Spartan News Blast
A Weekly Publication from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy

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 October 26
Headmaster Coffee
The HS Experience

October 26
MS Harvest Festival

November 1
Picture Retake Day
Photo Packet Required

November 2
Half Day - GH Professional Development

November 2
Coffee House

 November 2
HS/MS Game Day Challenge @ Infinity Fitness

November 12
No School - Veteran's Day

November 21
Half Day Release - R&R Weekend

November 22-23
No School - Thanksgiving Break 

Headmaster Message
Please click here for Ms. Chaney's weekly message.
We hope you will join Ms. Chaney tomorrow morning from 8-9am for a Headmaster Coffee discussing "The High School Experience." 
SPA Picture Re-Take November 1st
Any student that purchased a photo package from LifeTouch and would like to return it for a re-take please click here. Only students that have signed up and have purchased a package, or absent on picture day will have their picture retaken on Thursday, November 1st. 
Order at  SPA's LifeTouch Re-Take ID: SR468032G0
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.
Community Investment Supports Curriculum
Did you know that your Community Investment gift supports our curriculum? Our Humane Letters Seminar is one of our most defining features here at SPA. A few weeks ago, I asked Mr. Hennessee to share his thoughts on the Humane Letters experience:  
Humane Letters, while reading and discussing the Great Works of Western civilization, inspires child-like wonder and promotes critical inquiry into the human experience. Reading, speaking, and writing skills simultaneously sharpen while pondering the authors' masterpieces and articulating reasoned answers to the enduring questions that require evermore precision, logic, and eloquence. Critical thinking and civil skills harmonize as the free thinker justly interacts with his diverse class in the communal search in for the good, true, and beautiful.  
Mr. Nathan Hennessee, with his 11th grade scholars and the custom tables he built.  
The quality of education delivered at our school is only possible with your generous support of our Community Investment campaign.

We are honored to publicly recognize those families and friends who have contributed to the Community Investment campaign. 
click  here  for a listing of our 2108-19 Community Investment campaign donors  as of October 22, 2018.
Fall Box Tops Deadline
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10ยข, however, they do have an expiration date. Turn them in before they expire! Please clip, check expiration date, trim, bag, and place in the marked bin on wall next to the front desk at school. Thank you for supporting SPA in everyway!
  • Thank you to Jen Murphy, Laurie Langford, the 9th grade families, and the teacher appreciation committee members who contributed to the Autumn Harvest Appreciation Luncheon! The lunch was DELICIOUS and much appreciated by SPA staff!!
  • HS/MS SOCIAL - November 2nd - Game Day Challenge at Infinity Fitness:  Obstacle course, relay and games. Batting cages next door! 1:30pm-3:30pm. Come have fun and get exercise too! Infinity Fitness: 7498 E. Monte Cristo Ave, Scottsdale 85260 behind the Promenade. $20 at the door.
  • Meet up for dinner at CHIPOTLE (Thompson Peak) on Tuesday, November 6th from 4 to 8 pm.  Identify yourself as supporting our SPA fundraiser (click here for flyer, a flyer image or just mentioning SPA at the register) and 33% of proceeds earned goes toward our Senior Class fundraising efforts!  Hope to see you there!   
  • Middle School in the know!   You should have received at least one email from your grade level liaison.  If you haven't received any liaison emails, please contact the appropriate grade level liaison directly to get added to that distribution list at,, or
  • Holidays are almost upon us. Don't forget to continue using the Amazon link to make purchases and use to order holiday cards from Shutterfly or Tiny Prints. Both earn money for SPA at no extra cost to you. 
  • Reminder :  Looking for information? Go to
Snowstorm HS Student Volunteers Needed!
We need your help to inform the entire SPA community about our Snowstorm tradition.  We all know that our teachers and staff are amazing, so let's get the word out on how we can collectively show our appreciation!  We need your help to hand out flyers, envelopes, candy, and maybe even to dress up as a snowman.  Please sign up here to be part of the excitement and earn community service hours at the same time!
SPA's Annual Coffee House
Come join in the fun on Friday, November 2nd on the back patio of SPA. Children 12 & under are free to attend the event, with a $5 admission for everyone else. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks will be sold for $1 each, so bring some money to help support the SPA Choirs and enjoy an evening of great entertainment from our talented students!  Volunteers are still needed to help in various ways, so please contact Mr. Heyde at if you are interested in helping.
New Spirit Wear
2018 Spirit Shirts are now on sale online by clicking  HERE.  We have a limited number of shirts remaining!  Grab one for Spirit Days and to support our teams.  Basketball & soccer seasons are coming!  We have long sleeved white shirts and short sleeve blue, black or white.  Support the Class of 2019!

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!
Click  here for information to order your yearbook today!
Like Great Hearts Academies on Facebook! 
PSAT Payment Portal 
Click here if your 9th-11th grade student took the PSAT on October 24th and have not made a payment online.  Test results will be distributed by college counseling to all students listed on the payment roster. Thank you!
Scottsdale Preparatory Academy | 16537 N. 92nd Street | Scottsdale, AZ 85260 
Alison Chaney | Headmaster
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