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Social Work Support

At Sacred Heart Academy, we understand that what's going on in a student's personal life could have an impact on her academics.  That is why we have a full-time licensed social worker, Beth Kennedy, on campus to assist our students and their parents in a confidential manner when additional support is needed with personal, social or emotional issues.
If you have any questions, concerns, or you would just like to connect, please reach out to Beth Kennedy at or (516) 483-7383 ext. 228.

Yearly Presentations Include:

  • Cyberbullying – Freshmen and Sophomores
    • True to the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph Schools, SHA seeks to promote an environment of inclusive love. We take bullying of any kind very seriously. Past speakers include Sharon Galvin, a retired police officer with over 30 years on the force, and Anne Galligan Donnelly of the Nassau County DA's Office. (This presentation is also given for the parents through the Mothers Guild.)
  • Suicide Prevention – Sophomores
    • Suicide awareness and prevention is presented to the Sophomores every fall.

  • Responsible Driving – Juniors
    • Prior to their Junior Dinner Dance, the students are reminded of steps that will prevent drunken driving. The Program, “Choices and Consequences” is provided by the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.

  • Sexual Assault – Seniors
    • Statistics show that 1 out of every 4 girls will be sexually assaulted on a college campus. This presentation is given to our seniors prior to graduation. Past speakers have come from The Safe Center.

  • Stress Management – Freshman, Seniors (and as requested to other grades)
    • The Social Worker works closely with the Theology Department to provide stress management annually to the Freshman and Seniors and to other classes as needed or requested.

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness – Sophomores
    • The health teacher and the Social Worker provide extensive education on current trends and the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Using a related topic, the students then work together in small groups to choreograph, video and present a public service video promoting healthy choices. In the past, the videos have been entered into both a Nassau County contest and an internal SHA contest.

  • Mental Health Issues
    • The psychology and health teachers coordinate with the Social Worker to bring awareness to such health issues as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, etc.


Additional Resources and Services

  • Bereavement Counseling
    • Often during their school careers, students experience the loss of a loved one. The Social Worker avails herself to the students in assisting them with any lingering issues of grief that may affect their daily functioning while participating in the school day.

  • “Chat and Chew”
    • As students integrate themselves into their school life, friend groups often change or become fragile. These changes become most apparent in the lunch room. The Social Worker holds a “Chat and Chew” lunch social group that allows students from each grade to eat lunch with her peers in the social work office. The goal of the luncheon meetings will be to encourage students to engage with one another in the hopes of promoting new friendships.

  • Local Community Meetings
    • The Social Worker attends local community meetings to remain connected to relevant issues affecting you.  These Meetings include issues on:
      • Adjusting to a new environment – Transfer Students
      • Stress and Anxiety (Panic) – Stress Management will be completed through the theology department
      • Students with special needs and/or accommodations
      • Test or presentation anxiety
      • Time Management
      • Health Class: Drug & Alcohol
      • Issues surrounding the use of social media
      • Relationship Issues
      • Grief and Bereavement (Family members, friends)
      • Personal, Environmental or Global Trauma
      • Bullying
      • Addictions
      • Eating Disorders
      • Cutting
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County NY, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing by creating safe, decent and affordable housing in Nassau County, NY.
Recently, Habitat has undergone many corporate changes, but they continue to work tirelessly with Mrs. Kennedy, providing opportunities for the Sacred Heart Academy girls to join a build in the local community.
As part of their new corporate structure, students 18 years and older will be able to join Mrs. Kennedy and the Habitat team while earning community service hours.
Please check back to this webpage for additional details on the 2019 build!
How Was Your Day?
Communicating with teenagers can be challenging. Here are some thoughts, if put into your own words, that might be a way of opening dialogue. "How was your day" done differently!
-Blessings, Beth