Letter from Transportation

June 10, 2019
Dear NESA Families,
All students who are enrolled in any of the NEISD magnet schools are provided shuttle transportation from the home campus to the magnet school; shuttle transportation will be provided back to the home campus. The family is responsible for getting the student to the home campus to board the shuttle transport.  Departure and return times from and to the home campus will be viewable on the NEISD transportation page one week prior to the first day of classes.

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, all students who plan to utilize shuttle transportation to and/or from a magnet school will be required to register for the shuttle transport.  Please register your students(s) on the NEISD Transportation home page.  The transportation registration will be open June 1 and close August 2, 2019.  The purpose of a registration process will assist transportation to properly secure the number of buses required at each campus and ensure that all bus drivers have a roster of students who ride each shuttle transport.

Questions regarding magnet school transportation may be directed to NEISD Transportation office at 210.356.9200.

Director’s Notes: June 5th, 2019

Tomorrow is the last day of school!

A few reminders as we wrap it up:

NEXT YEAR: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL — August 19, 2019; LAST DAY OF SCHOOL— May 28, 2020


Big NESA Calendar dates to start the year:

New Student Orientation: August 7th 9:30 meet in NESA lobby

Mandatory Parent Meeting: Aug. 22nd  6:30-8:30 in the Theater


And some things still relevant for this year:

-Seniors- Meet Thursday morning in the auditorium at 8:45 for a pre-rehearsal rehearsal and last minute reminders for graduation. Graduation rehearsal starts promptly at 1:30 at Freeman Coliseum.  If you are taking the bus there from LEE, the bus starts loading at 12:15 and will return around 3:45/ 4:00. You can also drive there or be dropped off.
Graduation is on Sunday. Please do not forget your NESA stoles!

Mainstage shows for 2019-2020

The Theatrical productions for the 2019-2020 school year were announced this afternoon. I hope you will plan on joining us for Mama Mia! This Fall, Carrie: The Musical, in Winter and The Merchant of Venice this Spring!

Summer Assignments:

Please check with your teachers to see if your student has summer assignments. I know CW and VAs do!


Thank you to everyone reading this for a wonderful first year here as NESA Director. I am so looking forward to year two! I hope everyone has a fun relaxing summer and we will see you next year!


Sarah Pagona
Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes May 31, 2019

And there goes May…

Pics of our seniors

Check out the senior’s pics on my blog site! Nesadirector.edublogs.org
Most of the seniors came out to celebrate their journey from high school to college and the excitement was palpable!


I would like to introduce the NESA community to our new Creative Writing Teacher!

Mrs. Charney will be starting with us in the fall and we couldn’t be more excited. She has both a passion for teaching kids and a huge passion for creative writing.

Amie Charney has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside PD, and a BA in Literature and Writing, with a minor in theater, from California State University SM. She has been teaching high school AP English, AP Seminar, American Literature and World Literature for the past seven years, most recently at the International School of the Americas. She also teaches creative writing fiction workshops for adult writers. Amie is a published author and has short stories and poetry published in literary journals as well as a chapbook. Her first full length novel is due for publication in the Summer of 2020. Amie studied fiction at UCR as her main discipline, but also screenwriting, playwriting, and poetry. This year, she won the San Antonio Writers Guild Award for fiction, and most recently appeared at the Tobin Center in Listen to Your Mother, a staged reading of original work. Amie is originally from Seattle, Washington, and is a proud Marine Corps wife (her husband, Michael, just retired). She is mom to Lauren, a sophomore at Texas A&M, and Alex a junior at NESA.



JR Class Rank

Information about Junior class rank over the summer will be sent out in the LEE Principal newsletter next week so current Junior parents keep an eye out for that info!

Summer School Registration Deadlines

Thursday, June 13th:

High School Summer School (online only)

There will be no on-site or late registration at the summer school campuses.

Chinese Summer Camp

For Incoming 9th Grade at LEE and ISA (JUNE 10-13, 2019 from 8:00AM- 4:00PM)
Camp Location: ISA
Cost to students: free, the students will bring their own lunch from Monday to Wednesday, Thursday we will have lunch at a Chinese restaurant after the San Antonio Museum of Art visit.

Overview of the program: The Chinese Summer Camp provides the immersive learning experiences for the students from our filter schools (Nimitz, Jackson, and ISA admitted freshmen for the school year 2019-2020.
The camp provides our students with a unique opportunity to have a first-hand experience of Chinese language and culture. Students study Chinese each day in the morning and engage in a range of fun activities in the afternoon. The last day of camp we will go to San Antonio Museum of Art (Asian Wing), and we will go to a local Chinese restaurant to have Chinese food.

For questions on the Chinese Summer Camp Contact Information via email preferred: xxu@neisd.net
Xueling Xu

Writer’s Camp

Check out the flyer from UTSA .
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 NESA Summer Camp

Our multi-major summer camp is meant for 6-9th graders and should be a lot of fun! More information and registration is available at http://www.tinyurl.com/nesasummercamp2019


One more school week to go. I know everyone is checking grades and attendance. Last chance for Saturday school is this Saturday. Please contact me or come see me if you need anything!


Sarah Pagona

Director of the North East School of the Arts

Director’s Notes May 24, 2019

Well we just wrapped up our last five day week of this school year.  Monday is a holiday, and school gets out on a Thursday this year, which means we have two four day weeks left! That’s 8 days left of school.

Please please please take this time to check your student’s grades (students take this time to check your own grades!). It’s getting down to the wire and I am seeing some failing grades.

And of course we are not done yet with all our fun!

Banquet is Sunday from 6-11 at the Hyatt Hill Country.

Freshman voice recital Tuesday at 7.

Senior voice recital Wednesday at 7.

Senior exams start on Thursday the 30th. Exams for everyone else start on Tuesday.

Banquet Info:

Banquet tickets are still on sale through midnight Saturday night on the pARTners website. Banquet is open to ALL NESA students and their families. For more info see the pARtners site https://www.nesapartners.net/banquet


Expectations and guidelines for NESA Banquet 2019 (My note to students)

Banquet is almost here! This is a very exciting and fun evening, but also could be a time of great temptation to make bad decisions. In order to keep everyone safe we are asking that you understand and abide by the following guidelines:

-All school rules apply to banquet. This includes but is not limited to rules about tobacco (including vape pens/juuls), drugs, alcohol, weapons, and inappropriate conduct. Consequences for violations of these rules are the same as if they happened at school and can be life-changingly serious.

-This is NOT a public event. Everyone must have a ticket to attend and any persons who are not allowed on the school campus are also not allowed at the banquet. Again, the banquet is an extension of school as it is a school event.

– New security measures for banquet are being taken, including the presence of police officers, and the distribution of wristbands upon entry.

– Purses and bags will be checked upon entry by NESA staff and police for the safety and security of everyone attending.

-There will be no ins and outs allowed at the event.  If you have left something in your car, you will not be allowed to retrieve it and return. The same is true if you have procured a nearby hotel room. You will not be allowed in and out of the event. Period.

There is an outside area that students will be allowed into, but it will not be the lawn connecting to the parking lots. It is a contained and controlled area connected to the banquet hall.

Thank you for your adherence to these rules and for meeting the high expectations we have of you as NESA students!


Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

Till next week,

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

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 www.seatyourself.biz/nesa 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 www.nesapartners.net. 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. www.seatyourself.biz/nesa

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 www.seatyuorself.biz/nesa 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 spagon@neisd.net

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 http://tinyurl.com/nesasummercamp2019 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 https://www.nesapartners.net/banquet 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 www.seatyuorself.net/nesa 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  https://www.nesapartners.net/saef

-Banquet tickets are on sale now through the NESA pARTners website.  Banquet is May 26th. https://www.nesapartners.net/banquet

-Senior Bios and pictures for the Banquet Program are currently due with a deadline to submit by May 1st! Submit HERE https://www.nesapartners.net/banquet

-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 spagon@neisd.net 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 www.neisd.net/nesa


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 www.sossanantonio.org 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