Saturday, August 4, 2018

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

The first day of school is just around the corner!  Our teachers are ready, after weeks of training at a Great Hearts-wide New Faculty Orientation (hosted at our campus), and after a week of NPX in-service.  In addition to getting our curricular materials in order and arranging our classrooms, here are a few of the topics that we've been addressing as a faculty:
  • Building a Culture of Unconditional Love
  • Seminar on Aristotle's Politics
  • Love & Logic Techniques for Classroom Management
  • Assessment and Feedback 
  • Grade Team Meetings
  • Emergency Response
  • CPR
  • Student Life
It's a good thing we've been training because the first few weeks of school are packed with action!

On Wednesday, August 8th, our Juniors and Seniors will hear a talk by Dr. Andrew Seeley of Thomas Aquinas College in California (TAC).  The topic of the talk will be J.R.R. Tolkien's famous essay "On Fairy Stories."  Dr. Seeley will also be speaking with our College Counselors & any student who may be interested in attending TAC.

On Thursday, August 9th, we are hosting a special BullyProof Assembly for our 7th and 8th-grade students.  This is a cooperative effort with Archway designed to train our younger students in specific skills and strategies that protect them from potential bullies.  It focuses on the 99.9% of students who are not bullies and empowers them to stand up for themselves by identifying and responding appropriately to bullying behavior.  There's also a limited-capacity parent session on the evening prior to this assembly.

Finally, on August 15-17, we are going on our Freshman Retreat to Lost Canyon.  Be sure to check out Lost Canyon's promotional video below, which gives you a sense of just how much fun this retreat is going to be! 

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Freshman Retreat Deadline Coming!

Mr. Fleming and Mr. Weinhold in the Dining Hall
The Registration Deadline for our Freshman Retreat to Lost Canyon is August 10th

Securing your student’s spot on the retreat is an easy, online process. Simply submit your payment, and complete a registration form. Because the staff at Lost Canyon need to make our arrangements in advance, we would appreciate your prompt response.

Lost Canyon's Stunning Beauty

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Weinhold directly if you have more immediate questions, concerns, or obstacles to attendance.  We are eager to work with you all to make this an unforgettable start to the high school experience for the North Phoenix Gladiators, Class of 2022!
Lost Canyon's Athletic Field

Traffic Flow

All traffic must enter the campus through the northeast entrance.  All traffic (both Archway and Prep) will then proceed around the field. Prep-only families should use the outside lane to avoid clogging the Archway line. Prep families may then pickup or drop-off at the south side of the Prep building and exit the campus using the southeast exit.

If you have both Prep and Archway students, then you will:
  • Drop-off all of your students on the Archway side in the morning. The Prep students will proceed to their side of campus by foot.
  • Pick up all of your students on the Prep side in the afternoon. The Prep students will retrieve their siblings and bring them to the Prep pickup area. 
Our traffic lines are designed to minimize any potential risks to our students and maximize queuing space so that we prevent an overflow onto 32nd Street.  Nobody wants that.  :)

We know from experience that the traffic pattern takes some time for new members of our community to learn, but once we get into a groove, it really does become routine. Thanks in advance to everyone for your patience and civility out there. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Middle School Social at The Rock!


           Middle School beginning of the year Social
16325 N 32nd Street
                  (1/4 mile south of the school on 32nd Street)
   Date: Saturday 8/11/18
          Time: 5:30pm thru 8:00pm
                       COST:$10 Pre-pay by Friday 8/10 - 
                       deposit in black PSO box located in front office

  $15 at the door