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Weekly Blast 4.16.2021

April 15, 2021 -

School Dates to Note:

  • Apr 19-20 All School Off-Site Learning
  • Apr 23 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • Apr 23 – House T-Shirt Day!
  • Apr 23 – Final Senior Retreat (Onsite)
  • Apr 30 – Matriculation Day
  • May 1 – Junior & Senior Prom
  • May 7 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • May 14 – Senior Collages Due
  • May 21 – Senior Dinner
  • May 24-28 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • May 28 – Senior Graduation Rehearsal
  • May 28 – Last Day of School
  • May 29 – Class of 2021 Graduation
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note From Headmaster
  2. Senior Thesis
  3. House T-Shirt Day
  4. Junior and Senior Prom
  5. Prom Center Piece Contest
  6. Prom Dance Lessons
  7. London Summer 2022
  8. Class of 2021
  9. 2020-2021 Yearbook
  10. Teacher & Parent Summer Enrichment
  11. Tax Credit Goal!
  12. Great Hearts Telethon
  13. College Counseling
  14. GP Athletics
  15. GP Block Schedule: Regular & Half Days
A Note From Headmaster
Hello Parents,

Monday and Tuesday will be asynchronous learning days. Students will not report to campus nor will they join any zoom meeting for live instruction. Rather, they will work at home on assignments that will require the designated class and homework time to complete.

I end my blast by sharing news that you might have already heard. Mr. Kersting will become the Archway Scottsdale Headmaster next year. I am excited for this opportunity for him to bless another community. I am so thankful to Mr. Kersting for his influence in my life, given his role as colleague and friend. Please share your congratulations and farewells with him directly; I know he will appreciate it.


Mr. Navarrette

Senior Thesis
Senior Thesis Defense Panels are quickly approaching! All panels will consist of two main parts: 1) The Thesis Presentation: a brief presentation (of about 10 minutes) in which the student will highlight the essential ideas of the paper; and 2) The Thesis Panel Discussion: a panel of three faculty readers will be convened to conduct a discussion with the student about his or her Thesis. Parents are invited to attend. Please enter through the front office.

Next week the following students will have their panels:

Senior Student Date & Time
Remini Kinman Monday, April 19th at 3:30 PM
Ethan Heptig Monday, April 19th at 3:45 PM
Abigail Palubinskas Tuesday, April 20th at 3:30 PM
Camille Scoffield Tuesday, April 20th at 3:45 PM
Sarah Scheitelman Wednesday, April 21st at 3:30 PM
Chaitrali Kambli Wednesday, April 21st at 3:45 PM
Ryan Byrne Thursday, April 22nd at 3:30 PM
Lola Rougemont Thursday, April 22nd at 3:45 PM
Annika Chang Friday, April 23rd at 12:30 PM
Aidan O’Meara Friday, April 23rd at 12:45 PM

House T-Shirt Day!
It’s time to compete for honor, glory, and bragging rights! This coming Early Release Day, on Friday, April 23rd, students are encouraged to show their House Spirit–the house with the most student participation WINS!

Students must wear: uniform shoes, a uniform belt, and uniform pants/shorts/skirt. Students have the option of wearing either their house shirt or their uniform shirt.

How else can students show their House Spirit?

  • Students CAN wear: ribbons, hair clips, hair accessories, headbands, scrunchies, sweatbands, scarves, bandanas, *house color nail polish, *house color temporary hair color, house inspired jewelry, house color socks, or house animal socks. Encourage them to be creative! Students CAN have props. BUT, NO weapon-like props; and props must be removable from their person and capable of fitting inside of their locker, if needed. (Props should be stored during class so learning is free from distraction.) Students CAN wear hats! BUT, their hats must be OFF during class.
  • Students CANNOT wear: full-face coverings, sunglasses, face paint, brand logos/pop culture references.

*Nails and hair must be back in uniform on Monday, April 26th.

If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to Mrs. LeTrent for assistance. We hope to see a colorful campus bursting with House Spirit on the 23rd!

Junior and Senior Prom

Juniors and Seniors are invited to the 2021 Glendale Preparatory Prom located at the
Blackstone Country Club in Vistancia on Saturday, May 1st.

Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 p.m. (no admission after 6:30 p.m.)
Cost: $90 per guest

  • Tickets are payable in advance only (not at the door) and are non-refundable.
  • Signed permission slips must be turned in to the front office by the deadline.
  • ONLY GP juniors and seniors may attend.
  • Five dance lessons are required.
  • See permission slip for dress code guidelines and reach out to Mrs. LeTrent with any questions.
  • Dinner is gluten-free. If you would like a vegetarian meal, please contact Mrs. Janssen right away.
  • This is a closed event – no student will be allowed to leave and then return. Students must arrive no later than 6:30 p.m., and they may not leave until it is over at 10:00 p.m.
  • Photos will be taken at Prom at no cost to students. By signing the permission form, you give permission for your student’s image to be shared via a link sent to GP families of juniors and seniors.

STRICT DEADLINE for permission form AND ticket purchase: Monday, April 19th. 
Click here to purchase tickets.

Prom Center Piece Contest
Glendale Prep invites our parent and family community to join in on the tabletop decor for this year’s GP Promenade by entering our first annual tabletop centerpiece decor contest! This year’s theme is Great Gatsby.

  • Centerpiece designs will be voted on by students and faculty during prom.  The winner will be announced the following week in the GP Weekly Blast
  • The winner will not only have the honor as the victor of the first Annual Prom Décor Contest but will also be able to choose from one of the following prizes:
    • 2021 Prom ticket refund for one ticket purchased
    • Reserved seating for 2021 graduation ceremony (selection available to senior family only)
    • A $50 payment portal credit to apply to a future portal purchase

Click here for more information. By signing up you are committing to set up all decor items on Saturday, May 1st OR provide them to the school by Friday, April 30The last day to sign up is April 19th! Join the fun; this year’s juniors and seniors deserve it! Click here to sign up. Email any questions to Rachel Janssen-

Prom Dance Lessons
Juniors and Seniors attending prom must attend five hours of dance lessons. Please reach out to Mrs. Janssen with any questions.

Mondays Tuesdays Fridays Saturdays
      4/17 ACG MPR
9:00 AM-11:00 AM
2 Hour Block Only
Students attend for the full 2-hour lesson.
4/19  GP Gym
(No Onsite School)

11:00 AM-1:00 PM
2 Hour Block Only
Students attend for the full
2-hour lesson.
4/20  GP Gym
(No Onsite School)

11:00 AM-1:00 PM
2 Hour Block Only
Students attend for the full
2-hour lesson.
4/23 GP Gym
9:00 AM-10:00 AM

*Seniors Only (Senior Retreat)


4/24 ACG MPR
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
2 Hour Block Only
Students attend for the full 2-hour lesson.
4/26 Room 305
3:30 PM-4:30 PM and
4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Students may attend
for one hour or two hours
(not required to stay for the entire 2 hour time.)
4/27 Room 305
3:30 PM-4:30 PM and
4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Students may attend
for one hour or two hours
(not required to stay for the entire 2 hour time.)

London Summer 2022
It’s time to start that packing list! Get ready to participate in a Globe Theatre workshop, get a behind-the-scenes look on a backstage tour, enjoy theater performances, visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, and much more!

Students are invited to join Mrs. LeTrent in England for Summer 2022! RSVP for the virtual information session on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. to learn more. An RSVP for the information session is mandatory, so you can receive the Zoom link for the meeting. Click here:

Class of 2021
Graduation Rehearsal (required) – Friday, May 28th: Rehearsal will take place at Glendale Nazarene Church, at 2:30 p.m. (this is an early release day). Rehearsal should take approximately one hour, and all seniors and faculty members are required to attend.

Senior Graduation – Saturday, May 29th: Graduation begins at 2:00 p.m. at Glendale Nazarene Church (5902 W. Cactus Rd. Glendale, AZ 85304). We ask seniors to arrive dressed in their cap, gown, stole, and tassel by 1:00 p.m. There will be light refreshments after the ceremony.

Each senior will receive four tickets to the ceremony. Students will receive tickets along with their ordered cap, gown, stole, and tassel on April 22nd, during lunch/lyceum in the courtyard.

There are a limited number of extra seats available, if you need additional tickets, please email Ms. Like at and provide a brief explanation of why you are requesting extra tickets.

2020-2021 Yearbook
Click here to reserve your GP Yearbook now on the GP Payment Portal. Not sure if you’ve preordered? Check your GP Payment Portal account by logging in and clicking the “Account” tab then “Order History.”

The Academy for Classical Teachers -And Parents Too!
The Academy for Classical Teachers provides online summer enrichment for all classical educators. You are your children’s first educators in the home, so you are invited to join us! Learn more about the great authors that inspire our classical curriculum, like Boethius, Tocqueville, Shakespeare, Du Bois, Xenophon, and Aristotle. You can even learn Latin! To see all our course offerings and registration information, click here.

Tax Credit Goal!

Thank you Glendale Prep community for helping us reach our Arizona Public School Tax Credit goal! Because of YOU, we raised over $120,000 supporting athletics, extra-curricular clubs, next year’s field trips, and character-building programs. We are truly grateful, and we thank you for investing in our scholars, athletes, and future leaders of tomorrow! WE ARE GP!


Glendale Prep 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. Last year, Glendale Prep teachers received over $20,000 from this incredible event! This year’s Telethon will take place on September 25th. We invite you to be a part of something great and join the Glendale Prep’s Telethon Committee. A full description of the position can be found here. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact Haley Kucharo at

College Counseling

·   MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY: Summer Health Careers Institute for high school students takes place July 12-July 16. View detailed information and application HERE. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2021


o    Barrett, the Honors College at ASU is offering a virtual information session to Great Hearts students and parents on Saturday, April 17th from 11:00 a.m. to noon. The presentation will be followed by a virtual tour of campus. For registration details, view this FLYER.

o    Grand Canyon University will present a virtual information session on Tuesday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m. Email Mrs. Smith at if you plan to attend and receive the Zoom link. You must wear your school uniform when attending the session.

o    Templeton Honors College Rep will present in-person on campus on Wednesday, April 21st at 12:05 p.m. in the Library. Students should RSVP on the sign-up sheet on the College Counseling bulletin board or email Mrs. Smith at

·   SENIORS:  Please make sure to regularly check the College Counseling Google Classroom for announcements and assignments. As we near the completion of school, you will have some Naviance housekeeping to finish and surveys to indicate participation in year-end events. It is extremely important you complete these tasks within the proper timeframe.

GP Athletics

The weather is getting hotter and the leather in the car is burning your skin. Is this something you can relate to? If so, we have the solution! GP Athletics is offering car sunshades for the limited time offer of $15.00 each until April 23rd. After the 23rd, the price of shades goes up to $20.00 each. To purchase, visit the GP payment portal and protect your car from the heat TODAY. Click here to purchase!

Wiffle Ball Tournament: On Saturday, April 24th, GP Athletics will host our first annual “Golden Grif Wiffle Ball Tournament”! We are inviting Archway & Prep families to participate (5th grade – Up). Students and parents alike can participate, and each team is guaranteed two games. Teams must have four players each and we are capping participation at16 teams. The participation fee is $40.00 and registration must be complete by April 21st. Click here to register your team now.

8th Grade Football (Weights): Are you an 8th grader looking to get ready for the upcoming High School Football season? Well look no further, GP Athletics is now offering workouts for 8th grade boys! Coach Addicott and GP Football are ready to rock and we need you. Sign your son up today and get them prepared for next year’s season! For more information and sign-up details, click here: 8th Grade Football Workouts.

9th – 12th Grade Football Camp: If you’re interested in playing HS Football next year, it’s time to get ready. Get ready to lace ’em up and work on your game for next season. NEXT WEEK, GP football will hold their FREE football camp for 9th – 12th grade students. Monday – Thursday, starting at 6:00 p.m., GP Football will get after it with Coach Addicott and the staff. We’re excited to see you. If you’re interested, contact Coach Addicott at

HS Workouts (OPEN TO ALL HIGH SCHOOLERS): GP Athletics is excited to announce to start of High School Workout Clinics! High school students 9th – 12th grades (boys & girls) will have the chance to attend workout sessions to improve strength, speed, and agility! To learn more and sign up, click here: GP Open Workout Clinics

BECOME A SPONSOR: Are you a small business owner? 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, Nally Paint Co., and Shipley Orthodontics 
Contact them today and tell them Glendale Prep sent you!

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