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Weekly Blast 2.12.2021

February 11, 2021 -

School Dates to Note:

  • 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 1-11 – Re-Enrollment (Online)
  • 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)
  • Mar 22 – Uniform Shorts Allowed
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note From Headmaster
  2. COVID Prevention
  3. Quarter 3 Deficiency Notices
  4. Re-Enrollment
  5. Great Hearts Telethon
  6. College Counseling
  7. GP Athletics
  8. GP Block Schedule: Regular & Half Days
A Note From Headmaster


This last week we welcomed new parents to Glendale Prep, both onsite and via Zoom. I always marvel at how well Mrs. Hayakawa and the team organize the event, welcome our parents, and share information for a smooth transition from Archway or from a different school. Mr. Withers and I enjoyed our brief time with parents as we took them on a school tour and spoke about our school, its philosophy, and distinctives. It can be good to look back over the years and remember why we chose this school for our children. Mrs. Hayakawa shared with parents how Glendale Prep’s emphasis on structure and moral character was the draw for her and her family. For some of you, it might have been the rigorous academic course of study or smaller class size. I wanted to share a few of the philosophical principles of our school, hoping these will remind us of the great work we share together in offering our children this formative education.

We believe that the world is ordered and knowable and that the human intellect, while imperfect, can attain knowledge of reality through reason, hard work, and a coherent program of study.

We believe that truth exists, and we must seek it relentlessly by disciplined study and good-willed conversation.

We do not dispute the usefulness of a liberal arts education, and we gladly prepare our students for college studies, but our main purpose is the formation of the heart and mind.

The greatest number of our students benefit when the intellectual and moral bar is set high in the classroom. Lowering expectations is an act of misguided sympathy, not of love and mercy.

[We] do not deploy a “character curriculum.” Students are formed by the culture of the school, implied and explicit, and each student’s choices to lead within it.

Enjoy the extended weekend,

Mr. Navarrette

COVID Prevention
Please keep students home at the onset of anyone living in the home exhibiting COVID like symptoms. This will help keep teachers and students in class and our campus running.

Call or email the attendance line, and students will be marked COVID Quarantine Excused Absence as long as details are left in the message so the office can excuse the absence. Email or call 623-889-0822 ext. 4.

Quarter 3 Deficiency Notices
Quarter 3 Deficiencies were sent out this week. If your student receives a Deficiency Notice, please talk it over with your child so a plan of action can be put into place for future success. Students are encouraged to reach out to their teachers to follow up with a plan to improve. Teachers are always available to help students during tutoring hours.

Re-enrollment is coming! This will be the time to indicate your intent to return to Glendale Prep and secure your child’s seat for the 2021-2022 school year. Emails for current 6th-11th graders will be sent out the week of March 1st from the Great Hearts’ lead office. More information coming soon!

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. For more information about the Teacher Excellence Fund, please contact Cathy Sparks at

College Counseling

·      GREAT HEARTS COLLEGE SYMPOSIUM: Available to current 10th and 11th graders; this event is taking place virtually on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.-noon. This is a terrific opportunity to interact with over 60 confirmed colleges and universities attending the virtual college fair. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. You must pre-register to attend. See the FLYER for details on how to RSVP and pre-register.

·      JUNIORS: The next College 101 session will take place on February 19th. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about each of our three in-state public universities. Students are required to attend at least one session. Remember to complete the RSVP survey posted on Google Classroom by the end of business Wednesday, February 17th. You can locate the Zoom links for each presentation 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
Spring Sports – Around the Corner: Are you interested in joining a spring sport? Visit and sign up for the upcoming spring sports! GP offers both middle school and high school sports during the spring. For more information on preseason open fields or gyms, contact one of our coaches below.

Coach DiPietro (MS Girls Basketball) –
Coach Roundy (MS Boys Basketball) –
Coach Fuller (MS Track) –
Coach Belanger (MS Tennis) –
Coach Costina (MS Swim) –

Coach Sanchez (HS Baseball) –
Coach Barnes ( HS Softball) –
Coach Webdale (HS Track) –
Coach Cecil (HS Tennis) –
Coach McNee (HS Golf) –

Spring Town Hall: Please keep an eye out for the upcoming Spring Sports Virtual Town Hall. This event will educate families on the upcoming seasons, as well as, the spring policies and procedures. Stay tuned!

BECOME A SPONSOR: Do you have a family-owned business? Do you want to support the vision of GP Athletics? Become a sponsor today! Click this link to learn more: Annual Athletic Sponsorship.

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. 


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”