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Governor Lamont Visits Saint Bernard School
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said he was especially excited to visit Saint Bernard School on Tuesday, May 11, because of how the Catholic high school in Montville has remained open throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. “This is a year you will never forget, and I hope all of you here at Saint Bernard will always make the best of any situation you can,” the governor told Saint Bernard students during a special assembly. “It was a tough year and I’m very proud of this school. You’ve been opened almost all the time. You did it cautiously, you di...

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Spring Festival to Benefit Scholarship in St. Patrick School Volunteer's Name
A few months ago we lost Andrew R. Cannon, a wonderful man, a community leader, a fun guy to be around and a hard worker. So many people knew and loved Andy. He worked for 25 years as the Chief of Probation for the State of Connecticut and volunteered for more than 30 years with the Poquetanuck Fire Department.  After retiring from the state in 2010, he continued to work in the community in various positions including at Home Depot in Lisbon, driving a school bus in town and working in several retail stores.  Andy dedicated his after-work hours volunteeri...

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Lost and Found: Xavier Alum Reunited with Ring Almost 40 Years Later
In the summer of 1982, between his junior and senior years at Xavier, Dan Hoey and some friends went to Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island. Just months earlier he had received his class ring.   “I lost the ring in the water,” Hoey said. “I remember the waves were awesome that day. I looked for it for a while, but knowing it was gone for good, and having to tell my dad about losing it put a real damper on the day. It was a long ride home. We got through it, though, and life went on.” And here we are, just shy of 40 years later, and Hoey...

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From the Superintendent's Desk

Posted on April 27, 2021 in: School News

From the Superintendent's Desk
Dear Friends: As the Easter season is upon us, we celebrate the greatest feast in our Catholic calendar, we share the joy of the resurrection. Easter is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. St. Paul wrote that, “Unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:17). Since a major part of our mission as Catholic schools is to proclaim the Gospel of Our Lord, it is at this time of year that our children are learning about the meaning of Easter and understanding that, on the one hand, ...

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Norwich, Catholic
Caring for the Environment: Xavier Students Pick Up 450 Pounds of Trash
Earlier this school year, Aidan Higgins, '22, approached Xavier High School Academic Dean Kyle St. George with a proposal.  After researching the Surfrider Foundation, which works to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves, and beaches, Higgins wanted to start a new chapter at Xavier. And he wanted to know if St. George would serve as moderator. At the start, the dean didn't know too much about the foundation and everything it does to sustain marine and coastal ecosystems. But he did know one thing. If Higgins was leading the way, the Xavier Su...

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Norwich, Catholic
2020 Ryken Award Winner Helps School Navigate Tough Times
The 2020 Ryken Award was presented to Mr. Robert Bernard, who has been the Director of Finance at Saint Bernard School for the past eight years. The award is given annually on the feast of St. Francis Xavier at each of the 13 Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools. This year’s presentation, however, was delayed by COVID-19. It recognizes an adult member of the school community for his or her commitment to the mission of Saint Bernard School and dedication to the values of the Xaverian Brothers. Each year the recipient is nominated by his or her peers and approved b...

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Norwich, Catholic
Brother James M. Kelly Endowment Fund at Xavier
In the spring of 1982, Brother James Kelly, C.F.X., was preparing to become the next principal of Xavier High School by attending a convention of the National Catholic Education Association in Chicago. One of the speakers talked about writing monthly letters to the parents of boys at his school. Brother Kelly not only adopted the idea, but he flourished, and these letters became must-reads. This would eventually lead to Brother writing two books, collections of what he had written to parents through the years.  Brother Kelly left Xavier in 1991 after nine yea...

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'Just Mercy' Delivers Many Messages Amid a Range of Emotions
Catholic Social Teaching promotes the dignity of the human person. We are all created in God’s image. Our actions toward others must always be rooted in Christ’s love. With that in mind, Xavier High School students, faculty and staff viewed the film “Just Mercy” as part of a racial respect program designed by the Diversity Committee, chaired by Brother Philip Revell, C.F.X., and social studies teacher Jim Royce ‘99. The movie was shown in small groups, which also met to talk about what they saw, and how they felt. How many messages can yo...

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Saint Bernard Students Learn About the Stock Market in a Fun Way
For the past three years, Kelli Hammond’s eighth-grade history classes have learned valuable lessons using the Stock Market Game. Since its inception in 1977, the Stock Market Game has helped almost 20 million students prepare for financially independent futures. Students are introduced to saving and investing through a simulation of the stock and bond markets and given their own virtual $100,000 portfolio to invest, according to the sponsor of the game, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation (SIFMA). During the 10-week game, studen...

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St. John School Congratulates 8th Grader on Xavier High School Scholarship
A 'Well done' to Saint John School 8th grade student Owen Jones, who received the Bishop Vincent Hines Honors Memorial Scholarship from Xavier High School recently. This scholarship is attained by scoring in the 99th percentile in the Xavier High School entrance exam and applies to all four years at Xavier. Owen is photographed with St. John School Principal Mother Elaine. Mother Elaine congratulated him on his achievement and success during her daily morning prayer (currently on Zoom). Owen also received the honor of Ryken Scholar at Xavier ...

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