Saturday, April 14, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

In anticipation of nationwide student protests and school walkouts planned for April 20th, I want to share with you our Academy’s proactive approach to this national moment. In partnership with student representatives, I have identified an opportunity for our students to honor those who have fallen in the tragedies of school shootings, to do so in a manner that is civil and not politicized, and to do all of this in partnership with the school.

Although the broader culture seems increasingly polarized these days, I was so proud of our students when I spoke to them about this day and what it means to them. They understood that our Academy is a public, non-sectarian institution serving a variety of Arizonans, and so any action on their part could not espouse a particular political perspective. They also showed a keen interest in preventing an attitude of dissent from overshadowing what they really desired: a moment of solemn remembrance.

With these principles in mind, our leadership team worked with the students to plan a mid-morning assembly just prior to Lyceum on April 20th. The purpose of this assembly is to honor the lives that have been lost in school shootings by participating in a moment of peaceful, silent remembrance. Our students will also have the opportunity to write notes of kindness or notes that acknowledge the lives that have been lost. They can then place these notes at a designated spot on our campus fence for the remainder of the day, where they will serve as a vivid memorial.

Please take a moment this weekend to speak with your student about this assembly. If, after reflecting together as a family, your student wishes to refrain from participating, then please know that we will offer an alternative space as well.

I want to thank our students for working together with me to organize this special event in the life of our school. Their ideas and their hearts of service have made me so proud to be a Gladiator!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Final Countdown!

We have just 5 days left!

We still need

Family tax credits ($2,955) to reach our Tax credit Goal!
Last Day to get your dollar for dollar State Tax Contribution is Tuesday April 17th!
Thank you if you have already made your contribution and please share!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Teacher Feature: Mr. Chancellor

We are proud to announce that Mr. Roy Chancellor is joining our faculty next year!

Mr. Chancellor earned a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.  In addition, he earned an advanced graduate certificate in statistics from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a post-baccalaureate teacher certification from Rio Salado College.

He has taught at Mesa Community College, Saguaro High School, and Scottsdale Preparatory Academy, one of our sister Great Hearts Academies.  Mr. Chancellor was a founding faculty member at Scottsdale Prep and was the primary shaper of its math curriculum for the first five years, having taught all courses for grades 7-12.  All told, Mr. Chancellor brings 12 years of total teaching experience to our math students at North Phoenix.

Outside the classroom, Mr. Chancellor has industrial experience as a manufacturing engineer with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, as a statistician with Intel, as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt with Rogers Corporation, as a mechanical engineer with Orbital Sciences Corporation, and as a process engineer with W. L. Gore and Associates.

Our students prepared a few questions for Mr. Chancellor:

What did you do before you became a teacher?
I worked as a manufacturing and process engineer in the electronics and aerospace industries for a total of 14 years before becoming a full-time teacher.  Growing up, I always loved figuring out how things work and explaining them to others, both of which are big parts of being an engineer and a teacher.  While I really liked the interesting products and machines I worked on, the call to become a teacher proved too great.  I became a full-time teacher 12 years ago and truly love my time in the classroom!

How do you best connect with students?
I best connect with students by seeing them as young adults that could someday be my colleague.  I meet my students where they are and get to know them as people rather than as mere recipients of knowledge.  One of my engineering mentors often said that his primary job was to help those under his leadership become ready to take his job.  By taking a long-term view of my students, I focus on their growth rather than getting immediate results at a particular moment in time.  I also use humor liberally to create a joyful environment, yet approach each class with serious purpose.

What do you look for as signs of positive engagement?
Some signs are obvious, such as taking notes every class or doing the daily homework problems, but by far the best sign of student engagement is the "curiosity" questions they ask.  I love when my students wonder why things work in addition to how.  The why questions promote the best class discussion and are the most intellectually enjoyable.  Other signs of positive engagement are coming to class with a sharp-looking uniform, with all materials required for learning, and with a smile.

What interests do you have that might support a club?
I enjoy activities that involve being outside.  At the top of the list is motorcycle riding (dirt and street), followed closely by hiking, and occasionally 4-wheel driving.  I live near North Phoenix Prep and love hiking the mountain trails in the immediate area such as Lookout Mountain.  Sounds like a hiking/outdoor club!  I also enjoy computer programming when there is time and often integrate elements of programming into my classes.

Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Mr. Chancellor!

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

We have an exciting week ahead of us!  Our seniors are continuing to defend their theses, and all of our students are moving ahead with AzMERIT exams.  I want to thank Mr. Warczinsky for getting our Senior thesis program off to a solid start.  We now have a senior thesis tradition at our Academy!  I also want to thank Mr. Huynh for his dedication and careful planning as our testing coordinator.  The state exams are computer-based for the first time this year, and Mr. Huynh has navigated this transition very well.

Please note that our Juniors and Seniors will perform Shakespeare's The Tempest this Thursday at 7pm, across the street at Calvary North.  We also have a full slate of athletic events this week, so there are plenty of opportunities to attend an event & support our students!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

P.S.  There's still time to receive a Tax Credit!  100% each gift stays at North Phoenix Prep.  Contact our Director of Academy Giving, Jackie Curtis, with any questions you may have (