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Weekly Blast 10.26.18

October 27, 2018 -
School Dates to Note:

  • 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 9-10 – Griffin Players Performance
  • Nov 12 – No School/Veteran’s Day
  • Nov 13 – Fall Sports Awards Ceremony
  • Nov 14 – 6th Grade Field Trip
  • Nov 15 – PSO Restaurant Night
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note From the Headmaster
  2. Quarter 2 Tutoring Schedule
  3. Homecoming
  4. Winter Sports
  5. Uniforms
  6. Picture Retakes
  7. Griffin Players Performance
  8. Fall Sports Awards Ceremony
  9. GP Spain Trip -Summer 2020
  10. Community Investment
  11. College Counseling
A Note From the Headmaster
Spirit Week has come and gone! It was wonderful to see student creativity and camaraderie. In the midst of the elaborate costumes and locker decorations and vibrant class colors, there were moments of serious and meaningful reflection. On Tuesday, we held our annual blazer ceremony. This is a special event where our Sophomores receive their tie and our Juniors receive their blazer. What made the blazer ceremony unique this week is that our own seniors presented the sophomores with ties and placed blazers on our Juniors.During the ceremony, one of our seniors, Maggie Wright, shared about the significance of the blazer with her peers, sharing, “I challenge you not to look on your blazer as just another article of clothing but let it serve as a reminder of all the hard work each of you have put in and the community you get to be a part of every day. Let it push you to continue your hard work and keep striving to get better”. Our beloved Mr. Mobbs helped our student body come to see the importance of the blazer as a sign of accomplishment, yes, but also a sign of responsibility and expectation. He helped work out an apparent paradox regarding the uniform, stating, “On the one hand, I admit your self-expression is limited while in uniform. On the other hand, I’d go so far as to say that you are most free to be your own-most self when you are in uniform. All ostentation, all distinction of wealth and class and taste, all in-group signaling is nullified by the uniform, and the only way you have to represent yourself is through good words well spoken—I see you less than I hear your eloquence, yes, and also your honesty, humility, sincerity, and seriousness”. Mr. Mobbs is so right! It has never been about the uniform the student is wearing but about the person wearing the uniform. That is what we celebrated this week -our students.At one point in the ceremony, I had the pleasure to look into the eyes of each of our students after he or she put on the blazer for the first time and cherished every smile and every hand shake. I could not help but think about all the history, personality, interaction, joy, sorrow, hard work, stress, perseverance, and genuine care that permeated through each smile. It was a moment I will cherish forever.I am writing this with the Fall Sports Pep Assembly fresh in my mind, and the assembly was entirely planned and led by our Seniors! And now tonight is our Homecoming game! I hope to see all of you there. It will be an amazing time when our students and graduates come together to cherish the bond we share -WE ARE GP!

Go Griffins!

Mr. Navarrette

Quarter 2 Tutoring UPDATED 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.

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. 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
Attention all Middle School Soccer Players!

  • Boys tryouts are Tuesday, October 30th, Wednesday October 31st and Friday, November 2nd from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Glendale Prep.
  • Girls tryouts are Tuesday, October 30th and Thursday, November 1st from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Glendale Prep.

Players need to bring a ball, soccer attire, shin guards and long socks.

Just a reminder, High School and Middle School practices begin next week.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”.

  • 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. Students who are exchanging portrait packages, must bring their package to the photographer. Pre-order by visiting, Picture Day ID: SR268182Q1.

Griffin Players Performance
The Griffin Players return on November 9th and 10th with the raucous romp by William Shakespeare. Every sixth grader reads it in lit-comp, now enjoy it live with the whole family! This play has it all, slapstick, mistaken identity, twins, romance, family reunions, and more twins! Come see a talented cast of high school students and faculty in this high-speed, mad-cap Comedy of Errors. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for others, and are available now on the payment portal. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 9th and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10th. 

Fall Sports Awards Ceremony
We would like to invite you to our Fall Sports Award Ceremony on Tuesday, November 13th. We will be honoring our teams from both the Middle School and High School on that night in the Glendale Prep Gymnasium. Middle School awards will begin at 7:00 p.m. and High School at 8:00 p.m. There will be a 15 minute intermission between the two ceremonies to celebrate with cake. Those families who do not have high school athletes may leave after cake; however, you are more than welcome to attend both ceremonies. Young men should wear a dress shirt and tie, and ladies should wear a dress no shorter than 2 inches above the knee or dress pants. We hope you all can make it, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr. Drake at

GP Spain Trip -Summer 2020
Exciting news! Glendale Prep is organizing a trip to Spain with EF Tours for high school students in June 2020. It will be a 10-day trip that will include Madrid, Seville, Malaga and other exciting cities. Students will have the opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of the Spanish culture, from tapas and flamenco in Toledo to the staggeringly complex Alhambra palace in Granada. RSVP for the informational meeting on Tuesday, November 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at this link: If you have any questions, please email Mr. Allison at

Community Investment
Humane Letters is the capstone course of the Great Hearts high school experience! Students strive to better understand the world around them through the ideas of those who came before us. For this reason, Humane Letters is first and foremost a Great Books seminar, in which the reading and Socratic discussion of great works compose the course.

Your Community Investment supports this course and each student’s high school experience.

We are honored to publicly recognize those families and friends who have contributed to this year’s Community Investment campaign. Please click here for a listing of donors as of October 24, 2018.

To make a pledge to Glendale Prep’s 2018-19 Community Investment campaign you can:

Thank you for supporting our scholars!

College Counseling
Congratulations to all of our 9th-11th graders who worked so hard on their PSAT test this week. We are very proud of the wonderful job they did!

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
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2018-19 School Calendar
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GP Family Handbook
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