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, students will have the opportunity to perform onstage, research, debate, tinker, write and much more.

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Below are the list and descriptions for the 2019-20 workshops. Registration will be available October 22 at noon.

Date: November 23
Time:
 1-4 pm
Ages: 
Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
Instructor: 
Nick Hren
Location: 
SHC La Salle Campus, Library
Cost: 
$40

Lights. Camera. Action!
Take your knowledge and appreciation of film to the next level by learning how to analyze someone else’s production and produce your own. After sharpening our critical thinking skills by viewing and discussing a variety of films and film clips, students will go through the steps to create their own. We will brainstorm, storyboard and move towards filming and editing our final products, culminating in a student-produced film festival.

About the Instructor
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.

Date: January 18
Time:
9 am-1 pm
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
Instructor:
Tim Mahoney
Location:
SHC De Paul Campus
Cost:
$45

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.

About the Instructor
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.

Date: February 15
Time:
9 am-noon
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
Instructor:
Nick Hren
Location:
SHC La Salle Campus, Library
Cost:
$40

Literature - Comedy

What is funny, and why? How does where and when we live influence our ideas on what is funny and what is not? This workshop will involve a bit of theory on comedy and sense of humor in society in general. Additionally, we will examine the role that comedy and humor play in the political sphere, and how satirical news sources, or comedic news sources (The Onion, The Tonight Show, etc) function as credible sources in our society.

About the Instructor
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.

Date: December 7
Time:
9 am-noon
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
Instructor:
Tricia Constantino
Location:
SHC La Salle Campus, 4th Floor
Cost:
$40

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.

About the Instructor
Tricia Constantino is in her 18th year as an instructor of mathematics at Sacred Heart Cathedral. She currently serves as the Mathematics Department Chair and as an Instructor of Math and Science. At SHC, 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.

Dates: November 16, December 14
Time:
9 am-noon on Nov. 16, 1-4 pm on Dec. 14
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
Instructor:
Nick Michels
Location:
SHC La Salle Campus, 2nd Floor
Cost:
$40

Join us for a fun morning that will engage students in the world of math. Learn how probability and statistics drive the world of casino gaming. See how math informs the stock market and impacts the global economy. Explore math in the world of sports. Through an interactive games and puzzles, students will appreciate how to read the world through the lens of math.

About the Instructor
Nick Michels has been an educator in the Bay Area for over ten years and is in his fourth year at SHC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in ethnomusicology with an emphasis in jazz performance. He received his Master’s in education and his credential in mathematics from the University of San Francisco. Mr. Michels was born and raised San Lorenzo, California, and has lived in San Francisco for nine years. He is a very active person and considers boxing, cycling and yoga among his favorite pastimes.

*Students should only sign up for one session as the activities will repeat.

Date: February 8
Time: 
9 am-noon
Ages:
 Students in 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
Instructor: 
Dabney Standley
Location:
 SHC La Salle Campus, 2nd Floor
Cost: 
$40

How much time do you spend playing games on your phone or computer? How much time do you wish you could spend playing games? Learn about designing and building games for mobile phones and tablets (Android and iOS)—and build a game yourself! You’ll spend time studying games—design and play—and learn to program a game of your own. We’ll play some of the most popular games on mobile devices and explore why they are so much fun. Then you’ll turn your focus to designing and building your game using some of the same approaches and techniques.

We’ll use the programming language LiveCode, an amazingly easy language to learn, based on a programming environment Apple created called HyperCard. With LiveCode, you can build games for Mac, Windows, iPhones and iPads, Android devices or on the Web. After the course is over, take your new skills with LiveCode and continue to be a game designer/developer.

About the Instructor
Dabney Standley’s background includes several years of teaching at independent schools on the East Coast, followed by twenty years working for high technology companies. His work with game companies began at Broderbund software (makers of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and Myst among many others) and concluded at UK-based Caspian Learning. Along the way he led projects, developed corporate strategies and consulted for a number of companies including Apple, McGraw-Hill and SRI International, as well as a couple of UK-based start-up companies. Having taken twenty years to figure out how and when to return to the classroom, Standley is in his seventh year at SHC and is thrilled to be back. He teaches an introduction to programming class, economics, and AP human geography. He is also the Director of the Inquiry & Innovation Program at SHC.

Date: January 25
Time:
noon-5 pm
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades
Instructors:
 Tiv Cumberbatch, Michael Kerschner, Spenser Morris, Rhonda Smith, 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)

See you onstage!

Date: November 23
Time:
 9 am-noon
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
Instructor:
Kristy Chun
Location:
SHC La Salle Campus, 2nd Floor
Cost:
$40/session

Kitchen Chemistry will explore fun activities with items you can find just by opening your kitchen cabinets! Pasta, marshmallows, soda cans, milk, food dye, water, popcorn, chips, and candy are just a few examples of what will be at the center of our experiments. Our kitchen is the location for many chemical reactions, including cooking and supplying our bodies with energy. Join us for a day of hands-on, collaborative science!

About the Instructor

Kristy Chun teaches physics and chemistry at SHC. She has been a high school science teacher in the Bay Area for six years. Ms. Chun graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Chemistry and then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara to get her MA in Science Education.

Date: December 7
Time:
1-4 pm
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
Instructor:
Jeffrey Juelsgaard
Location:
SHC La Salle Campus, Library
Cost:
$40

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

About the Instructor
Jeffrey Juelsgard is the SHC Speech & Debate Moderator and also serves as a World History, Civics, and Economics teacher at SHC. Prior to his time at SHC, Jeffrey was a teacher at Woodside High School where, among other subjects, he taught Debate & Public Leadership to 9th-12th graders. He also coached the Woodside High School Debate team that competed in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League. Jeffrey has a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science form the University of San Diego, as well as a Masters in Education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Jeffrey regularly practices mindfulness and has a passion for the Humanities.

Dates: January 11, February 15
Time:
1-4 pm
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
Instructor:
Brian McHugh
Location:
SHC De Paul Campus, 1st Floor
Cost:
$40/session

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.

About the Instructor
Brian McHugh teaches Art 1,2, Art 3,4, 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.

*Students should only sign up for one session as the projects will repeat.

Dates: December 14, February 8
Time:
9 am-noon on Dec. 14, 1-4 pm on Feb. 8
Ages:
Students in 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
Instructor:
Clarissa Mendiola (12/14), Stewart Grace (2/8)
Location:
SHC La Salle Campus, Library
Cost:
$40/session

Explore the power of words and narration. Maya Angelou says writers take the most familiar objects - nouns, verbs, adverbs - and ball them up to make them bounce. Join us for creative writing exercises that loosen up your imagination while stretching your descriptive writing muscles; work with fellow young writers to develop an original voice and a constructive ear.

In the December 14 workshop, we will flex our writing muscles with collaborative exercises, prompts, and journaling to help craft original poems.

In the February 8 workshop, we will play with several genres before focusing on the planning, drafting and revising of a short work of fiction.

Both workshops 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!

About the Instructors
December 14
—Clarissa Mendiola joined SHC in 2013 currently serves as the Communications & Marketing Content Manager,  and Summer Institute and Winter Workshop instructor. She has a BA in Marketing from the University of San Francisco and an MFA in Writing with a focus in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry from California College of the Arts. She was a 2011 Hedgebrook Writer in Residence and her work can be seen in various journals including As/Us, Literary Hub, OmniVerse, MicroAnthology and The Offending Adam. She enjoys reading, writing, yoga and exploring the City with her husband and two sons.

February 8—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 SHC's literary magazine, "The Oracle."

*Students may sign up for one or both of the writing workshops.

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