August 19, 2018
"True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future" ~ Seneca
In this issue:

  • Headmaster Letter
  • Co- curricular (clubs)
  • AHM Note
  • Drop off & Dismissal
  • Director of Academy Giving
  • PSO Events
  • Costa Rico Trip
  • Important Dates
  • Great Hearts Gala
Headmaster Letter
Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

At our Academy, we do more than simply deliver intellectual content within the confines of the classroom. Our goal is to shape the souls of young people morally so that they become persons of character. We do not try to do this in cheesy, programmed ways. We do not have a character curriculum or a character course at North Phoenix Prep. Rather, the whole form of our school, which consists of each small interaction among students and between students and faculty, is infused with the principle of love--and love is willing the good of others. This occurs in the classroom, of course, but also in the hallways, the courtyard, the field of athletic competition, and during special events like last week's Freshman Retreat.

A contemporary author who has really shaped my thinking lately is David Brooks. His book,  The Road to Character , asks what it means to be a person of character. Brooks explores the answer to that question by sketching the divergent biographies of historical figures such as George Eliot, St. Augustine, Dwight Eisenhower, and Frances Perkins. Taken as a whole, these lives illustrate Brooks’ belief that true character is forged through an interior moral drama that subordinates the self, and that elevates what he calls “eulogy virtues” above the merely utilitarian “resume virtues.” Brooks' book is an important one that inspires his readers to turn away from the toxic culture of narcissism and self-promotion that plagues us in 21st century America.

If you're looking for a good book (or audiobook), then I highly recommend Brooks' thoughtful and convicting volume.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold
Co Curriculars
Clubs begin this week

Click on the image for information and descriptions

Register and Pay for clubs HERE
A Note from Ms. Coughlon

Dear Parents:

Some of you may have seen a recent Wall Street Journal article pop up in your news feeds: "Parents Volunteering at School Should Tailor Skills to Different Stages." The author, Sue Shellenbarger, cites research suggesting that academic achievement is higher in students whose parents are involved in their child's school. Few parents will argue with this finding, but in an increasingly hectic world, many find it difficult to volunteer at school. The article's unexpectedly reassuring message is that for middle and high school students, ideal parental involvement isn't necessarily traditional volunteering. Rather, parents are wise to promote academic socialization by talking with their children about their educational goals and experiences, prioritizing learning over grades, and participating in the academic and cultural events of the school.

As the parent of three Great Hearts graduates (and now two college graduates!), I can personally attest to the rewards and challenges of staying involved in the academic life of my children. While I loved volunteering and was an active member of the PSO, the experiences that most directly influenced my children's educational outcomes were those that allowed me to enter into the academic and cultural life of the school. Below are a few suggestions drawn from my own experience:

  •  Every semester, read at least one book from your child's humane letters or lit/comp class - and discuss it with your child. (Audio versions are great options!)
  • Attend Curriculum Night (August 30) and experience what it is like to learn in your child's classes.
  •  Encourage your child to "teach" you what they are learning.
  • Attend Headmaster Coffee and College Counseling events.
  •  Attend at least one fine arts event every year - even if your child isn't performing.
  • Attend at least one athletic event every year - even if your child isn't playing.
  • Attend a senior thesis defense with your freshman, sophomore, or junior.
  • Read at least one of the books your senior is reading for their senior thesis.

In short, I invite you to learn and explore alongside your children. I can think of no better way to encourage their growth and academic success, while ensuring that you too will enjoy the journey.


Ms. Cindy Coughlon, Assistant Headmaster
Drop off and Dismissal Reminders

Parents and guardians- Parking on Hearn to drop off your students is unsafe and unlawful. Please obey all traffic signs and be courteous to our neighbors. If you disobey traffic laws you are both being a poor example to your students and also are at risk to receive a citation from the Phoenix Police Department. Thank you to all who adhere to our traffic procedures.

Hello Gladiators!

Welcome Back!

Thank you for choosing North Phoenix Prep for your scholar’s education.

My name is Jackie Curtis and I am the Academy Giving Manager for Great Hearts North Phoenix.
My role on campus is to manage our annual campaigns; Community Investment, Tax Credit
and our new Teacher Excellence Fund for both Archway and North Phoenix Prep.
I joined the Great Hearts North Phoenix team this past February, and I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community. While I am still new in my role, my family has been with Great Hearts North Phoenix since day one. Our daughter started as a 5 th grader and is now a junior at Prep. When she graduates our son will start kindergarten and will become one of the newest Argonaut’s at Archway!
I am truly thankful to be here. The best part about my job is that my role directly supports our dedicated teachers, our classical curriculum, clubs and sports!
With your partnership in, time, talent and treasure, I am confident Great Hearts North Phoenix will have a very successful year! Thank you. 

Jackie Curtis | Academy Giving Manager
Archway Classical Academy North Phoenix | North Phoenix Preparatory Academy
P: 602-404-7414  M: 602-753-6223

Parent Mixer
Saturday, August 25
7 - 9 pm @ Elk's Lodge
RSVP today  for a great opportunity to connect with Archway and Prep families ($20/person includes appetizers and dessert; cash bar). Questions?
Cornhole Tournament hosted by Dad's Club
Saturday, September 8
6:30 pm @ Italian American Club
Dad's Club presents the 11 th  annual Dad's Club Cornhole Tournament ($20/person includes food; cash bar).  RSVP in advance  for tournament bracket setup. Questions?
High School- Costa Rica Trip Summer 2019
High School students and families! Plan on attending an informational meeting about the Costa Rica trip- Wed, August 22, 2018 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

At the meeting parents and/or students can;
  • lock in the price of the tour and reserve your spot by registering online at the meeting with just $95
  • Save up to $100 off for registering the night of the meeting and learn of other discounts!
  • Learn about fundraising to help you earn funds toward this trip!
  • First come first serve, with limited spots available for the trip,
Important Dates
  • Wednesday, August 22nd Costa Rica Trip info meeting 6 PM (HS students/parents only)
  • Thursday, August 23rd Senior Orientation 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 25th PSO Parent mixer at Elk's Lodge
  • Thursday, August 30th North Phoenix Prep Curriculum Night
  • Monday, September 3rd, No School- Labor Day
Tickets on Sale Now: Great Hearts Gala
September 29th, 5:30p.m. at Chateau Luxe

Hosted Cocktail Hour, Silent Auction, Dinner, Program featuring Great Hearts Students, Live Auction, Raffle, Music and Dancing
under the Stars
Do you have a business or a business connection who could donate items to the
Silent or Live auction? If so, please:
Contact Denise Zabilski at

Individual tickets on sale now !! 
Sponsorships still available
$250 per person
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