April 4th, 2020
In this issue:

  • Headmaster Letter
  • Yearbook
  • Tax Credit
  • Student Newspaper
  • This week with NPX!
  • Re-enrollment
  • Remote Learning Resources
  • Medication Pick up
  • School Messenger
  • Dates to note
  • Board of Directors


HEADMASTER LETTER

Friends,

Our medieval history and economics teacher, Mr. Gray, shared a timely quote by G.K. Chesterton with me recently: "An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." We certainly are beginning a new adventure as we pivot to Google Classroom and remote learning for the remainder of the school year. This is a development that does, indeed, bring with it some inconveniences. But as I was telling the good people who joined me for our first Virtual Headmaster Coffee on Friday, this has been a time when our community's generosity and kindness has truly shone through.

Speaking of our first Virtual Headmaster Coffee (click for the slideshow and the recording ), perhaps a quick summary might be helpful. Here's a high-level overview of the topics we discussed.

Google Classroom . Rather than sending home PDF packets, we are now using a fully functional remote learning platform. All teachers have classrooms, and all students have logins. We sent emails to all families on Friday with login information. Students will use Google Classroom to receive assignments, communicate with teachers, and turn in their work. We also have a website for anyone with tech questions about accessing this platform: https://theveeya.com/GreatHeartsFamilyHelp/

Tutoring Hours . All faculty will host tutoring hours via ZOOM, a videoconferencing platform. This time will function much like Lyceum. It's optional, but it's also a great opportunity for students and teachers to receive any extra help that they might need. Our teachers have coordinated by grade-level to deconflict their tutoring schedules. That way, students have maximal access. Each teacher's tutoring hours are posted in their Google Classroom.

Picking Up Student Materials from Campus . Thank you for your patience on this one. Our priority is the health and safety of our community, but I know that this has been something of an inconvenience. This coming Wednesday (4/8), however, we will be distributing student materials via drive-thru. Families will arrive at specified times (determined by last name). Our staff will have "bagged and tagged" each student's belongings, and we will deliver them to your vehicle. More details about this are in a separate email sent to all families.

Returning Week One Packets . We have encouraged teachers to use creative means for confirming that students have completed these. For example, a teacher may create a brief skill check in Google Classroom based upon the information in the packet. Another option is for the student to scan and upload relevant pages from the packet into Google Classroom. The teachers will post their instructions on their Google Classroom. We will not be collecting any paper packets.
State Exams & Accountability. North Phoenix Prep is in a good position here. We've consistently been an "A" school, and we've received "results-based funding" on the basis of our academic results year after year. The State has decided to cancel State Exams this year and to hold all schools harmless. We will be an "A" school next year & continue to receive results-based funding.

Grading. While we are still working out nuts and bolts of what this will look like, our constant refrain is abundant grace and mercy. Some of our students may have difficulty accessing our remote learning platform. Everyone (including the teachers) will be learning how to use it well.

End-of-Year Events. Our priority right now is figuring this out for our Seniors. For example, we are looking to contract with a videographer to create a montage of "Senior Tributes." These would normally be delivered in-person at Senior Dinner, but we think this will still honor our Seniors. We'd also like to host a real graduation at Calvary North, although that may need to be delayed until the Summer. So much is contingent right now that it's difficult to make concrete plans, but we are forging ahead where we can, and we will keep the community updated on our progress.

Refunds. We will have more information out to the community next week, so please hold off on sending requests to our office. Our intrepid team is currently working hard on organizing the return of student materials. But basically, there will be a proportionate refund available for activities that your child could not participate in. There will also be an opportunity for each family to donate their refund to the school.

Summer School . We haven't determined whether we will do this remotely or on campus. If we do it remotely, then we will have summer school for high school credit recovery only. More to come in the next few weeks.

Phew! We covered a lot of ground at our HM Coffee! I hope you'll be able to join us for the next one!

Cheers! And stay safe, Gladiators!

Headmaster Weinhold
We all miss you Gladiators! #gladiatorstrong


YEARBOOK ORDERS

Please follow the order here link to purchase yearbooks through PICTAVO!


Middle School Parents and Students

Yearbook needs pictures of MS social events.
Send your pictures to npxazyearbook@gmail.com
It’s Tax Credit Season and NPX needs your help!
 Every Arizona Taxpayer can take advantage of the Arizona Public School Tax credit
and support our school at
NO COST TO YOU!
  The Public School tax Credit deadline is still April 15 th
(it did not get extended with the July filing deadline)
Schedule or contribute your Tax credit today at Northphoenixprep.org/support.

If you have any questions about our Tax Credit Drive or need additional information, please reach out to our Academy Giving Manager, Jackie Curtis at jcurtis@northphoenixprep.org or 602-404-7414 . Thank you! 
ACTA GLADIATOR- STUDENT NEWSPAPER

Student reporting and perspective at it's finest! Access the newest edition of the student newspaper by clicking on the image
Follow North Phoenix Prep on social media to stay connected to our wonderful
Gladiator Community!
This week on North Phoenix Prep Social Media
During the week we will be showing our Senior Track & Field Athletes some love! Their final sport season may have been cut short, but their time as a Gladiator, is nothing short of Amazing!
Visit our Facebook page to see each senior spotlight.
Monday's: Let’s start the week off with our Gladiator Gear! We are making tradition by representing NPX and posting on Mondays wearing our favorite Gladiator Gear! Tag us in your picture and we will repost YOU showing off your spirit wear! 🔥📸🎉
Wednesday Announcements!

Just because we are not on campus together does not mean that we do not have important and encouraging information to share. Follow North Phoenix Prep on Instagram for updates!
RE-ENROLLMENT FOR NEXT YEAR 2020-21

Now available online.  https://greathearts.schoolaxis.com/

🔹 Log in to the Enrollment Portal using your email address and password.
🔸 Click on the RE-ENROLL NOW button on the right.
🔹 Select a student and click on the green START RE-ENROLLMENT button.
🔸 Secure your child's spot by completing re-enrollment BEFORE April 20, 2020.

RESOURCES

Great Hearts resources for remote learning can be found HERE
MEDICATION PICK UP

Medication pick up from school nurse Monday, April 6 from 8-10 a.m.
SCHOOL MESSENGER/TEXT

Gladiator Families: To opt in for Text and to receive important updates regarding North Phoenix Prep and Great Hearts type "yes" to 67587.
DATES TO NOTE FOR 2020- 2021

  • August 6 First day of class
  • October 5-9 Fall break
  • December 21- January 4 Winter Break
  • March 15-19 Spring Break
  • May 27 Last day of classes

NPX 2020-2021 Family Calendar is available here
GREAT HEARTS BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEETINGS
May 14, 2020
Board meeting notices are posted at least 24 hours in advance on the
North Phoenix Prep website. The notice will include time, location and agenda.  
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