"Veteran's Day 2016": Weekly Update from Dr. V

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Veterans Day 2016

Decision 2016: Senior Siobhan Salani receives her ballot from Mr. Gus Lawlor at AWHS' mock Presidential Election on Tuesday. The now President-Elect Donald J. Trump was the clear preference of our student body.
Archbishop Williams Remembers
 
Archbishop Williams honored our nation’s veterans this week. Students had the opportunity to claim a yellow ribbon to put on their locker or other place of remembrance to honor a family member or loved one in the armed services. We also built a veterans wall in the cafeteria with the name of every AWHS graduate or faculty member who served--or is serving--in the Armed Forces. American flags were also placed in front of the school to represent AWHS’ veterans. Additionally, we setup a POW/MIA "Missing Man" table in the cafeteria on Thursday (more on that at the end of this newsletter).
 
All of our morning prayers were dedicated to the different branches of our nation’s military.

May God continue to bless our soldiers and our veterans.
 
Fallen Hero: Mr. Robert Mallon teaches his Grade 8 Social Studies class about Robert J. "Rocky" Ryan '65, an AWHS alumnus who was killed in the Vietnam War. The Conference Room in Nazareth Hall is named in Ryan's honor. Rocky Ryan was a classmate of Math teacher Mr. Paul Fuller '65.
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
 Curtain rises on You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown this upcoming Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM. The students have been working very hard to perfect this play under the direction of Mrs. Linda DeRosa Coakley and Ms. Kelly Koeth. I strongly urge everyone in the community to come out and see the play—it should be a priority for every student to support their classmates. Advance ticket sales will be available during the week.  
You Could Be King Charlie Brown, You Could Be King: The principal cast of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (L-R) Senior Hannah Cunniff (Sally), Sophomore Sebastien Joseph (Charlie Brown), Junior Olivia McDonald (Lucy) , Freshman Justin Talluto, Sophomore Michael Zaccardi (Schroeder).
Parent-Teacher Conferences Thank You!
Thank you to all of our parents who came out for Parent-Teacher conferences. It was an orderly and enthusiastic evening of academic conversation. A special thank you goes to our NHS and NJHS students who volunteered to keep everyone on schedule.
 
If a teacher was unavailable on Thursday, or you would like to extend the conversation, please do not hesitate to email that teacher and setup an appointment.
 
As Archies Goes, So Goes The Nation
Many AWHS students (and teachers and this principal) were bleary-eyed Wednesday morning after staying up late to watch the election of Mr. Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. While pollsters and prognosticators across the United States were shocked by the result, perhaps they only needed to consult the AWHS student body. The AWHS Social Studies Department sponsored a mock election on Tuesday and Trump scored a decisive victory. (Sr. Mary and Tom Brady each received a handful of write-in votes. One student voted for Pope Francis.)
 
Real voting booths were setup in the lobby of the cafeteria and everyone at school had the opportunity to cast a ballot. Social Studies Department Chair Mr. Gus Lawlor and Mr. Walter Lucier manned the polling stations, ensuring that students only voted once. A special thanks goes to Mr. Lucier who provided the voting booths.
 
Calendar Drive Kick-Off
Election Day also marked the kick-off for our annual calendar drive. Students received ten “calendars,” which are lottery tickets good for a raffle drawing per day from Christmas through the end of January. The calendars cost $10.
 
The Peer Ministers ran a very spirited rally on Tuesday to motivate sales. They put together a parody of The Office and conducted a game of Deal or No Deal entitled “Deeley or No Deeley,” in which senior Jon Deeley served as host. By some unimaginable stroke of luck, the senior class contestant, Sean Keenan, correctly guessed which case had the maximum number of Spirit Points available.
 
Any student who sells at least 10 calendars will be eligible for a series of dress down days. The next one is on Tuesday. Students who sell 10 also receive a voucher good for a somewhat-restricted personal day during the Spring. There are a series of other homeroom and individual sales incentives. If the school sells $57,000 worth of calendars, and every student sells at least one, we will begin February vacation a day early.
 
Already the homeroom competition is heating up as we look to meet our goal. The calendar drive ends December 2.
 
Please note that the calendar drive is registered with the state of Massachusetts. At the end of the sales period, we need to account for every ticket, which are individually numbered. Any unsold tickets must be returned to the school.
Signing Day: On Thursday, we held a small ceremony to celebrate seniors Kyleigh O'Donnell (l) and Mollie Manning signing their national letters of intent to play college athletics next year. Kyleigh is committed to playing softball at the University of Maine. Mollie will play lacrosse at St. Anselm's. Congratulations!
Tournament Play
The Girls Soccer team battles East Bridgewater at 2:30 today at Norwell High School in a pivotal play-off rematch from two years ago. Our Bishops shocked the eventual state champion Vikings in taking them to penalty kicks before bowing out. Girls Soccer advanced to this round by defeating West Bridgewater 7-0 on Wednesday.
 
Both Football and Boys Soccer suffered heartbreaking defeats this past week. Football lost 8-6 to Norwell in a game that saw the Warriors convert a two-point conversion on a botched snap of an extra point and our Bishops fail to convert off an unbelievable athletic play by the Norwell defense. Boys Soccer lost a 2-1 nailbiter to Holbrook at home on Wednesday.
 
The Cheerleading Team travels to Manchester HS on Sunday for the Regional Meet. Our Bishops took second place in the CCL Meet last Sunday.
 
Football does have a home game tonight at 6PM against Wareham. It will be the last home game of the season before wrapping up with the traditional Thanksgiving riviarly game against Spellman.

From Campus Ministry:
Service Opportunity:
 
St. Francis Xavier School is seeking volunteers for their “Fall Back 5K” Race at Wompatuck State Park n Sunday, November 13th from 7:30am-11am. Volunteers would be assisting with registrations, face painting, and other children’s activities. Contact sfxroadrace@gmail.com to volunteer.
 
AWHS’ Annual Food Drive for the Germantown Food Pantry in Quincy begins on Monday, November 14th.  Donations are being collected by student’s homerooms and all donations are greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you to the many families and students that have donated to our monthly Bishops’ Bread Project making sandwiches for Fr. Bill’s Place. This past week, we made 120 lunches!  Tuesday, December 13th will be the next project day.

Winter Jr/Sr Semiformal Date Change
The Winter Junior/Senior Semiformal will take place on Friday, December 2 instead of Saturday December 3, which is printed on the school calendar. It will take place at the Tirrell Room in Quincy from 7:30-10:30 PM. As you make advance plans for the semiformal, understand that no student will be permitted to be dismissed early on this date to accommodate dance preparations.

No After School Supervision on Nov. 23
On Wednesday, Nov. 23, which is an 11:30 Early Dismissal, there will be no after school supervision. Please plan accordingly.
 
Remember: (From L to R) Eigth graders Melanie McClay, Bella Giannino, Camille Minor and Seventh graders Shawn Harrington, AJ Fama, and Emily Martignetti pose around our "Missing Man" Table at lunch on Thursday. On the yellow ribbons behind them are the names of all the AWHS alumni and faculty who have served in our nation's armed forces.
And Lastly: POW/MIA “Missing Man” Table
Archbishop Williams setup a POW/MIA “Missing Man” table in the cafeteria to honor our veterans. It was organized by Campus Ministry at the suggestion of our Director of Grade 7 & 8, Ms. Katie Frossard.
 
The following is the explanation of the table taken from the official ceremony on the VFW website.
 
You may notice this small table here in a place of honor. It is set for one. This table is our way of symbolizing the act that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. They are commonly call P.O.W.'s or M.I.A.'s, we call them brothers.
 
They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them.
 
The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and women. Remember.
 
This table set for one is small... it symbolizes the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors. Remember.
 
The table cloth is white... it symbolizes the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. Remember.
 
The single rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades in arms who keep faith awaiting their return. Remember.
 
The red ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn on the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting for our missing. Remember.
 
A slice of lemon is on the bread plate... to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember.
 
There is salt upon the bread plate... symbolic of the family's tears as they wait. Remember.
 
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. Remember.
 
The glass is inverted... they cannot toast with us tonight. Remember.
 
The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation. Remember.
 
The chair is empty... they are not here. Remember.
 
Remember... all of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended on their might and aid, and relied on them... for surely... they have not forsaken you.
 
May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families. Amen.
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
Medieval Music: Sophmore Kelsey Harrington and her classmates work on producing sheet music in the style of the Middle Ages for Mrs. Linda DeRosa-Coakley's Contemporary Music class.
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