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Arts Academy Update 12/01/2023

Arts Academy Updates 12/01/2023

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. You can view a pdf of this information here: 12/01/2023 Announcements

Upcoming calendar dates

12/2 – Noel Night; all are invited and select performers will represent the Academy

12/11 – Board meeting (Board meeting time has changed to 6pm)

12/12 – PTO Meeting

Greetings from the PTO!

We have some very exciting activities planned for our students this year!

We are looking for some volunteers to chair committees for the following events:

  • Spring Fling Event (April 19th)
  • Last Day of School Barbeque (June 7th)
  • Curriculum Night Ice Cream Social (Date TBD)

We are hoping to have two volunteers to run these events with PTO support. This would include creating wish lists, organizing volunteers, and running the event. If you are interested or have any questions, please email us at

If you are looking for less commitment, please consider volunteering for any of the following:

  • Dance chaperones- December 8th (4-6pm or 7-10pm)
  • Winter showcase- January 11th
  • Evening of the- Arts May 15th
  • Graduation -May 31st

Emails with sign up links will be forthcoming! Thank you to all our AAW families for your ongoing support!

General Announcements

College Visits: Check the website for upcoming college visits Sign up using the QR codes around school or contact a school counselor for more information.

The Academy has set Thursdays as Detroit Sports Teams Day in honor of Sammy. You are invited to wear your favorite Detroit Teams’ gear each Thursday for Sammy.

Lost and Found – don’t forget to check the benches for any missing items.

Noel Night

Arts Academy in the Woods has been asked to perform at “Noel Night” produced by Midtown Detroit Inc, on Saturday, December 2nd. Dance Company, Tap, Jazz Band, and ALL Choirs will be performing at The Michigan Science Center. Dance will be on a stage, choir and band will be performing in the new “Earth, Wind, and Weather” exhibit.

For students who will be performing, we will have a bus to transport students to the event. Please check your email for additional details from Mr. Wotherspoon and your arts teachers. Please plan to have performers at the Arts Academy by 4:45 PM to take the bus.

Families are invited to attend Noel Night and can meet us at the Science Center. There are many family activities at Noel Night throughout the entire Downtown area. You can find additional activities at the Noel Night website.

We will perform at the Michigan Science Center. Specific Details are available here:

Staff Updates

Friday, November 11 was Ms. Marks’ last day at the Arts Academy. She had a profound impact on our community, and we wish her well in her new position.

We also have two fresh staff members to help pick up where Ms. Marks left off. First, our new Special Education Director, Dr. Marsh, started on November 1 and is already getting a great start supporting our staff and students. Second, we have Ms. Brokensha joining our team. She will teach Language Arts to allow Mr. Campbell more time to focus on supporting Special Education.

Please help me in welcoming Dr. Marsh and Ms. Brokensha to our community!

Board Updates

At November’s Board meeting, the Board elected two new members and updated their officers.

Sue Bresky – Chair

Angel Ingram – Vice Chair

Nicole Collins – Treasurer

Julianne Cuneo – Secretary

Tom Dobbs – Director

On behalf of the community, thank you for your continued direction and support!

Arts Academy in the Woods Apparel

Custom Arts Academy t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, bags, backpacks, and other accessories are available on the Arts Academy Merch page on our website. Check out all the options at the link below!

All merchandise is created by D&B Embroidery  which is owned and operated by an Arts Academy family.

A portion of each sale will benefit the Arts Academy PTO!

Disability Network of Eastern Michigan

We have been asked to share a resource with our community members with disabilities. The Disability Network Eastern Michigan is a Center for Independent Living. Independent Living changes attitudes, expands community options, removes barriers, and increases choice.

Disability Network Eastern Michigan is committed to promoting inclusion for all by breaking down barriers and opening paths towards independence and personal choice through resources, advocacy, information, support, and education.

They have a calendar of community engagement opportunities available at this link:


Scan the QR code, enter the school code, and get your Yearbook at a discounted price. For more information contact Mx. B in the art room.


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