The official Veritas newsletter is returning to its roots. From the founding of our school, Humanitas was the title of this newsletter. This Latin term can be translated in a number of ways, including human nature, civilization, culture, and even kindness. It also corresponds to the Greek paideia, which refers to the classical ideal of education.

Humanitas is our aim at Veritas: to educate for the fullest flourishing of humanity, in the light of classical wisdom. True to our human nature, we are happiest when we work toward knowing what is true, loving what is beautiful, and doing what is good. And we aim to build this culture in our classrooms, in the halls, on the field, and far beyond our campus.

For this reason, here in our weekly communications, we will be sharing points of inspiration and reflection on what it means to build this culture. In the weeks and months ahead, look for articles and essays, recommended or composed by Veritas faculty, shared here to prompt conversation.

This week features a vintage article from the first issue of Humanitas, dated December 2003, by our founding headmaster Andrew Ellison, on what classical education means here at Veritas Prep:
Noteworthy Dates Ahead
Thursday, August 24
Curriculum Night begins at 6:00 PM.  
See above for more info.

Friday, September 1
R&R Weekend - teachers will not assign homework; no major assignments or assessments will be due upon return.

Monday, September 4
No School - Happy Labor Day!

Saturday, September 9
Study Skills Workshop, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
See above for more info.

Friday, September 15 -
Early Release at 12:30 PM
Domesday and Homecoming Activities.
See above for more info.
Academy News and Events
New Parent Seminar Series Starts September 14, 7:00 PM 
 
Veritas Prep is proud to offer a new, quarterly series of faculty-led discussions for parents, the Lifelong Learners series.
 
For each session, parents are invited to read from a classic text in the Veritas curriculum, and then discuss in a seminar led by a veteran Veritas teacher. The current plan is to offer one session each quarter, so stay tuned for future installments. 
 
 
The first seminar discussion, scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, is led by Veritas teacher Mr. Giles, and focuses on Homer's famous epic poem The Iliad, which our juniors read in Humane Letters. The seminar will focus on a reading of book one. Copies of the reading will be shared with all who enroll.
 
Session takes place in VPA's Evans Library, with entrance through the south courtyard gates.
 
Freshman Class Returns from Retreat!

THANK YOU
to all our parent and faculty chaperones and event organizers who helped make these shared memories possible for the class of 2021: Mrs. Pitcl, Mrs. Zook, Mrs. Godzich, Mr. Qualls, Ms. Monroe, Mr. Opitz, and Mr. Dean.  

See pictures from the 2017 Freshman Retreat here!
Volunteers Still Needed

We are so grateful for the generosity of our parent community. If you are able, please consider the gift of your time. Help is needed in the following areas:
  1. Traffic safety. Click here if you can help out before or after school with this important work.
  2. Front office assistance. Click here if you can help answer phones and greet guests.

THANK YOU! 

Curriculum Night, August 24

Current Veritas Prep parents and guardians, please join us for an energy-filled evening to meet your students' teachers and learn more about what we teach and how we teach it!

Attend a miniature version of your student's school day! Each teacher will be giving short, active lessons as you travel around with your section, navigate passing periods, and learning a little more about what it's like to be a student here at Veritas Prep. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers as they do what they do best, and all parents are encouraged to join us.

Please arrive early to the lunch room on Thursday, August 24, to get your class schedule.

The event starts at 6:00 PM, in the Lund Center.

Study Skills Workshop, Sep. 9
Come learn and practice essential classroom skills, from note-taking strategies to organizational ideas. The workshop consists of a series of classes by veteran Veritas teachers, and takes place Saturday, September 9, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM in VPA classrooms.
 
It is open to all students. Those in their first year at Veritas Prep are strongly encouraged to register. Since students attend the workshop along with a parent, it is also a great way for parents to learn how to support your student at home.

  Click here to register.
Domesday and Homecoming: Friday, September 15

The name Domesday calls to mind a day of reckoning, a community declaring what it is made of, and what it values most.

At the start of  Domesday, each new student will be called to membership in a particular House,
dedicated by name to a historical figure who embodied particular virtues. For more information on our House system, click here.

On this 12:30 release, Friday, September 15, students will engage in a series of House activities with their new members, opportunities for social engagement and friendly competition. The school day will end with a Homecoming assembly and pep rally honoring our student athletes.

Please note that, except for the Homecoming t-shirts below, students will remain in normal uniform on Domesday-Homecoming.

After school: There will be a tailgate party hosted by the Parent Organization that evening leading up to the Homecoming football game at 7:00 PM. Stay tuned for updates on these events, including the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 16!  
 

Show your Veritas pride during school and at the game! These special , commemorative Homecoming t-shirts can be worn on Friday, September 15, during the school day.
 
Limited time! 
Early-Bird Yearbook Purchases Due October 6 
Interested in purchasing a yearbook this year? Hurry--early bird pricing will end the last day of quarter 1, October 6th! Yearbooks are currently $35 each.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY!

European Field Study 2018: Classical Rome and Its Re-Birth.
In coordination with Explorica, an educational travel company, Mr. Nydegger is planning a field study from May 23 to June 6 in a part of the world that perfectly overlaps with our classical curriculum: Italy! Like the amazing field study in 2016, this tour has two primary objectives: first, to bring students into direct contact with the best art, architecture, and historical locations of Western culture; second, to study a broad swath of Western Civilization as it affected a specific locale. Through giving special attention to one medium-sized city, students have a unique vantage point from which to see the deep waves of history as they have rolled across Europe. The 2018 field study will expose students to the best of classical Roman civilization in Rome, the Byzantine influence in Ravenna, the Middle Ages in cities like Assisi, Pisa, Lucca, and Siena, and the Renaissance as it flowered in Rome, Venice, and Florence. With a full week in Florence, students will experience firsthand the greatest works by the most important Renaissance artists, architects, and poets. We will climb to the top of Brunelleschi's dome, stroll all the way around Michelangelo's David, walk where Dante walked, and contemplate works by Raphael, Ghiberti, and many more.
 
The tour is open to current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, and the tour fee is $5,231 with a $150 discount until September 15, which includes all flights, transportation, entry fees, tours, breakfast, most dinners, and a full-time tour director. For more information regarding the itinerary and payment plans, see the tour's website: www.explorica.com/Nydegger-4617 . Any and all interested students should indicate their interest by submitting a Preliminary Application to Mr. Nydegger before August 31. The deadline for enrolling with Explorica is September 15.

Click here for the flyer.
Click here for a preliminary application.


Please contact Mr. Nydegger for questions and further information.
Sectio Discipulorum: Students' Section
Student Accomplishments!

Raegan Mills and her mother Lynda have been chosen to be presenters/speakers at the 12th Annual Teen Summit for the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization in Newport Beach, CA. Raegan submitted her proposal over the summer and they were recently selected to speak at this national conference. Congratulations to Raegan!

We love to recognize the good work our students do in the classroom and beyond.
In addition to honors and recognition, student poems and works of art are welcome and encouraged. If you would like to share, please
send us a note here.  
Club Feature: Robotics

At Robotics Club you will have a chance to design, build and/or program a robot which will compete in the First Technology Competition. All high-schoolers are welcome to join.


In our club we will spend the year trying to design the optimal robot for our given game mode to play against other clubs from other schools which also compete with their own robots. We will use a kits of parts to make a robot and then program it to do specific tasks on the playing field.

Interested? Come find out more at our first meeting on Monday, August 28, in Lab 1. After that, the club will meet on Mondays and Fridays after school from 3:00 to about 3:30 in Lab 1. Click here for fee information . For more information contact Mrs. Weiland
  , Ms. Nicoulaud , or Jake Cohen .
Find the club for you!

Click here for this semester's extracurricular catalog. We hope you will find a club or activity that fits your interests! For questions on clubs, you please email club advisors.

Since last week, more clubs have been listed or updated! See the catalog for info on the following activities:

  • Middle-School Writing Workshop
  • Toastmasters public speaking club
  • Baking Club
  • Chess and Strategic Games Club
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Lab Band
  • Robotics * see below
  • Middle-school choirs
  • And many more!
College Counseling
October 25th, 2017 is PSAT Test day at Veritas!
On Wednesday, October 25th, all Veritas Prep students in grades 9-11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), a practice college admissions test. Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are never sent to colleges. However, for juniors, the scores are used to determine whether a student qualifies for the National Merit Scholarship program.   
For freshmen and sophomores, the test is only practice and allows students to gain exposure and experience with standardized testing for college.
 
The fee for having a PSAT/NMSQT test scored is $30.   If you have not already registered please do so at this link: PSAT registration  
Veritas Prep Presents, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep, PSAT LIVE ONLINE PREP COURSE
 

To prepare for the official PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) given on October 25th, 2017 sophomores and juniors are encouraged to sign-up for the Kaplan-taught live online prep course. These online classes are all taught by Kaplan experts. Students will learn the best test taking strategies to help them feel confident come test day.  Students will also receive 2 of Kaplan's acclaimed prep books to supplement their course and more than 1,000 practice questions and quizzes on Kaplan's mobile app.  Students will also take 2 proctored exams with score analysis to identify areas for improvement and target their prep as well as have access to 20 hours of additional instructional videos to use for some extra prep if needed. 
   
WHO:         All Veritas Prep sophomores and juniors 
WHERE:    Live Online (Link will be sent to the email you use when you register.  Make sure it is one that you check daily.) 
COST:       $300 a 40% discount! 
 
Register by Friday, August 25th, 2017  
Minimum of 10 students in a class is required.  If this number is not met, the class will be cancelled and those who paid will get a refund.
 
QUESTIONS?
Contact Mr. Curley at jcurley@veritasprepacademy.org  or 602-889-1208
Athletics Update
Announcement
The Athletic Department has a large amount of photos and certificates from last years sports. Please come by the athletic office: they are located in the plastic pocket on the hallway door.
Dear Parents,
 
Register Your Athlete: 
Tryouts are fast approaching for the fall season: please make sure your child is registered on RegisterMyAthlete.com and they have the necessary forms in or they will not be allowed to participate!
 
New Website:
This year we have an updated website for all things athletics - schedules, scores, photos, social media and much more!
Our official site URL is: veritasprepathletics.com  
 
This site will provide you with all of the information you could ever need regarding athletics. Make sure you go check it out!
 
Some Helpful Tips:
  • Click on the "Alerts" section at the top of the website and register for alerts for your team. These alerts will be very important to the success of our athletic program, so we encourage you to sign up for them either via email, text, or both. Alerts will include schedule changes, announcements from coaches, practice cancellations and more.
  • Look for schedules under the fall, winter, or spring sports, choose the sport and click "Schedules and Rosters."
  • Go to the Facebook and Twitter icons on the athletics website and follow the schools social media accounts for up to date information!
  • If you have photos or videos throughout the year that you would like to share on the website, please contact either your athlete's coach or Assistant Athletic Director Kayla Walsh.
  • If you own a business, or know someone that would like to be an ad sponsor featured on the athletics website please contact Kayla Walsh.
 
Athletic Director: Andrew Mayer amayer@veritasprepacademy.org
Assistant Athletic Director: Kayla Walsh kwalsh@veritasprepacademy.org

Development
Inspirational Evening with Jason Schechterle

Veritas Prep and Archway Veritas are hosting an evening with Jason Schechterle, a Phoenix Police officer who was severely burned in a car accident in 2001.

Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.

Jason's journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity.  His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished. 
 
Inspirational Evening with Jason Schechterle
Thursday, September 21st
6:00-7:30pm
Lund Center for Performing Arts
 
Cost $12 per person
*Appropriate for ages 12 years and older
 
Click here to purchase your  Jason Schechterle Tickets.
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