Winter Workshops


Explore fun and exciting topics with some of SHC's most accomplished faculty and staff this winter.

Our workshops are a series of one-day workshops for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Hosted on select Saturdays and weeknights, students will have the opportunity to perform onstage, research, debate, tinker, write and much more.

Below are the list and descriptions for the 2017-18 workshops. Dates for 2018-19 will be available prior to October 20, 2018. Registration will begin October 22, 2018 at noon.

Industrial Art Workshop

Date: January 20 
Time: 9 am-12 pm 
Ages: Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades 
Instructor: Tim Mahoney 
Location: SHC De Paul Campus 
Cost: $30 

This will be a hands on course using power tools, welding and metal fabrication in SHC's Sister Caroline Collins, DC, Theater Shop. Our focus will be on learning how to build with confidence and safety. No prior building and fabrication experience is necessary. 

Instructor: Tim Mahoney Tim Mahoney is the Technical Theater Director at SHC. He has worked for over 15 years in the theater and has worked in both professional theater and community theater all over the Bay Area. He has over 30 years experience in both the computer design and construction industries. He is focused on teaching students all aspects of building, from soldering electronics to major construction and engineering.

Literature & Ethics Workshop

Date: January 16 
Time: 5-8 pm 
Ages: Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades 
Instructor: Nick Hren 
Location: SHC La Salle Campus, Library 
Cost: $30/session 

What kind of people do we want to be? Are we better people with more or less technology? Explore these questions and more with SHC De Paul Scholars who are passionate about engaging the world of ideas and solving real-world challenges of injustice and inequality. This hands-on workshop will explore topics such as self-driving cars, cell phones, and other technologies of the future, through literature, film, discussion, and interactive activities. Some brief pre-readings may be required. 

Instructor: Nick Hren Nick Hren is an instructor of religious studies and social studies, the moderator of the Film & Philosophy Club, and assistant boys freshman soccer coach at SHC. Nick received his BA in Philosophy from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and his MA in Philosophical Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. Nick currently serves as the Director of the De Paul Scholar Program at SHC.

Makers Workshop

Date: February 3 
Time: 9 am-noon 
Ages: Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades 
Instructor: Tricia Constantino 
Location: SHC La Salle Campus, 4th Floor 
Cost: $30 

This hands-on workshop is all about creating and making cool things with a wide range of digital and analogue tools. Our young makers will be working with a variety of mediums and will get a chance to explore and develop their own creativity while having fun with others. Be prepared to show your creative side, and start tinkering with everyday household supplies to make some cool projects. 

Instructor: Tricia Constantino Ms. Tricia Constantino is in her 16th year as a math teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral. She is currently the Math Department Chair and Instructor in Math and Science. This year, she started a class known as Making, Hacking, and Tinkering: Engineering and Physics for upper division students. The Maker Workshop is a small glimpse of this course.

Performing Arts Workshop

Date: January 27 
Time: 12-5 pm 
Ages: Students in 7th & 8th Grades 
Instructors: Christian Bohm, Spenser Morris, Chris Nalls, Laura Wexler 
Location: Sister Caroline Collins, DC, Theater 
Cost: $50 

The Sacred Heart Cathedral Performing Arts Workshop is a one-day intensive designed to advance the skills of motivated performers in the areas of instrumental music, vocal technique, dance and theatre. Beginner to advanced level performers are welcome (all instrumentalists are welcome but some experience is required). Students will hone their craft with SHC students and Performing Arts Directors to prepare for an end-of-the-day “Mock Audition” and performance onstage at our world-class Sister Caroline Collins, DC, Theater. 

The schedule for the day is as follows: 12-2 pm: Hone Your Craft 2-2:30 pm: Break (snacks will be provided) 2:30-4 pm: Audition Preparation 4-5 pm: Mock Auditions (parents and guests welcome) 

For more information, please contact:
Director of Instrumental Music Chris Nalls - 
Director of Music Christian Bohm - 
Director of Drama Spenser Morris - 
Director of Dance Laura Wexler - 

See you onstage!

Science & Tech Workshops

Date: January 11, 18 
Time: 5-8 pm 
Ages: Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades 
Instructor: Liam Carey 
Location: SHC La Salle Campus, 4th Floor 
Cost: $30/session 

Spend the evening with Mr. Liam Carey exploring the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students will explore design & building challenges in addition to the exciting ways that innovations in technology change the way we learn and interact with science. Participants will engage in project-based activities that may include explorations of coding, 3D design and various forms of digital data collection and analysis. 

Instructor: Liam Carey Liam Carey serves as an instructor of AP Statistics & Physics and has taught a wide variety of classes across the technology, mathematics and science content areas. He is currently the Director of the Inquiry & Innovation Program at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory.

Speech & Debate Workshop

Date: December 9 
Time: 9 am-noon 
Ages: Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades 
Instructor: Christine Buell & Jose Vargas 
Location: SHC La Salle Campus, Library 
Cost: $30 

According to the Wall Street Journal, college admissions directors rely more and more on the success in academically related extracurricular activities, such as speech and debate, as opposed to solely on grades and test scores. Research shows that students who participate in speech and debate are more likely to receive an edge with higher acceptance rates and scholarship awards. Join Sacred Heart Cathedral’s faculty and current speech and debate members to work on various high school speech and debate events outlined by the parameters of the National Speech & Debate Association. Our workshop will focus on research, critical thinking and public speaking skills. Get a head start with high school speech and debate! 

Speech & Debate Facts: Did you know that Oprah Winfrey, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Brad Pitt, Jane Pauley, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Stephen Colbert all participated in their high school speech and debate program? Speech and debate students have a significant edge in college admissions. Dedicated participation in drama and debate increases the success rate of college applicants. 22-30% higher acceptance at top tier colleges for state and national winners, 60% for captains, and 4% for participants as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Speech and debate participation provides real cognitive and behavioral outcomes in the following areas:

  • Improving reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills
  • Improving critical thinking skills
  • Fostering intellectual curiosity
  • Increasing motivation
  • Increasing engagement—both at-risk and gifted students engage more and act out as much as 50% less

Instructor: Christine Buell Ms. Christine Buell is the Assistant Principal for Student Life at SHC, overseeing all cocurricular programs including SHC’s Athletics and Visual and Performing Arts programs. She also teaches SHC’s online AP Art History course. She has served as SHC’s Speech & Debate Coach, as well as speech coach of other local elementary and high schools, and has taught in both the English and Social Studies Department. 

Instructor: Jose Vargas Mr. José Vargas is a frequent contributor to SHC’s Summer Institute, having offered courses in Chess & Gaming, Public Speaking and Film Appreciation. Mr. Vargas majored in Philosophy and Latin American Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. During the school year he teaches English, philosophy and film at Woodside International School. Mr. Vargas is also Senior Seminar instructor to SHC’s De Paul Scholars.

Studio Art Workshop

Date: February 3 
Time: 1-4 pm 
Ages: Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades 
Instructor: Brian McHugh 
Location: SHC De Paul Campus, 1st Floor 
Cost: $30 

Beginning and advanced students are invited to the Sacred Heart Cathedral Studio Art Workshop to learn and hone in on their artistic skills. They will learn various techniques with brushes, markers and rollers. Young artists will create an acrylic painting with a cartoon street style approach. 

Instructor: Brian McHugh  Mr. Brian McHugh teaches Art 1,2, Art 3,4, Design 1,2 and AP Studio Art at SHC. He has worked as an illustrator and fine artist. He studied in Philadelphia at both University of the Arts and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art before settling in San Francisco and receiving his bachelor’s of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. He began teaching art 16 years ago at Woodside International High School.

Writing Workshop

Date: February 10 
Time: 9 am-noon 
Ages: Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades 
Instructor: Stewart Grace 
Location: SHC La Salle Campus, Library 
Cost: $30 

Words That Bounce Explore the power of words and narration. Maya Angelou says writers take the most familiar objects-nouns, verbs, adverbs-ball them up and make them bounce. Join us for creative writing exercises that loosen up your imagination while stretching your descriptive writing muscles; work with fellow writers to develop an original voice and a constructive ear. We will play with several genres before focusing on the planning, drafting and revising of a short work of fiction. You will work online to finalize and publish your writing in SHC’s literary journal, the Oracle. No prior writing experience necessary, just a willingness to make your words spin! Explore student writing and artwork in the Oracle. 

Instructor: Stewart Grace Stewart Grace has been with Sacred Heart Cathedral since 2015 and serves as an English teacher at SHC. He has a BA in English and Creative Writing form the University of Virginia, as well as a Masters in English and PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.  He is the author of a hand-bound chapbook of poems, formerly served as Poetry Editor for Canteen Magazine, and now moderates the Oracle at SHC.

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