"Off to a Great Start": Weekly Update from Dr. V

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Weekly Update
September 9, 2016

Grade 7 students collaborating on a mini-project for their summer reading book, The Wednesday Wars, in Ms. Bois' class.
Off to a Great Start
We had a fanastic first, almost full week of school. Hopefully by next week, things will start to feel more routine and we can get into the rhythm of the school year. There is tremendous energy throughout the school.

Finest Hours
On Thursday morning, our students were treated to a presentation on The Finest Hours, our schoolwide summer reading book. The assembly fit into an ongoing theme for this year of heroes and heroines.

The assembly began with a beautiful prayer read by senior Karthik Arumagan followed by a presentation by senior Claire Speredelozzi. Claire recounted how the Peer Ministers visited the CG-36500 this summer and showed a video of them cramming a record 25 people into its lifesaving compartment.That “record” was for visitors—the actual rescue somehow fit over 30 full sized adults in the bowels of the boat.

We then welcomed Master Chief Jack Downey, a true legend of the United States Coast Guard. Master Chief Downey was named the first Ancient Keeper of the Coast Guard and was in command for the rescue dramatized by the Perfect Storm. In his talk, he discussed the evolution of Coast Guard rescue boats and offered some life lessons from over 40 years in the Service. He also highly praised our Athletic Director, Gordie McClay, who served under him.

The keynote speaker was Michael Tougias, the author of The Finest Hours.  Mr. Tougias shared some details not in the book and had some visuals that really made details of the rescues vivid. He also offered some anecdotes about working with Disney to bring The Finest Hours to the silver screen and some insight into the research process of an historian. After the assembly, Mr. Tougias signed copies of the book for our students.

Thank you to Mrs. Sands for arranging the event. It was a wonderful first assembly of the school year.
The Finest Hours (From Top to Bottom, L to R): Ms. Sands, Dr. V, Mr. McClay, and Master Chief Downey, and Mr. Tougias pose behind a a table of Mr. Tougias' books; Mr. Tougias signs a book for our students; Master Chief Downey and Mr. Tougias address the school.
Friday: Start of School Liturgy—Mass Dress Required
Our first liturgy of the school year is next Friday, September 16. It will be at 10AM and celebrated by the captivating Fr. Chris Hickey from the St. Mary’s/St. Helena’s Collaborative. Everyone in our community is always warmly invited to join us for Mass.

As a reminder, all students need to be in Mass Dress. These uniform guidelines can be found on p. 24 of the Student/Parent Handbook. The special attire helps set the appropriate tone for Mass.

It is also our second “Bishops Day” schedule of the year. On a Bishops Day, all classes meet so please remind your child that he or she needs to have homework completed for all seven of their courses; no course drops on that day.

Schoology/PowerSchool Passwords Mailed
For any new student to Archbishop Williams, the passwords for parent access to PowerSchool and Schoology were mailed today. Please contact our Director of Technology, John McMahon, with any difficulties in accessing these services.

We hope that all of our parents are consistently monitoring PowerSchool and Schoology to help our students stay focused on their academics.

Parent Support Board Meeting Wednesday
The first meeting of the Parent Support Board is this Wednesday evening, 7PM, in the Cafeteria. All parents are warmly encouraged to attend and learn more about how they can get involved and support the school.

Zero Block
Zero block classes will gradually begin over the next two weeks. Here’s the schedule:
  • Honors Choir will begin on Monday with Mrs. Linda DeRosa-Coakley. Anyone interested in joining this group should contact her. It is starting early to prepare to sing at Mass.
  • Laboratory Assistant will begin on Tuesday September 20
  • Science Research Project will begin on Wednesday, September 21
  • Speech and Debate will begin on Thursday, September 22
Anyone interested in Laboratory Assistant, Science Research Project, or Speech and Debate should contact Ms. Jordana Churchill.

If you signed up for a class last year, by the middle of next week, you should receive an email and find yourself added to the Schoology section of the course. Students can still sign up and zero block is open to everyone.

All students who arrive for a zero block class must enter through the Cafeteria and check in with Ms. Mariano before heading up to their class.

Drop-off and Pickup
The hiring of a crossing guard has had a great effect in smoothing out morning drop-off and afternoon pickup. Traffic along Independence Avenue has slowed down and we have had fewer illegal turns than last year. Please continue to be respectful of the crossing guard and know that it may take a little longer to get through the area while she is on duty.

For our 7th and 8th grade parents, please do not turn into Nazareth Hall for morning drop-off. The parking area is not equipped with a turnaround and it greatly backs up traffic on Washington Street.

All students must report to the Cafeteria if they arrive before 7:30. They may not go up to their lockers before 7:30, unless they are part of a zero block class or have a pass from a teacher.

And Lastly: Go Bishops!
Fall sports is now fully underway and our teams are off to a great start. Good luck to all of our student-athletes and I look forward to seeing you out on the field.
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.
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