Sunday, July 23, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Shakespeare wrote in Sonnet 18 that "Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines . . ."

While the Bard could not have known the intensity of our Arizona sun, his words certainly have been true over the past few months.  The heat is not likely to dissipate for some time, but I do hope that you and yours have either found your way to cooler regions or at least enjoyed a patch of shade. Likewise, I hope and trust that summer has been a restful time of leisure for your family. Let me also add my warmest welcome (pun intended) to those of you who are new to the Phoenix area.  I promise that weather does indeed become more temperate here in our fair city.

Lovely as our vacation has been, and although it is hard to believe, school is right around the corner! And this is a particularly action-packed August, with a brand-new campus to move into!  Please take note of the following items as you prepare:
  • Our new campus sneak peek is August 8th and 9th from 1-4 pm. This is not a programmed event.  Rather, it is an open opportunity for families to get a sneak peek at our campus.  Our faculty and staff will be actively preparing for the start of school, but all are welcome to locate lockers, find classrooms, and gaze in admiration at our brand new facilities!  
  • Please note that student schedules and locker numbers will be sent electronically in the beginning of August prior to the start of school.  We have also streamlined the process of purchasing school-distributed materials, i.e. no waiting in lines.
  • Interested in volunteering?  The PSO Lunch Program is a fantastic opportunity to serve.
  • Our Family Handbook is your source for understanding NPX school policies.  Tolle lege

Finally, I want to thank everyone for your patience as we open our brand-new campus!  Words cannot express how excited I am, and I know that so many of you have waited and sacrificed to make this moment happen.  We are almost there!

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold

Uniform Reminders

Dear Families of North Phoenix Prep,
If you’re like me, you’ve filled your summer with exciting adventures and have allotted little time to think about getting ready for school; NOW, you’ve remembered you have many items to buy and not much time left to do it. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you how important it is to make careful decisions about uniform selection. We are so excited to get back in the classroom with your kids, and we want our interactions to stay positive and truth-centered. Earlier in the summer, I sent a list of some of the problems we’ve encountered in the past and how you, the families, can help us avoid them at school this year. I’ve reprinted them here, with edits to make them interesting to read again. Consider that a properly fitting and well-constructed uniform will set your student up for success and positive interactions with staff for the year. Please keep the following in mind when purchasing uniforms:
1)     Hem and haw: pay attention to hems, for skirts, pants, and shorts. The hem of a skirt or shorts should reach the student's knees. Pants should rest at the top of the shoes, not much higher or lower. If students still fit in their current uniform, please check for fraying in the hems. Remember, if the waist still fits, you can still take out the hem for growing legs!

2)     λόγος, not logos! Make sure there are no logos on socks. Even if socks are black, they still do not count as proper uniform attire if they have logos. (I have been tricked by this one: I brought socks home for my son and found when I unwrapped them there were logos at the top!)

3)     Dress shoes: High school :: Athletic shoes: Middle school. Please only purchase dress shoes for high school. Remember, athletic shoes are only allowed for middle school students, in the gym, or on designated field trips. In all cases, please make sure the shoes are a solid color. Check out pictures on the website if you’re not sure. http://northphoenixprep.greatheartsacademies.org/academy-life/uniforms/

4)     If the shirt fits, wear it! Make sure the shirt fits the shoulders AND is long enough to stay tucked in without needing to be constantly adjusted. If you have a choice, fewer buttons on a shirt is better when it comes to the practical task of keeping all but one button secured.

5)     Keep it classy! When selecting dress slacks and/or shorts, the pant legs should not be tight fitting, cargo style, or cinched at the bottom. When in doubt, play it safe, and opt for the straight leg style.

Thank you in advance for your consistent help and influence in making our culture healthy and constructive. Let’s make it a great year!

Ms. Schripsema, Dean of Students

New Campus Traffic Flow


In case you missed this communication back in May, here's a summary of our traffic flow pattern for the new campus!

Question: How will pickup and drop-off work on the new campus?

Answer:  See the image and explanation 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 some time 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.

Lunch Volunteers Needed!

As a reminder, our lunch program is volunteer-driven, and generates a lot of revenue for the PSO to give back to the school.  But it only happens if we have the volunteers to pull it off.  We encourage you to sign up as a lunch volunteer using the following link, whether you're able to be a regular volunteer every week or just once in a while.  There will be a lunch volunteer orientation during the first week of school (details to come) before the actual lunch service begins August 21st.  

We appreciate your help!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Purchase Your School-Distributed Materials Online!



Hello North Phoenix Prep Families,

We have streamlined the process for obtaining planners, school-published workbooks, fine art materials, and college preparation testing.  In previous years, making these purchases involved long wait lines and multiple purchases from different sources.  Now you can do it all online using Configio, and we will distribute the materials at school.  Easy!  

Please click here to ensure that your students have everything they need for the first day of school. Be sure to choose Middle School or High School Family Contribution according to your student’s grade level.




Families undergoing a financial hardship should contact the Office Manager to arrange a payment plan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dennis Uniform Summer Sale!

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Please take advantage of the summer sale with Dennis Uniform.



The DENNIS Early Bird Sale kicks off on Tuesday, June 20th and will run through Tuesday, June 27th, 2017. The sale will be available online, in-store or over the phone, by calling our Customer Service Department at (800)854-6951. This is a great time to get a jump on Back to School shopping and take advantage of 15% off all products, plus Free Shipping on online orders over $25.00. 

Register to receive email and promotions from DENNIS

Map and Store Hours Here!
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Uniform reminders


Dear Parents,

Summer is a time full of promise for families: catching up on novels, playing at the pool, visiting family, and preparing for a new school year. One item that is certainly on my mind this summer is getting my kids’ uniforms ready. As a parent and a teacher, I love our uniforms at North Phoenix Prep. As a parent it means we never have to spend time in the mornings wondering what my kids will wear. As a teacher, it means we can focus on the things that really matter in education: relationships based on actions and virtues, exciting ideas and questions posed to us by great thinkers, and the experiences carefully constructed by capable faculty. We are fostering a positive culture focused on ideas and not clothes, and to that end, we need cooperation from the entire community. This cooperation begins with the purchases you make for your students this summer. Consider that a properly fitting and well-constructed uniform will set your student up for success and positive interactions with staff for the year. Please keep the following in mind when purchasing uniforms:

1)      Pay attention to hems for skirts, pants, and shorts. The hem of a skirt or shorts should reach the students knees. Pants should rest at the top of the shoes, not much higher or lower. If students still fit in their current uniform, please check for fraying in the hems. Remember, if the waist fits, you can take out the hem for growing legs!

2)      Check for logos on socks. Even if socks are black, they still do not count as proper uniform attire if they have logos.

3)      Please purchase dress shoes for high school. Remember, athletic shoes are only allowed for middle school students, not high school students.  High-School students must wear dress shoes.  In all cases, please make sure the shoes are solid black or solid brown, including the laces, trim, and side walls of the shoe.  Top-siders are not dress shoes and are not proper uniform attire.

4)      Check fit for collared shirts. Make sure the shirt fits the shoulders AND is long enough to stay tucked in without needing to be constantly adjusted. Buttons should stay securely closed.  

5)      Please purchase dress pants and/or shorts. Bottoms should not be tight fitting, cargo style, or cinched at the bottom. Play it safe, and opt for the straight leg style.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the new campus in August, dressed their best and ready to learn!

Sincerely,

Sarah Schripsema
Dean of Students

North Phoenix Prep Welcome and Updates


Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

On behalf of all the faculty and staff at North Phoenix Prep, I want to extend our warmest welcome and heartiest salutation as we commence the 2017-2018 school year.  It is an incredible privilege for us to engage in our mission as a Great Hearts academy: to cultivate the hearts and minds of students in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  Though summer vacation is a much-needed time for rest and relaxation, there is also great joy in answering our life’s calling.  I look forward to seeing that joy in the faces of our students this coming August!

The new school year will be here before we know it, so I want to introduce you to a few new members of our 2017-2018 administrative team.  Our beloved biology and humane letters teacher, Sarah Schripsema, is stepping into the Dean of Students role for next year.  She will be working with our faculty to foster a healthy student culture, and she will be your first contact for all matters of student discipline.  We are also welcoming MeLisa DeSilva, an Archway North Phoenix parent, as our office manager.  Ms. DeSilva is onboarding during the month of June, and she is already so excited to be serving you!  As you need general school information or as you have questions about book/supply orders, she will be your first point of contact.  Finally, we are quite pleased to have Angela Tanigawa join the front office team as our new registrar.  When you have questions about student records or enrollment, she will be your best contact.

The first day of school is just around the corner, so please check our school website (www.northphoenixprep.org) and keep an eye on your email for back-to-school details and announcements.  You may want to review our morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up procedures, as well as our uniform policies.  If you are new to North Phoenix Prep, please also subscribe to the Gladiator Press to receive updated information throughout the year.

With Devotion,




Paul Weinhold
Headmaster









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!