News Update Aug 16

The Placement Test and Auditions will be held this Friday, August 18 at the Warren Woods Middle School. This building is located on the corner of 12 mile and Schoenherr. Please park by the Auditorium entrance.

Bus Information: Shuttle busses from Macomb Mall to AAW will leave the Mall at 7:20 am and 7:50 am. A return shuttle will leave AAW immediately after school. More information can be obtained at smartbus.org; check flexible services link for connectors, times, etc.

A letter will be mailed out soon regarding the start of school. It will also contain student schedules and locker information. Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation—it goes by fast!

July 10 – July 21

Hello AAW Family and Friends,

Work continues as usual to get us up and running. The office is now in electronic operation again. The Internet was connected recently. Our server was restored which allows us to access our email and student information. And the phones are able to dial out long distance. Make note of our new fax number, 586-294-0617.

The bid for the necessary remodeling will go out on July 12 and workers should be in the building soon after.

Keep your summer safe and fun.

News Updates: June 30, 2006

Arts Academy in the Woods is now busy preparing for the start of the new school year, September 5, 2006. The Bids are out for remodeling and upgrading our new home in Fraser. These changes are important in order for us to meet all state required safety codes for a 9-12 high school.

We will keep you updated during the summer on our progress and provide any important information as needed.

For our new students: We still plan on our next placement test and audition day to be August 18. If the building is not ready to handle the activities on this date, we will set up an alternative location and put the information on this website. Calls will be made in July to set up the auditions and testing appointments.

Don't forget our new address! 32101 Caroline Street, Fraser, 48026. We have our new phone number too. 586-294-0391. During the month of July, messages will be retrieved and responded to one day a week.

Once again, thank you to all the students, parents, staff, and friends who helped with the big move. Your help is so appreciated. We couldn't have done it with out you!

For those students who used to take the smart bus to school: We are working with the Smart Bus company to set something up. If you can get to Macomb Mall, a smart bus will be arranged to pick up AAW students by 7:20 am and bring them directly to the school. The students will then be dropped off to the Mall at 3:45 pm after school.

Keep checking the website for additional updates throughout the summer.

Have a wonderful vacation!

AAW Performance at Marygrove College

AAW alumni and current dance students in concert will be performing at the Marygrove College Theatre on April 21st and April 22nd at 8:00p.m.

Marygrove College Dance Company Presents "Being Matters"

Marygrove College Theatre
8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221

Tickets $10, Students and Seniors $5, Information: (313) 927-1568.

Class of 2006 College Acceptance

Matt Lachowski has been accepted to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, with an $18,000 scholarship. The scholarship was awarded for Matt’s strong portfolio of 2D Art.

Crystal Lukowski was accepted to the Alma College Dance Company in February with an additional $4,000.00 scholarship. Crystal had already been accepted to Alma College with a four-year Tartan scholarship totaling $28,000.00. She's really excited about belonging to the dance company at Alma since they only have 30 members and she will be able to continue performing through her college years. At the February 25th audition they told everyone that they would have to wait until after March 8th to get word, but they sent out her acceptance the very next day! That speaks pretty well for the dance department at AAW. (Crystal has also been accepted to Albion College with a Briton scholarship totaling $40,000.00. and to Central Michigan University with a $2,000 scholarship.)

Vittoria Gurski has been accepted to The University of Detroit Mercy with a 7,000 scholarship.

Lynda McChesney has been accepted into Goshen University, Indiana with a $4,000 scholarship.

Ashley Nehls has been accepted to Kettering University with a $22,000 Academic Scholarship. (Ashley has also been accepted to Michigan Technological University, and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.)

Evan Pardue has been accepted to Alma College with a $7,000 scholarship.

Kirsten Peninger has been accepted into the music program at Otterbein College with $7000 per year talent award. This brings her total merit award at Otterbein to $14,000 per year. In addition, Kirsten has been accepted to Central Michigan with a $2000 per year scholarship and a $5000 one-year scholarship. She was also recently accepted at Earlham College in Richmond, IN. Kirsten Peninger has been accepted, as a Faculty Scholar, at William Smith College, the women's college of the coordinate colleges of Hobart and William Smith in Geneva, NY. As a Faculty Scholar, Kirsten will receive a $14,000 per year scholarship. Kirsten was also selected as a semi-finalist and auditioned for the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Art Scholar program. If selected as an Art Scholar, Kirsten will be eligible for an additional scholarship, ranging from $3000 to $14,000. Notification is expected in late February.

Hiring Substitute Teachers

AAW is looking for substitute teachers. Qualifications include: a valid teaching certificate or completion of 90 credit hours at a four-year regionally accredited college or university. Interested parties can contact the office at 586-427-4569.

News Updates - June 22, 2006

Arts Academy in the Woods has moved to its new location at 32101 Caroline Street, Fraser, 48026. The building will not be open to the public until August 14, 2006. We plan to spend July and early August organizing our new home for the upcoming school year. Continue to visit our website for updates, including our new telephone number.

The next placement test and audition day is August 18, 2006. After you have attended an Information and Question Session and turned in an application, you will be called for an appointment.

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 5, 2006.

While we settle in at our new building, we do not wish to loose any future students of AAW. Interested families please download the “I am interested in enrollment…” form and mail it to 32101 Caroline Street, Fraser, 48026. The secretary will contact you in August to set up the initial enrollment procedure, Information and Question Session.

A BIG thanks to all the wonderful friends, parents, and students who have helped us to move into our new home. We couldn’t have done it without your help and support.

If you would like to help in August when we are ready to set up classrooms, etc. please call the school to volunteer. Check the website for our new phone number. Have a great summer and we look forward to the fall start of Arts Academy in the Woods in our new home!

AAW Performance at Marygrove College

AAW alumni and current dance students in concert will be performing at the Marygrove College Theatre on April 21st and April 22nd at 8:00p.m.

Marygrove College Dance Company Presents "Being Matters"

Marygrove College Theatre
8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221

Tickets $10, Students and Seniors $5, Information: (313) 927-1568.

AAW selected for Shockwave Dance Team

AAW Junior, Francisco Thurston, was selected out of 38 finalists, to be on the professional urban hip hop co-ed WNBA Shockwave Dance Team for the WNBA Detroit Shock. This will be his second year with the Shockwave Dance Team and will be performing at all 17 home games, being a role model for young kids,along with being at public appearances with the Detroit Shock. Make sure to get your tickets to any of the 17 Detroit Shock home games. Go to www.detroitshock.com for ticket information.

Moving Sculpture


Students in Introduction to Dance finished the 3rd quarter and their study of Modern Dance with a unit on Props that Dance. The “Dance Bags” help students explore the element of shape visually and kinesthetically. Senior Tara Sibley, a photography major, directed the photo shoot and documented the dancer’s exploration.

AAW Senior performs at Zeitgeist

"Ron Allen to leave town April 1? We figured it was some kind of appropriately abstract, poetic, Zen April Fool's joke at first. But, no, we're assured the Motor City poet-playwright is bound for Los Angeles. For some parting words, he's sharing the bill with upcoming bard Amas Muhammad, a senior at Arts Academy in the Woods in Warren, whose influences include Chuck Palahniuk, Kim Hunter, Sadiq Bey and ... Ron Allen." - Metro Times

Amas also performed at the Detroit 4731 Art Gallery earlier this month, along with Ron Allen. He has been asked to speak at two area high schools, as well.

Faculty Members Perform at AAW Assembly


Guitar teacher Nate Montgomery and 2D Art teacher (and former guitar teacher) Rick Jacobi performed a set of blues and jazz at AAW school assembly on Friday, March 17. They were joined by guest drummer Bill Higgins. (Thanks to Becky McMellen for the photo!)

AAW Spring Musical: Honk! Jr.


" Honk! Jr." is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale, The Ugly Duckling. This new version has been transformed into a modern musical comedy appropriate for everyone in the family.

The performances will be held on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 PM in the Arts Academy in the Woods Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ten and under.

AAW Junior Signs with Agency

Junior, Francisco Thurston, just recently auditioned for an agency, Limelight Entertainment and is going to be signed with them as a Hip Hop Dancer and possibly as a model. He's very excited about this opportunity!

Dance Ensemble Performance at Ford Community Performing Arts Center


AAW students from the Dance Ensemble performed in "Kids for Kids" at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center, on March 4th. The performance was a fundraiser for children's programming on PBS.

Hue 2 Exhibit

Numerous AAW students as well as faculty members Ms. Huntoon, Mr. Jacobi, and Ms. Mantey were invited to exhibit 2 and 3 dimensional works at the recent Hue 2 Exhibit at Stage 3 Productions in Warren. The exhibit ran from December 8 - Jan 8th, and included work from local amateur and professional artists.

Hot Lunch Program Discontinued after Winter Recess

After winter break, Mrs. Mantey will be discontinuing the hot lunch and salad bar fundraiser for her class. Please remember to start bringing a lunch (or change for the vending machines). With the profits from the lunch program, we were able to buy digital cameras, card readers, tripods, backdrops, a projection screen, blank tapes for videotaping school performances, extra memory cards, and an impressive collection of rechargeable batteries and chargers for the tech department. (Above, AAW Alumni Claire Jakubiszyn cradles a banana squash before chopping it up for the soup pot.)

AAW Hosts its First Alumni Day

On December 16, AAW hosted its first alumni day for students from the class of 2006. In addition to having refreshments and mingling with each other, returning students had a chance to watch one of the AAW assemblies. Current students from the French, Italian, and American Sign Language classes performed holiday music. Dance students from the Hip Hop Squad, Modern classes (shown below), Ballet IV and the Jazz/Hop classes performed a variety of selections.

Alice in Wonderland

AAW students John Wright and John Keck performed in the St. Clair Shores Players' production of "Alice in Wonderland" Dec 9th, 10th and 11th.Above: self-portrait, in character, by John Wright.

Model UN Class in Need of Volunteers

Ms. Bucci is seeking parent volunteers to assist her with her Model UN class. Interested parents may call the school and ask for Ms. Bucci, or email her at rbucci01@artsacad.net.

Instrumental Music Performance

The Instrumental Music Department presented "A Holiday Celebration" on Dec 16 at historic St. Josaphat Church in Detroit. The performance included orchestra, small ensemble, band, keyboard and jazz works, along with vocal and traiditional Irish dance numbers.

Upcoming Choir/Instrumental Performances

On November 30, the Madrigals will be singing prior to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular being held at the Fox Theatre, in Detroit. The ensemble was chosen after auditioning in September. They will be singing on the Grand Staircase in the main lobby of the Fox Theatre.

Students from the vocal and instrumental departments will be performing Dec 3rd at this year's Noel Night, held annually in Detroit. The Orchestra will be performing at the Detroit Science Center's Planetarium (6:00 and 7:00pm), while Broadway Bound Show Choir, Concert Choir, Madrigals, and Smooth Voices will be performing at the Detroit Institute of Arts (5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm). Join us for an evening of music as we celebrate the holiday season in the community!

AAW Students to Perform in Thanksgiving Halftime Show

AAW Juniors, Ashley Duda and Francisco Thurston will be performing live on the field with recording artist Mariah Carey, during the Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons Thanksgiving Halftime Show Spectacular, on Thursday, November 24th. Check them out, broadcast live on national television, brought to you by E2k Sports and United Way.

AAW Variety Show

Thanks to all who performed in and attended the AAW Variety Show. Performances included dance, instrumental, vocal performances, and poetry readings. Pictured above, Amas Muhammad (photo by Keith Brooks).

Alumni Notes

Are you an AAW graduate with news you'd like to share with the community? Did you make the Dean's List at college, you have an upcoming performance, or you've started your own company? Email us with an update, and we'll post it on the student page.

Yearbook Orders

Yearbook order forms were mailed out with the first report cards. If you need another copy of the form, you can get one from Mrs. Mantey. Yearbooks ordered before Thanksgiving Break are $40, yearbooks ordered after the break are $55.

Ordering early helps us in two ways. It helps us pay our first deposit to the publisher in November, and a second lump sum in late winter. Also during the winter we have to give the publisher the total number of books we will order. We do our best to estimate how many students will be getting a book, but we try to underestimate by a small amount so that we aren't stuck paying for books that don't get purchased. Consider ordering early so we won't be sold out.

Seniors who wish to replace their traditional school photo in the yearbook with a different photo must provide a wallet sized (or larger) photo to Mrs. Mantey by Friday, January 6th. Seniors who do not provide a photo by January 6th will have the photo that was taken by Jostens on school picture day in the yearbook. (This is not a flexible deadline, we need the photos by that day to make our first deadline to the print plant.) Photos for the senior portrait may be headshots or full body.

Eastpointe Players: 101 Dalmations Update

The Eastpointe Players held auditions for 101 Dalmatians at the AAW auditorium on November 14 & 15. Congratulations to the following AAW students who were cast into the show: Brittany Peel, Francisco Thurston, Katie Kilgore, Laura Gruca and Sharon Briggs. Show Dates are January 27, 28 & 29.

December School Board Meeting

The Board meeting for December has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec 15th at 4:30pm in the library.

The Health Class

Mrs. Roth's health classes are now studying drunk driving and how drunk drivers would react to a situation where they have to talk - simulated by talking with a mouth full of marshmallows. Pictured here are Amanda Anderson, Chiann Cunnegan, and Keisha Martin.

Photograph By: Chantel Jarmon

Bowling Fundraiser

On Monday, November 21, right before Thanksgiving, the instrumental music department is sponsoring a Bowling Fundraiser at Fountainview Lanes, which is at 15 Mile and Groesbeck. Tickets are $10, and include 3 games, 9 pin no-tap, 2 hot dogs, and chips. The Instrumental Music department gets ½ the profits.

See any instrumental student to purchase your admission to this fun event. Time is 6 to 9 p.m. See Mr. Boyd with any questions or if you would even like to sell some tickets.

Dance and Yoga Workshop

Nancy Candea conducted a yoga/dance workshop at AAW on October 27. Nancy, a native of Michigan, is currently the owner and director of Boundless Yoga Center on the island of Hawaii. She has studied with teachers from the Lyengar, Anusara and Ashtanga traditions. Her own hatha yoga practice of 18 years along with studying yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation and studies of therapeutic yoga help her make yoga accessible to all ages and body types. Nancy also teaches a yoga based dance curriculum that includes aerial dance on one point trapezes.

Master Class for Instrumental Music Students

Jason Gamer held a private master class with AAW students on October 27th. Jason is a native of Los Angeles who has earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (B.Mus.), and the USC Thornton School of Music (M.Mus, DMA). Jason is an accomplished musician and conductor who has worked with, among many others, the new Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Los Angeles Russian Folk Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Opera Pacific. He's shown above helping AAW student Evan Pardue with breathing and posture. (Photo by Tara Sibley).

Happy Mole Day


Ms. Troychak’s chemistry class has made moles for “Mole Day.”A mole (Mol) in chemistry is 6.02x1023, and our mascot for Mole Day is the furry mammal that burrows in the ground. October 23 is the celebrated mole day, but due to the fact that it just so happens to be a Sunday this year, welabel celebrate it on Friday Oct. 21.

Above: Lauren D'Hondt poses with her mole-hawk. Photo by Alex Bojcuniak.

International Relations/Model UN (MUNIR) Activities

Students in International Relations/Model U.N. (a.k.a. MUNIR) took a field trip to the 18th Annual Peace Lecture and Award Ceremony of the Cranbrook Peace Foundation on Sunday evening, October 23. The featured speaker was Dr. Darin Portnoy, M.D. (pictured above), who discussed his work with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

According to Cranbrook’s website, Doctors without Borders “…delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation.” They were founded “by a small group of French physicians who believed that all people have the right to medical care and that needs of these people supersede respect for national borders.”

The event was an enrichment to the AAW International Relations students who are preparing to represent Brazil, Sudan, Lebanon and Singapore in the University of Michigan’s Model U.N. conference in January. The issue of Human Rights, and the “humanitarian relief” performed by groups such as Doctors without Borders will be heavily featured in the conference debates.


The students in MUNIR are also sponsoring a week of internationally related activities in honor of United Nations Day (October 24). Students have decorated the school’s front lobby with facts and statistics about different countries, they will sponsor a silent raffle of items from around the world donated by AAW staff, they will prepare a student lunch based on the cuisine of the selected countries, and they will conclude the week with a Movie Night, featuring a film of international/intercultural significance.

Students need to raise close to $6,000 to participate in this year’s conference. Ideas and donations from parents and other community members will be appreciated.

Math and Science Club

If your teen is proficient in math or science and is looking for community service hours-- OR if your teen needs help in math or science, AAW math teacher Ms. Casali offers a great opportunity: Math & Science Club meets on Thursdays after school from 3:30 p.m. until about 4:30 p.m. Students who are proficient in math and/or science can be tutors, and will receive community service hours. Students who need tutoring will be paired with their own tutor. No appointments are necessary, just show up. Math/Science Club is held in Room 504.

Seniors Make DSO Civic Orchestra

Congratulations to AAW Senior musicians, Laurel Fraczkowski and Jeff Jimison, for both being accepted through a rigorous audition procedure into the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. Laurel plays French Horn, and Jeff plays bassoon. There are only 4 horns and 4 bassoons in the orchestra, and many candidates. The “Civic” is the top group of the DSO’s four youth organizations, and includes students and semi-professionals through the college level. Their concert schedule can be found here: www.detroitsymphony.org or www.dso-aces.org. Way to go Jeff and Laurel! You have both worked hard for this!

Survey Backs Arts Education

A new Harris Poll on the attitudes of Americans toward arts education reveals that 93% of those surveyed agree that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children. Additionally, 54% rated the importance of arts education a 10 on a scale of one to 10. The survey was conducted as part of an ongoing public service campaign-Art.AskforMore-developed by Americans for the Arts, the Ad Council, and the Austin-based advertising agency GSD&M. The survey reveals additional strong support among Americans for arts education: 86% of those surveyed agree that an arts education encourages and assists in the improvement of a child's attitudes toward school; 83% believe that arts education helps teach children to communicate effectively; and 79% say it's important enough for them to get personally involved in increasing the amount and quality of arts education.

(Contributed by Jon Boyd)

Web Page Redesign

AAW multimedia students have each redesigned our website as a class project. The current design is by AAW junior Eric Rudko.

Michigan Youth Ensembles Chamber Singers

Senior Kirsten Peninger has been selected to participate in the
Michigan Youth Ensembles' Chamber Singers. The Michigan Youth Ensembles (MYE) program, offered through the University of Michigan School of Music, gives students the opportunity to work with notable conductors, rehearse in a university setting, and receive coaching from U-M School of Music faculty and students. Kirsten's selection was based on her audition and participation in the U-M All-State Choir at Interlochen this summer and her audition into the U-M All-State Chamber Singers while at Interlochen.

MYE Chamber Singers' first concert is Monday, November 21st at 7:00pm at Hill Auditorium (U-M Central Campus). Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

Top Honors in Warren Idol Competition

Belated congratulations to AAW junior Katelyn Davidson, who won the City of Warren's Idol Talent Show in July, 2005. She travelled to Chicago in September to compete in the first round of the American Idol Competition, and has a CD being released in local independent record stores.

MEAP Information

The fall MEAP test cycle will be from October 25 through November 4. This year all freshmen will be taking the new 9th grade social studies portion of the MEAP. Freshmen are defined as students who have earned less than 6 credits in high school. This means that if a student began high school last year but did not earn at least 6 credits, they are still considered a freshman and must take the 9th grade MEAP.

Any 10th and 11th grade students who are considering dual enrollment in their junior or senior year should take the MEAP during this testing cycle. These students will test on Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies and Science. Please be advised that this test covers material taught through the 10th grade. We recommend that the student should have a GPA of 3.2 or better before considering taking the MEAP early. Parents must send a letter to Ms. Ura before October 21, 2005 requesting testing. The letter must state that the request is being made for the purposes of qualifying for an endorsed diploma in order to qualify for post secondary enrollment pursuant to Public Act 160, 1996.

Any seniors who have not taken the high school MEAP and those who wish to retake any portion of the MEAP will also test during this cycle. Students should consider retaking a portion of the MEAP if they scored below a “2”. Scores of “1” or “2” on all portions of the MEAP can earn a student $2,500 in scholarship money.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Ura at bura@artsacad.net or by phone 586/427-4569.

National Honor Roll

Sophomore Laura Gruca has been inducted into the National Honor Roll. This is an honor shared by very few students across the country. She is also eligible to qualify for a National Honor Roll Academic Achievement Scholarship, valued at $1,000 for only 25 selected students.

"Footloose"

Students Laura Gruca, Jillian Bundy, and Amelia Vance will be appearing in On Our Own Productions "Footloose" this October. Show dates are October 21, 22, 28, and 29 at 7:30pm at Fraser High School. Tickets at $10 and can be bought at the door or in advance by calling (586) 582-9141.

John de Lancie Film Project

On Aug 25, actor John de Lancie spoke to AAW students at an assembly about his experiences breaking into acting as a career, and about a documentary he is currently working on. The documentary is an outgrowth of a project AAW students Ben Hastings and Jeff Jimison began last year.

De Lancie will be filming tomorrow at a local theatre, and has asked that AAW students are present to be part of an audience scene for the film. Any students who have arranged rides and have a permission slip completed will be excused from school on Friday (Aug 26) at 1:20pm to go to the set (the Redford Theatre). Parents and former students are encouraged to participate as well. Students must have rides arranged both to the theatre, and home from the theatre afterwards. Filming is expected to run from 2:00pm to approximately 4:30pm.

De Lancie's credits include: Star Trek, The Next Generation ("Q"), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Stargate SG-1, The West Wing, The Six Million Dollar Man, L.A. Law, Charmed, Days of Our Lives, Fearless, the Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and numerous other films, tv series, and stage productions.

Official Count Day

Dear AAW Parents and Guardians: 

Next Wednesday, September 28th is AAW's official count day.  This is an extremely important day for the school.  As you know AAW is a Public School Academy (PSA).  Therefore, we are funded by the number of students who are in attendance on count day. The State Foundation Grant for the 2005/06 school year is $7175 per student.  The state uses two count days each year to calculate the actual allocation by taking 75% of the students for the fall count this September 28th and 25% of the students for the February(2005) count which was 281students X 25% = 70.25 students. 

AAW is a PSA, and as such, is not allowed to levy any millage to contribute to the funding of the school.  We are a school that depends on the number of students in attendance on these counts days to provide the funding to keep AAW growing and operating for our AAW students and families.  Please help us by making sure your child is here on Wednesday, September 28, 2005.   

To help us celebrate on this very important day the Parents' Group, FAPAPA is providing desserts and Mr. Walker and Mrs.Dyer are providing a pizza lunch and some special prizes to make this a very special day indeed! 

Thanks to all of you for all your support!

Sincerely,

Kay Dyer, Principal

AAW Lunch Program

We will be starting out the year with a lunch program that focuses initially on sandwiches and salads made with minimal additives and preservatives, with the profits benefiting the departments that donate labor. If you have a vegetable garden or fruit trees and would like to donate a portion of your harvest to the lunch program here, please send it to either Audrey Mantey or Earon Roth. If a student group would like to manage the lunch program for a day as a fundraiser, please see one of us with a proposal for what you will serve and when you would like to schedule it. We will ask that you focus on wholesome ingrediants, rather than, for example, baked or fried foods with processed sugar. We are especially interested in regional or ethnic foods that will expose the students to something they wouldn't normally experience.

We will start out with sandwiches with cream cheese, spinach artichoke hummus, or all natural peanut butter filling ($1.50), boiled eggs ($.25), spinach salads ($1.00), fruit ($.50) and snack bars ($.50).

AAW Potluck Picnic

Current and new students and their families are invited to a picnic sponsored by the Fine and Performing Arts Parents Association (FAPAPA) (AAW's version of a PTA).

What: A day at the park, with swimming, volleyball, tennis, basketball,a sandy beach on Lake St. Clair, and food.

When: Sunday, Aug 28, noon to 4pm.

Where: Grosse Pointe Farms, Pier Park Pavilion (building with the roof), Located at the end of Moross and Lakeshore (Jefferson).

Bring: Your bathing suit and towel, goggles if you want them, sunglasses and sunscreen. Also, please bring a dish to share, to feed 10-12 people. Grill foods, salad, soft drinks, rolls. dessert, veggies, munchies (chips, dips, or whatever suits your raste buds), condiments, and paper goods.

Please RSVP by telephone or email to Barbara Karchin (313) 640-0963, email: barbarakarchin@yahoo.com, Ramona Lukowski (685) 296-6222, or Mary Paglia (313) 839-6075 by Aug 25 with your family name, and what dish/item you will be bringing to share. (If you don't bring a dish, you will be requested to make a $5 donation.)

A guest list will be given to the gate house attendant so you can enter the park. Students must be accompanied by a parent/responsible adult. The responsible adult must stay in the park while their students are on the premises.

All parents are invited (as are siblings). We plan to have a FAPAPA meeting (about 2pm after we eat and relax a bit) to meet one another, and share ideas about AAW. We welcome all parents to participate in meetings and activities as their time allows. We need your help! This group supports the school's activities and your children benefit.

The Shadow Project

August 6, 2005, is the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. AAW students and alumni joined the international Shadow Project by drawing chalk shadows on streets and sidewalks in Ann Arbor, remembering the human shadows burnt into the streets of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The event was sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

Above shadows painted by Amber Harris and Allen Fender.

AAW Student Wins 2005 Super Singer Competition

Ricky Taylor won top honors at the Channel 4 Super Singers competition in June. Ricky was both the judges' finalist, and the viewer's choice winner.

Looking for 2 Parent/Adult Volunteers

The instrumental music department is looking for two individuals who can manage fund raising and community relations/development. Persons must be available to meet with music director once a week on a volunteer basis, and should be available August 18, 2006 and after. Please leave a message for Mr. Boyd at curtalguy@aol.com, or call the school and leave a message: 586-427-4569.