March 26, 2018
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Headmaster Letter
Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Last week we passed a milestone in the history of our Academy when our Seniors began defending the first Theses in the history of North Phoenix Prep. And what a week it was!

The Senior Thesis  is the culminating project for a North Phoenix Prep student. At the end of the junior year, students select a field of inquiry and a faculty member to act as an advisor. Over the summer and during the Fall semester, students begin a course of reading, directed study, note-taking, and conversation with the advisor. The latter part of the Fall and the beginning of the Spring semesters involve the writing of the thesis in sections, with the advisor offering feedback and guidance at each successive stage.

The Senior Thesis is not a research paper  per se , but it does require each student to logically develop and assertively present his or her own views on a topic of interest derived from the chosen texts. The thesis program culminates with each senior defending his or her final draft before a committee of three faculty members.

Kudos to Vinamra Kumar, Sarah Lopez, and Nicholas Walker for completing their Thesis Defenses this past week. We're looking forward to seeing Moriah Irving, Nick Pandelakis, Analicia Salas, and J.D. Bateman defend their theses this week!

With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sara Lopez defends her thesis on The Bible and The Sophist

Nick Walker defends his thesis on The Odyssey and The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Upcoming events!
Mark your calendars for the following events!

  • Friday, March 30th - No School
  • Tuesday, April 3rd- 8th grade class picture
  • Thursday, April 12th- Drama Performance- 11th & 12th grades
  • Saturday, April 21st - Jr. & Sr. Prom
  • Thursday, April 26th- Cabinet of Curiosities Art Show and Exhibit- on Campus 5pm
Reminder- throughout the month of April, students in grades 7th - 11th will be undergoing AzMerit and AIMS testing on various days. Please make sure your scholar does not miss school
Please click on the Gladiator to access the Athletics calendar!

Go Gladiators!
Gladiator Sports
High School and Middle School Track and Field had another successful week! A big shout out to:
Rylie Smith and Jordan Black- school record(s) in the Mile
Boys 4 X 400 relay- another school record for the team of David Moore, Richie Johnston, Jordan Black, and Rocco Berbeti
Vinamra Kumar- school record 300 M Hurdles
Cora Moore- school record 400 Meters
Kennedy Archer- school record 1600 Meters
Sianna Laverman- school record Triple Jump
Jordan Black- school record both 1600 and 3200 Meters
Will Gonzales- school record Discus
Zack Koss- school record both Triple Jump and 400 Meters
Student Spotlight
This morning a representative from Prudential recognized our own Moriah Irving as a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. 

Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

Thus far, it has recognized more than 120,000 young people who’ve made a difference – and inspired countless others to consider how they might contribute to their communities.
Teacher Feature: Mr. Boyer

We are excited to announce that Mr. Paul Boyer is joining our faculty next year!

Mr. Boyer earned a B.A. in English from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and an M.A. in Communication Studies from Arizona State University. In addition, he is a Quintilian Fellow in classical education through the University of Dallas.

Mr. Boyer serves as a state representative in legislative district 20, where he is Chairman of the House Education Committee, and as a member of the House Rules, House Judiciary, and Public Safety Committees.

He has taught at the University of Phoenix and at Veritas Preparatory Academy, one of our sister Great Hearts Academies. Mr. Boyer will teach Humane Letters in the coming school year, which will be his fifth year teaching for Great Hearts.

Our students prepared a few questions for Mr. Boyer:

When did you decide to become a teacher and why?
I had to step down from my job at Mesa Public Schools because the Arizona Constitution prohibits a state legislator from having a state, county, or city job with one exception--teaching. At the time, I needed the work, so a friend told me about Great Hearts. I'm so grateful for all of this, as it's become the best job I've ever had. Teaching at Great Hearts has made me a better, more effective legislator, and an even better husband to my wife Beth.

How did you deal with stress when you were in school?
Sports--I played football, basketball, baseball, wrestled, ran track & field, and took gymnastics as a class. We moved a lot, so I just played whatever sport I could at the new school. So now I tend to do push-ups or walk on my hands between grading essays or writing evals.

What are your favorite books in our curriculum?
It's a tough call between Dante's  Divine Comedy  (Paradise and Purgatory in particular) and the  Republic.   Then there's Augustine's  Confessions .   Henry V. A Tale of Two Cities . And then Vergil's  Aeneid . And then . . .

If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be?
Cicero--I'd love to ask him why he valued public service so highly, what motivated him to remain in public service (I think he'd say duty but I'd want to know  why ) and if would've done anything differently before his death.

Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Mr. Boyer!
PSO Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities!
It's time for us to fill PSO volunteer leadership positions for next year. It's important for you to look and add your name for positions you are interested in. Please follow the link below to see what our openings are for next year. 

Arizona Gives Day Returns in 2018!
Join us for 24 hours of giving on April 3rd to benefit and strengthen our community

In the spirit of AZ gives, students have been given celebratory bracelets for North Phoenix Gives Day. To give, either by Tax Credit or Contribution please go HERE. We thank you for your support!
Elk's Students of the Month
N PX Senior (and resident magician) Kenton Fee made quite the entrance when he joined our community at the start of his junior year, most noticeably because no one noticed that he was new! He dove right in, seeming to instantaneously become a trusted friend, respected student, and quiet leader on our campus. He helps at nearly every campus event and is often found providing tutoring to his peers. He has landed leading roles in every major school production, bringing complex Shakespearean characters to life, and has also been a versatile player on the varsity basketball team. He is a frequent arbiter of playful peer disputes and often the deciding vote to resolve indecision. Perhaps our favorite of his contributions to campus life is his seemingly endless talent for prestidigitation. Kenton has worked his magic in many ways beyond his sleight of hand with a deck of cards. His steady dedication and willingness to serve others makes the impossible seem ordinary, and makes possible the extraordinary.

Milena Brnovich is an all-star junior gladiator at North Phoenix Prep. Not only does she excel in the classroom with a record of ongoing academic excellence, she brings that same level of commitment and spirt to the court and the community. In previous years, she has served as a peer mentor with the Lanistae and co-founded our school’s annual Christmas Angel Tree drive benefiting students in a traditionally under-served middle school. She is a founding officer as the secretary of the Key Club, a starter on the varsity basketball team (as the only female player), and the assistant coach for the middle school girls’ basketball team. She is equally engaged beyond the gladiator community as well. She has an after-school job coaching gymnastics for kids 6-10. In addition to her affection for athletics, she also loves to travel. She has traveled around the globe with her family and has discovered the joy she finds in experiencing other cultures. With so much skill and many diverse interests, the world is her oyster! We have no doubt she will crack it when she’s ready!
Great Hearts Family Day at Chase Field April 22nd
Please click on the picture to purchase tickets!

New 2018 Experiences, everyone who purchases a ticket will also be entered to win the following:
• Each ticket will have $5 of D-bucks included in which can be used on concessions, merchandise or in the team shop!
• On-field batting practice viewing for four (4)
• Upgraded tickets behind Home Plate
• One (1) Autographed item
• One (1) Promotional item
• Hot Dog Derby featured on the DBTV
• Steal-A-Base featured on the DBTV  
Senior Announcements!
  • PROM! is Saturday, April 21st at Moon Valley Country Club. Click on the picture to purchase tickets.
  • Senior Dinner will be Thursday, May 10th from 6 - 8 pm at Moon Valley Country Club. Tickets will go on sale soon! Please look for updates under latest news on our website.
  • Graduation- Saturday, May 26th 2:30pm at Calvary Chapel North
Eight Grade Class Picture
We will commemorate our amazing 8th grade students with a special class picture on Tuesday, April 3rd. Attire will be our normal school uniform. Please make every effort to ensure your scholar is at school on April 3 for this special occasion!
Coffee with the North Phoenix Headmasters

Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:30am - 9:30am
North Phoenix Library
The conversation focus with Archway Headmaster Hanks and Prep Headmaster Weinhold will be campus security. These parent coffees present a great opportunity to get to know other parents, and voice your observations and questions in a small group setting. 
 We hope to see you there!  
2018-2019 Dates

  • August 6 – First Day of School
  • Oct 8 – 16 – No School: Fall Break 
  • October 15 & 16 No School-Fall Conferences
  • Dec 21-Jan 9 – No School Winter Break
  • January 7 – 9 No School -Winter Conferences
  • Mar 18-22 – No School: Spring Break
  • May 24 – Last School Day
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