September 23, 2018
“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” ~ Ivan Turgenev

In this issue:

  • Headmaster Letter
  • Coffee With the Headmaster
  • College Counseling
  • Co-Curricular Book Club
  • Homework Survey Results
  • PSO News
  • Great Hearts Gala
Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This week's letter addresses the topic of the Human Dignity and Freedom, one of the central things that we deeply love as an Academy.

  • The Virtues: Moral, Intellectual, and Athletic Excellence
  • The Western Tradition
  • Human Dignity and Freedom
  • Philosophical Realism
  • Conversation and Community
  • Humility

Our Academy believes in human dignity and freedom. These attributes extend to all human persons, which means that they are not exclusive to the best and brightest, nor to those who happen to possess wealth or power. We believe that each human person deserves respect as a moral and intellectual agent capable of making independent decisions. Human dignity also means that we are more than our economic or social functions, more than a means to an end, and more than mere material objects. In short, we are ensouled beings who are capable of striving toward the True, the Good, and the Beautiful.  

We also believe in human freedom or liberty. The popular culture often construes freedom as the absence of external restraints. On this view, being "free" merely means the ability to do whatever we please. But this view of freedom lacks any dimension of moral responsibility. In contrast, our Academy believes as an axiom that we ought to pursue some things and that we ought not to pursue others. We, therefore, view freedom primarily as the freedom to pursue Truth, Goodness, and Beauty together--because these are the things that it will truly please our students to do.

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold
Calendar Reminder

Half Day Dismissal:  Friday, September 28, 12:40 pm dismissal

2018-2019 School Year Breaks and Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Fall Break October 8 - 16, 2018
  • Parent Teacher Conferences  October 15 - 16, 2018
  • Winter Break December 21, 2018 - January 9, 2019
  • Parent Teacher Conferences January 7 - 9, 2019
  • Spring Break March 18 - 22, 2019
Coffee with the Headmaster
Please note the upcoming Headmaster Coffee's

Parents/guardians of currently enrolled North Phoenix Prep Students are invited to attend

  • 11th & 12th Grade Wednesday, September 26th 8:30 am
College Counseling Corner
Rep Visits
This week, NPX will be hosting representatives from:

·         Wabash College, Tuesday, after school
·         University of North Texas, Wednesday, before school

All Rep visits will be held in Room 501 unless otherwise noted.  Please refer to the college counseling calendar on the school web site for up-to-date information on Rep Visits, application workshops, SAT and ACT testing dates, and other events both on and off campus.

Tackling Testing: Navigating the State High School and College Entrance Exams

PSAT! ACT! NMSQT! Oh, my! Tackling Testing is an informational session to help you untangle the alphabet soup of the high school standardized testing. You will learn what changes have made to high school state testing, what tests are needed for college entrance, as well as when and how to help your child prepare for these important exams. All parents of high school students are welcome to attend, but Junior parents are highly encouraged to attend as Junior Information Night will follow directly after the testing presentation. This event will be held on September 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Juniors Night

Junior Night is an opportunity for parents of Juniors to learn more about how to support their child as they prepare for life after NPX. This will include information about the College 101 process, how to explore college options and determine ‘fit’, and a timeline for both the junior and senior year. Parents of Juniors are strongly encourage to attend the Tackling Testing session and stay for Junior Night.  Both events will be held on September 27. The Tackling Testing session begins at 6:30 p.m. and Junior Night at 7:30 p.m. 

National Merit Scholarship Program: Commended Students

North Phoenix Preparatory Academy is pleased to announce we have THREE seniors who were named as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Congratulations to:

Aubrey E. Frear
Phillip K Konstantinov
Harrison J. Wickramasekera

Through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise this year.  They placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for the NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Co- curricular News

"Shades of the West" is a new club hosted by Ms. Coughlon and Ms. Tabor. Together we will be exploring the literary and artistic influence of authors and artists of color within the Western culture. We will start with Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winning best-seller, brown girl dreaming .  

Written entirely in verse,  brown girl dreaming ,  tells the story of girl  searching for her place in the world as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Woodson herself struggled with reading, and this beautiful and innovative book is a testament to her struggles to learn amidst the hardships of racism and bi-cultural identity, but also to the power of verse to heal and uplift the soul.  brown girl dreaming  opens with the following poem:

February 12, 1963

I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital
Columbus, Ohio,
USA -- 
a country caught

between Black and White.

I am born not long from the time
or far from the place
my great-great-grandparents 
worked the deep rich land
dawn till dusk
drank cool water from scooped-out gourds
looked up and followed
the sky's mirrored constellation
to freedom.

I am born as the South explodes,
too many people too many years
enslaved, then emancipated
but not free, the people
who look like me
keep fighting
and marching
and getting killed
so that today--
February 12, 1963
and every day from this moment on,
brown children like me can grow up
free. Can grow up
learning and voting and walking and riding
wherever we want.

I am born in Ohio but
the stories of south Carolina already run
like rivers
through my veins.

Participation is free and open to all grade levels. Please join us in room 614 each Monday during lunch. 

A note from the Assistant Headmaster

Homework Student-Reported Survey Results

Week of 8/27-31: High School students spent an average of 20 minutes on homework per class, per night (Humane Letters counts as two classes); Middle School students spent an average of 13 minutes on homework per class, per night.

Week of 9/4-7: High School students spent an average of 19 minutes on homework per class, per night (Humane Letters counts as two classes); Middle School students spent an average of 8 minutes on homework per class, per night.

Week of 9/10-14: High School students spent an average of 21 minutes on homework per class, per night (Humane Letters counts as two classes); Middle School students spent an average of 11 minutes on homework per class, per night.

Faculty Tutoring Hours
Faculty tutoring hours are posted on the NPX Website . Go to Academics, and select Tutoring Schedule from the dropdown menu. 

Cindy Coughlon  |  Assistant Headmaster

We want to thank all the families that volunteered and contributed towards our Sack Lunch Service Event this past Saturday. We had over 150 volunteers that managed to make 1,600 sack lunches that were then delivered to Phoenix Rescue Mission. That's almost a full ton of food made possible through your generosity, that then gets distributed to homeless families in Phoenix. We will plan on doing this event again in the spring, so watch for it!

PSO Fundraiser!

Save the date: October 20th

Come have a great time at SkyZone!

North Phoenix will receive 40% of proceeds if we get 100 or more participants.

Please know that Skyzone Socks are mandatory (available for $2 at Skyzone)
Program featuring Great Hearts Students and Teachers
Dr. Allan Friesen  at the Piano - Arete Prep 
Robert Heyde  and The Scottsdale Prep Concert Choir and Chamber Singers  
Morgan James  - Trivium Prep - Great Hearts BARD Competition Winner
Logan Johnson  - Lincoln Prep 
Kathryn LeTrent  and The Glendale Prep Griffin Players Theater Company
Joel Malkin - Veritas Prep Alumnus - Captain in the United States Marine Corp
September 29, 2018
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