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Freshman Parent Guidance Evening. Fairfield Prep Guidance Department October 10, 2013. Campus Ministry. Elliott Gualtiere - Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Larry Ryan, S.J.- Chaplain Fr. Bret Stockdale, S.J .- Assistant Chaplain

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freshman parent guidance evening

Freshman Parent Guidance Evening

Fairfield Prep Guidance Department

October 10, 2013

campus ministry

Elliott Gualtiere-Director of Campus Ministry

Fr. Larry Ryan, S.J.-Chaplain

Fr. Bret Stockdale, S.J.-Assistant Chaplain

Jon DeRosa-Director of Student Activities & Christian Service

  • Freshman Rally Day-Wednesday, October 16th
    • Freshman Retreat Leaders
      • Ber Evans
      • Brendan Lacobelle
      • John Manion
  • Freshman Retreat-Thurs. March 6th-March 7th

student support groups
Student Support Groups
  • Divorce & Separation Group
  • Grief Group
  • Meetings will take place before school at 8:00 a.m.
  • Contact Suzanne Gorab or Elliott Gualtiere
safe school climate promotion plan
Safe School Climate Promotion Plan
  • Concerns or referrals made to:
    • John Hanrahan-Dean of Guidance and College Advising
    • Jon DeRosa-Director of Student Activities & Christian Service
    • Guidance Counselors
  • Safe School Climate Plan
guidance department opening remarks introductions
Guidance DepartmentOpening Remarks & Introductions
  • John Hanrahan – Dean of Guidance & College Advising - Juniors/Seniors
  • Rick Hutchinson - Juniors/Seniors
  • Suzanne Gorab – Freshmen/Sophomores A-K*
  • Dina DeRosa- Freshmen/Sophomores A-K*
  • Lynne Chesbro- Freshmen/Sophomores L-Z

*Suzanne Gorab is currently filling in for Dina DeRosa while

she is on maternity leave.

freshman guidance seminar
Freshman Guidance Seminar
  • Guidance Seminars meet 1 day per every 7 day cycle.
  • Guidance seminar is scheduled for all 4 years.
  • It is a unique opportunity for students to interact with their counselor.
freshman guidance curriculum
Freshman Guidance Curriculum

Series of transitional, academic & social topics

  • Transition to Prep
  • Time Management
  • Stress
  • Study Skills
  • Exam Preparation
  • Goal Setting
  • Substance Abuse
  • Course Registration
  • Peer Interactions
  • Respect for Others
transition from middle school to high school sample lesson
Transition from Middle School to High School – Sample lesson
  • 3 Scenarios highlighting different transitional issues that freshmen may encounter.
  • Scenario #1: Tom is struggling academically and finding it difficult to get a grasp on his classes. He has always been a good student and now is finding it difficult to get above a C.
  • Scenario #2: Jason did not want to come to Prep. It was his parents decision. He is upset that he is losing touch with his middle school friends and wants to be back in school with them. Despite his desire to leave, his parents have made it clear that transferring is not an option.
  • Scenario #3: Mike tried out for the freshman football team and was devastated when he did not make it. He doesn’t know many students here and was hoping that by joining a team he would make new friends. Mike is shy and doesn’t always make friends easily.
sophomore year
Sophomore Year
  • Topics specific to sophomore year:
    • PSAT SAT Subject Tests
    • Naviance
    • PLAN Activities Resumes
  • File review for all sophomores
individual counselor meetings
Individual Counselor Meetings
  • Meetings are most productive when initiated by students
  • Meet to assess the situation
  • Contact teachers when necessary
  • Contact parents when necessary
  • Make referral to academic support programs
  • Monitor progress
academic communication
Academic Communication
  • Encourage students to check their Fairfield Prep e-mail account.
  • Monitor Black Board and NetClassroom
  • Communicate directly with teachers via email.
  • All teacher email addresses can be found in the Faculty Directory on the Prep website
student responsibility
Student Responsibility
  • Learning requires an investment of time and effort by the student.
  • Encourage students to self-advocate.
    • Initiate teacher contact
    • Seek extra help
    • Take the initiative with counselors and schedule an appointment themselves
  • Encourage students to set goals for personal development.
    • Take an active role in their own development.
    • Responsible participants in the Prep community.
    • Explore interest and talents by getting involved in activities.
taking i nitiative get involved student activities
Taking Initiative-Get Involved(Student Activities)
    • Explore interests and talents by getting involved in activities.
    • Provides a sense of connectedness to the school
    • Opportunity to meet other students
    • Helps to find their “niche”
  • CLUBS:
    • Diversity Clubs; Academic Clubs; Service Clubs; Intramural Program.
    • Meetings: Year-round; 45 min after school; 1 or 2 times a week
    • All are welcomed!
student activities
Student Activities

A list of the majority of clubs offered at Prep, but not all:

  • African American Cultural Club
  • Application Development Club
  • Art Club
  • Asian Student Association
  • Book Club
  • Bowling Team
  • Business Club
  • Campus Ministry Board
  • Cardinal Key Society
  • Chess Club
  • Criminology
  • Cycling Club
  • Debate Society
  • Encords
  • Fantasy Sports Club
  • Political Awareness
  • Prep Players
  • Robotics Club
  • Rubik’s Cube Club
  • S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Salt Water Fishing Club
  • Science Club
  • Science and Engineering Club
  • Ski Club
  • Soundings (Newspaper)
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Squires
  • Stock Market Club
  • Trig*Star Club
  • Fairfield Connection (Service)
  • Fencing Club
  • French Club
  • French Honor Society
  • Graphic Design and Film
  • Hearthstone (Yearbook)
  • History Club
  • Intramurals
  • Jazzuits
  • Jeopardy Club
  • Liturgical Music
  • Math Team
  • Media Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Model U.N.
  • Ping Pong Club
academic center the peer tutor program
Academic Center The Peer Tutor Program
  • Who: Juniors and Seniors in the National Honor Society
  • Where: The Academic Center
    • A201 (8:00AM-4:00PM)
  • When: Before school, during free periods, or after school
  • Why: In order to aid students who are struggling in particular subject areas
  • How: student initiates or may be referred by teacher or counselor
i ntern p rogram

Fairfield University Psychology/Sociology Majors serve a semester internship at Prep

The Interns

  • With the direction of the Coordinator, assess the student’s difficulties, help the student to develop goals, and coordinate with teachers, peer tutors and parents.
  • Regular meeting to provide support including:
      • study skills
      • organizational skills
      • time management skills
      • social skills
academic enrichment program
Academic Enrichment Program
  • Goal: Provide students with a quiet space to complete homework
  • Participants: Mandatory for all student that fall under the required 2.0 GPA Academic Standard after each Quarter
    • (Academic Probation)
  • Where: Academic Center
  • When: During free periods
  • Moderators: Mrs. Alecia Thomas (Director of S.E.E.D. &Mr. Dean Davis (Director of Academic Center)
  • Requirements: Attendance 3 times a week & student/parent contract
junior year college planning
Junior Year College Planning
  • The college planning process is discussed throughout Junior year during Guidance classes and in individual meetings with the College Counselors.
  • We stress students taking ownership in the process.
  • A proactive and optimistic approach will reduce the stress of college planning.
junior year college planning con t
Junior Year College Planning con’t

Topics discussed throughout the year:

  • Academic performance
  • Standardized Testing Strategy (PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests)
  • College Searching – Naviance
  • Factors in College Admission
  • Admission Glossary
  • Campus Visits
  • Interviews
  • Athletic Recruitment
  • Summer Recommendations
senior year
Senior Year

Group & Individual Meetings on College Application Strategies & Procedures

  • Where, when & how to apply
  • Discussion of all aspects of the college application
    • Essay, resume, recommendations, filing procedures
  • Senior Parent Evening
senior year college visitors
Senior Year College Visitors
  • 150 colleges send admissions representatives to Prep for small group meetings with seniors
  • Decisions, Decisions
    • Review of acceptances
  • College Life Issues/Challenges
    • A look ahead at challenges
contact information
Contact information

Lynne Chesbro

Freshmen/Sophomores L-Z

(203)254-4200 ext. 2513

Jonathan DeRosa

Director of Student Activities

and Christian Service

(203)254-4200 ext. 2247

  • Elliott Gualtiere
  • Director of Campus
  • (203)254-4200 ext. 2255

John Hanrahan


(203)254-4200 ext. 2238

Rick Hutchinson


(203)254-4200 ext. 2502

Suzanne Gorab

Freshmen/Sophomores A-K

(203)254-4200 ext. 2133

Dina DeRosa

Freshmen/Sophomores A-K

(203)254-4200 ext. 2758