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Weekly Blast 5.14.2021

May 14, 2021 -

School Dates to Note:

  • May 19 – Spring Sports Ceremony
  • May 21 – Senior Dinner
  • May 22 – 8th Grade Dinner
  • May 24-28 – Early Release 12:05 p.m.
  • May 25-27 – Exams & Textbook Returns
  • May 25 – 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
  • May 28 – Senior Graduation Rehearsal
  • May 28 – Last Day of School
  • May 29 – Class of 2021 Graduation
  • June 4-5 – Uniform Try-On Event
Table of Contents:

  1. A Note From Headmaster
  2. Senior Thesis
  3. Radio Drama Performances
  4. GP Robotics
  5. Junior & Senior Promenade
  6. Uniform Try-On Event
  7. Textbooks
  8. 2021-2022 Change of Plans
  9. France 2020
  10. Q4 Deficiency Notices
  11. Summer School
  12. 2020-2021 Yearbook
  13. Great Hearts Telethon
  14. College Counseling
  15. GP Athletics
  16. Block Schedule: Regular & Half Days
A Note From Headmaster
Hello,As we approach the end of the school year, I wanted to share with our entire community about a special event and new tradition at Glendale Prep for 9th-12th grade students. After we return in the Fall, our entire high school, roughly 300 students and 25 teachers will make a trip to Williams, Arizona, to spend three days and two nights at the Lost Canyon campsite. It will be a special time to be together and create memories we will cherish throughout the rest of the school year. My vision for GP is that we are a place where students are known and loved; I believe this annual retreat will help begin to form lasting friendships for years to come. We need a work crew to be in charge of meal prep, service, and cleanup, so alumni and parents are welcome to reach out to me directly by email to share interest in joining the work crew, free of charge.

For parents of rising 9th-12th grade students, please remember to sign up for the retreat by visiting our payment portal or clicking on the link. 21-22 HS Retreat.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Navarrette

Senior Thesis
Senior Thesis Defense Panels 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.

Upcoming panels:

Senior Student Date & Time
Isabella Klein Monday, May 17th at 3:30 PM
Jacob Johnson Tuesday, May 18th at 3:30 PM

Radio Drama Performances
Lux Toilet Soap and the Glendale Prep 12th Grade Drama class are pleased to present the radio drama adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s American Classic, “Little Women.” Join us as we revisit the world of the March Family as these wonderful students bring this story to life using only voice and foley for the art of live sound effects. Tune in to the GHA YouTube channel on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. so you, too, can revisit your favorite moments from Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and all of the colorful characters of this beloved piece. Enjoy!

Griffin Robotics
One of the GP robotics teams, Griffin Robotics Team #18421, competed in the State Championship, held remotely, for the second time in five years. The team earned 3rd place out of about 35 teams, each of which had to qualify from a larger pool of teams across the state, a major improvement over the previous time the team qualified.

Currently, Griffin Robotics is making plans for next season. You can visit the team’s YouTube channel, shared with our partner team 18421 Metal Masters, linked here. The best match can be watched here and an explanation of the game and its rules can be found here. The team is now recruiting for the next year.

If you would like to support the team, please contact Mr. Roper at

Junior & Senior Promenade
This year’s Glendale Prep Junior and Senior Promenade was a night to remember! Attendees dined on a three-course meal, danced the Rumba, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Swing, and the Fox Trot, and made memories to last a lifetime. The décor for the evening was made possible by the families who entered the table centerpiece décor contest. While the winner was a close call, Mrs. Nora Palubinskas won the vote with Mrs. Catherine Janssen and Mrs. Claudia Waters tying the vote as runners-up.

Runner-Up -Mrs. Catherine Janssen          Runner-Up -Mrs. Claudia Waters

Winner -Mrs. Nora Palubinskas

Thank you Mrs. Rachel Janssen who coordinated the Prom, Mrs. Ziegler who took photographs, the teachers that chaperoned, and all the parents that helped make this year’s Prom a success.

Uniform Try-On Event
Anton Uniforms is conducting a “Try-On” event on campus on June 4th, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and June 5th, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This is a try-on event only; uniforms will not be available for immediate purchase. GP families will be able to purchase online at the event if they wish and receive 15% off their purchase along with free shipping. This is a great opportunity to purchase uniforms and have them shipped instead of having to drive out to the store. Uniforms purchased can be exchanged (with tags on) through August 10th.  Please sign up to schedule a time for your fitting, click here.


The PSO Uniform Sale is scheduled for the Bookstore event happening Monday, July 26th. This is also when students receive their locker assignments, textbooks, schedules, etc. Please SAVE THE DATE and keep an eye out for more information and a sign-up link next month in a separate email.

Glendale Prep is proud to be able to provide physical textbooks for students use. These remain the property of Glendale Prep and should be returned in similar condition at the end of the school year. All students were asked to cover their textbooks to help protect the binding and should have done so at the beginning of the school year.

Please begin to ask your child(ren) if they have all textbooks that were issued to them and if they are in good condition prior to finals, when books will be checked by their teacher. If a book cannot be located and returned by the last day of school, the amount to replace the textbook with a new one will be taken out of the textbook deposit. You can click here to see the list of textbooks for each grade level that is also always available on the GP website.

2021-2022 Change of Plans?
If your plans have changed and your child will not be attending Glendale Prep next school year, please reach out to Mrs. Hayakawa so she can send you the 2021-2022 withdrawal form and place you on the list to receive a textbook deposit refund. Awareness of any non-returning students helps GP with their 2021-2022 budget, and it allows us to offer a seat to a student on the waitlist eagerly awaiting to enter Glendale Prep.

France 2022
Due to the pandemic, the trip to France has been rescheduled. It will take place in June 2022. Spots are still available! Don’t miss this opportunity to join!

Do you want to eat a croissant in a Paris cafe with a view of the Eiffel Tower, chase Marie-Antoinette’s ghost in the Palais of Versailles, feel like a Lord walking in the castles of la Loire, or see the beaches of Normandy where the American and English troops arrived in 1944 to liberate France and Europe? This trip is for you!

An informational meeting will take place in August 2021 with more details, but you can contact Madame Cognet-Pereira now with any questions at Merci!

Quarter 4 Deficiency Notices
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.

Summer School
We are pleased to announce that Glendale Prep will be offering Summer School from June 1st through June 24th.  All classes will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Click HERE to view the brochure.

The following classes will be offered Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.:

  • Math Foundations (incoming 6th graders) – Mr. Thompson
  • Algebra I/II (rising 7th and 8th graders) – Mr. Selle
  • High School Algebra (refresher for high school students) – Mrs. Christensen

The following classes will be offered Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.:

  • Literature and Composition Foundations (incoming 6th and rising 7th graders)- Mr. Wiebe
  • Latin I/II (rising 7th and 8th graders who struggled in Latin) – Mr. Tierney

The following class will be offered Tuesday-Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. June 1st through June 10th ONLY:

  • Study Skills (incoming 6th and rising 7th graders) – Mr. Wiebe

Additionally, we are pleased to share that we will offer both High School Art and Drama this summer. The High School Art Workshops will be led by Mrs. Mure. She is offering three one-week workshops between June 1st and June 17th (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). Students can sign up for one, two, or all three workshops. The High School Drama Workshop will be led by Mrs. LeTrent and students will perform the musical “Into the Woods.” It is audition-based with auditions held on May 20th; click here to sign up for auditions. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 14th through July 8th (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) with performances on July 9th and 10th.

You can obtain more details and enroll here:

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.”


Planning for the Great Hearts 2021 Telethon, coming September 25th, is in full swing! As a Great Hearts parent, you know the success of our school truly lies in the passion, talent, and dedication of our teachers. The Great Hearts Telethon supports Glendale Prep’s Teacher Excellence Fund, which recognizes and rewards our great teachers. We are currently looking for event sponsors, live-auction items, and hourly raffle items to help raise money during the telethon. If you or your business can help, please contact Cathy Sparks in Academy Giving at for more information.

College Counseling

·      JUNIORS: Be on the lookout for an email from College Counseling containing important information regarding deadlines and Application Boot Camp schedules. Workshops begin Wednesday, July 28, and conclude Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Not all students will need to attend every workshop. Please use the guide within the email to assist you in determining what workshops are appropriate for your participation. On Wednesday, August 4th all of our in-state college applications will be completed in two-hour workshop sessions with our Admissions Reps. We recommend applying to at least one in-state school, so please note that day on your calendars. NOTE:  receipt page is included and needs to be signed and returned to Mrs. Smith by Friday, May 21. All information is also posted in the College Counseling Google Classroom Stream.

·      ASU/Barrett Honors College:  Are now offering limited in-person information sessions and tours. Please use this LINK to schedule.

GP Athletics

GP Athletics is offering car sunshades for $20.00 each. To purchase, visit the GP payment portal and protect your car from the heat TODAY. Click here to purchase!

Spring Ceremony: The Spring Sports Ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 19th, at 5:30 p.m. This event will feature middle and high school students; two parents are invited per student. Please plan to stay and fellowship with us from 7:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. on the blacktop and field. We will have refreshments and socially distance games for families to participate in. Formal attire for the event is required. For students, ladies should wear knee-length dresses or formal dress pants, and gentlemen should wear a tie and slacks or button-up collared shirt.

Summer Training Links & Information

Volleyball Summer Camps (MS/HS): 2021 Volleyball Camps & Contact Coach Roberge, for information on the summer training schedule.

Football Summer Camp (HS): GP Football Summer Camp & Contact Coach Addicott, for information on the summer training schedule.

Girls Basketball (MS/HS): Inaugural NEXT LEVEL Basketball Camp Contact Coach MJ, for questions or concerns about summer.

Boys Basketball (HS): Contact Coach Brown for questions or concerns about summer.-

Golf (HS/MS): Contact Coach McNee for questions or concerns about

Softball (HS): Contact Coach Barnes for questions or concerns about summer. –

Girls Soccer (HS/MS): . Contact Coach Ramsey for questions or concerns about summer.

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, Nally Paint Co., and Shipley Orthodontics 
Contact them today and tell them Glendale Prep sent you!

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