Perpich Arts High School Newsletter 3.24.2017
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this week at Perpich...
spring break edition

It's hard to believe that the finish line is approaching! After we return from break we'll be faced with only 9 weeks left of the school year. In those 9 weeks our juniors will be transitioning into seniors, our seniors will be graduating, our parents and faculty will be crying (and rejoicing) at the milestones our students have reached, and we'll likely know what's next for our agency. Before we embark on what is sure to be a impassioned ride, it's important that we all take a breath. 

A parent recently shared an article with me, The Benefits of Taking Time Off, which appeared in the August 2011 issue of US News and World Report. In the article, clinical psychologist Francine Lederer talks about the absolute essential nature of taking time, even if it is just a day to disconnect. He cites how neuroscience has demonstrated for us that our bodies and minds need to be removed from external stressors in order to restore and in turn be most effective. 

I hope that everyone will find an opportunity to disconnect, relax, and restore during the next week.  Come back to Perpich energized, creative, refreshed, and ready to work hard as we close out what will forever be a dynamic and memorable year! I truly appreciate every ounce of energy, support, and passion you give to Perpich. Take a break, you deserve it!

With Gratitude,

Ahava Silkey-Jones
Principal | Perpich Arts High School

global education
Perpich students departed for France this Wednesday, they will be in France for eleven days, accompanied by Mme Keller. They are having a fabulous time immersing themselves in French culture. Follow along on their adventure here!
Did you catch the highlights shared in the agency-wide newsletter today? Click HERE to read about faculty, AHS, alumni, and outreach updates, you don't want to miss it!
legislative update

Legislative Update from Interim Executive Director Peg Birk
We continue to focus our efforts on the Senate and the Governor's Office. Overall, we have reason to be hopeful but much remains unknown. Things will continue to evolve on a daily basis. The great news is that legislators and the governor are hearing from hundreds of people in support of Perpich and the transfer of Crosswinds to the St. Paul Public School System. We are especially grateful to our partner, MN Citizens for the Arts. Thank you to all of our friends who have advocated on our behalf! If you'd like an opportunity to share your voice with legislators MN Citizens for the Arts has provided an opportunity here.
Chair Vander Kooi shared the following legislative update summary at the board meeting last night. 
House of Representatives:
The House has included the language to transfer Crosswinds and abolish Perpich in its K-12 Omnibus bill.The good news is that this is not the end of the road. The House Omnibus bill will go to conference Committee with the Senate Omnibus bill that does not include the language to abolish Perpich. And the conference committee will negotiate whether its final report will include this language. We believe the House Omnibus bill will be completed by the third week in April.
The Senate is much more supportive of Perpich. The Senate Republican Committee Chair has indicated that he will not have a hearing on the House companion bill abolishing Perpich and therefore it will not be included in the Senate Omnibus bill. The Senate seems to be focusing on Crosswinds. As I mentioned last week, SF 2129 has been introduced that would repeal Perpich's authority to operate Crosswinds and direct the commissioner of administration to sell Crosswinds beginning in July 2018. We are very hopeful that Republican Senator Dave Senjem from Rochester will introduce language in the Senate bonding bill that will convey Crosswinds to the St. Paul Public School System. 
The Governor and the Commissioner of Education have publicly expressed serious reservations about the House K-12 Omnibus bill and strong support for Perpich. We know the Governor is supportive of our new Board having the chance to resolve the issues identified by the OLA. We cannot be sure what he will do, but we are closely watching him.
Voter Voice
Sun Yung Shin
faculty highlight

English teacher and accomplished author, Sun Yung Shin, has been selected by the 2017 graduation committee as our senior commencement speaker. Congrats Sun Yung!

See Sun Yung in action: She will be reading her work (poetry) as a part of the Normandale Community College eighth annual Writing Festival, Thursday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her reading is at 10:00 a.m. All events are free and open to the public and require no pre-registration or tickets.

Sun-Yung will also be a featured keynote speaker for MCTE's Spring Conference! What’s Your Story: The Tellers and the Telling 

"As English teachers, we are in the enviable position of using story to teach literature, writing, speaking, and listening. MCTE’s 2017 Spring Conference puts narrative and storytelling at the center of our discussion. We are featuring three master storytellers as our keynote speakers– Garrison Keillor, Allison McGhee, and Sun Yung Shin–and we invite you to consider questions related to narrative as you prepare a conference proposal. For example, how might a renewed focus on storytelling make all of our students feel heard? How might a focus on hearing others’ stories build supportive classroom cultures? What is our story as teachers and are we the ones telling it? How might good narrative writing support strong argument writing? How might recognizing narrative moves help our student read informational texts?" 

admissions + summer camp

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.
Do you have news to share?
Send an email to Principal Silkey-Jones with highlights and be featured in next weeks newsletter!
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. 
parent corner
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

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

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.
student opportunity
Learn to make your own app!! Perpich Alum Chris DeSalvo will be teaching an app making class during lunch April 6 + 7. Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity!
cuteness corner
Reading is fundamental! Austin celebrates 6 months as a Perpich baby this week and in true Perpich fashion he loves reading, music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Happy half-birthday Austin!
looking ahead...
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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