Seniors Explore History in Washington, D.C.
As their final "field study," the class of 2018 flew to Washington this past week with their teachers to explore our nation's capitol and its rich history. Click the picture below to view our Senior Trip album on Facebook!
What Grading Means at Veritas
As teachers prepare to send out quarter evaluations, the focus remains on the narrative of a student's progress. Letter grades at Veritas are the direct result of this narrative. In writing narratives, teachers look for a sense of wonder and depth of inquiry in students' work.

Below are some articles, linked on our website, that shed some light on this unique approach to grading.
 
   
 
Announcements
Upcoming Standardized Testing

Students in grades 6-11 will be tested in science, math, and English language arts using online exams. For these tests, students are asked to bring headphones. They may also be purchased at the front desk for $1, or borrowed during the testing session. Below are key testing windows.
See our events calendar to find which grades are tested when.

AIMS Science: March 26-29 
AzMERIT: April 2 - 27 

Middle-school students
have access to online practice resources for English reading comprehension and writing: see Mr. Dean's note for info. 
Summer Academy Registration Now Open

Courses available for students of all grades!
  • 6th-Grade Academic Camp
  • Credit Courses
  • Enrichment Courses
  • Online Practice
Turn in Re-Enrollment Packets: March 19-23

Veritas Prep will be accepting re-enrollment packets during March: please aim to bring yours in between March 19th and March 23rd, if possible. Let our front office know if we can help in any way! 
 
Senior Thesis Defenses Begin

Seniors discuss their thesis papers with a panel of faculty, including their advisors. Lively discussion, followed by Q&A with visitors. Come see the culmination of a Veritas education! Click for a schedule of defenses. 
2018-2019 School-Year Information

Book and Supply Lists: Click Here
Academic Calendar: Click Here  
Events
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.
Coffee with the Headmaster: Athletics

Join Mr. Dean and special guest Athletic Director Troy Head on Friday, March 23, at 7:40 AM. They will be talking about the VPA athletics program, this spring and looking ahead.

2nd Annual Veritas Music Fest, March 24! 
 
CLICK FOR FULL EVENT DETAILS

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

Questions or if you would like to Volunteer contact Kim Seeley at seeleyclan@yahoo.com or 602-614-0526.
VPA Great Hearts-Great Hands club invites YOU to participate in the 4th Annual...
 
ARCADIA CARES: FOOD FOR KIDZ
PACK-A-THON

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018
8:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Everyone is invited to join Great Hearts-Great Hands at the Arcadia Pack-a-thon, Saturday, March 24th, from 8:20 to 1:30 at the Prince of Peace Church. Bring family and friends, ages 3 and up, to participate in this assembly-line packing of meals benefiting hungry children and their families, locally and internationally. Hope to see you there!

The entire community, ages three and up, is invited to participate in assembly-line packing of meals for hungry children and their families, locally and internationally. Click here to sign up for one or more volunteer shifts!
 
Last year, the Veritas community was the largest group participating in this event, at which 91,662 meals were packed for families in need. We can make a difference!
 
Can't join us that day? Looking for more ways to help? Each meal costs only 15 cents to pack! (See this link for info on donations and sponsorships.)
The Pack-a-Thon is hosted by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church which is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization so all donations are tax deductible.
8th-9th-Grade Beowulf Reading, April 5, 4:00 PM

A biannual Veritas tradition continues: the full reading-aloud of the Old-English epic poem Beowulf by our 8th-and 9th-grade students and faculty. Gathered round a fire-pit emblazoned with images and runes from the poem, students and teachers take turns reading through the entire poem aloud from beginning to end (with dinner in the middle). 8th-9th-grade only.
 
Register here, no later than March 30
Angulus Discipulorum:  
Students' Corner
VPA Sophomore Recognized in Volleyball Rankings

Averi Miller was just listed in the second to highest group of the nation's sophomores in women's high school volleyball, by PrepVolleyball (the most recognized volleyball news and rankings source). These rankings were based solely on high school performance (not club). It was for players that made a significant difference for their team.
 
Averi was the # 2 ranked Arizona sophomore (just behind a player from Xavier). Congratulations on this accomplishment! 
Camp O'Connor
Middle-School Summer Opportunity   

Camp O'Connor is a free, merit-based summer program for middle school students with a mission to educate, encourage and inspire the next generation of leaders through a greater understanding of and participation in our democracy.

The five-day summer program provides incoming 7th and 8th graders with a unique, educational civics experience blended with leadership development. Camp O'Connor helps to prepare future leaders for greater participation in our democracy and strengthens their potential for lifelong success.

Click here for more information.
 
College Counseling
Career Chats Night
Tuesday, March 27th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
 
During the Career Chats evening, students/parents will have the opportunity to sit in all four Career Panels lasting approximately 30 minutes each. These discussions are aimed at giving a snapshot of these career fields from people currently employed within them.
 
The following career areas will be presented:   
  • STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math)
  • Medical 
  • Business 
  • Public Service (Government/Education/Law)
Registration will be open during the week of March 5th - with a link in the College Counseling Newsletter on March 8th.

Seniors Financial Aid and Scholarship letters - Workshop March 20th at lunch - Rm 206
 
At this time seniors are  receiving admissions, financial aid and scholarship letters from their colleges. What many do not understand is that each college sends notifications in different ways and at different times.
 
Some colleges today send their decision via email while others send letters. Even more confusing is that some colleges send your acceptance, financial aid and scholarship information in one letter, while others send these all seperately. Many students receive an initial acceptance with a scholarship offer - HOWEVER many colleges do not send financial aid award letters until sometime in March.  
 
So, while you are assessing your options, be sure to see if you have all of the information you need from each college.  If you sent your FAFSA to a college you should be receiving a financial aid package.
 
On Tuesday, March 20th during lunch in room 206 seniors can bring in their financial aid/scholarship offer letters to learn how to compare their offers.  We will have a worksheet for you to simplify this sometimes confusing process. If you have questions in the meantime feel free to meet with your college counselor.
Development
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 smarbach@veritasprepacademy.org 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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