The Academy for Performing Arts named 2016 National Blue Ribbon School

    The Academy for Performing Arts is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.  Kelly Douglas-Jackson and Sue Anne Marcello represented the Academy for Performing Arts at the two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.

    For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/

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  •  Principal's Message Header

            Please read the weekly bulletin this week as it includes important dates and upcoming events.  Remember, school will be closed for students on Friday, February 17th and for students and staff on Monday, February 20th. 

            On Tuesday, February 21st, we welcome the Middle States Team.  APA is currently participating in the process of earning accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.  This is an organization that holds schools accountable for continual school improvement.  This accreditation will help to ensure that our school is constantly making the most efficient use of available resources.  Middle States accredited schools are better positioned to use time, talent and money in the most efficient and effective way possible.

            Please take a moment to review the events below. In addition, please read the college panel flyer and Transition-to-Kean Invitation. They contain important information about upcoming events.


    • February 17th No School for Students
    • February 20th District is Closed 
    • February 21st-24th Middle States Visiting Team
    • February 23rd Black History Month Showcase During Co-curricular
    • Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 College Admissions Panel Discussion for JUNIORS in the Baxel Hall Auditorium. Please see the attached flyer.
    • February 22nd Black History Month Guest Speaker
    • March 16-18, 2017 - Bring It On! The Musical  Please see the attached flyer.


    Have a great weekend!

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    MARCH 2nd

    On March 2nd all juniors and their parents are invited to our TRANSITION TO KEAN NIGHT (T2K). Students and parents will hear from our Kean Liaisons all about what to expect during their senior year.



    An email went out a few weeks ago asking for volunteers to assist with RFL on March 24th and March 25th. Responses have been very limited compared to the past few years. On the night of Relay, we need parents to assist with bag checking, covering the walking track and general assistance during the night to help out with different tasks. The link below leads to the signup page for our event. You can volunteer for anywhere from 1 hour to 12 hours during the night and anytime you can donate helps tremendously. If you are unable to volunteer the night of RFL, please consider donating water or contacting your PSA to inquire about donations needed for RFL. We are still in need of approximately 40 to 50 more volunteers for the night of relay to cover all shifts from 7pm to 7am. The more volunteers we have registered, the safer and more enjoyable the event is for the students. There is more information about the event and signups that can be found at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact me.

    We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

    Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

    1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/iMNtLs

    2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

    3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

    Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

    Thank you,

    Adam Moskowitz

    Bill Hilferty

    Michael Stauber


    MHS/APA/AAHS will host the Annual Relay for Life on March 24-25, 2017 (7pm - 7am).  This year we have over 90 teams on campus with close to 1000 participants. Since the inception of the event on the campus of UCVTS we have raised over $1,000, 000 in the fight against cancer.  I am writing today hoping that you can join us in the fight against cancer.

    Parent volunteers are essential to the overnight event running smoothly and providing a safe environment for all those involved in Relay for Life. Below is a list of positions we currently need volunteers for during the overnight hours.



    VOLUNTEER STAFF:  As a Volunteer Staff, you can select what times of the evening you can sign up to help out.  You would be stationed in different stations along the track to assist in supervising exit doors and stairwells. The hours available range from 7pm to 7am.  You are not required to stay the entire evening, but may certainly do so.  You are required to sign up for your time slots prior to the event.

    BAG CHECKERS:  As a Bag Checker, you would be required to attend the event from 6pm-8pm and assist with checking the bags of all relayers.  We need Bag Checkers to handle the flow of students in each the load in/check in areas of Magnet and APA.  There will be a room designated in each building for Bag Checks to happen as the students check in and then report to their campsites/classrooms.

    Water Donations: If you are able to donate a case of water for the event, we will make arrangements for storing the water on campus.

    Please email one of the advisors listed below to sign-up for a volunteer spot the night of RFL. Include your name, phone number, child’s name attending school on campus, which school they attend, and times you are available to volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact an advisor below.


    Adam Moskowitz                Bill Hilferty                            Michael Stauber
    amoskowitz@ucvts.org       bhilferty@ucvts.org                mstauber@ucvts.org
    (908)889-8288 x232           (908)889-8288 x709                (908)889-8288 x839

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  •  APA PTSO - APA Project Graduation 2017

    We are offering KidStuff and SaveAround Coupon Books. 

    Complete form and include your payment of money order, cash or check (payable to “PTSO of the UCAPA PG2017”). Have your teen bring to APA office & place in PTSO mailbox or mail to: UCVTS APA PTSO, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 Attn: KIDSTUFF Fundraiser.

    Book delivery to school after email or text. If you have any questions, please contact: Lisa Lett-Stulec, 908-447-4277, Lm.Lett@verizon.net

    Buy 5 Kidstuff books and get 1 FREE!! Additional States are available and can be ordered through us.


    Please check out our website www.ucapaptso.com and Facebook page for the calendar.   

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  • Our Mission Statement

    The Academy for Performing Arts is an innovative four year high school, immersing students in honors’ level academics while training in a pre-professional artistic setting within majors such as theatre, dance, or technical theatre.  The Academy fosters the discipline, integrity and passion necessary for students to succeed at the post-secondary level and as members of the performing arts community. The culmination of the program allows the students to complete their senior year by taking college-level courses and receiving college credit at Kean University.

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    Tomas R.

    Our very own senior Tomas R. was cast as one of the two male leads in Kean's Fall production of "Jesus Hopped the A Train".


    Amia L.

    Our very own senior Amia L. performed onstage with Broadway legend
    Patti LuPone at
    Kean's Opening Night Gala at Enlow Hall. 
    Ms. LuPone requested a chorus of 16 backup singers comprised of Kean students, Amia auditioned and was chosen.



    Alessandra S.

    Her script, Wings, has been selected as a Junior Division winner for the 2015 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Her script was reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges and chosen as the winning entry.



    Cathryn Mesce

    Cathryn, a junior at APA, is a co-author, along with her sister and father, of the children's book, Big Hug.  Her book will be published and available for purchase on October 25, 2016.


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