Whether learning about the stars in astronomy, crafting a story in creative writing, making a masterpiece in Hands-On Art, or learning the art of boat-building, there are plenty of activities for everyone to explore.
Participants taking advantage of both morning and afternoon programs should bring a bag lunch and will be escorted to the cafeteria and supervised from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.  After lunch all participants will be escorted to their afternoon program.


Grades 4-6 and 7-9

Xaverian's summer worshops are for boys and girls entering Grades 4 through 6 and Grade 7 through 9 in the Fall of 2017. These workshops are spread out over a 3 week period.  Students participating in these workshops are encouraged to sign up for an Athletic clinic during the same week.  All students participating in both a workshop and athletic clinic will be able to take advantage of a full well rounded day at Xaverian.


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  • Astronomy and Planetary Science

    July 24-27 
    Grades 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. |Grades 7-9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    The heavens, the Earth, and their connection have always fascinated people, from the Chinese to the Greeks.You can explore the heavens and your world only a short distance away here at Xaverian Brothers High School.  With the aid of hands on projects and state of the art technology, we will investigate how to build a telescope, the true strength of the Earth’s gravity and many other fun and exciting topics.
    Instructor: John Tassinari | Cost $150
  • Creative Writing - Heroes, Heroines, and the Journey

    July 10-13
    Grades 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. |Grades 7-9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    If you could write your own short story, would it be filled with mystery?  Would your story be about a great journey? Would you fill it with magical or unique characters?   In the Creative Writing program, you will learn how the professionals approach writing stories and apply these fun skills to your original writing!  By the program’s end, you will have written a complete short story of your own!
    Instructor: Andrew Sgro | Cost $150
  • Digital Photography

    July 10-13
    Grades 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. |Grades 7-9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    This class is a fun and  informative way for students to learn the basic foundational skills for digital photography. Students will use a photographer’s toolkit of guidelines to help them create successful photographs. Photographic skills covered will include: exposure, balance, composition (rule of thirds, framing, perspective, leading lines, angles) and lighting. Students will be exposed to basic Adobe Photoshop skills to crop, edit and print their photographs. Students will be required to bring a point & shoot camera or cell phone with camera taking abilities and a USB cord.  
    Instructor: Paula Duddy | Cost $150  
  • Robotics

    July 17-20
    Grades 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. |Grades 7-9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    Have you ever wanted to learn more about robots? In this course you'll learn the history of robots, some artificial intelligence (AI) theory and, most of all, program and control a robot in real and simulated environments. As a bonus, you might even win the championship in our tournament!
    Instructor: Sean Gunning | Cost $150
  • Speech, Debate and Public Speaking

    July 17-20
    Grades 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. |Grades 7-9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    Do you enjoy a heated yet friendly argument around the dinner table? Do you want to work on speaking more effectively in front of a crowd? Do you enjoy reading stories and poems out loud to others? Join us for the Speech and Debate / Public Speaking class this summer at Xaverian. Work on writing your own speech. Learn the skills to help your voice be heard in a group setting. Have fun listening to others and engaging in fun debates on a variety of topics.
    Instructor: Michael Plunkett | Cost $150
  • Video Design

    July 24-27 
    Grades 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. |Grades 7-9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    Using online web tools, learn professional photo and video techniques. Plan your filming shots, gather your images to create an engaging story board. Bring your phone or digital camera and ear buds as you create and publish your own video treasure.
    Instructor: Anne Merritt | Cost $150
  • Visual Programming

    July 10-13
    Grades 4-6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. |Grades 7-9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    Animation, Stories, Video Sensing, Game Creation, Music and Dance, Interactive Art ... these are a few categories we will explore as participants code their own projects. Whole instruction as well as self-paced curriculum offer a full programming experience.
    Instructor: Anne Merritt | Cost $150

Grades 9-12

 The summer high school workshops are designed for rising Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 students. All workshops are taught by Xaverian Brothers High School faculty. All Xaverian students who participate in any of these workshops will receive a note on their transcript indicating that they have successfully completed the course.


 

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  • Creative Writing - Heroes, Heroines, and the Journey

    June 19 - 23 | 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    If you could write your own short story, would it be filled with mystery?  Would your story be about a great journey? Would you fill it with magical or unique characters?   In the Creative Writing program, you will learn how the professionals approach writing stories and apply these fun skills to your original writing!  By the program’s end, you will have written a complete short story of your own!

    Instructor: Andrew Sgro
  • Foundations in Art

    June 12 -16 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Learn basic drawing skills as a beginner or expand the skills you have already learned to a new level of mastery. Discover a step-by-step process that will give you practical methods to improve your observational drawing. Learn to "see" in a new way. Gain confidence as you build valuable perceptual skills. Create a portfolio of artwork using a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil crayon and various paints. As you participate in daily critique you will build strong communication skills that will help you evaluate your work and the work of your classmates.

    Instructor: Paula Duddy | Cost: $500
  • Improvisational Drama Workshop

    June 12 -16 | 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    And the description: Are you creative and imaginative with a flair for acting? Are you quick-witted and able to come up with ideas on-the-spot? If so, the improvisational drama workshop is the place for you. We will spend the week learning improvisational acting technique playing improv games, and refining acting skills. Improv is also a fantastic way to build self-confidence and improve public speaking skill. No prior experience is required.

    Instructor: Robert Bonner | Cost: $350
  • Intro to Personal Finance

    June 12 -16 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    This week-long workshop will review the basics of personal finance and investing. The curriculum will begin by introducing the key mathematical formulas involving money as a function of time, rate of return, and amount invested. The workshop then delves into the basics of investing money, including a review of different types of investments, the relationship between rate of return and risk assumed, and the proper way to decide on asset allocations. Next, the workshop proceeds through several other aspects of managing one's personal finances, including budgets, credit cards, taxes, buying cars & houses, paying for college, and insurance. Included in the week are opportunities for research, simulation games to highlight certain skills, and opportunities for questions by the students to (potentially) customize the curriculum to the individual students' interests.

    Instructor: Gerry Lambert | Cost: $350
  • Public Speaking

    June 19 - 23 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    In a world that is increasingly dependent on screens and virtual communication, learning the art of public speaking is more important than ever. This course will focus on the practice of researching and delivering an effective public speech. We will focus on vocal techniques, eye contact, movement, and proven methods for getting your voice heard and your point across in a large group setting.

    Instructor: Michael Plunkett | Cost: $350
  • Sports Journalism

    June 12 -16 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Do you love watching, playing, and/or reading about sports? Want to apply that passion and learn how to write journalistic sports pieces? Sign up for the Sports Journalism summer course and learn how to write articles like those that appear in Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. Students will learn general journalism techniques and style and then apply them, as they craft long-form essays about some of the biggest topics in modern sports.

    Instructor: Robert Bonner | Cost: $350
     
  • Sports Psychology

    June 19 - 23 | 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    This workshop will begin with exploring what sports psychology is, how it started and how it is used in current high school, college and professional sports programs.  Students will then work with sport psychology techniques including proper goal setting and self-talk that athletes can apply to their own sports.  Components such as team building, leadership and excellence will be explored.  This class will be educational as well as interactive providing students with a tool belt of strategies that can help them to be stronger mental athletes.

    Instructor: Jay Iannoni
A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.