February 7, 2020

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TONIGHT – The Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA) music department presents The Music in Us, a “Best of the Best” combined concert. Hear collaborations from advanced choir, orchestra, guitar, piano, band, and Mariachi students. Music connects us through our culture, our histories, and our celebrations. It is what brings us together. Come celebrate music with us. All student and adult tickets are general admission.

Any tickets not sold in advance will be available at the door for an increased price. Adults $10 Students $5.

As seating is general admission, no seat saving will be permitted.

Link to Ticket Sales:


SENIORS!  You & your collaborator need to meet w/ Ms. Montoya today to confirm final details for Senior Showcase.  She will come find YOU!  Please don’t come to her!


ATTENTION Performing Arts Seniors, Juniors, and super-focused, serious Sophomores (and maybe Freshmen)!  AMDAwill be here on MONDAY for auditions and workshops!  See the “Arts Alert” board for more info or talk to a performing arts instructor so that you can be best prepared!  https://www.amda.edu/  Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Senior Showcase is February 21!  Tickets are ON SALE! https://www.onthestage.com/show/public-academy-for-performing-arts/senior-showcase-2020-16329


Sweaters, shirts and sneakers on my – yes all these things and more can be found! Check for your missing stuff today!

NHS will be selling heart shaped balloons! Each balloon is $2.00 and is on a stick. Come to the front of Mr. Powers room during high school lunch to get your balloons.

Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt Competition | NM Black History Organizing Committee – gives prize money to top three winners.


Our roses are red.

Our carnations are bright. 

Come get your flowers soon,

so you can get it right!

High School Student Council has a limited number of carnations and roses that can be ordered by February 7 – that’s today. The price of a single rose is $3.50, a single carnation is $2.00, a combo of a single rose and single carnation is $5.00. Flowers will be sold in Ms.Layton’s room during middle school and high school lunch. All purchases require knowledge of the receivers 2nd period class for all deliveries. All sales are final and support your High School 2020 Prom.


National Honor Society is sponsoring the PAPA Valentine’s Day Spirit Week. Monday is Pajama day, Tuesday is Twin day, Wednesday is fancy dress, Thursday is time travel day and Friday is Love is Love day. Wear pink, white, or red.

Mr. Ocken’s US History students will be treated to a cross-curricular experience this month when they travel to Popejoy Hall to see The Langston Highes Project, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz featuring Ron McCurdy Quartet.  The Langston Hughes Project is a joyful multimedia concert performance, created around Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite.  “Ask your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz”- set during the period of the Harlem Renaissance-deals with the struggle for artistic and social freedom for African American people, and the show connects the historical dots between the Civil Rights Movement, the colonization of African countries and today’s landscape.  This is Huges’ homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s.  This trip is sponsored by City Councilor Don Harris.


PAPA is sending a group of middle school boys this month to participate in V.I.B.E. “Victory in Black Empowerment” sponsored by the Office of African American Affairs and APS as well as several other organizations.  V.I.B.E. is a one day summit with a mission to provide young boys of color an opportunity to embrace themselves, achieve greater inner strength, and support one another along their journey.

APS and this Hispanic Scholarship Fund are hosting a free and bilingual workshop providing valuable information on how to prepare, plan and pay for college on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5:30-8:30 pm at Cibola High School. A light dinner and refreshments will be provided. Register using the link sent home:

Register for HSF College 101

High school singers, have you heard of the Schmidt Vocal Competition?  They have auditions all over the country and award cash and scholarships for your performances!  The first audition this semester is March 7th in Georgia, but there are also auditions as close as Nevada and California in March.  Applications are due 2 weeks before auditions.  Check out the link sent home and posted on the PAPA Academics page under “For Students & Parents” for more information: https://schmidtvocalarts.org/svc2019-20/?utm_source=mdr&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=mdrspotlight&utm_content=svc


Looking for a paid summer internship in Southern California? Will you be 18 years old by June 14th?  The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is looking for summer interns, and the deadline to apply is March 13th.  You would earn $13 an hour, housing is provided, and you would work 35 hours a week between June 15th and August 14th in Simi Valley, California.  If you’re interested check out the link sent home and and posted on the PAPA Academics page under “For Students & Parents.” https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/students/paid-internships/


What happens when you don’t eat enough food?


Skipping meals can absolutely have significant effects on your brain and body.

When you skip a meal, your body starts to run low on its immediate glucose supply. Low blood sugar can zap your energy, making you feel sluggish and weak. It can also make it hard to concentrate because your brain doesn’t have the fuel it needs to think straight. Other low blood sugar symptoms can include shakiness, sweatiness, and irritability. Hello, hangriness.

What’s for lunch today??

Mini Pancakes, Syrup cup, Turkey Sausage, Taterbucks, Mango-licious Smoothie, Fresh Fruit, Salad Bar and Milk.

Please order lunch each and every day! If you order come and get it. Thank you!


Link to Lunch menu:

Next year’s calendar has been approved – the link will be emailed home!