July 2, 2018
In this issue

  • Upcoming Events
  • Teacher Feature
  • Important Dates
  • Essential School Information
  • Updated Classics andSupply Lists
Coming Soon
  • Fall Athletics information
  • Club information

Upcoming Events
The Mindset parent reading group will begin meeting this Monday, July 2nd, at 7:00 pm at the Starbucks on Tatum and Cactus Rd. (12802 N. Tatum Blvd.). We will be discussing the first two chapters of the book. All NPX parents and staff are welcome to join in! Please contact Cindy Coughlon with questions. ccoughlon@northphoenixprep.org  

Teacher Feature
We are overjoyed to announce that Dr. Josh Avery is joining our faculty next year!

Dr. Avery earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Literature from the University of Dallas, as well as a Ph.D. from the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. He is the author of numerous publications on Shakespeare and Thomas More--two significant authors in our curriculum! He has taught at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Palm Beach Atlantic University, North Lake College, and Mountain View College. In the coming school year, he will teach Humane Letters.

Our students prepared a few questions for Dr. Avery:

When did you decide to become a teacher and why?
As is the case with a lot of teachers, it was from experiencing good teaching myself. I had a particularly inspiring teacher for Shakespeare when I was taking a British Literature course at a community college. She connected the literature with philosophy in a way that no previous teacher had ever done for me, and I decided I wanted to learn how to do that myself.

What interests do you have that might support an extracurricular club?
I really enjoy complex strategy games. For example, I am an avid fan of a Cold War simulation called Twilight Struggle. I also used to play a good deal of chess and backgammon. Although my body is having a tougher time of it of late, I also have loved playing Ultimate Frisbee for quite a while. Another possibility would be to host a Great Books discussion club that focused on books not already covered by Humane Letters.

How do you best connect with students?
A lot of currently fashionable trends in pedagogy strike me as technocratic nonsense, soon to be replaced by other trends probably equally nonsensical. It's remarkable how the basic qualities of a good teacher really are timeless and universal: good humored-friendliness, passion, honesty, and commitment. One of my favorite comments from a student read: "You can tell he really cares, and so you learn to care." So I try to let the students see my humanity and personality, and most of them seem to appreciate that. It's helpful for them to see that literature and ideas are genuinely fun, not just promoted out of official prestige or abstract duty. I think many students suspect the study of the humanities to be a pretentious farce, and a human approach helps remove that prejudice.

If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be?
Aside from Jesus Christ, I think I'll say Socrates. There is hardly any major Western figure whom I find more mysterious and enigmatic. Another on the list would be Dostoevsky, whose insights into the human psyche never cease to amaze me.

Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Dr. Avery!
Important Dates
  • NPX Sneak Peek August 2nd & 3rd 1pm-4pm (Schedule disbursement and locker information)
  • First Day of School August 6th (First bell 8:10am class begins 8:15am)
  • Freshman Retreat August 15-17 Register HERE
Essential School Information

The first day of school is August 6th, 2018
  • The first bell rings at 8:10; classes begin at 8:15. Copy of the bell schedule, along with half days and early release Wednesdays (one per month) is available HERE
  • Make note of the 2018 -2019 calendar HERE

There has been a few changes to our uniform guidelines- with old uniforms "grandfathered" in. Please make yourself familiar with the guidelines by consulting our website HERE
Anton Temporary uniform store location and hours
Phoenix Location (West Valley) 
This store will only be open from  July 9th- August 18th . After that date, all of these uniforms will return to our Tempe store.
Phoenix location: 
3539 W Bell Road 
Phoenix, AZ 85053 
(602) 863-7671
(Telephone number only active until Aug. 18)
Phoenix store hours July 9– Aug 18:
Mon – Fri 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Sat 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Closed Sunday
Classics to Keep and School Supplies
Classics to Keep are the literature books that are grade and/or language class choice specific. There has been a few changes to this list. Please consult the list HERE.

We have also tried to make sure the the school supply list is as informative as possible. This also includes information on organization systems for your student. Please consult this list HERE.
Amazon Prime Day is Tuesday July 17th!

Please consider purchasing your students school supplies through amazon smile. Just go to https://smile.amazon.com and designate North Phoenix Prep as your benefit recipient! It's an easy way to stay cool while shopping for back to school. Plus- Amazon will also be featuring a host of Prime Day specials as well!
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