On Sunday, October 19, there was excitement in the air as prospective families visited Xaverian for the high school open house. After being greeted by the Pipe and Drum Corps and students on the front steps, families stopped at the registration table for materials and then went into the cafeteria for refreshments and the opportunity to chat with representatives from every department of the school, as well as current parents and alums.
The next stop on the tour was the auditorium, where prospective students heard about the unique advantages of a Xaverian education from SCC President Louis Springer ’15, Dean of Academics Mr. Daniel Sharib ’96, and President Bob Alesi ’78.
After a visit to a classroom where students learned about Xaverian’s unique student-centered classroom environment, prospective students and their families spent time learning about the Michael T. Strianese ’74 STEM Program. With the 3D printer humming away on the creation of a plastic screw and bolt, as well as hands-on STEM lessons happening in every corner, the STEM lab was a highlight of the tour.
Families were also introduced to a current Forensic Science lesson being taught by Dr. Krishnamurthy featuring an artificial crime scene. Students in Dr. K’s Principals of Biomedical Science class are currently working to determine the cause of death of a fictional character, Anna Garcia.
The formal tour ended in the Technology Center, where groups were treated to lovely classical music performed by MAX (Music at Xaverian). Following a touching presentation by Mrs. Kathleen Coen P’16, ’14, G’14, Principal Dcn. Kevin McCormack offered the final presentation of the day. Families were then free to head down to the gym to speak with representatives from all the different clubs and athletic teams.
Xaverian is grateful for the efforts all of the students, teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, alumni, and maintenance staff who helped to make our admissions event a huge success!