Summer School Options

Registration for summer school classes have begun in many districts. If you have failed a course, see Ms. Ura for a summer school letter and get yourself registered. Don’t wait, classes fill up fast.

Inside the Studios

Join the Arts Academy in the Woods for a night “Inside The Studios.” This studio night is an opportunity to see four departments showcase their individual and collective talents. The evening will feature Two Dimensional Art in Mr. Jacobi’s room 113-6. 3-D Art will be exhibited in Ms. Huntoon’s studio room 113. Ms. Lucas’ Modern II dance students will bring to life the original poetry and prose of Mr. Cerrasco’s Advanced Creative Writing students in the dance studio in room 110. Wednesday May 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. Refreshments will be available.

Spring Choir Concert June 5th

The AAW Choirs will have their final concert of this year on Tuesday, June 5th. The annual Spring Choir Concert will be held on the AAW Stage at 7 PM. Join us for an evening of jazz, Broadway, and contemporary music! Tickets will be sold at the door for $3.00 per person. Children 6 and under are free of charge.

Parents' Association Meeting

The Parents' Association will be discussing the '07-'08 school year at their next meeting, on June 7th at 7pm.

Get Moving with the AAW Dance Department!

This year's Senior Project Concert is Sunday May 6th at AAW. Come see 13 original pieces of choreography by graduating dancers. The concert is titled "Our Future is NOW." 6:30 p.m. performance. $3.00 admission.



(photo by Shane Clouthier)

The 6th Annual Spring Dance Concert, "The Past Presents the Future" featuring Donald McKayle's "Rainbow Etude," will be Thursday May 17th at 7 p.m. This exciting performance will feature all AAW dancers, guest dancers and new and classic dance works. Pre-show tickets are $6.00. Tickets at the door will be $8.00. The show will be at Warren Woods Tower High School Auditorium, at 27900 Bunert, Warren, MI. Enter from Martin (at roughly 11 1/2 Mile Road, between Schoenherr and Groesbeck Hwy).

Nathan Montgomery at the Emerald Theatre

AAW guitar instructor Nathan Montgomery will be opening for Doyle Dykes at the Emerald Theatre in Mt. Clemens on Monday, May 14th, at 6pm. Tickets are $5.

A Place Destroyed

In April 2007, AAW instructor Audrey Mantey, AAW students Aaron Decker, Carl Lewis, Ruben Owens, and Holly Phelan, along with Ruben's sister Candice, traveled to Louisiana to help with the Katrina Relief effort. They speak about their experiences in "A Place Destroyed" (rough cut below), which had its premier screening May 5, 2007, at the Notary gallery in Oakland, CA.


Online Videos by Veoh.com

College Fair at Utica Community Schools

Utica Community Schools are hosting a College Fair on May 2, 2007 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. At Henry Ford II High School 11911 Clinton River Road , Sterling Heights.

This is an excellent opportunity for sophomores and juniors to talk with college reps and learn more about colleges they may be interested in. This event is free of charge.

Spring Concert

The Annual "Spring Concert" of the AAW Instrumental Music Department will take place this Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at the Arts Academy, at 7:30 p.m.

          

The program will consist of the AAW Percussion Ensembles, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and a Piano Solo.

Soloists for the evening will be Ms. Lydia Cleaver, principal harpist of the Dearborn Symphony,  Ms. Joni Day, principal oboist of the Dearborn Symphony, Mr. Dennis Carter, principal flutist of the Dearborn Symphony, and our own Mr. Jonathan Boyd, principal bassoonist of the Dearborn Symphony.

Ms. Cleaver will be performing the Aria in Classic Style for Harp and Strings by Grandjany. The flute, oboe and bassoon trio will be the Vivaldi, Concerto in g minor. The 2 nd Hour percussion ensemble will make their debut with Six Little Indians. Plus there will be much more great music from the orchestra and wind ensemble. 

Please join us for this wonderful evening of music, our first concert in our new home!  

Tickets are available at the door. AAW Students and Children under 12 are free.

Viola Raffle

Would you like to own this beautifully decorated viola? Or maybe one of its smaller, equally pretty cousins?

Thanks to AAW Junior Artist Portia Stanku, the instrumental music department will be raffling off this extraordinary instrument and two violins decorated in the same fashion. There are three instruments to raffle off!

Tickets can be purchased at the Instrumental Music Concert on March 28, 2007, at the Academy, or you can purchase the tickets at the office or in the band room from Mr. Boyd.

Tickets are only $1.00, so buy a bunch to increase your chances! The drawing will be held in June and the instruments will be awarded to winners after the school’s final art show.

viola detail

Open House for Prospective Students

Arts Academy in the Woods will be holding an open house on April 4, 2007 for prospective students for the 2007-2008 school year. This information night will include a showcasing of the arts and provide an opportunity for prospective students and their families to speak with teachers in both the arts and academic areas. The open house will begin with a formal presentation at 7:00pm and the evening will end by 9:00 pm.

Backwoods Boogie

An update from this event is on the volunteer page.

Letter to Parents: February 26, 2007

Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s) of AAW Students:

Being only 4 weeks into the 2nd semester, I would like to make you aware of some of the important upcoming events and dates.

February “Snow” Days

February was a very short month for us, given the 3 days off due to inclement weather and 1 day due to a building problem. Hopefully the worst of the unexpected days off is behind us. As of this point, we will not have to make up any extra days for those unscheduled days we have had off.

Moving forward, here are the upcoming, important events and dates:

Parent–Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 2nd marks the end of the 3rd progress period. Progress reports will be available to pick up at Parent-Teacher conferences on Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. This is an opportunity for you to speak for a “few” minutes with your child’s teachers. It is also a time to set up a more extensive conference with your child’s teacher, should you need more than a “few” minutes. You may come on either day to the conferences. Progress reports that are not picked up at this time will be mailed home by Tuesday, March 13th.

2007-2008 Scheduling Process

As you know, the scheduling process for next school year is underway. We have just about completed the process with the juniors and sophomores, and will be starting the process with the freshmen in the next week. As the scheduling materials have pointed out, I would like to stress that we permit NO COURSE CHANGES once registration has been completed. This restriction makes building the schedule for next year a little easier process for my team. Thank you for your understanding regarding this process. I hope that you have felt included in this process as we have designed it.

Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

The month of March will be filled with state testing for high schools. The state has converted last year’s MEAP testing for Juniors into the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) for this year’s Juniors – Class of 2008. This exam is important for a number of reasons. Students will be able to take the ACT for free. Also, the state uses the results from the testing to assess the school’s progress towards AYP. The MME’s format now consists of all timed subject area tests, including the ACT. The state has also placed restrictions and conditions on administering these tests. In order to comply with the regulations, only Juniors (Class of 2008) should report to school for the testing on these days (as listed below). All other students should stay home on these days.

Tuesday, March 13th ACT (1/2 day – 8:00 am to 12:30 pm)
Wednesday, March 14th Workkeys, Michigan Math, Science, Social Studies (All Day)

Note: This is a free opportunity for juniors to take the ACT. This is an opportunity to avoid the $29 registration fee. The score they achieve can be used in applying to colleges in the fall.

Next FAPAPA Meeting

The next Fine and Performing Arts Parents Association (FAPAPA) meeting will be March 1st at 3:30 in the AAW gym.

2007-2008 Scheduling Process for Students Has Begun For Current Sophomores

February 2007

Dear Sophomore Parent,

Very soon your son/daughter will be scheduling classes for next year. We want you to be an active partner in course selection and have designed the scheduling process to make that possible.

A packet has been mailed to your house, which includes important materials that need to be discussed at home. You will see:

1) The yellow course offerings sheet for next year,
2) A registration sheet which must be completed at home and signed by you,
3) A four-year plan with graduation requirements on the back,
4) An Educational Planning Report,
5) A scheduling appointment pass, and
6) A list of courses requiring approval.

The yellow high school registration form is very important and should be completed by you and your son/daughter together. It must be completed, signed by you, and brought back to school on Tuesday, February 13, 2007. It will also be needed for the personal scheduling appointment with the counselor between Wednesday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 27, 2007.

Next year’s course selections should be listed in the right section of the registration sheet. Junior requirements are pre-identified in the chart. Other requirements which still need to be taken should be listed next, followed by electives in the order of preference. Below the right section entitled “Next Year’s Courses” is a section titled “Alternates”. Students must list four classes in this area. These will become their alternates if there is a schedule conflict. Any class listed on the registration form may be found in the student’s schedule next fall, so all must be selected carefully. Please remember that once students have registered, we permit no class changes, so it is important that information is gathered before decisions are made.

For now, the selection of courses for next year is the first priority. We need for you to be involved in the scheduling process. Please work with your son or daughter on course selection for next year. The success of that important year depends heavily on the work that is done now. The yellow registration sheet should be completed in pencil, signed by you, and brought to school on Tuesday, February 13, 2007. On that day, the counselor and scheduling team will be holding a sophomore assembly to discuss the scheduling process and collect the registration forms.

If you have any questions, please contact the counseling office at (586) 294-0391.

Sincerely,

Alison Dickens
Interim Principal

2007-2008 Scheduling Process for Students Has Begun For Current Freshmen

February 2007

Dear Freshman Parent,

In just a week your son/daughter will be scheduling classes for next year. We want you to be an active partner in course selection and have designed the scheduling process to make that possible.

A packet has been mailed to your house, which includes important materials that need to be discussed at home. You will see:

1) The pink course offerings sheet for next year,
2) A registration sheet which must be completed at home and signed by you,
3) A four-year plan with graduation requirements on the back,
4) An Educational Planning Report,
5) A scheduling appointment pass, and
6) A list of courses requiring approval.

The pink high school registration form is very important and should be completed by you and your son/daughter together. It must be completed, signed by you, and brought back to school on Wednesday, February 28, 2007. It will also be needed for the personal scheduling appointment with the counselor between Friday, March 2, 2007 and Wednesday, March 7, 2007.

Next year’s course selections should be listed in the right section of the registration sheet. Sophomore requirements are pre-identified in the chart. Other requirements which still need to be taken should be listed next, followed by electives in the order of preference. Below the right section entitled “Next Year’s Courses” is a section titled “Alternates”. Students must list four classes in this area. These will become their alternates if there is a schedule conflict. Any class listed on the registration form may be found in the student’s schedule next fall, so all must be selected carefully. Please remember that once students have registered, we permit no class changes, so it is important that information is gathered before decisions are made.

For now, the selection of courses for next year is the first priority. We need for you to be involved in the scheduling process. Please work with your son or daughter on course selection for next year. The success of that important year depends heavily on the work that is done now. The pink registration sheet should be completed in pencil, signed by you, and brought to school on Wednesday, February 28, 2007. On that day, the counselor and scheduling team will be holding a freshman assembly to discuss the scheduling process and collect the registration forms.

If you have any questions, please contact the counseling office at (586) 294-0391.

Sincerely,

Alison Dickens
Interim Principal

2007-2008 Scheduling Process for Students Has Begun For Current Juniors

February 2007

Dear Junior Parent,

Very soon your son/daughter will be scheduling classes for next year. We want you to be an active partner in course selection and have designed the scheduling process to make that possible.

A packet has been mailed to your house, which includes important materials that need to be discussed at home. You will see:

1) The blue course offerings sheet for next year,
2) A registration sheet which must be completed at home and signed by you,
3) A four-year plan with graduation requirements on the back,
4) An Educational Planning Report,
5) A scheduling appointment pass, and
6) A list of courses requiring approval.

The blue high school registration form is very important and should be completed by you and your son/daughter together. It must be completed, signed by you, and brought back to school on the day of the student’s scheduled appointment. It will also be needed for the personal scheduling appointment with the counselor between Tuesday, February 6 and Monday, February 12, 2007.

Next year’s course selections should be listed in the right section of the registration sheet. Senior requirements are pre-identified in the chart. Other requirements which still need to be taken should be listed next, followed by electives in the order of preference. Below the right section entitled “Next Year’s Courses” is a section titled “Alternates”. Students must list four classes in this area. These will become their alternates if there is a schedule conflict. Any class listed on the registration form may be found in the student’s schedule next fall, so all must be selected carefully. Please remember that once students have registered, we permit no class changes, so it is important that information is gathered before decisions are made.

For now, the selection of courses for next year is the first priority. We need for you to be involved in the scheduling process. Please work with your son or daughter on course selection for next year. The success of that important year depends heavily on the work that is done now. The blue registration sheet should be completed in pencil, signed by you, and brought to school on the day of the student’s scheduled appointment. Prior to that day, the counselor and scheduling team will be holding a junior assembly to discuss the scheduling process.

If you have any questions, please contact the counseling office at (586) 294-0391.

Sincerely,

Alison Dickens
Interim Principal

2006-2007 Yearbook Orders

This is your chance to order a copy of the 2007 yearbook. We are planning an exciting, all color, hard cover edition, and we hope that all students will participate. You can re-live all of the events and friendships of the year when the book arrives this spring. The price is $50.00, and checks should be made out to Arts Academy in the Woods. Forms and monies can be hand delivered to the main office. Hurry now and order your copy before the free name stamp offer expire.

Seniors who wish to use a photo other than the standard school photo for the yearbook MUST turn them in to Mrs. Mantey, room 111, or put them in her mailbox by Friday Jan 12. If they are not received by Friday, the Jostens photo will be used. Photos should be at least wallet sized, and must be vertical, not horizontal.

Carpool Info

If you are interested in arranging a carpool, please visit the AAW carpool blog, and post a comment with your nearest major intersection, when you are requesting/offering rides, and your contact information.

Collage Concert

The December Collage Concert will feature work from all of the Arts Departments at AAW. The show is Wednesday, Dec 13, at 7pm at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts at 44575 Garfield Road near M-59 (Hall Road). Tickets will be available at the door for $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children.

Stage 3 Productions Fine Art Show


Students in the Multimedia Department will be showing photography in the Holiday Fine Art Show/Open House at the Stage 3 Gallery. The Holiday Open House takes place Dec 7 from 4pm to 9pm. Stage 3 is located at 27500 Donald Court in Warren, MI. The show runs through Jan 8, and is open during regular business hours. (Shown above: "A Poor Trait" by Claire Mahoney.)

Dancing for your Dreams

Congratulations to the “Dancing for your Dreams” Scholarship Winners. The Grand Prize Winner was Licia Camp. Other scholarship winners included: Ashley Alore, Sara Daudlin, Yadao Dorlin, Briana Herman, Michelle Polec, Brandon Richardson, Amber Rodgers, Francisco Thurston, Paxton Walters, Alison Warchol. These students will be honored at the Dec. 17th Detroit Pistons Game. All participants did a great job.

Michigan Math Prize Competition

Aniqua Bailey and Sharon Briggs were invited to participate in Part II of the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition on Wednesday, December 6, 2006. The invitation was extended to them because they earned the highest score at AAW on Part I of the competition given on October 11, 2006.

Part I was a multiple choice exam with forty problems given at 250 high schools throughout the state. Part II consists of five challenging problems to which the students must provide written explanations for their claims and mathematical proofs of their results. Oakland University (Rochester, MI) will host an Awards Day program next February for the students with the top 100 scores on the two parts. The top 50 will be presented with scholarships ranging from the bronze awards of $250 to $2,600 for the first place gold medalist who will be designated the Ford Scholar in recognition of the donation of this award by Ford Motor Company.

Congratulations to Aniqua and Sharon for a job well done.

Donate your old Cell Phones

Dear AAW Family Members,

Do you have old cell phones sitting around your house? Do you know someone who recently got a new phone and still has the old one? The AAW Model United Nations class really needs your old cell phone to raise money for the conference they will be attending after the first of the year.

Student can turn in your old cell phones and win a big prize. Model UN students will be collecting old cell phones and giving them raffle tickets in exchange for your donation. Prizes from the raffle will be:

1. An Entertainment Basket with a Blockbuster gift card, popcorn and candy

2. A Snack Basket filled with coffee and cookies and hot chocolate

3. A Spa Basket filled sweet smelling soaps, lotions and candles

These prizes will be a great gift for you or for a loved one during the holiday season. Look for the Model UN table before and after school and during lunch beginning Monday.

Upcoming AAW Student Performance

Juniors Jillian Bundy and Cara Castillo and Sophomore Courtney Kasperawicz are appearing in Warren Civic Theatre's production of Bye Bye Birdie August 11th and 12th, at 8pm on the 11th, and 2pm on the 12th at the Sterling Heights Performing Arts Center.

Michigan Merit Exam Prep Course

For the past two years, the Macomb Intermediate School District has offered Saturday ACT Prep courses for high school students.

This year, the course has been redesigned to prepare students for the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) that juniors will take for the first time in March 2007. The ACT is part of the MME that students will take. For more information or to register for one of the workshops, go to www.misd.net.

Student Workshops:
Saturday, Feb 2 (8am - 2pm)

Open House for Prospective Students

Arts Academy in the Woods will be holding an open house on January 18, 2007 for prospective students for the 2007-2008 school year. This information night will include a showcasing of the arts and provide an opportunity for prospective students and their families to speak with teachers in both the arts and academic areas. The open house will begin with a formal presentation at 7:00pm and the evening will end by 9:00 pm.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Dance Auditions

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Dance Masterclass/Audition for Summer 2007 will be held at AAW on Saturday Jan 13th from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Bring photo of dancer in first-arabesque position. A $25 registration fee is required. Make checks payable to BLFAC - Dance Progam.

Half Day Wednesday, December 6

Dismissal at 11:25 am

The Detroit Pistons Dance Team, Automation, will be bringing Scholarship Auditions to the Arts Academy on December 6, 2006. For this reason, we will be having a half day of school. However, we encourage everyone to participate in the Scholarship Auditions. There is $25,000 in scholarship money to give away.

Arts Academy in the Woods Students will be recipients of the Automotion "Dancing for Your Dreams" Scholarships. The Auditions will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the AAW Gymnasium. All Arts Academy in the Woods students are invited to participate.

In order to participate, students must fill out a short application form and have a parent sign it and the waiver form. Completed forms should be returned to homeroom teachers during 3rd Hr by Monday, December 4th. There will be room for an audience as well. We invite parents to come out and watch the event.

Senior Class Fundraiser

Dear AAW Class of 2007 and Parents of the Class of 2007

The Class of 2007 will be fundraising for Prom all year. Our first fundraiser is a Cookie Dough Fundraiser. We will be selling cookie dough from November 20, 2006 until November 30, 2006. All orders and monies are due on Friday, December 1, 2006.

In addition, a Senior Class Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 from 3:20pm to 4:00pm in the AAW Gym. We invite all of the Class of 2007, as well as the parents of the Class of 2007, to attend this very important and informative meeting. We will be discussing items regarding Graduation, Prom, and Senior Dues.

Thank you for being patient with us, as we have taken time to adjust to the new building and have organized ourselves to be more prepared to serve the Class of 2007.

We look forward to seeing you all at the meeting. Until then, we strongly encourage you to sell, sell, sell cookie dough! Let’s work hard to make the remainder of this year, one we won’t forget!

If you have any questions, please contact your class representatives, Ms. Ura, or Ms. Dickens (in that order).

Sincerely,

Senior Class Representatives:
Sara Fournier
Katie Kilgore
Francisco Thurston
David White

Senior Class Advisors:

Ms. Dickens
Ms. Ura

Notice of Vacancy of an Unexpired Term Board of Directors Position

The partial term director position ends on October 1, 2007

Persons wishing to become candidates for the vacant, unexpired term position of Director of the Arts Academy in the Woods are invited to provide the Academy with the following:

1. A resume including work history, as well as community service history.

2. A list of fine arts organizations/activities in which you either directly participate or enjoy as a spectator.

3. A brief written statement presenting your reasons for seeking the position, as well as the ways in which your presence would contribute to the overall efficiency/effectiveness of the Academy Board of Directors.

Applications may be submitted via email to Rebecca Austin at raustin@artsacad.net or by standard mail addressed to:

Rebecca Austin
Arts Academy in the Woods
32101 Caroline Street
Fraser, MI 48089

Applications for candidacy must be received no later than Friday, November 2, 2006.

AAW Apparel for Sale

AAW Tees and Hoodies are on sale again.

T-Shirts and Hoodies are available in Hunter Green with Cream lettering featuring our school’s logo. Students, Faculty, Friends of the Academy and Parents are all welcome to order shirts and hoodies. We need 12 items total paid to place our order.

To order, please complete the order form and turn in your money or checks made payable to Barbara Karchin in the AAW Parent’s Group mailbox by October 5, 2006. If you have any questions, please call Barbara at (313) 640-0963 or e-mail her at barbarakarchin@yahoo.com.

Yearbooks

If you ordered a yearbook, you can pick it up after school in Mrs. Mantey's room (Room 111). Students who are no longer at our school will have their book mailed out to their address of record next week. If you need it mailed to a different address than the one the school has on file, send an email to manteyr@yahoo.com with your full mailing address.

SMART Bus Info

Smart Bus will pick students up from the Macomb Mall at 7:20 and 7:50 every morning and drop them off at AAW.

Smart Bus will pick students up after school and take them to Macomb Mall or Bel Air Center/8 Mile. Make sure your child asks where the bus is going before boarding.

Per the Smart Bus Company, the rates for riding are as follows:

Morning: $1.00, $.25 transfer fee*

After School: $2.00, $.25 transfer fee*

*Transfer Fee: If the student is riding the AAW Smart Bus either to or from school then transferring to another bus, they can get a transfer pass from the bus driver in order to avoid paying the full fare a second time. This will only work for student taking two busses for one complete trip.

Any questions regarding transfer busses or smart bus fares may be directed to the Smart Bus Company at 866-962-5515.