Spartan News Blast
A Weekly Publication from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
December  20, 2018

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Dec 21- January 4
Winter Break 

January 7
School Back in Session

January 9 
Drug Awareness Presentation
SPA Theater

January 14-17
Half Days Parent/Teacher Conferences

January 18
No School Parent/Teacher Conferences

January 17
Intro to College 6:00pm-6:30pm
SPA Theater

January 17
Interpreting your PSAT Score Report

SPA Theater

January 21
Civil Rights Day
No School 

Headmaster Message
Please click here for Ms. Chaney's message
Snowstorm Luncheon Thank You!  
The teachers were showered with gratitude at the annual Snowstorm luncheon.  In return the PSO was showered with messages from faculty and staff to express their overwhelming appreciation of all that the PSO has done for them. 
In our efforts to coordinate with the city of Scottsdale for the busy period of Barrett Jackson at Westworld in January, the dates were inadvertently relayed incorrectly. This issue will cause a change in our early dismissal and conference days scheduled in January. Please see the below change to our January calendar for 2019.
New Dates
Early Release Days and Parent/Teacher Conferences: Monday, January 14th - Thursday, January 17th (Regular Half Day Schedule).
No School on Friday January 18th: Parent Conferences will also be held on this day, but students will not attend. Friday is the highest traffic day of the Barrett Jackson event so this relieves all families from the traffic issues associated with drop off and pick up.
No School on MLK/Civil Rights Day: Students will have Monday, January 21, 2018 off in remembrance of Martin Luther King and Civil Rights Day.
Regular School Days: January 22-25 will now be normal school days.
Please see below for an updated visual representation of these changes:

Click here for the bell schedule for the week of January 14th.
Spelling Bee Winner!

Congratulations to Scottsdale Prep's Luis Chiappetti, who won the 2018-2019 Spelling Bee last week.  His last championship word?  Electrolysis.  Luis will continue on to represent Scottsdale Prep in the Great Hearts district Spelling Bee in January.
        End of Year Giving at Scottsdale Prep
The Scottsdale Prep education being offered to our students will have a lasting and deep impact on their lives and our community. This education is only possible with your support. If you've made your gifts to our
Community Investment campaign and Tax Credit drive, thank you!  
If you've yet to make your gifts, please do so soon. Winter Break is coming and it's time to complete your charitable giving for 2018! Gifts to our  Community Investment campaign help us close the gap between what we receive in public funding and the actual cost to deliver a Great Hearts education to our students. Community Investment campaign gifts are fully tax-deductible.
Gifts to our Tax Credit drive support our extra-curricular, athletic, and character-building programs. Tax Credit contributions are received back as a dollar-for-dollar credit off your state tax liability.  
Together, we can provide the education our students deserve and we chose for them. Thank you for partnering with Scottsdale Prep. Please contact Paola Gale, Academy Giving Manager at or 480-776-3571 with questions.

Thank you to Ada Betancourt and her administrative lunch team of Barb Wiley, Allison Roy, and Amanda Morgan.  I
n addition, thank you to the lunch leads:  Allison Roy, Amanda Morgan, Barb Wiley, Cherrie Medina, Danielle Tolson, Elizabeth Stuff, Emily D'Ambrosio, Gina Ricotta, Jenifer Murphy, Karen Marchi, Kelly Stewart, Kim Gleason, Kristen Zeno, Kristin Holford, Melissa Cribbins, Nina Gallegos, Saundra Semro, Susan Bedrio, Tiffany Lambrecht, Tricia Kelley, and Valerie Guttman as well as the many daily volunteers.  Without these ladies, there would be no lunch program! Thank you for your ongoing dedication!
Thank you  to Jen Murphy, Laurie Langford, and the teacher appreciation committee for all of their ongoing hard work to show the teachers they are valued. Thank you to all who supported the monthly teacher luncheons including this month's Snowstorm luncheon! It was a beautiful afternoon enjoyed by the entire staff.
Thank you to Nina & Don Gallegos for hosting the SPA Parent December Sparkling Wine Tasting.  It was a very festive event!

In Need of:  Nurse Sheneman and the school is in need of disinfecting wipes such as Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer such as Purell, and facial tissue such as Kleenex.  Please consider picking up some of these items as you do your holiday shopping. Just drop them off in the bin in the office or you can even have some delivered directly to the school by ordering on Amazon using the SPA link in the upper left corner of this blast to get money back to the school.  Please help keep the students healthy!   
SAVE the Date for the next SPA PSO General Meeting:   Award-winning speaker, Stephanie Siete, Public Information Officer of Community Bridges, will be on campus to talk about drug awareness, specifically opioids, vaping, and oils on Wednesday, January 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the SPA theater.  This is an important presentation for all SPA parents! 
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College Counseling News
Introduction to College, Thursday, January 17th 6:00-6:30 PM in the Theater   An information night for freshman families about what you can be doing now to prepare for college.
Interpreting Your PSAT Score Report: Thursday, January 17th 6:30-7:30 PM in the Theater   Kaplan will hold an information session for 9th-11th grade students and parents to better understand your PSAT score report.  Information about National Merit qualification will also be presented.
Only 2 Weeks Left To Order Senior Ads!!
Don't forget to order your senior yearbook ad by Dec. 20th for $100!  You can create and pay for your ad at ..  Use the order number: 16379 or search by school name. 
Orders will not be accepted after Dec. 20th.

Order SPA's 18-19 yearbook online now!
Click  here   for information to order your yearbook today!  Current Yearbook cost is $55. Order before January 13th when the cost will increase to $65.
Spirit Wear
2018 Spirit Shirts are now on sale online for $15!  To order your spirit wear t-shirts please click  HERE

We have a limited number of shirts remaining!  Grab one for Spirit Days and to support our teams.  Support the Class of 2019!

           January Conference Schedule Info
Parent Conferences will be held January 14th-18th for grade levels and sections that were not scheduled in October. All 7th-11th grade students will lead their own conferences.  Students in 6th grade are welcome to attend their conference, but not required to do so. Students in 6th and 7th grade will be notified via email to schedule a conference time in Sign Up Genius on their sections designated date prior to winter break. Students in 8th -11th grade will receive an email with their scheduled appointment time prior to winter break. Click here for a copy of the January Conference Bell Schedule. 

Grade Level Specific Sections Sign Up Genius or Assigned Time
6th Grade 6B- Room 213 
6C- Room 213
6F- Room 211
6G- Room 211
Online Sign-up Genius on designated days. Email invite will be sent to parents.
7th Grade 7A- Room 212
7C- Room 212
7F- Room 210
Online Sign-up Genius on designated days. Email invite will be sent to parents. Student lead conference.  
8th Grade
8A-  Room 207 
8B-  Room 207 
8F-  Room 207 
8I-   Room 207
8J - Room 207 
8K- Room 207
Conference time assigned. Student lead conference. 
9th Grade Mr. Labadie's HL & 
Mr. Bustos HL - Room 208
Conference time assigned. Student lead conference.
10th Grade Students in Mr. Minor's HL & Mrs. Stamate's HL - Room 209 Conference time assigned. Student lead conference. 
11th Grade Students in Mr. Hennessee's HL &
Dr. Ivins HL - Room 201
Conference time assigned. Student lead conference. 

PSO Drug Awareness Presentation Sold Out!
Thank you to the many parents that have registered on Eventbrite to attend the January 9th PSO sponsored Drug Awareness Presentation with Stephanie Siete.  It is sold out for this evening and it is requested if circumstances arise that you and your students are unable to attend that you go into Eventbrite and cancel your tickets to open up for another family.  As a reminder students who are attending are to be accompanied by a parent.  If you have any questions please contact Jo Polk at  Thank you!
January Lunch Menus
 January lunch menu is ready for you to place orders.  Visit
THANK YOU for supporting our SPA PSO Lunch Program! 
Ada Betancourt,  Lunch Oversight Coordinator
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