February 12, 2019

PAPA Celebrates Black History Month
Eubie Blake was born James Hubert Blake in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 7, 1883.   He died one hundred years later on February 12, 1983 having become one of the most important figures in early 20th-century African American music and a major contributor to ragtime and early jazz music and culture.

Blake began his musical journey at age four playing a pump organ.  At 15, he became a professional musician playing ragtime songs in a sporting house. In 1905, he moved to New York City, where he asked Will Cook to assist him in promoting his first song, “Sounds of Africa.”   When a buyer offered $100, Blake was elevated to the status of a professional songwriter.  Although negotiations between Blake and the buyer ended without a sale, the song was later renamed ‘The Charleston Rag.”

Blake returned to Baltimore where he performed with C. Luckeyeth Roberts and James Johnson.  In 1910, he married Avis Lee, a classical pianist.  Four years later he published his first song, Chevy Chase, and in 1915 he met his longtime song writing partner, Noble Sissle with whom he first wrote the Sophie Tucker hit, “It’s All Your Fault.”

Blake and Sissle collaborated to create Shuffle Along, the first all-black musical hit on Broadway.  The show and its hit songs, “I’m Just Wild about Harry” and “Love Will Find a Way,” were so popular that in 1921 the show was performed by three different touring companies.  Blake also created some shows on his own including Swing It and Blackbirds.

When ragtime faded in popularity by the early 1920s, Blake shifted to jazz and performed continuously until 1946 when he took a 23 year hiatus from show business.  He returned in 1969, at the age of 86.  Blake toured the world playing piano and giving lectures on ragtime music and helped promote the ragtime revival of the 1970s which partly grew out of the popularity of the Robert Redford film The Sting.  Eubie Blake gave talks and performed his music well into his nineties.  In 1979 the musical Eubie was created from his work; Blake himself made several cameo appearances in performances across the United States.  Eubie Blake passed away in New York City shortly after his 100th birthday.


Eubie Blake


Watch Eubie Blake by Ken McPherson on Dailymotion here

Paint Night Fundraiser

PAPA Visual Art is having another paint night fundraiser with “Relax…It’s Just Art!” on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5pm-7pm at Catopia Cat Rescue Cafe. Catopia will be selling food and drinks before and during the event.

You can arrive early at Catopia and spend time with the rescue cats, all of whom are up for adoption!


Tickets are $30 each, and include a large canvas, materials, paint, instruction, stencils, and clean-up. You’ll take your painting home at the end of the event.


Seating is limited, so please sign up today! Payment is due when you sign up. You can pay cash, check, or card to Jackie Danfelser in the PAPA business office OR exact change/check to Ms. Beck. Please make checks out to PAPA. All proceeds go to buy more art materials and supplies for PAPA Visual Art.


I’ll send out a poster soon with an example of what we’ll be painting.


Thank you for your support!


For more info about Catopia, please visit https://www.catopiacatcafe.com/


For more info about PAPA’s Paint Night with “Relax…It’s Just Art”, please contact Ms. Beck at jbeck@paparts.org


Stop and Smell the Roses and Carnations

High school student council will be selling carnations and roses for Valentine’s Day delivery. You can buy your flowers in Ms. Blackwell’s room during Mid or High school lunch. The cost is $2/ carnation or 3 for $5, and $3/ rose or 2 for $5.


Do you struggle with Math? 

UNM Continuing Education is offering a 5-week Learning to Love Math class for high school students starting February 23rd.  Visit MathNM.wordpress.com or see Ms. Maestas for a flyer.


Progress Reports

“Students if you did not receive your Progress Report yesterday, please check with your 7th period teacher.  If you do not have a 7th period please check with Ms. Candelaria in the Registrar’s Office.”

NHS is hosting a week of appreciation


Today: appreciate someone you are thankful for! Write a nice note to a teacher, friend, or family member!

Tomorrow: appreciate your friends! Give them a hug and tell them you appreciate them!

Thursday: Valentine’s Day! Appreciate love!

Friday: appreciate yourself and come in your fancy attire!

Let’s spread some appreciation  PAPA!”

Health, wellness and good eats!

Here are some ways to make healthy changes in your eating habits: Keep more fruits, low-fat dairy products (low-fat milk and low-fat yogurt), vegetables, and whole-grain foods at home. Focus on adding healthy food to your diet, rather than just taking unhealthy foods away.


-Breakfast Tomorrow: Sausage breakfast pizza, fruit, 100% fruit juice, fat free chocolate milk or 1% white milk

-Lunch today: Breaded chicken sandwich, lettuce, tomato, ranch beans, baked fries, grapes and fat free chocolate milk or 1% white milk

**If you want to eat lunch today, tell your teacher.

**Teachers please enter the number of students for lunch into PowerSchool ASAP, thanks!


-Link to breakfast and lunch menu:

Food Services


Congratulations to the fantastic PAPA artists who won this year’s art contest for Spring Dance Concert!  Check out PAPA’s Facebook page to see each artist’s work.

1st place: Ashely Ramos

2nd place: Brendan Oberg

3rd place: Sally Vogel

Winners will have their art featured in the Dance Concert Program + other prizes.  Thanks to EVERYONE who participated.

PAPA Spirit Gear

PAPA Parents, Students & Alumni!  There have been several requests for “PAPA” logo clothing so we now present to you:  “Spirit Gear” will have the following items available for purchase until the end of February.  All sales are online.  Items will be delivered to the school free of charge after Spring Break or can be delivered to your home for an additional shipping fee.



Tickets for 5 6 7 8 : the PAPA Spring Dance Concert are on sale now!  Tickets may be purchased online, by phone or in person at the NHCC box office, NOT at PAPA. This show will sell out, so get your tickets now!


PAPA’s Dance Department presents

5 6 7 8 : Spring Dance Concert

Thursday, March  7 & Friday, March 8


Tickets $7/$12/$17

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th Street SW




PAPA Lottery

Here is a link to the Application:



Art to Remember at PAPA:

Order forms will be sent home to parents/guardians on Friday, March 1st, 2019

Order forms are due to Ms. Beck on Friday, March 8, 2019

Order forms are available in English and Spanish.

Don’t forget to share your online order code with extended family, friends, and art lovers!

You can select FREE shipping to PAPA or pay to have items shipped to any home address.


Questions: Please email jbeck@paparts.org


All proceeds will go to the PAPA Visual Arts department.

Thank you so much for your continued support,


Coder Career

Thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program.  Applications are open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders and are due April 15th.  See link in email sent home.