Advent is upon us! In this joyful season of anticipation, we await the coming of Jesus and the promise of hope He brings. In these months, we can get lost in giving. Giving thanks for our many blessings and, soon, giving each other gifts. In the midst of it all, we cannot afford to lose sight of the most important gift - God's only Son.

The wonder of Christmas is that the greatest gift we receive is God's love incarnate, Jesus. It reminds us of the need to reach out and be God's love for others. So, we pledge to give that which really matters: love and hope.

As you'll read below, this year's Thanksgiving Food Drive was a tremendous success - feeding 400 families through the Boston Housing Authority. In just a few weeks we will celebrate our annual Wrapping Party, where nearly 100 clubs, teams, and faculty/staff departments will sponsor families with My Brother's Keeper. Whether the joy of a new toy on Christmas morning, or the nourishment of a meal on Thanksgiving, these earthly gifts are fleeting. What we truly seek to offer our brothers and sisters is the love and companionship of God. There are countless opportunities for our students to experience this beautiful connection, and their enthusiasm never fails to inspire me.

I ask you to pray for our five new Board of Trustees members ( Anthony I. Day, Bob Forman '84, P’18, ’20, Hon. Serge Georges, Jr., J.D., Ifeanyi Obukwelu '07, and Kevin Powers '85, P’16) as they transition into a new role in our community. To learn more about them, please read this letter from the Chair of the Board of Trustees Kelly Verrochi P’12.

I also ask you to pray for the BC High delegation attending the National Association of Independent Schools' People of Color Conference this week: Lizzie Corsetti, Gadisa Gosa, Sue Glover, Michael Hoyle, Ph.D., Jes Kiely, Nelson Miranda '92, Orlando Patterson and myself. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds committed to equity and justice in teaching and learning. To learn more, visit this link.

I wish you a bright and blessed Advent season, and hope to see you at one of our many performances, games, or celebrations this month.

Grace Regan P'12
Finding Future Eagles
As families continue to search for the right school for their sons, we are providing more opportunities to experience BC High. Our next event is an Information Night for grades 7-8 on December 11. We're also hosting many Community Receptions in towns throughout Massachusetts allowing prospective families to hear from BC High faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni in their community. Visit this link or contact the Enrollment Office for more information. If you know of any interested families, our Enrollment team would be happy to reach out and schedule an Eagle for a Day experience!
Thankful for the Opportunity to Serve
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! At BC High, we have much for which we are thankful. I count our ability to serve others among the highest of our many blessings.

This year, our annual food drive for the Boston Housing Authority gathered enough food for 400 families. I applaud the work of our Models of Leadership class, and our whole school's response to their call. It is a blessing to be God's hands, sharing nourishment - but more importantly love and hope - with our neighbors.
And, as global citizens, our young men not only serve close to home, but around the world. Through the Hyde Center for Global Education, dozens of our students and faculty members spent their holiday in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic with the at-risk children and young adults of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH). They returned refreshed, with a renewed sense of gratitude for everything God has given us.
2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Every year, one of my favorite events at our school is the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. From its early days as a simple spaghetti dinner with my dad, to our newly unveiled Hall of Fame wall on campus - it has been amazing to watch it grow over the past few decades.

It is such a wonderful opportunity to welcome back outstanding Eagles who whose hard work and dedication is forever written into our proud athletic tradition. These men accomplished a great deal while wearing the maroon and gold, and they are an example all of our current student-athletes can strive toward. The Cotter Courage and Hunter Man for Others Awards are especially dear to me, and allow BC High to honor those who represent the highest standards of character our students can achieve off the field, court, or ice.

Congratulations and thank you to all of this year's inductees!

More than 100 Join the Robert Fulton, SJ Chapter of the National Honor Society
Last month, more than 100 young men who were inducted into the Robert J. Fulton, SJ Chapter of the National Honor Society. Their scholarship, character, leadership, and service are a model for our entire community!

Thank you our NHS Officers: Ms. Jennifer Ehalt and Vice Principal Kimberly Smith. Our guest speaker, Mr. Tim Westfield ’02, issued a much-needed message to the boys - “Have Fun!"

Congratulations to all of these students and their families. To view photos from the evening, visit this link.
Catch Me If You Can
Kudos to the Dever Players on their incredible production of Catch Me If You Can . There was great music, dancing, acting, singing and most importantly - energy! So much talent among these young thespians!

Special thanks to Mr. Owen Tinti-Kane, Mr. Dann Russo, Mrs. Gina Smyth, Chris Hussey '20 (our first student director), and the young women from Fontbonne Academy, Archbishop Williams, Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, Notre Dame Academy, Foxboro High, Newton Country Day, Milton High, Belmont High.

On the Boulevard and Beyond
I hope you'll join us at an upcoming event:

  • George Ryan '40 Recognized - I recently joined the Advancement team to visit George Ryan ’40 - celebrating 80 years as a BC High alumnus. He and his wife Mary are high school sweethearts, and went to the BC High prom together! They will mark their 75th wedding anniversary in August with a family full of BC High graduates. The Ryans have an endowed scholarship for a St. Agatha’s parish student, rooted in George’s gratitude for attending BC High on a scholarship himself.

  • Nick McMahon '13 Reunited with Argentine Brother - Nearly 10 years ago, Mr. Dan Carmody told a group of BC High students about the transformative impact of the global experience before them: “Someday one of these guys might wind up in your wedding.” Last month, that became a reality for Nick McMahon ‘13 and his Argentine brother, Nacho Torrendell - a groomsman in Nick’s wedding. At BC High, Nick hosted students from Colegio del Salvador two years in a row and went to Buenos Aires in the summer of 2012. Nacho visited his family two or three times since that trip, and Nick’s family hosted three more of the Torrendell children.

  • Winter Sports Begin - With winter sports beginning this week, I want to wish all of Eagles the best of luck throughout tryouts and the start of their seasons!

  • St. Ignatius Awards Nominations - The St. Ignatius Award is the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of BC High, acknowledging those who have exemplified the ideals of our school through high moral character and selfless service to the community. Nominate someone today!

  • New BC High Spirit Wear Online Store - Our new store is live, and we are excited to share with you all the new gear that is available! All spirit wear ordered before December 6, 2019 will ship for Christmas delivery. To visit the store, click here.
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