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)

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.