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Sacred Heart School History
Sacred Heart School previously named Anton Martin Slomsek, was established by Father Horvath on September 13, 1965, and was named after Bishop Anton Martin Slomsek. This saint had labored in the same diocese in which Father Horvath was ordained in Yugoslavia. He made a promise that if a request of obtaining sisters to staff the new school were granted, he would with the permission of the diocese authorities, name the school after the saintly bishop. The school began with an enrollment of 58 students in kindergarten through fifth grade to service the children of Sacred Heart Parish of Etiwanda. Sixth through eighth grade were added in the succeeding years. With the demographic changes, the enrollment continued to increase as the children from the growing communities of Alta Loma, Cucamonga, Etiwanda, and Fontana sought admission to the school.
The Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King originally staffed the school. By 1966 the enrollment had grown to 136 students. In 1969, the first class graduated. The 1970's brought Father Joseph Snoj as pastor, followed by Father Raymond Rabatsky in 1983. The Sisters of St. Francis were replaced by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The following year Father Fred Gaglia was appointed pastor bringing about many changes. The diocese re-identified the school as a parish facility and changed the school's name to Sacred Heart Parish School. Father Steve Porter became pastor in1997. He continued to support the efforts of the school to grow and prosper. In 2003 the school became the second school in this diocese to have a Pastoral Coordinator instead of a fulltime pastor.
The year 2012 found Sacred Heart Church and School welcoming Father Benedict Nwachukwu-Udaku as Pastor to our community. Fr. Ben's dedication and love of the Sacred Heart School family is apparent in his joy and enthusiasm in providing spiritual, and educational support for our school.
Mrs. Trenna Meins is the principal of Sacred Heart Parish School. She was appointed in August 2008. Mrs. Meins brings with her many years as an educator. Many changes have taken place since 2008. Our school buildings under went a much needed face lift, new windows were installed, and the students restrooms where remodeled. A beautiful new fence was constructed, a new visitor entrance was designed, and the campus has been equipped with security cameras.
All classrooms now have wall mounted large screen monitors and whiteboards to enhance the students learning experience. In addition the Computer Lab has acquired 30 notebook computers in addition to the desktop lab, and IPads will be added in 2014-2015.
Currently there are 260 students enrolled in grades K-8. Our students are involved in various clubs, sports, and extra-curricular activities. They have been honored for their participation in Leadership workshops, featured in The All American Scholorship Yearbook, and published in The Creative Communications's Poetry Book. Our students also participate in the San Bernardino Diocese Academic Decathlon.
Our students are involved in many outreach projects in the community. Each class has adopted a seminarian to correspond with and to pray for. Our Student Council has sponsored collections for The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The United Way, The Holy Childhood Association, Pennies for Patients, The Ronald McDonald House, Katrina Victims, and others.
Sacred Heart School has achieved the highest accreditation and is continually striving to grow and serve the community.
Please save September 19, 2015, for Sacred Heart School/AMS 50th Anniversary/Reunion. All are invited.
School Hours: 8:00 - 3:00 Extended Care 3:15 - 6:00 P.M.
To order Hot Lunch please use the order form sent home each month.
If your student is absent please remember to call the office, or send a note on their return to school.