From the Office of:
The Principal, Mrs. Mary Harkins,

Welcome to 2019-2020 updated Viking Views! Our goal is to respond to parents' comments about improving communication. Some have found Viking Views too long. As you will see in this edition, we have attempted to consolidate information with directions to "click here" for those things that apply to a particular year or activity or information that is lengthy or might also be found in other locations. For example in this issue Mr. Mangin has included a number of topics from the Student Services Office. All this information is also found in the student handbook.

Mr. Mingacci has expanded the information found on the school calendar. Click on a specific date on the calendar and more information about an event will come up. There will be a link for our school calendar at the bottom of each issue of Viking Views and the school calendar is always available on our web site.

Viking Views will come out every Sunday evening at 6 pm during the school year. It will be emailed to parents and students. The students enjoy seeing their pictures in VV. Getting all the correct email addresses for parents is a challenge. This issue is being sent to parents of our graduates as we have not yet been able to pull a current list from Power School. We hope we have included all the parents of our incoming students. If you know a parent who did not get VV, please ask them to send their email address to The next issue is scheduled for August 18.

All students receive a school email address which is through gmail. Our new students will receive their email addresses during the opening days of school. VV is sent to student emails. Sorry, class of 2023 you are not included in this email.

Any suggestions for better communication are always welcome. Send your ideas to

One last thing: a new feature for 2019-2020 will be our question of the week. Periodic prizes will be awarded for people who get a number of correct answers.
Back to School Information
The August Viking Views to be sent on Sunday, August 18 will contain more details about rosters and the Follett Online Bookstore. The student roster is being constructed based on course selection made by the rising sophomores, juniors and seniors last spring. Freshmen rosters reflect the required 9th grade courses and language, music or art choice.

Rosters will be mailed to all students who have satisfied all financial obligations for the 2018-2019 school year, this includes returning all textbooks and whose 2019-2020 tuition is up to date (June, July and August payments received.) Mailing date week of August 19.

Our school day begins at 7:30 am. Dismissal is at 2:15 pm

Opening Days of School
Wednesday, September 4-Grade 9 only, full day
Thursday, September 5-Grades 10, 11, 12, full day
Friday, September 6-All students report, full day

Class of 2023 Save the Date
Wednesday, August 28, Freshman Picnic, 11 am. Watch for RSVP form in August 18 VV .

Wednesday, August 28, Freshman and New Parents meeting, 7 pm.

Bus Transportation
All school districts and the private bus companies will transport students on all the opening days. If you have questions about bus transportation contact your local public school district for times and routes.

After school activities buses for those districts that provide this transportation, Neshaminy, Bensalem, Council Rock and Hatboro-Horsham, will begin on September 9.

Freshman and New Parent Handbook
All incoming 9th grade students and transfer students's families should have received this handbook. The handbook can be found here.

Summer Transition Program
Calling all incoming 9th grade students who want to be ready to start freshman year on a positive note. Consider taking part in our Summer Transition program.
Click here for the registration form. NB: Only the week of August 12-15 is available.

August 12-15 / 9-12 
registration form attached 

Algebra Skills will be reviewed for Freshmen 
Executive Functioning Skills Covered - 
- organizational skills 
- study skills 
- test taking skills 
- note taking skills
- mindset 
- time management skills 
- learning styles  

Summer Assignments
Don't wait till the last minute. Complete your summer assignments now! Click here for a link to the summer work. Summer assignments can always be found on our website.
Students in Advanced Placement classes have received summer assignments from their teachers.

Attention AP Literature students
Would you like to swap some books to read? How about chatting about the books you have read? Maybe you need some advice about what to read next? 
Please come and bring any books that you are willing to lend. 
July 31st at 10:00 AM. We will meet in the gazebo behind the school.

Calling members of the Class of 2020
Want help with your college application? Click here for information on a great opportunity .

“It’s a Competitive Sport!...It’s a life experience…It’s opportunity…It’s Community…It’s amazing…It’s FIRST!”
Are you interested in building stuff, compete with other teams worldwide and gain business experience?
Be a part of the FIRST Robotics Competition award winning team 2607!
Archbishop Wood’s Team 2607, The Fighting RoboVikings, is recruiting new members!

Click here for more information about Robotics. And click here to see pictures.

Dear Seniors,
I hope your summer is off to a great start.
I've attached a PDF with all of the information you need to order the new s enior-exclusive sweater .
Sweaters must be ordered online and the orders  must be placed by July 22.
You can click here to order:  
Let me know if you have any questions.


Student Services Office (SSO)  Mr. Donald Mangin,

Greetings from the Student Services Office. We hope you are enjoying your summer vaca­tion. In order to have a smooth transition to the new school year, we would like to remind you of a few of our policies. Please be sure to read this important information, as there have been some changes made for the 2019-2020 school year. With everyone's cooperation we can look forward to a fun and rewarding school year. All school policies and important information can be found on the web site at  under the student services tab.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY STUDENT AND PARENT/GUARDIAN TO READ THE STUDENT HANDBOOK AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SCHOOL'S POLICIES AND ANY CHANGE THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE, not reading it is not an excuse for not knowing the policies and rules of our school. ALSO EVERY PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST FILL OUT THE PARENT SIGNATURE AND CURRENT INFORMATION FORM. This form is found on the web site and must be returned, 1 for every student, to their homeroom moderator by the end of the first week of school.
NB: All 9th grade students and students new to Wood will receive a copy of the Student Handbook. The updated handbook will be posted on the website by August.

Click here for additional information from Student Services on: Parking, Uniform Code, ID/Security Card, and General Policies.
Around Campus: 
Marilyn Warner's family joined her
on her last day at Wood.

At the conclusion of last school year we said good bye to two long time members of our Administrative Staff: Mrs. Judy Belz who served in the Activities Office and has been at Wood for 40 years and Mrs. Marilyn Warner from the Academic Office who has been at Wood for 30 years. We thank both of these wonderful women for their dedicated service and wish them well in their retirement. After a combined 70 years we are sure they won't be able to stay away too long!

Judy Belz

Speech and Debate
Our skilled Orator Nicole Hediger, class of 2019, was chosen among hundreds of applicants to have her latest Original Oratory, “The Right to Education is a Feminist Issue” featured in  Fembot   Magazine . Click the link below to read this inspiring article. Nicole will be majoring in creative writing at Widener University this fall.

Our Campus is Alive all Summer!
School might be out for the summer but many things are happening on our campus. There are many sports camps throughout the summer. Check the school website, Athletics tab for remaining camps.
Sports Camps
Above is our Softball Camp which took place July 8-12 and included girls in grades 1-9.
Below are pictures from our football camp that also took place July 8-12 and included boys ages 8-14. Both camps were very well attended.
St. Thomas More Honors Program
An innovative program at Wood entering its second year is our St. Thomas More Honors Program. Members of the program from the Classes of 2022 and 2023 spent the week of June 24-28 completing a service project, travelling to Washington DC and responding to an academic challenge. Freshmen took works of Shakespeare and put the plot into a modern context while still using Shakespearean language, filmed their work and presented their videos for their families at the concluding event.
Sophomores were challenged to construct a windmill that would produce electricity. Jack Velten and Dominic Petruzzelli created the windmill that produced the greatest amount of energy.
Above are members of the STM Class of 2023 at the Smithsonian Institute and the exhausted students on the steps of the Library of Congress.
Below are the members of the STM Class of 2022 with Mr. Waskie after completing the windmill challenge.
And Finally...

Besides overseeing summer school, Ms. Nobles had some other events this summer!

Congratulations to Ms. Kathy Nobles who married Tim on July 13. Ms. Nobles reception was at the Franklin Institute. She is pictured here with members of Wood's Faculty and Staff.
Sports Report: 
F all Athletic Season Important Dates

Fall - Season begins 8/12/19 Check the school website, Athletics Tab for times and place for each sport.
Cross Country 
Field Hockey 
Soccer, Girls 
Soccer, Boys 
Tennis, Girls
Volleyball, Girls 

July 1, 2019 - Online Fall Sport Registrations website will be open through FamilyID. No longer accepting hard copy CIPPE forms.

The Fall Season begins Monday, August 12 (football acclimation begins Monday August 5). Further registration details can be found on our school website under Athletic Registrations

When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs. 
A few changes to mention:
  • Athletic Pay to Play cards will no longer be issued/required
  • It is no longer necessary to drop the forms off to school 
  • The actual physical (Section 6 of the CIPPE Physical Form) - will still be a hard copy that students must have completed by a doctor. Upon completion, students will be able to upload this form into their FamilyID account registration.

A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link:
Follow these steps:
  1. To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word Programs.
  2. Next click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account/Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In, if you already have a FamilyID account.
  3. Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
  4. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don't see the email, check your E-mail filters (spam, junk, etc.).
  5. Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you in to
  6. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.
  7. Click the Continue button when your form** is complete. **Remember to upload Section 6 of the CIPPE form to your account before completing.
  8. Review your registration summary.

Feel free to contact the Athletic Office if you need assistance. Athletic Director: Brian Haas
Click  here   for the Archbishop Wood School Calendar

You can find the scores for Wood's games and other Catholic League Schools at  AOPAthletics - Archbishop Wood  
Who was the first principal of Archbishop Wood High School for Boys?
Mr. Gary Zimmaro
Fr. Leo Van Everbroeck, C.I.C.M
Mr. Joseph Velten
Fr. Peter J. Kelkermans, C.I.C.M