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  • Global Education
  • Middle School
  • Upper School

As a Sacred Heart school, we are committed to educating to the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education. Goal 3 states that Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action. To fully realize this goal, we believe it is critical to provide students with global educational experiences that allow them to appreciate diverse perspectives, understand the connections they have to our interconnected global society, and use disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to investigate and take action on important issues. As part of this focus on global education, we are excited to announce that we are bringing back travel for our students! Our faculty have been hard at work creating thought-provoking and engaging travel experiences for our students. Here’s what we have lined up for you so far, with more opportunities to come:

Global Studies Program | Our Global Studies program is returning with three exciting new offerings for Summer 2023.

  • Greece and the Aegean Sea (June 9-17): Our rising seniors, the class of 2024, will have the opportunity to travel to Greece and the Aegean Sea for an incredible learning experience alongside their classmates and teachers. Students will walk the roads of ancient Greek civilization in Athens and marvel at the ruins of Rhodes, uncover some of the roots of the earliest Christians in Ephesus and the Island of Patmos, and create watercolors during their visit to the beautiful islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Interested families should attend an informational meeting on Thursday, September 29, from 3:30-4:00 pm in the Lenke Center or reach out to Stacy Henning (shenning@vdoh.org or 314-810-3569) for more information if you cannot attend.
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico (June 3-6): Our rising juniors, the class of 2025, will have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary seminar on the history and art of the American West. The lens of the American West provides a perspective through which students will experience often-untold stories of the local art and culture. From stories of Native Americans to the Spanish and Mexican period and annexation by the United States, New Mexico offers a fascinating exploration of the complexity of U.S. history. Coupling this with an experiential look at functional artifacts and contemporary art, students will experience the landscape and see why artists continue to be drawn and inspired by this area. A parent meeting will be announced soon.
  • Alaska (June 3-9): Our rising sophomores, the class of 2026, will have the chance to explore Alaska. This multidisciplinary trip gives students the opportunity to have authentic and meaningful science learning experiences through visits to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, exploring the protected waters of Resurrection Bay on a whale-watching cruise, and visiting the Alaska Sea Life Center to learn about cold water research and rehabilitation. Students will also get a firsthand look at Alaska’s rich history by exploring a gold mine, learning about the Iditarod and enjoying the thrill of being pulled by a team of sled dogs, and learning about early colonists and farming in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. A parent meeting will be announced soon.

Middle School Trips

  • Sacred Heart Tour of France (June 5-14): This summer, the Lower School will be resuming their Sacred Heart Tour of France. Because of the pandemic, the Lower School was unable to make this trip for the last few years. Since many of our middle school students did not have the option of participating in this trip, the Lower School is extending an invitation to middle school families to join them this summer! This trip will explore Paris, Joigny (St. Madeleine Sophie’s hometown), Provence, Monaco, and Nice over the course of 10 days. The experiences on this trip will enhance students’ knowledge of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and complement the social studies curriculum, while exploring the Roman aqueduct in Nimes. This is a parent/child “family” trip. Interested students and families should contact Lisa Carswell at lcarswell@vdoh.org.
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade Class Trips: This year, both seventh and eighth grade will have their own class trip. These trips will take place during the school year and will focus on fostering a sense of community within their grade level, integrating the middle school curriculum, and making connections with other Sacred Heart students in the United States. We are excited to announce that seventh grade students will be traveling to Chicago, Illinois, and eighth grade students will be traveling to Houston, Texas. Dr. Allen will reach out with more information.

Global Exchange Opportunities: One of the great advantages of attending a Sacred Heart school is that students are automatically part of a global network of schools. This network provides the opportunity for every high school student to study abroad at one of our 150 sister Sacred Heart Schools around the globe. While the pandemic put a pause on these exchanges, we are excited to reinstate our exchange program here at Villa, with domestic exchanges available for our middle school students and both domestic and international exchanges available for our high school students. Dr. Allen, our Middle School Dean and Global Education and Exchange Coordinator, is currently working with several students to coordinate exchanges for this year. In the spring semester, we will hold a parent informational meeting on exchanges for the 2023-2024 school year. Please reach out to Dr. Allen at mallen@vdoh.org with any questions.

We are looking forward to a year filled with exciting learning experiences for our students!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Jeannie Steenberge
Upper School Principal