You’re Invited!

PAPA Administration/Faculty/Staff/Parents,

The Governing Council would like to extend a special invitation to each of you to attend your Public Academy for Performing Arts council meetings.  Our regular meeting schedule is:

Name:     PAPA Governing Council

Date:       Last Tuesday of Every Month

Time:       3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location:  Portable 2, PAPA Campus

As public officials, council members are representatives of the people of the school.  Our decisions are based on the needs of all the people and the overall educational interests of our students.  Problems are not decided on the basis of geographic divisions, personal interests, special interest groups, political expediency, or bias or prejudice for or against individuals or groups.  As Governing Council members, we are charged with seeing that the school is well-managed, tax dollars are wisely spent, and the investment and interests of the public are protected.  Council members are obligated to maintain fair and equitable employment practices for all employees in keeping with local, state and federal law, to seek their professional advice and judgment, to support and provide for their needs, and to promote good relationships and morale among the staff.  Council members have an obligation to support a structure that provides valuable learning experiences for all students, strives to meet the unique and separate needs of individuals, and recognizes and protects the rights and responsibilities of these young citizens.

Each of you is integral in ensuring the Governing Council achieves these goals.  Please accept this as a standing invitation to attend and contribute to our meetings.

We will see you there!

Mark A. Padilla
President, PAPA Governing Council

PAPA Charter Renewal Update

PAPA administration would like to thank the Governing Council (GC), School Advisory Council (SAC), staff and the PTSO President for their assistance in completing the 2014 APS Charter Renewal Application!  PAPA’s Charter has to be renewed every five years.  This is the third renewal.  APS will review the application and make a final decision by January, 2015.  Click the links to check out what PAPA has been doing over the past four years and review our goals for the next cycle.  The information is a culmination of effort by the PAPA school community based on data and input through surveys, groups and one-on-one.  The final review was performed by the SAC and GC.  The application was approved for submission to APS on 9/30/14.

APPENDIX A – PAPA 2010 Balance Sheets

APPENDIX A – PAPA 2011 Balance Sheets

APPENDIX A – PAPA 2012 Balance Sheets

APPENDIX A – PAPA 2013 Balance Sheets

APPENDIX B – Petition of Employees

APPENDIX C – Petition of Households

APPENDIX D – E-Occupancy

PAPA Charter Renewal Application 2014

2013-14 School Year Calendar

The final Revised PAPA Calendar 2013 14 has been approved by the Governing Council.  Much consideration was given to number of hours/days, early release days/in-service and Spring Break.  We truly appreciate the input from the community.  The GC did consider the date of Spring Break.  It was decided to leave the dates separate from APS, because of the length of time between winter break and Spring Break.  The Council agreed that the time is just too lengthy to maintain the best from students in class and on their state mandated testing.  Also, the time after Spring Break was too short, giving Seniors only 3 weeks until finals.  Following is a breakdown of community input:



Early release should be on Fridays


Likes proposed schedule – More balanced for students


Don’t like early dismissal – hard on working parents – should have full days instead – shortened days are not productive – prefer 2-3 full days


Want APS Spring Break – Can’t have family vacation if Spring Break is different from APS – siblings attend APS


Like the long fall break and vernal holiday


Likes that non-school days coincide with federal holidays


Agree with timing of breaks


Glad to see Veteran’s Day off


Like the Spring Break, April is too late


How about a 2-week Spring Break?


PAPA School Colors

Over the past few years, the PAPA community has been at odds identifying exactly what the school colors are supposed to be.  Apparently, they have changed a few times.  It is time to solidify the colors, so we can arrange letterman jackets and color-code all our “stuff”.  Since the logo is readily recognized, we will not change its colors.  The HS Student Council was asked to come up with color choices to choose from.  The choices follow:

  • Black and white
  • Teal, black and white
  • Purple, black and white
  • Purple, black and silver
  • Purple, teal and black

If you would like cast your vote for one of the above, please e-mail

Thank you!

Doreen A. Winn
Executive Director
Public Academy for Performing Arts
3000 Adams St., NE
Albuquerque, NM  87110
Phone:  830-3128
Fax:  830-9930

Governing Council Openings

The Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA), an APS chartered 6th-12th grade public school, provides a college prep curriculum while also focusing on dance, film, acting, choir, band, orchestra, theatre, and visual arts instruction.  We are directed by an all-volunteer Governing Council that currently has vacancies.  It is our desire to recruit “movers and shakers” for these positions who will be able to meet for 2 hours monthly (5:30pm), as well as participate in mandated trainings, attend school performances as able, and work towards the constant improvement/growth of the schoolThis is an ideal opportunity for an individual who is interested in arts and college prep education for students in grades 6-12 to give back to their community!  Please send a resume and letter of interest to Scott Gullett, Chair, Governing Council Nominating Committee, or 3000 Adams St. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87110 or call 830-3128 for more information. The deadline to receive the above information is March 29, 2013.

My Favorite Teacher Contest – Deadline March 1

TO:     All New Mexico Schools

From:   Sally Newcomb, CRM, Barnes & Noble, Coronado Center, Albuquerque


There’s still time for your school’s students to nominate their favorite teacher to be the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year!

The deadline is March 1, 2013.

The My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher.  The teachers can be from Elementary, Middle or High School.

Participating schools collect the essays and submit them to the Albuquerque, Coronado Center Barnes & Noble store for consideration.  Entries will be judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

The local winning teacher will be recognized at an event at the Albuquerque, Coronado Center Barnes & Noble at 6600 Menaul Blvd., NE, where they will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement and additional recognition and praise from their community. The student who wrote the winning essays or poems will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored at the Coronado Center store during a ceremony for the winning teacher.

The winning teacher picked from the Coronado Center store will be entered into the regional contest.  Each regional winner will receive a NOOK Tablet™ and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.   From the pool of regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.  The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “My Favorite Teacher.”  The winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at their local Barnes & Noble store.  The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000.

Only middle and high school students and active teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win.  The contest rules can be found at <>.

We look forward to recognizing your teachers at our event soon.

Thank you,

Sally A. Newcomb
Community Relations Manager
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
6600 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM  87110

Phone: 505.883.8200
Voicemail: 505.883.8236
Fax: 505.883.8238