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President's letter to the Prep Community for the 2018-19 school year

Dear Friends,

We have been working hard this summer to prepare for another great academic year. Facilities have been renovated, classrooms cleaned, technology updated, and curricula enhanced. We are excited to welcome our new Principal, Dr. Thomas de Quesada, who comes from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami. With extensive experience in global studies, student affairs, and Jesuit education, Dr. de Quesada arrives with many proven ideas to improve school culture and student supervision.

Most importantly, we have been reflecting on ways to authentically live out our mission of Jesuit education in challenging times. Prep's Vision Statement lays out the ideal:

Fairfield College Preparatory School strives to be a reflective community of faith, in which students revere their relationship with God and with one another. We are committed to graduating transformational leaders who will respond to global and ecological challenges in an interconnected world marked by profound change.

While preparing global leaders, we must first celebrate local diversity. At Fairfield Prep, we are pleased to welcome 25% students of color, with socioeconomic diversity extending well beyond that due to the success of our SEED Program (Students for Educational Excellence through Diversity). One third of Prep students self-identify as non-Catholic, which includes other Christian denominations, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and no affiliation. We are blessed to have talented families from many communities and backgrounds. It is vital that we foster good relations with our neighbors and appreciate the blessings in our midst. There is much that we can learn from one another through respectful discussions and heartfelt friendships.

And so, to cultivate greater respect for religious and cultural diversity, we at Fairfield Prep have undertaken the following initiatives:

  • Our leadership team met with Ms. Marji Lipshez-Shapiro of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi Michael Friedman of Temple Israel in Westport, Rabbi Marcelo Kormis of Beth El in Fairfield, Rabbi James Prosnit of B'nai Israel in Bridgeport, and Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn of The Conservative Synagogue in Westport in June. We developed a preliminary educational plan and will continue to discuss ways to address anti-Semitism.
  • I attended Shabbat services at Beth El and B'nai Israel, where Rabbis Kormis and Prosnit allowed me to address their congregations. I hope to do the same at The Conservative Synagogue and Temple Israel this fall. It has been helpful to hear their concerns and hopes.
  • Rabbi Prosnit has graciously accepted my invitation to celebrate our school Thanksgiving liturgy on November 19 in Alumni Hall at 11:20 a.m. All are welcome to attend!
  • Prep's Mission Leadership Team (17 administrators) will read and discuss The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal. Set in the context of the Holocaust, it is a fascinating anthology of distinct perspectives on forgiveness and reconciliation by some of the world's great contemporary wisdom figures. I highly recommend this book for those interested in interfaith dialogue.
  • Prep's leadership team has met on numerous occasions with Ms. Lipshez-Shapiro to evaluate and update our academic curriculum. We found that we need to be more intentional in Holocaust Education, the dangers of anti-Semitism, the many faces of genocide, and in how we might eradicate all manifestations of hate and bias. She will facilitate upcoming faculty professional development.
  • I have been meeting with Prof. Ellen Umansky, Director of Fairfield University's Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, who offers this tremendous resource on our campus.
  • Student community period assemblies are being planned around the themes of tolerance and dialogue, religious diversity, and leadership.
  • Prep students perform countless hours of community service as a graduation requirement, many of them at agencies like Jewish Senior Services. We are committed to placing students in ways that lead to personal growth on many levels.

Our students will certainly benefit from these efforts in coming to understand better the Jewish foundations of Christianity, as well as the complexity of Jewish-Christian relations throughout history. Most importantly, we hope that our focus this year will lead to a fuller appreciation of all faith traditions. The Catholic Church has exhorted her followers:

Through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men (Nostra Aetate, 2).

From its founding in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola, members of the Society of Jesus ("Jesuits") have traveled to distant lands, actively engaged diverse cultures, and promoted the good they encountered. Ignatian spirituality optimistically believes that all things can lead us to the love of our Creator if we are open to God's plans.

Jesuits talk about, "Finding God in All Things" and "A Faith That Does Justice." Indeed, the latest General Congregation wrote a document entitled, "Companions in a Ministry of Reconciliation and Justice" (GC 36, Decree 1). In unexpected ways, we at Fairfield Prep find ourselves positioned to be such companions with other people of good will. May the Lord bless us on our journey together towards reconciliation and justice.

Peace,
 

Rev. Thomas M. Simisky, S.J.
President

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Registration open for Milestone C after school Engineering & Aviation Program

Fairfield Prep's Science Department is excited to be continuing our partnership with Milestone C to offer MILESTONE C: Engineering & Aviation After School Program at Fairfield Prep during the first semester of the 2018 – 2019 school year.

The program will run after school on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. from Sept. 10 through Dec. 10.

Milestone C offers hands-on engineering & aviation experiences facilitating a unique internship environment for high school students. Developed and instructed by lead engineers, veteran aviators, and research scientists from Fortune 500 corporations, this after-school program defines the cutting edge of STEM education, experiential learning, and student engagement.

Designed specifically so that no prerequisites or previous experience would be required, this program aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and include hands-on engineering design projects; leadership/team-building simulations; flight simulator training; critical-thinking & problem-solving exercises; college & career mentorship; guest speaker presentations; professional networking opportunities; and much more. There is no work required outside program hours.

For more information or to have any questions answered, please e-mail Academic Dean Tim Dee at tdee@fairfieldprep.org at any point this summer.
 

Register for the Milestone C program here

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Driver's Education at Prep to start Sept. 10

Driver's Education classes at Prep will begin Sept. 10 and run through Oct. 3, 2018. You must be 16 years of age to take the class.

Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. The fee is $690.

If interested, please see Mrs. Fortunato at the front desk, email her at cfortunato@fairfieldprep.org, or call her at Prep extension 2243.

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Prep to close from July 30 to Aug. 3; Email access will also be limited

Fairfield Prep offices will be closed from Monday, July 30 to Friday, Aug. 3 due to cleaning and maintenance at the school.

Prep’s computer network will also be down from Monday, July 30 to Wednesday, Aug. 1 for annual maintenance. Students and parents will be unable to access their Prep email accounts at that time.

Prep offices will reopen on Monday, Aug. 6.

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Fairfield Prep launches redesigned website; Here is a look at some of the updates

Welcome to our brand new website! You may have noticed a few things have changed.

We at Fairfield Prep have spent this year crafting a new platform that highlights and celebrates everything that makes Prep great — our amazing students, dedicated Ignatian educators, robust academic program and award-winning athletic teams, just to name a few.

We hope you take some time to familiarize yourself with our new layout. There are a couple of changes.

A New Menu

The main menu is now viewable by clicking the three-bar button in the upper right and corner of the page.

That will take you to our main sections including Admissions, Academics, Student Life and Athletics. From there, you will see sub-menus pop up for pages inside each of those sections (an example being Admission Process or Tuition & Financial Aid under the Admissions section).

Prep Connect: Our new portal for students and parents

Need to access Schoology, Naviance, FACTS and PAC Card? We have simplified the process for our current parents and students by placing everything into a single portal called Prep Connect.

You can access that portal by clicking the Prep Connect icon in the menu, or by clicking the button below. This is also where you can find our Student & Parent directories.

Login to Prep Connect

If you have any questions about the new site you are welcome to reach out us:

Digital Communications Manager Ronald DeRosa at rderosa@fairfieldprep.org.

Director of Communications Colleen Adams at cadams@fairfieldprep.org.

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