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Great Hearts Athletics Fan Attendance Rules 2020 

Great Hearts is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our athletes and visiting teams. The following are the rules for attendance at a Great Hearts home event for the 2020 Fall season. All adjustments or notifications of changes will originate from the Great Hearts Home Office, if it is determined that it is safe to do so. 

For Indoor (Gym) events: 
All players and coaches will be allowed two (2) immediate family members in attendance for games. All family members will need to sit together, distanced from other spectators. 

 For Outdoor (Field) events: 
All players and coaches will be allowed four (4) immediate family members in attendance for games. All spectators will be asked to stay with their own family, distancing from other families. AD's will create spaces to sit for families that will designate appropriate distancing. 

Before the Game: For entry, all spectators, players, coaches, and officials will need to abide by the following: 
1. A mask is to be worn at all times (inside and outside) by coaches, team personnel, spectators, and athletes who are not competing. 
2. All will have their temperature taken and COVID symptom questions will be asked before entering. If the temperature is over 100, the individual will be asked to wait to have their temperature taken again. If it is still over 100 after multiple attempts, the individual will be asked to leave the campus. 
3. Spectators must stay with and sit with their immediate family for the duration of the contest. 

After the Game: All spectators, players and officials will be given guidance for exiting the facility and will be asked to exit immediately following the game. For parents of athletes, please wait in your car for your athlete to arrive
HS Cross Country at the Ray Wherley Invite 

Arete Prep raced at the Ray Wherley Invite over the weekend, in Prescott, AZ. The Chargers represented well on a difficult course, and  had several medal winners:

Wes Lanniuer (2nd), Helaman Forsyth(5th), Logan Hansen (16th) in the Jr/Sr race.

Grace Stoops (7th) in the Fr/So race, and Jason Rozas (8th)  in the Fr/So race.

Next up for the Chargers is the famous Desert Twilight Race on Thursday 10/1.

 Desert Twilight Race: Links Golf Course, 445 E. Ocotillo rd, San Tan Valley 85140. Meet at the school at 4pm to carpool to race
-Girls Small School Open: 6:10pm
-Boys Small School Open: 7pm

Face Coverings are In! 

If you pre-ordered a Arete face covering, they can be picked up at the Prep front desk at your convenience. 
Advertise With Arete Prep Athletics! 

The Arete Prep Chargers would like to present our 2020-21 Athletic Advertising Opportunities to you! This unique opportunity includes high visibility to your company through both our junior high and high school athletics and fine arts events, creating outstanding exposure for our sponsors. In addition to our regularly scheduled events, schools and clubs from all over the valley and state visit our location for athletic and nonathletic events. Click the following link to learn more about our sponsorship program and to view the application.

We are also revamping our field scoreboard banner and have a few spaces available for local business advertising. Please reach out to Coach Conklin or our Academy Giving Manager Jessica Vaughan for more information. 

Thank you for your support and Go Chargers! 
CarLife Charger of the Week:

As competition begins in late September, we will once again be announcing our "Charger of the Week." Thank you to our community partner and neighbor CarLife, and Jeff Breid, for sponsoring our programs and supporting our scholar athletes. This award is performance based, with a strong emphasis on leadership and service!


September 29th
4:30pm- MS B Volleyball HOME vs. CPA
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ Sequoia Charter (Mesa)
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Sequoia Charter (Mesa)
6:00pm- MS A Volleyball HOME vs. TPA 

October 1st
3:30pm- MS C Volleyball @ Cicero 3:30pm (early release 2:20pm) 
4:00pm- Varsity Swim Meet @ Skyline 
4:30pm- MS B Volleyball HOME vs. TPA
5:00pm- JV Volleyball @ Sequoia Pathway (Maricopa)
6:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Sequoia Pathway (Maricopa) 
HS XC @ Desert Twilight @ Links Golf Course (San Tan Valley see details above) 
6:00pm- MS A Volleyball HOME vs. Cicero 

October 2nd
4:00pm- Varsity Volleyball @ Horizon Honors 

Last Weeks Results: 

September 22nd- Varsity Volleyball @ GC (L 0-3) 
                               JV Volleyball (L 1-2)
September 24th- Varsity Volleyball HOME vs. CPA (L 0-3)
                              JV Volleyball (L 0-2) 
                            Varsity Swimming- Virtual Meet vs. Coolidge                                (results TBD)
September 25th- Varsity Volleyball HOME vs. Sequoia (W 3-0)
                              JV Volleyball (W) 
September 26th- HS XC at Ray Wherley Invite 
                              Meet Results
                            MS Volleyball 
                            C HOME vs. Cicero (W)
                            B HOME vs. SPA (L 0-2, 0-2)
                            A HOME vs. SPA (L 0-2, 0-2)

CALENDARS - Practices & Competitions

These calendars are being developed and will continue to change over the season.  Always stay in contact with your coach for up-to-date team information. Please occasionally check in with the athletics website calendars for the most updated schedules. 

There are still updates coming as MS schedules are developed, so please stay tuned. As updates occur, calendars can be found on our main athletics page.( under the "MORE" tab. Always keep in touch with your coach for the latest schedules. 
Visit East Valley Sports to Order Your Varsity Jacket!
You may now visit East Valley Sports (6306 East Main Street, Mesa, 85205) to inquire about ordering an Arete Prep Varsity Jacket. We have redesigned the Varsity Letter that was distributed at Fall Sports Awards. Please keep in mind that jackets take 7-8 weeks for production. We are very excited to see school pride represented in Varsity Jackets around campus! Jackets are dress code approved but may only be worn by the owner. 

***East Valley Sports is in the process of going out of business***
We are searching for a new Varsity Jacket partner, but feel free to contact them in the meantime. 

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As always, visit our athletics website:
for information, updates, schedules, rosters, scores, and more! Content will continue to be added throughout the year! 


1. Complete the Athletic Online Enrollment. (Must be completed by a parent/guardian.) 

2. Every athlete must submit a physical on the approved AIA Physical Forms. Physicals are good for 12 months and must be resubmitted annually. 

3. Submit the athletic fee. All middle school sports (including archery) are $250. All high school sports are $290. Select Online Payment to pay by debit/credit card online, or you may submit cash, check, or money to the front office. 

4. (HS ONLY) If not previously completed, every high school athlete must complete the Brainbook Concussion Course. The AIA will notify Arete electronically once the student has successfully completed the course. High school athletes are required to complete this course only once during their high school career. 

All items must be completed and turned in before your student may participate in their sport.
Fall 2020 Coaching Staff:

Varsity Football: Coach Cord Smith,
JV  Volleyball:  Coach Bre Ward,
Varsity Volleyball: Coach Catrina Warren,
Varsity Swimming:  Coach Andrea Cook,
Varsity X-Country:  Coach Jon Spano,
Advanced Archery:  Coach George Portillo,
MS Flag Football:  Coach Jason Bellomy,
MS Cross Country:  Darryn Rozas,
MS A Volleyball:  Coach Kalyn Marquez,
MS B Volleyball: Coach Hayley Ferguson,
MS C Volleyball:  Coach Jeremy Gethings,

Todd Conklin
Director of Athletics
480.222.4233 school
716.998.1253 cell