Summerspace Camps

  • Summerspace 2022

    • 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 will be bussed from Sacred Heart Academy to off-campus locations.
    • 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. 
    • COVID vaccinations are not required, with the exception of two camps (Glass Fusion and Service).
    • Refunds will not be issued for cancellations within seven days of the start of the camp.
    • Questions?  Call Summerspace Director, Ruth Donner, 834-2101 ext. 310. 

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 2022.)

June 27-July 1, 9 AM - 12 NOON, 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 1
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 2022. 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 2022.  Do not sign up for the test if you are enrolling your daughter in the full week course.  

July 1, 9 AM - 12 NOON, girls entering grade 8 only

 

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 27-July 1, 9 AM - 12 NOON

Instructor: Kristina Geschwender, SHA physical education teacher and varsity lacrosse coach

 

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.

June 27-July 1, 9 AM - 12 NOON

Instructor: Nicole Polino, SHA English teacher

 

Upcycle Fashion

Love fashion?  Love repurposing?  During this camp you will create a new item each day that emphasizes resourcefulness and using your clothes in new ways.  Guided by the talents of local designers, the camp will help you create fashion based on your own unique style.  The week will culminate in a runway show to celebrate your creativity! 

June 27-July 1, 12:30-3:30 PM

Instructors:  Erin Habes, Lecturer & Runway Director, Buffalo State, Department of Fashion and Textile Technology & local designers

 

Photographic Art: Portraits, Editorial, Nature, Still Life (PENS).

During this 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 camp. 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 ninth year, this camp is both fun and informative!

June 27-July 1, 12:30-3:30 PM

Instructor: Nancy J. Parisi, freelance photographer & journalist

 

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 2023-24 school year. For girls entering grade 8, only.

July 5-8, 9 AM – 3:30 PM (full day, no camp on 7/4)

Instructors: Maria Clare ‘95, SHA Religion teacher & campus minister &

Katie Gravelle Kittleson ’05, SHA math 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 AM amount of sticks for those who don’t own one). Team play will be highlighted as well as individual play.

July 5-8, 9 AM - 12 NOON (no camp on 7/5)

Instructor: Kyle Dillman, SHA varsity field hockey coach

 

Filmmaking
Do you want to learn how to make your own movies? Come to our 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.

 July 5-July 8 (no camp on 7/4), 9 AM - 12 NOON

Instructor: Heather Casseri, freelance actor

 

It’s All Fun & Games!

Spend a week exploring all sorts of games, from an escape room to lawn games to card games to creating your very own board game. If you like to play games, learn new things and be challenged, this is the camp for you!

July 5-July 8 (no camp on 7/4), 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Instructor:  Ruth Donner, SHA faculty

 

D.I. Y. (Do It Yourself!)

Spend a week exploring your creative side and learning new skills while creating a variety of arts and crafts! You will complete a number of Pinterest-worthy projects to bring home and leave with skills to continue crafting. 

July 5-July 8 (no camp on 7/4), 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

Instructors:  Various

 

Soccer

This camp will focus on the fundamentals of the game, emphasizing basic skills, techniques, and concepts for the beginning player and work on improvement of technical skills for the player with experience.   Team play will be highlighted as well as individual play.

July 11-15, 9 AM – 12 NOON

Instructor:  Jenna Raepple, SHA Varsity Soccer Coach

 

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 both expressively and realistically. 

July 11-15, 9 AM – 12 NOON

Instructor:  Talia Ryan ’14, art educator

 

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. All campers must be fully vaccinated for this camp.

July 11-15, 9 AM – 12 NOON

Instructor: Maria Clare, SHA Religion teacher and campus minister

 

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 11-15, 12:30-3:30 pm

Instructor: Talia Ryan ’14, Masters in Art Education, Nazareth College ‘19, art educator

 

SHARK Week:  All Things SHA

Spend a week experiencing all things that make SHA unique.  From creating a dance routine to scavenger hunts, a field trip, community service, and more, this camp will leave you knowing what it means to be a SHARK girl!

July 11-15, 12:30-3:30 PM

Instructor:  Maria Clare, SHA Religion teacher and campus minister

 

Way Cool Culinary Camp

Can’t get enough of the Food Network, then this camp is for you! Way Cool culinary camp will be a dynamic and fun hands-on experience of culinary arts. Young chefs will learn the skills to create delicious and healthy dishes in both baking and cooking segments. Activities to include (but not limited to): a field trip to a farm to learn about seasonal cooking with local produce and then putting together our freshly picked produce into delicious dishes, learning how to artistically decorate cakes and/or cookies, and how to put together a well-balanced and tasty meal as part of collaborative team (subject to change)Learn for a week, keep skills for a lifetime!

July 11-15, 12:30-3:30 PM

Instructor:  Melissa Rakvica, experienced and passionate cook, and middle school science teacher

 

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.

July 18-22, 9 AM  -12 NOON

Instructor: Jill Anderson, SHA musical theatre and dance teacher

 

Improvisation

This camp will teach you the building blocks of basic improv and introduce you to the fundamental aspects of stage craft through both physical expression and verbal communication.  This camp will also focus on stage perfomance for a non-musical play.

Throughout the week, you will be led through improv exercises and games. These are meant to be fun and focus on communication and teamwork. We will focus on being a good ensemble member as well as developing your individual skills in a low-pressure environment. No experience necessary!

July 18-22, 12:30-3:30 PM

Instructor: Jill Anderson, SHA musical theatre and dance teacher

 

Basketball Camps

We will offer two distinct camps.  In order for your daughter to maximize her experience, please select the camp that best matches her skill level.

 

Basketball:  Advanced Academy

This camp is designed for girls with prior playing experience, preferably with travel, club or outside of school basketball play.   

July 18-22, 9 AM – 12 NOON

Coach: Carrie Owens, SHA varsity basketball coach

 

Intro to Basketball

This camp is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and engaging way.  From the rules of the game to passing, dribbling, shooting and learning to play multiple positions, you will engage in daily drills and on-court activities.  This camp will benefit girls with no experience as well as the beginning player who is looking to improve her game at the middle school level.

July 18-22, 12:30-3:30 PM

Coach: Maria McGrath, SHA assistant varsity basketball coach

 

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. No experience necessary. We will provide the ukuleles which will be available for purchase after the camp.

July 25-29, 9 AM - 12 NOON

Instructor: Christina Santa Maria, music educator

 

Cheerleading

For the beginning cheerleader, we’ll work on the groundwork of building perfect technique for motions in cheer and dance, jumps and stunting. Throughout the week you will work as a group on a short routine to perform on the last day of camp.

July 25-29, 9 AM - 12 NOON

Instructor: Kennedy Crumish ‘16, SHA varsity cheerleading coach

 

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. All campers must be fully vaccinated for this camp.

July 25-29, 12:30-3:30 PM

Instructor: Sister Ann Therese Kelly, Villa Maria College professor, SHA faculty member, and the Roycroft Artisans

 

Volleyball Camps

We will offer two distinct camps.  In order for your daughter to maximize her experience, please select the camp that best matches her skill level.

Intro to Volleyball

This camp is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun and engaging way.  From the rules of the game to passing, setting and learning to play multiple positions, you will engage in daily drills and on-court activities.  This camp will benefit girls with no experience as well as the beginning player who is looking to improve her game at the middle school level.

July 25-29, 9 AM - 12 NOON

Coach: Ron Stepien, SHA volleyball coach

 

Volleyball:  Advanced Academy

This camp is designed for girls with prior playing experience, preferably with travel, club or outside of school volleyball play.   Students will work on improving their skill set in passing, setting, hitting and blocking. Students will be introduced to serve receive formation, along with 6 - 2 and 5 - 1 offense formation.   

July 25-29, 12:30-3:30 PM

Coach: Ron Stepien, SHA volleyball coach

 

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.