Official School News and Updates
Eclipse Viewing on Monday, August 21!
All of us at Veritas are excited about the rare event of a solar eclipse coming up this Monday morning--not surprisingly, including our science faculty! Students will take some time to construct eclipse viewing mechanisms in their science classes this week, and are asked to bring these with them on Monday, when their teachers will take them to the field for eclipse viewing.

We ask all families to stay safe and speak with your children about how to view the eclipse without damage to the eyes. Below is a convenient reference based on official NASA and Parks Service sources.  
Traffic Safety Note
For the safety of everyone in our community, follow the traffic flow guidelines for Veritas Prep, distributed at VPREP and on our website. Click the map below for the full-sized version.
 
Mentor Meetings Begin After School on Tuesday, August 22
All 6th-grade students will stay in their classrooms after 6th period on Tuesday, August 22 to meet with their mentors.

All new students not in 6th grade, meet in room 205 directly after 6th period on Tuesday, August 22.

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
Volunteers Still Needed
We are so grateful for the generosity of our parent community. If you are able, please consider the gift of your time. Help is needed in the following areas:
  1. Traffic safety. Click here if you can help out before or after school with this important work.
  2. Front office assistance. Click here if you can help answer phones and greet guests.

THANK YOU! 

Updated After-School Policy
As sent out to families this past week, for the safety of our students we ask that all parents carefully review the updated after-school policy linked here. Please contact us if you have questions.
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
  • Toastmasters public speaking club
  • Baking Club
  • Chess and Strategic Games Club
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Lab Band * see below
  • Middle-school choirs
  • And many more!
Jazz Lab Band
A new Jazz Lab band is being formed at Veritas! It is open to middle school and high school musicians, and will meet before school (time?) on Mondays and Wednesdays in M2, beginning on Monday, August 21st. The Lab Band will explore jazz music and learn to improvise. A knowledge of jazz and improvisation is not required to join, but musicians need to know how to play their instruments. Please contact Mr. Coste for more details.
Useful Links
There are many resources linked on our website www.veritasprep.org: please stop by and click around! Below are some links that we hope will be useful. If you ever have questions on the website or need to find information, you can click here to contact us.

The Habits of Respect are essential to the culture we hope to form among our students. Please take a look and talk with your students about these.

Our deans have been reviewing with students the guidelines for Lyceum period and lunch dismissal. They are linked here also for your convenience. Please note that middle school students continue to have field access, and may enjoy snacks, during their Lyceum period.

At this point, teachers by now have communicated tutoring times to their students. Teachers are the best source for the most updated tutoring info. For convenience, we have also gathered this information in one place: a Tutoring Schedule is posted on our website.

Other links to important documents, including our recently updated Family Handbook link, can be found in our newsletters and on our website

Student Accomplishments!
We love to recognize the good work our students do in the classroom and beyond. If you would like to share a student's academic, athletic, or community accomplishment, please send us a note here.  
Looking ahead: Calendar updates
Noteworthy Dates

This Friday, August 18 - 7th-Grade Ice Cream Party at 2:50 PM. See below for RSVP and more info!
Freshmen return to campus from their retreat, between 2:00 and 2:30 PM.

Thursday, August 24 - Curriculum Night begins at 6:00 PM. See below.

Friday, September 15 - Early Release at 12:30 PM; Domesday and Homecoming Activities. See below for more info.
This Friday: 7th Grade Ice Cream Party!

All 7th grade students are invited to an ice cream party to celebrate the beginning of the school year.
 
Friday, August 18th
2:50-3:20pm
Grassy Dell Retention Basin by Archway Veritas
 
We need parent volunteers. If you are going to be on campus that afternoon, please sign up to help here.

Curriculum Night, August 24

Current Veritas Prep parents and guardians, please join us for an energy-filled evening to meet your students' teachers and learn more about what we teach and how we teach it!

Attend a miniature version of your student's school day! Each teacher will be giving short, active lessons as you travel around with your section, navigate passing periods, and learning a little more about what it's like to be a student here at Veritas Prep. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers as they do what they do best, and all parents are encouraged to join us.

Please arrive early to the lunch room on Thursday, August 24, to get your class schedule.

The event starts at 6:00 PM, in the Lund Center.

Domesday and Homecoming: Friday, September 15

The name Domesday calls to mind a day of reckoning, a community declaring what it is made of, and what it values most. 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. For more information on our House system, click here.

On this 12:30 release, September 15, students will engage in a series of House activities with their new members, opportunities for social engagement and friendly competition. The school day will end with a Homecoming assembly and pep rally honoring our student athletes.

Please note that students will remain in normal uniform on Domesday.

After school: There will be a tailgate party hosted by the Parent Organization that evening leading up to the Homecoming football game at 7:00 PM. Stay tuned for updates on these events, including the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 16!

Early-Bird Yearbook Purchases
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!

European Field Study 2018: Classical Rome and Its Re-Birth.
In coordination with Explorica, an educational travel company, Mr. Nydegger is planning a field study in a part of the world that perfectly overlaps with our classical curriculum: Italy! From May 23 to June 6, students and teachers will travel to Rome, Florence, Venice, and several cities in between, experiencing the best of Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Italy. We'll study and visit such important Roman buildings as the Coliseum, Pantheon, and St. Peter's Basilica. In Florence, we'll see all the major sights like Michelangelo's David, Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, and the Uffizi Gallery, and we'll climb to the top of Brunelleschi's iconic dome. We'll tour the canals of Venice, visiting St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. We'll also see Assisi's basilica, Sienna's square, Lucca's walls, and Pisa's leaning tower! With nearly a week in Florence, students will have the chance to interact with that remarkable city's history and culture at a far deeper level than the average highlights tour.
 
The tour is open to current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, and the tour fee is $5,231, which includes all flights, transportation, entry fees, tours, breakfast, and most dinners. An early bird discount of $150 is available for those who can sign up in the next month. Any and all interested students should indicate their interest by submitting a Preliminary Application. An interest meeting for students and parents will be held on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 PM in the library. Please contact Mr. Nydegger for more information.
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  
Veritas Prep Presents, in partnership with Kaplan Test Prep, PSAT LIVE ONLINE PREP COURSE 
To prepare for the official PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) given on October 25th, 2017 sophomores and juniors are encouraged to sign-up for the Kaplan-taught live online prep course. These online classes are all taught by Kaplan experts. Students will learn the best test taking strategies to help them feel confident come test day.  Students will also receive 2 of Kaplan's acclaimed prep books to supplement their course and more than 1,000 practice questions and quizzes on Kaplan's mobile app.  Students will also take 2 proctored exams with score analysis to identify areas for improvement and target their prep as well as have access to 20 hours of additional instructional videos to use for some extra prep if needed. 
   
WHO:         All Veritas Prep sophomores and juniors 
WHERE:    Live Online (Link will be sent to the email you use when you register.  Make sure it is one that you check daily.) 
COST:       $300 a 40% discount! 
 
Register by Friday, August 25th, 2017  
Minimum of 10 students in a class is required.  If this number is not met, the class will be cancelled and those who paid will get a refund.
 
QUESTIONS?
Contact Mr. Curley at jcurley@veritasprepacademy.org  or 602-889-1208
Athletics Update
Dear Parents,
 
Register Your Athlete: 
Tryouts are fast approaching for the fall season: please make sure your child is registered on RegisterMyAthlete.com and they have the necessary forms in or they will not be allowed to participate!
 
New Website:
This year we have an updated website for all things athletics - schedules, scores, photos, social media and much more!
Our official site URL is: veritasprepathletics.com  
 
This site will provide you with all of the information you could ever need regarding athletics. Make sure you go check it out!
 
Some Helpful Tips:
  • Click on the "Alerts" section at the top of the website and register for alerts for your team. These alerts will be very important to the success of our athletic program, so we encourage you to sign up for them either via email, text, or both. Alerts will include schedule changes, announcements from coaches, practice cancellations and more.
  • Look for schedules under the fall, winter, or spring sports, choose the sport and click "Schedules and Rosters."
  • Go to the Facebook and Twitter icons on the athletics website and follow the schools social media accounts for up to date information!
  • If you have photos or videos throughout the year that you would like to share on the website, please contact either your athlete's coach or Assistant Athletic Director Kayla Walsh.
  • If you own a business, or know someone that would like to be an ad sponsor featured on the athletics website please contact Kayla Walsh.
 
Athletic Director: Andrew Mayer amayer@veritasprepacademy.org
Assistant Athletic Director: Kayla Walsh kwalsh@veritasprepacademy.org

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