor, SHA faculty member, and the Roycroft Artisans

Financial assistance is available to students who meet the criteria for the Free or Reduced Federal Lunch program. For more information, call the Admissions Office, 834-2101 ext. 311.