Better Know a House
Last week at Domesday, all first-year students were officially inducted into their House communities, groups that span across all grade levels and help build community, contribute to the school, and provide leadership opportunities for our upper-class students. 
 
This series highlights the unique features of the student Houses at Veritas Prep. The first entry focuses on House Charlemagne. Authors are Anna Espinoza, Chloe Larson, and Raegan Mills. 
House Charlemagne   
 
Leaders: Anna Espinoza (consul), Raegan Mills (proconsul), Chloe Larson (proconsul)
 
Logo: Fleur-de-lis (see left)
 
Why does your house have this logo? What does it stand for? Our house logo represents French royalty. Charlemagne was both the Frankish king and the Holy Roman Emperor during his reign in the Middle Ages.
 
What virtues is your house known for? What virtues are you aiming for? House Charlemagne is founded on tradition. We plan to recall the past leaders and events and develop from their past efforts. Valor will be House Charlemagne's virtue this year. We chose valor because valor is showing courage and strength when in a difficult situation.
 
What kind of citizens do you hope house members will become during their time in your house? We hope that our fellow Charlemagnians will become considerate and spirited citizens. We want them to show respect and care for others while also believing in themselves and being proud and supportive of House Charlemagne.
 
Describe the personality of your house so far. Already this year we feel confident about House Charlemagne. We are determined! Our consul, Anna Espinoza, made beautiful banners and crowns for Domesday to help spread cheer around our house. Visually unified, we easily bonded with each other. Then at the end of Domesday, everyone in Charlemagne cheered with much spirit and enthusiasm. Never had we seen Charlemagne that collected and involved! We are already proud of House Charlemagne and are excited for the coming year!
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!
 
 
Academy Announcements
 
Thanks to Mr. Brad Lund for our first batch of classroom dictionaries. Click above or below to help us complete the set and fulfill our other teachers' wishes! Please check it out here.
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!
Upcoming Drills
 
Throughout the school year, Veritas Prep will be practicing emergency procedures through fire and lock-down drills. Our teachers take care to prepare their classes with the proper procedures, but if your child is particularly sensitive to these situations, please talk with them, and feel free to reach out to us with questions.
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.
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
First High-School Coffeehouse of the Year, September 30! 
 
Hosted by houses Joan of Arc and Charlemagne! Be sure to bring your friends, your musical talent, $5 for entry, and your appetite, since there will be waffles and coffee as always! Event takes place in the south courtyard area at 6:30pm
Click here for the full calendar of academic and social events.
Saturday, September 23
Great Hearts Gala  
See Development section below for more info.

Friday, September 29
Early Release, 12:30 PM

Saturday, September 30
High-School Coffeehouse
See note above for more info.
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
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. Instruction on how to do so are listed HERE . For our college visit list as of 9.18.17 see the attachment College Visits as of 9.18.17.xlsx
Upcoming College Counseling Events - SAVE THE DATES!
 
Friday, September 22 - College 101 class
We will be covering College Entrance Exams during your regularly scheduled Physics class.
 
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 opened weeks ago and this may very well be sold out at this point.
 
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.
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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