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Two Xaverian Brothers High School Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Xaverian Brothers senior student athletes Ryan Scheib (left) and Tim Duggan (right) signed their letters of intent and committed to participating in Division 1 athletics. Tim Duggan committed to playing baseball at Fairfield University and Ryan Scheib committed to playing lacrosse at Bryant University. For the full story, visit our Xaverian Brothers High School News page


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“The Boys Next Door” Takes to the Stage

The Xaverian Brothers High School Fine Arts Department presented The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin on November 18 and 19. For the full story, visit our website.

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Life at Xaverian: Photos

Xaverian Brothers High School is a community of faith and learning that is committed to developing the integration of spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, emotional, cultural, and social dimensions within each young man.  Here are some photos from life at Xaverian. For even more photos of student life, visit our Life at Xaverian page.

Seniors Ryan Scheib of Holliston and Tim Duggan of Norwood posed before signing their National Letter of Intent. Ryan will play division 1 lacrosse at Bryant University, and Tim will play division 1 baseball at Fairfield University. The student-athletes posed with Lacrosse Coach Mr. Gardner, Athletic Director Mr. Stevenson, and Baseball Coach Mr. Lambert.

Junior Chris Prall of Abington and Senior Dave Ohnemus of Medway onstage during last weekend’s fall drama production of  “The Boys Next Door”.

Junior Zach Jones of Wrentham was one of the Xaverian Robotics Club Members to visit PTC headquarters in Needham. There, the students learned about and sampled Creo modeling and simulation software.

The Jazz Ensemble rehearsed after school for an upcoming performance during Xaverian Fine Arts Week. Visit our website for more information on Fine Arts at Xaverian Brothers High School

Sophomores Andrew Stieb of Weymouth, Evan Wong of Medway, and Pete Winslow of Norfolk are ready to record their observations during a Chemistry lab. Visit our website for more photos of Academics at Xaverian Brothers High School

Juniors Londyn Odom of Mattapan, Matt Michienzie of Foxboro, and Justin Rankin of Chelsea work together after school in the Physics Lab.

If you think the Xaverian Hawk looks different, you’re right! He’s been working out with Coach Fornaro and getting extra help in the Academic Centers in preparation for the annual Santa Hawk Toy Drive.

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Xaverian Caps off Fine Arts Week

Blog Post by Mr. Dana Belmonte

We certainly hope you’ve enjoyed Fine Arts Week, and it’s not over yet. We hope to see you at the Drama Production on Friday or Saturday night. I’m so glad folks enjoyed the haikus. Since they were so well received I’m thinking I’ll ask if we can turn the smaller of the two courtyards into a Zen rock garden. Just kidding. But it is nice to pass through the courtyard every now and then, when the sun is shining, the air is mild, and a gentle breeze is blowing.

Don’t forget the TRIVIA: You could win a prize: Correct answers sent to will be entered into a drawing to win a $20.00 gift certificate to the XBHS bookstore. Here are the questions:

1)      Name the cartoonist who recently passed away who created Family Circus. What high school did he attend?

 2)      The Greeks created three different capitals for their columns. Name the three capitals and name the structure in Rome that houses the three.

3)      To whom is the following quote attributed? “I don’t like types of music, I like music.”

And one last Haiku for you all…

Eight nineteen AM

The voice of Mrs. Corbett

Who forgot the prayer?

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Day 2 of Fine Arts Week at Xaverian

Blog by Mr. Dana Belmonte

It’s Tuesday of Fine Arts Week folks! But Fine Arts week isn’t just one week out of the year; it’s a way of life. Inspiration is everywhere; Beauty is everywhere; Art is everywhere! Take a moment to look around and see where you find some art.

For each day of Fine Arts Week, I’ve decided to write a haiku. A little something that catches a glimpse at the ordinary, unspectacular flow of everyday life here at Xaverian. Below is today’s haiku. If you would like to view the haikus in their original form, the napkins they were written on are on display in the music center.

Someone told me that Monday’s haiku really wasn’t a haiku because it did not follow the 5, 7, 5, syllable rule. Well, it’s really more about the Zen moment than anything else. The 5, 7, 5 rule emerged out of issues with translation and such. The form is somewhat flexible. For more information I would direct folks to R.H. Blyth’s, Haiku, a three volume collection, as well as his masterpiece, Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics. However, a certain freedom can be found in restriction, so here is Tuesday’s haiku… 5, 7, 5 style…

Seems like that’s always the case, huh? I used to keep a spare in my locker when I was in high school. Anyway… Attention All Students!!! This weekend, the Fine Arts Department will present its fall drama production “The Boys Next Door”. Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 18 & 19, at 7:30PM, in the XBHS Theater.  Also, the student Art Exhibit will be on display in the cafeteria, the jazz combo will perform, and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10.00 and are on sale in the music center.  All are welcome. Please come and support your fellow students.

We promised you some trivia (for which you could win a prize) so here it is. First the rules: All answers to the trivia questions should be sent to Mr. Belmonte at  Correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the XBHS bookstore… And now for today’s question… To Whom is the following quote attributed: “I don’t like types of music, I like music.”

Stay tuned for announcements, trivia (for which you could win a prize), and artful moments all week long!

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Xaverian Celebrates Fine Arts Week

Blog by Ms. Paula Duddy, Fine Arts Dept Chair

“The Arts are vital to the success of the 21st century student. Arts programs encourage students to think creatively and adopt fresh approaches. Classes such as music, visual art, theatre and dance challenge our perceptions and help develop ways of thinking that are visual rather than verbal. They foster creative thinking and help bridge language and other barriers among diverse cultures in a 21st century global society.”(Steve Paine)

The Fine Arts Department announces our 2011 Fine Arts Week theme “The Arts at Xaverian” and proclaims the arts to be alive and well as we showcase the visual arts, instrumental and vocal music, along with two fabulous nights of theatre. Our week of celebration November 14 – 19 will include a variety of festivities featuring students in grades nine through twelve who are immersed in the fine and performance arts.

The week will begin with a captivating student art exhibit display located in the main foyer. During the week we will have a trivia contest and other student centered activities that will include a performance by our acapella group The X-MEN. A grand finale to the week will be presented on Friday and Saturday nights with our fall drama production of The Boys Next Door directed by Mr. David Connolly and produced by Mr. Matt Cavanaugh. Students in the Jazz Combo under the direction of Mr. Dana Belmonte will perform for guests both nights in the theater foyer before the show. National Art Honor Society students will work with Ms. Duddy to transform the café into an art gallery and all theater guests will be invited to attend a reception held during intermission to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.

Enjoy the week we have planned for you.

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Freshman Year at Xaverian Brothers High School

Theology teacher Mr. David Palmieri joined the Xaverian faculty in 1999. After graduating from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a minor in Business Administration, he earned a Masters in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School, and a Masters in Education from Boston College.

But before any of those accomplishments, he earned a diploma from Xaverian Brothers High School. Mr. Palmieri knows firsthand what it’s like to be a new student at Xaverian, and during a recent assembly he shared words of encouragement with the Freshman class.