Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

One of the joys of my vocation is visiting classrooms and observing all of the wonderful things that our teachers and students are doing on a daily basis.  I am always struck by the kinds of questions that are discussed.  Here are a few examples from just a few brief pop-in observations this past week:

"When finding the area under a parabola, how can the rectangles needed to find the integral be infinitesimally small?"

"What is the difference between Romanesque and Gothic architecture?"

"What is the stem of pax, pacis?"

"What aspects of nationalism existed during the Archaic period of ancient Greece's history?"

The mode of asking questions in order to advance learning is one that we wholeheartedly embrace at our academy.  We take seriously Socrates' assertion that the unexamined life is not worth living, and we believe that education should proceed through shared inquiry and honest discussion.  Although it's necessary at certain stages of a student's development for teachers to provide direct instruction, we believe that asking and answering questions engages the student's sense of wonder, and that it develops their capacity for clear thinking.

I am so proud of our students and their teachers for their continued investment in this life-transforming kind of education--and for asking such interesting questions!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Monday, February 20, 2017

High School Semi-Formal Sat Feb 25

Attention all high schoolers - your semi-formal, Old Hollywood, is on Saturday, February 25th! Tickets are $20 prepaid or $25 at the door. You can pay to the black box at the front office. Students you are allowed to bring an approved guest to this event. Pick up forms at the front office and see Ms. Harris if you have any questions!

SPIRIT WEEK! March 6-March 10

NPX Spring Spirit Week! March 6 - March 10

High School
  • Mythology Monday – dress as your favorite god, goddess, or creature from mythology! 
  • Literary Dynamic Duo (or Trio…or Quartet…!) Tuesday – choose from any Great Hearts curriculum and plan together! I.e. Titania and Oberon, Alice, Mad Hatter, and Queen of Hearts, The Bennet sisters, etc. Note: all literary figure attire must be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Wild Animal Wednesday – show your wild side by dressing up as your favorite animal! Minimal, tasteful makeup (whiskers, spots) is acceptable. The majority of your face must be visible. 
  • Career Day Thursday – you all have big dreams for your future…show them! 
  • Gladiator Spirit Friday - regular uniform/spirit wear Friday attire.
Middle School
  • Neon Day Monday – the brighter, the better! Head-to-sock attire encouraged! 
  • Historical Figure Tuesday – dress as your favorite person from history! Note: all historical figure attire must be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Western Wednesday – Yeehaw, howdy partner! Remember, all hats must be removed in class. 
  • Thursday Grade-Level Color War – head-to-sock attire encouraged! 6th Grade – Gold,  7th Grade – green, 8th Grade – Maroon.
  • Gladiator Spirit Friday – regular uniform/spirit wear Friday attire.
IMPORTANT! Read the Spirit Week Guidelines

High School Field Trips

We have two field trips coming up next week.

High School Juniors: Tuesday, Feb 28 - 11th Grade Field Trip NAU

High School Sophomores: Thursday, Mar 2 - 10th Grade Field Trip 

High school students taking Latin and Greek:
Deposits due NOW!

Check out the college tours planned by the Great Hearts College Counseling office. These trips are open to all Sophomores and Juniors in the Great Hearts Network, act quickly space is limited!
Great Hearts Academies Summer College Tours to Chicago and California

Sports Announcements

All winter sport athletes 

Please turn in your jerseys to your coaches at your earliest convenience.

Gladiators please note the following important dates and times for Spring Sports:

Middle School Boys Basketball
  • A Team - Your next practice will be on Wed., Feb. 22 from 5-6.
  • B Team - Your next practice will be on Wed., Feb. 22 from 3:30-5:00.
Middle School AND High School Track & Field
  • Starting Tuesday, Feb. 21 practices will be held at Greenway Middle School. Please contact the coaches for details.

All spring sport athletes

Picture day will be Thursday, Feb. 23. Immediately following school please get dressed in your uniform. Track and tennis will report to the large field here on campus. Basketball will report to the gym.

Yearbook Orders Due March 10

Students, have you ordered your yearbook yet? The deadline to order a yearbook is March 10.

We’ll be doing a raffle every Friday for the rest of the quarter of students who have already purchased their yearbook. The winners will earn a coupon to the Snack Table at lunch for one free goodie!
If you want to be entered into the raffle for next Friday, go online and order your yearbook!!

Family Directory

The 2016-2017 NPX Family Directory  has recently been updated. You can find it on our website under: Family Resources. This PDF file is password protected - the password will be emailed to you through the Jupiter portal.

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

College Counseling on the Importance of College Tours

The touring of college campuses is a critical step in the college admissions process for even more reasons than you might expect! Beyond the upcoming NAU Field Trip for the juniors or the recently announced 2017 Great Hearts Academies Summer College Tours to Chicago and California, Ms. Smith strongly encourages all families to consider working in a college tour to their travel plans over Spring Break or Summer; even if a student has no interest in a school, the tour is a treasure trove of information!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Upcoming Events for the 3rd Quarter

Check NPX Events Calendar for updates & Check the Athletics Calendar for Sporting Events
  • Fri Feb 24 
    • Familiae Friday
  • Sat Feb 25 
    • High School Semi-Formal 7:30pm - 10pm
    • Dad's Club NPX & ANP Father Daughter Dance 7pm RSVP
  • Tue Feb 28
  • Thu Mar 2
  • Sat Mar 4
    • 8:00am – 10:30am Costco Paper Drive - Costco Wholesale, 2450 E Beardsley Rd
    • 10:00am – 2:00pm 7th grade Social - CrackerJax, 16001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
  • Fri Mar 10 
    • Familiae Friday - Challenge Friday
    • R & R Weekend - No Homework!
  • Mon Mar 13 - Fri Mar 17
    • No School: Spring Break

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017-2018 Re-Enrollment

Re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year will begin March 1, more details to follow next week.

 Re-enrollment Policy and Period
Any guardian/parent of a current student who plans to return the following school year at the same academy must fill out re-enrollment paperwork to confirm the student’s intent to return. During the re-enrollment period, once a parent/guardian withdraws from the enrollment system or a withdrawal form is turned into the front office of where the student is attending during any period, the academy can offer that position to another student waiting to receive an offer.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Great Hearts Family Day @ AZ Diamondbacks

⚾️ Join us at Chase Field on April 23rd to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Los Angeles Dodgers for GREAT HEARTS FAMILY DAY.

Purchase your discounted tickets here » https://groupmatics.events/event/greathearts

All students who participate in this offer will be entered for a chance to enjoy VIP exclusives, like watching batting practice from the dugout, and running out with the D'backs as they take the field.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Last week our students participated in an Academic Field Day--an event that I thoroughly enjoyed! It was especially gratifying to watch as our students competed with one another by racing to diagram sentences, solve geography riddles, or identify the right Latin word.  The spirit of friendly intellectual competition was palpable!  Thanks to all involved for making this a truly special day in the life of our distinctly classical school.

At our Academy, we believe that working with young people requires good humor, good cheer, and a healthy dose of humble self-deprecation.  The work of classical education is not just an obligation or a duty for us; it's something we enjoy!  Furthermore, we believe that our own sense of wonder for the life of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty is indeed quite contagious.  That's why days like Academic Field Day are so important, not only because they are a change of pace from the normal class schedule, but also because they are an important opportunity for students and teachers alike to share our joy with one another.

Special thanks goes to Ms. Cole and our student leaders for their tireless work to organize this significant event.  Please join me in expressing your thanks to them at your earliest opportunity.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Saturday, February 11, 2017

High School Semi-Formal, Saturday, February 25!

The high school voted for their spring semi-formal on Saturday, February 25 (7:30pm-10pm) and the winner is...Old Hollywood!

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Ms. La Peter and Mr. Bustos are ready!

Spirit Week Coming in March!

NPX Spirit Week is coming in March!  There will be separate Spirit Week days for high school and middle school students.  More information coming soon on themes and guidelines!

10th Grade Field Trip

On Thu, March 2 the 10th grade will be visiting the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Students will leave campus at 8:15am and return by 3pm.
Parents please complete the permission slip online. Cost per student is $30.

11th Grade NAU Campus Tour

On February 28th, the 11th Grade will be visiting Northern Arizona University.
Parents, please complete the permission slip online. Cost per student is $30. 

Choosing Extra-Curriculars and Making Summer Plans

Read Miss Smith's note to high school students about Choosing Extra-Curriculars and Making Summer Plans:

I have been thrilled by the number of students seeking guidance on building their resumes. Particularly for students in the Great Hearts curriculum, summer is a precious opportunity for students to deliberately invest in themselves as unique individuals. The same is also true of extracurricular opportunities during the school year. I am frequently asked, "What are colleges looking for?" The answer, quite simply, is you. I will echo the advice I have heard resounding from college admissions officers: It is not what you do over the summer or after school that matters most; it is how and why you do it.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Open PSO Meeting on Fri, Feb 17th

The PSO will be hold their semi-annual Open PSO Meeting on Friday February 17th in the cafe from 8:30-9:00 a.m. This is open meeting for anyone whom would like to attend and hear what your PSO has been doing this year and what we have planned for the remainder of the school year.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

If you have not driven by the new campus lately, then I would certainly encourage you to take a quick trip and see the progress that's being made.  On my last visit, I noticed that the workers were painting the exterior of the Prep building--so exciting!  It won't be long before we are living in our forever home, and I know from my conversations with the students that they are incredibly energized and enthusiastic about all of the new amenities for next year.

As exciting as the new campus is, I am even more encouraged by the daily work of soul-crafting that our teachers and students engage in. I am reminded that the German word for education is bildung, which is related to our English word, building.  No matter what our location, our school is, at its core, a learning community of teachers and students who are pursuing Truth, Goodness, and Beauty together. What we are really building is an architecture of soul, and our community has been engaged in that all-important work for some time now.

This week is abbreviated due to an annual conference at Dream City Church.  I trust that this comes as a welcome break, even if it's an unusual one.  I'm looking forward to returning to school on Thursday!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Attendance Reminder

Report Absences: attendance@northphoenixprep.org or call the attendance Line: 602-996-4355 option 2

For more details about school attendance, refer to page 44 of the Family Handbook.

Spring Sports Registration

Gladiators - It is time to go online and register for Spring Sports! So far we do not have enough registrations to form any teams so Please get online TODAY and register for Spring Sports.
Middle School teams will be boys and girls basketball, boys and girls tennis and boys and girls track.
High School teams will be boys and girls tennis and boys and girls track.

High School Semi-Formal Feb 25

The high school voted for their spring semi-formal on Saturday, February 25 (7:30pm-10pm) and the winner is...Old Hollywood! 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Ms. La Peter and Mr. Bustos are ready!

Gladiator Familiae Fridays: Artistic Challenge

Last Friday, the Gladiator Familiae had an Artistic Challenge! One family member was blindfolded and given a description of a famous work of art, Picasso's "The Weeping Woman".
1st place goes to SGTR
2nd place goes to PVCT
3rd place to MURM
Great job, Gladiators!

NPX-ANP Dad's Club Father-Daughter Dance

On Saturday, February 25th, the North Phoenix Dad’s Club will be holding their first ever Father Daughter Dance. All ANP and NPX Fathers and Father Figures are invited to join us. Please visit http://npxparents.org/father-daughter-dance for all the details.

Tempus Fugit - Time Flies

Don’t miss out on a chance to order your yearbook! Yearbooks are currently on sale for $28 and will only be available to order through the end of this quarter. This year’s yearbook is titled Tempus Fugit, meaning Time Flies. Go online to the NPX website to order your yearbook today before time runs out.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Registering Juniors for SATs and ACTs

Just a quick reminder that unlike the PSAT/NMSQT that was administered on our campus in the fall, juniors register independently for ACTs, SATs, and SAT IIs (subject tests). All registration deadlines (and late deadlines) for SAT and ACT are entered on our college counseling events calendar. Continue reading for a few more tips Miss Smith instructed students to keep in mind!