January 23, 2018
Quote of the week
"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" ~ Abraham Lincoln
Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

The semester is in full swing as we returned to regular classes this week. I had the pleasure of joining the Juniors as they began studying Plato's  Republic , a highly treasured text in our curriculum. As I observed their conversation, I was impressed with just how thoughtful and intellectually curious these students are, and I was reminded of the intentional way that our Humane Letters curriculum matches the intellectual development of adolescents.

The sequence of our readings in Humane Letters is not precisely chronological. Instead, we begin with what is closest to our young scholars, so we teach them the literature and history of America. In this first Humane Letters course, our students gain proficiency in basic seminar habits such as speaking to their classmates rather than the teacher, or noticing the difference between a textually-based comment and one based on mere personal opinion. These habits of mind continue to develop in the 10th grade Humane Letters course, which expands the students' horizons through a study of Modern European history and literature. In their study of history, students learn to see the American Revolution in light of the French, thus making their understanding of both more rich and complex. They also encounter many of the underlying philosophical ideas that influenced the American Founders through the writings of John Locke. Their studies are, at this point, still fundamentally based in the concrete, not abstract ideas. They tend to employ large concepts like freedom or goodness naively and without real reflection. Literary characters, not concepts, are the appropriate focus for Sophomores and Freshmen.

But the works that our students encounter in their Junior and Senior years raise them to new heights and delve them more deeply into the world of ideas. Particularly in their study of Plato and Aristotle, our scholars begin to consider the ideas themselves, for Plato's Socrates vigorously investigates the underlying definitions of justice and the good life. By the time they are Juniors, our students are well-prepared, better than many university students, to engage with a challenging and incredibly rewarding book like the  Republic.   It warms my heart to witness our Juniors reading and discussing this great book!

In the coming week, I am excited to host  Dr. Joseph Clair from George Fox University , who is visiting our campus to learn more about the great conversations that we are having at North Phoenix Prep!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold
Upcoming dates and events
Spring Sports Registration
  • Friday January 26th - Middle School Dance
  • Saturday January 27th- Service opportunity- Maryvale Prep
  • Sunday January 28th - Lunch orders due 5 pm
  • Monday January 31st - New extra curricular clubs registration opens
  • Thursday February 1st HS Preview Night
  • Friday February 2nd HS Dance
  • Saturday February 3rd - NPX PSO Sack Lunch Service 10 am at Elks Lodge- RSVP

Lunch orders are due by 5 pm
Sunday evenings

Information about our lunch program is available HERE

University Professor Visiting NPX
On this Friday, North Phoenix Prep will host Dr. Joseph Clair, who is visiting our campus to learn more about our classical liberal arts curriculum, as well as the Socratic teaching techniques that our faculty use to provide a truly transformative education for our students.  
Dr. Clair serves as director of the William Penn Honors Program and as an assistant professor of religious studies. Before joining the George Fox faculty in 2013, he earned his PhD in the religion, ethics and politics program at Princeton University while also working as an assistant in instruction. His efforts were rewarded with a Department of Religion Teaching Award (2011-12) and a Graduate Prize Fellowship from Princeton’s Center for Human Values (2012-13).

Prior to Princeton, Clair earned an MPhil at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He also holds master’s degrees from Fordham and Duke University as well as a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. His research and teaching interests include Christian thought and ethics and the role of religion in public life. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine (Oxford UP, 2016) and Reading Augustine: On Education, Salvation, Happiness, and the Gift of Reading (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Upcoming Social events!

Middle School Winter Ball
this Friday
Attire is semi-formal
Please check family handbook for guidelines
7 pm - 9 pm
in the Archway MPR
Tickets - $10 prepay- payable to PSO (black box in administrative office)
$15 at the door

NPX Senate Proudly Presents

An Evening in the Alps
High School Dance

When:  Friday, February 2 from 7:30-10pm  
Where:  Archway MPR
Attire:  Casual, cold-weather clothing 
Think boots, jeans, sweaters, scarves, gloves, ski goggles, beanies! 
See more attire guidelines at the bottom. 
Cost:  $20 prepay/$25 at the door 
Purchase your ticket  HERE
Activities:  DJ, photographer, s'mores, fondue, and hot cocoa! 
Other:  High school students may bring pre-approved guests! Please pick up a guest form from Ms. Harris.  Guest forms are due Wednesday, January 31st by 3:30pm.  
Spring Sports Registration

Registration is underway for High School and Middle School Sports Teams
  • HS Track & Field
  • MS Track & Field
  • MS Boys Basketball
  • MS Girls Basketball
  • MS boys and Girls Tennis

From the College Counselor
Juniors on the Rise
As the seniors submit their final applications and begin receiving decision letters and financial aid offers, College Counseling has begun in earnest for the juniors! The class of 2019 worked diligently on my “College 101” activities and assignments over project week. Here are just a few of the highlights:
·          They continued their college search through Naviance, completed an in-depth College Profile, and created their own templates for a personalized College Profile.
·          They created and completed initial portions of the Common Application.
·          They wrote letters of intent to teachers they will likely ask for letters of recommendation so that they can deliberately develop that relationship this semester.
·          They completed a values assessment and personal reflection in preparation for their personal statement essays.
·          They read and evaluated sample admissions essays and then compared their conclusions with those of admissions officers.
·          They became familiar with Financial Aid and explored valuable resources such as CollegeBoard’s Big Future and Khan Academy.
·          They participated in a case study activity which had them read a student profile, descriptions of 4 colleges to which he had been admitted, and the financial awards issued by each institution. They then compared the costs and benefits (both literal and figurative) of attending each institution reflecting on which choice they would make for themselves.
·          They are now finalizing their first attempts at a personal statement essay!
After such a productive week, I am eager to begin our Initial Individual Meetings next week. I will spend 20-30 minutes with each Junior Family going over the progress the student has made thus far, considering next steps, defining objectives, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and providing general support and encouragement so that students can make the most out of this incredible journey! I must say, it is that specific goal which makes me so grateful to be here: we are taking back the admissions process from the frenzy and hype of the modern day. We are finding ways not only to survive this complicated path, but to see the beauty and grow with every step along the way. This is truly the Great-Hearted way to be a College Applicant!

Laney Smith   | College Counselor
North Phoenix Preparatory Academy  | 14100 N. 32 nd St. | Phoenix, AZ 85032
P: 602.404.7466 | F: 602.889.0161 | E:  lsmith@northphoenixprep.org  | W: www.northphoenixprep.org
Opportunity for Service
Let's help our sister school, Maryvale canvas their neighborhood! 

ALL NPX students are invited to help and must have a parent to accompany them. 

Maryvale Prep is reaching out for your help. We are making great progress on the construction of our new campus, but we need to find more students to join us this fall. When we opened our doors six years ago, our greatest success in this endeavor came by way of knocking on the doors of the very families we sought to serve. So, we are going to canvass the streets once again and we are inviting you to join us. Our  “Canvassing Day” will be Saturday, January 27 at 9:00 a.m.  We will meet at our new site (4825 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85031), share a continental breakfast, and then head out for an hour or two with flyers to distribute and key messages to share. It will be an exciting morning for all of Great Hearts!  RSVP by Thursday, January 25   HERE!  
North Phoenix Preparatory | 14100 N. 32nd Street | Phoenix, AZ | 85032