"Homecoming": Weekly Update from Dr. V

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Weekly Update
October 1, 2016

2016 Mr. and Mrs. AWHS Sean Keenan and Sharon Doherty
Perfect Homecoming
 
The rain could not suppress a superb Homecoming at Archbishop Williams High School. We could not have planned a better day to celebrate school spirit.
 
The buzz built from the moment we opened our doors as nearly every student and faculty member arrived in Archies attire, many opting for the “Superfan” shirts distributed as part of the Homecoming ticket. At lunch, the students were treated to blue and gold cake to make sure we were all on a sugar rush for our Fall Sports Pep Rally.
 
The Fall Sports Pep Rally not only gave the school the chance to “get loud” and buoy our student-athletes, but also a chance for some friendly competition amongst the grades. The Rally was the first opportunity for classes to earn Spirit Points, which will culminate in the awarding of the Spirit Cup at the conclusion of Spirit Week in March. (Notice a theme?)
 
The senior class generated the most volume by far in the cheer-off. In the pie-eating and dance competitions, the other grades made a strong challenge for points (sophomore Brian Moriarty was a particular star).
 
The 7th and 8th Grade students exited the Auditorium from the Rally to the back patio of Nazareth Hall for a Homecoming Tailgate Party. Our Director of Grade Seven and Eight, Ms. Katie Frossard, grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs. The students danced, spray-painted their hair blue and gold, and ran around the newly landscaped area in what may become a new tradition at AWHS.
 
Then, it was time to kick-off and our Bishops did not disappoint. Girls Soccer defeated Fontbonne 3-1 away. At Memorial Field, the Boys Soccer team crushed Malden Catholic 5-0, a Division 1 Program.

The rain started to pickup before the start of the football game, but that did not slow down senior running back Casey Earle as the Bishops led wire-to-wire to drop Bishop Fenwick, 23-6. Our cheerleaders endured the elements as well (yes, they made it through 23 push-ups after our final touchdown) and they honored classmate Kate McCarthy wearing special purple ribbons with her initials.
 
At halftime, we crowned the 2016 Mr. and Mrs. AWHS, Sean Keenan and Sharon Doherty. They are very worthy recipients of their sashes. Congratulations go out to all the finalists: Vanessa Landeverde, Taylor Jackson, Diana Blell, Mike Matthews, Jack Rega, and Casey Earle.
 
Despite the rain, wind, and September chill, our student section remained filled throughout the football game. Once the final buzzer sounded, the ninth-through-twelfth graders raced back to the Gym to dry off and cut loose at the Homecoming Dance. The Gym was packed and most students opted to stay until we raised the lights at 10:00 PM, ending the day’s events.
 
There are too many people to thank who helped organize the events, but I’d recognize our Dean of Student Life and Head Football Coach, Mr. William Kinsherf ’89; Student Council Moderators Ms. Stephanie Mariano ’08, Mr. David Gilpin, Mr. Paul Fuller ’65, and Ms. Kathryn Bois; Ms. Frossard; Athletic Director Gordie McClay; and our Dean of Students Mr. Daniel Tarpey, who as always, was there until the last student is picked up from the Dance.
 
That’s how we do Homecoming at Archbishop Williams. Go Bishops!
 
Homecoming Scenes (Top to Bottom, L to R): Sophomore Owen Byrnes, Seniors Andrew Bucca and Karthik and sophomore Eoin Varden do the YMCA from the Tech Crew perch at the Pep Rally; Mrs. Linda DeRosa-Coakley leads the Honors Choir in the National Anthem before the Football Game; Mrs. Kelly Koeth shows some seventh and eighth graders how to do the "Cotton Eyed Joe;" Freshman Martin Cleary joins others on the dance floor at the Homecoming Dance; Senior Tim Chase (#11) looks to set a key block to spring the Bishops fearsome rushing attack.
Tuesday—Mass for Feast of St. Francis-Mass Dress Required
 
On Tuesday, we will celebrate our second all-school Mass of the year for the Feast of St. Francis. Mass will be at 10:00 AM and all in our community are welcome to attend. Grade 7 will be hosting the Mass.
 
As a reminder, students must be in Mass Dress for the Day.
 
Tomorrow--Service Academy Information Meeting with Congressmen Lynch
 
On Sunday (tomorrow), there will be an information meeting from 10 AM to 12 PM for anyone interested in applying to the Service Academies at East Middle School in Braintree. There will be representatives from the US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  Congressman Steven Lynch will host the event.
 
Opening October 17: Paul L. Dignan '55 Athletic Training Center
 
The new Paul L. Dignan '55 Athletic Training Center will officially open on October 17 for student workouts. We will be using the next two weeks to move everyone into their offices and conduct orientation sessions for the students to learn how to use all of the new equipment. Nobody will be permitted to use the magnificent workout facility without being trained first.
College Fair
 
On Thursday, representatives from over 100 colleges came to our Gym to meet with our Junior and Senior classes. The students represented themselves well (special credit to the group of boys who came to school in Mass Dress-that’s how you make a first impression!).
 
Student Council Speeches
 
Seventh and eighth grade students seeking the office of Student Council gave their speeches this week. They were remarkably poised and articulate (with the common theme of wanting their dances in the Gym instead of the Cafeteria). Congratulations to all of the candidates. Thank you to Ms. Bois who moderates the Grade 7 & 8 Student Council.
 
Grade 7 students representatives: Lam Dan Le, Dario Boncaldo and Catherine Weafer.

Grade 8 students representatives: Samar Saini, Olivia Parham and Alana Murphy. 
 
The freshmen are giving their speeches on Wednesday during Homeroom.
Bottles Up: Director of Campus Ministry Mr. David Gilpin tests the structural integrity of one group's Lego bridge on the Seventh Grade retreat this past week. Say a prayer for Grade 8, which makes its class retreat this week.
Lawn Signs
 
We have plenty of additional lawn signs in the Main Office for students to take advertising our Open Houses. I’m told that a certain school in Brockton has managed to be particularly prevalent in Rockland and Abington so we could use students from those towns to counterbalance that messaging. Thank you and you do receive a Parent Support Board volunteer hour for posting a sign.
 
And Lastly: Mid-Quarterly Report Time
 
It’s hard to believe, but we are at the mid-point of the First Quarter. On Tuesday, PowerSchool will be fully up-to-date with the Mid-Quarterly report. Teachers have been updating grades and posting comments (many of which are available for viewing now). Please check PowerSchool on Tuesday. We do not mail home these reports. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.
 
Good luck to all of the students taking the SAT today!
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
Membership Has Its Privileges: Alumni Steeve Joazard '08, Vinnie McDermott '85 P '17 '20, Board of Trustees Member Tony Agnitti '80 and Mark Leary '16 enjoy some free pizza and a respite from the rain in the Alumni Tent at Homecoming on Friday. Alums were also given an Archies pint glass.
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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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