Director’s Notes 11-16-18

Thanksgiving is here! I know we all have so much to be thankful for. I hope that everyone gets to enjoy some family time and relax! Break is Monday Nov. 19th thru Friday Nov 23rd. School resumes on Monday, November 26th.

If you get a moment this holiday break, think about sending a thank you email to a teacher on the NESA or LEE campus that has gone above and beyond for your son or daughter. We are all in it for the kids and sometimes teachers need to hear appreciation to refresh their spirits!

When we return from Thanksgiving break we will go right into Steppin’ Into the Holidays!
The dance holiday performance will run Nov. 30th– Dec. 2nd. Tickets are on sale now! Go to and get them while you can. These shows will sell out!

Exam exemptions are due Dec. 5th without exception. Exemption forms are available in the main office but will also be available online. Students will need teacher and parent signatures prior to submitting in person in the LEE Main Office by the deadline of December 5th.

And we have a new club at NESA- NESA Nomads– check out the attached flyer if your student is interested in travel with the school!

I am going to end my weekly update tonight with a quote:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”– Melody Beattie

I am grateful for the NESA community!

Have a great break!

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

Director’s Notes: Nov. 9, 2018

We have one week to go before Thanksgiving break! I know I am excited to see my family and friends. I hope the kids get a little rest and relaxation.

Night with NESA and Magnet night

Our big open house event for prospective students is coming up this week! Night with NESA is on Tuesday from 6-8pm. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors to come check out what we do!

Then, Magnet Night is on Wednesday, so if those friends and neighbors can’t make Tuesday or are not art oriented people, they can come to Blossom Athletic Center from 5:30-7:30 to check out every magnet program NEISD has to offer! And all but a few are open to students out of district. Spread the word!

Last chance to see Newsies!

We run the show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You don’t know what fun you are missing if you don’t go check it out! Box office opens one hour before curtain.

Silent Auction on Saturday!

This is the final weekend for pARTners silent auction. There is a ton of really cool stuff. Shop for the holidays, buy yourself something, support our school!!! There are so many items, but I want to highlight a labradoodle puppy, a John Hart purse, Whataburger for year, Cryotherapy, all kinds of giftcards, and more. They could be yours and the proceeds would directly benefit your student! Not a bad deal!

You do not have to be present to win, nor do you have to come to the show. The items are in the lobby before the show opens and final bids happen during intermission approximately 8:45. You could go to dinner, swing by and shop, then go home! See you there!

Steppin’ Into the Holidays is coming up!

Steppin’ Into the Holidays runs Nov. 30- Dec. 2. Tickets are available at and I am pretty sure it will sell out. Tell your friends!

pARTners meeting in the LEE library Wednesday at 7!

We want to see lots of parents there!

From LEE counseling office: Attention Seniors!

Transcripts requests for the December 1st Deadline must be submitted not later than Tuesday, November 27th—4:30 pm –No exceptions.   This is especially important due to the 5 business days needed to send these requests—Please see Ms. Jennifer Martinez in the Counseling Office.   Any transcript requests received after the November 27th deadline will be processed in the order they are received.  Please turn in your transcript requests early.


Director’s Notes Nov. 2, 2018

Director’s Notes Nov. 2

Newsies opened yesterday!

Go to my blog or our facebook page to see a preview of the show!

You could also just come see it live! Tickets are still available for Nov. 2-4 & 8-11. Box office is open from 4:30-6 Tuesday- Friday and everyday an hour before the show! Ticket sales proceeds go straight to our school!

Silent Auction fund raiser for NESA pARTners

Want Whataburger for a year? Or maybe a puppy!!! Then you might want to come to our silent auction. This auction is how pARTners helps us pay for Master Classes like Sarah Kay and Chelsie Hightower. You do not have to come to see the show to bid, you just need to stop by!

Silent auction is Saturday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 10th, NESA pARTners will be holding our biggest Fundraiser of the year during the showing of Disney’s Newsies. We will be hosting two nights of our silent auction with some fabulous items that you do not want to miss bidding on. The silent auction will open both evenings by 6pm and bidding will take place until the close of intermission. You will be able to pay for and collect your items immediately following the show. We accept cash, checks and credit cards. So Join us the next two Saturdays for an explosive production of Disney’s Newsies while getting to bid on and take home some great items! As a reminder ALL proceeds go into our Teacher support and Master Class budgets for the year. Without you, your family and friends, we could not support our students and teachers with extra opportunities and classroom needs and support.

If you have not had the chance to become a NESA pARTner member please take the opportunity to sign up online at  OR you can sign up any night of any of the Newsies shows at the concession window. Just ask how!


Yearbook Orders

People have been asking how to order a yearbook. Here is the answer! Click on link to order: I recommend saving your receipt!

DPS clearance to volunteer

Hi parents! Did you know that you need to be DPS cleared to volunteer with our kids? I encourage you to go to this website and fill out the form. Often the clearance is good for multiple years, but you should check and make sure you are still cleared! This is for the safety of all of our students! Thank you!


Have a great weekend!

Director’s Notes Oct. 26th

Director’s Notes: Oct. 26th, 2018

Another whirlwind of a week! And we are just getting started!

A BIG shout out to pARTners and Creative Writing who brought Sarah Kay to our students on Thursday! What a treat to experience her perform!

Newsies! Coming up soon!

Newsies opens on Thursday and runs through Nov. 11th.  Newsies tickets can only be bought online for a few more days! The box office window opens Oct 30th– Nov. 9th from 4:30- 6:00. Online tickets are $12, box office tickets are $15. We will see you there!

Early Voting this weekend!

Did you know that only a quarter of Texans of voting age are registered to vote? And only a third of those registered actually vote?  Voting is important because it provides people an opportunity to voice their opinion and vote for what they believe in, it holds elected officials accountable for their behavior while in office, and it prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority. Early voting locations and hours can be found here!


Spare Parts: Luminaria 2018 Art Quest
Saturday, November 10  |  7PM-Midnight Hemisfair, San Antonio, TX Free Admission  |  All Ages

Experience Luminaria in a new way with a interactive family-friendly art journey at this Contemporary Arts Festival in Hemisfair.
Pick up a “passport” stamp book from any Info Booth. This will lead you to specific artworks. Families visit artists and interact with Spare Parts Art Quest Leaders at each site to receive stamps. Return a completed passport book to any Info Booth to be entered to win a $100 gift card from HEB or a book from artist Xelana Gonzalez!

Witte Museum
Opportunity for students to become land steward ambassadors through the Witte Museum. Application due Nov. 1st

Southwest School of Art- Art Portfolio review day
Have your portfolio reviewed at our Portfolio Prep Day! November 3, 2018, 11 AM
Join the Southwest School of Art for a FREE Portfolio Prep Day on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the Santikos Building.  Meet with SSA Faculty for one-on-one portfolio reviews giving you the feedback and helpful tips to make your portfolio stronger! See link for more info:

Director’s Notes Oct. 19, 2018

Director’s Notes Oct. 19, 2018

Happy Friday!

*REMINDER from pARTners*
NESA pARTners committee members will be at the school in the Lobby area of the NESA/ LEE auditorium tomorrow Saturday, October 20th from 9am-1pm receiving silent auction donations. This is a great time to drop off items or send with your students that have rehearsal! Everything helps! Don’t forget that gift cards are great auction items and easy to pick up and send in. Thank you again for all your support for our students!
**Our silent auction that will take place the two Saturday’s of the Production of Disney’s Newsies. November 3rd & 10th. If you know a business that will donate a service or item please see the attached letter with our non-profit information.**

A formal letter is attached NESA corp 2018-1rhwxm7. We thank you in advance for your support!


Field Trip for VAs
All NESA VA’s will be taking a field trip to Southwest School of Art for a college visit, along with other fun activities on Oct. 29th. Please be on the lookout for that permission slip if you don’t have it already!


STAAR Tutoring
LEE HS after school tutoring sessions for STAAR have started in the library. See attached flyer for details! Fall 2018 Core EOC Tutoring Flyer-2naab94


College Night
Wednesday 6-8 pm is the NEISD’s college night at blossom Athletic Center. Over 100 colleges will be available! Financial Aid Sessions will be offered at Piper Bass Student Center at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. See attached flyer for more details. COLLEGE NIGHT FLYER 3-2m323at


Reminder about Senior Fees:
If seniors wish a shirt to be included with their senior fee we will need their fee in the NESA office by November 9th. We are going to have a t-shirt design contest in November and when we place the order we will need an accurate count of shirts and the sizes needed. I have attached the senior fee form again so everyone has it. It was also passed out to all seniors in their NESA classes. Thank you for your attention in this matter!Senior dues for attachment-11s83w1


Other Opportunities: (Not endorsed by NESA)

The SA symphony is now offering a Symphony Student Pass, which for an annual fee of only $30, provides students access to select Classics and Pops concerts, plus additional discounts for friends and family! For more information, visit


Director’s Notes October 12, 2018

Whew! I can’t believe it’s Friday! I feel like I ran a marathon! Luckily I like to run! I hope the kids feel rested with the holiday they had! We are going to be asking a lot from them in the coming weeks so make sure they get rest!

We are extending the deadline for MT Playbill ads to Monday in order to give everyone the weekend to get things together!

Events coming up this week:

Magnet night

Magnet night for anyone interested in checking out NEISD’s selection of Magnet Schools is coming up this Monday night from 5:30-7:30 at Blossom Athletic Center.

Chalk it Up

Chalk It Up is this Saturday morning from around 10:00 -4:00. It is a super fun event put on by ArtPace where teams chalk up the streets of downtown. This year the center is at the corner of Houston and Main Avenue and our Visual Art team will be on Main towards the end closest to Houston St. Chalk, food music, fun! Hope to see you there! Map is attached. 

Other reminders:

NESA pARTners SAEF, a scholarship fund which helps students afford enrichment outside of school, applications deadline coming up on October 26th at 4:30. Here is the link to the application Please remember this is the only semester Seniors can apply!

Other miscellany: (I want to note that when I send out flyers and things that come across my desk, they are for informational purposes only. I do not endorse the events in any way. I just want to share out opportunities I see for our kids! )

San Antonio Library is holding Teen Arts Fest Saturday November 3rd from 11-4 at the Central Library. They want kids to come but also to show case a few of our kids! See attached flyer for more info!TAF_2018_flyer-107nuk5


Have a great weekend!

Note from pARTners

Hello NESA pARTners!

We hope you are enjoying a day off with your students!

As a reminder, our next NESA pARTners meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/9) at 7:15 p.m. in the LEE Library.  It is starting 15 minutes late due to a meeting being held in the library just before ours.

Also, the sign up below is for a volunteer opportunity to help serve show meals during the extended hours Newsies rehearsals and week day shows.

Thanks for all that you do to support the students, NESA and NESA pARTners!

Best Regards,

Lisa Anderson (MT Show Meals Chair)

on Behalf of NESA pARTners

Director’s Notes Oct. 5, 2018

Director’s Notes October 5, 2018

October is here! Boy time flies when you are having fun! We had a great Instrumental Music show yesterday and some Visual Art fun tonight! Can you believe our fall auditions for 2019-2020 are tomorrow?!

Please remember- Monday is a student Holiday! A perfect time for students to catch up on work or their sleep!


Silent Auction Info and a note from NESA pARTners

The pARTners silent auction is a huge fundraiser that supports NESA initiatives. The things we can do that go above and beyond a normal school- this is how that happens. One of our goals as a school is to increase guest artists and special topics workshops in the arts for our each of our majors, but that cannot happen without help. Please take a moment and read the message below to see how you can help support your child and our school!

Hello NESA Parents and members of NESA pARTners,

We are off to a fabulous start of the year! Thank you, for being a part of this wonderful program. We are excited for the upcoming NESA performance of the award-winning Disney production of NEWSIES the Broadway Musical, November 1 – 4 and November 8 – 11 at LEE High School Auditorium!   In support of this performance NESA pARTners, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization will be sponsoring a Silent Auction Saturday, November 3 and November 10.   100% of all proceeds from the silent auction will go towards supporting all NESA magnet programs and majors.

We are asking you, your friends, families and supporters of NESA to donate items to be auctioned off during the 2-week run of NEWSIES.  We are seeking donations of vacation and weekend getaways, spa packages, entertainment and sporting event tickets, museum and zoo passes, gift cards, and even home improvement, decorating and personal services. 

To participate please email NESA pARTners at or If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to call the NESA Office at (210)356-1033. 

Important Dates:

Donation drop off at the NESA Office, Saturday, October 20th between 9AM – 1PM

Email for special arrangement drop off, Friday, October 19th between 4PM – 7PM

We are very grateful for your involvement and support!

-NESA pARTners

Miscellaneous Opportunities and reminders (NESA in no way endorses these opportunities, this section is meant for informational purposes only) :

  • Dance opportunity at Trilogy Dance Center on Nov. 10th and 11th. Classes with guest artists. See flyer attached for more information
  • Volunteer opportunity for students at Las Lomas ES on October 26th from 5:30-8:30. Please see attached flyer!PTA Fall Festival Las Lomas-22atrmg
  • Seniors and senior parents- FAFSA is open as of Oct. 1st! Its time to apply for financial aid for college! (I told you time flies!

Also, reminder- the Ads for the Musical theater season playbills are starting to come in! Spread the words to local businesses and entrepreneurs! Form is attached. MT palybill ad form-26h85fu

Have a great weekend!

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

Director’s Notes 09-28-18

Director’s Notes Sept. 28, 2018

Did you feel the chill in the air this week? Fall is here and our programs are really starting to ramp up! Please make sure in this busy time that your students are getting plenty of rest! As the cold weather descends, unfortunately so does cold and flu season. Below you will find some information on flu shots, as well as other helpful info! Always contact me if you have questions!


Last out of major participation opportunities coming up for the nine weeks!

Instrumental Music’s first concert of the year is this Thursday Oct. 4th in the Theater. Performance begins at 7pm! This concert is free! Join us!

Visual Artists– the VA’s are having a show this first Friday, October 5th!  It is a teacher/student showcase featuring the works of Katlyn Powell, Briana Galan, and Allison Maldonado, along with Mr. Stevens. It will be at the Flats apartment complex at Big Tex 423 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204.  There will be a tent and tables out next to the Burgerteca Restaurant on the river right next to the Blue Star Arts Complex.  The show will take place from 6pm to 8:30 with a sign in sheet.  There is no designated parking for visitors in the complex so please plan accordingly.


Musical Theater Playbill Advertisement

Advertising opportunity in this season’s Musical Theater playbills. If you are interested the form is attached to this email and MT’s have the forms! MT palybill ad form-26h85fu


Clear NESA bags

Clear NESA backpacks are here! Designed as a backpack or a secondary bag for students to keep rehearsal clothes, props, and other things they may need to haul around campus. With a clear bag, students don’t have to stress about getting the bag put away before school starts or grabbing it after school. They can have it anytime! Bags are $8 at the NESA office. If you visit my blog you can see pictures of the bags!


Homecoming Dance is Saturday, Sept 29th at Littleton Gym from 7pm -11pm.

Students can still purchase a Homecoming dance ticket at the door on Saturday for $25.


NESA Senior Dues

Students should have received a form to return with their Senior fee. The $35 senior fee, which covers a senior t-shirt, a senior trip, and graduation stole, is now being accepted in the NESA office anytime we are open and available 8:00 am-4:30 pm. In case lost, the form is attached. Senior dues for attachment-11r5eti


Other dates to know:

October 5 – Early Release @ 2:15
October 8- Student Holiday
October 9 – voter registration deadline for the November 6 General Election
October 10- PSAT
October 26th– End of nine weeks grading period

As we enter into the most exciting month of October and Halloween approaches, please remember costumes are not allowed at school. Even on Halloween. Neither is full face paint! This is for safety purposes. Thank you for your understanding!


Other fun and informative stuff:

Looking for volunteer opportunities this holiday season? See the attached flyer from the Salvation Army! Salvation Army 2018 Volunteer Opportunities-2b8puxv

The Public Library’s Rock the Plaza event flyer is also attached. RockthePlaza_2018_flyer-1jgzilg