Wednesday, January 16, 2019

High School Semi - Formal Winter Masquerade

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Middle School Social January 25th!



Middle School Social at The Family Life Center Skate Rink!

CALLING ALL NORTH PHOENIX PREP 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS!!!!!

Come join your fellow classmates for a New Year Social at The Family Life Center Skate Rink @ North Phoenix Baptist Church.  Connect again with your school friends or make some new ones and kick off the New Year together! 

The cost is $10 per student if paid in advance. The payment can be paid in the black box located in the office by Thursday, January 24th  Payment at the door will also be accepted of $15.  Please pay by cash (placed in an envelope with your child's name) or check made payable to NPX PSO.

PARENTS:  Please help us make this event as fun as possible for our kiddos by donating snacks and/or chaperoning.  Please drop off ALL donated food at The Family Life Center at 6pm when you arrive. (Note- event does not start until 6:30pm- when dropping off snacks please help with set up)

Note: Students are encouraged to bring their own skates to use at the skate rink. These may not be sneaker skates! While the skate rink has many skates, sometimes it is difficult to accomodate large parties as many students have the same size feet.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: All students must have both a completed PSO MS Social Participation Agreement on file to attend and also a waiver from Family Life Center in order to participate.  Please click the appropriate links below. In addition, please review the Family Life Center Skating Rink Rules with your student.

Date: 01/25/2019 (Fri.)

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm MST

Location: The Family Life Center 5757 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85012 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Welcome back!  We launched into a new semester last week with Student-Led Conferences, a Pin and Blazer Ceremony for our Juniors and Seniors, and an Alumni Panel for all of our high school students.  What a week!

During the Pin and Blazer Ceremony, I referred to a distinction that author David Brooks makes in his bestselling book, The Road to Character.  Brooks distinguishes between "resume virtues" and "eulogy virtues."  The resume virtues are what one cultivates when one aims at utilitarian success.  Building one's professional skills is important, to be sure, but one's resume is not the same as one's character.  At our Academy, we aim to cultivate eulogy virtues.  These are virtues such as friendship, self-sacrifice, moral courage, and integrity of character. 

It takes time to develop these virtues.  In fact, it takes the whole of one's life.  Even then, these virtues are not fully complete.  Yet we strive to their perfection nonetheless, because we believe that human happiness lies in eulogy virtue much more than in resume virtue.  As we begin this second semester together at North Phoenix Prep, let us be ever vigilant in the cultivation of eulogy virtue.  Let us direct the hearts and minds of our students toward the interior moral drama of self-knowledge and self-improvement, and let us direct them away from the shallow waters of self-satisfaction.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Friday, December 14, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Can you believe that the semester is nearly finished?  Winter break is just around the corner, and as our wonderful students complete their semester exams this week, I want to express my deep gratitude for their dedication to their studies.

Though it can indeed be stressful, the experience of exam week should ultimately be a rewarding one.  The content that we teach--whether that be integrals or solfege or mollusks--is inherently fascinating.  Nothing that our students learn should feel like drudgery, and none of it is extraneous.  The abundant splendor of knowledge shines through in each subject that we teach.  In addition, our students face a challenge when they take semester exams, and they learn that they can ultimately overcome that challenge with vigor and perseverance.  The storms of life can certainly test even the most experienced helmsmen, and so we want our students to gain experience with the comparatively minor challenge of exam week.  In the end, then, we view exams as an act of love aimed at the long-term good of our students.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Headmaster Letter


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Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Thursday evening for our Winter Concert!  Our musical performers were truly inspiring, and I especially enjoyed singing "Auld Lang Syne" and "Deck the Halls" in unison at the conclusion.  It's moments like these that remind us of both the spirit of the season and the spirit of our community.  I am so grateful to our students for a job well done, and I am especially grateful for the leadership of Mr. Herrera, Ms. Foglesong, and Mr. Crowley in making the evening such a tremendous success.

As we begin the final push to conclude the Fall Semester, let's keep that same feeling of warmth and togetherness in our hearts, and let's truly love one another in each moment. 

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Headmaster Letter


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Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,
We have a delightful evening ahead of us this Thursday at Calvary North.  This year's Winter Concert promises to be a beautiful, inspiring evening of music and merriment.  Please feel free to invite family and friends!  It's events like these that remind us why we're engaged in the vital work of cultivating the hearts and minds of our students.  This is why the fine arts are so important--because they breathe aesthetic life into us.  They fill us with a yearning for the highest, noblest, and finest things.  How beautiful it is that our students receive this gift and then share it with us during this special evening!
Some families may also be curious about our Blazer Ceremony, which has occurred during the Winter Concert in previous years.  Because we want this ceremony to become a culture-building moment for our middle school students, we have elected to hold this ceremony in January during an all-school assembly.  Please look for more information about this special event in the days ahead.
With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Teacher Feature: Mr. Baumann

Mr. Baumann teaches 8th grade Earth Science.  He came to North Phoenix Prep from one of our sister academies, Veritas Prep, where he taught high school mathematics.  Mr. Baumann graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. 

Our students prepared a few questions for Mr. Baumann:

How did you become interested in your subject?
My middle school science teacher was very passionate about science. He taught my 6th-grade earth science, 7th-grade life science, and 8th-grade physical sciences classes, and he did a phenomenal job. A couple of my favorite memories from those years are looking at sunspots using a telescope and my 8th-grade frog dissection project. At Arcadia High School, I had the best biology teacher (no offense to Ms. Humphrey) for honors and AP biology. At ASU, I started as a biology major, but discovered my deep interest in organic chemistry and biochemistry, and switched majors to finish my bachelor of science in biochemistry. FYI, if anyone tells you that organic chemistry is simply memorizing dozens of chemical reactions, s/he does not understand organic chemistry.

How do you best connect with students?
Playing games or sports with students is always fun. The middle school boys at NPX also think I'm a decent football referee. I will gladly dominate any NPX student in a game of table tennis (challengers are welcome). I also enjoy sharing my dry sense of humor in the classroom and hearing about the hobbies my students have, which allows me to get a clearer picture of who they are as individuals.

If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be?
I have to pick two answers for this question. History: Jesus of Nazareth; this choice is easy for me because of his profound influence on the last two thousand years of history and in my own life. Also, in the gospels he frequently dines with all kinds of people. It would be very enlightening to have that experience myself. Literature: Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings; this choice is very easy for me. Whether he's Grey or White, he's the wisest wizard ever to grace the pages of literature. AND he fought and killed the Balrog of Morgoth. Enough said.

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This week following the Thanksgiving holiday is chock-full of aesthetic life! 

On Thursday, our seniors will perform Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest at Calvary North Church.  Be sure to attend this witty theatrical performance!

On Friday we will host our biannual  "Cabinet of Curiosities" art exhibition in the multi-purpose room.  All current students will display their artwork, together with additional student projects and demonstrations.  The Cabinet of Curiosities is a wonderful opportunity to see the imaginative aspects of our students. 

During weeks like these, I am especially reminded of the importance that Beauty plays in our curriculum and educational philosophy.  We believe that by encountering and creating works of genuine beauty, we are leading our students to discover their essential dignity, freedom, and nobility as human persons. 

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

As we begin this short week prior to Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude for all of the families, faculty, and students of North Phoenix Prep.  It is my honor and privilege to serve alongside each of you.  Together, we make our community a place that is truly special. 

Let's launch into this short week & make the most of it, even as we look forward to quality time with friends and family during the holiday.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

P.S. I am especially looking forward to the Field Day this Wednesday!  Go Gladiators!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This Veteran's Day, we pause to honor all those who risked their lives for the protection of our freedom.  My sincerest thanks and admiration goes to everyone in our community who have served and sacrificed in America's armed forces.  Your selfless service to our country is a model of virtue that our students can and should follow wherever their careers lead them.

On this day dedicated to praising our Veterans, I am especially reminded of C.S. Lewis' statement about the virtue of courage.  "Courage is not simply one of the virtues," he writes, "but the form of every virtue at the testing point."  Our Veterans are a continual tribute to the way that virtue is forged by strength of will in the face of fear.  Indeed, several of our graduates have enlisted because they were inspired by the example of their forefathers.  Like them, may we ever strive to become worthy of the freedom that our Veterans secure on our behalf.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Thursday, November 8, 2018



Happy Fall, Y'all is a high school social for 9th - 12th grade NPX students
 Saturday, November 17 from 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm in the courtyard. 
There will be fun & games and the 4th annual LIP SYNC BATTLE! 

Bring your A-game and sign up for the lip sync battle in Mr. Black's room. See you there! 
Print your receipt and bring to Mr. Black to receive your ticket, or purchase from a Senate member during lunch. Students must come with a ticket to the social - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Cost $10 online
$15 at the door

All students must be picked up no later than 10:00 pm from the social 
in the front of the administration building. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Headmaster Letter


Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,


We are entering a truly delightful season in the life of our school!  Soon we will have the pleasure of seeing our Juniors and Seniors perform Shakespeare plays--something to which I look forward each year.  I am always amazed to witness our students' outstanding displays of thespianism, and I am already looking forward to the performance this Thursday!

I am reminded that during a time when budget cutbacks have led many schools to cancel their fine arts programs, our Academy continues 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.


As we look ahead to our annual drama performances, our Cabinet of Curiosities show, and our Winter Concert, I hope that each of you is as excited as I am about this most wonderful time of the year!


With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold