AAW Benefit Concert & Car Wash, Aug 16

Sponsored by: Dawg House, 101.1 WRIF, and Metro Charities, detroitcity.tv, and Rocket Print Shop; Hosted by: Screaming Scott from the WRIF. All proceeds will go directly to Arts Academy in the Woods. 

Time: from 3pm to midnight.

Location: The Dawg House
35965 Groesbeck Hwy (between 15 and 16 Mile Roads)
Clinton Township, 48035

Ticket Prices
$8 regular admission
$5 with AAW student ID
Id Must Be Shown To Receive Discount, No Exceptions

With Performances By:
Redstar Redemption
Twisted Dance Crew
Chaos Theory 
Valley Of Kings
Airwave Assualt
High Noon 30
Carmel Liburdi
Nathan Napier
Courtney Ann Kasperowicz
And More!

Note: The benefit concert needs student artwork for display/sale purposes. If you are an AAW student and you are willing to bring artwork that meets these needs, contact Kayla Friess or Tim Brunell. Any student who donates artwork gets in for free.


New Student Enrollment

Arts Academy in the Woods is accepting new students for the 2009-2010 school year. Please click on the Application link above to learn about our registration procedures. Applications can be mailed in. If you are interested in coming in for a tour of the building in August, please call 586-294-0391 and leave a message. An AAW staff member will return your call within a few days to set you up with an appointment.

AAW Summer Schedule

Office hours for the month of August will be 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, with closure for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00. Have a safe and restful summer. We will see you in the fall!

National Honor Society Induction

NHS will be hosting an induction ceremony on June 10th from 6 to 7 in the gym. New members have received an invitation and need to RSVP to Mrs. Roth by Friday June 5th.


Foot Locker School Rewards program

As you outfit your family for the upcoming school year, please remember that using your Foot Locker School Rewards key tag at Foot Locker stores will earn money for Arts Academy In The Woods! If you prefer to shop at www.footlocker.com, don't forget to use your school code [833F] at checkout.

Have a safe and fun summer!

Arts Academy in the Woods Dance Department presents the 2009 Spring Dance Concert

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Warren Woods Middle School Auditorium
13400 E. 12 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48088
Admission:  $10.00 advanced $12.00 door

AAW Art Show

The annual Arts Academy In the Woods Art Show will be held on Thursday May 21st and 7:00 pm. Works from the 2D art department, 3D art department and the multimedia department will be displayed in rooms 103 and 111.

Performing at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival

Performing at the Michigan Youth Arts FestivalAAW Sophomore, Jakob Rutkowski, was recently named to the 2009 Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Orchestra.  He was selected as a result of his participation in the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival, earning a score for which he also received an "Outstanding Soloist" nomination. 

Over 250,000 Michigan arts students are adjudicated through the year as they progress through the school, district and state levels specific to their art form.  Approximately 1,000 student representatives are invited to the final event of this process to present exhibits in the visual arts and performances in theatre, music and dance.

The Michigan Youth Arts Festival will be held May 7-9, 2009 on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo with free admission to all public events. For further information, please visit:  www.michiganyoutharts.org

AAW Concert Choir receives an "Excellent" at State Festival

Congratulations to AAW's Concert Choir for their "Excellent" rating at MSVMA State Choral Festival. An excellent is the second highest rating a choir can receive. The choir performed three pieces; Ave Verum by: Wolfgang A. Mozart, followed by Die Nachtigall written by J.W. von Goethe and arranged by: Felix Mendelssohn (Edited by Peter Aston). They finished their performance with Elijah Rock, a Traditonal Spiritual arranged by Jester Hairston.

Students performing at The Macomb Center for Performing Arts

AAW Dance students Hailee Karam and Katie Kuczaj are performing in the Macomb Ballet Company production of Sleeping Beauty on Friday, May 15 and Saturday May 16 at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts. Stop in the office for more details.

High School Musical

This year the Drama department will be performing High School Musical April 30th, May 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. Show times will be 7:00 Thursday & Friday, with the Saturday & Sunday shows at 2:00 & 7:00. Advance tickets will be on sale during lunches on Tuesday & Wednesday April 28th & 29th. Tickets are $10 each, cash or check will be accepted. We also have an email address that is strictly designated for ticket inquiries hsmartsacademy@gmail.com. We will respond to emails within 48 hours. Seating is limited so get your tickets early!

Jim Schaefer visits Arts Academy

On October 7th 2008, Jim Schaefer visited Arts Academy as a guest speaker for the Journalism/Yearbook class. He recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.

AAW Open House

Arts Academy in the Woods is hosting our Spring Open House this Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. Interested families are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early. The evening will include a performance section, small group tours of the building, as well as refreshments to conclude the night. Families will have the opportunity to meet the staff and familiarize themselves will all that AAW has to offer. Come out and enjoy the Arts Academy in the Woods Open House.

AAW students: You can win an ipod or itunes gift cards by having your middle school and high school aged friends come to AAW’s Open House this Thursday night. Prizes will be awarded to the three students who bring in the largest crowd. Have your guests put your name in the referral blank on the information sheet they fill out Thursday night. You could be a winner!!

Mr. Jacobi @ CPOP Gallery

Mr. Jacobi’s painting The Opener of the Way will be included in the final show at Detroit’s CPOP Gallery. Over the last ten years, CPOP has achieved a national and even international reputation for being one of the leaders in promoting art that has been referred to as Contemporary Pop or Pop Surrealism.

The show opens on Saturday, May 2, and runs through mid-June, and features the work of H. R. Giger (concept artist for the movie “Alien”), Shepard Fairey (creator of the popular Obama posters), Robert Williams (publisher of Juxtapoz magazine), Detroit artists Tyree Guyton (The Heidelberg Project), Niagara, Glenn Barr, Tom Thewes, and many more. For details, go to Mr. Jacobi’s blog.

AAW Senior Dance Concert

The Arts Academy in the Woods Dance Department presents the 2009 Senior Dance Concert, featuring 33 original pieces from our graduating seniors.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Clintondale High School
35200 Little Mack (north of 15 Mile Road)
Clinton Township, MI 48035
$8.00 Admission

AAW Student Art Contest

The 2D art students were involved in a contest that included art that represents AAW, as well as logo designs.

First place: Nadja Pizzmenti
Honorable mentions: Lisa Wilson and Alex Roberts-Perazza.
The student artwork is displayed in the hallway by the main office.

Date to buy Gala Tickets has been postponed

Sales for Gala tickets have been extended through Friday March 27th. Purchase your ticket reservations through an AAW Leadership Council Student: Nina Campbell, Caitlin DeMara, Kayla Freiss, or Alex Anoil or call FAPAPA Members: Julianne Cuneo (313) 282-1950, or Ann DeMara (586) 713-5939. Adults - $30.00 / Students - $25.00

Arts Academy Choirs Advance To State

The Concert Choir will be performing at State Festival in April after receiving an excellent rating at district festival.  Congratulations to all the members of the Concert Choir for their accomplishment. A big thank you goes out to Mr. Boyd for his awesome solo that accompanied the choirs at district festival.  Good luck at State Concert Choir!

In addition the vocal department is sending three ensembles, and three soloist to State Solo and Ensemble on the 2nd of April.  Members of; Broadway Bound, Madrigals and Smooth Voices ensembles, as well as soloists; Jermaine Dickerson, Allysa Fox, and Benjamin Worbel, will be competing at the state level after receiving excellent ratings at district festival.  Congratulations and Good luck!

New work from the 2D art class

Mr. Jacobi has just posted a number of pieces of new student art on the AAW 2D Art Blog

Alex Roberts-Perazza and Carmel Liburdi

AAW Gala

Enjoy a buffet dinner, watch AAW students perform Music, dance and more, see the fashion show featuring local fashions, participate in the Silent Auction and Basket Raffle and get your picture taken to remember the night. Pictures are $10.00 each.

When: April 4, 6:30 - 10:30
Where: Vintage House
31816 Utica Rd
Fraser, MI 48026

Purchase your ticket reservations through an AAW Leadership Council Student: Nina Campbell, Caitlin DeMara, Kayla Freiss, or Alex Anoil or call FAPAPA Members: Julianne Cuneo (313) 282-1950, or Ann DeMara (586) 713-5939. Adults - $30.00 / Students - $25.00 RSVP by March 27th.

Video of the Day

Simone S. and Emily G, and Carmel L. dance/play piano to "Color Blind" at The Woods Febuary 27th Assembly.


Click for more AAW Videos

Town Hall Meeting and Survey

Do you want to shape the future of AAW? Do you want your voice heard?

AAW held a Town-Hall meeting Saturday Feb 28 in the cafegymatorium for all students, parents, faculty, staff, board members and supporters who wanted to bring their views to this meeting.

If you couldn't make it to the meeting, make your opinion known by filling out our online survey.

School Hours

AAW School hours are: 8:00am - 3:10pm.
The building opens at 7:30am and is locked at 4:00pm.

School Board Vacancy

The Arts Academy currently has one opening on its school board. If you are interested, please complete the attached application, and submit it to the AAW office.

The Woods Concert Friday, March 27th

The next concert at "The Woods" is coming up on Friday, March 27, 2009. Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 6:30pm. The bands are High Noon Thirty -- featuring Jacob Rutkowski, Joe Waldecker and Andy Rosenmayer -- Electric Playground, No Resolve and Wildcatting, --featuring Mr. Moss. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Next week will be "The Woods" week. Keep an eye out for the theme of the day!!

AAW Crafting Day

On Wednesday, March 11, Leadership Council members and other interested students will meet at AAW to help create and plan the Arts Academy Gala.

We will be making arts and crafts for the gala, such as tape mannequins and centerpieces. You do not have to be especially artsy to come, just show up and we'll put you to work.

Remember, there won't be school in session, but we do have testing in the morning and other students are not allowed in the building during that testing. We will be meeting from 12:30 to 4:30.

AAW student is performing with Detroit Symphony Youth Ensemble

March 15, 2009 is the date to mark on your calendar for the Winter Civic Experience I.  A series of concerts from Jazz to Classical by members of the Detroit Symphony Youth Ensembles will begin at 6pm in Orchestra Hall.

The 7:30 pm concert portion will include the Youth Philharmonic where AAW Sophomore cellist, Jake Rutkowski, who was recently awarded a 1 for his solo performance during our school's District 16 Festival Competition, will be featured as first-chair cellist in a duet during the orchestral performance of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake."

AAW Financial Aid Night

Hear speaker Matthew Norrod speak on Financial Aid for college. He will discuss the process, the FAFSA, grants, scholarships and more! Join us in the Gym on Wednesday February 4, 2009 at 7p.m. Parents and students are welcome. Recommended for families of Juniors and Seniors.

Night Club in the Woods

On February 6th, The drama department will be hosting a fund raiser. Actors from the Acting IV class will be performing scenes from "Check Please," a comedy that takes place in the club. There will be dancing, dinner, drinks (non-alcoholic), stand up comedy routines and a live band.

Friday, February 6, 6:30pm. Dress is semi-formal (no jeans please).

Tickets are $10 for AAW students and $15 for general admissions, which includes dinner and entertainment.

Note: Because of this performance, there will be no assembly on February 6th.

Make the Date. Max the Cash.

College Goal Sunday is Feb. 8, 2009 from 2 to 4 pm. Experts will be on hand to help fill out financial aid forms (FAFSA). For more details and financial aid tips go to micollegegoal.org. Here are some locations:

Macomb Community College
Center Campus
University Center
44575 Garfield Rd
Clinton Township

Wayne State University
David Adamany
Undergraduate Library
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202-0340

AAW Photography on Display at the MOCAD

Please join us Sunday, Dec 14th from 2pm to 5pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit for an art opening that includes work from three AAW photography students: Emma Jeffrey, Molly Jeffrey, and Bri Griggs. Their work will be on exhibit at the MOCAD from December 14th to December 21st.

(Photos by: Molly Jeffrey, Emma Jeffrey and Bri Griggs)

Their work was created during a special MOCAD workshop that highlighted the spirit and healing power of the photographic lens, led by influential Brooklyn-based photographer Jamel Shabazz. Ten area students were selected based on their passion and interest in photography to participate in a two-day photography workshop called "Visual Medicine". Students were instantly immersed into Jamels engaging process that had them playing both the role of photographer and model as well as addressing issues of identity, trust and communication. The workshop took students to locations such as Belle Isle, the Heidelberg project and areas surrounding the Museum.

Special Board Meeting, Monday Dec 29

There will be a Special Board Meeting
Monday, December 29, 2008
11:00 a.m.
at the Art
s Academy of the Woods.

AAW Fundraiser

schoolPAX SSC banner: School fundraising with SUBWAY, Verizon Wireless, Travelocity, Foot Locker, 1-800-Flowers
Raise funds for our school with schoolPAX. Participating merchants:

  • Subway
  • Verizon
  • Travelocity
  • Footlocker
  • 1-800-flowers.com

AAW Winter Dance Recital

Our winter show is just around the corner. We are working extremely hard in class and we’re excited to perform what we have been working on. Our performance will be at Clintondale High School on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. We will be having a mandatory dress rehearsal on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. All dancers are expected to arrive with hair and make-up done. Tickets will be going on sale November 11, 2008. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. You can purchase tickets from Mrs. Hopkins or Mr. Long. If you have a sewing talent and would like to help with some costumes that need to be tacked, please let us know.

Art (and Music) in The Woods

Is it possible to simultaneously raise arts awareness in our community and encourage the creative pursuits of youth while providing a safe, all-ages environment for the audience?

Come Nov. 21, you can ask fans of Red Star Redemption, Wave Eats the Walrus, Maceri and The Sheeny Men. They are the inaugural acts lined up for The Woods -- a fresh, bi-monthly concert series and art fair dedicated to the advancement of the arts in metro Detroit. Launch is Friday, Nov. 21.

The Woods is a non-profit venture, run by volunteers. Performances will take place at the Arts Academy in the Woods. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 in advance, starting Nov. 17. Press comps are available.

Doors open at 7 p.m.; shows begin at 7:30. Each gathering includes an art fair with works for sale by young talent. You can also invest in band and venue merchandise and treat yourself at concessions.

We hope you’ll come and experience the local art and sounds of generation next!

Generous support from metro Detroit businesses includes:

Huber and Breese, a mainstay in the local music scene, is providing professional lighting and sound equipment for each event.
Marketplace Global Outreach Center, a local community service organization, has partnered with The Woods in support of the creative pursuits of today’s youth.
The Audio Café, a staple in the local music scene for almost 25 years, is providing studio time to the band(s) that draw the largest audience.
iVIDEOinc, a team with more than 40 years’ experience and clients including General Motors and REI, is providing professional video and sound recording to create clips for YouTube and the Arts Academy in the Woods website.
Rocket Printing is donating 1,000 flyers as well as T-shirts and ticket printing.
Creative Energy Alliance is contributing its superb networking sources to help land additional sponsors, artists and talent.
• The Detroit School of Rock, a revolutionary group intent on stoking the fires of passionate music lovers, supports Art in the Woods.

Student Survey

All AAW students are being asked to complete an online survey to help us better meet your needs.

AAW performs Beethoven's Fifth

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony performed live by the Guitar IV ensemble at Arts Academy in the Woods. Arranged and directed by Nathan Montgomery, director of the guitar program at AAW. (Performance from Spring 2008).

Autumn Expressions Concert

The Arts Academy in the Woods Instrumental Music Department presents
the 8th Annual Autumn Expressions Concert.

Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Piano Department
Early Music Ensemble, and Guitar Solos

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 7pm
Arts Academy Auditorium

$5.00 General Admission, AAW Students FREE

Jail and Bail

AAW will be hosting a school wide fundraiser called Jail 'N Bail 2008 on Friday, November 7th from 3:30-6:30.

Nominate a "Jail Bird" to be "Arrested." Every "Jail Bird" will be booked, photographed, and then sent directly to jail. They will serve their time in our cafegymatorium making phone calls to make their bail. (Each "Jail Bird" under the age of 18 - MUST have
their parental/guardian approval.) Bail is achieved by calling family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or possibly members of groups/organization. They will try to raise as much money for AAW as possible. (The "Jail Bird" must provide their own cell phone, and be equipped with names and phone numbers to call.) While incarcerated in our cafegymatorium, they will be fed bread and water. (And pizza will also be provided)
Upon completion of their jail time, the ‘Jail Birds’must be signed out.

Turn someone in today - before someone you know turns you in! (Students can be nominated by other students, but time is served only when their parent/guardian signs the appropriate permission/nomination form.) The "Jail Bird" that achieves the collection of the highest amount of donations will be rewarded. Click to download the Jail and Bail poster with Summons Form and a copy of the Donors Form.

Volunteers to help with the Jail 'N Bail 2008 on Friday, November 7th from 2:30 to 6:30 (7:30 for clean up), including:

Security: Two people to stand guard at the cafegymatorium doors to admit and release the jailers, and to help to keep out suspicious people trying to help the jail birds escape.

Bailiff: Assorted number of people to be available to assist the jail birds, and help to keep them to their task at hand. We will also be feeding them bread and water. Bailiffs could also help in the area of making phone calls for collections of bail.

Police persons: To help in the arrest and corralling of the jail birds during the assembly on Friday, November 7th from 2:30 to 3:00.

Judge: To help in the collection of the donations at end of jailed period, and to witness the parent/guardian picking up the jail birds.

If you would like to volunteer and/or have any questons, please feel free to call:
Ann L. DeMara - Cell# 586-713-5939, FAPAPA Jail 'N Bail Fundraiser Chair

Sweet Rewards

This November we will be participating in a dessert fundraiser with Market Day. Market Day offers high quality desserts at a reasonable price and with each purchase you will be contributing to our fundraising goals.

Our goal this year is to sell 640 desserts. If each students sells just 2 desserts we can earn $2400. For the safety of our children we strongly discourage door-to-door sales. However, we would like you to offer the opportunity to purchase Market Day desserts to your family, friends and co-workers, who will feel good knowing that their purchase is helping to support our organization.

This year Market Day is offering thirteen pies, cheesecakes and individual desserts, which you will find on the November Bonus Days order form, along with prices and product descriptions.

Payment Information: Payment should be collected when dessert orders are placed. Make checks payable to Arts Academy in the Woods.

Return the entire form with pyament to the organization by October 31. All dessert orders must be picked up on November 10, between 2pm and 3:30pm at AAW.

If you are not able to pick up your order at this time or if you have other questions, please contact Jenny Dufour at J-Du4@comcast.net.

Thank you in advance for your participation. We're sure you'll be absolutely delighted with your purchase. In face, we guarantee it.

AAW Family Newsletter Oct 10, 2008 Issue 6

Senior Moments
Although we are not happy to bring this up, it seems as if some of the students in the senior class are already catching a case of “senior-itis". In other words, some of our seniors are slacking off, thinking that they can coast through their final year of school. This cannot be farther from the truth. As colleges and workplaces look at a student’s transcript, they pay close attention to any drop of grades during the senior year. It is not unheard of to revoke admission to college after final grades are collected if those grades reflect a drop in effort.

Parents of seniors: please reinforce the message that your student will need to work hard for their entire senior year. We will also make that message clear to our students. Thank you for your support.

Thank you for attending parent teacher conferences this week. By attending conferences, you are supporting your child, supporting AAW, and showing your child that you love him or her enough to invest your time in his or her education. Great job, parents.

Chili Cook-Off
A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Fox, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Cuneo and the entire FAPAPA community for supporting Mr. Boyd in the Chili Cook-off.

Fall Ball
The Fall Ball is Friday, October 24. Costumes are allowed but must abide by the school’s dress code. Please no high heels. Tickets are on sale during lunch. There’s a drop box for song requests at lunch also. Guest requests must be received at the AAW office by Thursday, October 23.

After School Clubs

Japanese Club will be held every Tuesday from 3:10 – 4:00 in Mr. Mitchell’s room.

Poetry Club will meet on Tuesday’s from 3:15 – 4:15 on Tuesdays in room 214 with Mr. Cerrasco.

Christian Club meets after school in room 212. See Emily Rudko or Alicia Johnston for more details.

Leadership Council meetings are held on Thursdays after school from 3:20 – 4:20. All are welcome.

Destination Imagination meets after school in room 111 with Ms. Mantey.

Peace Council meets after school in Ms. Mantey’s room, room 111. See Nadja Pizzimenti for more details.

Deadline for signing up for the PSAT is Monday, October 13 at the end of the school day. The cost is $15. Please contact Mrs. Ura for more information.

Mr. Spayde

link to archived Issue 5

College Rep Visits

Check the calendar for college rep visits to AAW! Coming soon Michigan State, Central Michigan, College for Creative Studies, College of the Atlantic, Art Institute of MI and Lawrence Tech. See Ms. Ura for details.

Please Join Us in Welcoming Mr. Spayde to our Staff

Dear Arts Academy Students, Parents, Staff, and Supporters,

I am honored and extremely excited to be joining the staff of Arts Academy in the Woods as Principal beginning in August 2008. From the moment I first heard about AAW, I knew this school, with its dedication to integrating studio instruction with the traditional academic disciplines, would be a good fit for my background, my experiences, and my vision for what a high school education can be. I look forward to getting to know all AAW stakeholders and supporters over the next few months while learning all I can about our school.

I have two main goals as I enter this new phase of my career. The first is to immediately coordinate a marketing and student recruitment campaign designed to increase the number of students enrolled at Arts Academy for the 2008-2009 school year. I have spoken with many staff members and parents about this endeavor, and we are well on our way to a successful summer of promoting the school and expanding our enrollment. There will be many volunteer opportunities available to AAW supporters, and I hope we can count on your support for this important initiative.

My second goal is to listen to you. AAW has many passionate supporters, and it is important that I understand the school from multiple perspectives before I begin my tenure as principal. I plan on having confidential meetings with AAW board members, staff members, parent and student leaders, either as individuals or as small groups, throughout my first few months as principal. I hope you will take some time to help me understand AAW better by letting me see the school through your eyes.

I will be at AAW all day on Thursday, May 22; 7:30-8:30 am, 2:30-3:30 pm, and 6:00-6:30 pm have been reserved for parents and other adults to informally meet me at the school. I will be available to meet with school staff from 9:00 – 2:00 pm. I sincerely hope that you will take a few minutes to introduce yourself. I also hope to present some of the volunteer opportunities available to AAW stakeholders during these times, and I hope you will take the initiative to sign up for an opportunity to support our school.

Please be assured that I do not plan to rush into our school with a preconceived agenda. If we are to grow and flourish as a school, we must do it together, and I look forward to a strong, collaborative relationship with the different groups that support AAW. Although substantive growth is not easy, it is rewarding, and I look forward to many years of growth with you at Arts Academy.


Maxwell Spayde
Principal, as of August 2008