Saturday, January 27, 2018

Congratulations to Spelling Bee Winner!

Congratulations to Sam Benavidez not only for winning the North Phoenix Prep Spelling Bee, but also for his stellar performance at the Great Hearts network-wide Spelling Bee.  So proud of this young Gladiator! 

Many thanks and much appreciation to Ms. Tabor for organizing our Spelling Bee this year.  It was such a great event!

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This week in Physics class, one of our students solved a homework problem before she had received the theoretical instruction in class.  Here's the problem she solved:
A tennis player swings her 1000 g racket with a speed of 10 m/s.  She hits a 60 g tennis ball that was approaching her at a speed of 20 m/s.  The ball rebounds at 40 m/s.
  • How fast is her racket moving immediately after the impact?  You can ignore the interaction of the racket with her hand for the brief duration of the collision.
  • If the tennis ball and racket are in contact for 10 ms, what is the average force that the racket exerts on the ball?
The student answered these questions in what Dr. Cort described as "a tour de force of analytical reasoning."  She committed to working the problem, and she persisted in carefully thinking it through to a conclusion.  This was a triumph, indeed!

In this moment, one of our Philosophical Pillars became real.  That Pillar is our belief that the world is ordered and knowable.  Whenever we observe something that we cannot initially understand, we continue to believe that we could understand it, if only we thought about it in the right way.  This is a kind of intellectual humility that we take as an important first step in the educational process.  We do not teach young people the habit of "gotcha" thinking that prevails in some academic circles, in which we despondently throw up our hands when opinions vary.  When we lack understanding initially, or when disagreements arise, our first thoughts are:  I must not understand properly or entirelyI may need to adjust my own thinking.  We do not simply assume that a question is unanswerable or a problem unworkable.  That is a path that ultimately leads to chaos and despair.

Our students gain confidence that they can understand the world's orderliness because they consistently face and overcome difficulties, quandaries, and seeming impossibilities in their classes at North Phoenix Prep.  They learn to think logically and coherently, and they begin to apply their minds to problems, issues, and questions that arise spontaneously.  I can think of no better approach to education, nor a better preparation for college, career, and a life well-lived.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Thursday, January 25, 2018

High School Preview Night

NPX Class of 2022 High School Preview Night
Thursday, February 1st 6:00PM

We invite the Class of 2022 to get a vision of their future at North Phoenix Prep from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, February 1st 6:00 PM.  We will hear brief presentations regarding academics, arts, athletics, and the college counseling program which make up the NPX high school experience.
We will also have a panel of current NPX high school students to address common questions or concerns about high school.

This is a great opportunity to meet the high school teachers, older high school students, and the rest of the class of 2022! Set your sights on success with a clear view of the road ahead!

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Middle School Semi-Formal, 1/26 from 7pm-9pm!

Middle School Semi-Formal, Winter Wonderland

Friday, January 26 from 7-9pm 
Archway MPR 
Cost is $10 and payable to the PSO black box
 in the front office OR at the door.  

Monday, January 22, 2018

Help Maryvale on Saturday, January 27!

Please see the below information to help our sister school, Maryvale canvas the neighborhood! 

ALL NPX students are invited to help and must have a parent to accompany them. 

Maryvale Prep is reaching out for your help.  We are making great progress on the construction of our new campus, but we need to find more students to join us this fall.  When we opened our doors six years ago, our greatest success in this endeavor came by way of knocking on the doors of the very families we sought to serve.  So, we are going to canvass the streets once again and we are inviting you to join us.  Our “Canvassing Day” will be Saturday, January 27 at 9:00 a.m.  We will meet at our new site (4825 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85031), share a continental breakfast, and then head out for an hour or two with flyers to distribute and key messages to share.  It will be an exciting morning for all of Great Hearts!  If you can join us, please RSVP by Thursday, January 25 here