Head of School Blog
Susan Tyree Dempf, Ph.D.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Greetings Academy families and friends,

The blue hyacinths have arrived and will soon pop up and announce spring on our beautiful campus. This weekend I hope all will visit the Academy during our Be Part of the Heart Open House. The teachers have planned engaging activities for students and parents to enjoy. There will be choir and violin performances and you can even learn how to fly a drone! Each student attending will, upon arrival, be ‘issued’ an official Academy of the Sacred Heart Passport to Learning. Teachers will have fun stickers to place in the passports as students complete each of the activities. Sweet treats will be served with help from our Seventh and Eighth Class friends. Come visit and bring a friend who might be looking for a new school for their children. It will be a great way to introduce new families to our school and community!

Along with the return of the Open House, we are so happy to share that Academy students will once again have the opportunity to take learning on the road as they travel to Hannibal, Springfield and Jefferson City where they, along with their teachers, will engage in cocurricular experiences that make direct connections to their classroom learning. Going to Hannibal will be the Sixth Class as part of their study of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Fourth Class will travel to Jefferson City in support of their study of Missouri history. Joining them will be last year’s Fourth Class who did not have that opportunity due to COVID-19 restrictions at the state capitol. Springfield, IL will be the destination for the Fifth Class students in support of their study of Abraham Lincoln’s role in the Civil War. Accompanying them will be last year’s Fifth Class who likewise missed the opportunity due to COVID-19 restrictions.   

Learning beyond the classroom will also be evidenced as students will once again participate in the Poverty Simulation and the Bed-In-A-Box experience which helps them to grow in understanding of the challenges associated with homelessness.  These Goal III related opportunities are so very important to help students understand social structures, to become engaged citizens and to develop a life-long commitment to service. One never knows when they will be placed in a position to help another. Certainly, this is the case with the Academy’s own Williams family who recently relocated to Warsaw, Poland. Below I hope you will read about how this Academy family is making a difference in the lives of those coming across the border into Poland from Ukraine.

United in mission,

Dr. Susan Dempf
Head of School