January 17, 2020
In t his issue:

  • Teacher Feature
  • Bell Schedule Reviews
  • Did You Know?
  • College Counseling
  • Socials
  • Semester 2 Clubs
  • Homework Club
  • Bell Schedule
  • Yearbook
  • Senior Ad's
  • Middle School Social
  • 8th grade group picture
  • Lunch Update
  • Remind App
  • Attendance reporting

Upcoming events:

  • January 18th MS Social- Game Night!
  • Monday, January 20th Civil Rights Day- No School
  • Thursday, January 23rd 8th Grade group picture
  • January 25th HS Social
Teacher Feature - Ms. Sarah Humphrey 
By Sofia Golubic (Grade 10)

Ms. Humphrey is known within the school community for her passion for the world around her, and the enthusiasm she brings to her classes and to those around her. This is her fourth year teaching freshman biology at NPX, but she has been a science educator for about 14 years. Last semester, she started a group called 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and Life Skills Club, which aimed to show students different important practices needed to have a productive life and how to maximize their time. Now, she is in charge of the Japanese Fine Arts Club, which meets after-school on Thursdays.  
Ms. Humphrey grew up in Sedona, Arizona, but also considers Lander, Wyoming her home, due to the many summers she spent there as a child. She attended the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the University of Hawaii because of different wildlife internships. She considers U of A her favorite school of the three! The title for her favorite book series is tied between The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, but she has read Harry Potter the most amount of times. Her favorite things to do outside of teaching are hiking, biking, gardening, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family.

You teach Biology to the freshmen here at NPX. What drew you to teaching this particular subject and to teaching in general?
“We live on the only planet we know that can sustain life,” Ms. Humphrey told me. “ This planet is a speck of dust in the gigantic cosmos. Being an intelligent species, I feel we should protect the life on this planet since it is so rare in the vastness of space. So I became a teacher to try and educate people how special we are.”

If there was one thing you could get all of your students, former, current, and future, to learn and understand, what would that be?  
Ms. Humphrey replied with patience. She wants her students to simply slow down, step away from electronics, and to be in the moment and aware of the things happening around them. “Stop rushing everything,” she said, “because life isn’t a race.”

What’s your favorite memory of teaching?
Ms. Humphrey’s answer surprised me. Her favorite memory of teaching is simply every “thank you” that she’s received from her students, even if it’s one called out as they leave the room at the end of class.

What’s something that your students have taught you?
Once again, Ms. Humphrey answered my question with just one word: patience. She says that everyone in the world is learning something, even when they’re adults, and that she needs to practice patience with everyone.

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New Bell Schedule Reviews
In the new semester, NPX students and faculty are embracing a modified lunch and bell schedule. We brought about this change with the hope that it would improve lunch time for everyone. With the lengthened lunch comes opportunities to spend more time eating, a wider selection of school lunch items, and the ability to use the gym for recreation. Though members of the community now need to adapt to the bell schedule, we talked with several students who believe it is well worth it. Here’s what they had to say: 

“I like the schedule change! I like how lunch is longer and less confusing.” -Maxwell Nelson, Grade 8
“I really like the schedule change a lot, I love having a longer lunch!” -Eryn Mary John, Grade 8
“I love the new variety of food options and the longer lunch. It also reduces the lunch lines which is great.” -Rohan John, Grade 7 
“I think it's great. It cuts the rush of eating lunch quickly and gives you more time to be with your friends.” Ariel Antonini, Sophomore 
“Although it might just be my imagination, the new bell schedule manages to make classes feel a bit shorter and give me more time for clubs or with my friends during lunch. I now have time to eat lunch and go to the field! At first I wasn't so sure about this change, but it has been a change for the better.” -Kendall Kartler, Sophomore 
“ I actually have time to eat during lunch break now. The split gym time is nice because it allows highschoolers to have enough room for athletics.” -Pierre Younan, Senior 
“ I enjoy the new bell schedule because I have more time to decompress and take on tasks during lunch break.“ -Lauren Nelson, Senior
Did You Know?

At the end of the Great Hearts program, seniors face one final test of their character: the research, writing, and defense of their year-long senior thesis projects. This challenge is the culmination of a Great Hearts education, and calls on students to put it all together: to creatively develop their own thoughts in an original paper, to put all of their self-discipline and perseverance to work on an independent academic project that takes months to complete, and to summon their courage for the final hour-long oral examination in front of a panel of teachers and an audience of friends and family. Our Class of 2020 are well under way in writing and preparing their thesis. We invite you to attend and support these students as they defend their thesis, beginning in late March. (dates and times will be available soon)
 It is only through the generous gifts of our families that we can offer the incredible Great Hearts model of education to our students here at North phoenix Prep. We are honored to publicly recognize those families and friends who have contributed to the Community Investment campaign. Please click  here  for a listing of our 2019-20 Community Investment campaign donors as of January 9, 2020.
Every family’s participation, at any amount , is vital to supporting our teachers and educational priorities of our academy. Have you made your  Community Investment gift?  Please   make your gift today   or take a moment and complete the pledge you've already made .

Thank you for your dedication and support!

Jackie Curtis I Academy Giving Manager
Archway Classical Academy North Phoenix | North Phoenix Preparatory Academy
College Counseling News

Senior Action Plan

Senior Cap, Gown and Class of 2020 Tassel Payments (Due Jan 24, 2020)
It’s time to ensure that your senior has successfully ordered and paid for their cap, gown and Class of 2020 tassel. For those of you who still have a balance owing to Balfour, please make your regalia payment by next Friday, January 24, 2020. If you have any questions regarding whether your student has made his/her payment, please call Balfour’s office at 480-990-0141.

SENIOR THESIS (Deadline Jan 27, 2020)
Dr. Avery emailed the following to all seniors earlier this week:
Please note your next Senior Thesis deadline is January 27, by which time you should have met with your advisor to receive feedback on your complete draft. It is important that your advisor receives the draft in plenty of time to read it and that you also schedule the meeting in good time to work around busy schedules. Please instruct your senior to reach out to Dr. Avery at
javery@northphoeixprep.org with any questions. Thanks for all your hard work thus far!

LUMBERJACK Scholars AWARD (Feb 10, 2020) Deadline!
This is a reminder that Lumberjack scholarship recipients need to identify themselves so that they can get their mid-year transcripts from College Counseling and then submit them to NAU prior to Mon Feb 10 , 2020. Once your 7 th semester transcripts are available, the senior students eligible for the Lumberjack Scholars Award MUST email their document directly to LJSCHOLARS@NAU.EDU .

Junior Action Plan
PSAT/ NMSQT … SAT Test Prep NOW!!!
Juniors received their PSAT/NMSQT exam booklets and score reports earlier this week with the hope that your son or daughter would correct their exam mistakes in preparation for the SAT college admission test. As they quickly approach SAT School Day on March 25,2020, please help your student prepare by utilizing some of the resources in this attachment .

Jan 31, 2020
US Air Force Rep Visit during Lyceum

FREE Official SAT Mock Test ( Feb 8 & 9, 2020)
online from the comfort of home on February 8 th and February 9 th . For more information or to reserve your spot please go to https://www.applerouth.com/february/?marketid=4#reg-form

ENGINEERING Week at GCU (Feb 17 – 21, 2020)
Grand Canyon University wants to inspire the next generation of engineers and encourage student to explore engineering as GCU is hosting a design competition to allow students to engage directly with engineer concepts. Students will be competing in a competition with three difficulty levels resulting in prizes of high academic value. To register visit GCU.EDU/EWEEK. You can also reach out to Tyler Lago, Program Development Specialist/ Engineering at

Kathleen M. Miller | College Counselor
P: (602) 996-4355 | W: www.northphoenixprep.org

GAME ON! Middle School Social this Saturday

Come get your game on Gladiators! Game Night is here at the NPX Courtyard/MPR. You don't miss this EXCITING event, featuring so many fun games inside AND outside. Come play any and all games, don't want to play, thats ok, come cheer your friends on. We will also have Karaoke for those who love to sing and some Pizza and yummy treats to indulge in.

At the door $15.

January 18th 6-9pm.
Lets kick off 2020 with some friendly competition and FUN!
See you soon!
Reminder to 8th grade families- the 8th grade group picture is Thursday, January 23rd at 8:30 am. Please do not make any appointments for that morning so that your student will be included. Students wear school uniform for the picture.
High School Social January 25th
Theme is "A Night in New York"

January 25th 7 pm - 10 pm
Archway MPR
Tickets- $20 available ONLINE
or $25 at the door
Semester 2 Clubs

Information regarding Semester 2 club offerings are available on the website . Enrollment from fist semester does not roll over and new registration is required.

We have a few variations on existing clubs and the addition of two new clubs, Math Club & Debate Club. Register HERE
Q3 Homework club began January 9th.

New to homework club? Registration is separate from tuition and required to attend. Register following link below-

New and returning Homework club students pay tuition for Quarter 3
New Bell Schedule
Our new bell schedule went into effect January 9th. This is for regular days only and early release and half days have not changed.

For additional information regarding this change please click HERE
Yearbook orders

Please follow this link to order yearbooks through PICTAVO!

Parents of Senior Students- purchase Senior Ad's still available!
Contact Ms. Pagnone with questions MPagnone@northphoenixprep.org

January Lunch Menu and Updates

There will be 3 areas to purchase food.

  • Inside the MPR, the “Hot Lunch of the Day” window.
  • Next to the vending machines- the “Snack Shack.” At this location- items such as bagel and cream cheese, fruit, yogurt, chips, and a favorite Arizona iced tea!
  • Outside in the Courtyard you will find the Hot Dogger Cart. At this location-all grab and go items such as meatball subs, corn dogs, and chicken shawarma.

Lunch time is longer each day! And because it is later in the day, we now have access to the Gym! On Mondays and Thursdays, Middle School students will use the gym. On Tuesdays and Fridays, High School students will use the gym. The gym will not be available on Wednesdays. January lunch menu available HERE .
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Upcoming Board of Directors Meetings:
February 13, 2020
May 14, 2020
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