May 7, 2018
"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." ~ G.K. Chesterton
Headmaster Letter
Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Last week's Cabinet of Curiosities and Drama Club performances were truly spectacular! I am so proud of our students and faculty for the hours and hours of preparation and rehearsal that went into making our experience so enjoyable. 

It's moments like these that remind us why we're engaged in the vital work of cultivating the hearts and minds of our students, and that gives us the perspective that we need to continue every day. The fine arts are important because they breathe aesthetic life into us. They fill us with a yearning for the highest, noblest, and finest things. It's so beautiful that our students can give us this tremendous gift!

It was equally inspiring to see the contributions of Mr. Lugo, our Facilities Technician, who displayed several pieces at the Cabinet of Curiosities. When I spoke with Mr. Lugo, he expressed how thankful he is to be part of our community, and that he hoped his art might inspire our students to pursue their dreams. We are so thankful to Mr. Lugo for sharing his talent with us!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold
Teacher Feature: Ms. Fogleson
We are overjoyed to announce that Ms. Karin Foglesong is joining our faculty next year!

Karin Foglesong, Soprano, made her operatic debut as Fiordiligi with the National Opera Company’s production of  Così Fan Tutte . Roles performed include: Alice Ford in  Falstaff  with the New York Verismo Opera Company, Rosalinda in  Die Fledermaus  with National Opera Company, Countess Almaviva in  The Marriage of Figaro  with Opera-To-Go (New England), Cendrillon in  Cendrillon , Belinda in  Dido & Aeneas , Corilla in  Viva La Mama , Antigone in  Antigone  (World Premiere) with Alea III, Gloria in  Territories (World Premiere) with New Opera Theatre Ensemble, Rose Maybud in  Ruddigore  with Boston Academy of Music Repertory Company, Princess Ida, (understudy) with New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and Katisha in  The Mikado . She also spent several years touring with several opera companies in school shows, performing operas for K-12 aged students, from the Mississippi to the eastern parts of the nation. She spent a year as soloist singing in a jazz club, and performing 365 days in musical theater reviews.

An accomplished singer and actress, Ms. Foglesong toured and performed with various professional singing groups and has performed as soloist with regional symphonies. Her awards include Regional Winner Metropolitan Opera Auditions in California, Regional Finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation National Auditions in Boston, winner of the National Endowment Fund for the Arts Scholarship, and the Director’s Award Recipient both at Boston University, where she received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance.

Ms. Foglesong's voice and theater students have gained admittance to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, perform with Goode Time Carolers (Disney), perform solo roles and professional chorus work with Arizona Opera, gained admittance to the American Singer’s Opera Project at the Wake Forest University, entered Shenandoah University Conservatory and Manhattan Marymount Theater College, have won the jazz  Idol in the Skye Vocal Competition  in Arizona, and perform with Phoenix Theater Company. She has also trained worship leaders and music educators in the greater Phoenix area. Karin's passion is seeing her students fulfill their vocal and dramatic potential. 

Our students prepared a few questions for Ms. Foglesong:

How did you become interested in music and drama?
Music goes back a ways in my family. My great-grandfather was a composer and choir director who traveled the western states, giving choir workshops, in addition to keeping up with a farm in Canada. Music was also an integral part of my nuclear family. My mom and dad both played the piano for fun. Every morning, after breakfast, we all sang songs at the table, in four-part harmony. When I was little, my parents and I would sing trios in public. One day, when I was about seven, they got sick and I went on to sing my first solo. After that, I just continued on singing solos and it became normal.

As for drama, my Dad was a classical radio announcer and speech therapist, and he trained me how to speak. We would read the  Chronicles of Narnia  aloud, playing all the different parts. I never thought of this as acting, but Mr. Simokat, my 6th-grade teacher was casting for a play:  Sorry, Wrong Number , by Lucille Fletcher. I auditioned, and was completely surprised to get the lead role! Playing this part was fun, because the character I played was alternatively pompous and condescending, yet had to scream with fear, afraid of a murderer. It was a pleasure playing a part with such emotional contradictions! I was hooked!

When did you decide to become a teacher and why?
I never thought of myself as a teacher. When I was taking sophomore-level voice lessons in college, I was shocked to find out that my voice teacher, Mr. Griessinger, wanted to send me beginner-level voice students that he could not take. I was a very shy person at that time and didn't know how I could possibly do it, but the minute I started to teach, I seemed to know just what to do and how to help. It was a relief to me to discover that teaching was not really about me, but about what the student needed. I surprised myself with a wealth of confidence in communicating, that I didn't know I possessed and found I deeply enjoyed helping others to discover their talents.

How do you best connect with students?
I try to take time to get to know students and how they view the world. I'm always happiest if students feel free to ask me questions because those questions create a great partnership between student and teacher--making us collaborators in the learning process. I'm a big believer in the idea that we all think in different ways, and that having multiple ways to communicate on the same subject can help a student come to understand. 

What interests do you have that might support an extracurricular club?
I love choir and have been conducting choir and orchestra for the last six years. I would love to start a choir club on campus. Choir is such a great opportunity to bond together to enjoy great music, and to discover your voice in a non-threatening situation. Sometimes the friendships that you make in choir can last for a lifetime!

Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Ms. Foglesong!
Save the Dates!
  • 5/10: 7th Grade Field Trip
  • 5/17: Spring Concert 7PM at Calvary North
  • 5/19: 9th & 10th Grade Semi-Formal
  • 5/22-5/24: 2nd Semester Final Exams
  • 5/23: Commencement Rehearsal, 1-3 PM at Calvary North (Seniors only)
  • 5/25: HS Awards 8:15 AM in Archway MPR
  • 5/25: MS Awards & 8th Grade Promotion 11:15 AM at Elk's Lodge
  • 5/26: Commencement 2:30 pm at Calvary North 2:30 PM (all NPX families invited)

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Gladiator News!


Greetings Gladiator sports fans - one last success filled report from our high school track and field team.
On Friday and Saturday they braved the heat while competing in the state championships. 

Here is list of those who had top 20 finishes :
Vinamra Kumar - 18th in the 110 meter hurdles
Rocco Berbetti - 17th in the 3200 meters
Maddie Wahl, Becky Forbes, Rylie Smith, and Sabrina Kloft - 17th in the 4 by 100 relay
Juliana Baltram - 16th in the 1600 meters
Katie Herrington - 11th in the long jump

Now let's move on to those who had top 10 finishes :
Kris Perez - 10th in the long jump
Kennedy Archer - 10th in the 1600 meters
Cora Moore, Alina Boorse, Sabrina Kloft, and Kennedy Archer - 9th in the 4 by 800 relay
Kennedy Archer - 8th in the 800 meters and setting a school record in the process
Sianna Laverman - 8th in Triple Jump
Cora Moore, Katie Herrington, Sianna Laverman, and Kennedy Archer - 8th in the 4 by 400 relay
 
Finally let's hear about those who had top 5 finishes :
Cora Moore - 5th in the 400 meters
Jordan Black - 2nd in the 3200 meters 
Jordan Black - 4th in the 1600 meters
 
One final note - there is a state and national contest to see which school's athletes can set the most personal records in a season.  
As of this morning our high school boys team is now ranked #1 in Arizona  out of 58 teams and #55 in the Nation out of 1,417 teams.  
Our high school girls are ranked #7 in Arizona out of 54 teams and #51 in Nation out of 1,361 teams.
 
Great job to the whole of our high school Gladiator track and field team with an extra special shout out to Coach Curtis, Coach Morrison, and the rest of the coaching staff.
Uniform Updates - From the Dean

Have you been preparing for uniform purchases? With our new crest, we will be making some changes to our uniform shirts for next year. Don’t worry! You won’t need to go out and change your child’s entire wardrobe. All current uniform styles will be grandfathered into the uniform code as options, but the new shirts will be available beginning this summer.

Middle school students will have black or burgundy colored polos with the new crest (but they may wear any older design polos in black, burgundy, or white).

High school students will wear short or long-sleeved Oxfords with the new crest patch in every grade (but they may wear any older design polos in black or burgundy). Juniors may add the NPX tie, and seniors may add the blazer.

Sweatshirts offered by the school (sports teams, Lanistae, Senate, etc), letterman jackets, and sweaters with patches sold by our uniform distributors are allowed. However, the student must wear a uniform polo or Oxford underneath. This is no different than this year, but I’ve listed it here to let you know the sweaters will have the new crest patch.

All other uniform pieces, such as skirts, shorts, slacks, shoes, and outerwear will be the same as this year. Please see the uniform guidelines linked on the  website for details. Email Ms. Schripsema for questions,  sschripsema@northphoenixprep.org.
Looking Forward- Costa Rica Trip Summer 2019
North Phoenix rep recognizes the value of international education, and North Phoenix Prep has joined many other Great Heart Campuses in offering this life-changing experience! You are invited to attend an informational meeting about our trip to Costa Rica during Summer of 2019.

We are hosting a mandatory Parent information and enrollment meeting on Monday, May 21 st at 6:00pm at North Phoenix Prep to answer all of your questions.
At the meeting you can;
  • Lock in the price of the tour and reserve your spot by registering online at the meeting with just $95
  • Save up to $200 off for registering the night of the meeting and learn of other discounts!
  •  Learn about fundraising to help you earn funds toward this trip!
  •  First come first serve, with limited spots available for the trip

Please Visit this website to RSVP/Register for the Parent Information Meeting
Needed:

Gently used uniforms-

Please drop off clean used uniforms to the front office for the PSO used uniform sale.

Thank you!

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13!

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Amazing Art Show
Congratulations to Mr. Black and Ms. Kesti for putting together a very successful Art Show. So many pieces of Amazing Art was displayed at the Cabinet of Curiosities!
 
Our Art Curriculum at North Phoenix Prep is made possible because of Community Investment.
Thank you to everyone that has and continues to support our program, teachers and students.
Have you made your  Community Investment gift?  Please  make your gift today  or take a moment and  complete the pledge you've already made . Thank you for your dedication and support!
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