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Weekly Blast 10.19.18

October 19, 2018 -
School Dates to Note:

  • Oct 20 – Great Hearts College Symposium
  • Oct 22 – Fall Sports Pictures
  • Oct 22-26 – Spirit Week
  • Oct 24 – PSAT 9th-11th Grade
  • Oct 26 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • Oct 26 – Homecoming Game
  • Oct 27 – Homecoming Dance
  • Oct 31 – Last Day to Wear Shorts
  • Nov 1 – Picture Retakes
  • Nov 2 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • Nov 12 – No School/Veteran’s Day
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note From the Headmaster
  2. Quarter 1 Evaluations
  3. Quarter 2 Tutoring Schedule
  4. Fall Sports Pictures
  5. PSAT 9th-11th Grade
  6. Spirit Week
  7. Winter Sports
  8. Uniforms
  9. Picture Retakes
  10. College Counseling
A Note From the Headmaster
What makes Glendale Prep so wonderful is we are a team. Every faculty member, staff, nurse, college counselor, coach, and parent volunteer are part of a team; we are laboring together and striving for the same goal- to provide an inspiring environment for the next generation to learn and mature and thrive. I was reminded in my first week as Headmaster that our team is truly special, seeing so many moving parts all working for the good of our students. So much work is carried out by our leadership team, who all teach themselves, while also taking on specific responsibilities. It is important to inform you regarding some recent changes to our leadership team.Ms. Erin Hudson and Mr. Joseph Mahar are Assistant Deans this school year. In addition to teaching, Ms. Hudson and Mr. Mahar are actively involved in affirming our school culture through mentorship, coaching students through love and discipline, and in overseeing school events including epic cycles, spirit week, and school dances.  Ms. Hudson has been teaching in the Great Hearts network for 5 years (4 years at GP) and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Child and Family Counseling. Mr. Mahar has taught at Glendale Prep for 7 years and recently earned his Master’s degree in Classical Education.Mr. Weisse is a Dean this school year. He teaches both MS and HS students, observes and coaches our teachers, and oversees Exceptional Student Services, which provides particular support and encouragement for our students. Mr. Weisse has been teaching and in administration at Glendale Prep for 9 years.

Mr. Withers is the Assistant Headmaster this school year. In addition to teaching, Mr. Withers observes our teachers, oversees grading and evaluation as well as academic credit approval and recovery. Mr. Withers has been teaching and in administration in the Great Hearts network for over 7 years (5 years at GP).

My hope in highlighting members of our team is to help you know to whom you can turn with questions or to gather relevant information.

I am certainly grateful for all they do for our community!

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Navarrette

Quarter 1 Evaluations
Evaluations and grades were released this week. If you did not receive your student’s evaluation, please contact Mrs. Hayakawa at Please note, grades will be only available to be viewed until Wednesday, October 24th. You are welcome to print a hard copy and/or save in pdf form for your records.

Quarter 2 Tutoring Schedule
We encourage students to take advantage of tutoring that is offered by our wonderful GP teachers. Please see the updated Quarter 2 Tutoring Schedule here or you can always find it on the GP Website.

Fall Sports Pictures
Fall Sports Pictures and uniform turn-in (for athletes who have finished their season) will be Monday, October 22nd after school. End times for each sport will vary. If you have any questions please contact Athletic Director, Mr. Drake, at

PSAT (9th-11th Grade)
Each fall, Glendale Preparatory Academy provides all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors the opportunity to take the PSAT test, which is a predictor test for the SAT. For juniors it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition. Although only scores from the junior year are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition, we also offer it for sophomores and freshmen. Taking the PSAT is a good opportunity for students to become familiar with both the PSAT and the SAT. This year the PSAT test will be administered on Wednesday, October 24th at 8:00 am and will conclude around 12:00 p.m.

Please ensure your student: (1) gets a good night’s sleep, (2) eats a nourishing breakfast, (3) brings a small snack, (4) arrives to school on time, and (5) has no appointments scheduled before noon.  Additionally, please have him/her bring: (1) extra sharpened #2 pencils and (2) a calculator.

Homecoming Spirit Week
Homecoming Spirit Week – October 22nd-26th
Monday: Literary & Historical Figure Day (Dress up as your favorite character/historical figure)
Tuesday: Locker Decoration Contest (Bring blue & gold decorations & scotch tape to decorate your locker)
Wednesday: Blue and Gold Day (Wear blue and gold socks, bandanas, and hats to school)
Thursday: Class Colors Day & Pep Assembly (Wear a shirt in your assigned class color)
Friday: GP T-Shirt/GP Jersey Day (Wear a Glendale Prep t-shirt or GP athletic jersey)
*Please click here to view the guidelines for Homecoming Week.

Home Volleyball “White Out” Game – Thursday, October 25th
5:00 p.m. JV at GP
6:00 p.m. Varsity at GP
Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Homecoming Football Game – Friday, October 26th 
6:00 p.m. Tailgate at Cortez High School
7:00 p.m. Kick-Off at Cortez High School 
Admission is $2 for students, $5 for adults, or just $1 for students wearing a GP T-Shirt!

High School Homecoming Dance – Saturday, October 27th
“Ride the Tide” and enjoy an evening of hula dancing, dance competition, picture booth and much more. Your Homecoming Dance ticket is $15 through Monday, October 24th, and $20 thereafter. This will give you entry to everything, from dance lessons to the dance itself. Good company will abound; you should be there!
Click on Homecoming Dance to purchase tickets.

Who: 9th-12th grade students
When:  Dance Lessons (mandatory): 6:00 p.m.
Dance: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(No admittance after 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Glendale Prep Gymnasium
Dress Code: Gentlemen should wear slacks or khakis and a button-up shirt. Ties are optional.
Ladies’ dresses should have neck lines within four finger widths below the collar bone. The length of the dress should also not be shorter than four fingers (approx. 2 inches) above the knee. See-through dresses, maxi dresses, or dresses with open backs are not allowed, but dresses may be strapless or have spaghetti straps.
Shoes: As we will be dancing on the gym floor, students may wear athletic shoes with white soles, or they must dance in their socks.

Winter Sports
High School practices (Basketball and Soccer) begin on Monday, October 29th and Middle School practices (Baseball, Softball, & Soccer) begin on Tuesday, October 30th.

You will need to have the following items prior to the first day of practice to be able to participate:

  • Physical Parts A, B, and C & Parent Consent Form filed out and turned in: click here
  • Pay the Athletic Fee: pay here
  • Take and complete the Brainbook online course (high school only): click here

If you have any questions please contact Athletic Director, Mr. Drake at

Per the Family Handbook, “khaki walking shorts, with a belt, may be worn from the beginning of school to the end of October”. As a reminder, gentlemen may not wear white socks with pants, or ankle socks with pants. “Socks must be dark or tan in color, solid-colored, and free of logos or patterns”.

  • Receive 15% off your purchase plus free shipping on orders over $25 with Dennis Uniforms when you shop online, Today, October 19th – Tomorrow, October 20th. Discount taken off automatically at checkout.
  • Enjoy 20% off online Anton Uniforms orders on pants and long sleeve polos starting Sunday, October 21st through Saturday, October 27th. Use the coupon code FALLSALE when checking out.

Picture Retakes
Picture Retake Day is Thursday, November 1st for all grades. If your student missed having their school picture taken, or needs to retake their original photo, please instruct them to go to the camera on this day, as it is the last chance to be photographed for the yearbook. Student who are exchanging portrait packages, must bring their package to the photographer. Pre-order by visiting, Picture Day ID: SR268182Q1.

College Counseling
All Great Hearts Juniors and Parents of Juniors are encouraged to attend the 11th Annual Great Hearts College Symposium tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Scottsdale Preparatory AcademyStudents will only be admitted with their Great Hearts school uniform. The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. College Fair Open for Junior Students Only -Scottsdale Prep Gym
  • 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Parent Presentation for all Junior Parents -Scottsdale Prep Theater
  • 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. College Fair Open for all Junior Students & Parents -Scottsdale Prep Gym
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Optional Presentation for Families interested in the East Coast College Tour in June 2019 -Scottsdale Prep Theater

Students, please continue to check the website for upcoming college visits, and sign up to meet with college representatives on Naviance!

Contact Information
Silvia Hayakawa, Office Manager
shayakawa@glendaleprep.orgAttendance Line:
623-889-0822 Option 1
Websites and Links
Glendale Prep Website
Glendale Prep PSO Website
GP Athletics Website
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2018-19 School Calendar
Event Calendar
Tutoring Schedule
Booster Items
GP Family Handbook
Payment Portal
Family Directory
Lunch Ordering – Password “griffins4”