The Pillars of a Veritas Education
Veritas, along with all Great Hearts academies, has one unchanging core purpose: to cultivate the hearts and minds of students through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. What this means is made clear in a set of aphorisms called the Philosophical Pillars of Great Hearts. During the next few issues, we will highlight one pillar per week. Below is the first:

We invite all in our community to think about these claims and explore what it means in each subject.

Ask your teachers what this means in their classes! 
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.
Presidents' Day, February 19: NO SCHOOL


AzMERIT Sample Testing Continues
  • During the month of February, all 6th-11th-grade lit/comp and Humane Letters classes, and all 6th-10th-grade math classes will complete AzMERIT sample tests and practice testing procedures, in preparation for this spring's standardized testing. This will take place during the regular class periods for these courses.
  • Families are encouraged to use the resources provided on the ADE's website linked here, and to bring any questions to their teachers as they work through this practice session.
  • Our school's schedule for sample testing is posted around campus and linked here.
Book and Supply Lists for 2018-2019 Available: Click Here

Middle School Basketball Coach Need  
  • Due to a large turnout for boys basketball tryouts, we are excited that we will be adding a third middle school boys basketball team this season. With that in mind, we have an immediate opening for a middle school boys basketball coach. The season will run from now until the end of April/Early May.  Time commitment would be 2 practices per week and an 8-10 game schedule. The stipend for this position is $1,500.  If you are interested, please contact Athletic Director Troy Head at Thank you and Go Falcons!
New Joys of English Club!
  • Are you a logophile, a lover of words? Then join Joys of English, a group
    devoted to everything wonderful and joyful in our mother tongue! We'll write, read, play word games, and practice using language in clever and insightful ways (like the tasteful pun!). Meets after school Mondays and Thursdays in Rm 112.
2nd Annual Veritas Music Fest, March 24! 

What: 5 Hours of live music, student vendors, food, friends, and fun!
Date: March 24th, 2018
Time: 4:00 to 9:00 pm
Where: Veritas Campus - grassy basin

LOOKING FOR TALENT! We are looking for MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL musically inclined students to participate. Are you in a band? Are you a solo student singer-songwriter?

Auditions will be February 9th from 1:00-4:00 pm and February 23rd 3:30 - 5:30 pm in Room 112. Click here to sign up to audition.

MUSIC FEST LOGO CONTEST: HIGH SCHOOL students we want you to help design this year's festival logo to be used on a T-shirt and Marketing materials! Talk to Mr. Dick about the details or grab a Flier from the front office. Winner will get a Starbucks Gift Card.

Logo Entry DEADLINE - February 14th - turn into Mr. Dick
WINNER ANNOUNCED - February 16th

Questions about Auditions/Logo Contest or if you would like to Volunteer contact Kim Seeley at or 602-614-0526.
Angulus Discipulorum:  
Students' Corner
8th-Grade Student Places in National Singing Competition
VPA 8th-grade student Will Altermann placed 2nd at NATS Vocal Competition (National Association Teachers of Singing) in both Classical and Musical Theatre at U of A on February 3rd, 2018.

Congratulations to Will! 
VPA Freshman Published Illustrator
VPA freshman Sari Lewis is a published illustrator. She is the contributing illustrator in a children's book written by her grandfather which was published last week. The book is available in full color from MoreBooks! at More Mini Adventures in Jerusalem, by Sheldon Lewis and in black & white from Amazon.

A sample of her illustrations is included below. Congratulations to Sari! 
Summer Opportunities
Science Program 

TGen's Bioscience Leadership Academy is a two-week bioscience program serving 20 Arizona high school students every summer. The intensive education and leadership program focuses on elevating students' understanding of the biosciences and precision medicine.

Starguard Lifeguard Training Courses

Did you know youth only need to be 15 years old to be a LIFEGUARD? 
Starguard Lifeguard Training class certifies teens in lifeguard rescues, basic first aid and CPR. Certification classes are scheduled in January, February, March; and the last one is in April. Once certified, teens can apply for a lifeguard position with Scottsdale or other places that hire lifeguards. Lifeguards receive extensive training in lifeguarding, customer service, responsibility and other job skills to prepare them for a future career. If you have a teen or know a teen who would be interested, please ask them to visit and search "Become a Lifeguard" for all the details.    

We love to recognize the good work our students do in the classroom and beyond. In future issues we will be featuring
  • Student poems
  • Student artwork
  • Short essays
  • Honors and recognitions
Teachers will be referring student poetry and artwork. If you would like to offer a submission, please send us a note here.  
Night at the Auction
March 2, 2018
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Get your table together and purchase your tickets here!
It is Time to Turn in Your Donations!

The best way to support our auction is by donating items for our silent and live auction. We are looking for:
  • Airline miles
  • Gift Cards to Amazon
  • Vacation Homes and Packages
  • Sports Tickets
  • Experience Opportunities for Students or Adults
Download a Gift Donation Form HERE !
Gift Card Drive

The EASIEST way to make a DIFFERENCE, donate a gift card to the auction. You can either drop off your gift card donations in the lock boxes in both school lobbies or purchase through Veritas Prep's scrip program.
  • To donate Amazon scrip click here.
  • To donate Target scrip click here.
  • To donate Nordstrom scrip click here.
  • To donate Hilton scrip click here
Tax Credits 
There is still time to contribute a Tax Credit for 2017 to Veritas Prep. This is a win-win way to support a great cause...your child's school. Please click HERE to schedule your Tax Credit today!  

Free Money for our School!
Did you know that you can double or even triple your Tax Credit or Community Investment donations to Veritas Prep? Many companies will match your donations to our school through their Corporate Gift Matching Programs.
Simply reach out to your Human Resources department or click on this link, type the name of your employer in the "Matching Gifts" tab, and hit submit to find out if your company offers a Corporate Matching Gifts Program. If your company does have a Matching Gifts program, please submit the appropriate paperwork to your Human Resources department. Please contact Sarah Marbach at or 602-396-0276 with any questions.
Having your gift matched is an easy way to increase the impact of your donations to Veritas Prep without any additional cost to you. And your support will help us provide our students with the education they deserve. Thank you!
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