What’s better than pizza and good grades? Not much … well, maybe there are other things, too. At AWHS, there is a tasty tradition of recognizing our outstanding students who have reached the status of Principal’s List.Read More
When we hear the word “competition”, we often think athletes on playing fields, courts or skiing down mountains. Or perhaps a curtain going up and a performance, among many, that we don’t soon forget. There are, however, academic competitions that require the same amount of tenacity and purpose as the aforementioned. Recently, eight Bishops competed in the American Mathematics Competition.Read More
More than a million students take the SAT each year. A perfect score is 1600 and the average score is in the 1200 range, according to the Princeton Review. What many students find to be the biggest challenge of this testing is the Math component. So, when two of our AWHS seniors score an 800 it certainly is something to celebrate.Read More
Mrs. Joanne Adams has financial savvy and she wants her Economics students to be savvy as well. Joanne is passionate about “making learning as practical as possible”. With that goal in mind, she arranged for her students to attend the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge.Read More
A lesson in “identity theft” was the lesson of the day in Mrs Joanne Adams Economics class. With returning guest speaker Lauren Pedretti, Community Outreach and Financial Literacy Specialist from the Quincy Credit Union, students were given the opportunity to be aware of the hard consequences that occur when identity theft happens.Read More
Leaving his Abington home and Archbishop Williams behind, Mike Matthews, Class of 2017, is experiencing the first chapter in the journey of a class valedictorian... UCLA is now home to Mike.Read More
Carry on and Read!
By: Kathy Habel
As the new school year begins, and all students will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts and insights to the school wide read of Carry On, it reminds us: Administration, faculty and parents, of the challenge of making our students readers. Here is the dilemma. None of us can make a girl or boy fall in love with reading. Scientific and educational research reveals that what we can do are influence students to become readers. How? You probably can guess the strategy. Be a reader yourself and let your kids see you reading. Like the little girl that kicks around a soccer ball in her backyard with her enthusiastic coach of a dad and then signs onto the town soccer league at the tender age of five, the influence begins for what may just become a passion. Do a little research now and then; find out what are popular reads for YA readers and instead of buying another Vineyard Vines T-shirt for a Christmas gift, buy a few books. If your son or daughter shows a bit of interest in reading and you spot a book in their hands, have a conversation about the book. Show them that a five minute conversation on a wild and crazy character may just be better, now and then, than watching a five minute video on You Tube.
Are you ready to help your student be an independent reader? Need some suggestions for a book that will entertain you or educate you, while getting some attention from your son or daughter on their way out the door. Here are some suggestions from our faculty and staff:
Ms. Adams (Language): Julian / Gore Vidal
Ms. Consilvio (Counselor): At the Water’s Edge / Sara Gruen
Mrs. Folan (Director Middle School): Preaching to the Choir / Camryn Royce
Ms. Habel (Communications): A Gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles
Mr. Homer (Guidance): Sarah’s Key / Tatiana de Rosnay
Ms. Kennedy (Science): Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers / Mary Roach
Mr. Leonard (Theology): A Father Who Keeps His Promises / Dr. Scott Hahn
Mr. Martin (Fine Arts): Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies / Jared Diamond
Dr. Mathews (Asst. Principal): Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / Lisa See
Mr. McKerr (Social Studies): Boys in the Boat / Daniel James Brown
Mrs. Nichol (Mathematics): Mathematical Mindsets / Jo Boaler
Ms. O’Connell (English): The Goldfinch / Donna Tart
Ms. Picardi (Mathematics): Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close / J Safer Foer
Ms. Roach (Social Studies): Small Great Things / Jodi Pocoult
Mrs. Sands (Librarian): News of the World / Paulette Jiles
Carry On ... our school-wide read!
By: Kathy Habel
It is now a tradition and worthy of our attention. Five years and five books later, our school community comes together again as readers and reads, as a community, a selected book. This year’s book, Carry On, continues the tradition of finding a book that engages students, faculty and hopefully parents, as well.
Carry On is an award winning memoir written by Lisa Fenn. Her memoir chronicles the lives of Leroy Sutton and Dartanyon Crockett, two young, handicapped men who faced innumerable challenges in their lives, yet triumphed in ways that elicit awe from the reader. It is Lisa’s journey, too, as an ESPN reporter who could not walk away from the story of Leroy and Dartanyon once her reporting was finished.
Each year, the community read is selected by a small committee headed by our school librarian, Mrs. Joanna Sands. Mrs. Sands is an enthusiastic and avaricious reader, so the selection is a “labor of love”. “The criteria for the school wide read are that it has to be an appropriate book for grades 7-12. It needs to have a strong message or theme and one that we can as a school build service activities around. For example, after reading The Finest Hours, Archbishop Williams raised money for “Wreaths Across America” and students participated in “Run for the Fallen”, a Gold Star event.
Carry On came to Mrs. Sand’s attention as a suggestion from English Department Chair, Jamie Adams. Mrs. Adams literally could not put the book down once she turned the first few pages. “I immediately thought it would be a great book for our students. I thought it had such a positive message. The fact that Lisa Fenn, the author, went above and beyond for these two boys really stuck with me. She stayed with them and supported them even when they were not doing things in their best interests. I hope that students look at Fenn’s selflessness and sacrifice for boys to whom she owed nothing. I hope it opens a dialogue of giving and understanding.” And the enthusiasm for this book will be celebrated in October when author Fenn visits Archbishop Williams and speaks to students at a school assembly. Mrs. Sands can’t wait! She shares: “I loved this book. These young men and the adults that mentored them are amazing role models for us all.”
Introducing Maddison Cabral and James Lane
By: Kathy Habel
The start of a school year is marked with lots of beginnings. Alarm clocks are set. New school shoes are bought. Worn backpacks may get traded in for this year’s backpack fashion. Revised policy changes are recorded in the AW Handbook. Some faculty has moved on to the next chapter of their lives; new teachers arrive and begin their chapters. This year is no different, as Archbishop Williams welcomes several new teachers to both the middle school and high school.
Welcome Maddison Cabral and James Lane. Ms Cabral joins the English department. She is a recent graduate of UMass Amherst and received her Master’s in Education from UMass Boston. Maddison already feels at home at Archie’s and especially appreciates the mentoring she has received thus far from faculty. As the year begins, Maddi looks forward to “watching her students learn and seeing their passions shine through in their learning. Seeing a student who has previously struggled with a concept finally understand it or having a student who said that they “hate to read” tell me that they found a book that they love is an amazing feeling.” Some great moments are to come in Ms. Cabral’s classroom.
“I want my students to be informed citizens who are able to use the information they learn in my class to help them make informed decisions. My goal is to have my students understand the connection between the past and the present and use these skills to aid their decision making and how it will affect the world around them.” Mr. Lane has wonderful, exciting expectations for his students. A graduate of Boston University, James can be found pushing the “teacher cart” into Social Studies classrooms. He is ready for the challenges of this year and eager to use technology in his lesson planning to engage students in the best ways possible. So far, James is rarely seen without a smile on his face – a great way to feel as a school year begins!
Our traditional, dignified Commencement ceremony had numerous highlights, including an outstanding Valedictory address by Caroline Bloomer on the value of time and the warmest of welcomes by Class President Kate Murphy. Salutatorian Steven McCormack also made sincere remarks to his class in telling them laugh often and laugh at themselves.Read More