Perpich Arts High School Newsletter 3.17.2017
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this week at Perpich...
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Friday, March 24th 1p.m.-5p.m.
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Impact Statements!
Thank you to all who have submitted a Perpich impact statement, we have received so many powerful testimonies. If you haven't yet submitted your statement, click the link above to submit one, it's not too late. 
legislative update

Legislative Update from Interim Executive Director Peg Birk

"Artists are MUST HAVE, not nice to have. They are essential not peripheral", is a quote that a former colleague at the McKnight Foundation, Vickie Benson, has hanging in her office.

We are all doing our very best to respond to the proposed legislation and we are grateful to you, our alumni, partners, parents and friends for sharing with legislators the powerful Perpich story and its importance both in Minnesota and nationally as a leader in arts education.

It is highly unlikely that we will know the outcome of the Perpich-related legislation before the very last day of the legislative session, May 22. 

For those of you who like more detail on the legislative process, we have two new bills to add to the list: HF 2429, conveying Crosswinds to the St. Paul Public Schools and instead of abolishing the Perpich Center, giving us time to report back to the legislature by January, 2019. The second bill is SF 2129 that would repeal Perpich's authority to operate Crosswinds and directing the commissioner of administration to sell Crosswinds beginning in July, 2018.

We had one legislative hearing this week before the Education Finance Committee. Ahava and Chair Vander Kooi testified as did Mary Schaefle, ED of Minnesota Music Educators Association, and Chad Schmidt, President of the State Residential Schools Education Association.
 In spite of the excellent testimony and an amendment offered by DFL Rep. Paul Thissen to allow Perpich time to respond to the audits, the amendment was voted down along party lines. This means that the bill is now on its way to be a part of the K-12 Omnibus bill.

Senate hearings have yet to be scheduled. The deadline for bills to be heard by Senate Committees is March 30. Regardless of Senate hearings, the House omnibus bill will then go to a conference committee where the House and Senate will work out their differences before a vote is taken. The final destination will be the Governor's office. 

 Our partners are doing a great job of advocating for Perpich through emails, letters and phone calls.

"It ain't over 'til it's over" and we are doing our best to provide legislators with the information and data they need to make informed decisions along the winding road of the legislative process.

If you have questions, please continue to reach out and thank you to all who participated in the organizational survey. 
how you can help spread the word?

ASK friends to help spread the word.
TELL a high-schooler about Perpich.
SHARE this information any way you can.
PERSONALIZE the invite to make it real.
PRINT the postcard and flier (see links below) for distribution to anyone and everyone.
POST them anywhere and everywhere.
CONNECT with others who can help spread the word: counselors, teachers, faith leaders, local art instructors.

TALK TO ANNE with other ideas for promoting the April 15th deadline and Summer Camp.  If we all pull hard in the same direction, students will benefit and Perpich will thrive.
alumni news
Missy Whiteman (visual '95) celebrated the regional premier of her feature film "The Coyote Way: Going Back Home" at the Walker Art Center, Thursday, March 16.

support perpich campaign
Through the Perpich Foundation Alumni and Friends of Perpich have raised over $3500 in less than 48 hours! Kudos!! 

student accolades
Two literary arts students, senior Sophie Peterson and junior Lindsey Dickmeyer, have received national silver keys for their work in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Congrats!

Perpich ceramics students donated work to the Empty Bowls to End Hunger fundraiser in Hopkins. 
coming soon...

Visual art students preparing for one of the largest exhibitions of the year. Senior Retro is April 11th, save the date!
artists volunteer!
A recent study found that artists in Minnesota volunteer at a rate of 88% (the state average is 35%). One of Perpich's own, Duncan Macklem-Johnson, a music senior organized a benefit concert to support the nonprofit organization Avenues for Homeless Youth Saturday, March 18th at Art House North in St. Paul. The show featured local bands. Duncan was also featured in an article in artTalk, a publication of Friends of the Arts in St. Louis Park.  
Way to go, Duncan!
congrats to the cast of hair! 

Hair sold out both Friday and Saturday nights, thank you to all who came out to support the production and a HUGE congrats to the directors and the cast. 
visiting artist
We are excited to have ChristopherAaron Deanes at Perpich to work on 2 large scale canvas murals with students. The theme will be "Artist as Citizen: Celebrating our Similarities and Differences”.
faculty highlight
One of Perpich's wonderful and talented instructors, Bob Frey, has a new CD of original music out. Take a look at his website. Great album, Bob!
class ring
 Don't miss out on the opportunity to buy a senior ring! They are on sale for $95.00. Students need to be sized for their class ring prior to purchasing, see Marla Riemer.
graduation reminder

Parents of seniors: An informational graduation mailing was mailed home today to all families of graduates including a graduation ticket order form. Please return the graduation ticket order form no later than April 14. Be sure to check the spelling of your students name in the upper right corner of the order form. This will be how your students name is displayed on their diploma.

We recognize that students go by names that do not align with their birth names. Though students’ birth names must be recognized on their diplomas (due to legal documentation reasons), we strongly believe that we need to respect their identities verbally. We also recognize that we must respect the guardians of these students. There is a Name Request form for graduation that is available to parents. With your permission, we will announce your student’s name that they identify with at the ceremony once you complete this form. Please notify
Marla Riemer if you would like this form or if you have any questions regarding graduation.
alumni visit
Perpich dance 2013 alumnus Vinny Balbo, fresh from doing a Diesel ad, shares his experience with the dancers.  
multi-talented artists
Congrats Alex Magozzi on a 3rd place finish at the State Weightlifting Championship!
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CALENDAR 2017-2018
Would you like to take a glance at the proposed calendar for 2017-2018? This hasn't yet been finalized but we're happy to receive feedback if there are any questions or concerns before it is sent to the board for approval! Calendar Proposal


The next Perpich PAC meeting is scheduled for April 3rd from 6p.m.-8p.m. in the Visitors Center. If you are interested in joining the Fundraising, Student Life, or Admissions committees please email Principal Silkey-Jones
cuteness corner

Finger painting is a way of life. Austin and Lucy making mini masterpieces!
looking ahead...
3.24 | Parent Teacher Conferences | Student Half Day
3.27-3.31 | Spring Break
4.3 - 4.7 | MCA Testing
4.15 | Final Deadline for Admissions for 2017-2018 School Year | Spread the Word!
4.19 | ACT 
5.2-5.9 | AP Testing
5.12 | Deadline to Register for Perpich Summer Arts Camp
5.19 | Gala
6.2 | Graduation | Ted Mann Concert Hall University of Minnesota  
6.12-6.23 | Perpich Summer Arts Camp | Perpich | 9 AM - 4 PM
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