Spartan News Blast
A Weekly Publication from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy

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October 8-12
Fall Break 

October 15-19
Early Release- Parent Conferences

October 15-18
Used Uniform Sale
SPA Library

October 16-17-18
Code Ninjas

 October 19
Homecoming Game

 October 20
Homecoming Dance


 October 26
Headmaster Coffee
The HS Experience

October 26
MS Harvest Festival

Quarter One Narrative Evaluations
Families will receive a link to access Quarter One narrative evaluations through Jupiter on Sunday, October 21.  
October 15th-19th
Pep Assembly: Friday, October 19th

We hope to provide a fun, spirited week in which all students and faculty participate.  The week will culminate with Varsity football and volleyball games.  The dress up days will generate a school wide sense of pride that will be evident in the classroom and the hallways, giving everyone the opportunity to support the academy!  
Monday 10/15: ARTFUL ACCESSORIES (students may accessorize the uniform with ties, bows, shoes, ribbons, beads, gloves, headbands of ANY color)  
Tuesday 10/16: SILLY SOCKTOBER  (students may wear any kind of crazy, colorful socks)  
Wednesday 10/17: WHITE OUT WEDNESDAY (students may wear white, logo free tshirts and socks)  
Thursday 10/18:  TIE-DYE THURSDAY (students may wear tie-dye, logo-free tshirts)  
Friday 10/19: SPARTAN SPIRIT DAY (students may wear any type of Spartan spirit wear shirt)

Click here for the bell schedule for HomeColoring and Conference Week!
Code Ninjas
October 16th, 17th & 18th 

This week is all half days so send them to Code Ninjas on campus in Room 111 to learn how to code on scratch, javascript, robotic, and have some fun with STEM-based activities. Middle School students will learn to code through engaging game-based curriculum that teaches teamwork, logic, math, problem-solving, critical thinking and making new friends with the same interest! Each day is $20 from 1pm-3pm. Come one, two or three days! Seating is limited to 20 students. Contact Kathleen Anderson at for payment and enrollment.  High School Coding Classes will be coming soon!

Harvest Festival - 
6th, 7th & 8th Grades
October 26, 2018 7pm-9pm
October 26 - Don 't miss the middle school Harvest Festival on October 26th 7:00pm to 9:00pm @ Kerr Cultural Center located at 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd. All 6th thru 8th graders welcome. SPA students only. The cost is $15 per student in advance ($20 at the door). Pay here We also need your help with chaperoning, decorating, candy, prizes, etc. Sign up here.
Second Annual Rotary Interact Club Dodgeball Tournament
Tuesday, 10/16 starting at 12:45 p.m. in the SPA Gym
Mark your calendars for the Second Annual Rotary Interact Club Dodgeball Tournament to be held Homecoming Week on Tuesday, 10/16 starting at 12:45 p.m. in the SPA gym.  Eight middle school teams of five players and eight high school teams of five players will compete for first place distinction in each category.  The cost is $10 per player ($50 total)  and proceeds will be donated to Gigi's Playhouse, a Down's Syndrome Achievement Center where several Great Hearts students volunteer their time and talent.  Students must select a team captain, pick a creative team name and sign up to pay the $50 donation on the SPA payment portal.   Last year, the Gucci Gang took first place at the Middle School level and we hope to see them return to defend their title!  Pre-Registration tables will be set up on Tuesday & Thursdays during lunch periods, but payment must be made on-line.
Parent-Teacher Conferences in October
Week of October 15th - 19th
An email will be sent out to all families by the end of day on Friday, September 22nd  with specific information about parent-teacher conferences.  The following sections will be receiving conferences in October.  Any sections not listed, will receive an opportunity for a conference in January.  Scottsdale Prep brings together all of a student's teachers for a 15 minute conference.  Due to scheduling limitations, we will be unable to re-schedule due to a conflict or missed conference.  Click here for a copy of the Fall Conference Week Bell Schedule.

Our College Counselors, Mrs. Sterner and Fletcher, invite high school parents and students to meet with them during conference week- Monday, October 15- Friday, October 19. Please select a day and time from the Sign Up Genius options here. You can also contact them at or  to schedule a meeting for afterschool at your convenience!

Grade Level
Specific Sections for Conferences
Sign-Up or Assigned Time
6th Sections A, D, E (McKernon Math) E (Peters Math) &   All New Students to SPA 6th Grade
Online Sign-up Genius on designated days. Click highlighted link. 
7th Sections B (Rafal Math), B (Stone Math) DE & All New Students to SPA 7th Grade
Online Sign-up Genius on designated days. Student lead conference. Click highlighted link. 
8th Sections C, D, E, G, H, L &
 All New Students to SPA
Conference time assigned. Student lead conference.
9th Students in Mr. Brazzel's & 
Mr. Chapman's HL 
All New Students to SPA
Conference time assigned. Student lead conference.
10th Students in Mr. Gilfillan's & Mr. Minor's HL (3/4)
All New Students to SPA
Conference time is assigned. Student lead conference. 
Students in Mr. Hudson's HL (1/2) & (5/6)
All New Students to SPA
Conference time is assigned. Student lead conference. 
12th All Students Conference time is assigned. Student lead conference. 
Join us for the Homecoming Tailgate before Homecoming Game Oct.19th
Meal selection includes Chick-Fil-A sandwich or 8 piece chicken nuggets plus chips, cookie, and water for just $7.  Please preorder meals by clicking  here to preorder.  
  • Critical Help Needed:  Set up help is needed for the Used Uniform Sale on Monday, October 15th from 7:45am-10:00am.  Set up and sorting is a huge endeavor and volunteers are vital!  Sign up here
  • The SPA Used Uniform sale will be open in the afternoons Monday, October 15 through Thursday, October 18 from noon to 3 pm in the SPA library.  If you are considering donating outgrown uniforms, now is a great time so they can be included in this sale. Thank you to all who support SPA through the used uniform sale!  If you would like to help with the sale, please click here
  • Save the Date:  Join us for dinner Wednesday, October 17th from 5pm to 8pm at Wildflower Bread Company off of Raintree to help support Scottsdale Prep.  Flyer is required, so please remember to bring it with you when  you visit. 
  • Homecoming Dance food signup.  Please click here for items needed and drop off in the box by the front desk by Thursday, October 18th.
  • Don't forget to continue using the Amazon link to make purchases and use to order from Shutterfly or Tiny Prints. Both earn money for SPA at no extra cost to you. 
  • Reminder :  Looking for information? Go to
New Spirit Wear has arrived!   
They will be sold for $20 per t-shirt at most home volleyball and football games, and during homecoming week. 
Spirit shirts also will be sold after school during conference week October 15th to 19th!
Autumn Harvest Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Wednesday, October 24th

Help Needed for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on the half day Wednesday, October 24th.  This Autumn Harvest lunch is hosted by ninth grade families. Though this luncheon is hosted by 9th grade, we are grateful for help from anyone who is willing!  If you can lend a hand with decorating, set up, hallway monitoring, clean up and/or to send in the items requested, please sign up here.  Email questions either through the sign up or to  Thank you!

Lunch Menus - October through December
Our October through December lunch menu is ready for you to place orders.  Visit
To volunteer, go to:   2nd Quarter Lunch Volunteers- full days and 
THANK YOU for supporting our SPA PSO Lunch Program! 
Ada Betancourt,  Lunch Oversight Coordinator
Senior Ads
Express love and congratulations for your graduate with personalized space in the yearbook!  Senior ads are on sale now for $75.   Prices go up after Nov. 5th, the last day to purchase and submit your ad is Dec. 14th.  Click here to begin designing the ad.  Use order number 16379.
Order SPA's 18-19 yearbook online now!
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