In preparation for the next couple of weeks…

Hello Parents and Guardians,

In preparation for the next couple of weeks, we wish to give you some helpful details.

First, there will NOT be 8th-period classes on April 4, 5, 12, or 13th.

On Tuesday, April 4th, and Wednesday, April 5th, all dance students will report directly to Popejoy Hall on the UNM campus for the spring dance technical rehearsal. Please refer to the email sent out by Ms. Montoya for specific details.

All students not enrolled in dance classes will report directly to campus to participate in educational workshops. Seniors that are not at tech rehearsal with PowerSchool grades in any classes of C or lower will be required to attend study hall on campus on both days. Non-dance students in grades 6-11 with grades of D and below will participate in study hall before being admitted to workshops.

There is no school on April 7th in observance of the vernal holiday and Monday, April 10th is a staff in-service, no school for students.

State-mandated testing will take place at PAPA on Tuesday, April 12th, and Wednesday, April 13th in an event we call Panda Assessment Week (PAW) “PAW-tential”. As a college preparatory institution, we value the results of state testing and make our best effort to capture a snapshot of the academic progress of all of our students. We never opt out of testing and work to create an environment for students that celebrates their academic efforts while practicing mindfulness and social and emotional learning strategies. In true PAPA fashion, we work together with breakfast, yoga/mindfulness, testing, and fun learning workshops. Workshops this year range from healthy relationships, art, acting, working dog demonstration, communication skills, dance, music, and class games. Students should bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes appropriate for movement.

Here are the specific times and dates for the tests:

Wed., 4/12 Thurs., 4/13 Fri., 4/14
Grade 11
8 am-1 pm Grade 11
8:30 am-12 pm Grade 8
8:10 am-12 pm
Grade 6- 11
8:45 am-12 noon Grades 6-11
8:30 am- 1 pm All other grades to resume classes

We appreciate you helping your student(s) to be present and ready to start on time, each day.


Melanie Dunn-Chavez

Executive Director