Weekly Update from Dr. V: "Spirit Week"

 
Weekly Update: March 10, 2017: A True "Spirited" Week
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Weekly Update
March 10, 2017

Hail the Conquering Heroes: Sean Keenan (L) and Adam Carr (R), the Senior Class Vice President and President, respectively, accept the coveted Spirit Cup on behalf of their class. It is the second time the Class of 2017 has won the Spirit Cup.
Spirit Week
Congratulations to the Seniors for narrowly holding off a strong challenge by the Juniors and bringing home the coveted Spirit Cup after a fantastic Spirit Week.
 
Almost everyone in the school found some way to actively participate in Spirit Week events from the basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball tournaments to the mini “guess the TV-theme songs” contest to the incredible talent show that concluded the event.
 
There so many highlights from the week that began at a beautiful Mass where former AWHS chaplain Fr. Wally Keymont exhorting the school to cherish the gift of an Archbishop Williams education. (Fr. Keymont endeared himself to the student body by observing that AWHS has two mottos, “Caritas Christi Urget Nos” and “Beat Spellman.”)
 
In the athletic competitions, the Senior Class soundly defeated the Juniors to win the Volleyball tournament (and sadly triumphed over the faculty as well). The No. 1 seeded team of Mr. Peter Curley, senior Timothy Chase, and 7th grader Ariana Hay won the 3x3 basketball tournament. In a surprising upset, the freshmen team demolished both the seniors and the sophomores to cruise to the Dodgeball championship.  
 
Along the way, senior Frankie Boncaldo’s paint bucket of pennies carried the senior class to success in Penny Wars. Finally, the talent show featured a host of magnificent performances that included a light saber duel. Eighth grader Katie McDermott sang Vance Joy’s Riptide while playing the ukulele. Freshman Kerong “Leo” Li offered a Chinese/English mashup that included a section of Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. Somewhere the late Leonard Cohen is smiling after senior Michael Matthews played Hallelujah on the piano. The event concluded with junior Olivia McDonnell not leaving a dry eye in the auditorium with her version of On My Own from Les Misérables.
 
Spirit Week is a true Archbishop Williams tradition that simply gets better with each passing year.
 
Scenes from Spirit Week: The victorious freshmen Dodgeball team; a pair of sophomore twins; freshman Teddy Rossini wails on the drums; seniors Andrew Henault and Jason Pinto stage a light saber battle.
The March to the Garden
 
The March to the Garden continues. Our Girls Basketball team dispatched Hanover Wednesday night to advance to the next round of the MIAA Tournament. The Bishops will seek to extract a measure of revenge against Fontbonne Saturday night at 5:00 at Taunton High School. Fontbonne eked out a one-point win against a depleted AWHS lineup earlier in the year. A victory Saturday evening will punch our ticket to the Garden for the fifth straight year.
 
Prior to the Hanover win, AWHS defeated Coyle & Cassidy in a wild game. With about two-minutes left in the contest, junior Asiah Dingle scored her 1,000th point.
 
Congratulations Asiah!
 
Along with the play of our team, we have had fantastic student cheering sections. Our students have made us proud with their boisterous, occasionally comical, yet respectful support.
1,000 Points: (Top) Junior Asiah Dingle poses with Dr. V, President Dennis Duggan '70, and Athletic Director Gordie McClay after scoring her 1,000th point; (Bottom) the camo-themed AWHS student section stands and cheers Wednesday night.
Course Sign-Ups, Grades 9-11 Overdue
Course selection sheets for Grades 9-11 were due on Thursday to Guidance. Many students have not yet turned in their course requests. Please turn in the form, with parent signature, on Monday.

As a special note for our juniors (rising seniors) and on elective choices in general, students should sign up for the courses that they are most interested in, not those they feel they "must" take in order to get into a top-flight college. We have many compelling options in Social Studies, Foreign Language, Science, Fine Arts, Technology that will all be impressive on a transcript. Students should consult with their Guidance counselor to determine their optimal course load that balances interest, challenge, and prospects for success. 
CPR Training
 
AWHS is pleased to offer a pair of opportunities for students to become American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certified.  The two-day programs run March 29 & March 30 and April 4 and April 5 from 2:45-5:15 PM. The cost of the training is $77. Click here for more information and to download the sign-up form. 
 
St. Patrick’s Day Dress Down
 
Next Friday is a green and white dress down day for St. Patrick’s Day. Students must adhere to the green and white (or Irish) theme and it will cost $1. The proceeds will go to Student Council. The money will be collected in homeroom.
 
And on the subject of Friday, given St. Patrick’s special role as the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean has granted us all a dispensation from the usual Lenten abstinence so we can all enjoy our traditional corned beef and cabbage.  
 
Bishops Ball
 
We are just a few weeks away from our annual gala, The Bishops Ball: A Celebration of Excellence. The highlight of the AWHS fundraising calendar, this event will be Saturday, April 1 at The Lantana. Proceeds from the event will go to support technology in the school. For more information on the event, honorees, and to purchase tickets, go to the AWHS website.
Can't Contain AWHS Spirit: Freshman Kerong "Leo" Li brings the school to its feet during his performance, largely in Chinese; senior Meg Donovan goes in for a lay-up past Mr. Curley in the 3x3 Basketball Finals as Mr. Tarpey officiates; eighth grader Katie McDermott shows off her vocal and ukulele talent; junior Sean LaVallee steals the show and wins some money in Mr. Fontecchio's vaudeville-style act. 
Calling All Trivia Players
 
This Wednesday night, March 15, the AWHS Development Office is sponsoring an alumni trivia night at Cagney’s on Washington St. in Quincy. All parents, alumni, and friends are encouraged to put a team together for “Questionary” Family Feud-style trivia. The objective is to guess the top answer from a national survey instead of more traditional questions. (Past questions have included “Name a food that begins with the letter P” or “Name a street in New York City”).
 
Last year’s event was fun with good food and camaraderie. This is a great way to support our school.
 
And Lastly: Prepare for Snow
 
They say that March comes “in like a lion,” but this is ridiculous. A Nor’easter may be in the offing for the middle of next week. If the forecast does not dramatically improve, students should plan accordingly when they leave school on Monday. Teachers will be posting work on Schoology in the event of any interruption to our academic calendar.
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
Office Twins: Everyone gets into the Spirit of the week at Archies. Mrs. McCormack, Nurse DeLuca, Mrs. McEvoy, Nurse Bartlett, and Mrs. Connolly all came in their version of AWHS Mass attire (tops only) for twin day. Mrs. Connolly also had the important job during the week of regulating the songs played over the PA as students changed classes. 
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