Dear Students, Parents, Teachers, Alumni, and stakeholders of the Bishop McDevitt Family,
I am blessed to address the Bishop McDevitt community at the start of my second year as Principal of Bishop McDevitt High School. As many of you have experienced in your own personal lives, this past year has presented quite a few challenges. Many challenges which there are no “play book” to manage. While there may not have been a “play book” to lead us through the challenges of the past year, or what lies ahead of us, we did have a “team” of dedicated teachers, staff, administrators, students, families, and a supportive School Board of Directors who met those challenges as true Crusaders do: with courage, resiliency, support, and a sense of family. There are many lessons to be learned from the current crises impacting our nation educationally, politically, and socially over the past few months. Of these lessons, most importantly, we must continue to remain strong in our Faith in Christ and strengthen our commitment to our Catholic Principles and Values.
While there have been many distractions and derailments to our past academic year, our teaching staff has remained focused on our primary responsibility to provide our students with a rigorous Catholic Education. What our experience of the past year has shown us is when the need for something becomes a necessity, you are forced to find ways of gaining or achieving it. While many may view our “new normal” as an obstacle to cross, we will use it as an opportunity to thrust us into a new paradigm where technological learning can be embraced as a methodology that will prepare our students for the world of innovation they will encounter in the years to come. Bishop McDevitt continues to move forward with a vision of developing 21st century learners who will continue to be competitive in a global market and representative of what a Bishop McDevitt Diploma signifies.
This past year we have begun the journey, referenced upon my arrival, by starting to take a hard look at our curricular programs. We have begun to review and enhance course offerings. We are working to strengthen our Catholic Identity which serves as the institutional framework for all we do. We continue to define for our students what Faith, Tradition, Academics, and Excellence means as a Bishop McDevitt student and as an Alumni. As we move forward with our mission we will continue to enhance academic course offerings, build programs of support for our students, and expand on the opportunities to meet the needs of the diverse population we service.
As we continue this journey, I remind all of our stakeholders that we cannot do this without you and the support you provide the students of Bishop McDevitt High School is invaluable to our continued success. May God Bless you and our school as we embark on the 2020-21 school year together.
“The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.” Genesis 11:6
In Faith and Service,
Vincent Harper ‘92
Bishop McDevitt High School