Weekly Update from Dr. V: "Snow Daze"

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Weekly Update
February 10, 2017

Leaders Who Serve: Sophomore Eoin Varden plays BINGO with the residents of Independence Manor this week.
Snow Days Reflection
 
Over the past few years, New England has greeted February with Patriot muster and wintery bluster. As such, life at Archbishop Williams ground almost to a halt this week. All students experienced just one or two days of class—depending on whether the lure of a victory parade outweighed an academic day (on the cusp of mid-quarterlies!)
 
Yet, our students continued to shine even though Mother Nature decided to reintroduce herself this winter. Consider:
  • Our Math team qualified for the playoffs for only the second time in its history! We finished 7th out of 30 teams in our region during regular meet competition.
  • The Boys hockey team erased a two-goal deficit with under five minutes left in the third period and defeated Bishop Fenwick 7-5 to keep its tournament hopes definitively alive.
  • The Girls basketball team trounced the same Crusaders of Fenwick by over 25 points on senior night. We continue to shout to the mountaintop the Bishops shall return to the Garden for the fifth straight year.
 
One thing we had to postpone in cancelling school today was that our French program could not celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Madame Jackson had worked with her students and Campus Ministry to honor to appearance of the Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette.
 
The feast day is technically tomorrow, but our students were studying this  significant devotion of the people of France and Catholics everywhere. Millions of pilgrims travel to Lourdes each year for the healing touch of its waters.
 
Nonetheless, the success of our students—spiritually, academically, and athletically give us great cause for celebration as we plan to welcome all accepted students for next year’s ninth grade (including 43 of our own 8th graders) on Wednesday next week at 7 PM. We know that the future of Archbishops Williams is bright.
 
So I hope that you could take these couple of snow days as a gift to slow down a little and appreciate all that is good about our community.

Please check Schoology for updates to assignments so that we can hit the ground running on Monday to make the most of the next four days of class before February Vacation. .
 
As we head into this weekend, let us all offer a prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes.
Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes HD

Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.

As always, if there is anything we can do to better serve you or your child, do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for being part of our family at Archbishop Williams.

Pax,

Dr. V
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
Principal
Bishop Spirit!: Our cheerleading team poses in front of the school. Let's Go Bishops!
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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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