Board Member Application

The Arts Academy currently has an opening on its school board. If you are interested, please download and complete the Board Member Application, and submit it to the AAW office.

9th Annual AAW Spring Art Show

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The AAW Spring Art Show Will be held on Friday May 21st from 6:30 to 8:30pm at AAW. The show will feature outstanding pieces from the 2D, 3D and Multimedia classes.

Rendezvouz

The music department is hosting Rendezvous to help celebrate the end of the school year. Rendezvous is a night where we will transform the Cafegymatorium into a jazz club for an evening of entertainment, live music, food, beverages and fun.

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There will be new music each night!

Please join us at AAW on Thursday, May 20th and Friday, May 21st @7pm for this celebration. Tickets are $5.00 and are available through Ms. Vander Meulen or at the door.

New Homework Lunch program

AAW is proud to announce the implementation of our pilot Homework Lunch program.  AAW is identifying students that chronically choose to NOT turn in homework, and we are helping those students catch up by providing this program.  Students identified for homework lunch spend their lunch period in a classroom with a mentor teacher who helps the student get organized, get focused, and catch up.  After a student catches up on his or her homework, she or he may return to the regular lunch period.  If you have any questions on the homework lunch program, please feel free to contact Mr. Spayde in the office.

Spring Dance Concert

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Please join us at South Lake High School from 6:30 to 8:30pm for the AAW Spring Dance Concert. South Lake is located at 21900 East 9 Mile Road between Harper and Greater Mack Ave.

Student Showcase

On May 27th our students' many talents will be showcased at Dylan's Raw Bar & Grille,15402 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Park (313 884-6030) from 6 to 9 p.m. 15% of the evening's profit will go to AAW.

AAW's Relay For Life team needs help

Our Relay For Life team, the A.R.T.I.S.T.S. is asking for items to be donated to sell at the event. They are asking for canned faygo soda, face paint/paint brushes, hot chocolate (not individual packets), plastic containers with lids, and bottled water. They are in need of parent chaperones for the day and night,

The date of the event is June 4th-June 5th so they need the donations ASAP. If you are able to donate please contact Alicia Johnston at aliciamariejohnston@yahoo.com

Gardening at AAW

Gardening will begin again at the school now that spring is here. Please contact Yvette at yvettegerace@aol.com if you are interested in assisting. Our regular FAPAPA meeting will be this Thursday, 5/13, at 6:30 at the school, and Yvette will be there if you'd like to talk about our gardening plans and needs.

Dress Code Reminder

With the arrival of warmer weather, we would like to remind students of our school dress code. If a student is not within dress code, they will be required to change clothing. We recommend that students keep a spare set of clothing in their locker if there is any doubt about whether or not they are in violation of our dress code. Other options are to change into clothing provided by the office or call a parent to bring a change of clothes, but we find that simply keeping a spare set in the locker is less disruptive to the student and parent.

The following attire is not to be worn at AAW or at AAW sponsored events, including field trips:

a. Midriffs (clothing that exposes skin between the shirt and pants/skirt).

b. Pants worn below the hips

c. See-through blouses or low cut blouses

d. Any top not covering the shoulders. Shoulder straps must be at least one inch wide. Tank tops must not show any undergarments. Low-cut tank tops, such as those with low cut necklines or low cut armholes, are not allowed. No "racer back" or sports bra style shirts are allowed.

e. Halter tops

f. Sunglasses (nonprescription). Students must have a doctor's note to be allowed to wear sunglasses inside the school.

g. Hats or head wear (unless required by culture or religion)

h. Slippers or house shoes

i. Pajamas or pajama pants.

Mini-skirts and shorts may not be higher than 3 inches above the wearer's knees (including any slits in the skirt). Pants or jeans with tears may not have tears higher than three inches above the knees.

More than one violation of this code may result in detention and/or possible suspension from school.

Open House Tuesday April 27

AAW will be hosting an open house for prospective students Tuesday evening at 7pm. It will feature a variety of performances and exhibits from our art departments, as well as a chance to meet our faculty and administration to learn about our academic curriculum.

Job Opening at AAW

Temporary Paraprofessional Position from May – June 2010, with possibility of continued employment beginning in August 2010 for the 2010-2011 school year.

Responsibilities include homework lunch, assisting with math support class, and coordination with teachers to determine who will attend homework lunch.  Successful candidate will have the opportunity to create new communication protocols between teachers and homework lunch coordinator with the intention to support student learning.

$12 hourly, 30 hrs/wk from May 1 – June 30.  Retirement available.

Evidence of successful work with students is required.
Evidence of successful collaboration with teachers is required.
Evidence of successful email communication is required.
Evidence of creating documents in Microsoft Word or Excel is desired.

Candidate must meet No Child Left Behind requirements for paraprofessionals; either 60 semester hours at an institution of high education, an associates degree, or passing scores on a state or local academic assessment.

Send resume and cover letter to raustin@artsacad.net

 

Gwen and Carmel perform Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay at the Jan 15, 2010 AAW assembly.

View more AAW performances.

Congratulations to the AAW Concert Choir

AAW’s own Concert choir received a rating of excellent at our district festival competition and was asked to compete at the state level.  The group will be performing Monday April 26 in Rochester.

Calendar Revision

The Board of Directors has approved a change in the calendar: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 will be a staff work day; students will have the day off.

Senior Project Fundraiser

Lia Cuneo will be hosting a dinner and fundraiser for her senior project on Friday, April 30 from 6:00-8:00. Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the door. Dinner will be accompanied by a gallery of student photography and an auction. The following AAW students and alumni will have artwork featured in the gallery; Cari Hume, Alicia Johnston, Zak Bratto, Kayla Bloink, Lia Cuneo, Spencer Helvey, Emma Jeffrey, Trail Raya and Carmel Liburdi.

cari's photo

All proceeds from the event will help buy cameras for Ross Hill Academy in Detroit. Students from the elementary school will then be participating in a workshop with Arts Academy photography majors to learn the basics of photo composition. Please join us in the cafegymatorium on Friday to support this wonderful cause!

Third Quarter Report Cards

Report cards for the third marking period will be mailed April 21, 2010.

Transition Seminars for Parents

The Macomb ISD Inter-Agency Transition Council is presenting two free Transition Seminars for Parents. The focus of these seminars is for students who receive services through Special Education.

The first one is on Wednesday April 21 and will provide information about the difference between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI benefits as well as the work incentives that accompany these programs.

The second seminar on Tuesday April 27 will discuss important topics such as guardianship options, independent living options, and wills and trusts.

Both seminars begin at 6pm and will be held at the Macomb Intermediate School District Education Service Center, 44001 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township. Register online by going to http://www.misd.net; click course offerings, then online registration, and view by month. In the April courses, you can scroll down to "Transition" to find the seminar. Or call (586) 228-3431.

If you need further information, please contact Shawn Pardue, Special Services Coordinator, AAW.

2010 Senior Dance Concert

The Arts Academy in the Woods Dance Department presents the 2010 Senior Dance Concert “It’s Our Time,” featuring 19 original pieces from our graduating seniors.

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(photo by AAW student Spencer Helvey)

Tuesday, April 20, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
Arts Academy in the Woods (32101 Caroline St., Fraser, MI 48026)

$2.00/individual and $5.00/family donation at the door.

The tech rehearsal will be held on Monday, April 19th at Arts Academy in the Woods from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.  This rehearsal will be closed to parents, friends, and family.  Only choreographers, dancers, and teachers will be allowed in the auditorium during the rehearsal.    

Email Outage

During Spring Break we had a temporary internet outage. If you were trying to send email to a staff member during that time and it was bounced back or you didn't get a response, please resend your message.

Annual Gala

Arts Academy's annual Gala will be held at The Vintage House on Utica, on Sunday April 18th. Tickets are $30 for high school students and $35 for adults. Tickets are available in the main office.

Black and White Party

The Dance Department will be hosting a "Black and White Party, Red Carpet Affair" dance on March 5th from 7-10pm in the AAW Auditorium. Tickets are $10/advanced and $12/door. Please join us for a night of dancing, prizes and more!  This is a formal affair - come dressed to impress.

The Woods Concert

This Friday, March 26th, Arts Academy In The Woods will be hosting "The Woods" concert. The bands participating will be: By All Means Captain, The Big Pink Black and Shock Wave. Admission will be $5 at the door. The Dooors will open at 6:30.

Help Support Former AAW Bands

Fox is hosting a competition for an opening band for an upcoming Bon Jovi concert. Two members of our AAW community are in the running for it - one of our recent grads, Becky DiPaola - band name Redstar Redemption, and also Nate Montgomery's band: 7 Million Jigawatts.

To vote, go to: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/generic/contests/fox-rocks-bon-jovi

AAW Showcase at McDonald's

The Arts Academy In the Woods in partnership with McDonald's presents AAW Showcase. Featuring "Our Students Have Talent" on Thursday, February 4, 2010. From 6:00 - 9:00 p.m at the McDonald's located at 22333 East 9 Mile St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

Join us for a night of Great Music and Art!

AAW Financial Aid Night

December 10th is financial aid night. Guest speaker Matt Norrod will share information about Scholarship, grants and the importance of completing the FAFSA as soon as possible after 1/1/10. The session begins at 6:30pm.

Congratulations, Trail!

Trail Raya placed into the Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition Part II as a result of his score on Part I. He earned the highest score on Part I out of all participating AAW students. He took Part II of the exam on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Congratulations on a job well done!

AAW Student Performs with U of M Youth Symphony

The University of Michigan Youth Symphony, under the baton of Professor Anthony Elliott, will present its first concert of the season on November 23, 2009 at 7pm.

This is a talented and skilled group of pre-college musicians where many, including AAW's own Jake Rutkowski, are All-State Orchestra alumni. They will play selections from Copland, Kabalevsky and Mahler at this free program at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

Please come out to support their dedication-- and to enjoy a great evening of music!

Picture Re-take Day

Picture re-take day is scheduled for Thursday, November 12.

Calendar Change

Students will have school on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday November 3. There will be a Professional Development Day for AAW Faculty and no school for students on Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10.

Attention Former Choir Students

The Vocal Department would greatly appreciate it if you donated any of your old choir uniforms. Uniforms can be turned in to the choir room.

October 14th is College Prep Day

Wednesday, October 14th is college prep day for all AAW students.

  • All Seniors will leave AAW at 8:00 am sharp on a bus to visit Oakland University for a college tour, and will return to AAW at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon.
  • Juniors may either join the seniors on the college tour, or may sign up with Mrs. Ura to take the PSAT. The PSAT costs $15, and will take from 8 am to 11 am.
  • Sophomores will take the PLAN, a "pre-ACT" tests that helps you prepare for college and for the Michigan Merit Exam. The test will last from approximately 8 am to 11am. Due to test restrictions, there is no break for the PLAN.
  • Freshmen will take the EXPLORE, a "pre-ACT" test that helps you prepare for college and for the Michigan Merit Exam. The test will last from approximately 8 am to 11 am. Due to test restrictions, there is no break for the EXPLORE.

Be sure to know when your child will be finished with his/her college prep, so you know what time to pick them up from school.

Letter from the Principal, Aug 21, 2009

Dear AAW Parent,

Summer is wrapping up, the school year is quickly approaching, and we have been busy here at AAW preparing for your child to return. There are several items included in this mailing: Emergency Card, Free/Reduced School Meals Application, 2009-2010 Bell Schedule, 2009-2010 School Year Calendar, Student Directory Form, Internet/Email Policy Form, Fee statement, if applicable, and Immunization Exclusion Letter, if applicable. Also included in this letter is a schedule for the first few days of school, a recap of what we did over the summer, some information on new procedures at AAW, and an invitation to our parent orientation.

This has been a hectic and frustrating summer for many of our students and parents. Thank you so much for all the fortitude you have shown, both as a community and as individuals. Your support as AAW copes with the fallout of the changes we have recently made is heartening.  I am so impressed with the students that organized the benefit concert, with the efforts of the AAW Leadership Council, with the parents that have called me asking how they can help the school, and with the staff members that have created ways to accommodate affected students. It is wonderful to see everyone step up to the plate, and I thank you.

It would have been ideal if AAW had publicized the cuts that were being implemented, had a plan in place to accommodate each affected student, and communicated all information to you through a formal letter. However, because I didn't want to create rumors, because I wanted to give the affected staff members maximum time to find new employment, and because I believe in giving as much information as possible as quickly as possible, you were left needing answers that could not be provided immediately. There is no good way to go about this process; your patience with us as we make this transition is appreciated.

So that you have all the facts and good information, let me tell you what happened at AAW over the summer.

  • AAW eliminated the Instrumental Music and Drama departments. Consequently, Mr. Boyd and Ms. Andersen will no longer be teaching at AAW. In addition, Mrs. Huntoon was laid off.
  • AAW added Jazz Band and Musical Theater Production. We continue to offer piano with an added music theory component, Guitar I, II, and III/IV, Concert Choir, Cadet/Chorale, and Broadway Bound. Our dance program is entirely unchanged. Mr. Jacobi and Mrs. Mantey will take over the responsibility of teaching 3D art. We will also offer at least one non-musical play as an after school activity during the fall semester. (More on these initiatives are below.
  • For budget purposes, AAW is projecting that there will be 290 students enrolled on the September 30 Michigan Pupil Count Day. As of the third week of August, there are 288 new and returning students. To ensure that we retain as many students as possible, AAW is calling the students affected by these cuts and explaining all their options.  If you would like to help us do this important work, please contact me at the office.
  • AAW is fully solvent, and is in no danger of closing its doors anytime within the foreseeable future. AAW will have total expenses of $2,326,523 for the 2009-10 school year, and has $244,858 in our savings account as an emergency fund. This means that AAW has a “fund balance”of 10.5%. The state of Michigan recommends that a school district have a fund balance of 15%, but I have worked at schools that have a fund balance of 0.5%. AAW is on sound financial footing compared to many of its peers, and made these cuts now so that we can preserve our emergency fund and make sure the school stays open far into the future.

In the face of these challenges, AAW made significant progress during the 2008-2009 school year.

AAW made AYP!

We are very proud to announce that AAW made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-2009 school year! Scores on the Michigan Merit Exam went up in nearly every subject area and in every demographic group of AAW students. When you get a chance, please thank the teachers that worked so hard to help your child achieve to high levels.

Although we are proud of our progress, our job is never finished. We must continue to make AYP in 2009-10 and beyond, not only to satisfy state requirements, but also to make sure that your child is prepared for their artistic, academic, vocational and community pursuits after high school. With all of that being said, AAW is extremely excited and proud to announce the following initiatives:

New Initiatives

  • Musical Theater Production: This class is designed for both actors in musical productions and the tech crew that supports a show. In this class, tech crew students will learn how to sing, dance, and act, while actors will learn how to build a set, set up lighting, set up sound and run the show. Everyone will learn how to market a musical.  The students in this class will be the core group that participates in our Fall and Spring musicals. Mr. Brady will be teaching this class this year, and will be assisted by expert coaches in acting, sound and lighting design, set design, and costuming. 
  • Instrumental Jazz: This class will incorporate instruction in Jazz for both traditional and innovative Jazz instruments, and will be taught by Mr. Montgomery. Students will participate both in a Jazz Band setting (all students in one ensemble) and in the Jazz Combo setting (students divided into groups of 3 –5.) Instruction will focus on learning the idiomatic Jazz style, music reading, familiarization with traditional and modern repertoire, and improvisation. Mr. Montgomery will be assisted by expert coaches in wind instrument sound production.  Students will perform in concert and in assemblies throughout the year.
  • Piano and Music Theory: This class is designed for beginning and intermediate piano students, and will focus on developing technique, music reading, teaching music theory through the piano, and introductory harmonization. Performance opportunities will be available in concerts and assemblies as appropriate. This class will be taught by Mr. Brady and Mr. Montgomery this year.
  • In school support classes for struggling students: AAW will provide extra help to students who struggle in Math and English Language Arts through an in-school support class. We will begin identifying students that could use this help during the first week of October, and assign them to extra support one hour every day with an English teacher, Math teacher, or both.  If a student catches up and no longer needs the extra support, they can transfer out of the support class and into an appropriate elective.
  • Homework lunch for students who are not completing their work: Students that need extra motivation to complete their work and turn it in to the teacher will be required to spend their lunch in a supervised classroom completing their work. As soon as they complete and turn in all their missing homework, they will be allowed to return to lunch with their friends.

AAW is dedicated to high academic and artistic achievement for all our students. Beginning in the Spring of 2011, all our students will need to complete the Michigan Merit Curriculum –including 4 years of English, 4 years of Math including Algebra II, 3 years of Science and 3 years of Social Studies –in order to graduate. We are implementing these programs because we want to make sure that all of our students are prepared to achieve these higher standards, and we will continue to implement new, innovative programs throughout this year and beyond.

Beginning of the Year Schedule

Here is the schedule for students and parents for the beginning of the year:

  • Tuesday, September 8, New Student Orientation, AAW, 8am to 3pm (There will be outside “adventure education”activities.  Please dress appropriately, so you can actively participate.)
  • Wednesday, September 9, New Student Orientation, AAW, 8am to 3pm (There will be outside “adventure education”activities.  Please dress appropriately, so you can actively participate.)
  • Thursday, September 10, First Day for Returning Students, AAW, 8 am to 3:10 pm
  • Parent Orientation: Only attend one parent orientation, not both. They will each cover the same material.
    • Monday, September 14, Parent Orientation for All Parents, AAW, 8:00 to 9:30 am
    • Wednesday, September 16, Parent Orientation for All Parents, AAW, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Parent Orientation

AAW is inviting you to a Parent Orientation meeting, which you should attend EITHER on Monday, September 14, from 8:00 to 9:30 am, or on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Food will be served at each orientation! At this orientation we will describe our new programs and our expectations for all of our students, and we will also answer any questions you may have. Please call, email (raustin@artsacad.net) or “snail mail”Becky at AAW to reserve your spot either on Monday or Wednesday. This is a very important orientation; please plan on attending on one of these days.

New Procedures for 2009-10

There were three areas that caused frustration for staff, students, and parents last year: unauthorized electronic devices, dress code violations, and truancy. As the school year begins, we are going to tighten up procedures related to all three of these areas; more details will be provided during the parent orientation.

  • Unauthorized Electronic Devices (cell phones, ipods, cameras, etc.) are not to be seen, heard or used from 7:55 am to 3:10 pm. During these hours, these items will be confiscated immediately and will only be released to a parent or guardian. Individual teachers will make a determination in their classroom as to what constitutes an Unauthorized Electronic Device. In hallways, the cafeteria, and other non-classroom spaces, Unauthorized Electronic Devices will not be permitted. Please do not call your child's cell phone.  If you need to contact your child, please call the office; we will relay the message and have your child call you if you so request.
  • Our dress code is similar to last year's, with an emphasis on three important points.  Pajamas are only allowed on pajama day during spirit weeks. Racerback (sportsbra style) shirts are not allowed. No headgear, including hats or scarves, is allowed.
  • Students who are truant will receive a warning and a call home after the first offense, and will be suspended with a mandatory parent/student/administrator meeting after the second offense.

As the year progresses, we will engage the student body in writing appropriate rules around Unauthorized Electronic Devices and dress code that respects each student's individuality while also ensuring an appropriate educational environment. However, for the beginning of the year, we will enforce the rules above.

Information from Becky Austin

Our secretary Becky makes AAW run smoothly, but she needs help from students, parents, and staff members. She would like you to remember these items:

  • The book deposit at AAW is $45. This is a mandatory deposit for new students. Returning students may roll over their deposit from last year if they did not request a refund.
  • All book deposits and outstanding fees must be paid before a student may take books home.
  • You must fill out both sides of your emergency card –with parent signature –and turn it in by September 19. If the emergency card is not turned in by September 19, your student will be excluded from school.
  • AAW opens each day at 7:30 am and closes at 4:00 pm. Students are not allowed in the building prior to 7:30 am or after 4:00 pm, unless they are accompanied by an AAW staff member.

Please help AAW

Finally, there is one thing that you can do to help AAW immediately. Included in this mailing is a form for free or reduced priced lunches. For every one of these forms that AAW receives from its families, the chances that we will receive more federal funding goes up. AAW knows that these forms ask you to provide some personal information. Rest assured that AAW will keep this information absolutely confidential. Also, even if you do not think that you qualify for free or reduced price lunch, please return the form anyway. The income requirements to be included in this program are more lenient than you may believe, and we need all the applications we can get.

Thank you for all your support, and we look forward to seeing your family in September.

Sincerely,

Max Spayde
Principal, Arts Academy in the Woods

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!