Weekly Update from Dr. V: "Immaculate Conception, Calendar Success, Revels!"

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Weekly Update
December 9, 2016

La Guadalupana: Senior Michael Matthews parades the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a posada at the end of Mass on Thursday.
Christmas Revels This Thursday
On Thursday, Archbishop Williams High School will be hosting a night of celebration and music, “Christmas Revels.” This is a free community event beginning at 5:30 in our Cafeteria. Santa will make an appearance and along with his elves will be providing Christmas treats with arts & crafts opportunities for our special guests. 

At 7:00pm in the AWHS auditorium the Winter concert begins with performances from two AWHS Choirs and the AWHS theatre class will be presenting "The Santa Interviews"- scenes that takes place in Santa's workshop. 

We hope all can attend this new tradition at AWHS.  It will be a great way to celebrate the season. Bring everyone in the family, especially younger siblings!
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass
AWHS celebrated a powerful Mass on Thursday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Matt Williams passionately preached on the beautiful plan that God has for each of our students. During the Offertory, junior Olivia McDonnell sang a magnificent version of the classic Marian hymn, Gentle Woman.

The Mass also incorporated aspects of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is next Monday. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas and the most significant devotion of Latin America. Senior Michael Matthews recited the Oración de los Fieles en Español and after Mass we held a mini-posada parading Nuestra Señora around the Auditorium while we all clapped to La Guadalupana, the traditional song for this feast day (video linked below).

Calendar Drive Success!
As announced yesterday, AWHS met our schoolwide goal for the Calendar Drive. We had 100% participation and raised over $63,000. Friday, February 17 is now a holiday, kicking off February Vacation a day early. Thank you for all who made the drive a success.

Thank You Superintendent Mears
On Wednesday, AWHS was visited by representatives of the Archdiocese, including Superintendent Kathy Mears. Walking around the building, Superintendent Mears asked our students about their classes and they were very proud to tell them of the great work they are doing with our caring faculty. Thank you Superintendent Mears and RCAB for showing our students your support and letting us show you all of the wonderful things happening here.
Service Outings: (Top) AWHS students made T-shirts and decorated Gingerbread Men with the patients at the Franciscan Hospital for Children this week. (Bottom) Grade 7 students pose on their Day of Service Friday at Independence Manor (L) and the Greater Boston Food Bank (R).
Grade 7 Day of Service
Our seventh graders went on their day of service Friday. Half of the class went to Independence Manor and entertained the senior residents there at a doughnut social. The other half went to the Greater Boston Food Bank where they sorted 5168 pounds of food into 408 bags, this will provide 4305 meals for those in need in the Taunton area. 

Also, students and their families raised $250 for the Holiday Meal Program, this money will supply 750 families with a Christmas dinner!!! Thank you to all who donated!

We are very proud of the way you represented Archbishop Williams.

Monday’s Schedule—Normal Day 1
Monday is a normal Day 1 Schedule, not a Bishops Day. As described above, we incorporated aspects of Our Lady of Guadalupe into Mass so we will not hold a separate prayer service. Mass Dress is not required.

Looking for More Future Bishops
It is not too late to apply to Archbishop Williams for next year! If you know anyone who should be a Bishop, please encourage them to apply. Any questions should be sent to our Director of Admissions, Mrs. Brett Marcotte, bmarcotte@awhs.org.

Active Learning Around AWHS
  • Mrs. Jane Funderburk’s Chemistry classes conducted experiments on the basic elements of fireworks, igniting different chemicals to see their color properties.
  • Ms. Jordan Grubb’s US History I class completed detailed timelines on the Founding of America, from the Revolution through the Creation of the Constitution. The timelines had to have events, descriptions, and illustrations.
  • Sr. Mary’s sophomore Theology class analyzed the 1968 classic film, The Shoes of the Fisherman on a fictional Pope Kiril thrust in the middle of a Sino-Soviet dispute that presaged Pope St. John Paull II, showing the impact a true moral leader could have on bringing down the Eastern Bloc.
  • Mrs. Joanne Adams ’74 Personal Finance class was visited by representatives of Bridgewater Credit Union who discussed with the students how to maintain a sterling credit rating.
It's great to see such active learning in our classrooms!
Setting Off Fireworks and the Fourth of July: (L) Ms. Grubb's US History I students work on their Revolutionary War era timelines. (R) Mrs. Funderburk's Chemistry students experiment with the elements of fireworks.
Get Your Archies Ties
Many people have noticed the snazzy AW Archies Tie that some members of the faculty and Administration have been wearing this year. We are pleased to offer them to all of you for $30. There’s a supply in the Main Office so you can stop by and get this great stocking stuffer. Email Dr. V for more information.

Morning Locker Room Access
Locker rooms are opened at 7:30 AM. Students who arrive before 7:30 must report to the Cafeteria, regardless of how much athletics gear they are bringing to school. Some students have been attempting to cut through the Dig or leaving their hockey bags in the foyer of the Gym. There is plenty of room to bring everything to the Cafeteria and then carry their equipment to the locker room when the 7:30 bell rings. Food and all non-water beverages are not permitted in the locker rooms.

After School Supervision
We will remind everyone that after school supervision in the Cafeteria ends at 5:00. Students cannot “hang out” in the locker rooms for extended periods while waiting for winter practices to begin. Also, for those looking in advance, there will be no after school supervision on Tuesday, December 20.

And Lastly: Good Luck to All Winter Sports
Winter Sports season starts tonight with Girls Basketball hosting Bishop Feehan. Good luck to all of our winter teams.
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.
Sleigh Ride: The AWHS Choir gave a spirited, hour-and-a-half concert at the Braintree Garden Guild Annual Holiday Fair on Sunday. Great job!
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