Weekly Update from Dr. V: "Happy President's Day!"

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Weekly Update
February 17, 2017

You Are Now a Bishop: Potential and current members of the Class of 2021 mingle at our welcome reception for accepted students Wednesday night.
Happy February Vacation
Between the snow days, the calendar drive holiday (and the Super Bowl), this may seem like the least needed February vacation week ever, but here we are. Archbishop Williams joins the rest of the state of Massachusetts for the traditional week-long respite.
Be sure to rest up and make sure that you are caught up. The pace of the academic work will certainly  pick up in March.
Welcome Prospective Bishops
Archbishop Williams hosted the accepted students for the Class of 2021 on Wednesday night. We had a full house of potential Bishops here to give us a final look before making the best decision they could possibly make for high school—joining our family. Making the night extra special, approximately 20 of our own eighth graders—and their future classmates—came as well and shared their enthusiasm for our school.

If you know someone who has been accepted, be sure to tell them all about the Archies experience. There has never been a better time to be a Bishop!

Help Wanted: Nurse for the DC Trip
Our eighth grade class travels to Washington, D.C. April 29-May 2 for the traditional end-of-year trip. We are in need of a nurse to accompany the class on the trip. We are asking if anyone in the community (not a parent of an eighth grader) who is a nurse to volunteer to go on the trip (or come for a reasonable rate).

It is a fantastic trip that includes tour of many of the most popular sites in our nation’s capital and a Washington Nationals baseball game. If you have any interest, please contact our Head Nurse, Mrs. Holly Bartlett or myself for more information.

Thank you in advance for helping to keep our student’s healthy!
AWHS Says YES to Service: Senior Molly Shiner participates in the YES (Youth Empowering Seniors) program, sponsored by Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Belotti, training senior citizens in the use of their technological devices such as smartphones and laptops. 
Mid-Quarterly Postponed Until March 3
Due to the snow days, we have postponed mid-quarterly reports until March 3 to ensure there are enough grades to fairly reflect student performance. Please note that when the reports are posted on PowerSchool, there will be only three weeks remaining in the quarter.

Spirit Week Information: Order Your T-Shirts Now!
Spirit Week begins March 6. Students were sent an email on Thursday with information on how to order their class shirt. Students must place their orders by Monday February 20 (Presidents Day!) at 2:30 PM to ensure the shirts arrive to AWHS on time. 

Class shirts are between $15-$20 depending on class year/shirt style. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms.Stephanie Mariano '08.

Each day during Spirit Week has a different dress-down theme. One of them will be class shirt day and students were emailed a form to vote on the other themes. They also were emailed information on how to sign up for the 3x3 Basketball tournament, Volleyball tournament, Dodgeball tournament, and Talent Show that will take place during the week (mostly after school).

Mass During Spirit Week
Spirit Week begins on Monday, March 6 with Mass (how can a celebration of school spirit begin any other way?) Please note that Mass will begin at 1:20 PM instead of the usual 10 AM start time. All are welcome to join us.

Congratulations Taylor and Tyler
Seniors Taylor Jackson and Tyler Kelly represented Archbishop Williams today at the MIAA First Annual Indoor Track Recognition Breakfast. The event celebrated student-athletes who have shown success both in the classroom, in their sport, and are also involved in their community. We are proud of both of you!

Sports Round-Up: Olympic Edition

Viva Las Vegas!
Senior Mike Matthews started Vacation Week a day early to travel to Las Vegas in order to compete at the BlackJack Men’s Gymnastics National Championship & Winter Cup Challenge. Mike is a Level 10 Gymnast competing for the Elite School of Gymnastics. Good luck Mike!

O Canada!
Senior Cameron Gregg and his sophomore sister Annika participated once again in the Canadian Ski Marathon last weekend. The Marathon consists of 165 km of cross-country skiing. One can ski up to five sections of it per day over a two-day period.

The entire Canadian cross-country Olympic ski team participates every year, as well as about 2000 other skiers. Cam skied 97 kilometers, which won him a silver Johannsen medal. The results aren't completely tallied yet, but in the past four years he has placed in the top-five of his age group and usually first among all American participants.

Annika also places highly among her peers and won a bronze Johannsen medal this year after skiing 60km. 

Way to go Greggs!
Cool Competition: (Top) Senior Mike Matthews poses on the Strip in Las Vegas before his Gymnastics competition this weekend (Bottom) Senior Cameron Gregg glides through the Canadian Ski Marathon.
Just a Spoonful of Sugar
Some of our most expressive students were a little tongue-tied on Thursday. The cast of Mary Poppins, our Spring Musical, spent the day trying on their English accents. The goal was to live in character, aping the speech patterns of Edwardian London in preparations for rehearsals to begin in earnest. It was a difficult endeavor, but our young thespians gave a great effort. Chim-Chim-Chir-oo!

And Lastly: Presidents Day
This weekend marks the celebration of all the individuals who have served as President of the United States. In particular, our country honors our two greatest presidents, George Washington and the peerless Abraham Lincoln.

Amidst our vacation plans it is worth taking a minute to contemplate the conclusion to what I believe to be Lincoln’s finest speech—his Second Inaugural Address. Lincoln delivered the speech just over one month before the Civil War would end. It could have been a triumphant address, anachronistically “spiking the football.” Instead, he offers us what one historian termed "Lincoln's Sermon on the Mount." It is the very definition of grace:
Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

As always, if there is anything we can do to better serve you or your child, do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for being part of our family at Archbishop Williams.

Have a great vacation. 


Dr. V
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
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