Weekly Blast 9.25.2020
September 25, 2020 -
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|A Note From Headmaster
I cannot believe we have only one more week in Quarter 1. Thank you for your commitment, patience, and support as we began our school year entirely remote and have transitioned back onsite. This Fall Break is much needed, so teachers and students (and parents) can rest. Conference Week (October 12th-16th) is a wonderful event that highlights our sense of community and partnership with you. There is something truly special and human in sharing time, if only fifteen minutes, to have a brief conversation about each student, discussing a student’s strengths and areas of needed improvement. There is no doubt that Conference Week is exhausting for our teachers, who finish Quarter 1 grading and evaluations the week prior during their Fall break. For this year only, I am making a special request– If you do not believe you necessarily would need or want a conference with your child’s teachers, the idea of a Zoom conference does not seem fitting, or you and your family simply want extended time for a vacation/break without scheduling around a conference, I am asking you to consider forgoing attending this year and not signing up.
However, know this, we will happily join any parent who would like a conference. My request is on behalf of teachers, not a request they asked that I make to you. We understand how vital and necessary a conference is for specific students. We will schedule conferences to begin in the morning and end in the afternoon, but if our teachers can close out each day a bit earlier than 5:30 p.m. because some parents elect not to attend conferences, we understand and see this as simply an opportunity for them to have bit more of a break before Quarter 2.
Project Week/Independent Study Week
6th Grade Lit/Comp:
Middle school students will submit their Project Week assignment on the first day back in the class in which it was assigned (Monday, October 19th is a Block A day, Tuesday, October 20th is a Block B day).
9th -12th Grade Humane Letters: O Pioneers! By Willa Cather, ISBN: 978-1593082055 See link here: (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/o-pioneers-willa-cather/1005704522)
The assignment for high school students will culminate with the Humane Letters Symposium and on Monday, October 19th, a day-long academic conference that will feature seminars and a guest lecture. Please note that the school will be providing pizza for high school students and therefore, should NOT order/pack a lunch unless there are specific dietary needs. PSO will be providing snacks for breaks throughout the day as well.
Great Hearts Telethon
It was truly an entertaining and informative program full of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Here are a few highlights of the day’s event:
The Telethon replaced this year’s annual Great Hearts Gala due to COVID-19. Proceeds raised will go directly into teachers’ pockets as bonus compensation this coming December.
Did you know there is still time to give and honor a teacher today? Donate to the 2020 Teacher Excellence Fund here, or reach out to your Academy Giving Manager to learn more.
The Teacher Excellence Fund bonus awards are distributed every December and are tied to performance, based on Headmaster teaching observations of both synchronous learning and recorded videos, excellence in the classroom, and overall commitment to our core purpose in serving students.
We are pleased to report that of the 578 teachers that received 2019 bonus awards last December, 90% returned to teach at a Great Hearts Academy for the 2020-2021 school year. The purpose to recognize and retain excellent teaching is working.
Thank you for your support of this exciting event benefiting our incredible faculty.
One Location Drop Off
Uniform Policy Reminder
· CLASS OF 2021 STUDENTS AND PARENTS: SAVE THE DATE October 1st at 6:30 p.m. for our Virtual FAFSA Information Workshop
o Every year, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on October 1st for those who are applying to colleges and universities for fall admissions. Completion of this document determines your Need-Based Financial Aid and typically needs to be on file to receive Merit Aid Awards. Lindsay Luzania, ASU Admissions Rep, will present valuable information to our senior families in a virtual format so you will be ready to complete the application. This event is for the Class of 2021 students and parents ONLY. Register here to receive the Zoom link. The Deadline to register is Wednesday, October 31st.
Griffin Merge: GP Athletics is continually striving to provide the best experience, service, and coaching to our student-athletes, their families, and our great coaches. As such, we are transitioning how we communicate from Team App to VNN Team Chat. VNN has several advantages for the Athletic Program in how we operate and communicate.
Effective September 28th, all teams will be using VNN Team Chat for our key communication between coaches and teams instead of Team App. We are calling this process the “Griffin Merge.” Any questions, email email@example.com.
Glendale Prep Home Games (Fan Experience): Great Hearts is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our athletes and visiting teams. This fall, we will offer a limited fan experience with specific rules and protocols. Families of players and coaches will be allowed to attend all home events on campus. Events held in the Gymnasium will ONLY allow for TWO immediate members of the family. Events held outside at GP Stadium will allow up to FOUR immediate members of the family ONLY. This experience will be shared by both the home and visiting schools.
All spectators will be required to do the following:
A new addition to our game experience this year is livestreaming. GP Athletics will livestream all high school events on the Glendale Prep Sports Net. A link to enjoy this experience will be publicized for fan viewing; be sure to follow our social media pages to gain access to the links. Middle School live streaming is still in the works, but our hope is to provide this experience as well.
Sports Highlights: Visit glendaleprepathletics.com for highlights from this past week and articles!
GP Photography: Our GP Photographers are now offering year-round photography! Visit glendaleprepathletics.com – GP Photography for more information on how to retrieve one of their amazing shots of GP Athletic events!
Upcoming Senior Nights
Upcoming Games: Please visit glendaleprepathletics.com for game schedules and updates. Each venue has different spectator guidelines. Please check with your head coach and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org before you plan to attend.
Thank you to our GOLD Level Athletic Sponsors:
Contact them today and tell them Glendale Prep sent you!
To join our Athletic Parent Board email gp_APO@glendaleprep.org with your full name and the sport that your child participates in.
Opt-In Text Communication
Front Office Visitors
Block Schedule Regular and Half Days: Remote & Onsite
*Please note that we will begin again with Block A after Fall Break.*