Thursday, February 27, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

Sign up for a Tour!

Tour North Phoenix Preparatory

School tours are offered to all families with students in grades 7 - 12 who are interested in learning more about North Phoenix Preparatory and the Great Hearts Academies. 
The tour will be led by one of North Phoenix Prep's Administrators and will include information about the classical, liberal arts educational philosophy as well as offering a personal experience of North Phoenix Prep's facilities and culture. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Announcing NPX Prom 2020!

North Phoenix Prep Prom 2020
Saturday, April 18th  
94 HUNDRED SHEA | 9375 E Shea Blvd Ste 100 | Scottsdale, AZ 85260
7 PM - 10 PM

North Phoenix Prep 11th & 12th grade students and guests

$35 per ticket until March 31st, $50 until April 16th. No sales after April 16th 
 Guest forms available at the front office. All guests must be paid for and guest forms completed and turned into the front desk by April 15th. NO EXCEPTIONS 

Prom is Saturday, April 18th 2020
*please note that these guidelines apply to NPX students and their guests 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Friday, December 13, 2019

Teacher Feature: Ms. Bailey

We are proud to announce that Ms. Luz Marizza Bailey is joining our faculty!

Ms. Bailey earned an M.S. in Pure Mathematics and completed four years of Ph.D. work at the University of California, Irvine, in Arithmetic Geometry under the advisement Michael D. Fried. She has been teaching math for twenty-one years, sixteen of which have been at the high school level.  For the last ten years, she has been at BASIS, where she has taught classes ranging from Pre-Algebra to Complex Analysis. During that time, she also co-authored their Algebra 2 book, designed their Post-AP curriculum, mentored incoming math teachers from many schools, co-authored network-wide assessments, and designed and implemented workshops for teachers and students.

Ms. Bailey is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Science and Mathematics Teaching, Raytheon Math Hero Award, and National Board Certification in Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Mathematics.  She will be teaching 10th grade Algebra II/Trigonometry and 12th Grade Calculus II, and she will also serve as our math interventionist.

Here are Ms. Bailey's responses to a few student-generated questions:

Please tell us about yourself.

My passion for teaching can only be contested by my love of math, which is why one can claim that I love math so much, I married it. When you meet my husband, who has a Ph.D. in Arithmetic Geometry under Dr. Fried, you will understand that the statement is true. No, really! During our dates, we left a trail of befuddled waiters because our we graffitied our napkins with math proofs (sometimes, asking for more to finish a proof). At our wedding, the minister of the peace was a mathematician, and during a romantic parable, he surprised us by demonstrating some of the fascinating properties of the Mobius Strip and deftly incorporating them into the parable. Even our honeymoon consisted of reciting advancement to candidacy speeches while hiking.  I view teaching math as an opportunity to share my passion for mathematics and the teaching philosophy at Great Hearts is conducive to revealing the beauty in math, which is why I am so excited to join the Great Hearts community.

When did you decide to become a teacher, and why?

One could make the argument that since my mother was a math teacher, and her mother was also a math teacher, that being a math teacher was in my genes.  Since I fell in love with teaching math when I started tutoring in high school, it may be a valid argument. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a student's face transform from bewildered to enlightened. While in grad school, I was an instructor at the University of California, Irvine, and started teaching high school 16 years ago. Although I fell into the job by accident, I found that teaching high school was more fulfilling and have been hooked ever since.

How do you best connect with students?

I find it challenging to be an effective teacher if I don't know my students. I am interested in learning how my students think and what motivates them so that I can craft my questions, problems, and explanations accordingly. I also have noticed that when I reveal my mistakes and past errors, there is less anxiety in the classroom.

What interests do you have that might support an extracurricular club?

I love math and everything to do with math, so any math club would be amazing! I love playing piano, but I'm not that good at it anymore. I have coded in JavaScript, HTML, Excel, and Latex, so computer clubs would also be fun.

If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be?  Why?

Oh my goodness! This was a difficult question! Do I want to choose a mathematician that can illuminate some mathematical concept like Galois, who died unpublished and ignored at the tragic age of 21. Do I choose a historical figure that could reveal the secret to an ancient mystery? Maybe I could find out how the Incas built Saksaywaman, or Machu Picchu, or how to read a quipu. The child in me wants to talk to Dumbledore, because who wouldn’t want to talk to Dumbledore. But after some thought, I realized that the only person I would want to spend more time with is my grandmother, Luz Antonia Mendizabal. Since Revealing Luz, which celebrated her life and achievements, was published in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, she has become a historical figure to more than just the members of my family. My grandmother earned her Ph.D. in mathematics education while working full time and raising 8 children and is one of the most celebrated math educators in Lima, Peru. She is my hero, and the most influential person in my life.

Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Ms. Bailey!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Movie Night Friday, October 18th

PSO Family Movie Night is this Friday, October 18th
Field opens at 5:30 pm
1st movie Paddington 6:30 pm
2nd movie The Princess Bride 8:30 pm

Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets
Food truck vendors will be onsite
Popcorn and water for purchase

Monday, August 12, 2019

Fall Parent Mixer! 

Saturday, August 24, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
NPX Courtyard and MPR

 Please join us - we want to meet you! 

This event is for all parents both Archway K-6 AND Prep 7-12! 

Childcare available for younger children in the Archway MPR