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Weekly Blast 1.29.2021

January 28, 2021 -

School Dates to Note:

  • Feb 5 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • Feb 8-9 – All School Off-Site Learning
  • Feb 15 – No School/Presidents Day
  • Feb 19 – Senior Retreat On-Campus
  • Feb 19 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • Feb 25-26 – Galileo Testing 6th-8th
  • Mar 5 – Early Release 12:05p.m.
  • Mar 8-9 – National Latin/Greek Exams
  • Mar 15-19 – Spring Break/No School
  • Mar 22-26 Senior (In-State) Trip
  • Mar 22 – First Day of Quarter 4 (Block A)
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note From Headmaster
  2. ECNA: Robotics
  3. Semester 2 Tutoring Schedule
  4. 2021-2022 Academic Calendar- DRAFT
  5. ECNA: French Culture Society 
  6. ECNA: Forces of Nature
  7. Community Investment/Tax Credit
  8. Great Hearts Telethon
  9. College Counseling
  10. GP Athletics
  11. GP Block Schedule: Regular & Half Days
A Note From Headmaster

Hello Parents,

I wanted to use this blast to remind you about two unique school days coming up. Monday, February 8th, and Tuesday, February 9th are off-campus asynchronous school days. Students will not report to campus, and students will not be Zooming into class from home. Each day will incorporate offline work with additional time designated for homework. Teachers will communicate with students on Thursday and Friday of this coming week, so students are prepared for what to complete prior to their return to campus on Wednesday, February 10th. I appreciate your understanding and flexibility to enable our teachers to have two grading and preparation days.


Mr. Navarrette

ECNA: Robotics
This past week, the two robotics teams at Glendale Prep competed in a remote competition event and made major improvements over their first performance. The team lead by seniors Jeiel Brucker, JT Janssen, and Seth Storino (Team# 18420) made significant improvements to their code, allowing them to double their average score over the previous competition, earning an average score of 71 points and earned the Design Award for how two parts of their robot worked together. The team lead by the seniors Dylan Johnson and Jacob Johnson (Team# 18421) have been putting forth a tremendous effort to improve the reliability and speed of their robot and dramatic improvements to their code and earned their second 2nd place in the competition. During yesterday’s official remote matches, Jacob Johnson earned the team the 2nd highest current known score in Arizona of 217 points, and 36th highest score in the nation.

“Our team has worked very well together during this season. We have grown in both our relationship with one another and in our understanding of robotics as a whole. The majority of our team are first-year robotics students, which means we have essentially built this team from the ground up. As coders, we have a great foundation from our Logic and Coding class, which we quickly expanded upon and applied to our robot, “Ned”. We are very proud of our robot, which has a unique hardware design with fully functional Driver Control and Autonomous modes. We have continuously improved our score in each match, and we are excited to improve our robot through the rest of the season.” – JT Janssen and Jeiel Brucker

If you would like any information, please visit our website (still being developed) for both teams:

Semester 2 Tutoring Schedule
We encourage students to take advantage of the tutoring that is offered by our wonderful GP teachers. Please see the updated Semester 2 Tutoring Schedule here.

2021-2022 Academic Calendar -Draft
Click here to view the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar Draft. You can find this document on the Glendale Prep website as well. Once the board approves the draft, we will make updates as needed and share the finalized version so you can plan family trips and appointments.

ECNA: French Culture Society
Beauty is in art and culture. The French Culture Society is excited to be back for its monthly rendez-vous, in room 409. On the menu: classic movies, gourmet food, and great traditions.

To enroll, please contact Madame Cognet-Pereira, and click on the payment portal tab on the GP website or click the link:

ECNA: The Forces of Nature
Arizona is beautiful. Do you love our environment and want to help preserve it? Students, please join the Environment Society under its new name: “The Forces of Nature.” We will continue the projects started last year and build new ones with the generous support of the company TARONIS Fuels.

For more information, please contact Madame Cognet-Pereira.

Community Investment/Tax Credit
Did you know that you can double or even triple your Community Investment and Tax Credit donations to Glendale 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, and hit ‘search’ 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 Cathy Sparks at or 623.889.0822 with any questions.

Having your gift matched is an easy way to increase the impact of your donations to Glendale Prep without any additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting Glendale Prep! Go Griffins!

Great Hearts Telethon

Great Hearts is seeking an individual/couple to represent our academy on the 2021 Great Hearts Telethon Committee. The Great Hearts Telethon raises funds to benefit the Teacher Excellence Fund, which is distributed to our faculty as bonus compensation on an annual basis. Glendale Prep received $20,481 in December 2020 from this initiative. The Telethon will take place on September 25th and a full description of the position can be found here. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Kyle Lambros at For more information about the Teacher Excellence Fund, please contact Cathy Sparks at

College Counseling

·      SUMMER PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS VIRTUAL FAIR:  On February 3, 2021, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. or February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. you have the opportunity to view helpful seminars on how to choose a summer program, visit virtual booths, and ask questions. For detailed information and registration, click here.

·      NACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS:  Follow this LINK for details about upcoming fairs and registration.

·      COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS: Davidson College is hosting several informative sessions about the college application process from February 6-13, 2021. Junior students and parents are encouraged to follow this LINK to view session topics and register. These topics are general enough to apply to students looking at various colleges.

·      JUNIORS:  College 101 sessions will take place on our early release days, February 5th and February 19th, at 1:00 p.m. Plan to join your classmates via Zoom for these sessions containing information necessary for all students. Remember February 19th, offers students the opportunity to learn more about each of our three in-state public universities. Students are required to attend at least one session. You can locate the Zoom link in the College Counseling Google Classroom on the day of the event.

·      COLLEGE COUNSELING WEBSITE: This webpage can be accessed through the Glendale Prep main website and is a good resource for up-to-date information on testing schedules, summer pre-college programs, and college counseling events.

GP Athletics
Cardboard Cutouts: Do you want to find a creative way to attend and support home games this year? Well look no further, GP has the solution! Click HERE to purchase your very own cardboard cutout image of yourself. Pictures will be taken by our professional photographers, Tony Lam and Dave Mcbee. These cardboard images will be placed in the audience at all home games for the remainder of the winter season. Once the season is over, cutouts will be given to the students and teachers who purchased them for their own personal use. Students should sign up for the time slot that is during their Lyceum. GP Athletics will have sanitized props available, please DO NOT bring your own. We look forward to enhancing the spirit on campus and encourage all grade levels to sign up! P.S. – Teachers will be joining the fun as well! Sign up today!

HS Winter Sports – Griffin Sports Net: Tune in to catch all of the HS action via the Griffin Sports Net – Click the link at the time of the home game:

Schedules are viewable on

Spring Sports: Information on upcoming spring sports is coming soon. Stay tuned for updates and information on the upcoming season and the variety of sports that your child will be able to choose from. If your child has yet to get a physical, now is a good time to make an appointment. Click here to download the physical forms.

Tax Credits: GP Athletics is thankful for the many friends and families who contribute their Arizona Tax Credits to Glendale Prep. If you haven’t done so yet, click here to learn more:

Follow Us: @gpathleticdept – Instagram & @Glendale Prep Athletics – Facebook

Thank you to our GOLD Level Athletic Sponsors
Clean Air Solutions, Penny Chiropractic, Pete King Construction, and Shipley Orthodontics 
Contact them today and tell them Glendale Prep sent you!

To join our Athletic Parent Board email with your full name and the sport that your child participates in. 

Block Schedule Regular and Half Days: Remote & Onsite



Contact Information
Silvia Hayakawa, Office Manager

Attendance Line:
623-889-0822 Option 4

Websites and Links
Glendale Prep Website
Glendale Prep PSO Website
GP Athletics Website
“Like Us” on Facebook
2020-21 School Calendar
Event Calendar
Tutoring Schedule
Booster Items
GP Family Handbook
Payment Portal
Lunch Ordering – Password “griffins4”