PVPA Charter Public School Bulletin for Wednesday, April 14, 2021
PVPA's Feminist Coalition will be meeting every Monday during lunchtime from 11:35AM-12:15PM
Feminist Coalition operates as a collaborative and supportive space where diversity is a strength and all members have a voice. EVERYONE is welcome no matter how you identify! Historically we have been a mixed group and LGBTQIA+ friendly, encouraging and holding a safe space for ALL.
You can join the meeting by clicking THIS LINK or adding our Google Classroom to your repertoire with code: djxgj65
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to Feminist Coalition Faculty Advisor, Jenyka Spitz-Gassnola, at email@example.com
Latinx Student Union (LSU)meets every Thursday during lunch (11:40am-12:15pm)
CLICK HERE for the meeting link
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to LSU Faculty Advisor, Alexcelin Saldaña (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Looking for new ASU members
The Asian Student Union meets every Wednesday during lunchtime from 11:35AM-12:15PM.
ASU is open for anyone that wants to join to have discussions and feel a sense of community during these stressful times!
CLICK HERE for the meeting link
Gender Sexuality Diversity (GSD) is an affinity group for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies at PVPA.
GSD meets virtually every Thursday lunch 11:40-12:15..
All are welcome to attend!
To access the meeting link CLICK HERE
The Black Student Union meets every Wednesday from 3:00PM-3:40PM.
CLICK HERE for the meeting link or join with classroom code: do3k7xh
Peace Jam is PVPA's Community Activism group. Come and get involved in a variety of social justice issues (climate change, police brutality/BLM, electoral politics, sexual assault and consent, and many other issues that you are passionate about!)
We meet every Thursday from 2-3 at THIS LINK .
The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose mission statement is "to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody."
We Want Your Questions!
Have questions about a school, life, the universe, or anything? Submit them for a chance to have them answered on Re:PVPA, the semi-official, quasi-professional, locally-sourced podcast of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School!
Each episode the host, one teacher, and one student will answer a few of the questions with as much wit, insight, and honesty as they can - which depending on how much coffee there is, might vary. But the important thing is they are willing to try and everyone will have fun along the way.
Questions can be serious or silly! Ask us about history or science! Ask about navigating life in the 21st century. Ask about ridiculous things animals do! Ask about dealing with stress. The most important thing is to ask - the people of PVPA want to hear from you. Trust us. We miss seeing you in person.
Submit all questions using this Google Form CLICK HERE...and be sure to specify if you want to be named on the show if your question gets featured. If your question isn’t answered on the show right away, we may be saving it for later, or because we get a lot of questions. Thank you!
Can ferrets jump?
I accidentally listed my house as an AirBnB, what do I do?
How do I pick a college major?
If I were to start digging a hole through the center of the earth, where would I end up?
What is the mountain range you can see from PVPA?
Would you ever take a hot air balloon ride?
Where do I go to find the best hamburgers...in the world?
Why is Massachusetts called Massachusetts?
I want to write my own music/play/essay/story? Where do I start?
What was the PVPA building before it was a school?
Sustainability Club meets every Thursday during flex time (2:05-2:45).
If you are concerned about climate change, interested in sustainable solutions, and want to help protect the environment, come to Sustainability Club! We would love to have you!
Click here for meeting link: https://meet.google.com/seg-crzi-vaz
Hello PVPA Community!
Following Paideia, PVPA’s NHS chapter has reopened our tutoring center for second semester!
If you, your students, or anyone you know is looking for help in a class, subject, or on a specific project, we would encourage you to check out our google document (linked below) and make an appointment with an NHS tutor.
The instructions on how to set up a tutoring meeting are included in that document; you can browse tutors by name, time, subject or class, and fill out a simple form to set up a meeting. Your tutor will then reach out to you to set up a link for your meeting.
Students: You can sign up by going into our google document and filling out the form (linked for each specific tutor).
Teachers: You can sign up for your students (with their knowledge)—just indicate on the form who you are signing up for.
Families: Our document is currently only open to people with a PVPA email. If you believe that your student would benefit from a tutoring session, please encourage them to sign up!
If you have any inquiries or comments, feel free to email email@example.com, the official NHS email!
If you can believe it, it’s time to start planning for next year! Course and registration information for 2021-2022 is on our website at pvpa.org/catalog
A Berry & Company Production
Wednesday April 14, 2021
Click HERE to attend
All students and staff are invited to attend
PVPA is excited to present this exclusive schoolwide performance of Berry and Company’s one woman theatrical production! All students and staff are invited to attend!
This one woman show presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. Harriet Tubman is a heroine and American legend in her own right. This session will take the story of Harriet in the 19th century and places her in the 21st century; laced with the problems facing African-American youth all over the country. And especially focusing on the mistreatment of black girls in schools. What would happen if a young woman like Harriet became a leader in this new world? Would her struggle be the same? Would she know her power? This play examines the centuries old fight with race, gender, and equality through a theatrical lens centered around the most influential woman leaders in American history. Poetry, monologue, and revolutionary music will aid in telling young Harriet's story.A preview of the Tubman performance can be viewed here.
MUSICIAN | WRITER | PRODUCER
Tuesday April 13, 2021 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Click Here to join the Master Class/Conversation
All students invited!
Erin McKeown is a musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing is something to see. Her singing voice is truly unique —clear, cool, and collected. Over the last 20 years, she has performed around the world, released 10 full length albums, and written for film, television, and theater, all the while refining her distinctive and challenging mix of American musical forms.
“In several distinctive ways- voice, dynamic subtlety, and sheer songwriting ability- Erin McKeown is in a class of her own.” – Sunday Times (UK)
“Her playing is so muscular, her arrangements so well conceived that she succeeds brilliantly. As with all truly great guitarists, the wonder is less in her chops than her choices.” – Boston Globe
Hello PVPA Students and Faculty!
We are excited to reach out about the Spring2ACTion Auction and Arts Showcase, a PVPA fundraising event that begins today!
Starting this morning, PVPA community members have the opportunity to bid on a range of items, including sports memorabilia, arts experiences, and professional training in vocal technique and dance! Staff members like Frank, Chris, Erin, and Ken have signed up to host small group experiences (socially distanced and following prevailing CDC, state, and local health guidelines) that students can buy tickets to attend. Some of these items include an outdoor barbecue and a walk to McCray’s. Check them out HERE and act now before the tickets to these experiences sell out!
Not only will this event establish a culture of philanthropy and help us to sustain and improve PVPA’s mission, but it will also provide a great opportunity to showcase the many talented artists in our community! The event will feature performances from our four arts departments with previews for upcoming shows. Alumni, families, and community members are all invited to take part.
Save the date - Spring2ACTion Virtual Arts Showcase Friday, April 23, 2021, at 7:00 PM (No tickets required!)
We hope to see you all there!!
Thank you, Emma Linehan (‘23) and Jake Rosenblum (‘21)
The next books for the high school and middle school book groups have been chosen and we'd love for you to join us!
Middle School Book Group - meets Monday, May 3rd @4:30pm
Book: If You're Out There, Kathy Loutzenhiser When Zan's best friend Priya ghosts her after moving to California, Zan can't help but think something is wrong. Though everyone is telling her to get over it, Priya's social media accounts are suddenly showing her living a life Zan can't picture her living - so it's up to Zan to prove that Priya might be in trouble.
High School Book Group - meets Friday, May 7th @4:00pm
Book: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know, by Samira Ahmed Paris is great, but Khayyam doesn't want to be there - she wants to be sorting out her messy life (college, maybe ex-boyfriend, etc.). But things get better when she discovers the traces of Leila, another Muslim woman who lived in Paris 200 years earlier, and their lives begin to intertwine and intersect in ways that will alter the future of both women.
Email Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and a Google Meet invite!