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Principal's Newsletter


Principal’s Newsletter

June 2017


The following prayer is used to close every school day at Gonzaga Prep,

therefore it seems an appropriate prayer for the last newsletter of the school year:


May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

May the Lord look upon you with favor and grant you peace.


Dear Parents and Guardians,


You may imagine the halls of Gonzaga Prep are quiet after the last day of classes, but one quick visit to campus will change that image. Many students of all ages are registered for summer school and camps, such as:  Science Safari, Art, Cast of Characters, baseball, cross country, football, basketball and study skills.  A deep cleaning and refresh of the school buildings are underway, construction on the locker rooms and athletic facilities continue, and we are preparing for the next school year.  Please check the website if you are interested in registering for a summer camp.


When we think about summer, we also share your concern for your son or daughter's safety.  In April we spent a week focused on healthy decision making and wellness.  We hope you will keep those conversations alive with your children during the summer months - especially in regard to their decisions regarding drugs and alcohol. Research shows that teens who are left home alone overnight are twice as likely to have used alcohol or marijuana and three times more likely to use tobacco.  Please take a moment to communicate your expectations about your home and vacation spots being a drug free place for your children and their friends.   As we have encouraged in the past, please call each other - communicate and inquire if a parent or guardian will be present at all gatherings your son or daughter wants to attend.  Offering to send chips, cookies or soda is always a good reason to call. Despite what your children may say:  you are not the only parent who calls. The School Directory on Skyward Family Access will assist you in communicating with other parents.  We all need to work together to keep our students safe and healthy.


At this time, we would like to share some information with you that may help you plan for the 2017-18 school year;
including the academic calendar that is attached to this page.


During this past school year we celebrated many victories and many first place finishes in fine arts, academics and athletics. Attached to this page you will find a list of the impressive accomplishments and awards earned by our students, faculty and coaches.


When we reflect on our successes, challenges and growth, we know that we are abundantly blessed.  We are grateful for the many opportunities we experience during the school year to see God in our students, faculty and staff, and our generous benefactors.


May God bless you and your families during this beautiful gift of summer,

Cindy Reopelle


509-483-8511 ext. 403 creopelle@gprep.com



Summer Office Hours

The School Office, Registrar, Treasurer and Development Offices will be open this summer as follows:

June       Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

July        Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4 pm (closed on Friday)

August 1-11 Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4 pm (closed on Friday)

August 14-18 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

August 21 All offices return to normal schedule:   7:30 am to 4 pm


August Activities


Wednesday, August 23

9:00- 12:00

Freshman Orientation

Thursday, August 24


Freshman & Transfer Student Orientation



Returning Student Check-In; Parking Sign- Up



Freshman Dance



Parent Orientation

Wednesday, August 30


First Day of School



From the Academic Vice Principal’s Office, Derek Duchesne:

509-483-8511 ext. 414 email: dduchesne@gprep.com



Your student’s schedule for the 2017-2018 school year is available in Skyward.  The order of classes and teachers were randomly selected by our computer software and are subject to change over the next few weeks.  Please check your student’s schedule for accuracy.


Schedule changes for current students:  Schedule changes will not be made based on teacher preference. If a schedule change is needed, schedule changes will be done in the Counseling Center on the following dates:  

Wednesday, August 9: 12-3 pm

Wednesday August 16: 12-3 pm

Monday, August 21: 12-3 pm

Schedule changes in August must be made in person, so you can:  fill out the paperwork, pay the $5 fee, and discuss how the changes impact the rest of your student’s schedule.


Schedule changes for incoming freshmen:  Many freshmen schedule changes can be made over the phone or by email.  Please contact me directly for schedule changes.



You will receive an email in August letting you know  our Virtual Bookstore is open.  Using your student’s schedule, you will be able to purchase books.  You can find tutorials on our website for purchasing books.


Required Apps:

The list of required apps for school is available on our website.  Please click here to see the list of required apps.



From the Office of Student Life

Dean of Students, Peggy Haun-McEwen

509-483-8511 ext. 423 email: pmcewen@gprep.com

Student Life Assistant: Jill Benson 509-483-8513 email: attendance@gprep.com


Happy summer from the Dean of Students!  Though this last school year just came to an end, I want to share some changes to the handbook, and other information, to help you prepare for the 2017-18 school year.  The Student Handbook is available online.  In August, students and parents will be asked to sign forms acknowledging the school policies and pledging a commitment to the mission of Gonzaga Prep.


Lockers and Locks

Locker assignments will be posted to your student’s Skyward account the week prior to Orientation and Returning Student Check-In.  Students  can move into their lockers during Orientation and Returning Student Check-In on August 24th.   Returning students have school-approved locks, and incoming freshmen will receive locks at orientation. Locks can be purchased at Student Check-In, if a returning student misplaced his or her lock from this year.   Students are expected to keep their main hall lockers and their physical education lockers locked at all times.  


Dress Code

As you prepare to do your back to school shopping for the fall, the following guidelines might be helpful.  As always, our dress code is intended to create an academic environment, so please keep the following in mind:

  • No pants with frays or holes.
  • Skirts and dresses must reach the top of the knee when standing upright.  The top of the knee rule applies for skirts and dresses when wearing leggings as well.
  • Yoga pants, Jeggings, and any other excessively tight clothing are NEVER allowed.
  • Shorts must have a minimum 7 inch inseam.
  • Appropriate tops must have sleeves and no inappropriate logos or messages.  Necklines must not reveal any cleavage. Shoulders, backs, and midriffs should not be seen. Shirts with cutouts are not allowed.
  • Hats and hoods are not to worn in the school building during the school day.



Parking passes for the 2017-18 school year will be available on August 24 (the same day as Returning Student Check-In and ASB pictures). The forms will be available online in August. In order to obtain a parking pass a student must come in person with the following:

  1. Parking Pass Forms completed with required signatures
  2. Copy of driver’s license
  3. Payment:  $40 for carpools and $50 for single drivers

On August 24th, please come at the following times:

  • Carpool drivers: 1:00-1:30
  • Seniors:  1:30-2:00
  • Juniors:  2:00-2:30

Sophomore drivers will need to wait until the first week of school to see if there are available spots.


Please do not mail or drop off forms.  Students that cannot come in on August 24th can see the Dean or the Student Life Assistant the first week of school for available passes.   Students that obtain their license after the start of the school year, may check in with the Dean’s office to purchase a spot if there are any available.


Attendance: We would like to reinforce the importance of arriving to school on time and attending classes. Please read the following parts of our attendance policy for the upcoming school year:

  • Absences:  A student will be sent a letter after 10 absences in a class (per semester) requesting a written explanation of absences and a plan for improvement.  After 15 absences in a class, a student will only be eligible to receive a Pass/Fail grade in the course.  After 20 absences in a class, a student will be withdrawn from the course and receive a Failing grade.  Special consideration will be given for medically necessary absences and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
    • Extending vacations during school breaks could have serious academic consequences.  
    • The Semester Exam Policy states that a student that misses a semester exam due to vacation or similar reasons will receive a failing grade for the exam.
  • Tardies:  A student’s parent may excuse up to 5 tardies per semester for car trouble, traffic, weather, etc.  Once a student has 5 tardies, the Dean of Students will have a conversation with a parent/ guardian and student to discuss a plan for improvement. Any additional tardies will be unexcused unless a student has a medical appointment and brings a note from their doctor upon returning to school.  Each unexcused tardy automatically receives an after school jug.   Additional academic consequences may occur depending on the teacher’s syllabi.


It is strongly encouraged that you familiarize yourself with the full content of the Attendance Policy.


Cell phones and earbuds/headphones

Students are welcome to bring cell phones to school, but they cannot be used during class time. This means that when classes are in session, cell phones are not permitted in the classrooms,  hallways, or other spaces in the school building.  Any phone that is seen or heard during a class period will be confiscated and held until the end of the next school day.  Cell phones may be used only before and after school, at break, and lunch.  If there is an emergency, please call the main office and we will locate your student for you. Please do not text or call your student during a class period.


In an attempt to strengthen our community and promote interaction, the use of earbuds/headphones will be limited to class time at the teacher’s discretion. We encourage students to engage with each other in the halls during passing periods and will confiscate earbuds/headphones seen in the halls during passing periods.  Students may listen to music at break and lunch.


Farewell from Mr. Walker:

Thank you to all the parents and students for their support over the last 8 years!  It has been a joy to work in this capacity with your sons and daughters.   


Mr. Ben Walker will be leaving his role as Dean to work in the new Academic Success Center. Details about this new program will be made available to parents and students in the fall.


Study Skills Camp

There is still room in the Study Skills Camp this August for middle school students, incoming and current high school students.  Please visit www.gprep.com and register online or email pmcewen@gprep.com for more information.


From the Activities & Athletics Vice-Principal, Paul Manfred:

509-483-8511 ext. 407 email: pmanfred@gprep.com


Congratulations on a great year of sports for Gonzaga Prep.  We celebrated numerous league and state accomplishments, both as teams and individuals.  These successes were a result of the hard work and dedication of our students and coaches.  Great job!


Please note a couple of important dates coming up this summer…..

August 16         First Day of Football Practice

August 21         First Day of Cross Country, Girls Soccer, and Volleyball

August 30         First Day of Slow Pitch Softball

Specific times and locations will be posted on Sports Teams link under Athletics & Activities on the school website in August.


Physical Examinations:

Each student participating in a sport is required to have a physical examination every two years.  Please check your student account in Skyward Family Access to find out when your child’s current physical expires.

If you haven’t initialized your Family Access Account, Click Here for Instructions.

If you need a physical exam, please schedule one this summer, or come to Physical Night organized by Gonzaga Prep Athletic Trainer, Chris Hawley and Team Doctor, Dr. Laura Fralich, MD.  See the attached flyer for information.  Exams are $10.


Athletic Eligibility Paperwork:

Online forms for athletics for the 2017-2018 School year will be available in August.  More information will follow in the August Newsletter.


GSL Passes

GSL Sports Passes will be available through TicketsWest for the 2017-2018 school year for $70.  Please Click Here to purchase.


From the Chief Financial Officer, Marlis Petersen Spawn:

509-483-8515 email: mspawn@gprep.com


2017-18 Tuition:  Your 2017-18 Tuition and Fees summaries were mailed in early April.  The tuition payments for the 2017-18 school year begin on the following schedules, depending on the billing schedule you have elected.


Billing Schedule:

Monthly for incoming freshman or transfer students:  August 2017 through June 2018

Monthly for returning students:  July 2017 through June 2018

Quarterly:  August 2017, October 2017, January 2018, March 2018

Semiannual:  August 2017, January 2018

Annual:  August 2017


If your student enrolled in an Advanced Placement class, Community Service summer semester, or an online class, revised tuition and fees statements will be mailed this week.  Please look for these updated statements in the mail.  If you need a copy of your tuition and fees billing summary, please call the Treasurer's Office.


Thank you for your prompt payments on your tuition accounts!


Lunch Accounts:  If your student has a balance left on their cafeteria lunch account, it will roll over to the next school year. Refunds will be sent to seniors who have a remaining balance.


From the Counseling Department, Morgan Hatcher:

509-483-8511 ext. 514 email: mhatcher@gprep.com


The counselors are out of the office until August 30th.  They will be checking email periodically, but if there is a mental health emergency, please contact Frontier Behavioral Health at (509) 838-4651.


If your student graduated this year, their final transcript will be mailed in mid-June to the school listed on their Senior Graduation Survey.  Diplomas will be mailed in July.  If you have a question about a transcript or a grade, please contact the Registrar, Pam Guerrero, at 483-8512 or pguerrero@gprep.com.  


From the Office of Admissions, Corrina Kelsey:

509-483-8511 ext. 419     email: ckelsey@gprep.com


Dates and times for Freshman and New Student Orientation:


Wednesday, August 23

9:00 -12:00


Freshman Orientation



Barbieri Student Center

Parent Coffee & Social (optional)

Thursday, August 24


Main Doors

Freshman Check-In




Transfer Student Check-In



Barbieri Student Center

New Student Information Sessions



Tech Center

Textbook help for parents



Barbieri Student Center


Parent Evening

Link Crew Dance for Freshmen



Interested in hosting an International Student?

Gonzaga Preparatory School has partnered with Cambridge Network’s (f.n.a. gphomestay) residential program. Together, we are offering an incredible opportunity to families in the Spokane area for Fall 2017. If you are interested in making a positive impact on the life of a Gonzaga Prep international student and live within 30 minutes of school or are a Gonzaga Prep family, you can earn a monthly stipend of $900. You will have access to ongoing support from local Residential Coordinators who will help with coordinating meeting your student upon arrival, keeping you connected with the school community, and mediating issues if they arise.

You may learn more and make an inquiry at our website: www.gphomestay.com. Students come with their own insurance and spending money and stay for the academic year.

If you are interested, please contact Corrina Kelsey, Admission Director at ckelsey@gprep.com.


From Sharon Cook, Yearbook Advisor

509-483-8511 ext. 410 email: scook@gprep.com


Senior pictures are due to the school by September 15th.  This means that you should have your pictures taken by July 15th and ordered by August 15th.  Ask the studio you are working with to send your picture on a CD to the school or emailed to scook@gprep.com.  It should be a color, head and shoulder pose, with an 8 x 10 crop.  Record it at 300 dpi and save as a .jpg file as:  Last name,First name.jpg.  Due to the resolution of cell phone and iPad photos, we are not able to use them for your senior picture. The picture you submit will be used as the yearbook and composite picture for the hallway.


Senior Yearbook Ads
Parents have an opportunity to give their senior a lasting memory by placing a parent message to them in their yearbook. The cost of the parent message goes toward funding yearbook computers, our cover, and additional pages. Some possibilities for what could be included are a congratulations statement, part of a poem or a song, and/or pictures. Your student’s first and last name should be included in the message. We reserve the right to edit due to lack of space or content.

The four ad sizes and prices are listed below:
Size Measurements (approx) Price What can fit into the space
1/8 page 3 inches x 4 inches $50 1 picture up to 25 words 
¼ page 4 ¼ inches x 5 ½ inches $75 Up to 4 pictures, up to 25 words
½ page 5 ½ inches x 8 ½ inches $125 Up to 6 pictures, up to 50 words
1 page 8 ½ inches x 11 inches $200 Up to 10 pictures, up to 75 words

By October 1, you should email the size you want to Mrs. Cook at scook@gprep.com or call her at 483-8511, Ext. 421. A link on the Gonzaga Prep website will be made available in September. It contains a link to download the program, Pictavo, where all ads are to be created. You will be able to create, customize, purchase, and submit your ad electronically. If you have a professional make your ad for you, they will also be able to submit it through this program. If you want the yearbook class to put your ad together for you, just submit pictures and type along with the payment to Mrs. Cook and the class will put it together. All ads should be submitted by November 1. 


From Adriana Berndt, Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

509-483-8511 ext. 516 email: aberndt@gprep.com


Volunteer Information:  Remember that you have until June 30, to complete your 2016-2017 volunteer hours. Hours will reset to zero on July 1.  Please click the Volunteer Program Page on the website for the program guidelines and information you need to know about volunteering.  There are volunteer opportunities during the summer, so make sure you check the website and your email often.


From Vanessa Mudd, Director of Campus Ministry

509-483-8511 ext. 411 email: vmudd@gprep.com


Campus Ministry is getting ready for our 2017-18 retreats. The dates for each retreat can be found on our website here.  Volunteers are needed to donate food to each of our class retreats. You may donate to one of the retreats or to the weekly Senior Team Magis leadership lunch. Don't forget, these donations count as volunteer hours!  Please access the sign up sheets here.


Junior parents and guardians: please click here to check the rosters for your student's Search retreat date. If there is a scheduling issue with the date to which they are assigned, please contact Vanessa Mudd, Director of Campus Ministry at vmudd@gprep.com immediately to discuss rescheduling.