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Benvenuti Performing Arts Center


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.


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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We are looking forward to our upcoming promotion festivities on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.  We look forward to celebrating this event with you!


Promotion Practice

All 8th-grade students will participate in promotion practice on Thursday, 6/8 from 10:15-12:00.  We expect students to be present and on their best behavior during that time.  Any misbehavior will put them in jeopardy of participating in the promotion ceremony.


Promotion Ceremony

The promotion ceremony is a celebration of your student's accomplishments throughout Middle School.  The ceremony will be held in the amphitheater and is expected to last about an hour.  There is no limit on the number of seats per family nor is there assigned seating.  Families are welcome to arrive up to 1 hour early.  We ask families not to arrive before 12:00 noon as other ceremonies are happening on campus.


Dress Code

All 8th graders participating in the ceremony must adhere to dress code. They will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony if they are not conforming to dress code.  Appropriate attire for promotion will be reviewed with students in expressions class.


Promotion Day Events for Students

Students should arrive at school by 11:15 am for the promotion brunch in the field house.  The brunch is for students only, not for families.  Brunch is provided by p4A.  Students will be asked to line up to prepare for the ceremony by 12:30 pm.


Promotion Ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm.  All balloons will be placed in a classroom for safe-keeping until after the ceremony is over as we don’t want to block the view of other guests. Seating is first-come, first served, students may not reserve seats for family. Parents are able to arrive up to 1 hour early for parking and seating.  Families should be aware that the promotion ceremony is outdoors in a partially shaded area.  As it will likely be warm outside, please consider bringing water and sun protection for your comfort.


After the promotion ceremony, students are dismissed to celebrate with their families.



Dear Incoming 6th-grade families

At the math placement tests, students were given a packet with summer work.  While summer work is optional, it is highly encouraged as a way to reduce a loss of skills and content.  We have done our best to create assignments that are fun and engaging, as well as providing choice for students and families.  These assignments are the same for PFAA and LE and can be done without access to NCS tech accounts.  

If your student misplaced the hard copies, links to the documents are available here:



Also in the packet was a Save-the-Date for Orientation

6th-grade parent and student orientation will be held  Tuesday, August 8th, 8:30-12:30.


Thank you!


Hello PFAA families


I am excited to share with you an announcement regarding next school year's bell schedule. Over the past 12 months the staff and instructors have been collaborating to both deepen and broaden our academic and instructional program at PFAA. In alignment with the NCS strategic goal to reimagine and strengthen teaching and learning, we continuously challenge ourselves to deepen learning experiences, challenge students with practical application of knowledge, and maximize the use of critical thinking throughout every academic and artistic subject. Through self-reflection analysis over the past several months, it became apparent that our academy would need to break from the traditional, seven-period day to reach our goals.  As such we have examined ways to redesign the time students spend in classroom to better facilitate the depth of learning our students need. The product of that redesign is the schedule I share with you today. In the attached document you will see a visualization of the new Odd/Even Block schedule. As you can see there are a number of changes to the daily experience for PFFA students. As you examine I am certain that you will also see the myriad of benefit our students will experience while learning on the block schedule.


I'd like to review some of the major changes:


  1. Throughout most of the week only four classes meet each day. Periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 meet on Monday and Thursday – these are known as "Odd Days."  Periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 meet on Tuesdays and Fridays – these are known as "Even Days."  On Odd and Even Days classes all meet for 85 minutes.  

  2. Late start Wednesdays will continue to be in effect. On late-start Wednesdays, all classes meet for for approximately 33 minutes. This allows PFAA teachers to continue participating in regular professional development and will be used by instructors for additional, weekly face-to-face instruction and content review.

  3. The addition of an optional 8th period into the standard class rotation will allow for each student to have their 7th or 8th period as release time.  We anticipate that on two days a week, students will be finished with their instructional day at 2:00 pm and will be able to go home or participate in on campus study halls, extra curricular activities, etc.  Note: On Wednesdays, the 7th and 8th periods bookend the day to allow for a later arrival time or early dismissal.  

  4. We have incorporated an Advisory Period within the design of the new schedule.  Advisory time will be utilized differently for middle and high school students.  Middle Schoolers will have this time for facilitated homework checks, agenda checks, and 8th grade portfolio preparation.  High Schoolers will be able to use the Advisory time for homework and organizational planning, but will also be able to visit other teachers for office hours.  The advisory periods would allow for  students and teachers to better use  allotted lunch time to eat, rest, and socialize, rather than try to squeeze in teacher/student meetings  

  5. Finally, an afternoon 9th period has been added to the schedule.  This is a High School only period that will house a handful of audition-only classes (Production and Dance Company), as well as the Academic Support class.  The Academic Support class will be an additional elective for students who need support in maintaining GPA expectations and can participate in study skills and guided homework completion.


As with any significant change, we are expecting questions, concerns, and a process of adjustment.  To facilitate each family in having a voice in this development we will be holding a PFAA Town Hall meeting to answer questions and facilitate further development.  This meeting will be held at 5:30pm on March 21st in the Multi-Purpose Room on campus.  You are invited to attend to see a presentation on the new schedule and be part of the development conversation.  


The outstanding PFAA staff and I are  excited to be a part of this innovating development for PFAA and look forward to partnering with our families in providing PFAA students with the best possible educational experience.  


Link to Proposed 2017-18 Bell Schedule



Matthew DeMeritt
PFAA Academy Coordinator


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


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May 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM


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