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Arts Academy Updates 09/11/2023 

Updates from Dr. Mitchell and Mrs. Ignagni will be added to our Daily Announcements on our website. You can always find the most up-to-date news there! 

This update and previous information are included on the Back-to-School page 

Upcoming calendar dates: 

09/12 – PTO (PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION) Meeting 3:45 Room 103 

9/18—Early release (2:35pm) 

9/25—Early release (2:35pm) 

09/27 – College Visit U of M 1:00 

  • Back to School Assembly 2:35 

09/29 – College Visit Douglas J Aveda Institute 1:00 

(contact your counselors for information regarding College Visits) 


We have enrolled over 370 students for this fall. This is great news for our community, but it has led to a couple of significant changes, please bear with us as we work out some growing pains! 

New Teachers 

Please help us to welcome: our new teaching staff members.  

Mrs. Borden is our new Vocal Music and Acting teacher. Mr. Brickman is our new middle school Social Studies teacher. Mrs. Kang (Rector) is our new Visual Arts Teacher.  

Parent Liaisons 

We want to ensure that your family is getting all the support you need! If you have any questions, you can always ask our Parent Liaisons. They can find information and resources for our families.  

Ms. Glenn –  

Ms. Sciortino – 

Mr. Messel –  

Student Schedules 

All families have received information on setting up their parent accounts in PowerSchool. If you need assistance, please contact our Parent Liaisons 

If your student has any questions regarding their schedule, please complete the Schedule Request Form. 

Students should follow their original schedule until they receive an updated schedule from a counselor or administrator. 

Staffing Updates 

Unfortunately, two staff members have left the Academy this week. Ms. Abby, one of our Para pros, has moved on and we wish her the best. She has been a great advocate and supporter of many of our students. Our Visual Art department’s Mrs. Hemmingsen has accepted a teaching position much closer to her home. She has helped make our visual arts program the remarkable success it is today! 

We will miss both great people, but we are interviewing candidates for both positions and expect to find equally awesome new folks! 

Daily Schedules 

  • The building is open, and students can enter Door #3 beginning at 7:00 am. Door # 3 is by the flagpole on Caroline Street 
  • Breakfast is free and all students are encouraged to have a healthy breakfast. 
  • School starts at 8:30. 
  • Students should stop by the office for a tardy pass if they arrive after 8:45 


  • Mondays will be early release days and students are dismissed at 2:35.  
  • Wednesdays will be 7 period days with an Advisory/Assembly period after 7th period. Students are dismissed at 3:31  
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays will be 7 period days and students are dismissed at 3:31 


  • The Hangout will be available every school day until 5:00 pm. 


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