Weekly Update from Dr. V: "Pass on the Light of Learning"

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Weekly Update
December 2, 2016

Pass on the Light of Learning: Juniors Olivia Condon lights the candle of classmate Ryan Cristoferi as they are inducted into the National Honor Society on Tuesday.
National Honor Society Induction
On Tuesday, Archbishop Williams High School inducted 49 new members to its Nuntii Veritatis Chapter of the National Honor Society in a moving ceremony presided by NHS President Michael Matthews. These 42 juniors and 7 seniors join 58 returning members, all of whom, in addition to having the requisite GPA, also must exemplify the NHS virtues of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.” Our National Honor Society chapter dates back to the school’s founding when the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth chose for it the Latin name Nuntii Veritatis, which means “Herald of Truth.”

The inductees all held a flame to show how they hold the lamp of learning as they took the oath of the chapter. At the conclusion of the ceremony, students had the opportunity to recognize teachers who made a particular impact on their lives. Senior Tyler Kelly honored Math Department Chair Mr. Chris Brunner, Junior Kaylee Walsh honored Theology Teacher Mrs. Angela Lawlor and Senior Sean Keenan honored English teacher Ms. Stephanie Mariano ’08.

Congratulations to all of our National Honor Society members! We are so proud of you!

May your example encourage our underclassmen to strive to earn induction, and for our seventh and eighth graders to aspire to join the National Junior Honor Society.
The new members of the Nuntii Veritatis Chapter of the National Honor Society
Calendar Drive Extended Through Wednesday
Despite a strong last minute push, we have fallen short of our total sales goal and 100% participation in the annual Calendar Drive. So as of right now, we have not earned the early start to February Vacation. However, we have decided to extend the sales period through Wednesday. Use the weekend to squeeze in a few more sales to push us over the top (and perhaps gently nudge a friend to make that first sale).

AWHS Chorus and Honors Choir at the Braintree Town Hall this Sunday
The AWHS Chorus and Honors Choir will perform at the annual Braintree Garden Guild Holiday Fair this Sunday from 12-1:30 PM, held at Braintree Town Hall. Come hear some Christmas music and do some holiday shopping from the numerous vendors in attendance.  The students have been working hard for this performance and they sound great!

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Next Thursday is another Holy Day of Opportunity, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We will have a Liturgy at 10 AM celebrated by Father Matt Williams, the Director of Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Boston. He is a dynamic priest who specializes in youth ministry. As always, everyone in the community is warmly invited to join us to take advantage of this opportunity. Students are reminded to be in Mass Dress.

Point of Christmas
The National Honor Society is beginning its annual Point of Christmas project. This year we will be providing gifts and food for nine families with a total of 21 children from the Clifford Marshall School in Quincy. We would like to ask you to join us in this worthy and wonderful cause by donating gifts, gift cards, food, or clothing. A cash donation would also be greatly appreciate for us to use in fulfilling the wish lists of these nine families.

AWHS Giving Tree
The AWHS Giving Tree is set-up in the cafeteria. This year the gifts purchased will go to the Cape Cod Military Family Foundation that supports military children who parents are deployed. Last month, 5 trailers of Christmas gifts caught on fire and we have been asked to help purchase gifts of these children.  Please take an ornament off the tree, purchase the gift, and bring it back to Campus Ministry unwrapped before December 16th. Thank you for your support and generosity!
Thank You Mr. Mallon: Grades 7 & 8 said farewell to Social Studies teacher Mr. Robert Mallon, who finished his Maternity Leave replacement assignment this week. Fear not, the eighth graders will see Mr. Mallon again in April on their trip to Washington, D.C. The presentation of gifts was made by the Student Council representatives for both grades. We will welcome back Mrs. Kostas next week.
Mid-Quarterly Reports Tuesday
It’s almost hard to believe, but mid-quarterly reports come out this Tuesday. Please check PowerSchool on Tuesday to view up-to-date grades and comments from the teachers on your child’s performance.

Congratulations Maggie Slein
Senior Maggie Slein recently had a Letter to the Editor published in TheHill.com on ending new oil pipeline construction. It’s well-written and we’re very proud of her pursuit of her environmental passion. You can read it here. Congratulations!

Athletics Update
Congratulations to all of the students who made a winter sports team. We had a record number of students try out this week. Now practices are underway. Student-athletes will receive a practice schedule from their coach and any questions about practice times should be directed to the coach.

Meet the Coaches Night – Tuesday
Our "Meet the Coaches" night is on the 6th of December at 7PM in the Auditorium. This is a mandatory meeting for all athletes and at least one parent or guardian. A parent may be excused if they participated in the fall meeting. The student athlete still must attend.

Winter Apparel Purchases
Our athletic apparel store is open until the 5th of December. Orders will not be accepted after Monday. This allows for Christmas delivery. Info and the link are on www.gobishops.com.

The “Dig”
Please register for the Dignan Athletic Training on Family ID. You will need to complete a familiarization training session as well. Please email Coach Umbrianna at pumbrianna@awhs.org to schedule session.

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.

Paint Night
You're cordially invited to attend "Paint Night" at AWHS on December 8th!  Let's raise a glass and a brush to Archbishop Williams High School as we gather as a community of Alumni, Faculty and Parents.  Hosted by Brush it Off of Sturbridge, a professional art instructor will guide all participants through the evening as we partake in light appetizers, a wine bar and most importantly an art project that you will be proud of to take home!
Occurring during the Christmas season, this paint night will produce an art project that will be a festive test of your creativity!  RSVP as soon as possible to guarantee your seat today.  Cost to participate is $40 a person and includes all supplies, professional instruction and food/wine.  

Registration ends today for Paint Night! So act now to reserve your spot! 

Christmas Tree Sale
Our Christmas tree sale continues in the rear student parking lot, Monday thru Friday from 5 to 8pm during the week, and Saturday and Sunday are from 9am to 8pm. 

This is the major fundraiser of the Parent Support Board and a great way to support Archies. If you would like to volunteer to sell trees, email Jenny Gordon at jagordon1999@hotmail.com.

And Lastly: Dance the Night Away
We’ve got two dances tonight. Grades 7 & 8 have their Christmas dance in the Cafeteria while the Juniors and Seniors have their annual semi-formal in the Terrell Room in Quincy. Wishing everyone a wonderful time as they dance the night away!
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.
Teachers Matter: Junior Kaylee Walsh honors Mrs. Angela Lawlor at the NHS Ceremony on Tuesday.
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