Perpich Arts High School Newsletter 3.3.2017
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this week at Perpich...
common experience 2.0
Our dancers performed with alumni guest presenter Herb Johnson at Common Experience 2.0 on Monday, February 27th. His presentation and their performance were awe-inspiring!
legislative update
March 2, 2017
Dear Perpich Community:
On Wednesday, March 1, two bills were introduced in the state House to close the Perpich Center for Arts Education effective June 30, 2018. We are of course disheartened to hear this but strong in our conviction for the continued importance, relevance, and essential role Perpich plays in the lives of our students, families, and alumni throughout the state both through the arts high school and the innumerable outreach and equity programs in which we are a part.
The board government relations committee is taking these bills seriously and its members have worked together to develop a comprehensive strategy including but not limited to: testimony that a board member and I will present at a hearing for the Education Innovation Policy Committee on Friday, March 3, meeting individually with legislators,
collecting impact statements, and continuing to engage in and champion the ongoing work of our agency. The students and teachers we serve throughout the state of Minnesota are the most crucial aspect of our work and we are committed to continuing this work.
I am confident that through our collective support, the importance of the Perpich Center for Arts Education and the impact it has had throughout the state of Minnesota for over 32 years will prevail.
I thank you in advance for your continued support and advocacy during this legislative session. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. Please take a moment and share your story
With gratitude,

Ahava Silkey-Jones
Principal | Perpich Arts High School
I invite you to read the testimony I presented before the
House Education Innovation Policy Commitee 
We are excited to announce the Perpich production of Hair The American Tribal Love Musical. Please join us for one of the most iconic musicals of the 20th century. This production is a collaboration between Perpich theater, music and dance students. The 7:30 p.m. performances are: Wednesday, March 8, Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11. We will also have a matinee performance at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. Please note: mature themes are presented.
race to justice planning
Students are working hard to plan thought provoking, informative workshops for the student body, staff, and faculty on April 13th. Please reach out if you have any suggestions for presenters.
global education
The Perpich French students will be traveling to France this spring. They will be in Paris for several days and in Fontainebleau where the students will be attending a French high school, practicing their French (a lot) and experiencing French culture while living with French families. They will be departing for Paris on Wednesday afternoon, March 22 and be returning on April 1.
class ring
 The Perpich class ring is student designed. Visual art seniors submit designs for the Perpich class ring. A committee of students looked at and discussed all the designs. This year they chose the design of Allison Baxter. The ring is made out of sterling silver and is currently on sale for $95.00. Students need to be sized for their class ring prior to purchasing, see Marla Riemer.

Media senior, Andrew Ramlet and media junior, Amal Flower Kay have photographs in the 2017 YAM Student Art Show. The Youth Art Month Program emphasizes the value of arts education, encourages commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere, and provides additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.  Amal's photograph, "Acid Washed" was selected as 1st place in the High School division. 1st Place receives $100 worth of Sargent art supplies for Amal and $300 towards classroom supplies for the teacher.

February 20th – March 25th
Hopkins Center for the Arts

Installation:  Sunday, February 19th, 3:30 - 5:00
Closing Reception:  Saturday, March 25th, 3:00 - 4:30

1111 Main Street, Hopkins, MN 55343
Monday-Friday: 8am–8pm
Saturday: 10am–8pm
Sunday: 12–5pm
literary arts
Senior Literary Arts Reading @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge was a huge success! We look forward to more opportunities to perform in this great space.
report on the arts
Click on Image to see the Creative Minnesota report released on February 28, 2017 by the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

A reminder, students will have a half-day of school on Friday, March 24 and will start their spring break. Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on Friday, March 24, from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. If these dates/times do not work for you, we can arrange for  you to meet your student's teachers at a more convenient time.

We are looking for volunteers to work the ticket office and ushering. If you would like to volunteer for these performances, please email Marla Riemer your availability. For volunteering, you receive a ticket to the performance. Ticket office volunteers would need to arrive an hour prior to the performance. Ushers would need to arrive a half hour prior to the performance. We appreciate any help you can provide. It's going to be a great performance!

Attendance is essential at Perpich, part of being a successful student is participating fully in classes and the greater Perpich community. A reminder that students are allotted no more than 3 unexcused absences per semester (5 tardies equals 1 unexcused absence) and no more than 12 excused or unexcused absences. Please communicate all excused absences to Karla at 763-279-4199.

The Next Perpich PAC meeting will be Monday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Perpich Visitor's Center. See agenda here. Please join us! If you haven't already, please consider joining one of the following committees:
arts summer camp

We are offering two weeks of arts-intensive programs June 12-16 and June 19-23. The classes include courses for students in grades 8-12.

Deadline for registration is May 12th!

enroll here
 We've extended our admissions process to include a
Second Round Deadline

april 15th 

Spread the Word!
looking ahead...
3.4 | 3.11 | Audition Review Sessions | Perpich | 8 AM- 4 PM
3. 8 - 3. 11 | Spring Musical Hair | Black Box Theater | 7:30 PM
3.9 | Spring Musical Hair | Black Box Theater | 4:30 PM

3.24 | Parent Teacher Conferences | Student Half Day
3.27-3.31 | Spring Break
4.3 | 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
cuteness corner
Austin and Lucy are preparing their outfits for Gala!
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