Weekly Update from Dr. V: "Patriots Day!"

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Weekly Update
February 3, 2017

Let's Go Pats!: AWHS students rocked their Patriots pride Friday. From left: Juniors Christina Paluzzi, Stephanie Allen, Mike Phillips, Lindsay Stelljes, Margaret Racicot, Jamie Herrick, Asiah Dingle, Erica Silvia, and senior Greg Doyle
Patriots Day

Catholic Schools Week was supposed to end today with Faculty and Student Appreciation Day. While there was no lack of appreciation, the whole community rechristened today, Patriots Day. The clear majority of our students arrived at school today festooned in red, white, and blue Patriots gear ready for Tom Brady to earn his fifth Super Bowl ring Sunday night. The atmosphere reached a crescendo at lunch as students enjoyed Patriots cake and had the opportunity to pose with a cardboard cutout of the G.O.A.T.

The day began with the National Honor Society providing a magnificent breakfast for the faculty and staff in appreciation for all of their hard work. Thank you to everyone who made today such a fitting end to a celebration of Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.

Special thanks goes to our Campus Minister, Mr. David Gilpin, who organized almost every event this week, right down to cutting and serving the cake.
Starting the Day Off Right: Senior Carina Alessandro and junior Pat Sexton help Ms. Kelly Pucko and Sr. Mary lay out the spread for the Faculty and Staff appreciation breakfast today.
Mass with Bishop Dooher & Pelican Award
The spiritual highlight of the week was Mass with Bishop John Dooher on Wednesday. Our eighth graders did a wonderful job hosting the Mass and Bishop reinforced a message to the students of what it means to live a life in which “the love of Christ drives us on.”

Bishop Dooher bequested the school a day off, which we are taking Monday (announced to deafening applause).

At the conclusion of Mass, we presented the Pelican Award to the faculty member who best exemplifies the values of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. This year's award winner was Ms. Stephanie Mariano. Sr. Ann Susan and Sr. Martha Walsh '55 were on hand to help present the award.

Junior Day of Service
On Thursday, the Junior class traveled throughout the greater Boston area for a day of service. In an incredible logistical undertaking, students went all the way from Boston to work in the Greater Boston Food Bank down to Easton to serve My Brother's Keeper--as well as just up the hill to the Meeting House Montessori School/St. Colletta's Day School, among others.

At the conclusion of the day, our Theology Department Chair, Mrs. Judy McMullan marveled at the depth of reflections by the students on what they learned from the day.
Catholic Schools Week: Ms. Mariano '08 received the Pelican Award from Sr. Ann Susan and Sr. Martha Walsh '55; Juniors Sam Zanghi and Julia Galvin prepared clothing for the school nurse at the Clifford Marshall School; a team of juniors finished lunch after a tough day at My Brother's Keeper in Easton; senior Diana Blell prepared cloth to be used as blankets to be donated to Cradles to Crayons.
Congratulations Winter Track Team!
Our winter track team has had a remarkable season, including defeating Cardinal Spellman for the first time in over 12 years!

Many school records have fallen, including both the boys and girls 4x200 relay. The girls relay team consisted of seniors Taylor Jackson, Ruth LaBranche, Alexandria Calder and junior Hannah Kelley while the boys team was seniors Anand Panigrahy, Tyler Kelly, Brendan McClellans, and junior William Hua. Each quartet broke their own record multiple times.

Anand also shattered a 10-year old school long jump record by a half inch.

Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard this year!

Congratulations Girls Basketball
Last Friday, our girls basketball team defeated the then-No. 1 team in the state and defending Division 1 champions Bishop Feehan 55-45. Our Bishops trekked to Attleboro and handed the Shamrocks their first loss in the state of Massachusetts. Junior Asiah Dingle led the way with 19 points.

This triumph portends well for us to make our fifth straight trip to the Garden come Tournament time.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Seniors Sharon Doherty and Mollie Manning represented all of the female student athletes at Archbishop Williams at the MIAA National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration at Faneuil Hall today. This is a wonderful event demonstrating how far girls athletics has come, especially since the advent of Title IX in the 1970s. As a sign of the times: our girls lacrosse program is the largest in the school from top to bottom.

Thank you Sharon and Mollie for being our representatives!
Women in Sports: Seniors Mollie Manning (L) and Sharon Doherty (R) represented AWHS at the Girls and Women in Sports Day at Faneuil Hall on Friday.
Run for Kate
Sign up now for the First Annual Kate’s Run, benefitting the Kate McCarthy Scholarship Fund. This 5K race will occur on Saturday, April 30 in Braintree. The entry fee is $30 and the first 800 runners will get a shirt. Click here to register for the race. 
Equal Rights for Women: Ms. Bois' 8th grader English class completed a Gallery Walk to analyze aspects of Shirley Chisholm's speech "Equal Rights for Women" (1969) as part of their non-fiction text analysis unit. It was great to connect the themes to the modern day Women's Rights Movement and the discussions were very fruitful. Well done!
Reminder: No School Monday
(In case you missed it—or your son/daughter hasn’t been talking about it incessantly)

Calendar Drive Winners
Congratulations to the latest winners of the calendar drive, which are posted on our website.

Luckiest Student in the School
When the camera pans to the crowd of NRG Stadium on Sunday, keep an eye out for senior Evan Cummins, who will be attending the game. Enjoy!
Patriots Pride from the 7th Grade.
And Lastly: A Message from Cardinal Seán

Yesterday, The Boston Globe published an op-ed by Cardinal Seán called “Doing What Is Just for Immigrants.” We have been encouraged to share it with our community and it is certainly worthy of a few moments of your time to read this weekend.
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.


Dr. V
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
Signing Day: Senior Casey Earle (sitting) signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, committing to play for Stonehill College next year. Supporting him (from left) senior Timmy Chase, Assistant Athletic Director Mr. Peter Umbrianna, senior Jack Rega, Dean of Student Life/Head Football Coach Mr. Bill Kinsherf '89, senior Brian Keating, junior Oronde Alfred, AWHS Offensive Coordinator (and Dad) Barney Earle.
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