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Weekly Blast 4.9.2021

April 10, 2021 -

School Dates to Note:

  • Apr 13-16 AzSci 8th & 11th Grade
  • Apr 19-20 All School Off-Site Learning
  • Apr 23 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • 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. AzSci Testing
  4. Junior and Senior Prom
  5. Prom Center Piece Contest
  6. Prom Dance Lessons
  7. London Summer 2022
  8. GP Tote Bags
  9. 2020-2021 Yearbook
  10. Teacher and Parent Summer Enrichment
  11. Tax Time
  12. Great Hearts Telethon
  13. College Counseling
  14. GP Athletics
  15. GP Block Schedule: Regular & Half Days
A Note From Headmaster

Hello Parents,

“Coffee with the Headmaster” was something I very much enjoyed pre-Covid. It was an opportunity for parents to come and spend time with myself, members of administration, and fellow parents. The event began with a brief conversation of a topic that was on my mind, followed by classroom visits, and ending with parents sharing thoughts and observations from popping into various classes. Last year we spoke about contentment. It can be so difficult to help our children work through the lack of contentment; so often we can see the source of our discontentment as something external when it could be something internal; it may be merely a matter of changing our perspective or seeking to find the good in every circumstance that helps us break through to find joy and hope. I do not think the timing is right to resurrect “Coffee with the Headmaster,” but I do invite you to reach out to me to chat and even visit the campus, not as a group but individually. The topic on my mind, which will also be the topic for the next year, is “how students can feel or not feel part of a community.” What can we as parents and a school do to help guide them to become part of a community and welcome others into their community? I hope to glean wisdom from many of you as you share your thoughts on this topic.


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
Lauren Kawashima Monday, April 12th at 3:30 PM
Libby Trimble Monday, April 12th at 3:45 PM
Damilola Oyelakin Tuesday, April 13th at 3:30 PM
Shristi Lolam Tuesday, April 13th at 3:45 PM
Lexy Pratte Wednesday, April 14th at 3:30 PM
Rose Clouse Wednesday, April 14th at 3:45 PM
Maddie Forman Thursday, April 15th at 3:30 PM
Jazlynn Damasco Thursday, April 15th at 3:45 PM
Anthony Dela Cruz Friday, April 16th at 3:30 PM
Dylan Ogle Friday, April 16th at 3:45 PM

AzSci Testing
All 8th and 11th grade students will be participating in AzSCI on April 13th – 16th during their scheduled science classes. Considering the standardized nature of the test, it will not be possible to reschedule the test if your student is absent. Therefore, it is important that your student is present on the day of testing.

8th and 11th grade Distance Learners, an email was sent to you by Ms. Like from, please refer to the email for information on the AzSci and what this looks like for your student.

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
4/13 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.)
4/14 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.)
None 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.)
None None

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 April 20th at 7:00 p.m. to learn more. Registration is mandatory, but also very easy! Click here:

GP Tote Bags
GP totes are available for $10 by credit card on the PSO Online Spirit Store or $10 cash in the front office. This is the only bag that students may bring into the classroom.

2020-2021 Yearbook
Click here to reserve your GP Yearbook now on the GP Payment Portal. You can have your student’s name imprinted on the GP Yearbook by clicking here.

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 Time

We are less than two weeks from TAX DAY!  **Be aware, although the Federal deadline for filing taxes has been moved to May 17th, the deadline for filing Arizona State taxes remains April 15th.**  Please take advantage of the Arizona Public School Tax Credit. You can deduct up to $400 from your tax bill when you give your tax credit to Glendale Prep. Simply click here to give! For questions call Cathy Sparks 623.889.0822.


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

·   JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES: 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.

·   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.

·      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
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

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:

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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!

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