Life as a Hawk

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2010 Christmas Video

Xaverian’s 2010 Christmas video reflects our diverse and robust student and faculty body. As we began searching around the school to find our bilingual members of our community we began to find great hidden stories. Most had a great story about their families coming to America. They were all excited to share their cultures with us. What makes Christmas special is sharing with each other and we hope you enjoy this small gift from our Xaverian Community to you and your family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mr. Chuck Carmone ’85
Director of Communications

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Christmas in the City 2010

On Sunday, over 100 Xaverian students volunteered at the 2010 Christmas in the City Celebration. Christmas in the City is an amazing event where more than 2,500 homeless children and their families enjoy a meal, Christmas presents and Christmas fun at no cost. The Christmas in the City organization also helps families transition from homelessness to independent living, and provides Thanksgiving meals to about 500 families each year, according to the group’s press release. For more info, visit http://www.christmasinthecity.org

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Mr. Fitzgerald rallies the troops in the Boston Convention Center parking lot.

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The guys had an endless amount of energy throughout the long, busy day.

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Mr. Fitzgerald with some last minute instructions before the day officially begins.

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More energy than they knew what do do with.

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All smiles before the kids arrived!

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One of the main attractions was the basketball station.

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Enjoying the day!

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That hoop is not regulation size…

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A little blurry but the spirit of the day was in focus.

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When do the kids show up?

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Hawks donned their red volunteer shirts and teamed up with our friends from St. Gerards in Canton.

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Hundreds of energetic volunteers make this event happen.

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And it begins!

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Smiles as far as the eye can see!

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There were carnival rides in addition to bounce houses, slides, and food stands.

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But the bounce houses and slides were by far the main attraction.

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Hawk volunteers manned the entrances….

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..and made sure everyone could enjoy the day.

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A little competition is a good thing!

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Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino were in attendance.

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New England Revolution Defender Kevin Alston also made an appearance.


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Eric Gesimondo ’10 Explains How Xaverian Prepared Him For College

I am forever a proud member of the Xaverian Brothers High School class of 2010. Currently, I ‘m a freshman at Elon University in North Carolina. Going to college has made me realize the impact that Xaverian had, and still has on my life every day.

Eric Gesimondo ’10 is now a Freshman at Elon University in North Carolina

The most effective skill I learned from Xaverian is the ability to interact with others. I am able to engage in meaningful and intellectual conversations that others often shy away from. Xaverian instills the social skills necessary for college, the workplace and beyond through campus ministry, sports teams, and classroom experiences. I absolutely believe that Xaverian graduates have an advantage over all students entering college.

Academically, Xaverian puts its students in a position that is ideal for a high school graduate.  Entering Elon, I knew Xaverian prepared me for the hardest most challenging days of college that lay in the future. I learned the skills and practices that make college students successful. Xaverian teaches students how to study, not memorize, how to be mindful, not ignorant, and how to be an engaged learner, not a distracted one. Putting the time in at Xaverian pays off everyday.

Xaverian opens minds of students to be able to think unconventionally. Graduates possess knowledge of one’s self, others, and the world. I feel I have the ability to make respectful, mature and moral decisions. Through diverse teaching and practices at Xaverian, students are opened to the greater world and indulged in diverse experiences that eliminate ignorance. Students are taught to utilize their individual gifts and be able to positively contribute to group work and their classes.

I am tremendously proud to call myself a Xaverian Brothers High School graduate. I honestly believe I will be a part of the Xaverian community forever. Without the Xaverian Brothers High School experience, I would not have the same life I have today.

Let’s go X!


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Christian Senior Service Fair

On Tuesday, qualified Seniors attended a Christian Senior Service fair in the lower foyer. They are currently in the process of choosing the site for their service.

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The XBHS Christian Senior Service program is during the last term of senior year. Students who participate in the program have to meet certain requirements, listed here

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Seniors are able to put their faith into action through service.

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Robot Sumo Wrestling With Mr. Eggli

I recently took Mr. Eggli’s invitation to visit his Robotics class. The class was finishing up a week of programming, and enjoying some friendly competition by holding a sumo wrestling competition.

With a tape “ring” on the floor, teams programmed specific commands for their robot. One student from each team activated their robot, and the first one to get pushed out of the ring was eliminated.

While the students were clearly having fun with the competition, there was a lot of learning happening. Students would put their programming knowledge to the test and see results in real-time.

Mr. Eggli told me that this class, which is an elective for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, served as an unofficial prerequisite to Computer Programming, an AP course that builds off the knowledge base acquired in Robotics class. Enjoy the video!


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LIVE@theX: Home For The Holidays

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Last week students, parents, and friends gathered for the Fine Arts Department’s annual Christmas performance.

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This year, the Christmas edition of LIVE@theX featured members of the Xaverian Chorus, Jazz Combo, and soloists.

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The students, led by Mr. Belmonte performed everything from a soulfully sung rendition of It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas to an a capella version of Carol of the Bells.

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The video below is the final song of the night, I’ll Be Home For Christmas.