November 19, 2018
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” ~ Aesop
In this issue:

  • Headmaster Letter
  • 7th Grade Science Spotlight
  • Open Enrollment
  • PSO/Snowstorm/Greatful Hearts
  • Academic Q & A
  • College Counseling
  • Canned Food Drive/Yearbook ordering
  • GH Annual Report
  • Calendar Reminders

Important Dates

  • 11/7-11/20 Key Club Canned Food Drive
  • 11/21 Half Day 12:40 pm dismissal
  • 11/22-11/23 Thanksgiving Break No School
  • 11/27 Academic Q & A
  • 11/29 12th grade Drama
  • 11/30 Cabinet of Curiosities Art Show

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

As we begin this short week prior to Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude for all of the families, faculty, and students of North Phoenix Prep. It is my honor and privilege to serve alongside each of you. Together, we make our community a place that is truly special. 

Let's launch into this short week & make the most of it, even as we look forward to quality time with friends and family during the holiday.

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

P.S. I am especially looking forward to the Field Day this Wednesday! Go Gladiators!
Spotlight on 7th Grade Science

As a way to synthesize the content from Unit 1:
The Nature of Science, seventh grade students are conducting field studies using their classmates as participants. Groups are working together to write detailed lab reports that address all parts of the scientific inquiry process such as-

  • formulating inquiry questions,
  • generating hypotheses, defining variables,
  • using quantitative and qualitative measurement accurately and precisely,
  • incorporating tables and graphs,
  • analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.

Some example of inquires that groups are investigating are whether or not a student’s participation is linked to his or her understanding of the class content, whether or not one’s ability to taste flavor is dependent upon his or her ability to smell, whether or not pets serve to reduce stress, how one’s emotional state is related to his or her attentiveness, and whether or not students can distinguish between sugar-containing and sugar-free products, amongst many others. Not only does every group have a unique inquiry to investigate, but every seventh grade student is truly taking on what it means to be a scientist in the real world. 

Ms. Poduska is very proud of the entire seventh grade, as every group of students is working cooperatively and diligently to produce their best work. 
Open Enrollment
 
Great Hearts Open Enrollment for the 2019-20 School Year is held
November 14 thru December 7, 2018.

Open Enrollment is for  NEW APPLICANTS  only. If your student currently attends North Phoenix Preparatory you do not need to submit an application at this time as re-enrollment information will be emailed to current students in March for the 2019-20 school year. At that time you will have the opportunity to re-enroll your child (indicate your intent to return) for the upcoming school year.


Please contact Ms. DeSilva with any questions or concerns.
From the PSO -Back by Popular Demand-
Greatful Hearts is Snowstorm!
Thank you to those in the community who have reached out with inquiries about the Snowstorm tradition. The PSO has determined that Prep families are more in tune with Snowstorm. Regardless of the name, it has been a long standing Great Hearts’ tradition to give a collective thank you gift to our teachers around the holiday season.  In lieu of holiday gifts for faculty and staff, we invite all North Phoenix Prep families to participate in this annual holiday giving campaign.

Show your heartfelt appreciation by contributing a one-time monetary gift to be distributed evenly among faculty and staff at our Teacher Appreciation Lunch in December.

The PSO will be distributing informational fliers during drop off and pick up. In addition you can find out more by following this LINK.
Thank you!
From the Assistant Headmaster

Parents are invited for an Academic Q&A on Tuesday, November 27, from 7:30-8:30 in room 521. We will be talking about strategies for supporting your students through the last few weeks of the semester - and final exams. 

Cindy Coughlon  |  Assistant Headmaster
College Counseling Corner

Senior Scholarship Opportunities
Now is the time to start applying for college scholarships! Remember, small awards can add up fast and by spring many deadlines will have already passed!

Helpful Websites
For more information on planning financially for college, you may want to check out  CollegeCovered.com, sponsored by Discover Student Loans.  In addition to student loan information, you can find
 
  • College Planning Calendar  This new tool includes comprehensive checklists for seniors and their parents to guide them through their college planning and help them stay on track.
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  • Scholarship Search This free search makes it simple for your students to find the free money for their dream school. The tool requires absolutely no registration and can be customized to a student’s interests and goals. All of the results are emailed in an easy-to-reference list.
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  • Scholarship Sweepstakes: Speaking of free money, your students and parents can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship through January 31, 2019! Send them to Scholarship.CollegeCovered.com to enter.
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Junior Test Prep Opportunities
Juniors may be interested in checking out the following ACT and SAT test prep opportunity:

Amy Cole  |  College Counselor 
Canned Food Drive- Ends Tuesday

The North Phoenix Prep Key Club is hosting a canned food drive along with St. Vincent de Paul to benefit low-income families. It will last November 7-20. Students can deposit non-perishable items in the collection containers in the MPR or Student Lobby as they arrive in the morning.

Yearbook Early Bird pricing expires 11/21!

Order yearbooks now to receive early order discount! Price is $30 until November 21st. After that price will increase by $5.00 each quarter until ordering is closed.
Great Hearts Annual Report


Please click here to view the Great Hearts 2017-18 Annual Report.
Calendar Reminders

Field Day- November 21st

Our Fall Field Day is approaching! We are in need of some supplies for two of our activities. If you have (or will have!) the following items on hand, please send them in with your student. Materials can be brought to a box in front of Room 502. Thank you!

  • Empty, 2L soda bottles
  • Cardboard inserts from paper towel and toilet paper rolls.    



12th Grade Drama Production

Thursday, November 29th
7:00PM
Calvary Chapel North

Our senior students are excited to present "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Art Show- Cabinet of Curiosities

Friday, November 30th
4:30- 7 pm
Open House Art Show in the Prep MPR
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