Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Shopping on Amazon Smile!

The AmazonSmile #SeasonOfSmile campaign starts today! 

You can help support North Phoenix Prep  by shopping at

Please follow this link to find our Amazon page -

We invite you to share the link with friends and family

Wishing all our North Phoenix Families a wonderful holiday season! 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Last week I attended a Math symposium with several of our math teachers.  One of the speakers at the symposium was Dr. James Tanton, who demonstrated the way that two concepts, area and symmetry, can provide a unifying narrative for mathematics from kindergarten through calculus.  It was really quite fascinating, and the fact that our teachers receive this opportunity to explore new ideas and discuss teaching strategies with their peers is just another example of benefits that come from being a Great Hearts academy.

Also, we had a tremendous turnout for our Great Hearts Information Night last Wednesday.  It looks like even more families are interested in joining the waitlist for an education in Truth, Goodness, and Beauty at North Phoenix Prep!  I am especially proud of our Seniors, who served by leading campus tours for prospective families.

Finally, I'd like to express my gratitude to our high school students for stepping up & working with Ms. Coughlon and Dean Schripsema to develop a plan for keeping our courtyard clean.  By taking responsibility & by leading their fellow classmates, our high school students are demonstrating their good will and nobility.  Kudos!  Our students make me so proud to be a Gladiator!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Monday, November 13, 2017

Turkey Bowl!

All families are invited to the 27th Annual Great Hearts North Phoenix Turkey Bowl!  On Thanksgiving morning we'll be getting together for parents and kids games of flag and touch football (depending on equipment we scrounge together).  Bring blankets, camping chairs if you just want to spectate and some drinks/food to share.  This is a very informal and fun way to start Thanksgiving off and burn some calories.

When:  8:30 am on Thursday, November 23rd (Thanksgiving)
Where:  Moon Valley Park (7th Ave. and Coral Gables).  We will try to get the field on the NW side of the park.
Contact Josh Miller if you have questions at or 480-329-5088

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Junior Blazer and Senior Pin Ceremony, 12/14 at 7pm

It is a Great Hearts tradition that 11th grade students receive their blazers and 12th grade students receive their class pins in a ceremony. This year, the blazer and pin ceremony will be on Thursday, December 14 at 7pm, at the beginning of the winter Fine Arts Night concert, held at Calvary North Church. 

The blazers, Oxford shirts, and ties are an optional uniform to be worn by upperclassmen.  All three must be worn together. 

Blazer information
Blazers are purchased by the student and brought to the ceremony. Any two-button, solid black blazer is acceptable.

Oxford shirt information
Shirts are available through Anton Uniforms

Official NPX striped neckties (please bring your receipt to Ms. Harris to pick up your necktie).

Senior pins are being gifted to our vanguard class. 
For more information and to RSVP for your student's participation in the ceremony, please email Ms. Kara Harris at

Juniors must wear their uniform bottoms, Oxford shirts, and NPX neckties for the ceremony. 
Seniors must wear their blazers, Oxford shirts, and NPX neckties for the ceremony. 

RSVP for all upperclassmen participating: Monday, December 4.
Junior blazers due to Ms. Harris by Monday, December 11 for rehearsal and ceremony. 

Happy Fall, Y'all! High School Social on 11/17

Happy Fall, Y'all is a high school social for NPX students on Friday, November 17 from 7:30-9:30pm in the courtyard. Activities include donut eating contest, corn hole, ping pong, and the 3rd annual LIP SYNC BATTLE! Bring your A-game and sign up for the lip sync battle in Ms. Harris' office. See you there! 
Print your receipt and bring to Ms. Harris to receive your ticket, or purchase from a Senate member during lunch. Students must come with a ticket to the social - NO EXCEPTIONS.
All students must be picked up no later than 9:45pm from the social 
in the front of the administration building. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Best Selling Author Harlan Cohen

New York Times Bestselling Author Harlan Cohen in a Live Event:  Please join us to hear lecturer, writer, nationally syndicated advice columnist Harlan Cohen present to Great Hearts families on the college experience and transitioning to college.  Harlan has helped more than a million students and families make the transition to college from high school more successful.  The event is on Tuesday, November 14th at 7 p.m. at Veritas Prep Academy, 3102 N. 56th St., Phoenix, AZ.  Please register here:

For more information contact:  Dee-Dee Sanders, Network Director of College Counseling at

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

In a recent article, author Ian Lindquist laments the decline of rational discourse among college and university students, and he points out the necessity of practicing the skill of genuine dialogue at an early age.  This kind of education in the arts of language is precisely what our students receive at North Phoenix Prep!  Over time, we develop a love for words and ideas in the young people entrusted to our care.  More importantly, we cultivate a love for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in their souls.

I have the pleasure of observing this firsthand when I visit our Humane Letters classrooms.  It's always uplifting for me to see our students leaning forward, text in hand, and keenly pursuing wisdom and virtue together.  This activity is consistently friendly, but also candid.  Our students do not shy away from interpretive disagreement, but they also learn to avoid close-mindedness by letting the text be their guide.  Rare though such moments may be in the 21st century, we believe that consistent practice in genuine dialogue is one of the most important gifts that we can give our students.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Senior Trip Fundraiser

A Great Hearts North Phoenix parent has generously donated an entire Phoenix Suns suite for a game this season! The Senior class is silent auctioning this suite off to raise funds for the Senior Trip to Washington DC

The suite includes:

16 Tickets to a mutually agreed-upon game this season

4 Parking Passes

An amazing Box suite! 

Bid amounts start at $200 and go up in increments of $25 or more.

To bid click HERE

Bidding will close at 10 PM on November 10th. Happy bidding!

PSO Meeting

All parents are invited to the 2nd quarter PSO meeting. We are experimenting with alternating meetings between mornings and evenings so different people have a chance to attend. We will discuss upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Details are below. Hope to see you there!

What: Combined meeting for North Phoenix Prep and Archway PSO's

Who: All Archway and Prep parents are invited

When: 6 pm on Tuesday, November 14th

Where: Archway Multi Purpose Room (far NE corner of the campus)

Music Guest News!

                            Mr. Jonathan Pilzner, a musician and dad of NPX student                                     Christian Pilzner recently treated the 7th grade music students                to a Baroque recorder workshop.

Thank you Mr. Pilzner! 

Canned Food Drive

Campus wide canned food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul

November 6th - 17th 

Please donate! 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Headmaster Coffee

Parents and Guardians,

Please note the following dates to enjoy an informal coffee meeting with Headmaster Weinhold

7th and 8th grade parents/guardians- Wednesday, November 1st 8:20 am

9th and 10th grade parents/ guardians - Wednesday, November 8th 8:20 am

11th and 12th grade parents/ guardians - Wednesday, November 15th 8:20 am

All Headmaster Coffee events will be held in the MPR unless otherwise noted. Please sign in at the front office to receive a visitor's badge. 

We hope to see you there! 

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Wow!  The Fall Festival was a huge success!  A thousand thanks to our wonderful PSO volunteers, student volunteers, and faculty volunteers who made this special community event possible.  Special thanks goes to Mrs. Sally Rochotte for serving as the point person for this whole multi-faceted project.

Evenings like these are truly special because they remind us that we're all sailing together in the same ship, and that being intellectually, morally, and aesthetically alive definitely includes a healthy dose of fun!  I am so grateful to our whole community for making this an evening to remember, and I am so proud to be a Gladiator!

In addition, we enjoyed a successful conference and project week!  Many parents and students have told me how appreciative they are for this unique opportunity to engage in thoughtful self-reflection and genuine dialogue.  The credit for this successful week really goes to our teachers, who meaningfully mentor our students every day, and to the students themselves, for their pursuit of self-knowledge and ever-greater degrees of virtue.

On another note, I'd like to share a recent article from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute titled "The Lasting Value of a Classical Liberal Arts Education."  The article, authored by our own Dr. Dan Scoggin, is well worth your time.

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pants or Shorts?

A note from the Dean

In the past we have usually dictated when students should start wearing pants.  I have decided this year to give the responsibility of choosing clothing appropriate to the weather to the students and families. This means pants OR shorts will be allowed all year. Please email Dean Schripsema with any questions or concerns.

Sarah Schripsema | Dean of Students   E: | W:

North Phoenix Prep Athlete feature

(Jordan placed 10th in the Division 4 boys race at last year's State Championships.-photo by John Hays)

           Our very own Jordan Black, who just happens to be one of the state's top runners, is featured in               Arizona Milesplit.

Great interview with North Phoenix Prep Sophomore Jordan Black.  

Congratulations to Jordan on this recognition! Way to go Jordan and Go Gladiators!

                                             Please share your students’ accomplishments  to be featured in The Gladiator Press.                                                                                                We love to recognize the hard work of our   amazing students!                                                             Email submissions to

Sunday, October 22, 2017


We are excited to announce the details of our first-ever OCTOBER PROJECT WEEK. Just like the January Project Week last year, students in all grades will be engaging in hands-on collaborative projects during the half days from TUESDAY 10/24 to FRIDAY 10/27. Students will complete these projects almost entirely on school premises and during school hours, requiring very little at-home preparation. Moreover, on Friday there will be an NPX PROJECT FAIR!

Here is a summary of projects for this week- for more detailed information, suggested items to bring from home and prizes to be awarded at the NPX project fair, please follow this LINK.

7th Grade Project à              ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS FOR (ARCHWAY) KIDS

8th Grade Project à             POP-UP CASTLES AND CATHEDRALS


9th Grade Project: FRENCHà                        A VERY FURRY FRENCH CHILDREN’S BOOK

9th Grade Project: LATINà               A VERY GHOSTLY LATIN GRAPHIC NOVEL

10th Grade Project à            ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS FOR (ARCHWAY) KIDS

11th Grade Project à            COLLEGE 101

12th Grade Projects à           COLLEGE APPLICATIONS & SENIOR THESES

Additional information about project week is available here

Testing Reminder for 9th - 11th grade students and families

PSAT/NMSQT testing on Wednesday, October 25th. Testing will begin promptly at the start of school and last until dismissal.

Please keep in mind the following best practices for test day:

1.      Get a good night’s rest & eat a healthy breakfast. (Your brain needs both sleep and nutrition to function at its best!)
2.      Arrive to school early and plan to stay until dismissal. (Students are not allowed to begin testing late, nor are they allowed to resume testing if they leave.)
3.      Bring your test-approved calculator, water bottle, and a sweater or jacket. (I’ll provide the number 2 pencils!)

Questions/ Concerns? Please review additional information HERE.                                         

Middle School Winter Sports Information from Coach Page

Hello Parents of NPX 7th-8th Graders. I hope you are all doing well.
It is time to kick winter sports into full gear.
Here are the details to date:

MS Boys Soccer
Try-outs will be on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and on Thursday, Nov. 9. from 3:45-5:15
Weekly practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:15 pm
For Nov. only all practices will take place at Roadrunner Park (Cactus & 36th St. - just 1.5 miles from Campus).
In December the winter grass on our school field should be good to go enabling us to start using it for practices.
Games will generally be on weekdays after school but occasionally might be on Saturday 

MS Girls Soccer
Try-outs will be on Monday, Nov. 6 and on Wednesday, Nov. 8. from 3:45-5:15
Weekly practices will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45-5:15 pm
For Nov. only all practices will take place at Roadrunner Park (Cactus & 36th St. - just 1.5 miles from Campus)
In December the winter grass on our school field should be good to go enabling us to start using it for practices.
Games will generally be on weekdays after school but occasionally might be on Saturday 

MS Baseball
Try-outs and practice days are still to be determined
Weekly practice times will be from 3:45-5:15 pm
All practices will take place at Roadrunner Park (Cactus & 36th St. - just 1.5 miles from Campus)
Games will generally be on weekdays after school but occasionally might be on Saturday 

MS Softball
Try-outs are tentatively set for Tuesday, Nov. 7 and on Thursday, Nov. 9. from 3:45-5:45
Weekly practices are tentatively set for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45-5:45 pm
All practices will take place at Roadrunner Park (Cactus & 36th St. - just 1.5 miles from Campus)
Games will generally be on weekdays after school but occasionally might be on Saturday 

General Info:
Our plan is to place all students who try-out on a team as long as both of the following conditions do not exist: 
too many for just an "A" team but enough for both an “A” and a “B” team.

All participants must register and pay online as well as turn in their physical paperwork in order to participate.

Registration link: North Phoenix Prep Configio
Physical Form Link: PHYSICAL

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Joe Page | Athletic Director
P: (602) 996-4355 ext. 661 | C: (602) 885-6924 | E:

Poker Night!

Archway North PhoenixandNorth Phoenix Prep Dads Club Presents…..The 13th AnnualDads club poker night


Who: all dads and other male guardians of anp/npx students
Where: Arizona American Italian Club – 7509 n. 12th st.
When: Saturday, November 4th at 6:30 pm
Cost: $25, includes buy-in and food.
Beverages available separatelyat the venue
Deadline: sign up by Friday, October 27th to secure your spot
Signup HERE
email if you have questions
Why come? Because Poker is fun, and even if you don’t like Poker We’ll have the best live sports available on tv (bocce ball, cricket, jai alai, etc.)
This will be a casual poker night
Proceeds will be partially paid to the winner, and otherwise donated to the school

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I am so excited to continue the practice of student-led conferences this week!  Our decision to adopt the student-led conferences model last year 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. 

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. 

After completing the SGP, we ask that students attend their conferences to share and discuss the plan with their teachers and parents. The conference will aim to understand the thinking behind the student’s choice of an area of focus for growth, as well as understand how the student can be supported, and to provide guidance as needed. Some students may choose to modify their plans after the conference consultation. 

We have seen the student-led conference paradigm work well last year, where even our youngest students took the process seriously and led very productive conferences.
We received very positive feedback from parents and students because we created conditions wherein our students took ownership of their education, with the support, guidance, and mentorship of teachers and parents. 

It is our sincerest hope that we will continue to cultivate a joyful, compassionate community of lifelong learners through this process at North Phoenix Prep this year. 

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Picture Re-take Day is November 1st

Your retake day is quickly approaching. If we did not see you on picture day or you would like a new image, do not miss out on ordering pictures for your student.
Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online now at Dorian
 using your school's access key provided here VT3JKNLN. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day.