Faculty Appreciation Breakfast: Thank you, Parents! 
The Evans Library was transformed this past Monday morning as faculty found a sumptuous feast, surrounded by delightful, autumn-themed decor. A huge thank you to the PSO and all the parents who contributed to this year's Faculty Appreciation Fall Breakfast!  
 
Thank you to ALL our wonderful parents who were involved, especially Mrs. Sandweiss, Mrs. Ellison, Mrs. Tork, Mrs. Graeff, Mrs. Newell, Mrs. Burch, Mr. and Mrs. Brotherton, Mrs. Pagani, Mr. Zook, Mrs. Lena, and so many more who contributed their time and effort to celebrate our faculty this past Monday morning! See our Facebook page for more of the amazing display!

Academy Announcements
Early-Bird Yearbook Purchases Due October 6 
Interested in purchasing a yearbook this year? Hurry--early bird pricing will end the last day of quarter 1, October 6th! Yearbooks are currently $35 each.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TODAY!

Have photos you would like to share for use in the 2018 Veritas yearbook? Follow the guide linked HERE for instructions on how to upload your photos. Be sure to use the highest image quality when uploading so that the photos will be able to be formatted in the yearbook.
 
Project #: 824821
Upload Code: Falcons
 
 * No smartphone? No problem! Go to images.balfour.com to upload images from any Internet-connected computer. 
 
Thank you! 
 
All pictures are considered, but not all can be used.
In Case You Missed: What Grading Means at Veritas
 
In the past few issues we have been examining the unique aspects and understanding of grading at Veritas. If you missed any of these articles, or would like to come back to them, click the links below to catch up!
 
 
Upcoming Events
School Picture Retakes on Monday, October 16
 
Retakes will be offered on campus Monday, October 16 for students who enrolled after August 11 or were absent that day, and for those wishing to retake their portraits.  
 
Students who were absent or enrolled later will be paged out of class on this date.  
 
For RETAKES: Parents of students interested in retakes should
CLICK HERE to let us know. 
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.

Friday, October 6
Early Release, 12:30 PM
R&R

October 9 - 13
NO SCHOOL: Fall Break

Monday, October 16
School Resumes
School Picture Retakes: See Info Above
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
Student Accomplishments and Features

Savanna Raven Witkowski, a 7th grader at Veritas, participated in this summer's Design-o-Saur contest this summer for the new Phoenix Zoo Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit. She created a completely unique design using flowers and leaves which she had gathered and pressed from around the neighborhoods. Her art work was awarded Honorable Mention out of over a thousand submissions! She has been recognized at the Prowl & Play Dinosaurs Event on August 5 and on September 28th she was part of the official press conference with the president of the Phoenix Zoo, Bert Castro, announcing the opening of the exhibit starting this week!  
 
 
 
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. For our college visit list as of 9.28.17 see the attachment College Visits as of 9.28.17.xlsx
Upcoming College Counseling Events - SAVE THE DATES!
 
Thursday, October 5 - College 101 class
We will be covering College Fit Part Two - How colleges view you. We will be meeting during the junior students regularly scheduled Foreign Language class.
 
Tuesday, October 3 --  Selective College Night (Lund Center at VPA)
Open to Great Hearts 9th - 12th graders ,
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Three admission officers from highly selective colleges will present on different trends and topics in admissions for highly selective admissions.
 
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 Update
Boys' Middle-School Basketball Camp
 
Hello Falcons!  
We would like you to join our boys' middle school basketball camp on Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, and Dec. 2, 2017? The camp is $50 per session, or $160 if all four sessions are paid for before camp begins. If you have any questions, please see Coach Flick or the Assistant Athletic Director Kayla Walsh.

Thank you,

Coach Chris LeBel 
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! 
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