Class of 2021
Welcome to the Xavier Community! We are thrilled that you are joining us for your high school years. See below for important dates and information.
- August 21-25, 2017 - Summer School Session 2
- August 30, 2017 - Falcon Blast
- September 1, 2017 - Freshmen Orientation
- September 5, 2017 - First Day of Classes
Important Forms and Information
- Accepted Students and Parents Night Information Packet
- New Parent Information Night Presentation
- BYOD Device Requirements and Recommended Computers
- School Shoes
- 2017-2018 Calendar with vacation dates
- Tuition Contract
- Grade 9 Book List (includes summer reading lists)
- Do not buy book list
- Contact Information
- Out of Town Bus Information
- How do I apply for financial aid? When will I hear back?
- My son in currently taking Algebra. How could he take advanced math classes at Xavier?
- How do we select elective courses?
- Can my son choose a foreign language to take?
- When does school begin for the 2017-2018 school year?
- What is the Falcon Blast?
- What happens at orientation?
- When will my son take his ID pictures? Do I have to purchase pictures?
- How do I put money on the dining hall account?
- What supplies do students need?
- What type of backpack should my son use?
- Do students need to bring books to the first day of school?
- Do students get lockers? Do they need locks?
- What service hours are required? How does my son log his hours?
- What is the dress code at Xavier?
- What time will the bus pick up my son?
- How can I monitor my son’s academic progress throughout the year?
- My son is struggling academically (or not doing as well as he did in middle school), what should I do?
- What is the best way to contact teachers?
- What is the secondary dress code?
- What computer should my son bring to Xavier?
- How can my son join a club or activity?
- Where can I find out information for what events are taking place at Xavier?
- My son will be absent or needs to leave early. What should I do?
- I still have questions, whom should I contact?
You can complete a financial aid application online here. Once your application is complete, tax documents have been uploaded, and FACTS has verified your application, we will review it. You will hear back a few weeks after your application has been verified. You must apply by March 20, 2017 to be considered for aid. Please contact Nicholas Grasso with any questions.
If your son is currently enrolled in an Algebra 1 class and scored at least in the 70th percentile on the math portion of the Entrance Exam, he can take the Algebra 1 Placement Exam on June 3, 2017 at 8:30 am. By taking this test, you son will demonstrate his understanding and proficiency with Algebra 1 concepts and be able to take Honors Geometry in his freshman year or take the Honors Algebra 1 Review summer course before placing into Honors Geometry.
- Falcon Blast is an informal orientation day in order to ease your son’s transition into Xavier. Falcon Blast is also the day when the freshmen meet up with their Big Falcon. They will have time to talk with them, hear speeches from a sophomore about his freshman year and the senior class president. Then we will have lunch and a bunch of fun activities around Xavier including an inflatable obstacle course, soccer, whiffleball, etc.
All students will have their ID photo taken at orientation. You should have received an envelope in the mail detailing a photo package. If you would like pictures, select a package and have your son bring this envelope with him to orientation. He will give it to the photographer when his picture is taken. You do not have to purchase pictures. All students will get a picture ID at some point in the first quarter.
On orientation and the first day of classes, every teacher will go over the supplies students need for class. Teachers may specify the type of notebooks, binders, folders, and writing supplies students will need. How students organize themselves with keeping track of notices, paper, and their supplies is often up to them. Your son should think of a system that worked best for him in middle school. Students generally have a pencil case for writing utensils, a folder for his schedule, general notices, and assignments he will be turning in. Parents often grab a bunch of notebooks, binders, pencils, pens, and other supplies that their sons like best over the summer when there are sales and plentiful selection. Then when teachers tell students what is needed, you will have it at home, ready to go. This will save you from the mad dash and unnecessary stress in September.
Students should bring their devices to orientation and every day thereafter. Students do not need their textbooks for freshman orientation. They need them for the first day of school (which in this case is the following day). Since students may have many books, they are welcome to put their books in their locker before school starts or bring in a few at a time over the orientation days.
All students are assigned a locker. Locker locations change every year. The lockers have locks built in so they do not need a lock. Students should purchase a school issued lock from the School Store to use in the locker room for gym class and sports teams. Their combination will be printed on a credentials letter that will be sent our in late August.
Students complete this form. The point of contact for the service organization should sign it and you as a parent should sign it. Then the form should be returned to the campus ministry office at Xavier.
Students are expected to be properly dressed and neatly groomed at all times. The standard of dress is traditional dress pants, buttoned down dress shirts, tie, dress belt, over-the-calf dress socks, and dress shoes (purchased from Donnelly's). Sweaters and/or sweater vests may be worn during the school day, but must be purchased from the school store. On specific occasions, such as days of school-wide Masses or days when the student is representing the school, a sports jacket may be required. Hair must be neatly kept and well groomed. Refer to the dress code guide or handbook for more details.
Can dress shirts have stripes? If so, can they be thick / thin? Two / three colors?
Solid colored shirts are best. While pinstripe shirts are allowed. It’s best to keep it simple. Plaid shirts are not allowed. You can always send Mr. Cerreta a picture of something to get his opinion before purchasing it for your son.
Can students wear dress buttoned down sweaters and/or pull over sweaters?
All sweaters, sweater vests, and half zips must be purchased from the school store.
The bus routes begin around 6:45; some start earlier depending on the route. Then the bus follows the route as written. You can map out the route to anticipate what time it will be at your assigned stop. Plan to be at the stop earlier than you think it will be there. The bus will run faster for the first few days as there are fewer students who take the bus for the freshman focused first days of school. The bus will not wait at the stop for you.
You can log on to our NetClassroom system using the credentials noted on the credentials letter which will be mailed in late August. If you need these credentials after that point, call the main office at 860-346-7735 ext. 702. Mozilla Firefox browser works best for using this service.
Email his guidance counselor, academic dean, and teachers as soon as you notice a problem. Encourage him to stay after school with his teachers for help. Guidance counselors and academic deans can set your son up with peer tutors and check in with him frequently to keep his grades up. We want to partner with you so your son can achieve his potential. You can find contact information in the Faculty and Staff directory.
Your son should bring a device that meets the current requirements, which include the following: Windows 7, 8, or 10 Operating System, 802.11n Wireless Capability, USB Ports, Minimum 6 Hours of Battery Life, an internet browser. As part of your Xavier’s tuition package, a school email address, a Microsoft OneDrive account, Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus software, and Microsoft Office will be available to each freshman. (A cost savings of $150/year). The following are recommended, but not required: Touchscreen, Stylus Capability, Tracking Software. If you are purchasing a device, a Windows device as described above is required.
If you have any questions or concerns about this requirement please contact Xavier’s Director of Technology, Mr. Ivan Bailey at 860-346-7735 x 778, or Xavier’s Technology Integration Specialist, Mr. Kelsey Doherty at 860-346-7735 x 770. We will be happy to assist you in meeting this requirement.
The following devices are not supported in the BYOD program: Apple devices, Android Tablet Devices, i.e. Samsung Galaxies, iPods, MP 3/4 Players, Chromebooks, Smartphones and devices with 3G/4G Network Access.
More details can be found here.
You should refer to the school calendar, which is available online and is printed at the beginning of the year and distributed to each student. You should also regularly check the announcements, which can be found during the school year on the Parent Page. These announcements detail due dates, club meetings, dress down days.
Student absences need to be called in to the school before 9:00 a.m. Students arriving late to school are required to arrive with a note and sign in at the Main Office. Students who will need to be dismissed early must bring a note to the Main Office before 8:15 a.m. in order to be given a pass to be dismissed. Parents are then required to come to the Main Office to sign the student out.
Paperwork, lockers, attendance
Mrs. Braychak and Mrs. Keereweer
Financial aid; FACTS payments; tuition account; fees
Mrs. Patricia Sheehan and
Mr. Dan Cizauskas
Academic Dean for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
Questions about courses, placement in level, academic support
Mr. David Sizemore
Academic Dean for Seniors
Questions about courses, placement in level, academic support for seniors
Mr. Andrew Gargano
Dean of Students
Student activities, behavior concerns, discipline, policies/procedures, dress code, transportation, attendance
Mr. Nicholas Cerreta
Transition issues, placement, academic/behavior concerns, college applications, testing, accommodations
Mrs. Beth Pattavina
Mrs. Joan Tomasiello
Mr. Rich Magner
Mr. Mark Lambert
Purchasing equipment for BYOD, user/name passwords for accounts
Mr. Ivan Bailey
Mr. Kelsey Doherty
Service hours, retreats
Mr. Peter Lyons
Try-outs, policies, problems with sports, intramurals
Mr. Tony Jaskot
Mr. Dan DeConti
Younger brothers interested in Xavier; students thinking of leaving Xavier; potential transfer students; Big Falcons; transition to Xavier
Mr. Nicholas Grasso
Physicals, injuries, etc.
Mrs. Tina Loomis
Account balances, dietary restrictions, etc.
Mrs. Paula Augeri
860-346-7735 ext. 744