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Prep Day 2015

Prep Day is an opportunity for alternative educational/recreational activities which could not otherwise take place within the daily schedule. Off-campus learning experiences outside the normal routine are encouraged. Prep Day is mandatory for sophomores and juniors. Freshmen will be involved in Arts Day programming and seniors will have the day off.

This year, Prep Day will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Prep Day activities occur at different times and vary in cost. The list of events is posted below.   During the week of April 22-28, students may bring in the signed permission slip (see link below) along with any necessary money to the teacher organizing the event in order to reserve a spot.  Sign-ups operate on a first come, first served basis, and they can fill up quickly.  A student is not guaranteed a spot until he has submitted his permission slip and any necessary money to the appropriate faculty member.   

Please note that some events occur after school on Tuesday evening, April 28.  Students participating in those events do not need to come into Prep on Wednesday, April 29.   All sophomores and juniors must sign up for an event.   If a student neglects to sign up for a Prep Day activity, he must still come to school on April 29 at 8 a.m., and an activity will be chosen for him.
Please contact Mr. Anthony Locricchio, Dean of Student Life, at or (201) 547-6487 with any questions. 



Art and Performance

“The Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera)”

            An opera by G. Verdi about the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden in 1792; English translation provided; The Metropolitan Opera House, Liconln Center, NYC. 5:30pm – 12am on TUESDAY NIGHT, APRIL 28 EVENT!

Cost: $42.50, plus money for PATH       Register with:  Ms. Nordstrom      Can accommodate: 15 students




“Hand to God"

An avant garde, cutting edge production: A ferocious, frank dark comedy that will shock you and provoke laughter leading to insight. If The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q had a baby it would be Hand to God. Not for the faint of heart or unimaginative believer or non-believer. For mature students ONLY!


TUESDAY NIGHT, APRIL 28 EVENT! – Leaves Prep at 4:00 p.m., returns by 11 p.m.

Cost: $50, plus money for PATH & Dinner    Register with: Dr. Scibilia  Can accommodate: 15 students





Kean University


Day trip to visit Kean University. Learn how to prepare for, and enjoy, a college tour. Explore Kean's 48 majors, 5 theatres, top STEM programs and more! Leaves Prep at 9:00am returning by 1:00pm.


Cost: $30                        Register with: Mrs. Morissette           Can accommodate: 22 students



Common Interests 

 Life Skills Workshop

              Before striking out into the world on your own, come and learn some practical skills. Routine car maintenance, doing your own finances, living with a college roommate, etc. 9am to 12:30pm.

         Cost: ~ $10                     Register with: Ms. Flores                      Can accommodate:15 students.


How Economics and Statistics Rule Our World

    Why does a $500 tuxedo rent for $90 a day while a $20,000 car rents for only $40 a day? Want to discuss the link between sports and statistics? Watch and discuss the documentary and books of Freakonomics and The Economic Naturalist. At Prep from 9am to 1pm.

     Cost: FREE! Bring lunch.         Register with: Mr. Quinn                  Can accommodate: 20 students


Yogi Berra Museum

    Come watch a short film at Prep at 10, then leave at 11:30am to attend a 12pm to 2pm tour of the museum located in Montclair, NJ. Return to Prep by 3pm.

       Cost: $10 (feel free to bring snacks!)         Register with: Fr. Azzarto         Can accommodate: 15 students


The Liberty Science Center

     The trip will include time to explore the Science Center as well as take in an I-MAX theater movie! Leave Prep at 9am and return by 2:30p.

     Cost:  $22.50 plus lunch          Register with: Mr. Campbell                          Can accommodate: 20 students


Pizza Math-a-Thon

     Have questions about algebraic, geometric or other math materials or concepts but were too afraid to ask? How about learning some new math tricks and shortcuts? Questions about some SAT/ACT material? How about a free pizza lunch? 9am - 1pm in room H202.

     Cost:  FREE          Register with: Mrs. La Bruno                          Can accommodate: 15 students


Lunch with Stephen Hawking

     Come learn to prepare gourmet food with Sister Frances Marie, Mrs. Zanfardino and Mr. Comey! We will prepare delicious panninis, salads and desserts. After lunch, we will watch The Theory of Everything, the movie inspired by the life of Dr. Stephen Hawking. We will discuss the importance of his life and theories in our understanding of the known universe. !0:30am - 3pm.


  Cost - $10                     Register with - Mrs. Zanfardino                Can accommodate - 30 students



The Infoage Museum


TV, Radio and shipwreck museum exhibits include WW II era radios, Apollo guidance computer, and other tech from the 50's through the 80's. Leave Prep by 10a, return by 3p.


Cost: $25                         Register With: Mr. Kelly (IT department)                  Can accomodate: 20 students




Swiss Day!

Celebrate the melange of French and German culture in Switzerland! Make your own FUN-due, be immersed in the Swiss culture and participate in other surprisingly Swiss activities... right here at Prep!


Cost: FREE! plus cost for lunch          Register with: Ms. Carlson   Can accommodate: 15 students


Age of Empires 3 or 0 A.D. Multi-Player Tournament

Form alliances, raise armies and advance technology as different global civilizations in the classic real-time strategy game. Game tutorial sessions will be held in the days leading up to the tournament. Please register for tournament with Mr. Gambone. Begins at 9 a.m., ends at approximately 2p.m.

Cost: $2 – Bring Lunch    Register with: Mr. Gambone (M-311)        Can accommodate: 16 students


The Hero's Journey (The monomyth paradigm)

        Explore and discuss Joseph Campbell's monomyth paradigm through the lens of classical beginnings, such as The Odyssey through the modern age of Star Wars and The Harry Potter cinema.Discussion on the topic, comparisons and contrasts.

        Cost: FREE + $ for lunch       Register with: Mr. Scannapieco                  Can accommodate: 20 students


The United Nations

Take a tour of the facilities and learn about how the various nations (via the UN) respond to human and natural tragedies throughout the world.

Leaves Prep at 8a.m., returns at 1:30 p.m.   Cost: $35 plus Lunch  

Register with: Mr. Rossi                            Can accommodate:13 students


Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park


Join Mr. Wieners and Mr. Jiran on a trek through lower Manhattan and over the Brooklyn Bridge to explore Brooklyn Bridge Park. A tour of this great waterfront park will be led by Michael Lampariello, ‘05, Deputy Director of Operations at Brooklyn Bridge Park. After the tour, the group will eat one of the local establishments. Leave Prep by 9:00am, return by 3:00pm.


Cost: Approximately $25           Register with: Mr. Jiran   Can accommodate: 20 students 


Cervantes Institute and Queen Sofia Spanish Institute

             Come join in the opportunity to learn more about Picasso, Dali, Miro and enjoy disserent aspects of the Spanish culture. A traditional "Tarde de Tapas" in Sevila Restaurant included! Leaves Prep at 9am. Return by 2pm.

              Cost: $50        Register with: Ms. Gomez                  Can accommodate: 20 students


Italian Cooking Class + 3 Course Lunch

    Cooking class with the executive chef of Giovanni Rana's Pastificio and Cucina in Chelsea Market, NYC. We will have a 90-minute cooking lesson and then enjoy a 3-course meal that will be prepared by the executive chef. The fresh pasta that you make will be packaged for you to take homefor you and your family to enjoy. Leave prep by 10a, return by 2:30p.

Cost: $85.00                          Register with: Ms. Romano                    Can accomodate: 20 students


St. Charles Borromeo, Harlem NYC

              Leave Prep at 9:30am and travel PATH and subway for a tour of the historic church and local neighborhood. Then meet  priests from the archdioceses of New York! Return by 2:30pm. Metrocard a plus!

               Cost: ~ $25                    Register with: Mr. Fletcher                   Can accommodate: 8 students


The Internet: Then vs Now

              A viewing of the movies War Games and The Net (lunch in between.) A philosophical discussion of the effect of the medium of the internet on our daily lives,

Cost: Just money for lunch (or bring your own)  Register with: Ms. Glazer          Can accommodate: 25 students


The Irish Famine Memorial and Liberty Island

          Mr. Canale and Mr. Geary leading the tours to visit the Irish Famine Memorial in NYC, and then off to see the Statue of Liberty up close and personal! Leave Prep by 8a, return by noon.

Cost: $20 + PATH                  Register with: Mr. Canale                        Can accommodate: 20 students





Health and Fitness Bootcamp

       Engage in day filled with exercise and health instruction. The day will also include a walk to a local eatery for lunch and a presentation from our Head Athletic Trainer, Kyle Kutsup. Please be sure to bring athletic clothing and footwear (sneakers) in order to participate in this Prep Day Event. The day will start at 9:00 a.m. and run through 1:00 p.m.

Begins at 9 a.m., ends at 1 p.m

Cost: Approximately $10 for lunch              Register with: Mr. O'Flaherty (Gym)                     

Can accommodate: 30 students



Rock Climbing @ NJ Rock Gym

Take part in two hours of climbing and bouldering at New Jersey’s largest rock gym.  All gear is provided and each student climbs with highly trained and supervised staff.

Leaves Prep at 11:30 p.m., returns at 4:30 p.m.


Cost: $70                 Register with: Ms. Bui           Can accommodate: 15 students


 Boats and Burritos

    Students will kayak in Red Bank on the Navasink River, and after 2 hours on the water, will walk to Surf Taco for lunch! Leave Prep by 8:15am, return by 2:30pm.

            Cost: $70 + bring money for lunch                  Register with: Mr. Morrissey          Can accommodate: 15