Spartan News Blast
A Weekly Publication from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
February 7, 2019

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February 8
MS Event 
AZ AIRTIME Cancelled

February 8
Half Day
GH Professional Development

February 13

PSO Drug Awareness Presentation
SPA Theater 6:30pm

February 14
Great Hearts Day

February 18
No School
R&R Weekend
President's Day

March 4
SPA Re-Enrollment Begins 

March 11-15
No School 
Spring Break

 Headmaster Message
Please click here for a message from Ms. Chaney
Great Hearts Day  
It's not too late to place your
held on February 14th.  Due to popular demand, we've extended the ordering window through Saturday, February 9th.  Order cake pops (nut free) or adorable stuffed teddy bears for your favorite people or for the entire first period class and teacher.  All products will be delivered for you.  This event is sponsored by the students of the Rotary Interact Club and proceeds will be donated to charity.   
TC +1
SPARTANS!!!! TC + 1is in FULL SWING and our grade levels are competing for an R-n-R weekend! The grade level in Middle School and High School that has the highest participation will win an R-n-R weekend!!!
Parents, you can help spread the word to friends, co-workers and family members. Many people are looking for ways to reduce their state tax liability! We have the perfect solution: MAKE A $200 OR $400 contribution to SPA!!!!!  
Our current standings are:  
6th grade 56%    
  9th grade 65%   
7th grade 82%
10th grade 73%
8th grade 59%
11th grade 83%
12th grade 61%
You have until April 15, 2019 to make this important contribution to our school and still receive your contribution back as a dollar-for-dollar credit.  If you have any questions, please contact Paola Gale at
480-776-3571, or . Click here if you would like to make your contribution TODAY!
  • CANCELLED EVENT - Middle School 6th thru 8th grades Social Friday 2/8 at AZ AIRTIME DUE TO CLOSURE
  • Don't forget that is it Root Beer Float Friday this Friday, February 8 after school. Floats are $3 each and $2 for just ice cream, cash please. 
  • Seniors and Senior Parents:  Volunteers needed for Parents Night Out Saturday February 23rd from 5-10 pm.  The more volunteers we have, the more Archway students we can have sign up.  This is a fantastic fundraiser and a fun event.  Please click the link on the SPA Senior Page under Academy Life or click here Parents Night Out.  Thank you, Kim Gleason or  (480)220-8510.
  • 10th Grade and other interested SPA Families: This month the Teacher Appreciation Committee will be ringing in the Chinese New Year with a luncheon on Friday, February 22nd hosted by the 10th grade families.  Though this luncheon is hosted by 10th grade, we are grateful for help from anyone who is willing!  If you can lend a hand or send in the items requested, please sign up here.  Email questions either through the sign up or to  Thank you! 

  • Due to the overwhelming response only a few tickets remain for next week's Drug Awareness Presentation. 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, February 13th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the SPA Theater.  This is an important repeat presentation for all SPA parents who were unable to attend the previously offered event! Students are also welcome to come with their parents. Please click here to sign up. Sign up EARLY!  In the event of another sell out, priority will be given to those parents who did not attend the first presentation as this is the same talk. If you have any questions, please contact Jo Polk at
  • Use to order from Shutterfly or Tiny Prints. Both earn money for SPA at no extra cost to you. 
  • Middle School Social Calendar 2018-2019  
  • Reminder:  Looking for information? Go to
Thank you to our Community Investment Donors
Because of your gift to our Community Investment campaign, our scholars have access to a comprehensive and unique curriculum. One of our most defining features is the Senior Thesis.  
The Scottsdale Prep Class of 2018 produced some outstanding senior thesis projects and defenses. SPA alumna Shayna Cohen is a student at the University of Chicago pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Philosophy on a Pre-Med track. She recently share her perspective on the Senior Thesis experience at SPA. You can read her experience, along with a faculty and parent perspective here.  
SPA families, the quality of education delivered at our school is only possible with your generous support of our Community Investment campaign. Your support of Community Investment allows us to continue offering this outstanding education to your children. 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 2018-19 Community Investment campaign donors  as of February 4, 2019.  Please contact Paola Gale, Academy Giving manager at 480-776-3571 or  if you have any questions regarding Community Investment at SPA.
Bus Transportation Information
Bussing during the week of Barrett Jackson was a huge success and we had many parents asking about a possible bussing option on a more permanent basis. We are currently working with Transtyle to make this an option for the coming school year. Parents would pay a fee to Transtyle to utilize this option but when you consider the gas, time, and patience that goes into every trip to campus it works out to be an affordable option for most families.
This bussing would be available for ACS students and students at Scottsdale Prep in grades 6-8. (The busses would not be able to arrive in time for the high school start time.) Please watch for information inviting you to express your interest in transportation for the 2019-20 school year in the coming week.

Click here for further Better Together information
Health Office News
Nurse Sheneman has created a health office website to keep families informed on current illnesses and health office information. 
Please add the link to your favorite websites!  You can also find the link on our main page and in the weekly Spartan Blasts!

Reminder Nurse Sheneman will be training ALL High Schoolers in CPR during the month of February! 
The table below will show the schedule for training:  

10th Grade
Feb. 11th - 14th
11th Grade
Feb. 19th - 22nd
12th Grade
Feb. 25th - 28th
SAT/ACT Comparison Test Sign Up Due 2/8
Attention Sophomores!  You have until Friday, February 8th at 2:00 p.m. to sign up for the SAT/ACT Comparison Test t to be held on in the Tech Lab on Saturday, 2/8 at 8:00 a.m..  An information session providing the results will be held on Tuesday,  February 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the theater.  Families should sign up directly with Vogel Test Prep.   This test is designed for sophomores to determine whether the ACT or the SAT test is a better fit for college admissions. 
February Lunch Menus
 February  lunch menu is ready for you to place orders.  Visit
THANK YOU for supporting our SPA PSO Lunch Program! 
Ada Betancourt,  Lunch Oversight Coordinator
2018 Tax Receipts
We are so grateful for each person who made a gift to our campaigns in 2018! Cumulative receipts detailing every dollar given to Scottsdale Prep have been sent via email. Please reach out to Paola Gale if you have not received your 2018 Tax Receipt from Scottsdale Prep. She can be reached at or 480-776-3571.
Spirit Wear
Supplies are LIMITED!!  Don't miss out!!  Get your 2018 Spirit Shirts now for the sale price of only $10 before they are GONE! To order your spirit wear t-shirts please click     HERE!

These are not just for students!  Parents and Grandparents love to wear them to games to support our teams!  Support the Class of 2019!

College Acceptances Class of 2019
 Click here for a current list of 2019 college acceptances
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