Friday, October 19, 2018

Middle School Social November 3rd


Saturday, November 3rd 6pm - 9pm in the Archway Multipurpose Room

NPX PSO Presents


Bring your dancing feet and enjoy some tasty treats

Cost: $10

Due by Friday, November 2nd to the black box in the front office

Otherwise $15 at the door

Cash OR you can pay by check made out to NPX PSO

Please note, this is NOT a costume party


Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

It's appropriate that humility is the last of the Six Loves, but it is ironically the most important. 
That's because humility rescues our other loves from the disease of arrogance or narcissism.   

At North Phoenix Prep, we are committed to serving others, because that is what Love actually is.  Humility is a key virtue in opening our hearts to the possibility of selfless love.
Great Hearts conceives of its mission as one of radical service to others, to the community, to the American republic. Like Socrates, we view our mission as a kind of piety or obedience—he famously explained in his trial that he sought the truth and engaged others in conversation because he believed that’s what the god of the Delphic oracle had ordered him to do. And, like Socrates, our love of excellence and relentless pursuit of truth seems destined to look like arrogance to others not similarly inclined. We must, therefore, actively cultivate HUMILITY, self-deprecation, self-giving in our work and in our way of communicating with others about what we do and what we love—above all, our schools must cultivate the practice of humility and service in our students. 
We must continually emphasize that Great Hearts pursues excellence not because we think we are or ought to be better than everyone else, but rather because we think that there are things, thoughts, thinkers, and examples that are much better than ourselves.
With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Teacher Feature: Mr. Gray

Mr. Tom Gray teaches 8th-grade Medieval History and 10th-grade Economics at our Academy.  He possesses a wide range of teaching experience from Grand Canyon University, and he is the proud parent of a Prep student.  Mr. Gray earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University, completed graduate courses in American History from the University of Northern Colorado, and earned an M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary.  

Our students prepared a few questions for Mr. Gray:

When did you decide to become a teacher, and why?  
I became a teacher in graduate school when I was given the opportunity to teach a freshman-level American History course.  At that point I realized that I had an opportunity to pay a debt I owed to two teachers.  I had an amazing 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Brinson who saw through my misbehavior and instead saw potential; she believed in me and challenged me to do better.  Then there was Mr. Hayes, my middle school assistant principal who noticed my less than spectacular grade in English.  He called me into his office one day, and again, saw potential in me; he tutored me after school and would hand write notes of encouragement on my report cards as my grade steadily went up.  I have had some amazing teachers in my educational journey, but I owe Mrs. Brinson and Mr. Hayes a bit more than the others.

If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be?  
I would have to say that would be J.R.R. Tolkien.  He is a masterful storyteller as well as a writer who prompts his readers to think more deeply.  I am especially fond of his “On Fairy Stories” and try to read The Hobbit and the LOTR each year—this year will mark my fourth reading.  The dinner discussion would certainly be stimulating and would likely revolve around his characters and ultimately, myth.

What interests do you have that might support an extracurricular club?  
I have been competing in the Scottish Highland Games for several years now and love training for them which involves strength training.  This year I finally set up my “garage” gym in order to have more freedom to train for the Games. I am currently the sponsor for the Strength and Conditioning club and am looking forward to working with the throwers on the track team.
Mr. Gray Competing in the Scottish Highland Games!

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

As we look ahead to conferences, it's timely for me to share the fifth of our Six Loves: Conversation and Community.  

The faculty and I look forward to dialoguing with you about your student's progress, and we are excited about launching forward into the second quarter!

The West has been called by some the “civilization of the dialogue”, because of the unique way in which argument, dialectic, reasoned speech, and conversation have operated in Western philosophy and politics through the ages. The Western intellectual tradition has itself been called “the Great Conversation”, a dialogue of ideas and persons, of books and thinkers that spans thousands of years of history and cuts across divisions of language, culture, religion, and history. At the heart of a Great Hearts school is the Humane Letters seminar, a place where contemporary, 21st-century Americans join this Great Conversation about the true, the good, and the beautiful.
There is something universal about this conversation—it transcends the peculiarities of place and time, and participates in something that has been going on for thousands of years in the West. At the same time, following the example of Socrates, who devoted his life to seeking absolute and universal truth without leaving one particular city, we hold that this conversation must be rooted in relationships, friendships, in the COMMUNITY of a particular place, a particular group of friends, in a particular school. Without personal friendships and familiarity, which take time to develop, and without a sense of place and community, the conversation will run cold or become sterile, a mere intellectual exercise.
With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold