The Busy Season: Events Roundup

This week, announcements about semester finals and conferences went out. In addition, we have exciting events coming up, from the 5K this weekend to senior drama and our choir concerts. There is a lot going on, in a relatively short time frame. Not to mention the wonderful holiday season that is just beginning!

For convenience, below is a roundup of events and where to find information on each one:

Veritas Victory 5K:  
This Saturday, 11/18, at GR Herberger Park. Late registration opens at 7AM. Click here for full info.   
 
Thanksgiving Weekend:
Wednesday, 11/22 is a 12:30 pm release. There will be no school on Thursday, 11/23, or Friday, 11/24. This is an R&R weekend: no homework given or assignments/assessments due upon return. 
 
Senior Drama Performances:
"An Ideal Husband" 11/29 at 7PM: Click here for tickets.  
"The Playboy of the Western World" 12/9 at 5PM: Click here for tickets.  
 
Winter Concerts:  
All concerts take place in the Lund Center. Student performers will receive info from their teachers/choir directors. See special note below for HS choirs. 
MS Recorder Concert: Tuesday, 12/5 at 7PM 
MS Choir Concert: Thursday, 12/7 at 5PM 
HS Choir Concert:  Thursday, 12/7 at 7PM 
 
Semester Exams:  
December 14 and 15. Click here for info.
 
Semester Conferences.   
January 2 - 5. Click here for info. Deadline to sign up is December 14.
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.
High-School Choirs: PLEASE READ
Seniors Perform "An Ideal Husband" 11/29

At 7:00 pm on November 29, in the Lund Center, seniors will perform Oscar Wilde's famous drama. Come enjoy the performance - click below to order your tickets online:

PSO School Directory - Sign Up Deadline is November 17!
To be included in the Veritas Family and Faculty Directory and to continue to receive the Falcon Flyer and other important informational emails join MSA now!

Set up your My School Anywhere account by clicking on the link below and following the short registration steps. Once complete, you will receive your login information and temporary password from My School Anywhere.

Angulus Discipulorum:  
Students' Corner
New Edition of the Student Newspaper!
56th Street Journal

This issue features profiles of Mock Trial, Cross Country, Swim, and the "Teacher of the Month." In addition, there is a student Thanksgiving Survey and a Literary Mad Lib.

Sophomores and Juniors: Poetry Contest!
This month, sophomores and juniors have an opportunity to share the poems they have written and win recognition--and publication--from the prestigious Kenyon Review's Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. 

Submissions due by November 30!

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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.  
College Counseling
Junior Parent Night - November 28th - Library 6:30pm
 
Junior Parents are invited to attend our annual Junior Parent night!  We will cover the topics of Best Fit colleges, what colleges look for in a student, the application process and timeline, and financing college. There will be an question and answer session as well.  We look forward to seeing you on the 28th.
Athletics
MS Basketball Camp: A Note from Coach LeBel

Dear Parents:
 
On Saturdays November 18 and December 2, 2017, Veritas is hosting a basketball camp for middle school boys. The camps are $20 each and are from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. We look forward to coaching your sons and improving their basketball skills. Please make checks payable to VPA Athletics the Friday before the camps. Checks may be dropped off at the Athletic Department. 
 
Thank you, 
 
Coach Chris LeBel
Falcon Athletics Fall Season Summaries
Middle School A Volleyball:

Middle School A Volleyball, coached by Christina Bruns and Olivia Andaloro, had a great season this past fall. The team came out with an overall record of 5 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie. The awards this season were as follows: MVP was awarded to both Clare Rathsburg (8th Grade) and Karianne Banahan (8th Grade); Coach's Award was given to Addison Medlin (8th Grade); the Falcon Award went to Eden McQueen (8th Grade); and the Most Improved Player was Sydney Mishkin (6th grade). The MS A Team made it to the semi-finals in the championships and played with much intensity and passion. The girls exhibited great sportsmanship and teamwork this season. The 8th graders especially showed tremendous leadership towards the younger players on the team. Great work girls!!

Middle School Golf:

The middle school golf season was highlighted by the win over Cicero Prep where the team boasted 4 out of the top 5 places. Thomas O'Conner was the low individual for the match. Post season awards were awarded to:

MVP- Evan Reina 
Most Improved Boys- Jeremy Quick 
Most Improved Girls- Maryn Cross 
Falcon Award- Aidan Robinson 
Falcon Award- Cole McAndrew

Great job golfers!
 
Middle School Cross Country:

This fall season the middle school boys' cross country team brought their all. With an unchallenged record, the team brought seven consecutive wins and there were regularly four boys from Veritas in the top ten. Timmy Soukup, moreover, took first place for himself every meet, with Jake Marbach securing second place at the championship meet. Jon Barney and Maximo Valencia also had the honor of placing in the top ten at the Great Hearts Middle School League championship. Talk about Falcons flying!
HS Varsity Football

Looking back on the 2017 Veritas football season, one can only say, "Unbelievable!" The team faced many challenging obstacles to start the season. Adversity continued as injuries to key players throughout the season and a roster that diminished by an average of 1 person a week. That is more than enough to crumble certain programs and way more than plenty of excuses to not succeed. Not this team. These players chose to rise above and push forward. Senior captain Sebastian Bautista made sure that his final year in the program would be unforgettable but not just for himself but the numerous freshman and first year players that were on the roster.

The season opener proved to be the example of the way the rest of the year would play out. Beating North Pointe Prep, in an ugly game, trailing for most of the game, made a strong comeback in the fourth quarter to seal the win. This outline all but summed up the season. The following five weeks featured losses to San Manuel, Scottsdale Christian, Bisbee, San Tan Foothills and Chandler Prep, 3 made the playoffs and all five were top 18 teams in the Division. Quite the gauntlet, but players like Tony Jakubczyk, Cameron Woehler, Harris Lytle, Nisa Maafu, Zack Jackson, Peter Stamp and Payson McCallister helped the Captain keep the team going. Finishing the season, with wins in 3 of our last 4, beating Scottsdale Prep, AZ College Prep and Antelope Union was a testament to the unwavering work ethic of this group. The 4-6 overall record is the best record in Veritas 11-man history, a fitting cap for our seniors' final season but merely and building block for our underclassmen. We cannot be satisfied and we will not accept that as our ceiling, it is the end of that era and beginning of something great.

Veritas Vincit 
Go Falcons!
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