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Benvenuti Performing Arts Center

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Enhancing the learning experiences of student artists at Natomas Charter School.

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The Natomas Charter School shall be nonsectarian in its programs, admissions policies, employment practices and all other operations, shall not charge tuition, and shall not discriminate against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender or disability.

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Welcome to the Performing and Fine Arts Academy (PFAA)

The Performing and Fine Arts Academy, serving grades 6-12, offers a unique balance of rigorous academic instruction and intensive instruction in the performing and fine arts. Areas of artistic training range from drama, dance, music and the fine arts to stagecraft and computer animation.

In addition to being named a National School of Distinction in the Performing and Fine Arts, The Performing and Fine Arts Academy has been regularly recognized in the local community through Elly (recognizing outstanding theatre in the Sacramento area) nominations and awards, participation in the Jammies (music recognition program for students), and many other events. All of our students are taught by arts teachers who continue to be professional practicing artists in the community, allowing students to learn not only the technical aspects of artistic expression, but also what it is like to be a professional practicing artist.

Academically, our students excel. Our academic teachers are highly trained and our courses are rigorous. Even with the rigor of our courses, the Academy routinely has over 70% of its students on the honor roll. Many high school seniors go on to prestigious four year universities and art schools.

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8/8/17

Hello PFAA Families, 

 

It was great to see so many of you at Schedule Pick-up over the last few days!

 

Now that many of you have your students' class schedules for the coming year,  I wanted to write and review the schedule change request procedure and policy for adding an optional 8th class.  

Please follow this link to complete the Schedule Change Request form. All schedule change requests must use this form.  Paper versions will not be accepted this year.  Once you submit the request, please print the confirmation page have a parent/guardian sign and date it. This will be used for parent approval which is required for any schedule change. 

 

Students wishing to add an optional 8th class should review the 2017-18 Master Schedule to determine which class they would like to request.  Optional 8th classes must be chosen from electives within the 7th or 8th period class time that the student has unscheduled.  We will not be able to move multiple classes to accommodate a request for an optional 8th class from another period.  Students may only request courses for which they have completed the prerequisites.  The following courses are level 1 classes during 7th or 8th period that may be requested by students of any grade level: Wood and Brass, Strings 1, 3D Digital Design, Modern 1.

Once the request has been submitted Counselors and Administrators will review your request in the order they are received. You will be contacted by a staff member within 3-6 days. 

 

Requests to add an 8th class should be submitted by Friday, August 11th by 4 pm.

 

The last day to submit a schedule change request will be Friday, August 18th by noon. 

 

 

Thank you and have a great 2017-2018 academic year! 

Sincerely, 

 

Matthew DeMeritt
PFAA Coordinator

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7/31/17

Dear PFAA Parents,


It’s hard to believe that summer has flown by and we are less than two weeks away from the beginning of the new school year!   I am so excited to start this new year and explore the new possibilities for teaching and learning that we will find with our new bell schedule.  Last week an email with information on our new Block Schedule was sent out to all PFAA families.  That information is also available on the school website under the “Announcements” section on the homepage - http://pfaa.natomascharter.org.  If you haven't already responded to the important survey regarding your students unscheduled class period, please take a moment to do so now by following this link.

The first day of school will be Wednesday, August 9th. School will start at 9:40 a.m. (late start Wednesday). Students will be able to pick up their schedules August 7 and 8th, according to the times and dates listed below:

  • Grade 9                             Monday, August 7th    12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.      
  • Grades 7, 8, 10, 11, 12      Monday, August 7th      1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       
  • Grade 6                             Tuesday, August 8th     10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   

Incoming 6th and 9th grade students should have received additional information regarding new student orientations. If you have not received information for your new student, please contact Jason Molay at jmolay@natomascharter.org 

  • 9th Grade Orientation- Monday, August 7th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Orientation- Tuesday, August 8th from  8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Parents of incoming 6th graders are invited to attend the parent portion of 6th grade orientation on Tuesday, August 8th at 8:30 a.m.in the Multipurpose Room.  All other parents that are new to the PFAA are invited to attend Parent Orientation on Monday, August 7th at 11:00 a.m. in the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center. 

Students and families are encouraged to make every effort to attend schedule pickup during the times above, however schedules may also be picked up in the front office between 1:00-2:30 p.m. on August 8th, as well as on August 9th before the start of school. Any student wishing to change his or her schedule should visit http://pfaa.natomascharter.org/schedulechange to fill out a Schedule Change Request Form.  Further information on schedule changes or adding an optional 8th class is available at that web address. 

Special note to parents of incoming 7th graders and all new 8th - 12th-grade students: Please remember that documentation of your student’s whooping cough booster (Tdap), as well as all other required vaccines, is required to attend classes. Students who do not have documentation of receiving the booster may receive unexcused absences until this state requirement is met. Returning students that have already provided documentation do not need to provide another copy. Students will not be able to pick up their schedule until a vaccination record has been provided.

I want to welcome all of our new families to the Performing and Fine Arts Academy and welcome back our returning families as well.  We think you will agree that PFAA is an extraordinary learning community and we are thrilled that you have chosen to be a part of it.  We look forward to seeing you and your student and are excited about the upcoming school year!  

 

 

Warm Regards,

Matthew DeMeritt
PFAA Academy Coordinator
Natomas Charter School 

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1/3/17

The NCS school year calendar for 2017-18 is now available. 

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Swing, Spring, and Jazzy Things

May 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

 

Raise Your Voice

May 25 & 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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