Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I hope that each of you enjoyed a restful and relaxing Presidents' Day weekend!  In celebration of George Washington, please click here to view an inspiring video about the people who work to preserve Mount Vernon, Washington's historic home.  

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Communicating neurons

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

"Memorizing facts and lists can build the foundations for higher thinking and problem solving," writes psychology teacher Marc Smith in an article from The Guardian.  Just as we saw in last week's headmaster letter, modern science confirms what the classical tradition has been teaching for centuries.  During the first century B.C., in fact, Cicero wrote a treatise on rhetoric titled De Oratore, in which he lauds the construction of mental memory palaces as an effective learning technique.  This was, indeed, a technique that thousands upon thousands of students--from Aristotle to Shakespeare--received during their schooling. 

As we move into the latter half of the third quarter, and as your student is studying for quizzes or exams, let's remember that the initial step toward wisdom is memorizing basic facts, definitions, and paradigms.  This is an insight about learning that both the classical tradition and modern science affirms to be true.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Middle School Winter Semi-Formal



Calling all 7th and 8th Grade North Phoenix Prep Students


Middle School Winter Semi-Formal


Red, Black, & White


Saturday, February 16th 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Archway MPR

DJ~Games~Snacks~Dancing~Fun!

Cost- $10 paid to black PSO box in the front office by 2/15/2019
or $15 at the door

Attire: Semi- Formal 
Consult the Family Handbook for guidelines

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Headmaster Letter


 
Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,
Let me encourage you to pour a cup of coffee and read this article on reading and brain science.  "The human brain isn't wired to read," according to the article, "Kids must explicitly be taught how to connect sounds with letters--phonics."  And wouldn't you know that phonics is precisely what our friends and colleagues at the Archway level teach.  
One of the ironies of being in the classical educational world is that cutting-edge science keeps demonstrating the effectiveness of ancient pedagogical methods.  What we've been doing all along is then suddenly rediscovered to the amazement of those who had left it behind.  The famous Roman educator, Quintilian, promoted phonics as the best method of reading instruction in the first century A.D.  It was not new then, and it's not new now.  But it works.  
Phonics is just one of many such examples.  That's why we are not taken in by the latest educational fads or technological doo-dads at North Phoenix Prep.  The education we provide is tried and true, both timely and timeless.  It's not that we resist innovation or improvement.  By no means!  But by remaining present to the tradition that's been handed down to us, we seek to make prudent judgments about what is--and is not--a real innovation. 
With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold


Friday, January 25, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Image result for liberal arts entrepreneur"In the long run it's the people with liberal arts backgrounds who end up being CEOs," says professor Anna Moro of McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business.  Moro teaches in a combined business and humanities program that's featured in an Atlantic Monthly article entitled, "How the Humanities Can Train Entrepreneurs."  The article describes the landscape of the American job market.  According to the Association of American Colleges & Universities, "More than nine out of 10 [employers] say a job candidate's capacity for thinking and communicating clearly and solving complex problems is more important than his or her major."

At North Phoenix Prep, we proudly deliver a robust curriculum in the liberal arts to all students.  In Humane Letters, our students develop their capacity to think clearly in conversation with others.  They wrestle with some of the greatest thinkers in the Western tradition in their seminars.  Engaging in this meaningful and humane activity is an excellent preparation for the board room, the operating room, the courtroom, or whatever path their lives take.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold   

Monday, January 21, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

"The distractions of the digital era are upon us," Eva Moskowitz declares in a recent article.  Moskowitz is CEO and Founder of Success Academy charter schools, which serves many low-income families in New York.  She describes not only the educational and social-emotional problems that arise from prolonged exposure to screens, but also the disproportionate effect that screens have upon the poor.  Citing the most recent concerns expressed in a New York Times article, she points out that low-income children "spend two hours more on screens each day than those from affluent backgrounds."  Screen time, it would seem, is becoming America's next fast food.

At North Phoenix Prep, we have faced the challenge of screen addiction head-on from the very beginning.  Cell phones and personal technology has been and will continue to be restricted on our campus.  That's because we care deeply about keeping our students mentally and emotionally present for learning.  Furthermore, we believe that our duty to properly form young souls requires us to place restrictions on technology's use.  This wisdom is as old as the Greeks, for whom the deity of technology (Hephaistos) was called "the god who limps."  This notion that technology is somehow misshapen, and that it somehow mis-shapes us, has turned out to be a keen insight that modern science has repeatedly confirmed.

I urge each of you to read the articles linked above, and to do some of your own research on the effects of screen time.  This is an issue that deserves our attentiveness as stewards of the next generation.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

High School Semi - Formal Winter Masquerade

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Middle School Social January 25th!



Middle School Social at The Family Life Center Skate Rink!

CALLING ALL NORTH PHOENIX PREP 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS!!!!!

Come join your fellow classmates for a New Year Social at The Family Life Center Skate Rink @ North Phoenix Baptist Church.  Connect again with your school friends or make some new ones and kick off the New Year together! 

The cost is $10 per student if paid in advance. The payment can be paid in the black box located in the office by Thursday, January 24th  Payment at the door will also be accepted of $15.  Please pay by cash (placed in an envelope with your child's name) or check made payable to NPX PSO.

PARENTS:  Please help us make this event as fun as possible for our kiddos by donating snacks and/or chaperoning.  Please drop off ALL donated food at The Family Life Center at 6pm when you arrive. (Note- event does not start until 6:30pm- when dropping off snacks please help with set up)

Note: Students are encouraged to bring their own skates to use at the skate rink. These may not be sneaker skates! While the skate rink has many skates, sometimes it is difficult to accomodate large parties as many students have the same size feet.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: All students must have both a completed PSO MS Social Participation Agreement on file to attend and also a waiver from Family Life Center in order to participate.  Please click the appropriate links below. In addition, please review the Family Life Center Skating Rink Rules with your student.

Date: 01/25/2019 (Fri.)

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm MST

Location: The Family Life Center 5757 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85012 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Welcome back!  We launched into a new semester last week with Student-Led Conferences, a Pin and Blazer Ceremony for our Juniors and Seniors, and an Alumni Panel for all of our high school students.  What a week!

During the Pin and Blazer Ceremony, I referred to a distinction that author David Brooks makes in his bestselling book, The Road to Character.  Brooks distinguishes between "resume virtues" and "eulogy virtues."  The resume virtues are what one cultivates when one aims at utilitarian success.  Building one's professional skills is important, to be sure, but one's resume is not the same as one's character.  At our Academy, we aim to cultivate eulogy virtues.  These are virtues such as friendship, self-sacrifice, moral courage, and integrity of character. 

It takes time to develop these virtues.  In fact, it takes the whole of one's life.  Even then, these virtues are not fully complete.  Yet we strive to their perfection nonetheless, because we believe that human happiness lies in eulogy virtue much more than in resume virtue.  As we begin this second semester together at North Phoenix Prep, let us be ever vigilant in the cultivation of eulogy virtue.  Let us direct the hearts and minds of our students toward the interior moral drama of self-knowledge and self-improvement, and let us direct them away from the shallow waters of self-satisfaction.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold