Dr. V's Weekly Update

May 5, 2017

Congratulations: The newest members of our National Junior Honor Society hold their certificates at their induction ceremony on Thursday.

Congratulations: The newest members of our National Junior Honor Society hold their certificates at their induction ceremony on Thursday.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

AWHS proudly inducted 31 7th and 8th graders into our National Junior Honor Society at a beautiful ceremony on Thursday night. NHJS mirrors the National Honor Society in that students must not only exemplify scholarship, but also the values of leadership, service, character, and citizenship. We are so proud of our youngest scholars and the difference they have already made here at AWHS.
 

Congratulations goes to:

Grade 7:                                             Grade 8:
Abboud, Mason                                    Alexander, Althaia
Bixler, Jayden                                      DiBlasi, Emily
Bolduc, Matthew                                  Hay, Everett
Boncaldo, Dario                                   Leydon, Thomas
Brown, Jacqueline                                Santamaria, Emily
Courtois, Jason                                    Wadland, Matthew
Creamer, Joseph                                  
Curran, Casey
Defelice, Alana
Donovan, Tighe
Fennessy, Elizabeth
Fernandez, Cristian
Fulton, Jamie
Gordon, MollyKate
Herman, Nathan
Jeune, Julia
Martignetti, Emily
McLeod, Emma
Mekjian, Edward
Regan, Sean
Rosemond-Malone, Kaileigh
Ryan, Allison
Shaughnessy, Kerry
Starck, Sydney
Weafer, Catherine

Spring Concert: Thursday, May 11 – 7 pm
This Thursday, the AWHS Fine Arts department will have its annual Spring Concert in the Auditorium at 7 PM. Our music and theatre classes will be performing and projects from our art classes will be on display. The students have really worked hard all year and it is amazing to see how far they have progressed. It’s well worth the night out. There is no admission charge for the event.  

Viva España: The participants in our Spanish Cultural Exchange program, from AWHS and our sister school in Madrid, pose at the welcome breakfast we held Tuesday morning.

Viva España: The participants in our Spanish Cultural Exchange program, from AWHS and our sister school in Madrid, pose at the welcome breakfast we held Tuesday morning.

Viva España: The participants in our Spanish Cultural Exchange program, from AWHS and our sister school in Madrid, pose at the welcome breakfast we held Tuesday morning.

Spanish Exchange Students
Archbishop Williams families hosted students from the Colegio San Jose de Cluny, a Catholic school in Madrid this week as the second half of our exchange program. Our students stayed with host families in Madris over April vacation. Our guest spent a day on campus. They also visited Boston, New York, Salem, and went on a whale watch.

This was a tremendous opportunity for cultural understanding and our students took full advantage of it. We are very grateful to our sister school in Spain and wish everyone safe travels home tomorrow. Thank you to Mrs. Joanne Adams '74 for sponsoring the exchange.

Kate's Run Thank You
Archbishop Williams was extremely well represented at the First Annual Kate's Run last Sunday in memory of Kate McCarthy. Many of the 2,000 participants in the event were Archies students, parents, faculty, administrators. It was an absolutely perfect day and a fitting tribute to Kate.

Congratulations Davi
Eighth grader Davi Solomon received her sacraments at the Easter Vigil at Our Lady of Lourdes this year. We are so proud that you have chosen to be a full member of the Catholic Church! Congratulations and God Bless!
 

Making the Days Count: Our 7th and 8th grade students defend their projects to Faculty and AP students at our Science Fair on Thursday.

From the Nurse’s Office: Senior Health Records & Medicine Pickup
The Health Office will have available for pick-up your child’s medical record which consists of their last physical that was submitted to the Health Office.

If you wish to have your child’s medical record returned to you, please send Nurse Bartlett an email (hbartlett@awhs.org) indicating your request by Friday, May 12.  If requested in writing,  your child’s medical record will be in their graduation packet that they will receive at graduation practice on Tuesday, May 23. The Physical and updated immunizations can always be obtained at MD office if needed.

Also, any student that has medical supplies in the Health Office must pick them up no later than Tuesday, May 23, the day of graduation practice.  Any medications not picked up will be disposed of appropriately.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Holly Bartlett, RN, and/or Chris Deluca, RN in the Health Office @ 781-843-3636 x1421, x1422.

Help Wanted: Siblings to Usher at Graduation
A detailed graduation event reminder went out to all senior parents today. Missing from that note was a request for AWHS siblings of seniors to serve as ushers at graduation. As of now only three siblings have volunteered. It really sets the tone of AWHS as a family school to have siblings serve as ushers. Additionally, it’s a great way to save a graduation ticket because if your child is an usher, he or she does not need a ticket to come to graduation.

May It Please the Court: Our eighth grade went to Appellate Court to observe proceedings as part of the study of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Pickup/Drop Off Using the St. Colletta’s Driveway
It has come to our attention that parents are using the St. Colletta's driveway for dropping off in the morning and picking up in the afternoon. This has caused traffic congestion and is an inconvenience for our neighbors. Please do not use the St. Colletta's driveway moving forward - it is a safety issue for cars and school buses pulling in and small children being dropped off at their school and our students walking across to ours. Additionally, some students at St. Colletta’s have medical issues that are compounded if there is congestion.

A reminder again, that the only areas students may be dropped off are in front of the main building on Independence Ave, behind the school (where the faculty park) or along the sidewalk on Washington St. in front of Nazareth Hall. Students are not to be dropped in the Nazareth Hall parking lot, as there are faculty members trying to pull in before school starts and there is not enough room to turn around and exit the lot safely. 

Congratulations Davi
Eighth grader Davi Solomon received her sacraments at the Easter Vigil at Our Lady of Lourdes this year. We are so proud that you have chosen to be a full member of the Catholic Church! Congratulations and God Bless!

Looking Ahead: Must Be in School Day of Prom
If a student wishes to attend Prom on May 18, he or she must be in school on that day. It is an 11:30 Early Dismissal.

Looking Ahead II: Time Change for the Awards Ceremonies for Grades 9-11
From May 30-June 1, we hold awards ceremonies for our different grade levels. On the calendar, it lists the ceremonies for Grades 9-11 beginning at 10 AM on their respective day. Those ceremonies will begin at 9 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Good Luck on the SATs
Our Juniors are taking the SATs tomorrow morning. For most of them, this is their first attempt at this test. Students should get a good night’s rest. They are reminded to bring with them their photo ID, admission ticket, pencils, and may also bring food and drink for break. Good luck!

Good Luck on AP Exams
AP testing continues next week with AP Biology and AP Calculus. For the most part, our students emerged from the first week of AP testing fairly confident in the preparation they received. Good luck!

And Lastly: Don’t Forget Taylor’s Message
Kathi Meyer-Sullivan shared with one story with the parents on Wednesday that she did not have time to relate to the students on Thursday. Almost immediately after Taylor’s passing, she learned that most of the students at her high school—including those at the fatal party in the woods—had not changed their behavior and continued to make poor decisions all while wearing the pink wristbands our students received on Thursday. The police broke up one such party and cited multiple teenagers for underage drinking.  

Mrs. Meyer-Sullivan stood outside the courthouse door on the day of their arraignment and collected all of the wristbands the students were wearing as they went into court. She then sat in the front row of the courtroom holding the wristbands as the students were brought before the judge. The judge thereafter remarked that her presence meant more than whatever fine and community service he levied.

The point is that these messages don’t always sink in. We have to constantly be reminded of Taylor’s Message and stress the importance of vigilance and making good choices.
 

As always, if there is anything we can do to better our students, please 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

About Williams

Archbishop Williams High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory, grades 7-12 school. We endeavor to educate young men and women spiritually, intellectually, ethically, and physically. Driven by the love of Christ, in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, we integrate learning with faith. We strive to graduate socially aware, morally responsible citizens prepared to succeed and to serve their local and global communities. 

 

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