March 12, 2019
“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” ~ Mark Twain
In this issue:

  • Headmaster Letter
  • Re-enrollment
  • 10th Grade Field Trip
  • PSO Meeting & Events
  • Spring Festival!
  • Student Spotlight
  • Yearbook
  • Prom
Upcoming Dates

  • 3/13/2019 Early Release 2:10 pm
  • 3/14 PSO Meeting 7 pm
  • 3/18- 3/22 No School Spring Break
  • 3/24 PSO dine out at Chipotle
  • 3/30/2019 Spring Festival

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Can you believe that it's the final week of the 3rd Quarter? It's a cliche, I know, but time really does seem to fly faster and faster as the years go by. In fact, Shelly and I were just recently reflecting on this reality as we paged through old pictures of our toddlers, Edmund and Sophia. It seems like they were infants only yesterday! As many of you have already told us, they'll be teenagers before we know it.

Time does, indeed, tend to pass more quickly than we realize. That's why our team has been proactively planning to finish the school year strong & pivot into the 2019-2020 school year with purpose. In January, I formed a Steering Committee of faculty members to join me in the work of cultural improvement at NPX. After careful deliberation and thoughtful conversation, and with the input of students, the committee has decided to focus our collective energies on creating an even more special environment at North Phoenix Prep. 

What does it mean to create a "special environment"? Think about what happens when you walk into a museum, or a cathedral, or a football stadium, or a library. Each of those unique spaces, and others like them, communicate a consistent atmosphere and sense of behavioral expectations. From the moment we walk into a museum, we know that we ought to meander, to pause before artifacts and consider them, to move slowly, and to speak softly. Football stadium behavior is as inappropriate in a museum as museum behavior is in a football stadium. Our work over the next several months, then, will be to establish a clear threshold between the interior of our campus and the environment outside, one that clearly communicates, among other things, a vision of dignified deportment and decorum. 

The implications of this improvement project are many. There are, for example, several aesthetic improvements that we need to make in our courtyard, Prep entry, and hallways. These will require time and resources to complete, however. So we've decided to start the 4th quarter with a project that's limited in scope and that should be fairly straightforward to implement: a simple morning entry routine at the Prep entrance. The main purpose of the entry routine is to raise student awareness that they are entering a shared academic space that belongs to the whole community, one within which we share a particular way of being. To help us iron out the details of this routine, a focus group of students from a wide range of grade levels have already provided valuable input, and we will be administering a brief survey to all students tomorrow to gather even more. 

I am eager to engage our whole community of faculty, students, and families in this improvement project, so please do reach out to me directly with any questions or ideas that you may have. I believe that we are building something truly special here at North Phoenix Prep, and I am excited about taking that to the next level in the 4th Quarter!

With Devotion,

Headmaster Weinhold
Re-Enrollment

Please update and carefully review all the guardians and parent contact information in the enrollment Parent Portal when filling out the registration packet. This will help ensure the most valid data for export back into PowerSchool for next year and for the academy to contact at any time if needed. 

We highly recommend you make an appointment to drop of your student's re-enrollment documents. Please follow this LINK . If you cannot find a time that is convenient to you, please bring to the front office while making note that if bringing during dismissal or drop off you may have to wait during these high traffic times.
Academy Giving News

In Celebration of our Tax Credit Drive~ Thank you to everyone that came out and supported our First Annual
Great Hearts
North Phoenix
Basketball Tournament!
Looking forward to getting this event on the calendar
for next year! 


Click HERE for more pictures from the basketball tournament!
College Counseling Corner

Virtual Campus Visits
Students interested in exploring colleges outside of Arizona may want to check out CampusReel  - 10,000+ student-made videos showcase dorm rooms, dining halls, student life and more on college campuses. It's like YouTube for college search. It's the most fun and effective way to experience a college campus and community. Funded by Colgate University's Thoughts into Action.
 
Juniors
Juniors will be taking the SAT is on March 27 th . In addition to multiple practice test sessions completed last month, they will also be doing a full-length practice exam the morning of Wednesday, March 13. In the afternoon, they will be scoring their test and analyzing their results. Students are encouraged to make use of Khan Academy’s SAT prep course.
 
Summer Opportunities in England!
Study abroad in Southwest England, home to some of the most enchanting spots. Counties such as Dorset, Devon and Cornwall will delight your students with sandy beaches, surf-ready waves and watersports. While the region’s major cities, Bath and Bristol, boast alternatives full of fascinating history, creativity, music and arts scenes - and they’re just 12 minutes away from each other by train! British Council invites you to join our webinar on Thursday, March 14th at 12:00 (EST) and learn everything you need to guide your students to study in the UK. Register for the webinar here.

Immerse Education : delivers academic enrichment programs designed for ambitious high school students. These take place in the colleges of Cambridge University in the United Kingdom – considered one of the world’s greatest centres of learning. The programs are designed not only stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity by providing a glimpse into undergraduate studies, but will also motivate them as they embark on decisions about their university studies, and future goals. Students can select from 18 subjects, such as Medicine, Law, Computer Science or Architecture, and explore this in sessions led by expert tutors from world-leading universities. Participants from Immerse have proceeded to enroll at leading global universities including Harvard University, Cambridge University and NYU.To learn more, visit this page of our website .
 
To see a full list of summer opportunities, click here .
NPX PSO Meeting

March 14th, 7 pm

On campus, in the North Phoenix Prep MPR


Chipotle Dine Out! Sunday, March 24th 4 pm - 8 pm
Chipotle 4622 E. Cactus Road
Spring Festival!
Announcing Festus Vernum
March 30th 4 pm - 8 pm

This year’s Spring Festival attractions will include a laser tag maze, zipline, defender dome dodge ball, human foosball, 26’ climbing mountain, 24’ slide, bounce houses, carnival games, and more! 

Thru March 24, take advantage of online pre-sales pricing: purchase online HERE

Do not want to purchase online? Print this order form and pay in the black PSO box in the front office
Pre-sales discounts apply!

Student wristbands: $15/child with a cap of $45/family (3 children or more); no charge for children under 4 years of age or younger; adults free 

Adult zipline pass: $5/rider

 Food truck vendors: Chef Wade’s East Coast Joe’s Mama’s Dogs, Mein Man, Ava’s Kettle Corn, Kathy’s Cupcakes, and Shanny’s Frozen. Questions? festival@anppso.org 


All PSO Parent Mixer!

Saturday, 4/13, 5-9 PM, Mostow Home, More details coming soon!
Time is running out to purchase your students yearbook! Sales end March 15th!
 Click on the button above to purchase.
Tickets available on the payment portal ~ 11th & 12th grade students only
Students wishing to bring a guest (ticket required) must complete the guest permission form
Forms available at the front desk from Ms. Swart
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March 18 - March 22
Ages 4 - 14

May 27 - August 2
Ages 4 - 16
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