Sunday, May 21, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Thanks to everyone who joined us for another fantastic Fine Arts Night last Thursday.  What an incredible display of poetic, musical, and artistic skill!  The evening was truly magical, and I am so proud of all our students for cultivating beauty and then sharing that gift with us.  Bravo!

As we enter the final week of school (can you believe it?) I want to continue our series of Q&A about next year at our new campus.  We've covered school hours and traffic flow thus far, and now I'd like to address the matter of summer hours and communication.

As with any move, there will be a period of time when the school's belongings will still be in boxes. We plan to have the entire campus packed and ready to move by the first week of June in order to meet the deadlines established by Great Hearts facilities and our moving company.  At the same time, we must wait for our certificate of occupancy in order to open our offices at the new campus. This means that, by necessity, we will remain limited to electronic and telephonic communication during for the majority of the summer.  Estimating conservatively, we expect to remain in this phone & email-only mode from June 9th until July 31st.  If things change and we can open our offices earlier, then we will, of course, notify families immediately.

Please know that our desire is to continue meeting our families' need for information throughout the summer and that we are committed to continuing this service despite our temporarily limited resources.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this logistically challenging time for our school.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Last Week of School

As the last week of 2016-2017 comes to a close, please take note of some important housekeeping details:
  • Lost & Found: Items left in the Lost and Found and lunch bins must be claimed by the end of the day on Monday, May 22. Anything left will be donated/discarded. 
  • Yearbooks: Pre-ordered yearbooks will be distributed during 6th period on Monday, May 22. 
    • Forgot to order a yearbook? A limited supply of yearbooks will be sold after school in the forum for $35, cash or check only. Sales are first come first serve, while supplies last. 
  • Textbooks: Students must return all textbooks to class no later than the day of that class's final exam. 
  • Awards Assembly and 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony: will begin at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 26. Friends and Family are welcome! 
  • Lockers: should be empty and all personal items must be removed from campus by end of day on Thursday, May 25. 
  • 8th graders (Rising 9th graders): Your 9th grade retreat to Tonto Creek is August 16-18. Sign up today - deposits are due May 26. 
  • Final Grades will be available to view in Jupiter on Friday,  June 2. 
    • Important! NPX will discontinue use of the Jupiter portal in the 2017-2018 school year so please archive any narrative reports, files or messages you wish to keep. All Great Hearts Academies will begin using PowerSchools in 2017-2018. Details about access to the new parent portal are coming soon.
Summer

High School Summer Independent Study

Due to the transition to our new campus this summer, North Phoenix Prep will not be able to host the regular summer school session. Luckily, we have an incredible and dedicated faculty eager to provide students and their families with options to keep them on their academic paths to success! This year, our teachers are going the extra mile to design flexible independent study options that will allow students to complete necessary credit recovery without requiring daily classroom attendance. This flexibility means that many aspects of the courses will be determined by the instructor based on the students who ultimately enroll, so please reach out to instructors with your interest and course-specific questions. General questions or questions about credits should be directed to Miss Smith.

Registration & Payment

Registration and payment will be completed online. Students taking courses for credit recovery (for transfer deficiencies or failed courses) are advised to complete their graduation plan meeting with Ms. Smith prior to registration.

NPX Course Offerings

This year, we are pleased to offer the following course options for independent study. Interest in individual courses should be directed to the instructor listed below. He or she will then follow up with additional course information. Completed course syllabi have been included when available.
For those courses we are not able to offer this year, please check first with our sister academies. Summer 2017 options have been posted for Scottsdale Prep, Veritas Prep, and Chandler Prep. For courses outside of Great Hearts, please reference the Great Hearts Credit Recovery Guidelines. Please contact Miss Smith at lsmith@northphoenixprep.org with any questions regarding credit recovery!

Middle School Summer Programs

Due to our move North Phoenix Prep will NOT host summer school classes on camps. The following independent study options are open to Middle School Students.

Online North Phoenix Algebra & Pre-Algebra Summer Program
  • North Phoenix Prep will offer an intensive online program from June 1 to June 29 for students who want to be prepared for their upcoming Algebra course. Course content will be delivered through Khan Academy and successful completion will be contingent on passing a cumulative final. Please note that this mode of delivery will require a high level of self-motivation and self-directed learning for successful completion of the lessons and understanding of the concepts.
    • Algebra I – For new and incoming 8th-10th grade students or students that need to retake Algebra 1. Successful completion will be based off of a comprehensive final on June 29.
    • Pre-Algebra- For new and incoming 7th grade students or students that need to retake Pre-Algebra. Successful completion will be based off of a comprehensive final on June 29. 
  • Please register online (Cost: $250). More information regarding face to face help sessions and curriculum will be sent to registered parents and students in the middle of May. Questions? Please contact Mr. Huynh THuynh@NorthPhoenixPrep.org
Latin 2 Summer Course - GET (EVEN) BETTER AT LATIN THROUGH CREATIVE WRITING!

NPX Football Summer Camps

  • NPX OTA (North Phoenix Prep Organized Team Activities) Camp is for this fall’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The campwill be from 6-7:30 PM Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2 (4 days) at Venturoso Park, 14425 N. 32nd Street. NPX OTA introduces players to the form running, stretching, agilities, drills, offense/defense, games, and nutrition that prepare them throughout the summer for the football season.
  • NPX Training Camp is for this fall’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The camp will be from 6-7:30 PM Tue. Aug. 1, Wed. Aug. 2, Thu. Aug. 3, Mon. Aug. 7, and Tue. Aug. 8 (5 days) at the NPX football field (on the new campus across the street from Venturoso Park). Training Camp reviews things learned in the OTA while solidifying offensive plays and defensive fronts.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Free Diamondbacks Tickets for NPX Students!



In recognition of their outstanding efforts this year, the Arizona Diamondbacks are giving NPX students complimentary game tickets!  



Available games are:

Friday, June 9th vs. Brewers
Sunday, June 25th vs. Phillies
Friday, July 7th vs. Reds
Thursday, August 10th vs. Dodgers


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

The coming weeks promise to be filled with activity as we finish this school year with gusto!  I was so impressed with the performance of Shakespeare's' Love's Labours Lost this past Thursday, and I am looking forward to Fine Arts Night on this coming Thursday, which promises to be a truly special evening of beautifully crafted artwork, captivating music, and stirring poetry.  You won't want to miss this important event in the life of our school!

Looking ahead to next year and our new campus, I want to address the important matter of traffic patterns for pickup and drop-off.

Question: What will the pickup and drop-off lines be like?

Answer:  See the image below.  Prep is blue.  Archway is red.



All traffic will enter the campus from the south via Hearn Rd.  All traffic (both Archway and Prep) will then proceed around the field.  Prep-only families will then turn south and pickup or drop-off at the south side of the Prep building and exit the campus using the east exit.

If you have both Prep and Archway students, then you will:

  • Drop-off all of your students on the Archway side in the morning.  The Prep students will proceed to their side of campus by foot.
  • Pick up all of your students on the Prep side in the afternoon.  The Prep students will retrieve their siblings and bring them to the Prep pickup area. 

Some of our Prep-only families may be wondering why they cannot simply turn right once they've entered the campus.  Why go all the way around the field?  The reason is that we need to queue our vehicles.  A traffic study conducted by the City of Phoenix has determined that allowing a right-hand turn for Prep-only families would result in traffic spilling onto 32nd Street.  Nobody wants that.

Doubtless, the traffic pattern at our new campus will take a week or so for our community to learn, but once we get it established and figure out the right timing, it will become routine.  Thanks in advance to everyone for your patience, and for your diligence in learning these traffic patterns well ahead of time.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

NPX Drama Club Performance Monday May 15

NPX Drama Club Performance
Monday, May 15 7:00pm in Building H
$3 pre-pay/$5 at the door
Come see the NPX High School Drama Club Perform the History of Theater!

Plays include Plautus' "Mostellaria", Shakespeare Scenes, and an original Commedia dell'Arte performance.

Spring Fine Arts Night Thurs May 18

North Phoenix Prep Presents Fine Arts Night Spring 2017 4:00pm – 6:00pm - Art Walk 7:00pm – 8:30pm - Concert

Performers please refer to concert dress code in the family handbook

8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance Fri May 19

8th Grade Semi-Formal Celebration

Friday, May 19 2017 at North Phoenix Prep in Building H
7pm to 9:30pm $20 Cash or Check to the box in the front office 


Yearbooks

Students who pre-ordered yearbooks will receive them on Monday May 22 during 6th period.
While supplies last, a small supply will be available for sale after school on a first come first serve basis. Cost: $35 cash or check.

Last week of school and finals schedule

Schedule for the last week of school May 22 - May 26

  • Monday May 22: regular school day dismissal at 3:15pm 
    • Pre-ordered yearbooks will be distributed - 6th period
    • Limited supply of yearbooks will be sold after-school all week while supplies last.
  • Tuesday May 23: final exams for periods 1 and 2 - early release at 12:30pm 
  • Wednesday May 24: final exams for periods 3 and 4 - early release at 12:30pm 
  • Thursday May 25: final exams for periods 5 and 6 - early release at 12:30pm 
  • Friday May 26: Awards Assembly and 8th grade Promotion Ceremony 10am to 12:30pm
    • Families are welcome to attend the event - students will be released at 12:30.
    • Last Day of School! Students must remove all personal items from campus.
    • All textbooks must be returned to their teachers. 
    Have a great summer! See you at our new location for our first day on August 10th.

    Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Headmaster Letter

    Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

    This past Friday I took the faculty for a tour of the new campus.  This was a special opportunity for us to capture the vision for our new facility.  It was such a delight for me to witness our teachers' gleeful excitement as we visited classrooms, labs, art and music rooms.  Everyone was full of joy at the prospect of moving to our forever home in just a few short months!

    As enthusiastic as all of us are about the new campus, we are circumspect enough to realize that a new learning environment will certainly present us with challenges both logistical and cultural.  A school is much more than a building, but the space that we inhabit can inform our daily work in subtle and important ways.  For some months now, the leadership team and I have had our eyes keenly focused on this next important phase in the growth of our school, and I remain ever confident that we, together with the faculty, will face each new challenge with courage, prudence, and relentless good will.

    Our families no doubt also have many questions regarding our first year at a new campus, and so I have decided to focus on these in the headmaster letter from now until the start of school next year.

    Question: When will North Phoenix Prep start and dismiss each day next year?
    Answer:  We will start at 8:10 am and dismiss at 3:20 pm.  On half-days we will start at 8:10 am and dismiss at 12:35 pm.

    Though we have all enjoyed the ample parking that Dream City's campus affords, the campus traffic pattern on our new campus requires us to stagger our start/dismissal times with Archway.  This will certainly be an adjustment for our parent community, which has until now had easy walk-up access to the campus.  In our new facility, picking up and dropping off students will be a far more vehicular process and far less pedestrian.  Several parents have already suggested after-school socials at Venuroso Park across the street from the new campus.  This is a great solution that could organically address our families' desire for quality time together.

    With Devotion,
    Headmaster Weinhold

    9th Grade Field Trip This Tuesday, May 9

    On Tuesday, May 9, the 9th Grade will visit the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert AZ and A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine to visit the anatomy labs and take a campus tour. Students may wear athletic shoes and their uniform shirts. Jeans, athletic shoes, hats, and sunglasses are permitted per the Family Handbook. All students must bring a sack lunch and a water bottle.

    Please complete the permission slip and make your payment of $22 online

    Love's Labour's Lost this Thursday! May 11

    Save the Date! The Junior Class Proudly Presents 

    William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost

    Thursday, May 11 at 7pm in Building G 
    Tickets $5 prepay/student with ID/senior citizen, $10 at the door
    The Junior Class Proudly Presents  William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost  Thursday, May 11 at 7pm in Building G  Tickets $5 prepay/student with ID/senior citizen, $10 at the door


    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Q4 Events - Save the Dates

    • Tue May 9 
    • Thu May 11 
      • 8:15am-9:15am Headmaster Coffee - 6th grade parents
      • 7:00pm High School Drama Performance
    • Fri May 12 All day
    • Mon May 15 All day
      • 7:00pm High School Drama Club Performance
    • Thu May 18 
      • 4:00pm – 6:00pm - Fine Arts - Gallery Walk
      • 7:00pm – 8:30pm - Fine Arts Night Music
    • Fri May 19
      • Final Familiae Friday
      • 7:00pm – 9:30pm - 8th Grade Semi-Formal
    • Tue May 23 - Thu May 25
      • Half Day: 12:30 PM release for Final Exams
    • Fri May 26 
      • Half Day: 12:30 PM release 
      • Last School Day
      • 10:00am – 12:30pm - 8th grade Promotion & All School Awards Ceremony
    • Fri Jun 2 
      • Evaluations available in Jupiter

    NPX students brave SF Bay

    NPX students Seth Flancher, Luke Flancher and Andrew Hahne swim Alcatraz to mainland and Golden Gate bridge to raise money and awareness for drowning prevention for children and refugees.

    Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Drachma EXTENDED to Wednesday!


    Keep up the fun and competitive spirit, Gladiators! 
    Drachma Wars are extended for another THREE days! 

    Drachma Wars was such a success last year that this year, we want to raise funds to support our technology needs for North Phoenix Prep! 

    We are challenging you to raise $3000.00 by dropping your coins (coins only!) in the canister in your 4th Period classroom.

    There will be TWO fourth period winners, one for middle school, one for high school. Drachma Wars will run April 24-April 28. The winners will receive a pizza party delivered to their 4th Period Classes!

    Rules

    Copper (pennies) and golds ($1 coin) count as positive and silver (nickels, dimes, quarters) count as negative in the change jars. Please save your spare change for your students to bring in during the Drachma Wars! The best part about Drachma Wars is that you can affect other classes and still win! May the best 4th Period win!

    COINS ONLY! No bills, please!

    Artistic Field Day is Friday, May 5!

    The following items are needed for the fun activities the NPX Senate has planned. Please drop off any of the below items to the front office. Thank you very much!
    • Duct tape 
    • emptied and clean (soup) cans 
    • string 
    • rubber bands 
    • paper towel rolls 
    • plastic spoons 
    • shoeboxes 
    • straws 
    • "Craft"/popsicle sticks




    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Online North Phoenix Algebra Summer Program

    North Phoenix Prep will offer an intensive online program from June 1 to June 29 for students who want to be prepared for their upcoming Algebra course. Course content will be delivered through Khan Academy and successful completion will be contingent on passing a cumulative final. Please note that this mode of delivery will require a high level of self-motivation and self-directed learning for successful completion of the lessons and understanding of the concepts.
    • Algebra I – For new and incoming 8th-10th grade students or students that need to retake Algebra 1. Successful completion will be based off of a comprehensive final on June 29.
    • Pre-Algebra- For new and incoming 7th grade students or students that need to retake Pre-Algebra. Successful completion will be based off of a comprehensive final on June 29.
    Please register on the NPX website (Cost: $250). More information regarding face to face help sessions and curriculum will be sent to registered parents and students in the middle of May.

    Questions? Please contact Mr. Huynh THuynh@NorthPhoenixPrep.org

    NPX Football Summer Camps

    NPX Football Summer Camps


    Questions? contact or BMostoller@northphoenixprep.org or JPage@northphoenixprep.org

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Headmaster Letter

    Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

    At a recent faculty meeting, we viewed a short film version of The Man Who Planted Trees, a story by Jean Giono.  I showed this brief film because it's a great metaphor for the educational work that we do at North Phoenix Prep.

    The story begins when a young Frenchman hikes into "a landscape of unparalleled desolation" where coal mining has robbed the land of its fertility. There are no trees.  There is no water.  There is only a cruel wind that whips across the barren heath.  Thirsty and tired, the hiker encounters a shepherd who gives him water, food, and shelter.  That evening, the shepherd's vocation is revealed: he is planting trees.  One hundred acorns every day.

    Later in life, the hiker returns to the same region several times and discovers it has been transformed by the shepherd's labor. The acorns become tall oaks.  Though the locals cannot conceive of how a forest could have sprung up, life has nonetheless returned to the once barren moorland.  It is a fertile land full of vitality and happiness--all because of the shepherd who planted trees.

    Modern life is not without its desolate landscapes.  It is also not without its shepherds.  I want to thank our faculty for their dedication to planting trees in the souls of our students.  Their humble and steady focus on the future of our civilization leads them to shepherd our students every day.  Through their partnership with our families, our teachers are truly transforming the culture--one student at a time.

    With Devotion,
    Headmaster Weinhold

    Free Money for our School!

    Did you know that you can double or even triple your Community Investment and Tax Credit donations to North Phoenix Prep? Many companies will match your donations to our school through their Corporate Gift Matching Programs.

    Simply click on this link, type the name of your employer in the “Matching Gifts” tab, and hit submit to find out if your company offers a Corporate Matching Gifts Program. If your company does have a Matching Gifts program, please submit the appropriate paperwork to your Human Resources department. Please contact Emily Lawson at elawson@northphoenixprep.org or (602) 404-7414 with any questions.

    Having your gift matched is an easy way to increase the impact of your donations to North Phoenix Prep without any additional cost to you. And your support will provide our faculty and students with the resources they need to learn and thrive. Thank you!

    Juniors' Night!

    Juniors' Night
    Friday, April 28
    5:00pm-10:45pm 

    Students will visit Escapism Puzzle Room, Flip Dunk, and Laser Quest! $50 ticket price includes entrance fees to all activities, transportation, and dinner. Pre-approved guests that are current high school students and are 16-18 years of age are welcome. 11th grade students please pay here.



    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Headmaster Letter

    Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

    The Weinholds were moving last weekend, so that's why the headmaster letter went on a brief hiatus. We are still getting settled in our new home (much closer to the school), but we have an internet connection now, so the headmaster letter is back!

    Whenever our family has moved, it's reminded us what's essential, and it's left us with hearts full of gratitude.  In the summer of 2014, Shelly and I trekked across the desert from Texas to join Great Hearts because we felt called to the mission of cultivating hearts and minds through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  This most recent trip was just across the city, but it was another opportunity to re-evaluate what's really important for our family.  Living close to North Phoenix Prep means not only a shorter commute, but also an investment in the future education of our children, Edmund and Sophia.  It means a chance to deepen our friendship and community with the people of North Phoenix Prep.  For us, these are some of the highest goods that one can ask for in life! Reflecting on this together, Shelly and I realized how thankful we are to be part of this community. It's truly a privilege for us to be Gladiators!

    As with my family, so with our school.  North Phoenix is about to move into our forever home! That's a significant achievement, and it's also an opportunity to consider what's most important, i.e. the relationships that we will take with us into that new campus and the common mission that we share as a community.  It's an opportunity for us to remember that a school is so much more than a facility. We can remember that it is, at its core, a partnership between families and faculty in the service of students.  At the same time, we can have hearts of gratitude for the amazing campus that we are on the cusp of receiving, a home made possible by the generous gifts of our families!

    With Devotion,
    Headmaster Weinhold

    Smartie Grams! April 17-21

    The Junior Senators will be selling Smartie Grams the week of April 17 to raise money for their upcoming Juniors' Night!

    Smartie Grams will be sold before school and during Lyceum from Monday, April 17-Thursday, April 20. Smartie Grams will be delivered during 1st Period classes on Friday, April 21.

    $2 for 1 Smartie Gram, $3 for 2!

    Smartie Grams include 4 smarties in a bag with a colorful note to personalize. Be sure to know the student or teacher's 1st Period class to send a Smartie Gram!


    Attention 8th Grade Parents

    On Wednesday, April 19th the 8th grade class will stand for their class portrait. The photographer will be at school first thing in morning, so please make sure your child is present and on time or they will not appear in the keepsake photograph. Students must be in uniform.

    9th Grade Field Trip on May 9

    On Tuesday, May 9, the 9th Grade will visit the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert AZ and A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine to visit the anatomy labs and take a campus tour. Students may wear athletic shoes and their uniform shirts. Appropriately fitting jeans, athletic shoes, hats, and sunglasses are permitted per the Family Handbook. All students must bring a sack lunch and a water bottle.

    Please email Ms. Harris at kharris@northphoenixprep.org if you have any questions or seek financial assistance, or are interested in chaperoning!


    Friday, April 14, 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.