Friday, February 24, 2017

Upcoming Events for the 3rd Quarter

Check NPX Events Calendar for updates & Check the Athletics Calendar for Sporting Events
  • Tue Feb 28
  • Thu Mar 2
  • Sat Mar 4
    • 8:00am – 10:30am Costco Paper Drive - Costco Wholesale, 2450 E Beardsley Rd
    • 10:00am – 2:00pm 7th grade Social - CrackerJax, 16001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
  • Mon Mar 6 - Fri Mar 10 
  • Wed Mar 8 - Fri Mar 10
    • 2017-2018 Re-enrollment by appointment (more details coming soon)
  • Fri Mar 10 
    • R & R Weekend - No Homework!
  • Mon Mar 13 - Fri Mar 17
    • No School: Spring Break

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

One of the joys of my vocation is visiting classrooms and observing all of the wonderful things that our teachers and students are doing on a daily basis.  I am always struck by the kinds of questions that are discussed.  Here are a few examples from just a few brief pop-in observations this past week:

"When finding the area under a parabola, how can the rectangles needed to find the integral be infinitesimally small?"

"What is the difference between Romanesque and Gothic architecture?"

"What is the stem of pax, pacis?"

"What aspects of nationalism existed during the Archaic period of ancient Greece's history?"

The mode of asking questions in order to advance learning is one that we wholeheartedly embrace at our academy.  We take seriously Socrates' assertion that the unexamined life is not worth living, and we believe that education should proceed through shared inquiry and honest discussion.  Although it's necessary at certain stages of a student's development for teachers to provide direct instruction, we believe that asking and answering questions engages the student's sense of wonder, and that it develops their capacity for clear thinking.

I am so proud of our students and their teachers for their continued investment in this life-transforming kind of education--and for asking such interesting questions!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Monday, February 20, 2017

High School Semi-Formal Sat Feb 25

Attention all high schoolers - your semi-formal, Old Hollywood, is on Saturday, February 25th! Tickets are $20 prepaid or $25 at the door. You can pay to the black box at the front office. Students you are allowed to bring an approved guest to this event. Pick up forms at the front office and see Ms. Harris if you have any questions!

Sports Announcements

All winter sport athletes 

Please turn in your jerseys to your coaches at your earliest convenience.

Gladiators please note the following important dates and times for Spring Sports:

Middle School Boys Basketball
  • A Team - Your next practice will be on Wed., Feb. 22 from 5-6.
  • B Team - Your next practice will be on Wed., Feb. 22 from 3:30-5:00.
Middle School AND High School Track & Field
  • Starting Tuesday, Feb. 21 practices will be held at Greenway Middle School. Please contact the coaches for details.

All spring sport athletes

Picture day will be Thursday, Feb. 23. Immediately following school please get dressed in your uniform. Track and tennis will report to the large field here on campus. Basketball will report to the gym.

Family Directory

The 2016-2017 NPX Family Directory  has recently been updated. You can find it on our website under: Family Resources. This PDF file is password protected - the password will be emailed to you through the Jupiter portal.

The NPX Family Directory was created using information on file from the Media Release and Family Directory Consent forms, and our Student Database. Please notify the school office if your information is incorrect.

College Counseling on the Importance of College Tours

The touring of college campuses is a critical step in the college admissions process for even more reasons than you might expect! Beyond the upcoming NAU Field Trip for the juniors or the recently announced 2017 Great Hearts Academies Summer College Tours to Chicago and California, Ms. Smith strongly encourages all families to consider working in a college tour to their travel plans over Spring Break or Summer; even if a student has no interest in a school, the tour is a treasure trove of information!