Director’s Notes Friday May 10th

Whew! STAAR testing is done for a while, AP testing is half over and we have something like 18 school days left. But we still have so much fun to come!

In the upcoming week:

This Monday a select few of our VAs will be honored by the NEISD school board!

Tuesday we have 800 Lb Film Festival! Join us for just $8. Tickets can be bought online at or at the door. It promises a full night of entertainment! Popcorn, candy and sodas will be for sale.

Saturday the 18th is auditions and we do need volunteers still. Student sign up sheet is on the NESA office door but some parents help is also welcomed!

Saturday the 18th at 7 pm is also our Creative Writing show- Growth, which includes our Senior showcase and a selection of underclassmen pieces as well. The show is free and will be a lot of fun! Our Writers are so talented!

Banquet T-shirt orders for this year’s commemorative banquet shirt are now being taken. Order forms can be found in the NESA office or attached to this message. Order forms are also going home with students.

There was a question about graduation tickets- and so I thought I would update everyone. Graduation is first come first serve seating, no tickets are distributed, and there is no limit to the guests you bring.

Happy Day to all the Moms out there! I hope the whole weekend is restful and full of love!


Sarah Pagona, Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes 5/3/19

Happy Friday! You have two more days to catch Peter and the Starcatcher! It’s a zany, fun play and we hope you will join us!

Easy fundraiser- you can do this one!

Five Guys and Kendra Scott give back Fundraiser for pARTners is May 8th. Just come eat a burger and NESA gets money. There isn’t a easier fundraiser!

Literary Magazine order-

CW Lit Mag pre-order closes on May 20th. Money and forms can be dropped off at NESA office or with your favorite creative writer!

Audition volunteers needed!

Volunteers are needed for auditions May 18th. We need parent and student help! If you are interested contact your student’s director or Mrs. Pagona!

Testing this week

EOC Testing is this week. Algebra I is Monday, Bio I is Tuesday, and US History is Wednesday. Please make sure your student is well rested and ready to rock those exams!

AP tests also start this week, so keep those on your radar as well.

NESA Banquet Deadlines-

SENIORS! You MUST submit your bios by 5/8/19 or your bio will not be in the banquet program. You can do so by visiting You can also buy tickets there! Tickets are $40.

Upcoming calendar

Tuesday, May 7th pARTners election meeting

Tuesday, May 14th 800 LB Film Festival

Saturday, May 18th Creative Writing show

Monday, May 20th Senior Dance receital

Thursday, May 23rd Literary Magazine Release party

Thursday, May 23rd  Instrumental Music show

Sunday, May 26th NESA Banquet

Angst film

Tuesday May 21st at 6 pm in the PERC here on the campus of LEE HS there is an opportunity to screen a documentary called Angst. It is about teen anxiety and I have heard it’s awesome and certainly relevant.  Angst flier-y2r8n4

Have a great weekend! Stay Dry!


Sarah Pagona, NESA Director

Director’s Notes April 25, 2019

Happy Fiesta! It’s another three day weekend! Visual Arts has State VASE this weekend, so wish them luck! May is coming up and May is always a very busy time of the year, so get some rest now! As we wrap up the school year, checking on grades and missing work is more important than ever!

Peter and the Starcatcher
The last MT show of the year, Peter and the Starcatcher is next week! Tickets are on sale online through April 29th at 7:30 pm. After that tickets will have to be purchased at the box office.

800 LB
800 LB film festival tickets on sale now! General Admission seating in our auditorium for only $8! You can purchase your tickets online at Just click on May 14th on the calendar.

SR field trip chaperones needed
I still need a few parent chaperones for Sr field trip on May 24th. Email me if you are interested

Summer school
Registration for NEISD summer school will be online on NEISD webpage starting April 30th. Registration will only be online, not onsite. Summer school is at Madison HS this year. If you have questions, please contact the counseling office.

NESA Arts Extravaganza Summer Camp!
NESA’s first summer camp is open for registration. The camp is designed for grades 6-9 students interested in the arts. The camp will combine creative writing, basic cinema principles and lots of visual art! Camp dates are July 22- 26th. See attached flyer or go to for more info!

Senior college shirt day
Seniors, wear shirt of the college you will be attending (or some other college swag!) for a group photo! Friday, May 10th

Exemption window will be from April 25th – May 10th. The exemption form will be available online where parents, students, and teachers will have access to print them out(when I get it I will send it out).  Hard copies are in the main office as well and can be picked up before and after school or during a student’s lunch.

Seniors! Bios for Banquet due
Seniors, please submit you bios and photos through this link The due date has been extended to Wednesday May 8th!!!!

Have a great weekend!

Sarah Pagona, Director of the North East School of the Arts

Directors Notes 04/19/19

Good good Friday to everyone!

Creative Writing Literary Magazine

The 2019 CW Lit mag Two Days is available for Pre Order for $20. The Order form is attached or can be procured from the NESA office or your favorite Creative Writer! Return the forms to the NESA office. lit mag order form-1ez0z94


Peter and the Starcatcher

Come see how Captain Hook and Peter Pan came to be! Tickets on sale online now! Go to The show runs May 2- 5. 


Some note from pARTners

-SAEF-Since our original due date was April 26th and that is a school holiday, we have extended it to Monday April 29th at 4:30pm for hand deliveries and post marked by this date if mailed. SAEF forms are accepted not only by mail but by drop off in the NESA office. It must be in a closed large 9X12 envelope with the students name and major on the outside. See pARTners website for more information

-Banquet tickets are on sale now through the NESA pARTners website.  Banquet is May 26th.

-Senior Bios and pictures for the Banquet Program are currently due with a deadline to submit by May 1st! Submit HERE

-Upcoming pARTners Fundraiser on May 8th. Join us for a night of dining and shopping which benefits our NESA Students and Teachers. Find some great gifts just in time for Mother’s Day and Graduation! 

-The May 7th pARTners meeting is officer elections so put it on your calendar! 




Hey VAs! State VASE is next weekend.

Next week school is out on Friday for Battle of the Flowers. (2 three day weekends in a row!)


Enjoy your weekend!

Sarah Pagona, Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes 4/12/19

Happy Friday! Another week has passed and so much has happened! We closed Footnotes, saw some beautiful artwork at the VA show, and enjoyed an IM concert,  (if you are interested in checking out the performance, live recordings are on our Twitter page!)  You can always follow NESA on Twitter @NESA_NEISD, Instagram @northeastschoolofthearts and Facebook @NorthEastSchoolOfTheArts

That being said, let’s all take a minute to remember to use good social media etiquette and that it is a public forum whose record never goes away! Remind your students too! 😉

Sr trip

NESA Seniors are scheduled for an optional field trip to Incredible Pizza on Friday May 24th and I am looking for parents interested in serving as chaperones for the event. You get free pizza buffet! Email me at if you are interested! (Please note, only Seniors who are passing their classes, have no Saturday schools outstanding for attendance and have paid their NESA senior fee will be attending the trip).

Looking ahead:

This weekend is prom! Please remind students to be safe and make good decisions.

NESA’s night at Evening With Strings is Monday April 15th, from 7:00-8:30

Thursday April 18th is the Summa reception at LEE HS

Friday April 19th is a good Friday Holiday

And Friday April 25th is Battle of Flowers holiday

(That’s two 4 day weeks in a row!)

Application deadlines!

I have started to see SEAF applications coming in, check the partners webpage for more info!

Also, our last application deadline of the year is April 25th so if you know someone interested in one of our seven majors there is still time to apply to join the NESA family for the 2019-2020 school year! Our application is online on our webpage


Other Opportunities shared but not endorsed by NESA

Community Resource fair looking for volunteers

NEISD Special Education Department and Family Engagement Services, will be hosting a Community Resource Fair on May 17, 2019 at LEE High School, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. We will be providing our families with over 50+ Community Resource vendors who will be set up in the campus cafeteria.  We also want to make this a family evening with fun and games! We are seeking volunteers to support the children’s activities area of the event, which will also be located inside the cafeteria. We have a couple of schools supporting the area, but need more games, such as a “fishing booth, bag toss, ring toss,” or any other carnival-type games that would be fun for kids attending the fair.  If there are any NESA students interested in this opportunity to receive service hours, we would greatly appreciate their support! Contact Mrs. Pagona if you are interested in helping out!NETS Community Resource Fair_12x18 ENG-1rdqrwp

SOS (Summer of Service)

SOS (Summer of Service) is headed to CHINA in 2020!  We are recruiting candidates for Student Ambassadors!  Are you a teen that wants to travel the world?  Do you want to do something awesome during your summer?  This trip will give you an experience of a lifetime and boost your resume!  Need something amazing to write about in your college essay?  This is it! We will be traveling to 4 cities; Beijing, Wuxi, Xi’an and Shanghai! As an Ambassador you will hold an honorable title of Student Ambassador and will even get to meet with dignitaries in our sister city of Wuxi!  We will travel the Silk Road and visit the Great Wall, all while meeting Chinese students your age and eating amazing food!  Check us out at to see what we are about and sign up for the newsletter!

You may also ask the LEE HS Chinese teacher, Xueling Xu for more information

Bianca Pitman, SOS CHINA2020 Trip Leader

DISCLAIMER: Although this event, function, or travel opportunity is being promoted and organized by a North East ISD staff member, please be advised that this is NOT a NEISD or school sponsored activity. It is not required for any curricular purpose, and participation is purely voluntary. The staff member(s) planning the event, function, or travel opportunity are responsible for all aspects of the trip, and any concerns should be directed to them.china (2)-t8a7aw




Director’s Notes 4-5-19


Two shows left! Come check out the amazing dancers Saturday at 7:30 or Sunday at 2:30!

National Art Honor Society

Mrs. Gonzales, NESA VA director is forming a National Art Honor Society open to all art students in NESA, LEE, ISA and STEM students! The first meeting is April 9th, Tuesday, afterschool at 4:15- 5:00 in 309A. This looks great on your college application, helps focus on art related community service, and is just an all around fun club!

pARTners raffle

Saturday night at Footnotes- Don’t miss you chance to snap up an awesome Spa package, voucher for  NESA summer camp for middle school, Footnotes cast photo, and a diamond necklace are up for grabs.

Next week at the Instrumental Music show we will have a silent auction for a violin box, viola lessons and more! Don’t miss out!

NESA Partners Fundraiser

Apr 6, Saturday, after the Footnotes Show come eat at IHOP at 14424 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78232. NESA earns 20% of sales. Mention NESA to your wait staff! The proceeds go to fund a DJ for the kids banquet this May.

pARTners  Meeting

Tuesday, April 9th 7:00 in the library

Acting III showcase

Tuesday April 9th at 4:30 and 7:00 in Black box theater

IM concert and VA art show

Come for one, stay for two!
Thursday, April 11th, 2019 our Visual Artists Spring Show will open with a reception in the lobby from 5-7.
Our Instrumental Music Concert: Star and Other Wars, Music from the movies will start at 7 in the auditorium. Enjoy music from The BFG, Exorcist, Star Wars and more!

Note to seniors

As we look forward to graduation, please note: Seniors must have natural hair color and no visible piercings other than ears for graduation and graduation related events, as per district policy. So make plans to dye that hair back or get a nice wig before June!


Have a great weekend!

-Sarah Pagona, Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes- Friday, March 29, 2019

Apologies for the late transmission of this newsletter. Friday afternoon and evening NESA kept me quite busy! I hope everyone’s weekend is going well!

Footnotes is fast approaching!

Footnote: A Concert of Dance is coming up this Thursday April 4th and will run through Sunday April 6th.  Tickets are getting scarcer, get yours before our online sales close on April 1st at noon!


NESA Banquet!

Banquet is on May 26th. Banquet tickets are now on sale

Seniors need to submit their bio and photos to Lisa Anderson at


Looking ahead:

Next pARTners meeting is Tuesday, April 9th.

Visual Art Spring Show is in the NESA lobby April 11th

Instrumental music Concert is April 11th

Evening with strings is April 15th

Senior Summa ceremony is April 18th

April 19th and April 26th are holidays


See everyone Monday!


Sarah Pagona
Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes March 22, 2019

What a fantastic week we had a NESA! Starting the spring strong! Lots of celebrations and IM went on a fantastic field trip to the Tobin to see Black Violin today! It was the highlight of my week!

Big Give Day- March 28th. NESA has two initiatives going on this Big Give Day.

Initiative #1:
pARTners is raising money for master classes for the school for every major! They have a big goal of $5,000.00!
Note from pARTners:
We are excited to announce that next Thursday, March 28th, NESA pARTners will be fundraising in conjunction with The Big Give SA via our own fundraiser!  This will include an all-day social media marketing campaign that will make it easy for everyone to participate.  We are currently in the process of coordinating matching challenges that we can use to boost participation throughout the day.  If you are interested in setting up a matching challenge donation or have any questions, please reach out to NESA parent Darcy Scrimpshire at

Initiative #2:
North East Educational Foundation’s Big Give will take place from midnight to midnight on Thursday, March 28, 2019. 75% of the funds raised by the NESA campus will go toward our Campus, while the other 25% goes to NEISD initiatives. Additionally, the campus that raises the most funds receives and additional $1,500. The campus that comes in second place will receive an additional $500! NESA is looking for money to buy LED lights for the LEE theater, an initiative that will help the entire campus! See NESA’s page at


If you can, support NESA on the charitable day!


Scholastic National Winners!

– Congrats to National Scholastic Art award winners! Gold Key Winners join the ranks of artists like Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and our new teacher Mrs. Gonzales! J  They are also invited to New York for a special ceremony and show at Carnegie Hall!


Piper Bangs, The Letter -Gold Medal

Piper Bangs, In The Kitchen- Gold Medal

Piper Bangs, Self Portrait- Gold Medal

Katlyn Powell, Wearing Bathwater- Gold Medal, Alliance/ACT-SO Journey Award


Piper Bangs, Aggravation- Silver Medal

Hailey Honea, Family scale- Silver Medal

Bridget McRedmond, woman and flower- Silver Medal

Katlyn Powell, Sit Pretty- Silver Medal


More VA shout outs!

Poetry on the Move – collaboration with Via Transit in honor of National Poetry Month. Senior Katlyn Powell, junior Claudia Slater, sophomore Hailey Hataway, and freshman Madison Mesa artworks illustrating poems by local poets and students will be displayed on Via buses all over the city! Congrats!

NESA Visual Art seniors Katlyn Powell and Allison Maldanado were selected as recipients of the Memorial Art Scholarship. Katlyn will receive $1000 and Allison will receive $500 to further their study of art at the collegiate level.

A HUGE thank you to the NESA Partners for their purchase of two iPads for the Visual Art program. These iPads will be used to photograph, edit, and curate works for digital portfolios; AP Studio Art portfolio preparation; digital drawing; animation; and much more!


Sixteen artworks and 12 students advance to the State VASE competition. Shout out to Madison Mesa, Nanesko Watson, Natalie Wick, Isis Guajardo, Sarah Borland, Aniyah Lee, Piper Bangs, Allison Maldonado, Briana Mercado, Mikayla Harley, and Katlyn Powell.


Reminders and dates:

-MT Acting 2 showcase, Tuesday March 26

-Footnotes, A Concert of Dance, April 4-7

– Purple Up For Military Kids Day, April 12th  (wear purple to show your support and appreciation for military children for their strength and sacrifices!)

-Prom, April 13

-pARTners SAEF deadline April 26th


Have a great weekend!

Sarah Pagona, Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes, Friday March 8, 2019

Spring Break!

March 11-15th is Spring Break. Please don’t come to school. There will be no one here! But seriously, students and teachers need some time to decompress to prepare for the final 9 weeks of the year. Please spend some time relaxing. Sleeping, connecting as a family!


Footnotes Tickets on sale now!

Footnotes: A Concert of Dance will run April 4-7th – Tickets are on sale now! Get them at


Congratulations to the NEISD Memorial Scholarship Portfolio winners!

Both winners at the High School level are from NESA!

Winner – Katlyn Powell, NESA, Jessica Gonzales teacher ($1,000)

Runner-up – Allison Maldonado, NESA, Jessica Gonzales teacher ($500)

Way to go Art!


Banquet 2019 T-shirt and Program Cover Design Contest

The contest is open to students for this year’s banquet design! This year’s theme is Sci-Fi ! The shirt/ program design must say “NESA Banquet 2019”. Designs can be in color or black and white. Winner gets a free shirt and a free ticket to banquet! Designs are due to NESA office by March 29th!


Events after Spring Break:

pARTners meeting is Tuesday, March 19th at 7pm in the library.


Have a great break! See you in a week!

-Sarah Pagona
Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes- Friday March 1, 2019

Yikes! Where did March come from?!

Poetry Out Loud win!

Congratulations to Julia Mahavier!!! Julia is an amazing first year Creative Writer who competed and placed 2nd  in the state level Poetry Out Loud Competition this past weekend. She won a scholarship for herself and the Creative Writing program was gifted $200! Way to go Julia!


First Friday- Tonight!

Come out to the Hijole! Studio and Gallery tonight from 7-10 to see our NESA Visual Art students’ work! It’s such a treat to see our kids included in the Contemporary Art Month celebrations!


Club photos for yearbook

On March 5, Lifetouch Studios will be on campus to photograph clubs and organizations for the yearbook. If you are involved in the following organization this is the time you need to be on the stage in the auditorium. Please do not be late.

2:40      NRF (NESA Representative Forum)
12:50    NESA News


Las Casas Opportunities

I am forwarding this message from Las Casas in case families want to look into these opportunities:

Las Casas will be hosting a free workshop this weekend at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. The workshop will take place from 4-6PM on Sunday, March 3. This College Audition Workshop, featuring NYU’s Assistant Director of Music Theatre – Program in Vocal Performance, Professor Ryan Driscoll, is designed to assist teachers whose students plan to audition for university-level performing arts programs as they guide their students to audition for schools with confidence. The workshop is recommended for teachers, private voice teachers, coaches and parents; students are also welcome to attend. We hope you can join us for this unique opportunity. You can RSVP here:

Also, I wanted to let you know/remind you about our Production Assistant internship. New in 2019, Las Casas Foundation is proud to present the Joci Awards Production Assistant Internship Program as part of its annual performing arts scholarship program and in affiliation with the Joci Awards production team. Under the direction of a professional production company, Production Assistants will play a role in the creative, technical and musical aspects of the 2019 Joci Awards. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 24. Additional details, including rules, guidelines and application can be found here:


One more week to go till Spring Break! Again, I encourage you to check your student’s grades!
Have a great weekend!

Sarah Pagona

NESA Director