Spartan News Blast
A Weekly Publication from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
January 10, 2019

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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 

February 14
Great Hearts Day

Headmaster Message
Please click here for a message from Ms. Chaney. 
SPA's TC + 1
Has Strong Start!
Thank you to ALL who have given to our TC + 1 campaign! As of today we are at 71% of our goal! 2018 AZ Tax Credit contributions can be made until April 15, 2019! There is plenty of time to ask friends, neighbors, and extended family members for their AZ Public School Tax Credit. It is a win-win for everyone!  
All Tax Credit dollars stay right here at SPA and support our student athletes and extra-curricular clubs!  
Our programs, which include athletics, rely on a successful Tax Credit Drive! Please contribute by:
1. Giving  ONLINE TODAY!
2. Schedule your tax credit for a future date by CLICKING HERE - set it and forget it!
3. Complete at TAX CREDIT FORM and drop it off at our front desk or mail it to our school!
4. Ask another AZ tax payer to give their tax credit to SPA
Questions? Please contact Paola Gale at 480-776-3571 or
Traffic Next Week
Come Early - Stay Late To Beat The Traffic
Barrett Jackson's event next week will require our Archway campus to utilize our traffic route.  Please see this map for the route that will be taken by both schools.  Nothing will change for our SPA traffic route, but we would ask that SPA Only families (No ACS siblings) use the A lane when possible, although the B lane is also available to you.  The B Lane (and eventually the C lane at the east side) will move our ACS traffic through to their campus for drop-off and pick-up. A few hints and reminders:
  • SPA students - COME EARLY AND STAY LATE to avoid the traffic.  Arrive at 7 am and pick up around 1 pm
  • All families, please use the east-bound Bahia route to enter 92nd Street.
  • When departing turn Left at Bahia (an officer will assist)
During Barrett Jackson week, Archway Scottsdale has chartered buses, and shared families with SPA middle school students have been included in this transportation option. All permission slips should go to Archway  Scottsdale, and Scottsdale Prep will release those students at 12:15 pm for boarding on the bus. Click here for the  bus route schedule and times. 
Please see the below change to our January calendar for 2019
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.
Great Hearts Day  
The Scottsdale Rotary Interact Club is excited to bring back Great Hearts Day to be held on February 14th.  Families will be able to order on the Scottsdale payment portal very soon.  Consider buying a decorated cake pop (peanut free) or a stuffed teddy bear for your friends, favorite faculty or staff member--- or for an entire class!   More information to follow.  All proceeds will be donated to charity.
  • Thank you to all who came to the Drug Awareness Presentation presentation last night.  We hope you found it very informative!  If you have any comments, please direct them to president@spa.pso with subject line drug awareness presentation. Look for information next week for an additional date that will be added for a repeat of this presentation for families that were unable to attend.
  • Reminder:  ETIQUETTE CLASS DATE CHANGE Due to the new 1/2 day schedule, the classes for those who have signed up will be Tues. Jan 15th, Wed Jan 16th and Thurs. Jan 17th from 1pm to 3pm in Room 114.
  • Help Needed:  This month's teacher appreciation lunch, the popular Tailgate, is hosted by 9th Grade Families and anyone else who wants to help.  On January 25th, we will be setting up tables and a grill outside and having a parking lot BBQ for the teachers!  Your help with volunteer time and food donations is greatly appreciated. Sign up here. Questions can be sent via the sign up. Thank you so much!
  • 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! 
  • 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
ASU Barrett Summer Scholars
Attend an information session from the ASU Barrett Summer Scholars and Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute on Thursday, January 17th at 5 pm in the Theater.  This event is open to current 7-11th graders.

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.
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. All invites have been sent out to parents for January conferences. 
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. 

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.
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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