"Open House, Career Breakfast, Safety & Security": Weekly Update from Dr. V

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Weekly Update
Open House, Career Breakfast, Safety & Security
October 21, 2016

Career Breakfast: Seniors Madelyn Stevenson, Tyler Kelly, and Jennifer Bosse listed to Mrs. Karen Archdeacon P '13 '15 '16 on her career working for the US Food and Drug Administration at our annual Career Breakfast Friday morning.
Open House Sunday
On Sunday, Archbishop Williams will hold its first Open House of the Admissions Season from 11 – 1. I want to thank our students in advance for all the work they will do that day to make a positive first impression on prospective families. All students coming to school for Open House are reminded to be in perfect uniform.

If there is anyone you know who should be joining the Archies family, please encourage them to attend on Sunday.

Safety and Security Presentation
Grades 7-11 this morning attended a safety and security presentation. As mentioned in Thursday’s email, we covered the protocols for shelter-in-place and lockdown as well as our school access policy.

After reviewing the protocols, Officers Lisa Fahey and Ed Woo of the Braintree Police Department gave a rousing and at times pointed presentation covering what to do in an active shooter scenario. They also discussed issues of cyberbullying, the taking of inappropriate pictures, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Officer Woo opened some eyes when discussing the heroin epidemic and how nobody begins looking to become an addict. He also referenced the rise of things like “pill parties.”

Throughout the presentations, students had the opportunity to ask questions. All speakers clearly communicated that this information was being given so that students could be reassured on how people were working to keep them safe and how they could be proactive in keeping themselves safe.

We hope the presentation sparks good follow-up conversation around the dinner table. (Be sure to ask your child the technique Officer Woo used to get their attention.)

The senior class received a truncated version of the presentation that focused mainly on the shelter-in-place and lockdown protocols and what to do in an active shooter scenario.

We would like to again thank the Braintree Police for being such good partners with AWHS to keep our students safe.
Avoid, Deny, Defend: Braintree Police Officers Lisa Fahey and Ed Woo address our students in our security assembly on Friday. One of the major topics covered was the "Avoid, Deny, Defend" system in case of an active shooter situation.
Term 1 Ends Friday
Friday marks the end of the first term. Please review your child’s grades on PowerSchool this weekend and discuss what he or she needs to do to finish the quarter well. If you have any questions about your child’s performance, please do not hesitate to contact his or her teacher or guidance counselor.

Paul L. Dignan ‘55 Athletic Training Center is Open
In a beautiful ceremony this past Saturday, AWHS officially cut the ribbon on the Paul L. Dignan ’55 Athletic Training Center. Former AWHS Chaplain Fr. Wally Keymont blessed the facility. Remarks were offered by President Dennis Duggan ’70, Athletic Director Gordie McClay, myself and Jim Dignan ’87, who made the lead donation on the facility to name it in honor of his father.

Just as soon as the ribbon was cut, our students were looking to utilize the magnificent space. Throughout this past week, representatives from our Athletic Department have been holding Mr. McClay has sign-up sheets outside of his office or students can email him directly in order to sign up for one of these sessions. Most of the in-season sports have held their own session.

Students must also register at Family ID to use the facility. Once a student is registered and has completed the training, he or she can use the weight room at posted times. For more information on using the weight room, please go to gobishops.com.
The "Dig" is Open: (L) Mr. Jim Dignan '87 cuts the ribbon with his family to open the new workout facility named after his father. (R) Dean of Student Life William Kinsherf '89 poses with the ceremonial scissors with seniors Casey Earle, Timothy Chase, and Brendan McClelland. 
Kate McCarthy Memorial Volleyball Game
The Girls Volleyball team held a memorial game on Saturday in honor of their beloved forever teammate Kate McCarthy. The team wore special purple uniforms (Kate's favorite color) and made a presentation of Kate's uniform to her parents. Proceeds from ticket sales, the incredible raffle, and the bake sale benefited the new Kate McCarthy Scholarship Fund. 

Combined with the 50-50 raffle Friday night at the Football game as well as selling the leftover baked goods on Monday, AWHS raised over $3700 for the scholarship!

Congratulations to the Girls Volleyball game and the AWHS Community for honoring Kate’s legacy in such an impactful way.

Help Wanted: AWHS Calendar Drive/Holiday Lottery
The annual AWHS Calendar Drive/Holiday Lottery will be upon us in just over two weeks. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Students sell “calendar” tickets to a raffle drawing held daily starting with Christmas and going well into January.

In preparation for the Calendar Drive, we need parent volunteers to help put together packets of tickets for students to sell in exchange for service hours. Each student is given an initial packet of 10 tickets. For every three homerooms of students that a parent assembles, that parent will receive two service hours. We also could use parents to help during the drive tabulate the daily proceeds students submit.

If you are interested helping us with this important fundraiser, please contact Anthony Chighisola ’07.
Save the Date: All Saints Day Mass
AWHS will celebrate Mass on Tuesday, November 1 for the Feast of All Saints. It is a “Holy Day of Opportunity,” in which all are invited to celebrate the Eucharist and be reminded how we all called upon to be saints. Mass will be at 10 AM in the Auditorium and all are welcome.

Registration for Winter Sports Deadline is November 1
The registration deadline to participate in winter athletics is Tuesday, November 1. Please head to gobishops.com for more information on signing up for a winter sport through Family ID.
Around School: (Top to Bottom, Left to Right) Eighth graders Emily Santamaria and Bridget Byrnes work on play-doh models in Life Science; the undefeated freshmen girl's volleyball team poses on their bench during their win over Cathedral this week; Sophomores Aiden Benedetti, Steven Leydon, and Grace MacDonald join Mr. Brunner and Mr. Gilpin at the Sophomore Class barbecue on Friday; Senior Kyleigh O'Donnell gives a raffle prize to a very adoring winner at the Kate McCarthy Memorial Game.
New Lockers for Grades 7 & 8
The new lockers for Grades 7 & 8 arrived this week and are now installed. Students received their new assignments and combinations Friday afternoon. After struggling with lockers that were too small, these new lockers are actually a little bigger than the ones we have in the high school (and they are blue!).

We apologize for the inconvenience that the locker situation has caused our Middle School students and teachers. We hope this is now fully resolved, just in time for the cold weather and the need to store heavier jackets.

Upcoming Service Opportunities
Sign up in Campus Ministry for all of these upcoming opportunities to earn service hours.

On Tuesday, October 25, participate in Bishops’ Bread Project  after school in the cafeteria. We will be making 150 lunches for the homeless at Fr. Bill's Place in Quincy. Donations of peanut butter, jelly, bread, small bags of chips and snacks and cases of water are greatly appreciated!  Donations can be dropped off in Campus Ministry. All students are welcome to attend this service opportunity.  

Independence Manor Bingo will be Wednesday, October 26 from 2:30-4:00

The Braintree Buddies Program will begin on Thursday, October 27 from 2:30-4:00.  Braintree Buddies is a program where special need students from Braintree High come to AWHS to enjoy arts, crafts, food, music, and fun!

And Lastly: Good Luck to the AWHS Speech & Debate Team!
The AWHS Speech and Debate team will attend its first meet of the season on Saturday at Walpole High School. The students will compete in Declamation, Original Oratory, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Competing is part of the Zero Block course taught by Ms. Jordana Churchill. Good luck!
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.

Dr. V.
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
AWHS Against Bullying: (L to R) Freshman Emma Fennelly and Sophomores Mary Kate Clougherty and Eoin Varden show off their orange ribbons which represent their opposition to bullying .
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