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 www.seatyourself.biz/nesa

 

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: https://lcfteacherworkshop3319.eventbrite.com

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: http://www.lascasasfoundation.org/2019-rules-and-guidelines-production-assistant-internship/

 

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

Absences and Recovering Credit Opportunities

Have excessive absences and need to recover credit? Sooner is better than later. Here is some information of what LEE is offering this semester:

 

1 FREE Saturday School

This weekend students are invited go to the College and Wellness Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2nd in the LEE Cafeteria Courtyard

 

  • Students and their family will receive a FREE breakfast.
  • Sessions will be held regarding College admissions.
  • This is a community event and the whole cluster is invited.
  • There will be vendors from CPS, SA Food Pantry and other social originations.
  • Even is a student does not need Saturday School they are invited to attend. (We will keep rosters of all attendees and will count this time if they need it in the future)

 

Additionally, we have the following Saturday School Dates for LEE:

 

March 2, 2019 (FREE – along with College -WELLNES FAIR)

March 23,2019

March 30, 2019

April 6, 2019

April 13, 2019

May 4, 2019

May 11, 2019

May 18, 2019

 

We will be offering After School Success in May only:

May 4th, 9th, 14th, and 23rd  

Director’s Notes Feb. 22

Director’s Notes Friday Feb. 22

We Will Rock You

It’s rockin’ this weekend! You have Saturday and Sunday still to come out and see the show!

 

Frist Friday Coming up!

March 1 is next week! Come out to the !Hijole! Gallery in the Blue Star art complex from 6-9 to see NESA Visual Arts students work in the gallery. Its Contemporary Art month so there should be a lot of stuff to see down at Blue Star! This also might be the students last opportunity to see an out of major event this nine week!

 

Curtain Calls

Greetings, NESA parents and students!

Unfortunately, we must cancel the Creative Writing show previously scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd. We apologize for the late notice and promise to bring a fabulous show in May!

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

-Kacey Forks, Director of Creative Writing

 

Is it almost SPRING BREAK!?!

Remember there is no school the week of March 11th– 15th.
The end of the nine weeks is March 8th! (Check your kids grades!)

 

Stuff I found that might be of interest:

Free Art Lecture at Trinity

Béatrice Coron was born in France and lived in Egypt, Mexico, and China before moving to New York. For the last 25 years, she has been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, she stages narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. Her goal is to invite the public to pause and bring their own ideas finding personal interpretation to reclaim their imaginative powers. Coron cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek, and adapts her paper cuts in metal, stone, rubber and stained glass.  She spoke about this creative process at TED 2011. Her work is in major museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center, and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in the subways, airports, and sport facilities among others.

 

 

Have I told you lately how awesome this school is? Just a reminder, we have fantastic staff, students and parents!

Have a great weekend!

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

Director’s Notes Friday, Feb. 15th

Happy Friday!

Remember Monday is a student holiday! I hope everyone gets caught up on work and sleep this weekend.

I have been reminding kids to check their grades and stay on top of their work. The end of the nine weeks will be here before we know it! I have also heard from a lot of parents that they still cannot get into Family Access to see student grades. I have a workaround to try. All students also have access to the Student access portal and their grades are in there. Your student’s login is their NEISD email which probably reads something like name@stu.neisd.net . The students should know how to get into this portal because this is how they registered for next year’s classes earlier this month. I would recommend having them log in and checking out their grades with them! It’s always good to check in with your teenager, be it for grades or anything else!

Fiesta Medals on sale!
NESA pARtners is selling Fiesta medals! They are $10. All proceeds go to support our students and our school. For example, just this month pARTners was been able provide the Visual Artists with two Ipads so they can build digital portfolios and make digital drawings, planning and more! Your Fiesta medal purchases go directly to awesome initiatives like this! Medals will be sold at the We Will Rock You performances Feb. 21-24th. More info can be found on the pARTners website or facebook page.

Parent volunteers needed for new student registration
On Thursday, Feb. 21st we welcome our incoming students for the 2019-2020 school year. From 5:00-9:00 these students are coming to register in the LEE counseling office and we could definitely use a few parent volunteers. Ideally we would have apparent volunteer form each major just because its welcoming, but I will take what you can give J. I believe a sign up genius is going out from Catherine Stephens, pARtners president, so be on the lookout if you want to help!

We Will Rock You

Show opens Thursday at 7:30! Box office hours are Tuesday- Friday 4:30-6:30 and one hour before the show. See you at the show!

 

Have a great three day weekend!

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

Director’s Notes Feb. 8, 2019

Director’s Notes Feb. 8, 2019

Sign up for Summer PE!

Sign up for our 7 day long, half credit summer PE course! Spots are limited, sign up today! This class is literally the best PE class ever. Climb Enchanted Rock, swim at Landa Park, go bowling, yoga and more! See the attached flyer for more information and the link to sign up and pay! The school cash payment link opens Saturday. Contact Mrs. Pagona if you have any questions at spagon@neisd.net
2019 Summer PE Flyer-w0gmao 

Upcoming dates to note:

Feb. 15th is early release

Feb. 18th is a student holiday (teacher workday)

 

pARTners webpage

I have had a few students come asking me for information that can be found on the pARTners webpage. This includes date for the next meeting (Tuesday, Feb. the 12th!), information on SAEF (the scholarship for students to do classes, conferences, etc) and member contact information. Visit the page for more info https://www.nesapartners.net/

 

Gal-entines

Feb. 13th 5:30-7:30 LEE is having an event which includes a LEE campus PTA meeting, purchasable food and drink and fun items for sale. pARTners will be there selling their new Fiesta medal! All proceeds go to our students!

 

 

We WILL Rock You- Get tickets now! Saturday is ¾ sold already!

NORTH EAST SCHOOL OF THE ARTS presents The QUEEN Rock Musical,  WE WILL ROCK YOU

Hot on the heels of the hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody, North East School of the Arts presents WE WILL ROCK YOU, a rock musical showcasing more than 20 QUEEN hits, including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody to Love,” “We Are the Champions,” and many more. Music and Lyrics are by QUEEN, story and script by BEN ELTON, and an original vocal score by Mike Dixon and original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

It is the distant future. Rock is outlawed and nearly forgotten. The ruthless Killer Queen and her all-seeing Global Soft corporation rule this dystopian world, keeping Ga Ga Kids and Teen Queens in a haze of consumerism and downloadable music. Two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, break from this soulless world to seek out the secrets of Live Music, with the Killer Queen’s secret police snapping at their heels.

North East School of the Arts presents the South Texas premiere of WE WILL ROCK YOU, following its victorious 12-year reign on London’s West End, where it rocked over 7 million people in a record-breaking run. WE WILL ROCK YOU has performed in 28 countries around the globe, seen by more than 16 million people.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm

Sunday, February 24 at 2:30pm

TICKET INFORMATION: $12 on-line, $15 at the door (cash or check only)

On-line ticket sales offered Jan. 14 to Feb. 19 at www.seatyourself.biz/nesa

 

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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

Director’s Notes Feb. 1, 2019

Director’s Notes: Friday, Feb. 1st, 2019

Can you believe its February already? Time keeps on moving into the future. Before I know it Valentine’s Day will be past, LEE will have hosted Galentines night (donate purses or volunteer with pARTners to sell fiesta medals!) and We Will Rock You will be opening to a sold out house. (Get your tickets now before its too late!)

Thank You!!!

We had a fantastic audition and open house. My #1 thank you goes out to our student and parent volunteers!!! I literally could not have done it without all the wonderful parents. Greeting people, putting out snacks, acting as major reps at the open house. You impress me so much! We had over 75 families come to the open house and I got so many positive emails about it! So THANK YOU ALL!!!

Seeking Box office Manager position

My box office manager who helps run the online system is a parent of a senior and sadly she will be leaving us at the end of the year. I am seeking out a parent volunteer who might want to learn the ropes and take over next year. This position reports to the Director of NESA, not to pARTners, and is mostly management of our online system and ticket reservations. Please email me at spagon@neisd.net if you are interested in helping!

Register for classes for 2019-2020 year

If you child has not registered for their classes using student access online, now is the time! I am attaching instructions to help students register online in Skyward.

Students go to www.NEISD.net and click on the family access link, then log in using their school email and ID# password. (Trick is it has to be student log in, not family login. Moms can’t do it!) This will open Skyward for them and they have a series of tiles, and one tile says Course Requests. This is where the attached instructions pick up and help.

Senior Fees- I am still taking Senior fees until the end of next week. Many seniors did not know that this is how they get their stole for graduation, as well as the T-shirt and senior field trip. Senior fees are $35, cash or check payable to NESA. If a student has a financial need they just need to come see me.

Scholastic writing awards are in and NESA did pretty well! I will post the winners of both art and writing in next week’s notes!

I am signing off to go to the Scholastic Art Awards, which are tonight if you want to join us! 7pm at Say Si

Have a great weekend!

 

Sarah Pagona

Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes Jan, 25th, 2019

What a great week! Auditions are this weekend!  We are excited to meet the applicants, many of whom will be in our NESA family next year! Our next application deadline is April 25th for the last audition of the year.

Vote for Mr. Connelly for a teacher TONY!

Mr. Connelly is up for an Excellence in Theater Education Award. How deserving! Help him win by following these directions:
-Go to the video posted here (it’s a new link). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_tNVGaPHp8&t
-Watch it for at it least 30 seconds so it can get counted as a view
-Hit the “like” button
-Leave a comment about David Connelly
-And then share it with your fellow NESA classmates and ask them to do the same. Share it on whatever platform you frequent, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (wait, Snapchat?) whatever you like. You could also send it in an email to the folks you know.

Senior fee collection reopened/ Senior Shirts

For the NESA senior shirt we are collecting the signatures of all NESA seniors to be featured on the back of the shirt. Seniors- please drop by the NESA office and sign your name on the two white papers so you can be included! Also, vote on shirt color while you are there!

Additionally, we will be reopening the collection of Senior fees. All fees will be due by Feb. 8th with no exceptions because that is when T shirt orders are going in! Checks made payable to NESA.

Our committee chose a shirt design by Katherine Rich that is a really cool riff on the NASA logo and it will be a softie shirt. You know you want one! Dues are $35.

If you are unsure if you have paid, please stop by Mrs. Pagona’s office and she will be happy to check!

Open house

We are still looking for parent and student volunteers for Monday night from 5:30-7:30. We will be in NESA classrooms and the PERC for a casual open house information session. Let me know if you would like to help out! Also, pass the word on to anyone who might be interested in

Scholastic Art Awards

Next Friday, Feb. 1, is the Scholastic Art Awards ceremony at Say Si. We have 27 visual art students with Gold Keys! The most in the region! And 3 out of the 5 American Vision nominees! The ceremony is at 7pm. The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 1-14, 2019.

U.S. Military Service Academies info session

Representative Joaquin Castro’s office asked that I extend this invitation to our community. The event will provide an opportunity to learn about each Service Academy and their admissions process. A congressional nomination is required for students wishing to enter the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. Please RSVP to his office at RSVP.Castro@mail.house.gov.  Academy day-2lq1fbm

We will Rock You

We Will Rock You, The Queen Rock musical tickets are now on sale online. The show will run February 21-23 @ 7:30pm and February 24 @ 2:30pm. www.seatyourself.biz/nesa They are already half sold, so get your tickets now!

 

2019 Youth Preparedness Camp Team Application Now Available!
See attached information regarding the application for Texas School Safety Center’s 2019 Youth Preparedness Camp scheduled for June 9-13, 2019 at Texas State University. 2019 Youth Preparedness Camp Team Application Now Available-18bzp8p

Other items:

-NEXT pARTners MEETING : FEBRUARY 12TH @ 7:00PM LEE LIBRARY

-LEE Campus PTSA will be hosting upcoming 2nd Annual GAL-entine’s Event, scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

 

Have a great weekend!

-Sarah Pagona, Director of NESA

Director’s Notes Friday Jan. 18th, 2019

Happy Friday everyone! Remember we have a three day weekend and school will resume on Jan. 22nd.

Lunar Eclipse/ Star party

There is a total lunar eclipse on Sunday night (the Super, Blood, Wolf Moon wooooo!). The ISA Astronomy Club will be hosting a star party for this event Sunday, January 20th from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the L.E.E. track. This is a free event, however there will be hot drinks for sale. This is a fully community event so everyone is invited!

MLK march

MLK day is one of my favorite holidays. I love the opportunity to march in solidarity on Monday morning with my brothers and sisters of all races, gender preferences, and religions.  We must continue to strive for the freedom and equality of all people. If you have never attended, it is an uplifting event. San Antonio has one of the largest marches in the US!
Monday, January 21, 2019. The march will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the MLK Academy located at 3501 MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa. I recommend using the free VIA park and ride service whose info can be found here: https://www.viainfo.net/2019/01/14/mlk2019/

 

Government Shutdown and Free/Reduced Meal Program

If your family has been affected by the government shutdown NEISD is offering some resources to help. Please visit the link below to learn more. https://www.neisd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=21391&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=114356&PageID=1

 

Upcoming events:

  • Jan 26th Auditions!
  • Jan 28th prospective student open house here at NESA

 

We Will Rock You!

NORTH EAST SCHOOL OF THE ARTS presents The QUEEN Rock Musical,

WE WILL ROCK YOU

Hot on the heels of the hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody, North East School of the Arts presents WE WILL ROCK YOU, a rock musical showcasing more than 20 QUEEN hits, including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody to Love,” “We Are the Champions,” and many more. Music and Lyrics are by QUEEN, story and script by BEN ELTON, and an original vocal score by Mike Dixon and original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor.

It is the distant future. Rock is outlawed and nearly forgotten. The ruthless Killer Queen and her all-seeing Global Soft corporation rule this dystopian world, keeping Ga Ga Kids and Teen Queens in a haze of consumerism and downloadable music. Two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, break from this soulless world to seek out the secrets of Live Music, with the Killer Queen’s secret police snapping at their heels.

North East School of the Arts presents the South Texas premiere of WE WILL ROCK YOU, following its victorious 12-year reign on London’s West End, where it rocked over 7 million people in a record-breaking run. WE WILL ROCK YOU has performed in 28 countries around the globe, seen by more than 16 million people.

DATE/TIME:             Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm

Sunday, February 24 at 2:30pm

PLACE:      LEE High School Theater

1400 Jackson Keller Rd

San Antonio, TX 78213

TICKET INFORMATION: $12 on-line, $15 at the door (cash or check only)

On-line ticket sales offered Jan. 14 to Feb. 19 at www.seatyourself.biz/nesa

Box office sales begin February 19 at the LEE Theater Box Office

 

Have an amazing weekend!

 

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

Director’s Notes Friday, Jan 11, 2019

Director’s Notes Friday, Jan 11, 2019

Welcome back from break! I hope everyone had a good week. We had a pretty exciting week here at NESA! Our new VA teacher, Jessica Gonzales, started this week. If you see her, welcome her! We also had an instrumental music concert that was wonderful! It had something for everyone! We got some new computers for the cinema lab, today was our winter audition deadline, and We Will Rock You rehearsals have started!… We hit the ground running!

NESA pARTners meeting Tuesday, Jan 15th at 7pm.

Tickets for We Will Rock You go on sale January 14th. <- click for the link!

 

RENT! Education Night at The Public
Students are invited to attend a special performance of RENT at The Public Theater as part of Community Education Night Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:00pm. Tickets are still available at no cost for students. Please visit the link below for more information on how to reserve tickets.
http://www.thepublicsa.org/education-events

Scholarship opportunity for Seniors
The Public Theater is offering scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors who will be majoring in theater arts related studies, including technical theater. 2019SalekScholarshipAnnouncementFlyer-1m3ewt6

Witte Museum Youth Summit- What is Seeing?
For students in grade 10-12 the Witte is hosting a one day interactive multimedia summit on compassion, perception and visual impairment.  Feb. 13th 9am-3pm. 

New performance opportunity: Teen Takeover at the McNay

The McNay’s first Teen Takeover event is an Open Mic Theatre Night planned for February 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm. They are looking for students who would like to participate. The students have the opportunity to perform a maximum 10 minute comedy sketch. The skit can be impromptu or scripted, well-known or self-created. This is an excellent opportunity for a few students to showcase their abilities for a crowd, as Thursday nights are the McNay’s busiest! If you are interested contact Elizabeth Mueller. Email: emueller@student.uiwtx.edu Phone: (210) 289-8531

Enjoy your weekend! We will see you next week!

Yours in service,

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