Friday, September 30, 2016

Student-Led Conferences


This year, North Phoenix Prep has joined several other Great Hearts academies in adopting the practice of student-led conferences. Our decision to adopt the student-led conferences model came as a result of careful reflection and deliberation on our leadership team. When we asked ourselves what we really wanted for our students, we saw that having the students lead their own conferences would encourage them to become active, not passive, participants in the process of their own learning. We also saw that by having the students lead their own conferences, we could alleviate the burden on parents to serve as intermediaries between the teacher and the student. Most importantly, we saw an opportunity to reinforce a central message of the education that our students receive here, that our students are the captains of their own ships.

At the end of the first quarter, then, we will hold student-parent-teacher conferences to discuss the next steps in our students’ academic growth. In preparation for these conferences, we ask students to develop a Student Growth Plan (SGP). The SGP is a one-page document that captures the themes of the 1st quarter evaluations, puts them into context, and documents the key area the student chooses as an area for growth in the coming year. As an aid to completing their SGP, we also provide an Action Menu with two lists. The first contains 14 Learning Techniques that Research Shows to be Most Effective. The second list is categorized to provide a long list of ideas a student might choose to employ in their SGP.  Students will complete this work during school on Monday, October 17th.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

First Quarter Report Cards are Coming

Our first quarter grade reports will be available on Jupiter by Monday, October 17th. These will include narrative evaluations from each student’s teacher. On the Parent Portal, an option labeled “Report Card” will appear, which you may click to access your student’s grades and narratives.

Conference Week is Coming

North Phoenix Prep holds two weeks of student-parent-teacher conferences per academic year. The first conference week is October 17-21 for 6th, 8th, and 9th grade students. We will hold conferences for 7th, 10th, and 11th graders in January.

The conference schedule is determined in advance so that our teachers can be available to meet with students and parents. Each family will receive their conference appointment(s) by email.

If you have questions about conferences, please email Assistant Headmaster Coughlon: ccoughlon@northphoenixprep.org

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gladiators! Order your Team Shirt

Please place orders by Thursday October 6. Order online today.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Gladiators - It's time to sign up for winter sports

The 2016-2017 winter sports season for both MS and HS is right around the corner. We will be attempting to form the following teams:

11th Grade Physics Tutoring

Dr. Cort will be holding 11th Grade Physics tutoring on Wednesday from 3:30pm-5pm in room 602.  Open to 11th grade students for Physics tutoring only.

Cestus Familia School Supplies Drive This Week!

The Cestus Gladiator Family will be running a school supplies drive to support our Title I sister schools, Maryvale Prep and Teleos Prep, from September 26-September 30. Items needed are listed below.  There will be bins to collect in the front office and in the H building!

Classroom Supplies
Disinfectant Wipes
Tissues
Copy Paper
Colored Paper
Cardstock Colored Paper
Whiteboard Erasers
Gently Used Books for Classroom Libraries K-7
Office Supplies (binder clips, staples, tape, manila folders)

Student School Supplies
Binders (new or gently used)
Sheet Protectors
Crayons
Colored Pencils
Pens (dark blue or black)
Composition Books
College Ruled Line Paper
Two Pocket Folders
Index Cards

Uniform Components (*same as NPX)
Solid colored shoes
Belts
Socks
Khaki bottom shorts or pants (any size)

8th Grade Field Trip to the MIM!

On Thursday, October 6, the 8th Grade class will be heading to the Musical Instrument Museum! The students will not only be visiting all of the incredible exhibits at the museum, but also seeing a concert by award-winning artist/educator John Zeretzke!

Permission forms and payment will be online, and your student's official permission slip is your printed email receipt. Please visit northphoenixprep.configio.com and look for "8th Grade Field Trip". It is $12 to attend the field trip, please email Ms. Harris if you need any financial assistance.

All 8th grade students will turn their printed email permission slips to Mr. Bustos when they have him.

Permission slips are due by Monday, October 3.  You will receive two emails, please print the email that has emergency information [subject line: North Phoenix Prep Field Trip Confirmation], fill out, and give to Mr. Bustos.  

Questions and/or interested in chaperoning? Please email Ms. Harris at kharris@northphoenixprep.org.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Upcoming Events

Events Calendar
  • Monday, September 26
    • 12:15pm - Snack Shop
  • Tuesday, September 27
    • 12:15pm - College 101 - Alpha
    • 12:30pm - Wabash College Visit
    • 5:00pm - HS Volleyball @ Ft. Thomas
  • Wednesday, September 28
    • 12:15pm - Snack Shop
  • Thursday, September 29
    • 8:15am - Headmaster Coffee - 10th Grade Parents
    • 12:15pm - College 101 - Omega
    • 4:00pm - HS Volleyball vs Ray HS (home)
  • Friday, September 30
    • Half Day 12:30 PM Release: Teacher In-Service
    • 10:30am - 2016 Chandler Prep Volleyball Invitational - Day 1
    • 2:00pm - 7th Grade Social - Laser Tag!
    • 5:00pm - MS Cross Country Meet
  • Saturday, October 1
    • 11:30am - 2016 Chandler Prep Volleyball Invitational - Day 2
  • Monday, October 3
    • No School

PSAT Testing Fees due by Oct 7

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors will be taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on October 19, as they prepare to take the SAT in the spring of the junior year. The PSAT provides the opportunity for practice and comprehensive feedback so that students see where they can improve for future tests. Test results across the network are also used to support curriculum development. Most importantly, For 11th grade students, the PSAT serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The PSAT will be administered at North Phoenix Prep on Wednesday, October 19th during the school day. It is expected that all students will participate in the testing day. The testing fee for all students is $25. To receive a comprehensive score report (including a detailed, interactive report with links to individualized practice), pay the $25 fee online by 10/7/2016.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Miss Smith

Costco Paper Drive Event

Saturday, October 8th from 8am-10:30am  *Note: cut-off time is prompt!  Don't wait till the last minute to do your shopping! Mention NPX and Costco will donate copy paper to our school.

Only at the Cave Creek Costco 2450 E Beardsley Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85050

Not a Costco Member?  There is a promotional rate or NEW Members for to sign-up.  Anyone can attend the event, but keep in mind that anyone shopping this day must be a Costco Member to shop.  *New members will receive up to a $20 Costco Cash Card. (Note: Please promote the cash cards and membership specials to all, this is a Huge Savings not offered at any other time)

Come do your weekly shopping at this event and help our school earn much needed supplies!  We will have a school wish list available for parents!  For every $100 spent at this event, Costco donates a ream of paper back to the school of your choice. (Excluding Gas, Costco Cash Cards and online purchases) 


Light refreshments and drinks will be available while supplies last!



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Picture Day Monday September 19


Picture Day is Monday September 19. All students will be photographed, school ID’s will be issued, and the portraits will be included in the school yearbook. Students are required to wear their school uniform for picture day.

If you wish to order a portrait package, your child will need to bring the envelope we distributed on Monday afternoon. Please ensure proof of payment, or a cash/check made payable to Dorian Studio is enclosed in the envelope.

The school reference code is 27911.
Please note we have received reports of a different code pre-printed on some envelopes. North Phoenix Prep is 27911, don't worry if you did not enter this. We have notified Dorian Studio of the misprint. 

To pay by credit card: Please go to dorianstudio.com/prepay and purchase a GIFT CARD for the amount of your order. Print and enclose the receipt in the order envelope sent home on Monday. Please note a minimum credit card charge of $15. Please enter the reference code 27911 & the photo date of 9/19/16.

We have a very limited supply of extra envelopes in the school office if your child misplaced their copy.

8th Grade Field Trip to the MIM

On Thursday, October 6, the 8th Grade class will be heading to the Musical Instrument Museum! The students will not only be visiting all of the incredible exhibits at the museum, but also seeing a concert by award-winning artist/educator John Zeretzke!

Permission forms and payment will be online, and your student's official permission slip is your printed email receipt. Please visit northphoenixprep.configio.com and look for "8th Grade Field Trip". It is $12 to attend the field trip, please email Ms. Harris if you need any financial assistance.

All 8th grade students will turn their printed email permission slips to Mr. Bustos when they have him.

Permission slips are due by Monday, October 3.

Questions and/or interested in chaperoning? Please email Ms. Harris at kharris@northphoenixprep.org.

Cestus Community Service Drive This Week!

The Cestus Gladiator Family will be running a school supplies drive to support our Title I sister schools, Maryvale Prep and Teleos Prep, from September 26-September 30. Items needed are listed below.  There will be bins to collect in the front office and in the H building!

Student School Supplies
Binders (new or gently used)
Sheet Protectors
Crayons
Colored Pencils
Pens (dark blue or black)
Composition Books
College Ruled Line Paper
Two Pocket Folders
Index Cards

Classroom Supplies
Disinfectant Wipes
Tissues
Copy Paper
Colored Paper
Cardstock Colored Paper
Whiteboard Erasers
Gently Used Books for Classroom Libraries K-7
Office Supplies (binder clips, staples, tape, manila folders)

Uniform Components (*same as NPX)
Solid colored shoes
Belts
Socks
Khaki bottom shorts or pants (any size)

Shoe Drive!

Want to help a great cause? NPX is donating shoes to a local animal rescue by collecting gently worn, used, or new shoes, running Monday, September 19-Friday, September 23. Help be a part of the goal of 2500 pairs of shoes! There will be a bin in the H building every morning for you to drop off your shoes.

Special Election - 10th Grade Senate

There is one vacant elected Senate seat open for 10th grade students!  Applications will be available on Monday, completed applications and speeches are due to Ms. Harris no later than 3:30pm on Tuesday.  Speeches and voting will be held on Thursday.   Senate-elect applications will be on yellow paper, and 10th graders interested in both elect and appointed positions may submit both applications.

Appointed Senate Positions Applications Available Monday, due Friday!

Applications for the NPX 2016-2017 High School Senate Appointed Positions are in the front office! All completed applications are due to Ms. Harris no later than 1:15pm (after Lunch and Lyceum) on Friday, September 23rd.  If you have any questions, please see or email Ms. Harris.

Headmaster Coffee 8th Grade

This year, we will start our Headmaster Coffee hour with weekly grade level meetings. This week's meeting will be focused on 8th grade. Please stop in to chat with Headmaster Weinhold.
  • 8th grade Thursday September 22, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 10th grade Thursday September 29, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 11th grade Wednesday October 5 6, 8:15am to 9:15am - PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE

Highly Selective College Night

Highly Selective College Night Tuesday, October 4, 2016 7pm
Veritas Preparatory Academy in the Lund Center
 For more details download the flyer

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hearing & Vision Screening

During the week of September 12, our school nurse Mrs. Krich will begin hearing and vision screening for all 6th grade and 9th grade students and any student new to NPX this year.

AZMerit Test Resluts

Students who took the AZMerit test at North Phoenix Prep in Spring '16 will receive their results Monday, September 12. Please prompt your child to give you the sealed envelope after school. If your child took the test at another school, please contact the previous school if you would like a copy of the results.

High School Semi-Formal

High School Semi-Formal - Night in Paris
Saturday, September 17 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Registration Form and Guest Permission Slip

$20 pre-sale $25 at the door Per Guest
STRICT DEADLINE for permission form and ticket purchase: Monday, September 12
 

Headmaster Coffee 7th Grade

This year, we will start our Headmaster Coffee hour with weekly grade level meetings. This week's meeting will be focused on 7th grade. Please stop in to chat with Headmaster Weinhold.
  • 7th grade September 15, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 8th grade September 22, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 10th grade September 29, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 11th grade October 6, 8:15am to 9:15am

Junior Class Neckties

The Junior class neckties are now available! Please make your payment of $18 online or in the front office. The ties are an optional accessory to wear with the Junior class oxford shirt, but will be required to wear with the blazer.

Jupiter Logins

Please contact tvandeusen@northphoenixprep.org if you have not yet received your Jupiter login information.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lunch and Lyceum

Middle School - Mondays through Fridays
  • 20 minutes for lunch
  • 20 minutes for recreation on the field or in the gym
  • 20 minutes in a classroom to finish homework or receive tutoring. 
This schedule increases the amount of time that students have for eating lunch and physical activity, while still providing them with an opportunity to complete the homework for one class.

High School - Mondays through Fridays
  • 30 minutes for lunch
  • 30 minutes for Lyceum options: study, tutoring, socialization, or recreation. 
This schedule allows our high school students to make choices about how they will use their time.

Familia Fridays
  • Middle School - 30 minutes for lunch, followed by programs and events with their Gladiator Teams for 30 minutes.
  • High school - 30 minutes for recreation, followed by 30 minutes for lunch on Fridays.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Headmaster Coffee 9th Grade

This year, we will start our Headmaster Coffee hour with weekly grade level meetings. This week's meeting will be focused on 9th grade. Please stop in to chat with Headmaster Weinhold.
  • 9th grade September 8, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 7th grade September 15, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 8th grade September 22, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 10th grade September 29, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 11th grade October 6, 8:15am to 9:15am

New Lyceum Schedule


The leadership team has spent the past few weeks carefully and deliberately crafting an improved version of the Lunch and Lyceum schedule that we will be implementing when we return from Labor Day weekend. We believe that this revised Lunch and Lyceum schedule will better meet the needs of all our students and faculty.

Continue for a broad overview of the Lunch and Lyceum schedule moving forward:

Absences: Missed Homework

It is the responsibility of the student to make up missed homework after any absence, planned or due to illness, in a timely manner. If a student is unable to attend school and seeks his or her assignments, he or she should contact a classmate for that information, not the school office. It is wise to coordinate with a friend (perhaps one who lives close by) early on in the year so that homework handouts might also be collected for the absent student.

An absence on the due date of a major assignment (essay, lab report, project, etc.) or exam may not extend the due date of that assignment. The student should expect to submit the work and/or make-up the exam on the day of his/her return. Likewise, absences during the preparation time of a major assignment may not extend the due date. Please see the faculty course syllabi for specific guidelines regarding make-up work following absences.

To email teachers, please refer to the Faculty Contact page.
The Family Directory is a useful resource for students to contact a classmate.

Reporting an Absence - Excused Absence

Please remember to report your child’s absence by calling or emailing the NPX Attendance Line. Leave your child’s name and the reason for their absence. Unreported absences are considered as Unexcused Absences. NPX ATTENDANCE LINE (602)996-4355 or Email: attendance@northphoenixprep.org

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Progress Reports on Jupiter

View a video tutorial about the Student/Parent Login

North Phoenix Prep has joined several other Great Hearts academies in piloting a new online gradebook and communication tool called Jupiter. All of our teachers are now using Jupiter as their gradebook, and we will be communicating grades and other information to you using Jupiter. This means that Jupiter will be our tool for publishing quarter and semester evaluations.

In addition, Jupiter is now our tool for progress reports. In prior years, North Phoenix Prep emailed Progress Reports every three weeks to student’s families. Beginning today, all of the information that was previously on our progress reports is now available on the Jupiter Parent Portal, which you may access at any time. There’s no need to wait on us to send a three-week progress report! In addition, you can view missing assignments, which are listed in red.

Student Planners

Planners are due to arrive this week. Will will distribute to all students as soon as they are in hand.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact tvandeusen@northphoenixprep.org

Headmaster Coffee - 6th grade

This year, we will start our Headmaster Coffee hour with weekly grade level meetings. The first meeting will be focused on 6th grade. Please stop in to chat with Headmaster Weinhold.
  • 6th grade September 1, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 9th grade September 8, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 7th grade September 15, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 8th grade September 22, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 10th grade September 29, 8:15am to 9:15am 
  • 11th grade October 6, 8:15am to 9:15am

Family Handbook

The North Phoenix Prep Family Handbook is located on our website. Please take a moment to review it with your child, print and sign page 65 and return to the school office.

Family Directory

The NPX Family Directory is for community use only. The directory is not intended to be used for business purposes.

Please respect the privacy of our students and their families.

Please do not distribute or share the information within this document outside NPX community.

2016-2017 NPX Family Directory

This PDF file is password protected - please contact Mrs. Swart for the password.


The NPX Family Directory was created using information on file from the Family Directory Consent forms and our Student Database. Please notify the school office if your information is incorrect.

Save the Date: Fall Socials

  • Middle School Fall Social - Friday, September 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00pm
  • High School Semi-Formal - Saturday, September 17, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Parents Night Social - Friday Oct. 28

More details to follow soon....

CTCL College Fair - Aug 31

Attention High School Students. You are invited to attend the Colleges That Change Lives College Fair
When - Wed, August 31, 7pm – 9pm
Where Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Salons ABE, FHJ 11111 North 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85020 map

Learn more about this event here