Music at Veritas Prep
Great Hearts stands by the essential importance of a thorough immersion in music for students. We believe that music instruction is an education in beauty. Through their experiences of learning and performing classic works of music, our students experience the discipline and humility that true creativity requires.
Meet Mrs. Jenny Rathsburg, our high school music teacher, in her own words:
"Many students nowadays may attend four years of high school without any exposure to music. This is the limitation of 'electives' (as fine arts courses are often called in public schools). A student does not have the opportunity to learn those crucial, formative skills that music theory and performance practice bring because they are able to "opt out" and choose something else entirely. What a tragedy!  
"This is the beauty of the Great Hearts liberal arts education: the regular exposure to music in 9th and 10th grade often makes students crave even more than their curricular music courses give them. When this realization sinks in, the magic begins. Freshmen, often skeptical of unfamiliar challenges like choral singing, frequently find they enjoy their music class so much that they sign up for Men's Choir or even audition for our top honor choir.
"This scenario happens over and over again, year after year, sometimes with the unlikeliest of students. It's what makes this job so gratifying as a Great Hearts high school music teacher. And as important as studying music theory is to the critical thinking and analytical development of a teenage mind, the beauty of this art is truly brought to fruition when the love for music and choral singing becomes a part of their life that they can't live without."
Please join us for our Winter Music Concerts.
Middle-School Recorder  December 5, 2017  7:00 PM 
Middle-School Choir  December 7, 2017  5:00 PM 
High-School Choir  December 7, 2017  7:00 PM 
All concerts take place in the Lund Center for the Performing Arts. 
Your support of our Community Investment campaign allows us to offer this amazing curriculum to our students! If you've yet to do so, please click here to make your gift today. Thank you!
School Announcements
Outerwear Dress Code

As the weather finally gets cooler, here is a convenient reminder about our school's outerwear dress code:
  • All outerwear must be clean and free of tears.
  • A solid navy ¾-zip pullover (with Academy logo), solid navy sweater, or solid navy sweater-vest may be worn in the classroom and must be purchased from Dennis or Anton Uniform for the sake of consistency.
  • High school students may wear blazers of the type sold at Dennis Uniform. If wearing a blazer, students may wear a red tie.
  • Academy-issued athletic letter jackets or sweaters may also be worn in the classroom.
  • Jackets, sweaters, and non-Academy sweatshirts may be worn for warmth outdoors during lunch but must be free of prominent logos and advertisements. These garments may not be worn into or brought into the classrooms; they must be stored in lockers during and between classes, other than during the lunch period.
  • A uniform shirt (as specified under "Shirts") must be worn under the sweater or pullover and must be tucked in, and a belt must still be worn (where applicable). Violation of either of the above rules may result in revocation of the student's permission to wear the sweater or pullover for that year.
A Look Ahead: Calendar Items
The Busy Season: Events Roundup

For convenience, below is a roundup of events and where to find information on each one:
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. 
Middle-School Spelling Bee
Thursday, November 30, at 3:00 PM in the Lund Center. Parents and siblings encouraged to come and cheer on our students!  
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
PSO Snowstorm Is Coming!

The Veritas PSO is excited to announce the "Snowstorm" tradition is returning this holiday season!
"Snowstorm" is the single, largest way that VPA families THANK our faculty and staff for the GREAT-HEARTED work they do all year!  Instead of individual gifts to faculty and staff, we ask that you contribute one collective, monetary gift that they can spend any way they like.
The faculty and staff absolutely LOVE this holiday gift - and the parents love the ease of it! Look for more information as we get closer to kicking off Snowstorm on Monday, November 27th.
Winter Falcon Spirit Day, December 1
On Friday, December 1st, students may wear Veritas spirit wear shirts with their school uniform. (Please refer to the dress code below.) There will be a breakfast before school in the courtyard generously hosted by the VPSO. There will also be an assembly at the end of the school day to honor the winter athletes. Due to the assembly schedule (linked here), there will be no Lyceum that day, and lunch times will change.
Spirit wear shirts must be white, black, blue, or grey only (5K shirts and House Shirts are permitted as well). Shirts must be tucked in and other uniform rules apply. Game day jerseys are reserved for game use; please do not wear today.
See Mrs. Bruns with any questions.
Angulus Discipulorum:  
Students' Corner
VPA Students' National Merit Accomplishments
Congratulations to National Merit Semifinalist Daphne Newell and commended students Jack Newell, Gabriel Lewis, Jon Hagstrom, and Dominic Diaz! More evidence of the power of an education driven by love of learning. Great work, students!
Middle-School Spelling Bee: Still Time to Sign Up!

Students interested in participating should see Mr. Winebrenner as soon as possible.

The event will take place in the Lund Center at 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 30. Parents and family are welcome!
In Case You Missed It: New Issue!
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!

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.
Volleyball All Conference Teams, Hon. Mentions!
Congratulations to our varsity girls volleyball players who have made All Conference teams and honorable mentions!

All-Conference 1st Team 
Averi Miller- Hitter/Middle Blocker

All-Conference 2nd Team 
Ellie Coulter- Setter

Honorable Mentions: 
Katie Coulter- Libero  
Jacalyn Sharko- Hitter/Middle Blocker

Tax Credit Information
It's Tax Credit time! Please support Veritas Prep's extra-curricular programs such as Art Club, Robotics Club, Coffee and Canvas, athletics, and more, through your dollar for dollar Tax Credit! It is a WIN for both you and Veritas Prep!

Each Friday beginning November 24th through December 15th we will hold a drawing for an Amazon Gift Card to families who get the most Tax Credits! Make your contribution HERE!

Questions? Please contact Sarah Marbach at 602-396-0276 or
Happy Thanksgiving!
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