Thursday, September 7, 2017

Harvey Flash Drive- A Note From Our Superintendent

Headmaster Weinhold and Student Volunteers

Dear Great Hearts Families, Colleagues and Partners,

Our Harvey Relief FLASH DRIVE was a rousing success! The effort put forth by our students, families, staff, volunteers and moving partners with less than 24 hours to respond, was amazing!

Together, we brought in and consolidated over 20,000 pounds of goods today alone. After many students and teachers helped load it all up, this bounty of material goodwill was transported and unloaded by 6 cheerful guys from Just-in-Time Moving, a company owned by a Great Hearts Arete parent who enthusiastically donated four moving trucks and crews, and planned the ground transport logistics. The donations are now staged at a hangar provided by RossAviation at the Scottsdale Airport. With the help of AERO Bridge, a company that mobilizes private pilots who are willing to donate their time, planes, and fuel to help the disaster delivery efforts, the first plane will fly out of Scottsdale today. The initial plan was to use four planes to transport everything to Texas, but with the tremendous response, it will take 12 planes (or trips) and one long-haul moving truck to move everything in a timely fashion. Everything delivered by plane will arrive in Beaumont, TX by Saturday, September 9th. Children and their families will greet the planes on the tarmac to pick up the supplies and then deliver them to Port Arthur, TX, one of the hardest hit areas.

You can see local TV coverage by clicking here, an article here, and we have amassed a number of photographs from the academies and at the Ross Aviation hangar that you can view by clicking here. There is also a video summary of the day that you can view by clicking here.

I am so thankful to our partners at AERO Bridge, Ross Aviation, and Just-in-Time Moving for working with us on such short notice, and I am so proud and grateful for the responsive leadership in each of our academies and for our collective, rapid, activation and generosity to lend a helping hand in this time of desperate need for our Texan neighbors. It is truly heart-warming to be part of this community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families who are enduring an overwhelmingly tragic situation in Texas ... and for those in the path of the Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida even now.

Thank you all, for answering the call!

Thank you,
Robert Wagner
Superintendent of Schools | GreatHearts Arizona
3102 N. 56th St., Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85018
D: (602) 343-0610

NPX Key Club students load the truck with Archway and Prep donations. Thank you North Phoenix Families!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I was strolling through the hallways during Lyceum last week when I happened upon a classroom that was overflowing with students.  Being curious and admittedly somewhat wary about whatever was going on, I directed my steps toward the room.  What I discovered in that classroom delighted and astonished me.  It was an interest meeting for Key Club, a service co-curricular program that Mr. Bustos and Ms. Tabor have established this year.  The fact that so many students attended this initial meeting is an incredible witness to the servant-hearted good will of our students and their intention to benefit our community this year.

Key Club is one of many such opportunities to serve through North Phoenix Prep.  Our Lanistae program, which is a high school mentorship program, is another.  Students in the Lanistae program partner with faculty Editors to plan campus events for the middle school Gladiator teams, and they also plan community service events and other outreach.  Likewise, our Student Senators serve their peers in high school by planning and organizing student life events and cultivating school spirit.

These co-curricular opportunities are significant because our academy is more than just the sum total of academic courses like calculus or biology or French.  The content that we teach is one thing; the form through which we teach it is another.  We certainly want our students to acquire subject-specific knowledge, but our ultimate aim is the cultivation of their hearts as well as their minds.  Service-oriented co-curriculars like Key Club are just one more proof that our students are indeed becoming great-hearted, and that makes me so proud to be a Gladiator!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold