Sunday, December 18, 2016

Headmaster Letter

Wow!  What an incredible fine arts night we had last week!  I was so impressed with the art and poetry on display, and our musical performers were truly inspiring.  We even had a ballerina—fantastic!  After the performance, I spoke with several families who, like me, were overwhelmed with gratitude and admiration. 

It’s moments like these that remind us why we’re engaged in the vital work of cultivating the hearts and minds of our students, and that give us the perspective we need to continue it everyday.  That’s why the fine arts are so important—because they breathe aesthetic life into us.  They fill us with yearning for the highest, noblest, and finest things.  How beautiful that our students can give us this tremendous gift!

Fine arts night led me to choose a quotation of the week by Plato for our final week of the first semester: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”  Nothing could apply more to last week's performances.

Thank you to all of our students for uplifting and invigorating all of us with such an amazing evening.  I am so proud to be a Gladiator, and to have the privilege of enjoying occasions such as these.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

P.S. It's so great to see our Juniors wearing their blazers on campus!  Several teachers have already commented that the blazers make them look so much more distinguished.  This is a significant time for our vanguard class! 

Thank You for Supporting the Pocket Change Challenge!

A huge thank you to all of our wonderful students and parents for your generous support. We have raised over $3000 and we were able to sponsor 46 children through the angel tree stockings! Once again thank you for your generosity here are the final results for the pocket change challenge:

High School
3rd place – Mr Gale
2nd Place – Mr Black
1st Place – Mr Beeby

Middle School
These 4 classes raised $1800 – well done Gladiators!
4th place – Mr Bustos
3rd place – Ms Shir
2nd place – Ms Poduska
And for the 2ND year in a row 1st place goes to Mr Fleming!

Congratulations to all and Ms Coughlon will be delivering your cookies this week.

Winter Break

We wish you all  a very happy and restful winter break!  Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017

We will see everyone back at school on January 9th. This will be a early release schedule all week. Student led conferences for grades 7, 10 & 11, and project week for all students!

Semester 1 Finals Week!

Reminder Wednesday, Thursday, Friday are early release days 12:30pm
Wednesday Dec 21 - Period 1 & 2
Thursday Dec 22 - Period 3 & 4
Friday Dec 23 - Period 5 & 6

Announcing Project Week in January

We are excited to announce a brand new way to kick off the Second Semester at NPX: OUR FIRST EVER JANUARY PROJECT WEEK! During the week of half days starting January 9th, students in all grades will be engaging in hands-on collaborative projects. Students will complete these projects almost entirely on school premises and during school hours, requiring very little at-home preparation. Teachers may be ask their students to bring a few materials from home, more details to follow.
Read the details we will announce to the students later this week.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Special Congratulations!

A very special Gladiator congratulations goes out to our own Katie Herrington. Katie has been named to the All Region Honorable Mention Varsity Volleyball team. Way to go Katie and to the entire varsity volleyball team on a great season!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

It’s Time To Take The Credit!

That’s right, its Tax Credit time and a successful Tax Credit drive ensures we can continue to provide a full array of extra-curricular opportunities for our students. Our athletics, after-school clubs and field trips are possible because of your Tax Credit contributions. Our goal this year is $80,000 and as of today, we have reached 32% of that goal. Each and every give makes a difference, so please make yours today. Drop off your check in the front office or donate online. Be sure to encourage family and friends to Take The Credit for North Phoenix Prep as well.

As an incentive, we will be giving away a $100 VISA gift card to one lucky winner. Make your tax credit contribution before midnight on Thursday, December 22nd and you will receive one entry into the drawing. When your family and friends contribute by then, you will receive addition entries into the drawing. Our winner will be drawn the morning of Friday, December 23rd and will receive their gift card just in time for last minute shopping.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

What a wonderful season in the life of our school!  This past Thursday evening, we had the pleasure of seeing our Juniors perform Much Ado About Nothing, a Shakespearean comedy.  I was delighted to witness such a first-rate production from our vanguard class.  The students were absolutely outstanding.


I am reminded that during a time when budget cutbacks have led many schools to cancel their fine arts programs, Great Hearts academies continue to provide a rich immersion in art, music, drama, and poetry for all our students.  Through the experience of performing a Shakespearean play, our students glean an appreciation for the subtle nuance and rich history of the English language; they learn a deeper empathy and a more sophisticated emotional landscape, and they acquire the skill of performative presentation.  Our students learn these things because Beauty, as much as Truth and Goodness, is an essential aim of our curriculum. We would no sooner eliminate the fine arts than we would math or science.

I am so proud of our Juniors for the many hours spent in rehearsal to give us such a special evening.   Particular thanks and praise goes to Ms. Harris, our beloved drama teacher, for her outstanding direction of the play.  We have another delightful evening ahead of us this Thursday the 15th when we will hold our Fine Arts Night.  Please be sure to join us; you won't want to miss this truly special occasion.

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold

Tell Your Friends! Open Enrollment Ends Monday 12/12.

Enrollment for new students is now open for the 2017-2018 school year.  Tell your friends the Open Enrollment Period offers new applicants the best opportunity to enroll at a Great Hearts academy. By submitting an application during this period they will be eligible for the Enrollment Lottery which determines the order for this year’s waitlist.

For more information on the Enrollment Period and Enrollment Lottery please visit the Enrollment Timeline.

For frequently asked questions regarding enrollment, click here.

2016 Winter Art Walk and Fine Arts Night

Join us Thursday December 15 for our annual Art Walk and Music Performances. 
Art Walk beings at 5pm, choral and instrumental performances begin at 7pm
This year we will also have a short blazer ceremony for our first Junior class.

Click here to preview some of the masterpieces that will be on display for the Art Walk

Semester 1 Finals Schedule

Early Release 12:30pm
Wednesday Dec 21 - Period 1 & 2
Thursday Dec 22 - Period 3 & 4
Friday Dec 23 - Period 5 & 6

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Report Cards are Coming

Our second quarter/ first semester grade reports will be available on Jupiter by Monday, January 9th. 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. We will hold conferences for 7th, 10th, and 11th graders during the week of January 9-13. We have already held conferences in October for 6th, 8th, and 9th grade students.

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

Friday, December 9, 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.

In January, 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, January 9th.

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 during at other Great Hearts academies, where even our youngest students took the process seriously and led very productive conferences. After we first implemented student-led conferences, one of our teachers had the following to say:

“I as well as the rest of the faculty already envy our scholars’ opportunity to experience this curriculum as middle/high school students; now we also envy them the chance to begin a journey of critical self-awareness, shepherded by a cadre of caring adults.”

We received similar feedback from parents and students as well, 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.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I am so incredibly proud of the servant-hearted spirit that I am seeing in our students!

One example of this is our Lanistae program, which is a group of high school mentors on our campus. These students work primarily in the service of the middle school Gladiator teams.  They work with the faculty to plan campus events for the middle schoolers, and they also plan community service projects and other community outreach.  I have seen our Lanistae extending themselves significantly during this first semester.  Often this occurs in small ways, such as encouraging a younger student to join in a game during athletic field day, sitting with a lonesome student at lunch, or picking up trash in a hallway when they think nobody's looking.  These seemingly small interactions are the essence of servant leadership, for in such moments our students display their deeply held belief in the inherent dignity of their fellows, and in the intrinsic virtue of promoting and supporting others.

All of this is important because our school culture consists of more than just the aggregate of specific courses like mathematics or literature or science.  The content that we teach is distinct from the form in which we teach it.   Knowledge of specific subjects is important, to be sure, but that is a proximate end.  Our ultimate end is the crafting of rightly ordered hearts and minds.

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold

Murmillones & Sagittarius Community Service

Murmillones and Sagittarius Families team up this winter!

Angel Tree and Adopt-A-Classroom Information
This is the third year that North Phoenix Prep will sponsor a class of students from Palomino Intermediate School in Paradise Valley. The Adopt-A-Classroom and Angel Tree are unique programs that connect greathearted individuals or groups with deserving K-12 school students.

NPX students and families can help in THREE ways:

1. Donate a gift - students and families individually can choose a student "stocking" from our front office, running from 11/28-12/12. Unwrapped gifts are due by Monday, 12/12.

2. Friendly, first period "pocket change" competition. Each 1st period will have a jar to donate any loose change! The 1st period classes (1 middle school, 1 high school) with the most change donated will win a special prize - cookies made AND delivered to the class by our very own Assistant Headmaster, Ms. Coughlon! The pocket change competition will run from 11/28-12/14.

3. Donate classroom supplies needed. The school is in need of: Clorox/disinfectant wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, and non-perishable food items like granola bars, peanut butter, fruit snacks, and fruit cups.

Drama Performance Thurs Dec 8th

Don't miss North Phoenix Prep's first high school drama performance! Join us Thursday Dec 8 at 7pm for Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. $5 prepay/student with ID/senior citizen, $10 at the door.
For more information, please contact Ms. Harris kharris@northphoenixprep.org

What's going on in Mr. Black's Art Class! 

We are wrapping up the semester in art and preparing for our Art Walk on December 15th.

The 11th grade students have been researching Impressionist art and are copying those master's works.

The 8th graders just finished a unit on cubism and painted their own cubist self-portraits.  Now they are completing an art history research project that includes writing a paper on an artist, presenting that artist to their class, and making a painting based off of that artist's work.

7th graders have also been very busy creating their own illuminated manuscripts with calligraphy and illustrations.

Click here to preview some of the masterpieces that will be on display for the December 15th Art Walk

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tissue Donations Please

It has been a very busy cold and flu season at North Phoenix Prep. The supply of your generous donations of tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes is running very low. Please consider sending in a donation to the front office.

Headmaster Letter

One morning last week I happened upon two classes of students who were gathered in the Forum.  The first was a Physics class that was conducting an experiment with a homemade catapult.  By measuring the range of their projectile, the students explained, they could use a formula to determine the initial velocity of the object.  Fascinating!  The second class, actually all of our sophomore Humane Letters students, was gathered at the amphitheater.  Based on their reading of John Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government, they had prepared orations that were fashioned to persuade their audience to enter civil society rather than remain in a state of nature, and they were delivering these orations with gusto!

Our students could joyfully engage in such elevated, thoughtful activities because our liberal arts curriculum has prepared them with the  fundamental literacies that they need to engage in higher order learning.  The habits that they acquire early on prepare them for a depth of thought and an engagement with the world that is truly remarkable.  This is why an education in Truth, Goodness, and Beauty is so important.  It takes years of development for our students to mature so that moments like these become possible.  All that time and effort is most certainly worthwhile, for we are gradually liberating the souls of our students for the pursuit of higher, nobler things.  

My deepest gratitude and admiration goes out to our Sophomores and Juniors, and their teachers, for displaying the goodness of our curriculum last week.  May we continue to strive toward excellence in all things in the week ahead!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Traffic Delays Week of 11/28

Please take note to the change in traffic patterns for the following dates and times: 

Monday November 28 - drop-off and pick-up on and the drop off
Tuesday November 29 - drop off time (parking lot resurfacing scheduled to be complete by 2pm)

Wednesday November 30 - drop-off and pick-up on and the drop off
Thursday December 1 - drop off time (parking lot resurfacing scheduled to be complete by 2pm)


Warning
Do not drive, park, or walk on the fresh seal coating until the traffic cones and/or barricades have been removed. The seal coating will splatter onto your vehicle and damage your shoes and clothing. It is very difficult to remove. Ace Asphalt will not repair damage to vehicles, driveways, carpeting, clothing etc.

Angel Tree and Adopt-A-Classroom begins 11/28

Murmillones and Sagittarius Families team up this winter!

Angel Tree and Adopt-A-Classroom Information
This is the third year that North Phoenix Prep will sponsor a class of students from Palomino Intermediate School in Paradise Valley. The Adopt-A-Classroom and Angel Tree are unique programs that connect greathearted individuals or groups with deserving K-12 school students.

NPX students and families can help in THREE ways:

1. Donate a gift - students and families individually can choose a student "stocking" from our front office, running from 11/28-12/12. Unwrapped gifts are due by Monday, 12/12.

2. Friendly, first period "pocket change" competition. Each 1st period will have a jar to donate any loose change! The 1st period classes (1 middle school, 1 high school) with the most change donated will win a special prize - cookies made AND delivered to the class by our very own Assistant Headmaster, Ms. Coughlon! The pocket change competition will run from 11/28-12/14.

3. Donate classroom supplies needed. The school is in need of: Clorox/disinfectant wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, and non-perishable food items like granola bars, peanut butter, fruit snacks, and fruit cups.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Handicap Parking Reminder

Please be aware that handicap parking spaces are not for general use. The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department have informed us that drivers can incur fines from the unauthorized use of those spaces, and so we are providing this courtesy notice to all the drivers in our community.

Save the Date

Nov 28 – Dec 16, 2016 - Adopt-A-Classroom and Angel Tree - Palomino Intermediate School
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 - HS Drama Performance - Much Ado About Nothing 
Fri, December 9, - Familiae Friday
Thu, December 15, - 4pm – 6pm - Fine Arts - Art Walk
Thu, December 15, 7pm – 9pm - Fine Arts Night - Music
Dec 21 – 23, 2016 - Half Day: 12:30 PM Release - Semester Finals
Dec 26, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017 - No School: Winter Break

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Headmaster Letter

The other day I was strolling through the Forum during lunch and Lyceum when one of our Juniors caught my attention with a witty remark: "Hey, Mr. Weinhold!  Are you going to accept your Fate like Socrates?"  Another student quickly chimed in, "Yeah, are you going to write an Apology before you get pied in the face?"  The students were referring to next week's fundraiser, of course, but they were also razzing me in an intellectual sort of way--something that they know I greatly appreciate.

The Death of Socrates by Jacques-Louis David (1787)
Sophisticated jokes like these arise from our upperclassmen's experience in Humane Letters, where they read the Phaedo, in which Plato depicts the death of Socrates, and the Apology, in which Socrates defends his philosophic way of life.  This cultivated sense of humor is one of the fruits of an education in the Great Books of the Western tradition.  By studying a coherent and orderly program, our students gain what E. D. Hirsch has described as cultural literacy.

Cultural literacy is important because it provides our students with a context for their lives.  By understanding the Western tradition, our students begin to understand themselves and the world around them.  Our curriculum gives young people a common language with which to communicate, a stockpile of ideas and facts and allusions that help them access the world around them.  Without this basic understanding of culture, encountering the complexity of life quickly becomes disorienting.

Too few young people today would even recognize Socrates' name, and an even smaller number actually read his words in Platonic dialogues as our Juniors do.  I am so pleased to see our students joyfully embracing the life-transforming texts of the Western tradition and truly making them their own.  These are the moments that make me proud to be a Gladiator!

Athletic Field Day! Wednesday, November 23

All students will participate in Athletic Field Day. Students should bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen. The NPX-PSO will be serving pizza prior to pickup time to all students. Thank you PSO!! Remember this is a 12:30, early release day.

Please refer to page 59 of the Family Handbook for guidance on appropriate dress code for the day.

Please note that Archway North Phoenix will be holding their VIP Day on the small field next to H Building. The parking lot may be extra busy at pick up time.

Win a chance to pie Mr. Weinhold in the face!

This just in: Mr. Weinhold has agreed to have a pie-in-the-face at Athletic Field Day on Wednesday, November 23rd if NPX can raise $800 for the Tuft and Needle Mattress Fundraiser!

Tickets are $10 each, and are being sold at the front office or after school. For each raffle ticket you buy, your name will be entered in a drawing to pie Mr. Weinhold!

Tickets will be sold through Tuesday, November 22 in the front office and after school. Get yours today to win a mattress AND the chance to pie Mr. Weinhold in the face!

Tuft and Needle fundraiser: http://npxparents.org/a-friendly-reminder/

Drama Items Needed!

The 11th Grade class is hard at work for their upcoming December 8th production of "Much Ado About Nothing". The play is set in the late 1950's/early 1960's Italy, and much of it takes place outside. Please consider loaning any of the items listed below.  All items are needed by Monday, November 30 to the front office. 

Your items will be kept safe and available for return on December 9th. Please email Ms. Harris at kharris@northphoenixprep.org if you are able to donate! Thank you! 

Items needed (with photos) 

  • 3 high seated Adirondack chairs (or 3 patio chairs) 
  • 1 small patio table set with 3-4 chairs (square or round) 
  • Large, fake floral arrangement 

Lost & Found

Students should check the lost & found before leaving for the Thanksgiving Holiday break. At the end of the day on Wednesday Nov 23, all lunch boxes and water bottles will be discarded. Lost clothing, backpacks, books, etc. will be donated.

Shop Amazon? Support NPX

Remember to bookmark this link found on our website before you shop Amazon. NPX earns 6+% every time you click on this link before making a purchase.
Please note this is not the same as Amazon Smile. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Parking Lot Congestion

Wednesday November 23 is VIP Day at Archway North Phoenix. We anticipate this will add to traffic congestion at pick up and drop off on the Prep side of the campus.

Parking Lot Resurfacing

The church will be resurfacing sections of the parking lot over the next three weeks. This will have a significant impact on pick up and drop off for the entire campus of North Phoenix Prep and Archway North Phoenix. Please refer to this schedule and map to see which area(s) will be done on each day.

Please plan extra time for drop off and pick up due to revised routes and restricted parking at times.
Beginning Tuesday Morning, November 15th at 6am, crews from Ace Asphalt will arrive to seal coat either the street or parking lot at Dream City Church. It will be necessary that all vehicles be removed from the designated areas prior to that time. Please make arrangements in advance and park in an area not immediately affected by this project.  North Phoenix Prep drop off and pick up traffic patterns will be affected on the following dates:
The RED section is closed at 6am on Monday 11/28 and is opened by 2pm on Tuesday 11/29  The ORANGE section is closed at 6am on Wednesday 11/30 and is opened by 2pm on Thursday 12/1 

Warning

Do not drive, park, or walk on the fresh seal coating until the traffic cones and/or barricades have been removed. The seal coating will splatter onto your vehicle and damage your shoes and clothing. It is very difficult to remove. Ace Asphalt will not repair damage to vehicles, driveways, carpeting, clothing etc.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Headmaster Letter


Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This past Friday we honored the men and women in our Armed Forces by observing Veteran's Day.

On this important occasion, I remembered my grandfather, Colonel Frank Leland.  The Colonel fought in the trenches during World War One, where a German soldier shot his helmet clean off his head.  It was a close call, but the bullet passed through without so much as grazing him.  He later served in the Corps of Engineers on the Pacific front during World War Two.  Between the wars, he found himself stationed as a guard for the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua.  The story goes that he noticed a beautiful young senorita who was sunbathing near the embassy (my grandmother), and they struck up a friendship.  When he returned to the U.S. via San Francisco, he discovered that my grandmother had immigrated there, and the rest is history.  My mother tells me that the Colonel was a career Army man and that even on his death bed, he professed, "I could be called up at any time."

The Colonel, and all those like him who have risked their lives for the protection of our freedom, deserves our deep gratitude and praise.  My sincerest thanks and admiration goes out to those in our own community who have made this sacrifice.  Your selfless service to our country is a model of virtue that our students can and should follow, wherever their careers lead them.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold



6th Grade Field Trip Thurs Nov 17

6th Grade will see battle reenactments of the American Revolution, craftsmen, colonists, encampments, soldiers, pioneers, historic merchants, and musicians played by actors portraying famous persons from history and more!
American Heritage Festival Schnepf Farms
24810 S. Rittenhouse Road Queen Creek, AZ 85142
When: Thursday, November 17th
Buses will leave at 8:30 am and return by 3:00 pm.
Cost: $20.00 (register online at link below)
Due to the timing, please send a snack for your student to eat before the tour and sack lunch to eat after.

Students must wear their uniforms, and may wear hats, athletic shoes, and are encouraged to wear sunscreen.

Register and pay online now

Athletic Field Day Nov 23

All students will participate in Athletic Field day. Students should bring a water bottle. The NPX-PSO will be serving pizza prior to pickup time to all students. Thank you PSO!! Remember this is a 12:30, early release day.

Please refer to page 59 of the Family Handbook for guidance on appropriate dress code for the day.

Please note that Archway North Phoenix will be holding their VIP Day on the small field next to H Building. The parking lot may be extra busy at pick up time.

No School Nov 24-25

School in recess for Thanksgiving Holiday, November 24 & 25. This will be an R&R Weekend.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Drama Set Pieces Needed!

The 11th Grade class is hard at work for their upcoming December 8th production of "Much Ado About Nothing". The play is set in the late 1950's/early 1960's Italy, and much of it takes place outside. Please consider loaning any of the items listed below.
Your items will be kept safe and returned on December 9th. Please email Ms. Harris at kharris@northphoenixprep.org if you are able to donate! Thank you!

Items needed (with some photo examples)
  • 3 Adirondack chairs (or 3 other large, patio chairs)
  • 2 sturdy patio lounge chairs
  • 4 tall columns (from a party, wedding, etc) - does not have to be a set

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Note Of Thanks from the PSO President:


The PSO would like to thank all the parent and staff who attended and participated in the Silent Auction/Parent Night. It was a highly successful event and I am personally grateful for my committee for all their time and effort in this endeavor. There are several people who warrant my gratitude, but the following ladies in particular were instrumental in making this event not just happen but to be successful: Gina Montion, Renae Klein, Alison Pandelakis, Aline Luttinger, Diana Dunnigan, Michelle Stelnik, Elizabeth McBride, and Kara Harris.

I would like to also thank all our wonderful donors including our families, teachers, and the community at large. This event would not be possible without your amazing generosity. A heartfelt thanks goes out all of the following donors:
  • Integral Tutoring, LLC | Jeffrey C Kalb, Jr. 
  • Action Casino Parties | Craig Sacks 
  • Clark Power Products | Lynn Gerveler 
  • Smile Unique | Sandon Nixon 
  • Salon Kismet | Amy Appleton 
  • Laser Quest | Destinee Sior 
  • Rick Bronson's House of Comedy | Kari Jackson 
  • Orange Theory Fitness | Lesley Matteucci Robertson 
  • Thurston Personal Training | Seth Thurston 
  • Flip Dunk Sports | Bob and Malarie Woolf 
  • Dominick's Steakhouse 
  • The One Hope Foundation [ Kristen Shroyer 
  • Wines for Humanity | Janet Gangl 
  • Protravel International | Lisa Smith, Luxury Travel Consultant 
  • Bringing Out the Best In You! LLC | Brittany Ehrick 
  • Genius Coaching | Otto Siegel 
  • Healthy Habit Solutions | Maya Nahra, RD 
  • Living Raw by Grace | Haley Cloud 
  • Dr. Loh-Shun | Erin Nickles-Loh 
  • Massage Envy | Trinh Doan
  • Total Lifestyle Chiropractic | Dr. Sonya Bladen
  • Fuchsia at High Street 
  • Primp and Blow 
  • Jon Klas Photography  
  • M3V The Nail Bar 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Huynh 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gale 
  • Mr. Beeby 
  • Mr. Bustos 
  • Mr. Donatelli 
  • Mr. Fleming 
  • Ms. Humphrey 
  • Ms. Peterson 
  • Ms. Sheahan 
  • Mr. Ward 
  • Diana Dunnigan 
  • Magdy Gad 
  • Jodie Labowitz 
  • Krystal Lacey 
  • Aline Luttinger 
  • Michelle Stelnik 
Thank you!
Kristen Clark, NPX-PSO President

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Order Your Yearbook Now

$23 Pre-Sale Price ends 12/31/2016 
$28 Regular Sales end 3/10/2017 

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I want to thank everyone for the generous outpouring of well-wishes and congratulations at the birth of my daughter, Sophia Grace.  The past few weeks have been a special time of bonding with our extended family.  Shelly and I are particularly grateful for her parents' support on the homefront.  As you can see, they have enjoyed bonding with their newest grandbaby!

Poppy and Sophia
Grandma and Sophia

Though I probably look bleary-eyed during morning drop-off, it is so good to be back serving our wonderful community of teachers and students.  I've especially enjoyed talking with our sophomores and juniors during lunch and Lyceum about the recent homework survey.  Their capacity for honest self-reflection is evidence that their souls are being well-formed.  I look forward to discussing the survey results with our faculty this week, and to devising strategies that will keep our homework meaningful, unambiguous, and humane.


With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Friday, November 4, 2016

Winter Sports Season

WINTER SPORTS ARE OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY!

HS Sports Note & Reminder –
  • HS Coed Soccer – Try-outs for HS Soccer has been postponed until further notice. Please pay close attention to the website and the daily announcements for more info.
  • HS Coed Basketball – Try-outs will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at NPX from 3:30-5:00 pm

MS Sports Reminders –

Try-outs for MS Softball, Baseball, Girls Soccer, and Boys Soccer will be as follows:
  • MS Softball – Tuesday and Wednesday at Roadrunner Park (36th St. & Cactus) from 4:00-6:00 pm
  • MS Baseball – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Roadrunner Park (36th St. & Cactus) from 4:00-6:00 pm
  • MS Girls Soccer – Tuesday and Wednesday at NPX from 3:30-5:00 pm
  • MS Boys Soccer – Wednesday at NPX from 3:30-5:00 pm. Special note for boys soccer: Due to not meeting on Halloween next week on Mon. the 7th and Wed. the 9th the meetings will be try-outs as well. Official practices will start on Mon. Nov. 14.

Register and Pay Here

Gladiator Cross Country Earn NPX 1st State Qualifications

Unaffected by race day temperatures of 93 degrees, the North Phoenix Prep Cross Country team made school history with numerous exceptional performances.
With a third place finish in the Division 4, Section 1 state-qualifying meet, the North Phoenix Prep boys cross country team became the first team in the program’s history to earn a spot in the prestigious state meet.

No School Friday Nov 11

No School: Veterans Day Observed

NHS News

NPX National Honor Society members volunteered Sunday Oct 30 at ComfyCozy for Chemo, preparing thousands of growth charts which will be donated to local hospitals for children with cancer. 

You can read more about their visit and this great organization in the ComfyCozy Newsletter.

Monday, October 31, 2016

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!

Congratulations to our HS XC team!

Congratulations to our HS XC team that despite the heat on Friday made school history with numerous exceptional performances. Congratulations to Jordan Black, Nick Pandelakis, Ben Laverman and Rocco Berbetti who earned podium honors for their outstanding races. Not to be outdone by the boys, sophomore Sabrina Kloft earned an individual qualification for the state championships. Next Saturday, Sabrina will become the first North Phoenix Prep athlete to race in the girls state championship meet. Go Sabrina!
Come cheer on our team at the State Meet this Saturday, November 5th at 12pm – Cave Creek Golf Course, 19th Ave and Greenway Rd.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Picture Re-Take Day Mon Oct 31

Picture re-takes are on Monday, October 31st. To order portraits or re-takes, students must have need a completed order form including payment and if getting re-takes return their original photo package.

Softball Try-outs Tues, Nov 1 & Wed, Nov 2

Any middle school girls interested in softball - try outs will be next Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm at Roadrunner Park. Please make sure you bring a glove and plenty of water.

7th Grade Field Trip Wed Nov 2

7th Grade field trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens THIS WEDNESDAY! No paper permission slips will be distributed.  If you have not yet done so, please complete your child's field trip permission form online TODAY!

Student's please make sure to bring a water bottle for this trip.

High School Social Friday Nov 4

High schoolers: Happy Fall, Y'all! Your fall social is next Friday, November 4th in the H building. Activities include donut eating contest, corn hole, ping pong, and the 2nd annual LIP SYNCH BATTLE! Bring your A-game and sign up for the lip synch battle on the 506 door. Tickets are $10 to the black box in the front office. See you there!

Homework Survey

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Homework is an essential part of our school culture because it reserves class time for instruction, discussion, dialogue, and the collective pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Our intention is that homework should be a time of quiet concentration in which each of our students can truly make their studies their own.

I want to hear directly from the students about how that's going, so I have created an online survey for them to complete (see the link below). Please have your student(s) complete this survey at your earliest convenience, and please encourage candor as s/he completes this survey. Student feedback matters, and it can help me in my role as mentor and coach to the teachers if I receive honest information.

Each submission is completely anonymous. Please submit one survey per student. This survey will remain open until Friday, November 4th.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

STUDENTS CLICK HERE TO START THE SURVEY

Great Hearts Info Night, Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00pm

North Phoenix Community - Please tell your family and friends interested in Discovering Great Hearts!

We hope you'll join us on November 1 to meet with the headmaster and faculty. Please RSVP and choose the academy you'd like to visit. This event is for families new to the North Phoenix Prep and Archway Schools

Please note the event location for North Phoenix Prep will be at the Elks Lodge, 14424 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (next door to the home of our new campus).

Saturday, October 29, 2016

New Campus In the News!

Our new campus was featured in the Phoenix Business Journal!  Check it out by clicking here.

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I am proud to announce that this past Wednesday my precious daughter Sophia Grace Weinhold was born!  She weighs in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and stretches to a respectable 20 inches in length.  She has already stolen my heart.  It will take a Herculean effort of willpower not to spoil her rotten!


Shelly is recovering well after a heroic labor and delivery, and her parents have traveled from Texas to help us with the transition during these first few weeks with Sophie.  We are so incredibly blessed by their generosity and love.

Our two-year-old son, Edmund, has been sweet and gentle with his sister thus far.  However, he does occasionally cast a doubtful look upon her.  We are attending to the lad carefully, too, so that he knows his sister will not encroach upon, but rather amplify our affection for him.

Thanks to everyone in the North Phoenix Prep community for allowing me to spend time with my family during this joyful  moment in our lives.  I am particularly grateful to Ms. Coughlon for her leadership during my furlough.

Sophia will be a member of the Class of 2034.  As I think about her future and the world that she will inhabit, I see even more clearly the reason for my vocation.  The most meaningful and lasting difference is made in the world through the rearing and education of our children.  Although that difference is not made in an instant, we can ultimately achieve it through a steady, patient focus on the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.  

Thank you for trusting your precious children to our care.  I am especially grateful at this moment for that trust, and I am especially hopeful that our shared effort to cultivate the hearts and minds of our students will make this world a place where our children can truly flourish.

From my Family to Yours,

Headmaster Weinhold

Monday, October 24, 2016

NPX MS Cross Country Teams Sweep Great Hearts Championship Races

Our boys and girls MS cross country teams dominated the Great Hearts Championship Races this past weekend taking home both 1st place team trophies. Jamie Stelnik and Kennedy Archer started the day off coming in 1st and 2nd in the girl’s race. Jamie becoming North Phoenix Prep’s first girl to take the individual title, running the 2.1 mile course in 13:35 (6:29 mile pace). Kate Hauptman (10th), Claire Warner (14th), and Gabrielle Pohlad (16th) rounded out our Top 5. Honorable Mention goes to Rylie Smith who was in 8th place on the finishing stretch until she injured her leg and was unable to finish the race without assistance.
  • Girls Team Scoring – Top 3 
  • North Phoenix – 40 
  • Glendale Prep – 60 
  • Scottsdale Prep – 76
  • The boy’s team dominated the meet by having our Top 5 all finish in the first 11 spots. 
The boy’s team was led by Thomas “Jeep” Koska (4th) and Noah Berlanga (5th). Not far behind though was Richie Johnston (7th), Sammy Johnston (8th), and Aidan Davis (11th). What was almost more impressive was that North Phoenix Prep had 7 athletes in the Top 20 and 11 athletes in the Top 35.
  • Boys Team Scoring – Top 3 
  • North Phoenix – 35 
  • Veritas Prep – 54 
  • Trivium Prep – 129

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Recently, the Arizona Board of Regents released a report on the college graduation rates of Arizona's (public) high school class of 2009. Veritas Preparatory Academy's class of '09 had the second-highest college degree completion rate in the state, with 77.8% finishing a 4-year program within 6 years. Topping the list for the first time was Tempe Prep, at 81.3%; BASIS Scottsdale lagged in 4th place with a 70% college graduation rate.  Area district schools came in even further behind.  Horizon High School’s rate is 49%, Shadow Mountain’s is 37.5%; North Canyon’s is 29.8%, Paradise Valley’s is 26.1%, and Thunderbird’s is 23.8%.   

The key point is this: our "AP free" liberal arts prep school model is getting kids through college faster--and therefore less expensively--than is the AP model employed by other schools. We fully expect that when our first high school and college graduates are included in future years, North Phoenix Prep will claim her spot along with Veritas near the top of these state rankings. The reason for this is that our model prepares young people with moral and academic lives that have been well-structured, and this allows our students to thrive in the freedom of higher education without becoming distracted or burned out. Our model prepares students to love learning and pursue it with passion and discipline in their college years and beyond.


We are proud to partner with you in offering this to our students, and we thank you for your continued support.

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold