Academy Announcements
Middle School MAP Testing Begins October 30 
 
During their regularly scheduled Lit/Comp and Math classes, students in grades 6-8 will be taking the MAP test in the weeks following October 30. There will be one period for a reading test and one for a math test.  
 
MAP tests are important for teachers and administrators to support students and receive feedback on student growth from year to year. However, they are not directly linked to students' grades or permanent records. Please talk with your middle-school students about these upcoming assessments. There is no special preparation needed: the best thing is to continue working with their teachers in class, eating well, and getting enough sleep.  
Summer Programs in Latin America
Cultural Immersion and Leadership Opportunities
 
Amigos de las Americas has over 50 years experience in international youth leadership and service. Students ages 13-22 live and work in Latin America for between 2 and 9 weeks, living with a host family and directing a service project in the community.
 
Basic conversational fluency in Spanish is required - recommended for students completing Spanish II or higher.
 
An informational meeting will be held
Monday, 10/24: Lyceum, Room 203
Project #: 824821
Upload Code: Falcons
Upcoming Events
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.

Friday, October 20
Middle School Harvest Party: Click here for info and tickets.
 
Wednesday, October 25
PSAT Testing: grades 9-11 - register ASAP if you have not done so

Thursday, October 26
notMYkid Parent Assembly
6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Lund Center - See Info Below
Athletic Field Day is November 3: PERMISSION REQUIRED  
 
If you have not yet completed your online permission (search your email for subject line, "Your Permision: VPA Athletic Field Day, November 3"), click here to submit permission form.
Save the Date: Veritas Prep MS Spelling Bee, November 30 
 
Middle-school students, see your Lit/Comp teacher to sign up and for more information on how to prepare!
Sectio Discipulorum: Students' Section
Monthly Student Newspaper: 56th Street Journal!

This year's student publication, published monthly, is titled 56th Street Journal. Enjoy the first edition, and find future back issues, linked here on our school's website: http://veritasprep.greatheartsacademies.org/academy-life/student-newspaper/   
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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
October 25th, 2017 is PSAT Test day at Veritas!
 
On Wednesday, October 25th, all Veritas Prep students in grades 9-11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), a practice college admissions test. Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are never sent to colleges. However, for juniors, the scores are used to determine whether a student qualifies for the National Merit Scholarship program.   
For freshmen and sophomores, the test is only practice and allows students to gain exposure and experience with standardized testing for college.
 
The fee for having a PSAT/NMSQT test scored is $30.   If you have not already registered please do so at this link: PSAT registration  
 
College Visit Season 
 
College Visits are in full swing at Veritas Prep! A weekly schedule of all Veritas visits will be posted on the College Counseling bulletin board, the Senior Commons bulletin board and at the Front Desk. Sophomore- through Senior-class students should sign up in Naviance for visits they are interested in. Instruction on how to do so are listed HERE. 
Saturday, October 21 - Great Hearts College Symposium
Open to Great Hearts JUNIORS ONLY and ONE PARENT
Program details were sent to junior parents in a separate email. This is a fantastic event which features college admissions staff led workshops and a college fair with over 60 colleges in attendance.
Athletics
Middle-School Softball Interest Meeting on 10/19 
 
The middle school softball coaches will be holding a meeting on 10/19 at 3:30pm in the VPA gym for any middle schoolers interested in playing this season and their parents. If you plan on playing this season please attend! 
Athletics Registration and Eligibility Checklist
 
All items are hyperlinked for convenience: 
  1.  Veritas Fall Athletic Form 2017/2018(MS/HS)
  2. AIA Annual Physical 2017/2018 (MS/HS) (BOTH part A AND part B), 1 time per year
  3. AIA Brainbook Course (HS), 1 time per HS Athletic Career
  4. Consent to Treat (MS/HS), 1 Time Per Year
  5. Athletic Fee (click here for MS/HS), 1 Time Per Sport
Fees :  MS - $240;  HS - $285; Employee Fee - $150
 
If you are able to check off all the items listed above, your child is eligible to play this fall. Completion/verification of all items should be copied, printed and turned in to the Athletic Office.
Development
Free Money for Our School!
 
Did you know that you can double or even triple your Community Investment and Tax Credit donations to Veritas Prep? Many companies will match your donations to our school through their Corporate Gift Matching Programs.
 
Simply 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 provide our faculty and students with the resources they need to learn and thrive. Thank you! 
It Is TIME TO TRAIN!
 
The Veritas Victory 5K is now open for registration.
Sign up here: www.veritasvictoryrun.com   Click on Register, scroll to the bottom of the page for the registration link.
 
November 18, 2017
9:00am
Canal at 56th Street and Indian School
 
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