November 26, 2018
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” ~ Oscar Wilde
In this issue:

  • Headmaster Letter
  • Teacher Feature
  • Snowstorm
  • Academic Q & A
  • Fine Arts this Week
  • Yearbook ordering
  • Open Enrollment
  • GH Annual Report

Important Dates

  • 11/27 Academic Q & A
  • 11/29 12th grade Drama
  • 11/30 Cabinet of Curiosities Art Show

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

This week following the Thanksgiving holiday is chock-full of aesthetic life! 

On Thursday, our seniors will perform Oscar Wilde's  The Importance of Being Earnest  at Calvary North Church. Be sure to attend this witty theatrical performance!

On Friday we will host our biannual "Cabinet of Curiosities" art exhibition in the multi-purpose room. All current students will display their artwork, together with additional student projects and demonstrations. The Cabinet of Curiosities is a wonderful opportunity to see the imaginative aspects of our students. 

During weeks like these, I am especially reminded of the importance that Beauty plays in our curriculum and educational philosophy. We believe that by encountering and creating works of genuine beauty, we are leading our students to discover their essential dignity, freedom, and nobility as human persons. 

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold
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Teacher Feature: Mr. Baumann

Mr. Baumann teaches 8th grade Earth Science. He came to North Phoenix Prep from one of our sister academies, Veritas Prep, where he taught high school mathematics. Mr. Baumann graduated  summa cum laude  from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. 

Our students prepared a few questions for Mr. Baumann:

How did you become interested in your subject?
My middle school science teacher was very passionate about science. He taught my 6th-grade earth science, 7th-grade life science, and 8th-grade physical sciences classes, and he did a phenomenal job. A couple of my favorite memories from those years are looking at sunspots using a telescope and my8th-grade frog dissection project. At Arcadia High School, I had the  best  biology teacher (no offense to Ms. Humphrey) for honors and AP biology. At ASU, I started as a biology major, but discovered my deep interest in organic chemistry and biochemistry, and switched majors to finish my bachelor of science in biochemistry. FYI, if anyone tells you that organic chemistry is simply memorizing dozens of chemical reactions, s/he does  not  understand organic chemistry.

How do you best connect with students?
Playing games or sports with students is always fun. The middle school boys at NPX also think I'm a decent football referee. I will gladly dominate any NPX student in a game of table tennis (challengers are welcome). I also enjoy sharing my dry sense of humor in the classroom and hearing about the hobbies my students have, which allows me to get a clearer picture of who they are as individuals.

If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be?
I have to pick two answers for this question. History: Jesus of Nazareth; this choice is easy for me because of his profound influence on the last two thousand years of history and in my own life. Also, in the gospels he frequently dines with all kinds of people. It would be very enlightening to have that experience myself. Literature: Gandalf from  The Lord of the Rings ; this choice is very easy for me. Whether he's Grey or White, he's the wisest wizard ever to grace the pages of literature. AND he fought and killed the Balrog of Morgoth. Enough said.
Fine Arts Events this Week!

12th Grade Drama Production

Thursday, November 29th
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
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
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.
Great Hearts Annual Report

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