Life as a Hawk

Official blog of the Xaverian 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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Life at Xaverian: Photos

At Xaverian, there’s always a way to get involved. Here are some photos from life at Xaverian. For even more photos of student life, visit our photos of the week page.

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Many students put their hard work on display during fine arts week, showcasing their great skills.

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The Spanish club, led by Mr. Lewis and Mr. Press, pose with the club as they pay tribute to cured meats.

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Patrick Burke ’01 speaks to current students about tolerance and acceptance as part of our Awareness and Advocacy Week.

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The varsity football team had plenty of support as they took the field for our annual Thanksgiving Classic.

For even more photos of student life, visit our photos of the week page.


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Live@theX: …And a Santa Hawk in a Pear Tree!

On the 9th day of December Xaverian gave to me, A Christmas Concert in the evening!!!

Mr. Belmonte here, and it’s that time of year again… We’ve counted our blessings over five glorious days of rest, our annual Christmas Toy Drive is off to a great start, and the parent council has been busy decorating the school for the season’s festivities… cue music… Our annual Live@theX Christmas Concert is around the corner.

This year’s concert is on Thursday, December 9, at 7PM in the Theater. As always, this performance will feature the XBHS Chorus and Jazz Combo, but expect a visit from Santa Hawk as well and a few other surprises. It’s going to be a wonderful evening for all ages and as always, all our welcome and the admission is free! We hope to see you there.

Merry Christmas! ;}


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What type of student is Xaverian looking for?

The admissions department is often asked “what type of student is Xaverian looking for?” I like to use Brother Dan Skala’s answer who often says “we are not looking for the perfect student; none of us are perfect. We consider a wide range of students.”

Yes, we at Xaverian are fortunate to attract many academically strong students each year, but we also enroll a lot of students who have not hit their stride academically and are willing to work hard to do so, young men who have not realized their full potential as a student, or feel they need the structure and support we provide.

If you are concerned about your chances of being admitted please contact us, we are open to talking with any young man who feels he could benefit from a Xaverian education. We are happy to counsel you on opportunities, expectations, and admissibility.

Applying to Xaverian is a step-by-step process all of it non-binding until the March 15th commitment deadline. If you are still unsure if Xaverian is the school for you please come take a tour (every Tuesday after school at 3:00 PM) or spend the day as part of our “hawk for a day program” where you can shadow a current freshman on a typical school day. You can even sample the lunch that day for free as our guest.

It is only $30 to take the entrance exam (Saturday December 11th) and free to apply.

Applying to high school does not have to be a stressful experience; take it one step at a time and ask for help when you need it.

As I always say my title is Director of Admissions not Director of Rejections.

Tim McDonough, Director of Admissions, Xaverian Brothers High School


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From The Archives (5)

Editor’s note: Thousands of photos have been taken since Xaverian Brothers High School was founded in 1963. Many are in storage here at Xaverian, and many are sent to us from alumni and friends. Here are some of those photos! (Photos are also hosted on Facebook to accommodate tagging)

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Marine Biology Class Visits Mystic Aquarium

Editor’s Note: Mr. Connolly’s Marine Biology Class made its annual visit to Mystic Aquarium in Mystic Connecticut. Senior Nick Rampino photographed the day’s events.

Students get an underwater look at a Beluga Whale

Steller Sea Lions power themselves with their front flippers

A good look at a Steller Sea Lion's whiskers

Steller Sea Lions also have external ears

Temperate penguins at the Penguin Pavillion

Temperate penguins cannot stay outdoors in temperatures below 25 degrees

These penguins prefer moderate climates with cold water.

Venemous Lionfish

A Puffer fish

Students hope to attract sharks at the touch-tank

A Bamboo Shark

Students gather around the shark touch-tank

Students encounter a Bamboo Shark

An octopus hiding in a corner

Puffer fish swimming through coral

A fluorescent jellyfish exhibit

Moray Eels lurk at the bottom of their tank

A Gobie pokes out from under a rock

A Spider Crab in the touch-tank

A blue lobster

Students at the crab touch-tank

An injured Sea Turtle lives safely at the aquarium

A Stingray soars by

California Sea Lions put on a show

California Sea Lions can be pretty loud

 

External ears, long necks, power themselves with their front flippers, which differ from seals