November 2, 2019
In this issue:

  • Community Investment
  • Congratulations Lady Gladiators
  • Winter Sports
  • Senior Class Silent Auction
  • Fine Arts- Drama!
  • Picture Retakes
  • Student Reporting
  • Great-Ful Hearts
  • November Lunch Menu
  • Parent Education
  • Winter Concert
  • Yearbook
  • Save the Date
  • Uniform Discounts
  • Attendance

Upcoming events:

  • November 6th Picture Retakes
  • November 7th 11th grade Drama Hamlet
  • November 11th No school- Veteran's Day
  • November 14th - Info night
  • November 21st 12th grade Drama
  • November 21st Art Show
  • November 27th Half Day dismissal 12:40
  • November 28 & 29 - No School Thanksgiving Break
Free Money for our School!
Did you know that you can double or even triple your Community Investment and Tax Credit donations to North Phoenix Prep? Many companies will match your donations to our school through their Corporate Gift Matching Programs. And it’s an easy way to increase the impact of your donations!
Simply click on this link , type the name of your employer in the “Matching Gifts” tab, and hit submit to find out if your company offers a Corporate Matching Gifts Program. If your company does have a Matching Gifts program, please submit the appropriate paperwork to your Human Resources department to have your gifts to our school matched. Please contact Jackie Curtis at or 602-404-7414 with any questions.
Thank you!
Gladiator Athletics

🏐 Way to Go Lady Gladiators!! 🏐🏐  
🏆 1A East Region Champions 🏐🥇

2019-2020 Winter Sports Teams Now Forming

We will be looking to form the following teams:

Middle School Baseball
Middle School Softball
Middle School Boys Soccer
Middle School Girls Soccer
High School Co-ed Soccer
High School Co-ed Basketball 

 Registration Now Open
Click below for information-

Online Senior Class Trip Fundraiser Silent Auction is Live!

The 2019 Great Hearts North Phoenix Online Silent Auction is now live, with bids being accepted up till 11:59 pm on Friday, November 8th.

We have a fantastic assortment of exciting items and services for you to bid on this year. Included are:
  • Autographed Larry Fitzgerald and Kyler Murray Jerseys
  • Full Orthodontic Treatment (braces) Package
  • One week staycation at Desert Ridge Marriott
  • Tickets to Suns and Diamondbacks games, Gammage Theatre events, OdySea, and more
  • Packages from Top Golf, Castles and Coasters, and others
  • Many many more wonderful donations by parents, businesses and even students in our own Great Hearts North Phoenix community

For instructions and links to individual items to bid on, click below:

For questions about the auction, please reach out to Josh Miller at
11th Grade Drama Performance this Thursday, November 7th
Picture Re-take Day is November 6th

Picture retakes are for students who were sick or absent on the last picture day or those who are new to school and have never had their photo taken. Picture packets are available at the front desk.

Students who would like a retake because they do not like their first picture must bring in the picture package they orginally received.

Senior picture retakes will not be available on this day. Seniors- If you would like a retake, there is an opportunity at the Dorian studio on December 3rd. Contact Natilee Johnson, Office Manager of Dorian Studios  
or 602 357 6967 ext 2
Student Reporting- ACTA GLADIATOR
Teacher Feature- Mr. Fleming
By Sophia Braccio (Grade 10)

Mr. Fleming has a great sense of dedication and wonder for his students, job, friendships, and the world around him. These are infectious attitudes, so it is natural that they not only benefit, but transfer, to his students. In his 5 years at North Phoenix Prep, he has taught eighth grade literature and composition, ninth grade poetry, ninth grade music, eleventh grade Humane Letters, and Twelfth Grade Humane Letters. He currently teaches seventh grade lit comp. Additionally, he serves as the Editor of the Gladiator team Dimachaerus, advisor to the journalism club (making it fitting he is the first student written teacher feature), and a member of an administrative team referred to as the “table team”. He grew up in New Castle Delaware and attended St. John’s college in Annapolis, Maryland, but is happy to now call Phoenix home. In his free time he enjoys exercising, playing video games, and grocery shopping. 

  How or why did you become an educator?
“I haven’t always loved school but I want structure to my life and school provides that for me. The second part is that I don’t ever want to stop learning. I understand that teaching is my ‘job’ here, but being in a learning community is something that is very vital to me.” 
Currently you teach seventh grade lit. comp. What would you say is the best part about teaching middle school?
 “There’s more joy in a middle school classroom. In the teenage years you start to get a little,” he paused, “jaded. In a middle school classroom you can have fun but we’re still capable of learning a lot and doing great things. You wouldn’t think of me as being the loudest, craziest person, but I get to be the orchestrator.” He added to his answer that, there’s a challenge to having a student who has a lot to learn. “They are a good canvas for receiving education.”

If you could add any work of literature to the Great Hearts curriculum, what would it be?
Mr. Fleming found this to be a difficult question, not because it is something he has never considered, but because he has put a lot of thought into it. He finds the Great Hearts curriculum is already “packed” with literature. However, after his experiences instructing upperclassmen in Humane Letters, he believes students would benefit from some early 19th and 20th century psychology, which ties into the philosophical approach to studying the soul, but would teach young people about the formation of their souls in a new way. He also would like to see more German authors.  
As a teacher, you spend a lot of time advising your students. If you could give one piece of advice to your middle/high school self, what would it be? 
Mr. Fleming was visibly caught off guard by the question, but after a moment of consideration, confidently answered that he would share with himself, “You are trying really hard, and that’s ok, but it’s not that serious.”

What is your proudest accomplishment outside of your teaching career?
“In terms of physical accomplishments, it has been the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim ultra hike,” which he has done twice. He enjoys the hike’s tremendous physical challenge, as well as the brilliance of its setting. “I’m not trying to sound cliche, but there is so much beauty in the Grand Canyon. Going down the South rim before the sun comes up, you get to see the sun illuminate the whole canyon. Then you suddenly see these great rock walls that you didn’t know were there because your headlamp only lets you see 3 feet in front of you.”

What’s a fun fact your students might not know about you?
Students of Mr. Fleming probably know that his best friend is Humane Letters teacher Mr. Olsen. However, they may not know of their adventures together, which include driving a long distance to get psychic readings for fun, and holding a multi restaurant chicken sandwich tasting contest. Mr. Fleming has video evidence of Mr. Olsen declaring Popeyes to be the winner. 

To clarify this for all the student readers, were you in fact the creator of the 80s hits playlist at the High School retreat? 
“I am solely responsible for that playlist.’’ Additionally, Mr. Fleming takes credit for the electronic music played during the night time games.

For more student journalism and student news, read the  ACTA GLADIATOR , North Phoenix Prep’s student newspaper.
Great- ful  hearts is the North Phoenix annual holiday gift giving campaign where we shower our amazing faculty with love and appreciation. Please be on the lookout for more information about this very special program in early November!  
November Lunch Menu

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Important dates to remember:

No School November 11th - Veteran's Day
November 27th- Half day- lunch is not served
No School November 28 & 29 - Thanksgiving
Parent Education Night- Stress & Coping in Students

When: November 18th
Where: Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
Time: 6pm-7pm
Ages: All are welcome- will be applicable for k-12th

What is stress? What does it look like during different developmental stages?
This informational presentation will provide information on what is “typical” for students, and how stress can affect a students daily life. We will look at how environmental factors can play a part, as well explore constructive coping skills that parents can teach their students in order to build a resilient child. The goal is to increase knowledge about stress and coping, provide insight into symptoms, and build skills to support our scholars in managing their feelings.

Lauren Katz
Great Hearts Director of School Counseling
Winter Concert Update

Due to the large numbers of students enrolled in Music and Choir this year, along with the desire to have receptions post-performance, The Fine Arts Department, in conjunction with NPX administration, have decided to change the date of the High School and Honors Choir Winter Concert to Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Calvary North Church Call time for ALL students is 5:00pm at the church.  This concert will be for 9th and 10th grade Choir, as well as the Middle School & Honors Choirs. The team felt splitting the concerts was in the best interest of students, their families, and the teachers tasked to supervise.
The Middle School Winter Concert will still take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Calvary North Church. 

Concert Dress Code:

Gentlemen:  Black dress pants, black dress shoes (NO tennis shoes), black socks, black belt, white long-sleeved button-down dress. shirt with collar. They may use their long-sleeved white Oxford uniform shirts. Long, plain, Black tie. Please check ahead of time for proper fit of all items. Jewelry and accessories such as watches/ bracelets should be kept to a minimum. Hair should be neatly-combed and out of the face.

Ladies: Black skirt (A line/Circle skirt) or black pants with a white top (must be dressier than a T-shirt and not sheer). Skirts must follow regular school dress code rules regarding length. Students may also choose to wear a black dress (long or knee length). For knee length dresses/skirts, opaque black tights must be worn. All dresses/ tops must have some type of sleeve. No sleeveless, off the shoulder, or thin straps are allowed. No sheer materials. A black sweater could be worn if top has no sleeve. For shoes, please follow the school dress code. Black, closed-toe flats are best since there will be a lot of walking/standing/ walking up stairs. No excessive hair accessories or jewelry, please. Leggings are not permitted. Hair should be worn so it is out of the face. 
Yearbook orders

Please follow this link to order yearbooks through PICTAVO!

Junior and Senior Class Blazer and Pinning Ceremony

Date:  Friday, January 10th
Time:  2:15 PM
Location:  North Phoenix Prep Gym

Please save the date for a special Gladiator tradition Parents of 11th and 12th grade students only- RSVP
Uniform Discounts!

Dennis Uniforms has announced they are rolling back their prices on pants, shorts, & plaids! They are giving Great Hearts families a standing 20% discount.
This will become effective on Monday October 28, 2019.  Please see this Flyer for additional information.
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