"Life is a Journey": Weekly Update from Dr. V

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Weekly Update
October 14, 2016

Life is a Journey: Mrs. Newell's ninth grade Theology class pose in front of their "Personal Creed" project. The students had to design a symbol that represented their life's journey thus far, which was posted on the whiteboard. They also had to compose their personal creed, drawing inspiration from studying the Nicene and Apostle's Creed.
 
Volleyball Game for Kate McCarthy Tomorrow

The Archbishop Williams Girls Volleyball team is honoring their forever teammate, Kate McCarthy, at its volleyball game tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 PM against South Shore Christian Academy. Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $3 for students, which will be reduced to $3 and $2, respectively, if you wear purple. (Purple was Kate’s favorite color). There will also be a bake sale and raffle during the game. All proceeds will benefit the Kate McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Fund.

As an added treat, at 2:30, there will be an alumni volleyball game.

Come early, support your Bishops, wear purple, honor Kate.

Early Dismissal Wednesday—PSAT Day
Wednesday will be an 11:30 Early Dismissal Day to accommodate students in Grades 9-11 taking the PSAT. All students in those grades will take the test that day. This test is more than just “practice.” It provides our faculty with valuable information on the academic performance of our students and helps us calibrate instruction. Furthermore, strong performance on the test, especially by the juniors, may make them eligible for college scholarships.

Students in Grades 7 & 8 will have regular classes with a special truncated schedule. Seniors have the day off in order to facilitate a mid-week college visit. We strongly encourage all seniors to take advantage of this opportunity.

Students are expected to be in regular uniform on this day.

Senior Career Breakfast Friday
Friday is a Bishops Day. It is a special schedule in that the day will start with homeroom and students will be directed to an event from 8-9 AM. Seniors will attend a Career Breakfast in which they will have the opportunity to meet with alumni, parents, and friends of AWHS in many fields to learn more about their professions. They will have filled out a preference sheet in their Mathematics Class.

This is a great opportunity for our students to practice networking. In light of the professional nature of this event, all seniors should be in Mass Dress for this event.

After the Breakfast, we will take the official Class of 2017 group picture for the yearbook.

(Please note that the “Breakfast” aspect of the event is for our guests. Seniors should not come to school expecting a meal.)
Calling All Programmers & Engineers: The AWHS Robotics club needs new members. Come join Mr. Martin in NH 004 Tuesdays after school! No experience required.
Security Assembly Friday
While the seniors are attending the Career Breakfast, all other grades will attend an assembly in the Auditorium in which we will review the safety and security protocols of the school. We have made some adjustments to our protocols in light of the event from last week. Representatives from the Braintree Police Department will also be on hand to help us build off the conversation we started at our last assembly on internet safety and the appropriate use of social media.  

Our hope is that this assembly proves reassuring and keep alarm levels at an appropriate level should we have a future event.

At the conclusion of the career breakfast, we will review with the seniors the major points of the assembly.

Sophomore Study
We are pleased to announce the initiation of a new sophomore “study” program. Through the cooperation of our faculty and guidance departments, we have begun giving the sophomore class a daily study during their lunch block.

Teachers will refrain from new instruction or assessment for half of their lunch block class each day. Instead, that time is reserved for schoolwork/homework. Some teachers may make this time open-ended, allowing the students to do work for any class. Others may ask it be class-specific. For example, a math class may direct students to begin working on the night’s problem set and then be available for extra help/tutorial.

Past surveys of students, formal and informal, have found that tenth grade is the most stressful of the four traditional years of high school here, due in large part to their academic schedule. We hope that this change will give the sophomores a little “break” to alleviate that stress and reduce their nightly homework burden. 

Please note that students must use this time for schoolwork. The study privilege may be rescinded if they are found not on task.

Policy Review: Outerwear, Attendance, Early Dismissals
As we are about a month into the school year and the weather is changing, it is good to review a few policies:
  • Outerwear During the school day, students may only wear approved AWHS-branded outerwear over their uniform. Students may not wear non-AWHS sweathshirts, quarter-zips, fleeces, etc. Hooded sweatshirts are also never permitted. In addition to team-specific apparel, students may purchase approved outerwear from our uniform company, Flynn O’Hara (the sweaters are particularly nice) or through Rockland Athletics. http://rocklandathletics.com/personalized-web-stores.html?cat=702%20
  • Absence Notes When a student is absent, a parent or guardian must call the school before 9 AM. Upon return, the student must bring in a signed note from the parent or guardian explaining the nature of the absence. (Illness absences of longer than three days also require a doctor’s note).
  • Early Dismissals When a student is being dismissed early, he or she must bring in a signed note. We cannot dismiss a student with a phone call or an email. (An email with an attachment that has signature-bearing note is permissible).
It is a tremendous strain on the Dean of Students Office to track down absent students who have not been called in or no note comes upon return to school. Please help us out by following procedures.
 
Flu Shot Clinic: Tuesday
 
The Nursing Department in collaboration with the Braintree Board of Health will again be offering free Seasonal Influenza (Flu) vaccination to students in Grades 7-12. The AWHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination clinic will be held during school this Tuesday beginning at 9:30 a.m.
 
Only students with written parental permission will be allowed to receive the vaccine. Please read the required Consent Form , the Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) and the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) Fact Sheet.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the School Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program, please complete the consent form and have your child return it to the Main Office by Thursday, October 13th. We need the completed consent form so Braintree will appropriately stock the clinic on Tuesday.
 
We hope everyone who wishes will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. Flu season is coming, stay healthy!
 
If you have any questions please contact our school nurse, Holly Bartlett, R.N. at 781-843-3636 x11421. 

Sophomore Retreat
Our sophomore class had a meaningful retreat experience on Wednesday. Unlike other grade-level retreats, this one is split by gender with boys and girls going to separate locations. The students appreciated the unique environment to express themselves in ways they may not have in a mixed group. Thanks again go to Mr. Gilpin and our Peer Ministers for providing a month of powerful retreat experiences for Grades 7-10.
 
Mark Your Calendar: Parent Teacher Conferences, Nov. 10
Parent Teacher Conferences will be Thursday, November 10 from 3:00-5:00 PM and from 6:00-8:00 PM. On this date, there will be no after school supervision so please plan accordingly.

And Lastly: In Memoriam
Last weekend, Archbishop Williams tragically lost one of its recent graduates, Christopher Buckley ’09. Chris was fondly remembered by the faculty and staff here and well-liked among his classmates. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family as we collectively mourn his passing.
As always, if there is anything we can do to better serve you or your child, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for choosing Catholic education and being part of the Archbishop Williams community.

Pax,
 
Dr. V.
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
Principal
South Shore Monster: (L to R) Juniors Nick Glass, Pat Hegarty, Peter Zheng, and Liam Sullivan present their original local myth of a monster at World's End in the style of the Native American myths they have studied in Mrs. Patty Piatelli's '82 English class.
AWHS' Asbestos management plan requires us to notify parents, students, and faculty members of the presence of asbestos in our buildings. Our asbestos is managed under the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency AHERA program.  
About Williams

Archbishop Williams High School is a Catholic co- educational high school which educates young men and women spiritually, academically, morally, and physically. Archbishop Williams is part of a Christian community that integrates learning with faith and focuses on developing the whole person.
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