Spartan News Blast
A Weekly Publication from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
January 17, 2019

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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 1
Headmaster Coffee
SPA Library 8am

February 2
HS Winter Formal

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

Headmaster Message
Please click here for a message from Ms. Chaney. 
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.
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.
TC + 1 is vital to our school
Thank you to those families who have given to SPA's 2018 Arizona Public School Tax Credit drive!
If you've yet to make your Tax Credit contribution to Scottsdale Prep, there's still time. 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 email at
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
Basketball Cookout!!
Our Spartan Booster Club is hosting a cookout during the basketball games this Friday, 1/18. The grill will be open from 4:30pm-7:30pm on the back patio, so come cheer on our Spartans and enjoy some great burgers. 
Let's get a huge crowd there to cheer on the Spartans to victory against North Pointe Prep!
Come join us for amazing food, fun,  and Basketball!
Friday, January 18
Game Times: 4 pm JV, 5:30 Girls Varsity and 7:00 Boys Varsity
Cookout will be held in the back patio area of Scottsdale Prep
Proceeds go directly to support our Spartan athletes!
  • Due to the overwhelming response and feedback SPA's PSO has added another evening of the 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
  • 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!
  • 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

Click here for Winter Wonderland payment and dress code information.
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 here.  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!  All proceeds will be donated to charity.
Nurse's Office Message
Thank you to everyone who donated tissues, Chlorox wipes and Purrell! We are in the middle of cold season and these donations will be so helpful in keeping your students healthy!
SPA Mentoring Program
Character & Leadership Development    
High School students are invited to attend
an Information meeting about the Mentoring Program
for the 2019-2020 school year  
Wednesday, January 30th, at Lunch, in the Library
Bring your lunch!  
What do Mentors do?
  • They assist new middle and high school students in making the transition to SPA.
  • They assist new students in developing the skills necessary for academic success.
  • They are provided the opportunity to set an example, serve the community, and practice leadership.
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
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.
Rome & Athens
International Travel - June 2020
Get a $200.00 Discount! Enroll now! 
Why Rome and Athens for our third summer trip? All High School SPA students know these cities through books. Now is time for them to see where exactly Cesar said, "Et tu, Brute!" Now is time to climb the Acropolis, where goddess Athena sat and protected the city! Our trip will also include the Vatican City, Capri, Pompeii, and Delphi.  
Enroll before January 31st! Visit EF Tours' website for more information on itinerary, dates, and cost!  
Tour name: The Ancient Mediterranean
Payment needed to reserve spot: $95 deposit
Discount: $200.00 OFF, if you apply before January 31, 2019, at midnight.  
I will be hosting an informational meeting for HS students on Tuesday, January 29, at 6:00 pm , at the school to provide more details about this opportunity and answer any questions you may have. Please email to ensure that I can accommodate everyone in our meeting space.   I hope that you and your high school student will be able to attend the upcoming meeting to learn more about this incredible experience!
           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. 

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 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
    Order SPA's 18-19 yearbook online now!
Click  here   for information to order your yearbook today!  Current Yearbook cost is $65. 
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