Fairfield Prep celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit
Elliot Gualtiere receives Ignatian Educator Award
More than 800 Fairfield Prep students joined faculty, staff and parents at Alumni Hall to mark the beginning of the academic year with the school’s annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.
President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., was the principal celebrant. The Mass is a tradition among Jesuit schools dating back to 1548 in which the community gathers to thank God for the gifts of creation and salvation, and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year.
Student Chaplain Rev. Bret Stockdale, S.J., gave an eloquent homily about Prep and the color red, a hue seen everywhere on Prep’s campus, also representing the Holy Spirit. Fr. Stockdale encouraged Prep students – as they wear their red Prep jerseys, Bomb Squad shirts and ties - to live their lives to the best of their ability and allow the Holy Spirit to be their guide all for the Greater Glory of God +AMDG.
Director of Campus Ministry Elliott Gualtiere was presented the Fr. Martin Shaughnessy, S.J., Ignatian Educator of the Year Award. This award is presented to a faculty member or administrator who exemplifies the five ideals of a Jesuit high school educator: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving and Committed to Doing Justice.
“Mr. Gualtiere does so much above and beyond his job as Director of Campus Ministry here, and one (way) was earn the respect of all of us by being present at everything,” Fr. Simisky said after delivering Mr. Gualtiere the award.
During the celebration the newest members of the Fairfield Prep community (the Class of 2021, transfer students, and new faculty and staff) were blessed by the rest of the community. The senior class was also recognized and blessed for the service it would be performing during this academic year.
2 Prep rowers to race in Youth Regional Challenge
Billy Duffy ’18 and Erik Spinka ’19 will partake in the 2017 World Rowing Championship’s first ever Youth Regional Challenge.
Duffy and Spinka will race as part of the Northeast Region, and are among the 312 youth rowers in the national event. The Youth Regional Challenge is happening the weekend of Sept. 23-24.
“We wish them luck and will be cheering them on!” Coach Ed Feldheim said in an email.
"Each of the six regions – Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest – will be represented by two “all-star” crews in each of the four boat classes – the men’s and women’s eights and men’s and women’s quadruple sculls. USRowing’s Under-19 National Team program will select the coaching staff and athletes representing each region," according to a previous U.S. Rowing article.
This summer a group of juniors and seniors traveled to the Caribbean for Prep’s annual Jamaica Immersion Experience.
Our school works with an organization called Mustard Seed Communities which specializes in care for people of all ages living with special needs and also children living with HIV/AIDs. Throughout the week, our students spent time visiting different MSC facilities in the Kingston area, playing with kids, learning about social justice issues facing those with different abilities, and helping with some laborious projects the communities needed assistance with.
Overall it was a very full, very impactful trip and we are so very thankful for the opportunity to continue working with and learning from our friends at Mustard Seed.
Prep offers 35 Athletic Teams, 17 Varsity Sports & 60 Coaches
Jesuit education stresses a care for the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. The Fairfield Prep athletic program includes 35 total teams in 17 sports allowing for nearly 75% of our student body to participate in one or more sports at Prep. Our affiliation with Fairfield University allows our student-athletes to utilize Division I quality facilities including the new Rafferty Stadium for Football, Soccer, and Lacrosse; Alumni Diamond for baseball; and Alumni Hall for our Basketball teams.
Our teams consistently compete in State tournament competitions across all three athletic seasons. More importantly, our alumni often reference their time on the playing fields at Prep as some of the most formative experiences in high school. Much of that is thanks to the high-quality coaches who understand that our athletics program is an integral piece of the education for the many who participate.
Prep remembers Alumni lost on Sept. 11, 2001
Prep students gathered in Pelletier Quad on Monday to remember three alumni who died in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
On the 16th anniversary of the attack, more than 800 students joined faculty, administrators and staff to remember Michael Jacobs ’64, Gary Lasko ’69, and Seth Morris ’83. Student representatives placed flags throughout the walkways of the Quad to demonstrate patriotism and remind the Prep Community that we will never forget.
In addition to the 9/11 remembrance, four Prep students offered prayers for their respective classes to mark the beginning of the school year. The students were Sean Lynch '18, Ross Keblish '19, JP Iaropoli '20 and Caleb Bolden '21. Dr. Donna Andrade opened the assembly with a reflection on the magis, inspiring students of reaching for their greatest potential and contributions to our world. Mrs. Kathleen Jackson also offered a prayer for the Prep faculty.
Campus Ministry Director Elliott Gualtiere closed ceremony with a Jesuit prayer remembering the 9/11 tragedy.
Creator of all people and all nations,
It is with sorrow and apprehension we remember the tragic events
That occurred on this day.
We lift to You in prayer all those who died
In the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon, and on United Airlines Flight 93
In Shankesville, Pennsylvania.
We entrust them to Your loving care.
Console their families, friends, and all who mourn this loss
In the hope that all who trust in You find peace and rest in Your Kingdom.
We pray for those who courageously responded to provide aid and comfort to the afflicted.
May their painful memories of that day
Be healed and transformed into strength and positive resolution.
We also pray for ourselves as we seek Your strength and guidance.
We live in the aftermath of this tragedy and under the shadow of future acts of aggression;
We stand in need of Your assistance.
Enable us, Dear God, to put an end to fear:
By resolving to live lives that are based on respect for one another;
By resolving to abide in a peaceful manner
and never settle disagreements in our lives in a violent way;
By resolving not to fall into the trap of blaming entire ethnic groups, races, or religions
in response to acts of hostility;
By resolving that justice, not revenge, prevail in our world.
Let us resolve that in the face of hatred, we will show love;
That in times of despair, we will be voices of hope
And creators of new dreams;
That in times of darkness, we will be sources of light.
Let us resolve that we never regard forgiveness as weakness,
But rather as a source of strength in our lives and in our world.
And, let us honor the memory of nearly 3,000 individuals who died on September 11, 2001
By resolving, with Your help Almighty God,
To truly live this way so You may be glorified and Your love made known to others through us.
By Darrell Burns, SJ
Prep values Academic Excellence
Fairfield Prep offers a comprehensive, exciting and engaging college preparatory curriculum of courses in Science, Mathematics, Technology, Foreign Language, Social Studies, English, Theology and the Arts. In their classes, students take an active role in their learning – they experiment and discover; they form their own opinions and defend them; they ask and answer the tough questions; they learn to think and reason critically; they read, research, write, draw and perform. The modern learning environment and 1:1 iPad program gives students at Prep the opportunity to integrate technology into their education. Teachers at Prep are well educated and committed to making each one of their students succeed – they model being life-long learners and continuously engage in their own professional development. A Fairfield Prep education not only prepares students for college, it gives them the foundations to succeed in life.
Class of 2021 enjoys Freshman Orientation and Olympics
On Tuesday, August 29, the Freshman Class of 2021 arrived at Prep ready for Orientation and the Freshman Olympics. Students had ID photos taken, picked up schedules and locker assignments, got Bomb Squad t-shirts, attended an assembly with multiple speakers, took part in a prayer service, and learned the Prep Fight Song. They then competed in the "Olympics" held on Grauert Field. After lunch in the Student Life Center, freshmen followed an abbreviated day schedule to meet their teachers and navigate the halls.
Watch Freshman Olympics on Prep YouTube! See Instagram video of Prep Fight Song below!
Prep welcomes new Faculty and Staff
Fairfield Prep is pleased to welcome new faculty and staff members for the 2017-18 school year. We also congratulate some of our staff members who are taking on new roles this year.
Brian Chap – Brian comes to us from Brooklyn Jesuit Prep where he served as principal for the past seven years. He received his BS from the University of Notre Dame and a M.Ed from Loyola University Maryland. Brian will teach Geometry and Algebra II.
Julie Fragnito - Julie comes to us from Xavier High School in New York City where she taught mathematics. She received her BS and MA from Fordham University. Julie will teach Physics at Prep.
Stephen Soto - Stephen most recently served as a substitute teacher at Fairfield Prep in the Science department. He holds a BS from Western New England University. Stephen will teach Biology at Prep.
Li Na Gallinelli – Li Na received her undergraduate degree from Shanghai Foreign Language University. She has taught Chinese at Kyungwon University in Seoul, South Korea and served as a counselor at the Grand Canadian Academy in Nanjing, China. Li Na will be our International Student Advisor as part of the Guidance Department.
Daniel Horstmann – Daniel received his BA from Fairfield University majoring in Communication and Music and minoring in Catholic Studies. Daniel will serve as Admissions Counselor working with Kevin Altieri.
Sean MacKenzie – Sean received his BA in Religious Studies from College of the Holy Cross and his Masters in Counseling from Providence College. He comes to us from Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River where her served as a teacher in the Theology and Social Studies Departments and as a guidance counselor. Sean will teach Theology Levels 1 and III.
Andrew Davenport '08 – Andrew has worked at Prep since 2015 as an admissions counselor. Starting in 2017 he will be serving as Social Studies teacher. Andrew received his BA from Kenyon College where he majored in English and minored in Art History. Previously he taught at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep.
Mary Wooley – Mary received her BA and M.Ed from Boston College. She has taught at Boston College High School, Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, MA, and most recently at Catholic Academy of Bridgeport. Mary will teach freshman English.
Grace Calderon – Grace has been serving as our operations assistant in the Prep Development Office since January 2017. Prior to that, she held development positions at The Chapin School in New York City and The Potomac School in McLean, VA. Grace is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
||Timothy Dee – Longtime Prep mathematics teacher and Department Chair Tim Dee is our new Academic Dean. Dee has been at Prep since 2009 and, in addition to teaching, has coached soccer and basketball. He holds a BA and MA from Fairfield University.
||Ronald DeRosa - Ron comes to Prep following a nine-year career in local news, most recently as a web producer for the Hartford Courant and the Hearst Connecticut newspapers. He was previously an editor at AOL Patch Media. Ron is a graduate of St. Michael’s College with a BA in religious studies. Ron is our new Digital Communications Manager.
|Kevin Altieri '00 - Kevin has served as a longtime social studies teacher at Prep, and is now our new Director of Admissions. He has been at Prep since 2004 and, in addition to teaching, has coached hockey and moderated the Media Club. Altieri holds a BS from Marist in criminal justice and an MA in curriculum and instruction from Fairfield University.
||Peter Francini '00 - Peter has served as a counselor at Prep since January 2017, counseling freshmen and sophomores in the A-K alphabetic group. After graduating in 2000, Peter went on to receive a BA in Psychology from St. Anselm College and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. He has a professional license in school counseling grades 5-12, and has worked as a school counselor at Lowell Catholic High School and Malden Catholic High School.
Michael Connelly '83 - Mike joins us at Prep following nearly three decades in the business community at Market Data Retrieve - a Dun & Bradstreet Company. Mike focused his career on Sales and Marketing in Relationship Management and his key clients included Scholastic, Pearson, The College Board, as well as a number of philanthropic organizations. He graduated from Villanova University in 1987 with a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing. Mike is our new Leadership Gifts Officer.
Fairfield Prep invites you to Open House!
Prospective students and families are invited to attend our annual Open House on Sunday, October 1, 2-4 p.m. Meet faculty and students, tour the campus, and learn about our many programs and extracurricular activities. You can register for the Open House here.
For more information contact the Admissions office at 203-254-4210.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Fairfield Prep is pleased to release its Viewbook for the 2017-18 academic year.
Prepared by the Office of Admissions, the Viewbook details important information for students considering coming to Prep.
It goes over the school's updated course list, athletics and fine arts as well as our list of clubs, intramural sports and other offerings.
You can download a PDF of the Viewbook here, or you can expand and read it virtually below
Got any questions? Be sure to reach out to our Admissions department at 203-254-4210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prep team supports a great cause.
Father Simisky, Prep swimmers battle waves to benefit SWIM Across the Sound
From left: Prep President Father Tom Simisky, S.J., Robert Maiorano '06, Matthew Russell '01, Rick Hutchinson '87 and Peggy Hutchinson.
Fairfield Prep was well represented at the 30th Annual SWIM Across the Sound on Aug. 5.
A group of swimmers representing Fairfield College Preparatory School – including Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J. – swam the entire width of Long Island Sound in an effort to raise money for the event’s sponsor, the St. Vincent’s Medical Foundation.
Swimmers gathered at Port Jefferson, N.Y., on Long Island and swam in 15-30 minute shifts all the way to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport. Starting just before 10 a.m., the Prep swimmers battled rough currents and waves for hours, arriving at the finish line around 8 p.m.
Prep alumni from the Prep team, and other teams crossing the sound, gather on the ferry to Port Jefferson, N.Y. Back row from the left: Rick Hutchinson '87, Bryce Keblish '15, Richard Nolan '20, Chris Fusco '16, Billy Duffy '18, Father Simisky. Front row from the left: Rob Maiorano '06, Matt Russell '01, Stan Yarmoussik '18.
“Over the course of the year it became a spiritual quest for me (to do the Swim Across the Sound),” Simisky said.
“The real closure was the interfaith memorial service at Captain’s Cove on Sunday,” Simisky said. Around 200 people gathered to remember those who had gone through treatment or succumbed to cancer.
Simisky said he plans on doing the SWIM again next year.
Apart from Father Simisky, the Prep team included Robert Maiorano '06, Matthew Russell '01, Kevin Curley, Rick Hutchinson '87, Peggy Hutchinson and Glenn Baker.
View some of our videos from the event on our Instagram page.
Important Information for the 2017-18 School Year
Dear Prep Parents:
I hope that your son is enjoying his summer vacation and that he returns to school well rested and ready to meet the challenges of another academic year. I would like to share with you several important pieces of information concerning the 2017-2018 school year. This information will also be posted on our website at www.fairfieldprep.org, where you will be able to directly access all forms, registrations and fee payments through active links.
Although it is only July, we are all busily preparing for the start of school. If you have a question do not hesitate to call the appropriate office any time after Monday, August 14.
May you have a restful and enjoyable summer.
Robert A. Perrotta, JD, EdD
Fitzgerald and Thornton receive Jacky Durrell Service Awards
From left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Ginna Paules (Fairfield Recreation Dept.), Dan Fitzgerald '17, James Thornton '17 and Pres. Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.
For their solid citizenship, strong academic records and contributions to the lives of others, seniors Dan Fitzgerald and James Thornton have been recognized for their service to the community in being awarded the Jacky Durrell Memorial Service Award sponsored the Fairfield Recreation Department.
Dan Fitzgerald has achieved a strong academic record, graduating with Cum Laude honors while managing a strong course of study and a commitment as a Crew athlete. His life of service began well before his Prep years, as Dan has had a long career in Scouting and has achieved the rank of Eagle. On campus Dan is an Altar Server, a Peer Tutor, and has taken on a leadership role in Prep’s environmental initiative, the Carbon Challenge. He has also supported Prep’s service mission to Appalachia, both as a participant and as a leader. Dan’s recognition with the Jacky Durrell Award is well deserved. He will continue his life of scholarship and service in the future as he prepares to begin his college years at University of Connecticut in the fall of 2017.
James Thornton has achieved a strong academic record in his Prep years, managing a demanding course of study and graduating Magna Cum Laude. James is a community-minded young man who has achieved the rank of Eagle in Scouting. He has made a strong imprint on the Prep community through his contributions to liturgical life on campus as a Eucharistic Minister, and has contributed to the academic well being of his Prep brothers as a Peer Tutor. Outside of the classroom, James has made a strong commitment to Prep’s Crew program and balanced it with academic success and his service life, where he participated in Prep’s Urban Plunge program. For his achievements, James has also been awarded a scholarship by the Fairfield Kiwanis Club. James plans to continue his life of scholarship and service as he begins his college career at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2017.
Alex Capozziello '17 earns top scholarships and awards
From left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Edward Capozziello '84, Alex Capozziello '17, Robert Guere P'17 (Monroe Rotary) and President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J.
Alex Capozziello has lived and learned in his Prep years with an “above and beyond the call” attitude, and in doing so, dedicated himself to others and to excellence. Alex has achieved Summa Cum Laude academic honors, has set new standards for service on campus and in the community, and has sought growth in his personal life and spiritual life through his many involvements in a variety of Prep programs. In particular, Alex achieved Eagle Scout, served as Editor in Chief of the Hearthstone yearbook, and organized three Prep community blood drives as a leader in the Squires service organization. His leadership in liturgical life on campus and in Prep’s retreat program characterize Alex as a young man of conviction and action. His outstanding efforts have been well recognized in Alex’s earning a number of scholarship awards for academic excellence, citizenship and service, from the Monroe Rotary (pictured here), Unico International, the Knights of Columbus, and the Chester Lapinski Education Trust through the Diocese of Bridgeport. Alex will be attending Boston College beginning in the fall of 2017 where he is considering study in Environmental Science and in the Biological Sciences.