Spirit Week Off to a Great Start!  
 
Thanks to our "Greek gods" welcoming students to campus on Monday! And thanks to our generous PSO volunteers for providing the whole school, and faculty, with breakfast this Monday!
 
Pictured below: Ethan Collins, Rebecca Alvara, Gabriella LeBlanc, Isabel Skikos, Colin Graeff, Dina Youssef, Kate Shriki, and Cami Parrish.
Letter Grades at Veritas
 
"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." - Sir Edmund Hillary 
 
The end of the first quarter is coming up quickly, and with it student reports, sent out on October 19. While not permanent marks, these quarter grades are an important opportunity for each student to grow.  
 
Letter grades at Veritas are not the simple result of number-crunching: each one is a carefully considered message from the teacher about how to continue the student's journey of education.
 
But this single letter does not stand alone; it comes with a written narrative that is more than commentary. The narrative is the very basis for each student's letter grade.
 
Why narrative?
 
Teachers look to see certain skills and understanding emerge in each class, and the best way to talk about these is through words. Even on daily assignments, Veritas teachers craft feedback to focus on specific areas of strength and growth. Beyond summaries like letter grades or percentages, teachers give preference to precise words. Letter grades are meaningful mainly as symbols, standing for a complex set of skills and knowledge a student is in the process of mastering. Words about how to improve are the real road map to growth.
 
On student evaluations, then, it is the results that count, not a gamesmanship of numbers. Mathematical perfection is not the goal -- in such a case, school would be pointless. Rather, the teacher looks for a story of continual growth. What mastery has a student shown, as reflected in the "hard data" of tests and quizzes? Has the student shown a sense of wonder and depth of inquiry? Have they thought seriously about the issues raised in class? Met challenges head on? Sought help when struggling? Inevitable also is the teacher's self-assessment: how have I (and how can I) best serve this student on his or her journey?
 
What does an A mean? What does a D mean? The answer is in the narrative. And the narrative is not the end of a conversation between the teacher and family, but a continuation. Personal growth is always a challenge: in and out of class, we are here to support our students through this process. 
 
This is the third and final in a series on what grading means at Veritas. Previous articles were on sense of wonder and depth of inquiry.  
Academy Announcements
Mentor Meetings Continue After Class, Tuesday, September 19
 
All 6th-grade students will stay in their classrooms after 6th period on Tuesday, September 19, to meet with their mentors. All new students not in 6th grade, meet in room 205 directly after 6th period. 
 
Parents and rides, please note, these mentor meetings end at 3:15 PM.  
These meetings will continue every other Tuesday, from 2:45 - 3:15 PM.  
 
Our Wish List has been updated with items the teachers would love to have to supplement their classroom materials. Please check it out here.
 
Click the headline above to sign up!
European Field Study 2018: Classical Rome and Its Re-Birth
 
There is still space available to travel to Italy next summer with your classmates and teachers, but a $150 discount will be expiring this Saturday, September 16. The tour is open to current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, and the fee is $5,231, which includes all flights, transportation, entry fees, tours, breakfast, most dinners, and a full-time tour director. Payment plans are available. For more information regarding the itinerary and trip insurance options, see the tour's website: www.explorica.com/Nydegger-4617

 Click here for the flyer.
 Click here for a preliminary application.

Please  contact Mr. Nydegger as soon as possible if you are interested.
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!

Upcoming Events
Attention, Seniors: Graduation Info Assembly:  
Thursday, September 14, 11:00 AM 
In the Lund Center
 
Seniors will be hearing from our representative from Balfour about graduation cap & gowns , announcements , and more, as well as class rings.  
 
Students should plan on eating lunch before this event.  
Parents are welcome to attend, if interested.
Now through Saturday, September 16
Spirit Week Continues
See below for more info.

Friday, September 15
Early Release at 12:30 PM
Domesday and Homecoming Activities.
See below or click here for more info.

Saturday, September 16
Homecoming Dance , 7:00 - 10:00 pm, in the Gym
See below or click here for more info.

Monday and Tuesday, September 18-19
Hearing and Vision Testing
During school hours, students in 6th and 9th grades, as well as any other students needing it, receive this screening.

Saturday, September 23
Great Hearts Gala  
See below for more info.
Spirit Week and Homecoming, September 11 - 16

SPIRIT-WEAR THURSDAY: Celebrate our student athletes! Students may wear Veritas spirit wear with their school uniform today. See dress code below:
Spirit wear shirts must be white, black, blue, or grey only. Shirts must be tucked in and other uniform rules apply. Game day jerseys are reserved for game use; please do not wear today.
FRIDAY - DOMESDAY: At the start of Domesday, each new student will be called to membership in a particular House, dedicated by name to a historical figure who embodied particular virtues. On this day, students may wear the 2017 Homecoming Shirts!
( Note that shirts must be tucked in and other uniform rules apply. Regular uniform shirts must be worn if not wearing a Homecoming shirt.)
FRIDAY HOMECOMING TAILGATE (5:00 PM) and GAME (7:00 pm) : All ages welcome! Food trucks, crafts for the kids, and more. Alumni and student-athlete recognition at halftime.
SATURDAY - HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING DANCE: Tickets on sale now! Go to www.veritasprep.org or click here for registration and ticket info.
Homecoming Dance, September 16, 7:00 PM
Sectio Discipulorum: Students' Section
Student Accomplishments and Features

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.  
Great Hearts Children's Business Fair!

Calling all entrepreneurs! We are so excited to be a part of America's largest entrepreneurship event for kids. Our students will get to create real businesses, sell real products, and earn real cash ($250 average).

What: Children's Business Fair - 150 kid businesses, and 750+ community members (buyers)  
When: Sat, Nov. 11th from 10-1, with up to 5 weekly Bootcamp classes after school on campus leading up to the Fair.  
Where: Arcadia Park  
Cost: $75 for Bootcamp + Fair; scholarships available; K-8 only  

Step 1: Watch the Video above and Apply to the Great Hearts
Business Fair Club. Spots are limited so book today! www.childrensbusinessfair.org/phoenix

Step 2: Start thinking about a product or service to sell at the
Fair (Bootcamp days are TBD, put on by local business owners)

Step 3: Tell your friends! Find more info on Social Media
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New to this? Don't worry, the Bootcamp will help each student develop an idea, create a product, build a marketing strategy, and learn their pitch for the Fair. Parents will need to help students purchase inventory to make their products for the Fair (as a loan to be paid back after the Fair).Questions or comments? E-mail us at azchildrensbusinessfair@gmail.com
Find the club for you!

Click here for this semester's extracurricular catalog. We hope you will find a club or activity that fits your interests! For questions on clubs, you please email club advisors.

Since last week, more clubs have been listed or updated! See the catalog for info on the following activities:

  • Middle-School Writing Workshop
  • Children's Business Fair * see above
  • Baking Club
  • Chess and Strategic Games Club
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Lab Band
  • Robotics
  • Middle-school choirs
  • And many more!
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 and at the Front Desk. You will also find posters on our bulletin board detailing each upcoming college visit. Sophomore- through senior-class students should sign up in Naviance for visits they are interested in. Students in the Sophomore or Junior class who have not registered in Naviance will receive an email with instructions to do so this week. For our college visit list as of 8.25.17 see the attachment - Upcoming College Visits.
Upcoming College Counseling Events - SAVE THE DATES!
 
Saturday, September 30 - Great Hearts Barrett Honors Day (ASU - Tempe Campus) 
Open to Great Hearts SENIORS ONLY with ONE PARENT
Session One: 10:00 - 11:30 am  (40 seniors can register)   --- Information Session followed by a campus tour
Session Two: 1:00 - 2:30 pm   (40 seniors can register)  ---  Information Session followed by a campus tour
Registration will open on Wednesday September 6 at 10:00am - details forthcoming.
 
Tuesday, October 4 --  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 forthcoming. Will include workshops and a college fair with approximately 60 colleges in attendance.
Athletics Update
Courtesy of Grand Photography.
Dear Families and Friends:
 
What a great start to the 2017-2018 athletic year at VPA! Four games and four victories! Thank you to everyone who has come to cheer and support our wonderful athletes.
 
I wanted to clarify our gate/field fee and entrance protocol for HS athletics at VPA. To come and watch any game/match in our gym, you must enter through the breezeway entrance. The side doors are for exiting only and will be locked during game time from the outside.
 
As for home games on our field for football and soccer, there will be a table set up between the Bleachers to collect your entrance fees.
 
Your hand will be stamped to allow you to get back into the venue if needed.
 
Fees:
Adults $5.00
Students and Under 18 $3.00
Families up to 4 members $10.00
 
Student athletes who are participating in a VPA sport during the same season may enter at no cost.
 
Family and student passes are available on line. The door monitors will have a list if you have a pass.
 
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
 
Best,
 
Andrew Mayer 
Athletic Director | Veritas Preparatory Academy
3102 N. 16th Street, Suite 100 | Phoenix, AZ 85018 
P: 602-236-1128 ext. 421 | C. 602-390-0332  
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! 
Inspirational Evening with Jason Schechterle

Veritas Prep and Archway Veritas are hosting an evening with Jason Schechterle, a Phoenix Police officer who was severely burned in a car accident in 2001.

Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.

Jason's journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity.  His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished. 
 
Inspirational Evening with Jason Schechterle
Thursday, September 21st
6:00-7:30pm
Lund Center for Performing Arts
 
Cost $12 per person
*Appropriate for ages 12 years and older
 
Click here to purchase your  Jason Schechterle Tickets.
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