Dear Friends of Prep,
On Friday, March 16, the Prep community will, once again, come together to celebrate our great school on the 4th annual Day of Giving. We are asking for your participation to make a gift to the Fairfield Prep Fund in support of:
- Student Financial Aid
- Faculty Development
- Christian Service & Campus Ministry
- Music, Performing & Fine Arts
- Area of Greatest Need
Learn more about the Fairfield Prep Fund with this informative video. Please join the celebration on March 16 with a gift to support our great school and invest in our boys' futures! Thank you!
Prep's $25,000 Tuition Raffle is back!
The Special Tuition Raffle is up and running again! The $25,000 Tuition Raffle prize can be used for any K-12 schools, colleges or universities, located and accredited in the U.S. Additionally, it can be used to pay back college loans! Only 1,000 tickets are available for sale at $100 per ticket. (500 tickets must be sold, or buyers will receive a full refund.) Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the scholarship and student enrichment programs at Fairfield Prep. The drawing will be held at the Spring Auction on Saturday, May 5, promptly at 10:15 p.m. in our own Student Life Center. Winning ticket holder does not need to be present to win. To purchase tickets for the raffle stop by Fairfield Prep's Development Office Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m., call (203) 254-4237 or email email@example.com. More info available: www.fairfieldprep.org/raffle.
You could be a winner like the Keresey family pictured below! Buy your raffle ticket today!
Swimming wins 14th consecutive SCC Championship!
The Fairfield Prep swim team won their 14th straight Southern Connecticut Conference Championship meet Wednesday night at the Southern Connecticut State University pool. The Prep swimmers scored 1,445 points, finishing ahead of Daniel Hand (871 points) and Amity High School (778 points). Richard Nolan placed first in the 200IM, Liam Colleran won the 100 backstroke, and Oliver Rus won both the 100 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Prep also captured two relays as Rus, Colleran, Billy Duffy and Stan Yarmoussik won the 200 medley relay and Rus, Colleran, Jack Rogers and Duffy won the 200 freestyle relay. Rus, Nolan, Brody Biebel, Colleran, Duffy, Rogers, Yarmoussik and Alec Keblish were all named All-SCC for their performances. The Jesuits swimmers and divers will have two qualifying meets before the Class LL championships on March 14.
Prep Skiing wins CISL title for third year in a row
For a third year straight, the Fairfield Prep Ski Team captured the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League title Wednesday afternoon at Mount Southington.
The Jesuits posted a score of 259.12, finishing ahead of Fairfield (263.53), Ridgefield (264.54), Wilton (264.67) and Staples (265.52).
Prep was led by George Visnic '19, who finished 1st overall out of 127 racers. Kyle Vaccarella '21 (5th), Jack Gurnham '18 (11th) and Connor Gurnham '18 (17th) all placed in the top 20 as well. Also racing for the Jesuits were Aidan Feliciano '18, Jack Keehan '19, Pierce Barry '18, Evan Small '20, Patrick Kelly '20 and Chase Reynolds '19.
Below is a video highlight video from the race.
School Safety at Fairfield Prep
Dear Fairfield Prep Community,
We return from break rested, yet still carrying heavy hearts after the tragedy in Parkland, FL. We in Connecticut feel a particularly deep emotional connection with our brothers and sisters of that area as they grieve their losses. Some of you may have questions about how we at Fairfield Prep care for the health and safety of our students.
Fairfield Prep has unique advantages as a division of Fairfield University, especially given our location and outstanding relationship with the Department of Public Safety (DPS). These highly trained campus police officers are not only armed and EMT qualified, but they are very present, responsive, and experienced in dealing with students. Please see their website for more information.
Additionally, Prep's Crisis Team regularly meets to debrief situations and to work through case studies to improve our institutional response to various scenarios. DPS effectively serves this team as security consultants, helping us continually update our security protocols and training. An additional resource to us is Mr. Kevin Ahern, our Assistant Director of Student Discipline, who brings tremendous experience as a retired Shelton police officer. Scenario planning, campus drills, and debriefs are vital to our learning and improvement.
I would also highlight Prep's excellent relations with local law enforcement and public safety. We are happy to assist them in their training, such as the mass casualty drill conducted by Fairfield Police last summer in Prep's hallways. Opening our doors to training events helps these professionals familiarize themselves with our campus, improve response times, and facilitate communication. We are grateful for their commitment to the safety of our community.
As many of you know, I served as a Marine Officer before entering the Jesuits. Therefore, security and training are deeply ingrained practices for me. At the same time, the most important lesson I learned from the Marine Corps is that "Esprit de corps" is stronger than any weapon.
What we share in Jesuit schools is even more powerful. We speak about being men and women for others, about the Prep Brotherhood, and about Cura Personalis. These values must be practiced every day and are the true strength of our Prep community. Our vision statement lays out a big goal:
Fairfield College Preparatory School strives to be a reflective community of faith,
in which students revere their relationship with God and with one another.
This is the Greatest Commandment that Jesus preached - to love God and to love our neighbor. I encourage every one of us to be especially caring of one another throughout the year. Feel free to reach out to a teacher, campus minister, or guidance counselor to talk more.
Blessings to you and your family,
Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, S.J.
Dr. Perrotta retires in 2018 after 49 years of service
Honoring 49 Years of Academic Leadership
A Tribute Journal Celebrating Dr. Robert A. Perrotta
In October of this academic year, we announced the retirement of Fairfield Prep Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta. After 49 years of service as a teacher and administrator, June 30 will mark his last day as our academic leader.
We invite you to join us in honoring our great principal by purchasing an advertisement in Bob’s tribute journal and scribing your personal congratulatory message.
Please know that 100% of the tribute journal proceeds will go to the newly established Dr. Robert A. Perrotta Scholarship Fund at Fairfield Prep. The Ad Sponsorship form can be filled out online by clicking the link below or you can download the form here.
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact the Fairfield Prep Development office at 203-254-4237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please know that all letters and ads must be received no later than April 10, 2018.
Dr. Perrotta's presence will be greatly missed, but his leadership legacy will carry Fairfield Prep ever forward. Thank you for your support and generosity.
Fairfield Prep is very proud to announce the inductees to the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame!
Biographies of the Inductees
BOB SKORONSKI ’51
The Ansonia native and former Derby resident became the first Prep graduate to play in the NFL. The left tackle and offensive captain of the Packers under legendary coach Vince Lombardi played 11 seasons, all with Green Bay, and was a member of the first two Super Bowl winners in 1967 and 1968, respectively.
JACK RINGEL ’54
Ringel was talented enough to play four seasons of varsity football and baseball at Prep. A bruising 6-foot-1, 185-pound fullback, Ringel was co-captain of the Jesuits’ first undefeated and untied team (8-0) in 1953. He set a Prep and regional scoring record that season with 128 points and was an honorable mention All-American.
JIM LYDDY ’63
The 6-foot, 170-pound guard has the distinction of being the school’s first All-State selection in basketball. At the time of his graduation, Lyddy was Prep’s all-time leading scorer with 1,308 points and was named to a pair of All-MBIAC first teams. He was also a two-time All-MBIAC selection in baseball.
Lyddy played college basketball at Georgetown, where he captained the Hoyas his senior season.
TOM LYDDY ’67 (posthumous)
Another multi-sport standout, Lyddy played football, basketball and baseball at Prep, but his prowess on the gridiron made him stand out. The late end/defensive lineman was named All-MBIAC, All-State and Catholic All-American his senior season.
ROGER RATCHFORD '51
In a stellar career that spanned 40 seasons (1966-2005), the venerable golf coach racked up an astounding 690 victories, presided over five state championship teams and was named CHSCA Coach of the Year in 1983.
|ED ROWE '59
It was Sylvester’s only title, but for 16 seasons at the helm, he was overwhelmingly successful. From 1961-62 until his retirement following the 1976-77 season, the 2006 New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee compiled a 286-114 record, a 71 percent winning percentage. From 1966-67 through the title season of 1968-69, Sylvester’s Jesuits went a phenomenal 64-6, winning three MBIAC titles and reaching the state championship game each season.
We hope you will join us for a special dinner on Friday, June 1, 2018, in Fairfield Prep's Quad beginning at 6 PM. All alumni, family and friends are invited!
Thank you to everyone who sent in nominations.
Prep students engage in cultural exchange in honor of Chinese New Year
In honor of the Chinese New Year, members of Fairfield Prep's international study body held a cultural exchange event in Brissette Gym on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Students sampled food, tasted Chinese tea, answered trivia questions about the Chinese New Year, and learned how to write Chinese characters on rice paper. Chinese students entertained the guests by performing traditional music with authentic string and wind instruments. The enrichment event is part of Prep's effort to foster global education in the students, and was meant to mirror a typical Spring Festival in China.
The event was sponsored by International Student Advisor Lina Gallinelli with assistance by AIEP Host Families.
View a gallery of the day's events by clicking the image below.
Image designed by Yuxin "Lucas" Yang '20.
Fairfield Prep encourages all students to attend a cultural experience event in celebration of the Chinese New Year on February 13, 2018.
From 9:20-11:40 a.m., students are welcome to come to the Brissette Gym where there will be a number of special cultural activities put on by the Prep international students and International Student Advisor Lina Gallinelli. These activities include Chinese musical performances, lessons on how to use chopsticks and demonstrations on how say “Happy New Year” in Chinese.
There will also be light refreshment, such as egg rolls and dumplings.
Students: Wear a red tie or shirt and you’ll have a chance to win a gift!
Prep Pride Campus Store is offering a 10% discount on every red item during the Chinese New Year experience.
Anthony Mastroni commits to Brown Football
With Anthony Mastroni, from left: Principal Dr. Robert Perrotta, Coach Tom Shea, Head Coach Keith Hellstern and Pres. Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.
Fairfield Prep senior Anthony Mastroni has committed to play football next year for the Brown University Bears. Mastroni, a native of Monroe and a captain for the Jesuits, completed a decorated senior season at Prep in which he was named All-SCC and CHSCA (Connecticut High School Coaches Association) All-State. Mastroni rushed for 260 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense this season while also notching 72 tackles, 2 sacks and a 99-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense. Mastroni is also a member of the Fairfield Prep basketball team. In the classroom Anthony is a Cum Laude honor student and has participated in community service projects at the Lighthouse Program, Dribble Drive Basketball and the Masonicare Assisted Living Center in Newtown.