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.

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: 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

Director’s Notes Dec. 21, 2018

We made it! Winter break is upon us!

Our school is closed from Monday, December 24, 2018, thru Monday, January 7, 2019. The first day back to school is January 8, 2019.

We have asked that our teachers and staff unplug from their email for a majority of the holiday break.  So if you have an issue, you might not receive a reply until January 7, 2019.

I hope you all have a happy holidays and a restful break!

See you in 2019!

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

Director’s Notes Dec. 14, 2018

Happy Friday NESA families! Today I saw children giving gifts to each other, I heard a lovely Hanukkah song, listened to stories of students volunteering at the food bank and Elf Louise, saw a person go out of their way to help a stranger and I realized that we are well into the Holiday season! Time flies, but the mood of this place warms my heart.

Need a little cheer? Or maybe just some beautifully orated poems? Then you should join us for Creative Writing’s It’s A Wonderful Night show on Saturday! Show starts at 7 in the auditorium. Ticket prices have dropped and are now $3, $2 for students, and all proceeds benefit Creative Writing. We would love to see you there!

Finals start on Tuesday so I also know that while being joyous and caring, kids are also stressed. I encourage everyone to get some rest this weekend! Sometimes the best thing you could to to prep for tests is to be rested!

On the opposing note, please check on your student’s grades. There is still time to make up work!

Please remember, Thursday and Friday are early release days and school will be out at 1:30.

On Thursday, NRF is hosting its Polar Express movie fundraiser in the Auditorium after the early release so students can stay, socialize and watch a new holiday classic.

At 3:30 after the movie on Thursday, Visual Art families are invited to meet Mrs. Gonzales, their new teacher, in the art room! She will be joining our NESA family on Jan. 7th!

A note: If seniors need their transcripts before winter break is over they must have the request in to the counseling office before noon on Friday.

Also, Congratulations to Julia Mahavier, our NESA wide winner of Poetry Out Loud! We will be sending her to the state competition in February! Big thanks to Creative writing moms for helping out with this! I could not have made it happen without you! My favorite part of this month so far has been seeing how the NESA community can come together to do what is best for kids!

Have a great weekend!

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

Director’s Notes December 7, 2018

Welcome to December! We have a busy week before we settle into midterm exams! I encourage everyone to come out the Cinema and Creative writing shows this week. These guys could really use the good energy a warm bustling crowd brings! Plus the shows are going to be pretty impressive!


  • Outsiders Film Festival

Join us Monday, Dec. 10th at 7:00 in the theater at NESA. Watch some amazing short films and animations, enjoy some refreshments, snap a pic at the photo booth! Plus, its free!


  • It’s A Wonderful Night

Saturday, December 15th at 7 pm in the auditorium.  Tickets are $2 for students, $5 for guests and teacher get in free with ID!


  • NRF fundraiser

Watch the Polar Express on Thursday, December 20th with friends after school on one of the early release days!


Please note: the Winter Dance has been cancelled this weekend.

Progress reports went home today, but I also encourage everyone to use family access and check on your student’s progress as we near the end of the semester.  End of term exams start Dec. 18th.

Warmest regards,

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

Director’s Notes Nov. 30th

Director’s Notes Nov. 30th 2018

We have so many great things going on at NESA this month! We came back from the holiday and hit the ground running!

I want to share how every day I am so impressed with the work ethic and intelligence of our students. They volunteer when help is needed, look out for each other, and work so hard! I love seeing their smiling faces in the hall and in their classes. It reminds me every day of why I am in this position and I know my teachers feel the same way. The multitude of performances you will find below only scratch the surface of their immense talent and dedication!


  • Steppin’ Into the Holidays

Our amazing holiday dance production is opens tonight to a sold out house! There are still seats available for the shows at 2:30 and 7:30 on Saturday, as well as 2:30 on Sunday, though I have no doubt the house will be full by curtain time. Tickets are $15 at the door. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.


  • Outsiders Film Festival

Cinema’s annual Outsiders film fest is coming up!! Join us Monday, Dec. 10th at 7:00 to see some amazing short films and have some fun and refreshments! This event is free and counts as out of major credits for many NESA students!


  • It’s A Wonderful Night

On December 15th at 7 pm creative writing is holding their annual winter show and inter-major collaboration. Tickets are $2 for students, $5 for guests and teacher get in free with ID!


  • NRF fundraiser

NESA Representative Forum (our student council basically!)are holding a fundraiser and social event on Thursday, December 20th. They will be showing the Polar Express and Cinema short films right after school on the early release day during final exams week. Kids can take a break with friends before that last exam and the holidays are upon us! More info to come soon!


  • LEE Winter dance

The Winter formal dance held by the LEE student council is Saturday Dec. 8th at 7pm.


  • Tobin center tickets

The Tobin Center is happy to invite NESA students to be our guests at our Benefit Concert! An invitation, including how to arrange tickets, is attached.  It’s a fast turnaround, but we hope to have some amazing students (and teachers) attend. The Tobin Center is proud to present-ssja90


As always, I am here if you need me. Have a great weekend!

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

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: