Friday, October 18, 2019

Movie Night Friday, October 18th

PSO Family Movie Night is this Friday, October 18th
Field opens at 5:30 pm
1st movie Paddington 6:30 pm
2nd movie The Princess Bride 8:30 pm

Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets
Food truck vendors will be onsite
Popcorn and water for purchase

Monday, August 12, 2019

Fall Parent Mixer! 

Saturday, August 24, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
NPX Courtyard and MPR

 Please join us - we want to meet you! 

This event is for all parents both Archway K-6 AND Prep 7-12! 

Childcare available for younger children in the Archway MPR


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Remind App for NPX!

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We are excited to share that NPX is rolling out Remind for all our Gladiator families! If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with what's happening at school. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text from your phone!

As part of this rollout, we're sending sign-up instructions via text and email.  If you haven't already received one, then look for it shortly!  Here is a video demo to see how Remind works.

We're excited to make connecting with our families more engaging!

Monday, July 1, 2019

High School Retreat: Register TODAY!

80% of our High School has already signed up for the retreat to Lost Canyon!  Have you?

Submit your payment, and complete a registration form to receive a discounted rate for our HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT.

Discount ends TODAY!

EARLY Registration & Payment by June 15 = $150
Registration & Payment by July 1 = $175
Registration & Payment by August 1 = $200
LATE Registration & Payment after August 1st = $225

Click Here to learn more about our annual HIGH SCHOOL retreat!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

North Phoenix Prep Student Supplies!

Simplify your supply shopping!

Order a la carte and/or grade level bundles

Student supply orders need to be received by June 17th!

Follow the link below to order!

Student Supplies

High School Retreat: Best Discount Ends TODAY!

Submit your payment, and complete a registration form to receive the best rate for our HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT.

The Best Discount ends TODAY!

EARLY Registration & Payment by June 15 = $150
Registration & Payment by July 1 = $175
Registration & Payment by August 1 = $200
LATE Registration & Payment after August 1st = $225

Click Here to learn more about our annual HIGH SCHOOL retreat!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

High School Retreat!

Dear Families of High School Students,

I am so excited to tell you about our High School Retreat to Lost Canyon! Yep, that's right: we are taking the whole High School to Lost Canyon this year! This is truly a significant opportunity to build a strong foundation for your student’s high school experience at North Phoenix Prep. Our annual retreat not only ignites your student’s social engagement with his or her peers, it also cultivates the trust required for the rigorous and collaborative work they will do in the classroom. A North Phoenix Prep education depends upon the development of an invested and united community of learners, so our goal is to have 100% participation. We want every high school student to experience this important opportunity to share a communal experience with their friends.

We will depart by bus on Wednesday, August 14th and will return on Friday, August 16th, having bonded over team building activities, leadership exercises, an introduction to college counseling, s'mores and campfire stories (and sometimes sing-alongs), hiking, games, and loads of new inside jokes. Students will receive an information packet on or before the first day of school with all the details that they will need for the retreat. The packet will include: daily schedule, packing list, group assignments, cabin assignments, camp map, and liability waivers. We will send home an electronic copy of this information as well.

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 have a tiered registration schedule that incentivizes your prompt response:

EARLY Registration & Payment by June 15 = $150
Registration & Payment by July 1 = $175
Registration & Payment by August 1 = $200
LATE Registration & Payment after August 1st = $225

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have more immediate questions, concerns, or obstacles to attendance. I am eager to work with you all to make this an unforgettable kickstart for our high school culture next year!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Graduation Speaker

Our graduation speaker this year is Mr. Jake Tawney.  Born and raised in Ohio, Mr. Tawney earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Denison University and a master's in Mathematics from the Ohio State University.  He spent a decade teaching mathematics and computer science at the high school level before serving as Director of Student Services.  In 2014, Mr. Tawney and his family moved to Phoenix to join Great Hearts, where he serves as Vice President of Curriculum.  Mr. Tawney and his wife are the busy parents of eight children.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

High School Retreat!

Last year's retreat with the Freshmen was so great that we're bringing the whole high school next year! Our 2019 High School Retreat will once again be held at Lost Canyon in Williams, Arizona!

The retreat will take place from August 14-16.

Parents of High Schoolers will receive an introductory letter from Mr. Weinhold this week!

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

As we enter finals week and prepare for graduation, it's fitting to take a moment to reflect on the path we've walked.  The 2018-2019 school year has been, indeed, a memorable one. I remain ever grateful for the privilege of serving as your headmaster and for the camaraderie that we share in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

I imagine that your students, like me, can recall several moments from this past year that will stick in their memory for a long time. Perhaps they remember speeding down the zip line at Lost Canyon during our Freshman Retreat. Perhaps they remember the excitement of one of our post-season athletic competitions. Perhaps they remember attending one of our many school social events. More deeply, our students may cherish the memory of a certain friendship or the satisfaction of academic achievement. Our life together includes many varied experiences, some more meaningful than others, some which will pass away, and some which will remain with us for years to come—perhaps even for a lifetime.

Yet I want to encourage everyone in our community to reflect upon another, deeper reality: that the focus of our Academy is not primarily upon the here and now—though there are always many exciting activities and experiences happening here and now. Nor are we primarily trying to craft lovely memories—though many memorable moments occur throughout the school year. Rather, our true purpose is something entirely different. Our purpose is transformational. It is future-oriented. It is about who we are becoming. It is about the moral drama that plays out in our choices and in our relationships. It is about discovering the purpose and meaning that brings significance to the whole of our lives.

Let’s continue building each other up both now and in the years to come, Gladiators!  Let’s continue to cultivate virtue in and with one another!  And let's sprint all the way through the finish line this year!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Monday, May 13, 2019

Community Investment

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Community Investment is a vital component of our school's financial well-being.  A gift to Community Investment allows us to use funds for the operation of the school, including paying teachers' salaries, purchasing supplies for the school, and all of the expected (and unexpected) expenses associated with operating a school.  We are currently behind on our projected goal for Community investment. 

Currently, 33% of families are participating, and we are at 71% of our annual goal.

We have until June 30th to finish the year strong with Community Investment.  We invite you to support our campaign so that we can purchase beautiful artwork for our hallways.  There are currently several blank walls that need decoration.  We also need to purchase engaging books and resources for our library shelves, which are currently serving as mere storage.  Your gift will make a visible difference on our campus, so please consider donating today! 

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Your feedback is important to us, especially as we wrap up this year & pivot towards the 2019-2020 school year.  I am asking all families to complete an online survey for each teacher who instructs your student(s).  Your responses can help us focus on the right things as we seek to continuously improve our Academy's community.

Please note that the survey answers are anonymous and that your narrative comments are helpful as we analyze the results. 

The survey will remain open until May 20th.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Last week's Art Show and Senior Drama performance was truly spectacular!  I'm so proud of our students for the hours of preparation and rehearsal that made last Thursday such a wonderful evening for us all.  It's evenings like these that remind us why we're engaged in the vital work of cultivating the hearts and minds of our students.  These communal experiences of beauty give us a perspective that we must carry forward into our daily lives.  They fill us with a yearning for the highest, nobles, and finest things.  It's so wonderful that our students can give us this tremendous gift! 

Be sure to mark your calendars for our Spring Concert on May 16th.  This will be another fantastic opportunity to experience the Beautiful with our students and faculty.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10!  Help our PSO make the week truly special for our teachers!  You can donate directly using the PayPal link below, or click the Sign-Up Genius to contribute a basket item.



Monday, April 29, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

We have an exciting week ahead of us!  Our Seniors will be performing Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband this Thursday evening, and we will be hosting our annual NPX Art Show on the same day.  Come to the Art Show and stay for the play!  The arts are, indeed, vital to an education in Beauty, and I am always appreciative that our Academy continues to provide a rich immersion in art, music, poetry, and drama for all our students.

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold

Monday, April 22, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I trust that everyone had a restful and relaxing three-day weekend!  We are entering the final season of the school year, one with many events and deadlines converge in a flurry of activity prior to summer vacation.  As we enter this busy time of year, let's remember to keep a sense of perspective and to remember why we're here.  We engage daily in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty because we believe that these pursuits prepare young people for a life well-lived.  What we are ultimately seeking is something deeper and more meaningful than mere success.  We are after robust and authentic human happiness for each of our students--and for ourselves.  Everything we do aims at that all-important purpose.

I also want to take a moment to express my gratitude to Ms. Coughlon for the energy, enthusiasm, and dynamism that she has brought to her role as assistant headmaster at our Academy.  You will see in her letter below that she is moving to San Antonio, Texas to serve as the founding headmaster of a future Great Hearts Academy.  Her work and influence at North Phoenix Prep will never be forgotten, and I am so grateful for her partnership over the past several years.  She will finish out the school year with us, so we will have an opportunity to thank her and wish her well on her new adventure. 

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Monday, April 15, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Today’s Schools Should Emulate The Education That Produced Abraham Lincoln

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

We have a short but action-packed week ahead of us!  As we launch into it with vigor, allow me to direct your attention to a brief article written by a friend of mine, Dr. Stephen Shipp.  The article is titled, "Today's Schools Should Emulate the Education that Produced Abraham Lincoln."  Here's a brief snippet from the article to whet your appetites:

"Our contemporary notions of practical education have little regard for things that cannot be counted, so it has trouble teaching us what is worthy of our full energies. But those things that are not easily counted are exactly the sorts of things that defined Lincoln—wit and wisdom, humility and patience, eloquence and unbending humanity.
Lincoln modeled his self-education on the education of the schoolhouse. Maybe we should model our schoolhouses on his self-education."
With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

We have an exciting week ahead of us!  Our seniors are continuing to defend their theses; many of our students are taking state assessments; and the junior drama performance is this Thursday night!  It's remarkable that our Seniors produce a fifteen-page paper comparing two books of significant weight and merit, and that they defend their own ideas before a panel of faculty.  I want to thank our Seniors for their hard work on this important project, and I also want to thank Mr. Warczinsky for his work as the program director.  Thanks also to Ms. Cole for her tireless efforts as our state testing coordinator, and to our students for working hard on their exams.  Ms. Foglesong and her band of thespians also deserve many thanks for dutifully transforming our multi-purpose room into a theatre for Thursday's performance.  Be sure to see them perform Shakespeare's delightful comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, at 7pm!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold   

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Game ON! Middle School Social

Calling all 7th & 8th graders!

Game ON!

Get ready for the final combined Middle School Social of the year

April 12, 2019 6 pm - 8 pmLincoln Heights Christian Church2121 E. Lincoln Drive

Don't forget! A signed PSO social agreement  (also known as a waiver) needs to be signed and on file for all social events attended. Students who attended prior socials this year will have this on file.

The event is $10 if tickets purchased by Thursday 4/11/2019 at noon

Or $15 at the door the evening of the event

Food~ Fun~ Music ~ Karaoke ~ Gaming Tables ~ Dodge ball

Bring your favorite board or card games!


And/or sign up to compete 1st Annual 7th VS 8th Grade Dodge ball Tournament! 

The winning teams will receive prizes and a claim to victory with a trophy presentation!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I’m so excited to share an improvement project that is designed to create more opportunities for feedback and input from our student body.  Over the past several weeks, a team of faculty and students put in many hours of service to create our first student culture survey.  I’m absolutely thrilled about this important first step towards giving our students a voice in shaping our school’s culture.   

Last week Mr. Warczinsky shared the results of the survey with our faculty and the students who served on our initial focus group and data collection team. This week the results will be posted in the courtyard entrance to the academic building. Student representatives will be available during lunch and lyceum throughout the week to help students understand and interpret the survey results. The charts are linked below:

The results reflect a wide range of opinions among the students, but one particular area of concern stood out: Students largely agree that they do not have a voice in shaping NPX rules. While the survey itself was the first important step in creating a vehicle for student input, there is more to do. As a next step, Ms. Coughlon and Ms. Schripsema are forming small student panels to address specific areas of concern identified through the survey. These panels will be tasked with gathering and utilizing student input and proposing recommendations for real school policies.

This work reflects our firm cultural commitment to genuine dialogue in the pursuit of continuously improving together.  We are so pleased to take this next step in creating structures that support conversation and a shared sense of ownership with our thoughtful and great-hearted students.

We also recognize that families will want an opportunity to discuss the survey results. Please stay tuned for more news on this exciting endeavor!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

P.S.  Please join us in extending our sincere gratitude to the following students and faculty who helped launch the first NPX Student Culture Survey. (The amount of help received was truly immense, and we sincerely regret any names that slipped through the cracks.)

Sabrina Kloft
Tiago Higa-Silva
Taylor Yvon
Russell Roberts
Abby Laas
Louis Anderson
Angelique Cort
Jaager Howell
Liam Black
Naveen Kumar
Aiden Davis
Olivia Luttinger
Anna Pesheva
Alana Curtis
Mia Wahlheim
Katie Herrington
Vishesh Kumar
David Moore
Faizan Mistry
Nabana Rafique
Rocco Berbetti
Mr. Black
Dr. Cort
Ms. Coughlon
Mr. Warczinsky

Friday, March 22, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break!  When your students return for this final quarter of the year, they will notice several upgrades to the Prep entry.  Our fearless facilities technician, Mr. Lugo, has hung the Gladiator standards along the upstairs balcony and across the wall.  Now every young Gladiator will see his or her Familia represented prominently at the threshold of our fair Academy.  We have also moved the Lost and Found to the Multi-Purpose Room so that the Prep entrance is a cleaner, more distinct space.  In addition, several faculty members have volunteered to serve as greeters so that each student enters the school with a welcome, a handshake, and a smile. 

All of this is designed to emphasize the fact that North Phoenix Prep is a distinct environment with an intentional culture of unquenchable goodwill.  It's also designed to send a message to our whole community: finish the school year strong!  The fourth quarter is when the game is won.  So let's get in here and win it together!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Can you believe that it's the final week of the 3rd Quarter?  It's a cliche, I know, but time really does seem to fly faster and faster as the years go by.  In fact, Shelly and I were just recently reflecting on this reality as we paged through old pictures of our toddlers, Edmund and Sophia.  It seems like they were infants only yesterday!  As many of you have already told us, they'll be teenagers before we know it.

Time does, indeed, tend to pass more quickly than we realize.  That's why our team has been proactively planning to finish the school year strong & pivot into the 2019-2020 school year with purpose.  In January, I formed a Steering Committee of faculty members to join me in the work cultural improvement at NPX.  After careful deliberation and thoughtful conversation, and with the input of students, the committee has decided to focus our collective energies on creating an even more special environment at North Phoenix Prep. 

What does it mean to create a "special environment"?  Think about what happens when you walk into a museum, or a cathedral, or a football stadium, or a library.  Each of those unique spaces, and others like them, communicate a consistent atmosphere and sense of behavioral expectations.  From the moment we walk into a museum, we know that we ought to meander, to pause before artifacts and consider them, to move slowly, and to speak softly.  Football stadium behavior is as inappropriate in a museum as museum behavior is in a football stadium.  Our work over the next several months, then, will be to establish a clear threshold between the interior of our campus and the environment outside, one that clearly communicates, among other things, a vision of dignified deportment and decorum. 

The implications of this improvement project are many.  There are, for example, several aesthetic improvements that we need to make in our courtyard, Prep entry, and hallways.  These will require time and resources to complete, however.  So we've decided to start the 4th quarter with a project that's limited in scope and that should be fairly straightforward to implement: a simple morning entry routine at the Prep entrance.  The main purpose of the entry routine is to raise student awareness that they are entering a shared academic space that belongs to the whole community, one within which we share a particular way of being.  To help us iron out the details of this routine, a focus group of students from a wide range of grade levels have already provided valuable input, and we will be administering a brief survey to all students tomorrow to gather even more. 

I am eager to engage our whole community of faculty, students, and families in this improvement project, so please do reach out to me directly with any questions or ideas that you may have.  I believe that we are building something truly special here at North Phoenix Prep, and I am excited about taking that to the next level in the 4th Quarter!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

I recently came across this article by Jeff Haden in Inc. magazine.  The article cites a recent Johns Hopkins study of skills practice.  It turns out that the way we practice is even more important than how much we practice.  That's important to keep in mind as our students are completing homework, studying for exams, and participating in classes.  "Most people simply repeat the same moves," writes Haden. "Like playing scales on the piano, over and over again. Or going through the same list of vocabulary words, over and over again." But the researchers at Johns Hopkins found that "if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row." The implications for this concept are wide-ranging, so be sure to check out this important article.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, February 24, 2019

10th Grade Field Trip to Renaissance Festival!

Huzzah! The 10th grade field trip to the Renaissance Festival will take place on Thursday, March 7.
 Please register your student HERE

Registration deadline is  Monday, March 4th.
 The cost is $25 for transportation and admission to the festival. 
In addition, please make sure your student brings:
• A sack lunch or money to buy lunch
• Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
• Water bottle
• Optional: money to buy souvenirs
Students may also bring a cell phone to communicate with chaperones. There will be pre-planned meet ups for certain events and to check in with chaperones. So long as someone in the group has access to a cell phone, it will be fine if your student does not have a cell phone.
Students may wear jeans/nice pants and athletic shoes but must wear a uniform top for the trip.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This week I'm sharing an article entitled, "Why Hire Students from a Liberal Arts College?" by Natalie K. Kent.  Although the article is focused upon the liberal arts education offered at Hillsdale College, our students at North Phoenix Prep learn the very same skills of communication, clear thinking, and creativity that many students only begin to learn at college & university.  Enjoy! 
Since 1990, jobs in STEM have seen an unprecedented 79 percent growth, totaling in 17.3 million occupations in 2018. Yet it may surprise you to learn that a survey of CEOs from the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that 74 percent of employers preferred liberal arts majors to create a more dynamic work environment. Two employment recruiters from Goldman Sachs recently noted, “[When hiring, it is important] for us to have people who are good communicators and who can distill complex information into understandable terms, and we’ve found that this is a strength for many liberal arts majors.” 
So what are the liberal arts? And why is this method of study so hotly debated
At Hillsdale College the liberal arts are not just menial classes students are required to take to graduate. There is a specific core curriculum for all majors that is designed to introduce students to inescapably relevant ideas. 
Some educators believe that educating a person is like filling a cup with water; information needs to be disseminated into the individual until they are “full” (i.e., until that student has passed all of her classes and earned her degree). Hillsdale takes a different approach. We believe that there are certain universal truths and that discovering them is an extremely difficult and academically rigorous pursuit—one in which students must learn to think critically and logically, challenge their own perspectives and biases, and employ this process to every area of their lives. You’ll find that students at Hillsdale love the journey. They simply love learning. 
Simply put, Hillsdale College teaches students how to think but not what to think. Our students are uniquely qualified by merit of their rigorous academic curriculum to examine any given issue from multiple perspectives and formulate a well-reasoned, persuasive point of view. An ability to approach problem solving in this way, we believe, is extremely difficult to find. Combine this with a strong emphasis on moral character, and Hillsdale students represent the best of the best academically and ethically. According to the Princeton Review, in 2018 Hillsdale College students outranked top universities including Stanford, Duke, and Yale academically . 
It’s easy to see why Christine Nishinaga, an account executive at Yelp and Hillsdale alumna, when discussing how her educational background is perceived professionally, stated, “My team knows that they can count on me to fight until the end on every deal. ‘Strength rejoices in the challenge’ [Hillsdale College’s motto] means to never settle for mediocrity.” 
So, why hire a Hillsdale College student? Simple. Their education prepares them to be a lifelong learner. They are better equipped than most to take on new and challenging ideas in an ever-developing marketplace, synthesize that information, and rise to meet the occasion.
With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

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


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

North Phoenix Preparatory
Winter Semi-Formal
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Middle School Social January 25th!

Middle School Social at The Family Life Center Skate Rink!


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