Important Dates

This week is Regents week for high school students.

Tuesday, June 20, is seniors’ awards night. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the PPAS auditorium.

Wednesday, June 21, is the Stepping Up ceremony for 8th graders. Students and families should get to school at 11 a.m. Congratulations, Class of 2027!

Thursday, June 22, is graduation day for seniors. Students must get to school at noon. Congratulations, Class of 2023!

The last day of school is June 27.



Auditions for this year’s Slam, aka PPAS Student Talent Show, will be
in person this Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20.

Mr. Vasallo has posted the audition sign-up sheet outside his door.


The Slam will be Friday, April 28 at 7 pm


The in-school SAT and PSAT is on Wednesday, March 22nd.  The test will begin at 9am.  Students MUST arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time at 8:45 AM and report to their assigned classroom.  Classroom assignments will be posted at PPAS.

All backpacks, coats, cell phones, and other personal belongings are not allowed in the testing room. These items must be secured in lockers before reporting to testing rooms.

Note that Performing Arts classes are still scheduled for the day.  After the exam, you will have time to take lunch and then report to PA classes.  (The small number of students that have been allowed extra time by the College Board will be excused for lateness to PA Classes.)

Here are some reminders and information students will need for test day.
*Two sharpened #2 pencils with soft erasures. No pens or mechanical pencils.
*Acceptable calculator with working batteries (
*Water Bottle
*Snack for breaks
*A good attitude

We recommend that you spend some time with the appropriate resources listed below:

PSAT Student Study Guide (for Sophomores) –

SAT Student Study Guide (for Juniors) –

Practice SAT Exam

Atlas Prep is offering our class of 2024 students a free online practice SAT or ACT this Saturday, January 7th, from 9am-1pm.  

This gives you the opportunity to experience a college admissions test and grade it immediately after with the support of a live proctor. Further, it gives students a chance to experience the test before taking the ‘real thing’ in March.   

Free Online Practice SAT or ACT Exam
Saturday, January 7 from 9am-1pm
Students should register here

Please direct any questions to Atlas at or call/text 716.299.8378 

Picture Day

Please mark your calendars for PPAS Picture Day:  Monday, December 19th.  Every child 6-11 grade will have their portrait taken to be included in the 2023 yearbook.  If you are interested in purchasing a school picture package, you should have heard from Portraits USA with details.  If you did not receive communication from Portraits USA and are interested in purchasing a package, please contact Teri Gindi at

All students will also be called during the day for a group picture of their performing arts major (or middle school grade).

Also, any 12th grade student who still needs a senior portrait done can have it done this day.

Open House for Prospective Students

Tell your friends! Here’s the info:

Come see what the PPAS High School Program has to offer!

Join us on November 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM in person to see live performances by all four majors  – Vocal, Dance, Musical Theater, and Drama

In addition, school leadership will present information about auditions, admissions, school culture, academics and more.