Below are a few of the Academic and Professional clubs and activities offered at Bishop McDevitt. Student involvement is essential to a well-rounded experience at McDevitt.
National Honor Society – Bishop Lawrence F. Schott Chapter
Sister Christine Cunningham, IHM – Faculty Team Chairperson
Faculty Team Members: Mrs. Cathy Ciocci; Mr. Nate Delp; Sister Marilyn McCusker, SCC; Mrs. Cheryl Reider
For a copy of our constitution, please click here.
Academic Year 2015-2016
President – Carolyn Ciccocioppo
Vice President – Daniel Hair
Secretary – Erica Breski
Treasurer – Daniel Yanich
Accepting the teaching of Christ as found in Luke 12:48 “to those who have been given much, much is expected” the Bishop Lawrence F. Schott Chapter of the National Honor Society encourages its members to develop further their own potential by using the talents God gives them to benefit others and increase their own merit before God.
The National Honor Society is comprised of a group of Bishop McDevitt High School Juniors and Seniors who endeavor to model our Chapter’s Philosophy. We honor students who:
Achieve an advanced level of scholastic standing
Manifest Christian character traits
Demonstrate leadership qualities both in and out of school
Render worthy service
We nurture our members’ talents so that each may grow in the realization that their God-given gifts are meant to serve others. Each member strives to be the leaven which raises the quality of the:
Bishop Lawrence F. Schott Chapter of the NHS
Bishop McDevitt community
Clubs or teams within our community
Parishes/Places of Worship
Continuous evaluation of the qualities which merit our members’ selection into the NHS, and acceptance of the fact that default of maintaining these qualities may lead to dismissal, fosters self evaluation and creates an atmosphere of growth reflecting the principles of the National Honor Society.
- President: Barry Pagliaro
- Vice President: Samuel Shaffer
- Treasurer: Taylor Shoun
- Secretary: Patrice Lonardi
- President: Alex Garcia
- Vice President: Ava Lutz
- Treasurer: Luke Tosheff
- Secretary: Lauren Purcell
- President: Rafael Saplala
- Vice President: Kathleen Hartwell
- Treasurer: Lance Sharpe
- Secretary: Patrick Scully
- President: Kyla Brezitski
- Vice President: Katelyn Vargo
- Treasurer: Jake Perloski
- Secretary: Emily Massini
The Bishop McDevitt Writing Lab
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain
The Bishop McDevitt Writing Lab is a place for students to have their work reviewed by both faculty and peers before the submission of their final draft. The Writing Lab is an opportunity for students to receive additional support as they learn how to make the writing process work for them under the mantra of revise, revise, revise.
Hours of Operation:
- before school 7:00 to 7:30 A.M.
- after school 2:45 to 3:30 P.M.
- A resource center for the writing of papers
- A quiet place to have one’s work reviewed
- An online database of instructional support and rubrics
- http://www.easybib.com (citation generator)
- http://www.citationmachine.net/index2.php (citation generator)
- https://owl.english.purdue.edu (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
- http://www.paperrater.com (Free Plagiarism Detector)
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” – William Wordsworth
Bishop McDevitt’s Poetry Club is here to help you find your poetic voice, and once found, to liberate that voice; a community of artists, poets, writers, musicians, and free thinkers; a cumulative effort to persevere as individuals.
The Fallout Shelter is a yearly journal and a flyer that is published at each of the school’s Open Mic Nights. Submission guidelines are available here.
The Poetry Club offers the McDevitt community:
- Workshops for poetry, short stories, nonfiction pieces, etc.
- Poetry flyers and possible publication
- Open mic nights, better known as “The Crusader Cafe”
- A positive environment in which to grow as a writer
Please contact the Poetry Club with any questions or comments:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spanish Club, overseen by Senora Martin, exists to encourage students to further explore the Spanish-speaking world. The club celebrates Hispanic holidays, eats Hispanic food, and travels to have cultural experiences. To get involved, see your Spanish teacher. Monthly meetings are on the school calendar.
Twin Towers Newsletter
Published four times a year, The Twin Towers, Bishop McDevitt High School’s newspaper, highlights the outstanding events and activities of students, faculty and alumni. Through this medium, a staff of student editors and contributors keeps McDevitt apace with the events of the hour. A staff of page editors prepares the publication, composing and revising copy. A busy schedule is offered to reporters, columnists, artists, typists, and many others interested in news writing and publications.
The school newspaper is produced at least four times each school year by the students in the course known as Journalism: A “Hands-on” Course with a Practicum in producing the school newspaper, The Twin Towers. This course is open to all students with an interest in learning about journalism while producing the school newspaper. The students learn:
a. specifications for CUTS,
b. specifications for COPY,
c. specifications for HEADLINES,
d. stylistic rule of journalistic writing
The students produce The Twin Towers school newspaper. They are responsible for all aspects of journalism. They serve on the writing staff, the editorial staff, the production staff, and the distribution staff. As part of the class students are asked to produce a notebook with class notes on basic journalism as well as a “cut” and “paste” collection of professional samples gleaned from the local newspaper. The objectives of The Twin Towers are to put into “practice” the “theory” of journalism within the stated Guidelines and editorial policies.
Guidelines and Editorial Policies
The Bishop McDevitt High School newspaper, known as The Twin Towers, has the following initial caveats, which define the rig1lts, restrictions and responsibilities of the high school student journalist. At Bishop McDevitt the official guidelines have been set many years ago that they have become “traditional,” and accepted without question.
However, in recent years various court decisions have extended first Amendment freedom of expression to students; this has alerted the school administration and journalism instructors to the wise-ness of formulating guidelines or re-evaluating and updating existing ones. IdeaU3′:, official guidelines form not only a framework within which student Journalists understand they must function, but also an escape hatch for administrators and sponsors when anyone brings a complaint about content of a school publication.
Official Guidelines of The Twin Towers
In light of the Supreme Court decision in the Hazelwood case, the school newspaper advisor acting for the school principal who is in reality the publisher insists that an material for publication is to be filtered through the newspaper adviser. Therefore, no negative or anti-administration or faculty articles will be permitted.
The Purpose of The Twin Towers publication is defined as a forum for student viewpoints consistent with constitutional regulations, a learning laboratory and a means of communication both within the school and between school, the supporting parishes, the parents, and community at large.
The Publications Board consists of the principal and the newspaper adviser exists as the primary caretaker of the student newspaper. There will be strict restrictions on and responsibilities of student journalists to avoid publishing libelous, obscene or disruptive material. Concern will be shown to avoid invasion of privacy.
The paper will be published as a means to an end; i.e. teaching hands on. journalism., rather than an end In Itself. The school IS to be the place of distribution. This IS a premise based on federal law, but journalism students do not have the right to interrupt a class to pass out non-sanctioned or underground publications,
All students who can fit the journalism class into their schedule have an equal opportunity to participate in the journalism program.
Specific Editorial Policy
Our Editorial policies conform both to the letter, as well as the spirit of the law as the guidelines do. They are the business of the staff, and the adviser In the interest of good relations, the Principal, the school board and the community. The editorial policy is simply the decision of the staff, determined before publication starts in the new school year on a positive purpose and with ethical standards of content that foster the ideals of our Catholic high school.
This editorial policy will enforce the following:
1. Foster coverage of various school departments and activities in a balanced manner.
2. Profanity or’ suggestive” (questionable taste) material not to be allowed.
3. Editorials will be written by the editorial staff with a by line.
4. Controversial material will be published with a purpose to view all views.
5. Adequate space will be provided for letters to the editor. These letters must be signed.
6. The staff will edit for length, grammar} punctuation and obscene or libelous content?
7. Bylines are used, not only for recognition of writer, but also to hold individuals accountable.
8. Will the publication cover community and outside news as well as school news?
9. All corrections of errors and retractions of misinformation will be prompt.
10. No questionable photos, cartoons or illustrations will be allowed.
Students in the Journalism class will stress:
THE “INVERTED TRIANGLE” (or “INVERTED PYRAMID”) STYLE
The most common and effective way to write any news story is in the inverted pyramid
style; The formula is graphically simple.
This Style [The Inverted triangle] is a device for aiding the layout of the paper; each story can be cut at the last paragraph, thus not removing any important, or significant facts from the story.
The 2014-2015 Yearbook can be ordered online.
Bishop McDevitt High School’s yearbook, Pridwen, deriving its name from King Arthur’s shield, is the school’s most outstanding publication. This annual’s purpose is to capture the events of the school year: scholastic, spiritual, athletic, and social, and to preserve them as precious memories for present McDevittites and as inspiration for future classes. The pages of Pridwen unfold a realistic insight into the daily life of theMcDevitt student. It is a publication by and for the students of the high school.