Monday, October 3, 2016

Headmaster Coffee Wed Oct 5 - 11th Grade

This year, we will start our Headmaster Coffee hour with weekly grade level meetings. This week's meeting will be focused on 11th grade. Please stop in to chat with Headmaster Weinhold.

This will conclude the Grade Level Headmaster Coffee Hours. The regular monthly meetings will resume after winter break.

Permission Slips due TODAY! 8th Grade Field Trip to the MIM!

On Thursday, October 6, the 8th Grade class will be heading to the Musical Instrument Museum! The students will not only be visiting all of the incredible exhibits at the museum, but also seeing a concert by award-winning artist/educator John Zeretzke!

Permission forms and payment will be online, and your student's official permission slip is your printed email receipt. Please visit and look for "8th Grade Field Trip". It is $12 to attend the field trip, please email Ms. Harris if you need any financial assistance.

All 8th grade students will turn their printed email permission slips to Mr. Bustos when they have him.

Permission slips are due by Tuesday, October 4.  You will receive two emails, please print the email that has emergency information [subject line: North Phoenix Prep Field Trip Confirmation], fill out, and give to Mr. Bustos.  

Questions and/or interested in chaperoning? Please email Ms. Harris at

Winter Sports Registration

We have moved all athletic registration to our payment portal. We hope this makes for a more streamlined experience for you. You can now sign-up and pay on one site. All athletic registrations should be made at Please remember to upload your current physical evaluation form when registering.

Join us for a Humane Letters Class at NPX

One of the best ways to know and understand something is to experience it first hand. You are invited to experience our 11th grade Humane Letters class with Mr. Fleming on Wednesday, October 5th during 6th period (2:20P-3:15P). 

If interested, please register for this event today.

We are able to host seven parents only, on a first come, first served basis. Please plan on arriving in the NPX front office by 2:10P to sign in. Mrs. Lawson will escort all parent participants to the class.

Participants are asked to read "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen prior to September 29th.

Date: 10/05/2016 (Wed.)
Time: 2:10pm - 3:15pm MDT
Location: Meet in NPX Front Office (Rm 601 in Bldg F)


Beginning Tuesday Oct 4, students may bring a prepackaged snack to eat during 3rd period. Because our locker bays are outdoors, students cannot keep food in their lockers. If your child is bringing a snack to school, please advise your child to keep them in a pencil bag or in their binder.

First Quarter Report Cards are Coming

Our first quarter grade reports will be available on Jupiter by Monday, October 17th. 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. The first conference week is October 17-21 for 6th, 8th, and 9th grade students. We will hold conferences for 7th, 10th, and 11th graders in January.

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:

Middle School Gladiators! Order your Team Shirt. Due Thurs Oct 6

Please place orders by Thursday October 6. Order online today. Shirts will be distributed to teams as soon as they arrive, in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Costco Paper Drive Event This Saturday! Oct 8

Saturday, October 8th from 8am-10:30am *Note: cut-off time is prompt! Don't wait till the last minute to do your shopping! Mention NPX and Costco will donate copy paper to our school.

Come do your weekly shopping at this event and help our school earn much needed supplies! We will have a school wish list available for parents! For every $100 spent at this event, Costco donates a ream of paper back to the school of your choice. (Excluding Gas, Costco Cash Cards and online purchases)

Only at the Cave Creek Costco 2450 E Beardsley Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85050

PSAT Testing Fees due by Fri Oct 7

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors will be taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) on October 19, as they prepare to take the SAT in the spring of the junior year. The PSAT provides the opportunity for practice and comprehensive feedback so that students see where they can improve for future tests. Test results across the network are also used to support curriculum development. Most importantly, For 11th grade students, the PSAT serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The PSAT will be administered at North Phoenix Prep on Wednesday, October 19th during the school day. It is expected that all students will participate in the testing day. The testing fee for all students is $25. To receive a comprehensive score report (including a detailed, interactive report with links to individualized practice), pay the $25 fee online by 10/7/2016.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Miss Smith

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.

At the end of the first quarter, 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, October 17th.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

2nd Quarter Clubs

Clubs will begin again the week of October 24. Watch for more details and registration information on

Gladiators - It's time to sign up for winter sports

The 2016-2017 winter sports season for both MS and HS is right around the corner. We will be attempting to form the following teams: