Prepsters raise funds to benefit Trad for Trócaire
A group of Prep students participated in making the fourth annual "Trad for Trócaire" a successful event on Nov. 12! With a great afternoon of music at the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield, over $1,500 was raised by Prep students to benefit Trócaire (“compassion”), the official relief agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Irish aid organization works to alleviate poverty in some of the world's most distressed places, and also seeks to address the causes of poverty. Learn more at www.trocaire.org.
Thanks to the Prep students who helped make the event a success: John Feeney ‘18, Connor Bennett ‘18, James Riffice ‘18, Jack Auray ‘18, Mac Sheldon ‘18, Connor Gurnham ‘18, Peyton Denison ‘18, Frank Denhup ‘18, Michael Fickes ‘19, Will Giangrande ‘19, Finn Joyce ‘20, Ryan Carroll ‘21 and Luke Giardina ‘21. Also thanks to theology teacher and Irish Culture Club moderator Griffin Reidy '90 (pictured end right).
Fairfield Prep recognizes Scholar Athletes committed to College Athletics
Fairfield Prep proudly announces that by their strong character, academic success, and athletic efforts, students have earned the opportunity to compete in the sports of Baseball, Swimming, and Basketball while achieving their college degrees.
Baseball Commitments, pictured from left to right: Grant Purpura (Drew University), Dan Fallacaro (Sacred Heart University), Joe Mancini (Boston College), Will Lucas (University of Connecticut) and Alexey Linsenmeyer (University of Maine). Read more about these students' accomplishments.
Pictured with Oliver Rus (University of Virginia - Swimming), from Left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Varsity Swim Coach Rick Hutchinson and Athletic Director Tom Curran '05. Read more about Oliver's accomplishments.
Pictured with Patrick Harding (Bryant University - Basketball), from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., Coach Leo Redgate '86 and Athletic Director Tom Curran '05. Read more about Patrick's accomplishments.
Valus, Zhang, Chen and Duffy are Partners in Science
Seniors from left: AJ Valus, Haoxiang Zhang, Bowen Chen and Chris Duffy.
This fall, seniors AJ Valus, Haoxiang Zhang, Bowen Chen and Chris Duffy participated in an five-week after school seminar series at the Research and Development facilities of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and the Duracell Corporation. As participants, they gained an insider’s view of how leading corporations depend on scientists from the biological, chemical, and computer science fields in order to solve challenging problems confronting society. Each seminar session involved a lecture presentation by leading scientists, as well as a tour of lab and research and development facilities.
Mrs. Deborah Kiel, science chair and teacher, accompanied them each week to the B-I and Duracell campuses in Ridgefield and Bethel, respectively, and believes it is a great program for our science students.
Partners in Science is a cooperative program between Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Duracell Corporation, and area high schools in Connecticut. It is a two-phase program that introduces high school students and teachers to the world of drug discovery and leading-edge pharmaceutical research.
As in the past, the objectives of the program are to:
- Introduce students and teachers to the stimulating world of pharmaceutical research and development.
- Provide an opportunity for students to converse with scientists about their work.
- Enhance and complement classroom education through experiential learning.
- Expose students to a variety of careers that are based in science, technology, engineering and math.
Interested students for next year can learn more by contacting Mrs. Kiel or their science teacher at Prep.
Prep joins Tri-State Jesuit schools in Thanksgiving food drive competition
Fairfield Prep’s annual Thanksgiving food drive has a new twist in 2017.
This year, Prep is joining five other Jesuit high schools in the Tri-State area in a friendly but spirited competition to see who can amass the most food over a 30-day period for donations to needy families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The competition is called The Great Ignatian Challenge, and it runs from October 16 to November 17, 2017. The six participating Jesuit schools include: Fairfield Prep in Connecticut; Fordham Prep, Loyola School, Regis High School and Xavier High School in New York City and Saint Peter’s Prep in New Jersey.
An anonymous donor who was inspired by the existing Thanksgiving food drives at each school has pledged up to $250,000 for tuition assistance at the six participating schools. The donation will be divided among the schools based on the amount of food collected per student.
Prep students can donate by bringing goods to school, or by purchasing goods through our donation page on the website yougivegoods.com.
Prep will be donating the food to the following charities:
- Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD)
- The Church of the Blessed Sacrament food pantry
- Operation Hope.
The overall goal of the Challenge is to raise awareness of hunger in our communities while filling our local food banks and pantries with tens of thousands of pounds of provisions for needy families. Last year’s participating schools collectively raised more than 101,000 cans of food and are expected to surpass that total in the spirit of the Challenge.
The Challenge derives its name from 16th-century St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, who taught, "Love consists of sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words." These six schools are putting those words into action.
A key component of a Jesuit education is caring for the wider community which allows students to gain first-hand knowledge of local, national, and global issues. Through service to the community, the students prepare for the day when they will participate in their world as competent, concerned, and responsible members who are committed to social justice.
The Prep guys who helped out at the 2016 Thanksgiving food drive.
Prep students spend weekend serving others on Urban Plunge
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This year, two groups of students kept the "Men for Others" spirit in participating in Fairfield Prep's annual Urban Plunge Retreat Experiences.
The students spent three days learning from and serving with organizations in Bridgeport during two weekends in September and October.
Our students focus on discussing pressing justice issues like finding affordable housing alongside daily volunteering at organizations like Merton House that serve those experiencing homelessness.
The students live in community with each other which includes shopping on a strict budget and cooking for one another after a discussion on the realities of SNAP and other governmental assistance programs.
Each day closes with reflection about what they have learned and experienced and prayer for those experiencing injustice and for our action to fight against it.
Fairfield Prep to hold additional entrance exam on Dec. 2
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Fairfield Prep is holding an additional entrance exam in December for all prospective students who want to apply to Prep.
The exam will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m. and at 1 p.m.
All applicants who wish to take the test can register today at www.fairfieldprep.org/apply or by calling the admissions office at 203-254-4210.
Prep welcomes students from St. Ignatius School from the Bronx
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In keeping with a mission of service for others, Fairfield Prep welcomed on Wednesday a group of middle school students from St. Ignatius School in the Bronx to come and enjoy an day of activities and fellowship with Prep students.
The day began with SIS students being treated to a special matinee performance of the Prep Players' fall production "Peter and the Starcatcher." After the show, the cast conducted a Q&A with the SIS students, fielding questions about what they enjoy about acting, what it was like playing in specific roles, and what it's like to "mess up" on stage.
Following the performance, the SIS students enjoyed lunch with the cast members at Brissette Gym. The Bellarmine Guild provided the food and the SEED program provided water and juice.
The day ended with Prep SEED students giving the SIS students tours of the Fairfield University campus.
"Everyone enjoyed the show so much, and the talk back provided a really valuable learning experience for our kids," said Alicia Laclair, Dean of Academic Programming at SIS. "One of the highlights of the trip was when our students got to enjoy lunch with the members of the cast. A big thank you to the moms for arranging for a delicious meal! The tour of the campus was a really eye opening experience for many of our students, and for many of them, it was their first time on a college campus."
Here are some highlights from our YouTube page:
2016-17 Fairfield Prep Annual Report is online
Fairfield Prep is proud to present the 2016-2017 Annual Report.
It was another tremendous year for Prep. Included in the report is a link to preview the new Strategic Plan (on page 20).
We invite you to visit the campus and see how Prep has flourished thanks to the generosity of the Prep community. The future is very bright for us.
To our alumni, parents and friends: THANK YOU for all you do for Prep. Everything we strive to achieve cannot be accomplished without you.
Halloween: A 'Trunk or Treat' good time with Prep Seniors and Hall School students!
Fairfield Prep seniors sponsored a great day of "Trunk or Treat" in the senior parking lot and on adjacent Grauert Field on Halloween.
Seniors decorated the trunks of their cars and donned Halloween costumes as they welcomed elementary students from Hall School in Bridgeport. The Hall students, also in their own Halloween costumes, played Harvest themed games on the field, including pumpkin rolling contests, pumpkin bowling, sack races, hay bale obstacle course, and more.
The elementary students were then escorted up to the parking lot to go "Trunk or Treating" with the Prep seniors as hosts at their decorated cars.
Best Prep costume was senior Russell DeRosa as “Joker,” voted by Hall students.
Best Trunk Decorations were awarded to:
- 1st place: Safari (pictured above)
- 2nd Place: Beach Truck
- 3rd Place: Minions
View the News12 video below.
PREP Rally builds School Spirit!
Prep Student Government sponsored a "PREP" Rally to support the Fall 2017 sports season. The event included music by the newly formed Pep Band, an opening prayer, a Star Wars entrance and welcome from Mr. Corey Milazzo, sports team updates, a Dodgeball tournament among the fall teams, a penalty kick shoot-out by selected students, and a finish with the Prep Fight Song. The Class of 2019 won the Spirit Award, and the Football Team won the Dodgeball Championship. The event was held on October 26, 2017, in Alumni Hall at Fairfield University.
Fall 2017 Fall Intramural Champions Crowned!
Once again, Intramurals took over The Hill and The Quad during the Fall of 2017! Directed by Mr. Corey Milazzo and officiated by Juniors Ben Walker and Max Dellaquila, the Intramural Program kicked off a strong start with the Fall Sports: Ultimate Frisbee and Wiffle Ball.
This year, The Spaghetti Monsters repeated as champions of Ultimate Frisbee as they won a heated Championship Series 2-1! The final game came down to overtime, but The Spaghetti Monsters reminded everyone at Prep of why they were crowned champions in 2016. Team members include seniors: Pierce Barry, Jack Feeney, James Riffice, Connor Bennett, Tucker Ludwig, Aidan Feliciano, Drew Delach.
2017 Intramural Ultimate Frisbee Champions: The Spaghetti Monsters
Wiffle Ball saw some of the best competition in the history of the program as Bye Week won the Wiffle Ball Championship after taking Game 3 by a score of 1-0! By defeating the defending champions from the 2016 Season, Bye Week looks to create a dynasty of their own as they focus on repeating next year. Team members include sophomores: Andrew Loya, Jake Petrino, Tyler Petrino, Jay Joliet, and Liam Wilson.
2017 Intramural Wiffle Ball Champions: Bye Week
Prep welcomes Fairfield University's new president
Members of the rugby team gave Fairfield University President Mark Nemec a jersey following his speech to the Prep student body. Dr. Nemec previously played rugby.
Speaking before the Fairfield Prep student body on October 19, Dr. Mark R. Nemec recalled what the world was like in 1942 — the year the Society of Jesus established the educational institutions of Fairfield Prep and Fairfield University.
The U.S. had just entered World War II, and to the American public the focus was directed toward the war, Nemec told more than 800 Prep students in Alumni Hall. In the midst of this turbulent time, the Jesuits moved forward with the establishment of Fairfield Prep and Fairfield University.
“And yet, these Jesuits have the audacity and – more importantly – the vision to understand that education is going to be needed both then, and well beyond,” Nemec said. “It really is a remarkable testament to something fundamental, and that is the Jesuit commitment to education, the Jesuit commitment to men and women for others.”
Fairfield Prep welcomed Dr. Nemec during the Mass of the Holy Spirit in September, however Thursday's speech marked his first official address to the student body. Dr. Nemec was named the ninth president of Fairfield University in early 2017, and is the first lay leader to serve the position.
Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., and Student Government President Alex McMullen '18 offered welcoming remarks prior to Dr. Nemec's speech.
Dr. Nemec highlighted the importance that Jesuit education affords students.
“We talk about the formation of men and women for others in pursuit of social justice and productive citizenship. But I think what I would stress there is that there’s also something uniquely Jesuit about that first part of the phrase, the formation. Because I think it’s important to understand that we as educators recognize that there’s something dignifying, there’s something edifying in education in and of itself. And that’s why a place like Prep is so special."
After his speech, he answered questions delivered by Prep students. A former rugby player during his college years, Dr. Nemec was given a rugby jersey by four members of the Prep Rugby team.
Fathers' Club kicks off the year with events!
On September 16 the Prep Fathers’ Club hosted the annual Welcome Back BBQ in the quad. More than 75 fathers joined together for burgers, dogs, and beverages to kick off the new school year, to reacquaint themselves with each other and to welcome new fathers. Father Tom Simisky, S.J., joined us to welcome the group, provide a few updates on Prep and enjoyed casual conversation with the dads. The weather was perfect, and a good time was had by all.
All Prep dads are invited to get involved: www.fairfieldprep.org/fathers
On October 10, the Prep Fathers’ Club held its first speaker series event of the year hosting Joe Bogardus ’05 and John Pearson from Barnum Financial who led a presentation on “Funding College the Smart Way.” 75 Prep parents attended the session and received a detailed presentation on the intricacies of college funding; and were given a number of ideas and suggestions on how to sort through the process. Joe and John responded with their insights to lots of thoughtful questions during and following the presentation. Feedback from parents was quite positive and the evening was well worth the investment.
Fairfield Prep seeks top leader for Principal Position
Fairfield Prep seeks an academic leader capable of driving the school forward to meet educational challenges in ways that truly care for the long-term growth of students, faculty, and staff. This person must be an effective communicator, capable of leading a diverse community, and completely committed to the mission of Jesuit education. Following St. Ignatius’ wise counsel that, “Love expresses itself more in deeds than in words,” the successful applicant must exemplify our Jesuit, Catholic mission in all aspects of his or her professional and personal life.
This is a national search and we highly value candidates familiar with the best practices of top-tier secondary schools. Interested candidates may view the Principal position description and apply through the following site:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Fairfield Prep is part of a town-wide initiative to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. Some details…
- You may purchase a Pink Pledge t-shirt for $12 at: www.fairfieldprep.org/pink. Please order by October 19 at 3 p.m. T-Shirts can be picked up at the Prep Pride store - choose "Pick Up" with the Quick Checkout function. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Pink Pledge program. SEE BELOW: You may also wear Pink Pledge t-shirts purchased previously.
- On October 24 an educator from Norma Pfriem will be speaking to our students to educate them about breast and testicular cancer.
- Students, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to wear Pink Pledge t-shirts to school on Friday, October 27. NOTE: Pink Pledge t-shirts purchased previously are also allowed.
- On Friday, Oct. 27, wear your shirt to the home football game vs. Hamden, 6 p.m.
- Pink rally towels will be sold at the home football game on October 27 for $5.
- Prep Pride Campus Store will be discounting pink ties and women's clothing this month - in store only.
New below! Front and back of grey t-shirt!