The Lost Purpose of Learning:
Special Guest Lecture, January 25, 3:30 PM

Veritas Prep is pleased to announce a guest lecture by a visiting professor, Dr. Joseph Clair, director of the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University. Dr. Clair will be speaking about how the writings of the influential figure Augustine of Hippo (whom our seniors read in Humane Letters) saved the liberal arts at the end of the Roman Empire, and how Augustine's vision can do the same for education in our own age.

Admission is free and the lecture is open to the public. It will take place on January 25, starting at 3:30 PM, in Veritas Prep's Evans Library.
Click here to find out more about the work of Dr. Clair and his recent book, Reading Augustine.
School Announcements
Last chance to sign up for the Study Skills Workshop!  
Take advantage of the techniques and strategies offered by our veteran teachers to make your academic efforts more effective and efficient.
Registration Ends 3:00 PM Tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 18. 
Upcoming Senior Night Games

Join us to recognize the hard-working student athletes who will graduate this year! Senior night home games are coming up for the following sports:

Girls' Soccer: January 24, 3:30 PM vs. Phoenix Country Day
Boys' Soccer: January 25, 3:45 vs North Phoenix Prep
Girls' Basketball: January 25, 5:30 vs. Chandler Prep
Boys' Basketball: January 25, 7:00 vs. Chandler Prep

Italy 2018
It is still possible to enroll in this summer's two-week trip to Italy with Mr. Nydegger, Mr. Fink, and Dr. and Mrs. Madigan, but time is running out! A great group of fifteen students-including freshmen, sophomores, and juniors-is planning to romp around Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice, and many other lovely and historic Italian cities. We will see some of Western civilization's most important artwork like the Sistine Chapel and the Pietà, walk inside some of the world's most iconic buildings like the Coliseum and the Pantheon, and experience Italian language, food, and culture firsthand. If you would like to make this early summer trip (May 23 to June 6) part of your plans, please contact Mr. Nydegger as soon as possible and see the flyer and website ( for more detailed information.

Coffee with the Headmaster: Campus Expansion and College Counseling

Friday, January 19, at 7:40 AM, come join headmaster David Dean in the Library for conversation, coffee, and light refreshments. He will be talking about the upcoming expansion of our campus and welcoming Mrs. Paffenbarger, our college counselor, for a look ahead from her perspective.

Parent Seminar Series Continues: Frost's Poetry

You don't have to be a trained poet to enjoy Mr. Winebrenner's upcoming conversation about poems by Robert Frost. Mr. Winebrenner is a veteran literature teacher and your guide through selected well-known - and some lesser-known - great works by Frost. January 30, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.

This is a continuing series for parents: future poetry sessions with Mr. Winebrenner will focus on poems by Housman, Crane, and Eliot.
Sessions coming soon in other subject areas from our teachers...
A Night in Valhalla:
High-School Winter Formal, Jan. 27

From 7:00-10:00pm in Van Brunt Gymnasium

Congratulations to Early Bird Raffle Winners Paula Higginson and Joan Brown!  Winners receive a $35 VISA gift card in a Nordic themed commemorative drinking vessel.
Parent and Student Volunteers needed! PLEASE SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE!
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.
Angulus Discipulorum:  
Students' Corner
Summer HS Science Opportunity

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.

56th Street Journal: New Issue of Student Paper

Click here to read Volume I, Issue 3!

Inside This Issue...
  • Powderpuff Game
  • Soccer Profile 
  • Fall Festivitas       
  • Teacher of the Month
  • Creative Corner     
  • Holiday Recipe   
  • Coloring Page   

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.  
Spring Sports is around the corner!

Click here to visit our athletics website and find out more about pre-season meetings, tryouts and the registration process.
High School Softball Information Meeting
Parents and interested students are invited to a High School Softball information meeting to be held this Friday, January 19th at 2:45pm in the VPA library.  See you there and go Falcon Softball!
Coach Needed
The Veritas Prep Athletic Department is looking to fill the middle-school Girls' B Basketball team coach position for the 2018 spring season. If interested please contact Athletic Director Troy Head at We would love for you to join in on the fun that is VPA Athletics. Go Falcons!
College Counseling
Career Exploration Workshop
Monday, February 5th, 2:45pm-4pm, Library
10th-12th grade students are invited to attend a Career Exploration workshop where they will take career assessments in our Naviance program and learn how to research careers of interest. Computers will be supplied.  
If interested please sign up outside of Mr. Curley's office. Space is limited so sign up soon if you are interested.
The College Financial Planning Road Map
Wednesday, February 7th - 6pm - Lund
Open to Parents of 6th - 11th graders
Monica Felton, a College Planning Financial Professional and Certified Financial Planner will speak on the importance of early financial planning for college. Topics to be covered
The Financial Road Map

1. The Total Cost of College: Its not just tuition...
2. What Will College Cost You: Everyone will pay something for college. Understand the formulas used to determine how much you are expected to pay.
3. Financial Aid: What is it and how do you get it: How much are you eligible to receive.
4. College Planning is Financial Planning: Understand the impact of paying for
Please join us for an educational night to understand the roadmap to college financial planning. Early awareness and planning ensures success!
Jesuit Excellence College Fair
February 8th 2:40pm
Veritas Lunch Room
All High School students and parents invited to attend!

Jesuit Universities have long been known for their dedication to education, both intellectually and practically. In addition, many are very generous with merit scholarships. Attend this specialty college fair at Veritas to meet with College Representatives from the following universities.
  • Creighton University
  • Fairfield University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Marquette University
  • Regis University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Seattle University
  • University of San Francisco
Barrett Summer Scholars
Tuesday, 2/13/17 - 2:45pm - Library
All 7/8/9 grade students and parents are invited, no registration required.
The Barrett Summer Scholars (BSS) program provides strong academic students with the opportunity to experience college firsthand and prepare for enrollment and success at Arizona State University and Barrett, the Honors College. Designed for academically-talented and motivated 7th, 8th, and 9th graders, this residential program invites students to live on campus, engage in college-level coursework, and participate in a community of peers from across the state. 
Applications for the Barrett Summer Scholars program are open and the deadline is March 5, 2018. Please note you will need a teacher recommendation and transcript to apply.

Click HERE for the application for the Barrett Summer Scholars program.
Auction News!
The Night at the Auction is less than two months away! Ticket sales open TODAY! Please go to to purchase tickets!
Event Information:
March 2, 2018
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Auction Donations!
We are collecting donation items, please turn your donations into the school. Donation forms can be found here.
Gift Card Drive!
Please donate gift cards to the auction. We are accepting gift cards for restaurants, dining, entertainment, airlines, and anything you can think of. Please drop off your gift card at the front desk anytime January 22nd and February 9th.
Want to get involved in the auction? Please contact Sarah Marbach at
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