"Great Week at AWHS, Halloween Spirit, Mass, Open House": Weekly Update from Dr. V

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Weekly Update
November 4, 2016

Whistle While You Work: (From L to R) Ms. Stephanie Mariano '08, Mr. Gordie McClay, Mr. Peter Umbriana, Ms. Katie Frossard, Mr. Christopher Brunner, Mr. William Kinsherf '89, and Mr. Peter Curley as the Seven Dwarves
Great Week
With a Halloween Spirit Rally, Mass, All Souls Day Prayer Service, Open House, and the continuing of our tournament play, Archbishop Williams was as busy as ever this week.

Feast of All Saints
Archbishop Williams took full advantage of Tuesday’s “Holy Day of Opportunity” with a magnificent Mass for the Feast of All Saints. Fr. Sinisa from the Resurrection and St. Paul’s Collaborative in Hingham delivered a sincere message to our students on how we are all called to be saints and it is within our grasp.

The Mass was hosted by our 10th Grade class and included two new altar servers, eighth graders Emma Galvin and Shannon Bralley. Our Honors Choir delivered a stirring rendition of Pie Jesu as the communion meditation.

All Souls Day
On Wednesday, AWHS celebrated a beautiful prayer service for the Feast of All Souls. Our community submitted 815 names to be remembered during the month of November. At the service, our Peer Ministers read each name while senior Mike Matthews poignantly played the piano.

Let perpetual light shine upon them, O Lord.

Open House Thank You!
Our Open House was extraordinarily successful on Thursday night. Thank you to our students, parents, and faculty whose hospitality and welcoming spirit showed prospective families what makes our community so special.  
Remembrances: (L) Names of the dead are read at our All Souls Day Prayer Service. The names are also written on doves which are hanging throughout the Auditorium. (R) Sophomore Marc-Andy Mexil does the First Reading at Mass on Tuesday.
Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday, Nov. 10
An email went out yesterday with instructions for Parent-Teacher conferences, which are next Thursday from 3-5 PM and 6-8 PM. Registration is now open for individual five minute slots with teachers. You must sign-up online through PTC Fast in order to reserve a slot and registration will close on midnight, November 8.

Please note, that there will be no after school supervision on Thursday.

Lockdown Drill
The lockdown drill was very successful today. Our students were almost universally compliant with the new protocols. I would like to thank the Braintree Police Department who supported us in the drill today.

The shelter-in-place from Thursday, which was not a drill, ran very smoothly. Our students calmly followed procedure and we hardly lost any instruction except in those classrooms directly affected by the medical situation.It is fair to say that we are becoming very comfortable, very quickly with these procedures, which hopefully will ease student anxiety.

Emergency Notification System
We sent out multiple text messages this week using SchoolMessenger, our new emergency notification system. If you did not receive a text on your cell phone, you may not have “opted-in” to the system. In order “opt-in,” simply send a text message to 67587 with the word “subscribe” as the message. Our service requires the affirmative opt-in from the phone itself to comply with anti-Spam regulations.

Halloween Spirit Rally
While this past week got more somber as it progressed, it started with our Halloween spirit rally in which students competed in relay races for valuable Spirit Points. The event was broadcast live on Facebook and I encourage everyone to go onto our Facebook page and watch the event, which is archived there.
 
Halloween Spirit Rally: (Top to Bottom, L to R) Junior Jon Li struts in his winning costume; Eighth grader Melanie McClay races towards the finish line; Seventh-graders Jason Courtois and Tighe Donovan hop down in the three-legged race; the Freshman class plots its strategy; the Seniors cheer their class on to victory.
Calendar Drive/Holiday Lottery
Our calendar drive kick-off is next Tuesday. Students will receive their calendars to sell at the end of the day. This is a major fundraiser for Archbishop Williams. Calendars, which are really a holiday lottery, are good for a daily raffle drawing from Christmas through the end of January. Prizes can reach as high as $1,000 and you can win as often as the ticket is pulled. Students will receive ten tickets on Tuesday to sell at a cost of $10 apiece.

There are a series of incentives for students to sell tickets. If a student sells five tickets by Thursday, he or she will be eligible for a dress down day on Thursday. There will be a series of other dress down days during the drive, but students must have sold ten tickets to earn them. If a student sells ten tickets, he or she will also earn a voucher good for a personal “voucher day” off school (see p. 28 of the Student/Parent Handbook).

There is a $300 top prize for selling the most calendars and rewards for the top selling homerooms in each grade level.

Most significantly, if the school reaches its goal of $57,000 in total calendar sales AND 100% student participation, we will have a day off school added to the February vacation on Thursday, February 16. Last year was the first time in about 15 years when we did not reach our goal because we fell short of 100% participation. Every student must sell at least one calendar to reach this incentive.

When students receive their packet of tickets, be aware that each ticket in individually numbered and we have recorded the serial numbers that students have received. At the end of the drive, we must account for each calendar, sold or unsold. Any unsold calendars must be returned to the school.

The calendar drive ends on Friday, December 2.

Help Wanted: Calendar Drive
In order to make the calendar drive a success—we need your help (in addition to buying and selling calendars!). We need parent volunteers to count the daily proceeds of the calendar drive, record the serial number of each sold ticket, and track the students who sold the ticket.

Parents can volunteer for each day of the drive, but we really can use help this Thursday, November 10 and on Tuesday, November 15, which we anticipate having a large spike in sales. The work takes place from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM in the Main Office (depending on the volume of tickets returned).  You will receive parent volunteer hours for this service.

If you are interested, please email Mr. Anthony Chighisola ’07. Please tell him what days you are available through the close of the drive on December 2. Thank you in advance!
Day of the Dead: Students in Ms. Quilda Macedo's (L) Spanish 2 class enjoy treats for their Day of the Dead celebration.
AYou’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
Our fall musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is two weeks away! The early previews indicate that this will be another spectacular production from our Theatre Ensemble. The musical will run from November 18-19 at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.

To support the play, ad space is available in the Playbill. A full page advertisement costs $100, a half page $50, quarter page $25, and a business card is $35. This is a great way to support the production and individual cast members. If you are interested in taking out an ad, please contact one of our co-directors, Mrs. Linda DeRosa-Coakley or Ms. Kelly Koeth this weekend via email.

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.

And Lastly: Go Bishops!
Fall tournament play is now in full swing. This week of competition got off to a most auspicious start as our Math Team in its first meet of the year defeated Braintree High School by a walloping 11 points.

Football has its second-round playoff game tonight at Norwell High School at 7PM. Our Boys Soccer team begins its playoff march at home on Sunday at 6 PM against St. John Paul II. The Girls Soccer team hosts Holbrooke on Monday at 6PM. Our Cheerleaders look to defend their CCL Championship on Sunday at Austin Prep at 12 PM.

Let’s keep up our winning ways. Go Bishops!
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
I Will Listen: Seniors Jack Rega and Timmy Chase lead the school in the hand motions for Prince of Peace, the concluding hymn at Mass on Tuesday.
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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