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SUBJECT: PTSA News - May 25, 2024

May 25, 2024

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Greetings, Booker T. family!

School's out for the summer! Congratulations to our legendary faculty, staff, scholar artists, graduating seniors, parents, and volunteers on completing the 2023-24 school year! 

Today is a momentous day—it's graduation day! We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2024.You've shown immense dedication and resilience throughout your journey at Booker T. We look forward to cheering for you as you walk across the Meyerson Symphony Center stage during the graduation ceremony tonight!

I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone involved in organizing the senior traditions at Booker T. starting with our amazing PTSA board members and senior parents leading the efforts (pictured above):

  • Rachel Winton, Class of 2024 Committee Chair 
  • Kristin Schuck, Treasurer 

I also want to express my gratitude to all the senior parents who generously supported and sponsored the senior activities throughout the year including our sub-committee chairs and members:

  • Alexandra Elliott, Senior Surprises
  • Jennifer Hoesterey, Baccalaureate
  • Jennifer Gilligan, Skate Party
  • Blair Walker and Laura Evans, Senior breakfast 
  • Kathy Gameros, Senior bulletin board 

I also want to recognize and thank our incredible faculty members for their unwavering guidance and support including: 

  • Brandi Barnett, Senior Council Faculty Sponsor 
  • Vonda Klimaszewski, Production Coordinator + PTSA faculty liaison 

Your dedication has created a memorable and enriching experience for our students and families. Thank you for your outstanding contributions throughout the year.

The auditions for the All-School Musical have closed. Way to go, Pegasi! You've successfully completed the audition process. The eagerly awaited cast list will be revealed next week on the Membership Toolkit. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the upcoming weeks and months. Make sure to renew your PTSA membership for the next school year to stay on the email subscription list to receive the PTSA newsletters over the summer. Continue to read the article below for more information on the summer intensive and how to sign up to be considered to be a part of the band and crew.

Thank you to all our PTSA members for a great year at Booker T. I hope you have a fantastic summer filled with opportunities for enrichment, relaxation, and exciting adventures!

Newsletter Archive | Visit the PTSA Membership Toolkit to access the latest newsletter and archive.

View Entire Newsletter | Click on 'View Entire Message' at the bottom of your email to access all the articles.

Resources | Click on the newsletter images, graphics, and words in blue font for more helpful information.

The auditions for the All-School Musical are closed. The cast list will be announced next week on the Membership Toolkit. Stay tuned for announcements!

SUMMER INTENSIVE - Students are required to attend the two-week summer intensive held in the MAT from Monday to Thursday, July 29 - August 1, and August 5- 8. Each week will include learning choreography, music, and blocking. Schedule conflicts will be considered. 80% attendance is required.

STUDENT INTEREST - All students interested in participating in the PTSA-sponsored All-School Productions must submit this Student Interest Form. Deadlines to submit this form will be announced for each production. Students interested in participating in the All-School Musical as a instrumentalist or crew member must submit the Student Interest FormHaving no experience does not disqualify anyone. All students are encouraged to learn new skills of interest.The faculty leadership of all shows will review your interests. Student leadership will receive direction from the Artistic Coordinator and instruction and guidance from the faculty liaison. 


A Special Thank You:

To our speakers: 

Garry Williams, Principal, Booker T. Washington HSPVA

Yolonda Williams, Television Producer & Journalist, BTWHSPVA Alumna

Rev. Mitchell Boone, Senior Minister, First United Methodist Church

Sofia Reyes, Student Council Senior Class President

Keelyn Singleton, Communications Committee President

To our talented Booker T. Washington HSPVA student performers and participating faculty:

Dr. Michael Jacko, Music Conservatory Director

Piano: Edward Heng, George Rueda, Georgia Rutledge, Teddy Tharp

Violin: Logan Boyd, Vaughn Hale, Zoë Lelevich, Patrick Miranda-Estrada, Isabel Opat, Julissa Palacios, Aissatou Rasa

Viola: Malcolm Dorsett, Vaughn Hale, Donald Smith

Cello: Thomas Canas

Double Bass: Scar Williams

To our wonderful venue host: 

First United Methodist Church, Dallas

To the Class of 2024 fans and supporters: 

The Faculty and Staff of Booker T. Washington HSPVA 

The Parent Teacher Student Association of Booker T. Washington HSPVA 

The senior parents of the PTSA Class of 2024 Committee

Program front cover art, Maddie Black, Visual Arts Senior


Saturday, May 25 - Graduation Day!
5 - 6 p.m. (UPDATE)Graduation Rehearsal (full), The Meyerson. Students only.
8 - 10 p.m.Graduation Ceremony, The Meyerson.
  • Attire: Students arrive in nice attire with cap and gown. Caps are NOT allowed to be decorated.
  • Rehearsal: A full rehearsal will take place before the ceremony, providing students with a clear understanding of the proceedings. It's important to note that students will not be allowed to leave between the rehearsal and the ceremony. Pizza will be provided for seniors.
  • Tickets: Families are encouraged to arrive early with their tickets and have plenty of time to find parking as seating is first come, first served. Lobby doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert hall opens at 7:30 p.m.
  • Livestream: Click here for to view the livestream of the ceremony. The livestream will be available fifteen minutes before the ceremony begins.
  • Audience etiquette: Please be respectful when student names are called so everyone can hear. No yelling, loud cheering, etc., is allowed.
  • Directions and Parking: The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at 2301 Flora Street | Dallas, TX 75201. Click here for parking options.

Congratulations, you're officially S-E-N-I-O-R-S! Get a head start on your senior year by staying connected. Click on the links below and save the dates.


  • Senior Day at Pegasus Pick-Up is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31. Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available. Be sure to stay in touch with your conservatory, as conservatory headshots are typically taken at Pegasus Pick Up.
  • Senior Yearbook Photos are separate from your conservatory headshots. Senior yearbook photos include a pose and personality shot. The basic session is free, but additional packages are available. Photos will be taken August 5-7 at BTW. Visit photographer Angela Novelette's website to schedule your session.

PEGASUS PICK UP DATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED! For our new families, Pegasus Pick up is a day for students and families to pick up schedules, pay for lockers and parking spaces, order yearbooks, take ID photos and senior headshots, join the PTSA and guilds, and purchase merchandise. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend with their student.

  • Incoming 9th grade students are scheduled on Monday, July 29.
  • 10-11th grade students are Tuesday, July 30.
  • Seniors are Wednesday, July 31.

REGISTRATION FOR ALL STUDENTS IS NOW OPEN! All new and returning students must complete registration each year by June 14. Include your updated contact information to receive school communications over the summer. Login to choose.dallasisd.org/login

Tip: Scroll to the bottom of the dashboard until you see two tabs for your student. Select the registration tab and follow the steps. Do not click on 'let's begin application' or 'let's begin registration.' Click here to see the district video for detailed instructions.

  • Friday, June 14: (AS) Last day to register students online
  • Monday, July 1: (AS) New PTSA Membership Year - Join or Renew your membership
  • Monday, July 29: Pegasus Pick Up - Incoming 9th grade students
  • Tuesday, July 30: Pegasus Pick Up - 10th-11th grade students
  • Wednesday, July 31: (S) Pegasus Pick Up - Seniors
  • Monday-Thursday, July 29 - Aug 8: All School Musical ON YOUR FEET! Summer Intensive
  • Monday, August 12: (AS) First day of school

Dates to be announced:

  • Flight School for rising students
  • Parent University

(AS) All School, (D) Dance, (M) Music, (T) Theatre, (VA) Visual Arts, (S) Seniors


The contribution of the PTSA's 2023-2024 Sustaining Sponsors help cultivate the future of the performing and visual arts and enables the PTSA to provide school-wide productions, programs, resources and event support. Please review the benefits of becoming a sponsor for the 2024-25 school year and make your contribution today! 

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