The Creative Writing Club (CWC)

A space for students (grades 8-12) to share any and all writing they are working on. The environment is supportive and cooperative, with students sharing their work and giving praise and positive feedback to one another. Students are welcome to bring any writing they want to club meetings, whether it's a fully-formed work or simply an idea for something to be created later. Additionally, students are welcome to attend and listen to the work being created by others even if they don't have anything to share themselves. Finally, at the end of the school year, the CWC produces a creative writing publication titled The Purcell Pen, which includes submissions by CWC members only. To view The Purcell Pen's website, click here.

The club meets on Wednesday afternoons (2:40 - 3:30) in Mr. Wyatt's room (the old Campus Ministry room, located next to the library).

Students are expected to be positive and encouraging with their feedback to their peers. The CWC is a no-judgment space where sharing and creativity is valued and promoted.

Cost: $50/semester.

Theory of Knowledge

Provides students (grades 9-12) with an opportunity to explore and reflect on the nature of knowledge and the process of knowing. In TOK, students reflect on the knowledge, beliefs and opinions that they have built up from their years of academic studies and their lives outside the classroom. The course is intended to be challenging and thought-provoking — as well as empowering — for students. The course centers on the exploration of knowledge questions, such as, “What counts as good evidence for a claim?,” “Are some types of knowledge less open to interpretation than others?," or “What constraints should there be on the pursuit of knowledge?” Students will explore these questions with specific examples from various areas of knowledge, including mathematics, history, and the arts.

This course is run largely as a socratic seminar, so students will have ample opportunities to discuss ideas and issues with their classmates. Students will also be exposed to academic language and theories that are often reserved for college classrooms -- and they'll be challenged to engage such material both orally and in writing. This is a course for curious students who like to stretch their thinking and explore new ideas.

This course meets in the Research Center from 1:10-2:40 on the following dates:  Aug 25, Sept 2, 9, 15, 21, and 29, Oct 1, 7, 13, 19, and 28, Nov 5, 9, 15, 19, and 30, Dec 6, 10, and 16.  The option of continuing the course in the second semester is available to those interested.

Cost:  $150/semester

Mock Trial Team

Of­fers an in­no­v­a­tive ap­proach to learn­ing the law and how our legal sys­tem func­tions. Guided by teach­ers and vol­un­teer legal ad­vi­sors, stu­dents (grades 9-12) par­tic­i­pate in an orig­i­nal, un­scripted sim­u­lated trial writ­ten by at­tor­neys.  Stu­dents argue both sides of the case in real court­rooms across the state.  The state fi­nals are held in the Ohio State­house and the win­ner ad­vances to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Mock Trial Objectives

  • Improve critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills
  • De­velop un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the law, court pro­ce­dures, and the ju­di­cial sys­tem
  • Un­der­stand con­sti­tu­tional rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties
  • Rec­og­nize and re­ward stu­dents’ aca­d­e­mic and in­tel­lec­tual achieve­ments

This team will meet once a week after school beginning in September. As the Trial date approaches in January, meetings may become more frequent to fully prepare the team. A detailed schedule will be shared once the team is assembled.

Cost:  $75/year