- Deans' Message
This year, Prep Day will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Prep Day activities occur at different times and vary in cost. The list of events is posted below. During the week of April 8-12, 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 23. Students participating in those events do not need to come into Prep on Wednesday, April 24. 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 24 at 8 a.m., and an activity will be chosen for him.
Please contact Mr. Anthony Locricchio, Dean of Student Life, at LocricchioA@spprep.org or (201) 547-6487 with any questions.
Art and Performance
A trip to Broadway to see Prep Alumni Nathan Lane in his most recent show. 12pm – 4pm on Wednesday, April 24
Cost: $65, plus money for PATH Register with: Ms. Bleasdale Can accommodate: 20 students
“Spiderman: Turn off the Dark”
Broadway Musical featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge and a re-imagining of the Spiderman story.
TUESDAY NIGHT, APRIL 23 EVENT! – Leaves Prep at 5:30 p.m., returns by 11 p.m.
Cost: $56, plus money for PATH Register with: Fr. Raulli Can accommodate: 23 students
“Jekyll & Hyde”
Based on the book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll & Hyde is the story of a London doctor who creates an alternate personality in an attempt to cure his father’s mental illness. The result is Mr. Hyde, an evil alter ego that causes violence and destruction.
TUESDAY NIGHT, APRIL 23 EVENT! - Leaves Prep at 5:30p.m., returns by 11 p.m.
Cost: $65, plus money for dinner and PATH Register with: Mr. Comey (MSC-313)
Can accommodate: 28 students
“Blue Man Group”
Unique Performance Art!!! NYC visit highlighted by seeing the new show by the world-famous Blue Man Group. (Prep Students Love This!) TUESDAY NIGHT, APRIL 23 EVENT!!! Leave Prep at 4:00pm return by approximately 11:00pm.
Cost: $85, plus spending money Register with: Mr. Keating (H 103) Can accommodate: 15 students
Trip to Visit Colleges in New York
Juniors and Sophomore students are invited to spend a day getting an insider view from current student and admission staff at Columbia University and Fordham University, Lincoln Center. This group will take public transportation and have lunch in New York City. Leaves Prep at 9:00am returning by 4:00pm.
Cost: ~$35 Register with: Ms. Rubinstein (Guidance Office) Can accommodate: 15-20 students
Trip to Visit Colleges in Pennsylvania
Day trip to visit the University of Scranton, Lehigh University and Muhlenberg University. Information sessions and tours at each.
Leave Prep at 7:00am return by 6:30pm. Cost:$45 Register with: Mrs. Morissette Can accommodate: 30 students
Trip to Visit The National College Fair in Secaucus
The fair allows students to meet one-on-one with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Participants will learn about admission requirements, financial aid, course offerings, and campus environment, as well as other information pertinent to the college-selection process. Over 400 colleges represented. Leaves Prep at 8:00am returning by 1:00pm.
Cost:$25 Register with: Mr. Giglio Can accommodate: 35 students
Info Session at NJIT
This session will tour the campus of NJIT. Students will visit the Engineering Building as well as other campus buildings. An admissions counselor will talk about the admissions process and gear the program toward future engineering students. PATH train to Newark-Penn Station. Light Rail from Newark to Warren Street Station. 8:30a – 1:00p.
Cost: $10, plus lunch Register with: Ms. Zanfardino (MSC-316) Can accommodate: 30 students
Mets v Dodgers
Celebrate our national past time with a bit of local history. We will arrive early to visit the museum which pays tribute to some of Brooklyn's best and to and from on the bus we plan to do some bus trivia for Mets bucks. Fr. Azzarto will be educating on the history of the Dodgers with Brooklyn while Mr. Fletcher discusses the new architecture of Citi Field. Tuesday night, April 23.
TUESDAY EVENT: Leave Prep at 5:00pm. Return ~ 11:30pm
Cost: $50, plus lunch Register with: Mr. Fletcher (M-311)
Can accommodate: 35 students
"Longing for Redemption": Tolkien's Middle Earth and the Christian Imagination
Students will be invited to engage selections of J.R.R Tolkien's writing (The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, etc.) and segments of Peter Jackson's film trilogy to examine the stirrings and longings experienced by the religious imagination. Themes such as Creation, Sin, and Grace will be explored through Tolkiensian lenses. Prior reading and viewing of Tolkien (-based) material is helpful though not required. Duration: 9:00AM-2:30PM; 40-minute lunch break provided.
Cost: Free (Bring Lunch) Register with: Mr. Morris Can accommodate: 30 students
Tour of the African Burial Ground and St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lower Manhattan
Students will have the opportunity to see the burial ground discovered in 1990 and take a tour of the museum there. This visit combines both the history and religious elements of Africans buried there between c. 1690 and 1794. Students will also see the church that bears the same name as our school and hear about Americans who are saints and being considered for sainthood who attended church there. Leaves Prep at 9:30 a.m., returns at 1 p.m.
Cost: PATH plus cost for lunch Register with: Ms. Singleton Can accommodate: 20 students
Culinary Arts: An Italian cooking lesson
Learn to make a three-course Italian dinner that you would be proud to serve your family and friends! This budget friendly menu will make your taste buds tingle with delight, and beg for more. This “hands-on activity” will be taught (on campus) by two of Prep’s in house Italian chefs. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and bring your appetite! ~10:30am – 2:00pm
Cost: $5 - $10 Register with: Ms. Annetta (MSC-215) Can accommodate: 30 students
Museum of Natural History
Students will spend the day learning about the earth from prehistoric times, when dinosaurs roamed the planet, all the way up through the early days of mankind and leading up to modern day natural and environmental science. Leaves Prep at 8:30 a.m., returns at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 plus lunch Register with: Mr. Evans Can accommodate: 15 students
Multicultural and Diverse Hoboken
Visit to the bilingual charter school "HoLa" located in Hoboken ( http://holahoboken.org/) and interaction with students in different classes. Then Stroll along charming Washington Street, named one of the Top 10 Great Streets for 2010 by the American Planning Association. - Lunch at Cuban restaurant "La Isla" http://www.laislarestaurant.com/index.php) located on Washington street. - Dessert at Carlo's Italian bakery: Pick up some freshly filled canoli, cookies, lobster tail, and other desserts at the home of the hit TLC show Cake Boss and The Next Great Baker. http://www.carlosbakery.com/ Lastly, a guided visit to the Stevens Institute of Technology (http://www.stevens.edu/sit/). Take in a stunning view of Hoboken and the Manhattan skyline from Castle Point Lookout on the Stevens campus — the highest point in Hoboken. Meet with students from all over the U.S and the world. Leaves Prep at 8:30 a.m., returns at 4 p.m.
Cost: Spending money plus money for lunch and PATH Register with: Ms. Gomez (E-302)
or Ms. Torres ( E - 301)
Can accommodate: 25 students
: Students are invited to experience the myth, history and archaeology of the Trojan War, on this traditional date of the city’s fall. Students will also engage in a meaningful discussion about the characteristics of the heroes, their goals, fate, as well as their legacies, in the grand scheme of the heroic age. Through the use of historical and archaeological evidence about the Trojan War, students will also distinguish between myth and history. Images and clips from films, as well as from acclaimed documentaries, will enhance this experience. Furthermore, there will also be a virtual tour of the actual archaeological site of ancient Troy. On campus at Prep from 9am until 1pm.
Cost: Free! Bring Lunch Register with: Mr. Mergoupis (E-203) Can accomodate:15 students
Age of Empires Multi-Player Tournament
Form alliances, raise armies and advance technology as different global civilizations in the classic real-time strategy game. Tournament held in Mulry Computer lab. 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: FREE! – Bring Lunch Register with: Mr. Gambone (M-311) Can accommodate: 16 students
Visit to the New York Transit Museum
Visit the NY Transit Museum in Brooklyn and learn about the subways and how they were built. Tour examples of vintage cars as old as 1903! Learn the history and secrets of the greatest mass transit system in the world. Leaves Prep at 9 a.m., returns at 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 plus Lunch Register with: Mr. Cunneen (H – 001) Can accommodate:15 students
The Five Points (Gangs of New York) Walking Tour
The neighborhood of Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York and Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives was New York's most notorious slum at the time of the Civil War. On this tour we will see where Paradise Square and the Five Points were—they don't exist anymore. Beginning in the last decade of the Nineteenth century, the neighborhood was bulldozed, first to make way for a park, and then as the spot for many of the city's civic buildings. But we will talk about why the Five Points no longer exists, while at the same time looking at tenements that are still standing, including the city's oldest. Having seen Gangs of New York is not a prerequisite for enjoying this tour; come along and learn about New York's free black community, Irish immigration, the Draft Riots, and other aspects of mid-Nineteenth century city life. Leaves Prep at 9 a.m., returns at 2 p.m.
Cost: Approximately $25 Register with: Mr. Geary (E-307) Can accommodate: 25 students
Come visit the tombs of Alexander Hamilton and Ulysses S. Grant – the men on your $10 and $50 bills! – and finish with lunch at the South Street Seaport.Leaves Prep at 8:30 a.m., returns at 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Approximately $20 Register with: Mr. Oryshkevych (E-304) Can accommodate: 20 students
A Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
A walking tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and the area in Brooklyn called DUMBO.
Leaves Prep at 8:30 a.m., returns at 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 Register with: Ms. McElroy (E-204) Can accommodate: 30 students
Health and Fitness Bootcamp
Engage in an active day of exercise and dieting with health instruction, a healthy lunch, and exercise. Day includes a walk to Muscle Maker Grill for lunch. Bring workout clothes and sneakers!
Begins at 9 a.m., ends at 1 p.m.
Cost: Approximately $10 for lunch Register with: Mr. Hansen, Jr. (Gym)
Can accommodate: 30 students
Geocaching is an activity that combines the outdoors, hiking, treasure-hunting, and cartography (mapping). It's a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices (smart phones, handheld GPS units, etc.). Participants navigate to a
specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are tens of thousands of geocaches hidden throughout the world, from the largest cities to the remote wilderness, and we will look for them in New York's Central Park, Riverside Park, or Fort Tryon Park on Prep Day. They often contain souvenir trinkets and a log book to sign the finders' names. Participants need a desire to walk, a sense of direction, and love of the outdoors and the pulse of New York, and a smartphone or GPS unit. Leaves Prep at 8:10am, returns at 2:30pm.
Cost: PATH fare, lunch money (if not brought), possible subway fare (if we go to a further park).
Register with: Mr. Burokas Can accommodate: 20 students
Rock Climbing @ NJ Rock Gym
Take part in three 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 1 p.m., returns at 6 p.m.
Cost: $50 Register with: Mr. Coviello (H- 002) Can accommodate: 30 students
Astronomy Night at Prep
Students will be involved in a presentation and discussion about astronomy. Learn about different features of our Solar System and the Universe, including stars, planets, galaxies, and nebulas. Afterwards, you’ll have an opportunity to view different celestial objects through a high-quality telescope, including several planets, nebulas, stars, and star clusters. As this activity is dependent on weather, the foul-weather contingency plan is to watch a movie or documentary about the universe.
TUESDAY NIGHT, APRIL 23 EVENT! – Begins at 8:30 p.m., ends by 11 p.m.
Cost: $5 (for snacks) Register with: Mr. Jarymowycz (MSC-216) Can accommodate: 15 students
Liberty Science Center Trip
Liberty Science Center is a great place to explore numerous scientific topics and to witness many scientific experiments. We will spend a few hours at the LSC discovering new, and old, scientific breakthroughs.
Leaves Prep at 9 a.m., returns at 1 p.m.
Cost: $25, plus money for lunch Register with: Ms. Eppler (MSC-215)
Can accommodate: 30 students
Science Fiction Film Series
This Prep day event involves watching and discussing a couple of Science fiction blockbuster films from the previous year. The films that will be playing this year are Battleship and Hunger Games
Begins at 9 a.m., ends at approximately 2 p.m. Cost: FREE! – Bring Lunch
Register with: Mr. Santos (MSC-217) Can accommodate: 30 students