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SUBJECT: PTSA News - February 26, 2023

February 26, 2024

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Greetings, Booker T. family! 

It always amazes me to see what Booker T. students create as they collaborate and join forces to produce a show with passion and determination—a process known to build growth through various challenges. Every bit of the African American Heritage Festival was student-led, with some guidance from our faculty. Rhyme Deferred was a thrilling production honoring the history of hip-hop with celebratory interludes of the African American culture. The PTSA couldn't be prouder to serve as the Executive Producer. Congratulations to the Booker T. Washington HSPVA administration, faculty, cast, band, artists, crew, parents, PTSA board, and members on a successful first student-led production of the new year! A big congratulations to our senior students that co-directed the show, Jeffrey Baker and Reginald Compton, and dance co-directors Mariah Tyler and Gabriella Walker! We are so proud of you! Excellent work to all!

Check out the fantastic photos of our Pegasi in action! Thank you to our photographers, PTSA Historian, Jackie Cooper, and PTSA Faculty Liaison, Vonda Klimaszewski.

A moment of gratitude is in order. I want to thank everyone who supported this festival, including our sustaining sponsors and production partners. A special thank you to all the volunteers, including the VP of Fundraising, Leah Mora, for your unwavering support in preparing for the school-wide productions. Thank you also to the VP of Communications for creating the beautiful show Playbill and posters featuring the student artwork of Kristen Below. Thank you to the Class of 2026 committee chair, Amy Marcuis, and Sophomore parents for your hospitality of feeding the kids, providing a cast, band, artist, and crew party and selling concessions and merchandise. A special thank you to all who donated MAT concession snacks and beverages.

We also want to thank our faculty leadership for directing and guiding the students from the Theatre Conservatory, Director Guinea Bennett-Price, and Renee Jones for the beautiful textile prints from the Design 1 and Construction 1 classes displayed in the MAT lobby (pictured below). From Visual Arts, Jess Bell led her students to create backdrops in the production. From Music, Director Michael Jacko, Terence Hobdy, and Guest Music Producer Aaron Butler, who produced all the beats during the rap scenes. From Dance, Director Kate Walker, and faculty members Omar Humprey and Shelly Padilla. From the administration, Art Coordinator Nedra P. James and Production Coordinator Vonda Klimaszewski. Thank you all for your guidance and support of this festival and production.

Last but not least, I want to thank our Principal, Garry Williams, our lead advocate for student collaboration, who also surprised the Final Night audience with a beautiful acapella of Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Thank you, Mr. Williams, for inspiring excellence.

I've said it before and I'll continue to say it again, it is a privilege to support this legendary school that provides so many opportunities for young artists to thrive. We are so grateful for the generosity of all our sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Please keep the support coming the rest of the semester and save the dates to join us for the following student-led programs and productions:

  • Art + Culture Week Capestone Talk - March 4
  • Creations - April 13, 2024

Every Spring, the PTSA opens the summer scholarship application process. A program the PTSA is primarily fundraising for throughout the school year. As child advocates, we strengthen education by awarding student scholarships to supplement tuition as students continue their studies over the summer. Students attending an academic, performing, or visual arts enrichment program may apply for a scholarship of up to $500. The application opens this Friday, March 1! Read more about the program in the Student Support article below and visit the Membership Toolkit for more on eligibility and the application process.

This Saturday, is the Spring Dance! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to our Booker T. community! The executive board and committees put in many hours of volunteer service to support this legendary school. Receiving in-kind donations supporting this work is heart warming and reassuring. The funds received for the Spring Dance were used to decrease the pre-sale tickets for students and guests. We also received more donations to provide a photo booth to capture fun moments of our Pegasi enjoying themselves. Thank you to everyone who donated games from the wishlist and signed up to help decorate and chaperone. Your contribution will make the Spring dance special and memorable for our Pegasi! 

There's still time to help! More chaperones are needed; please sign up to help in a 1-2 hour shift. Read more about the dance and check out the vision board in the following article featuring ideas from the Student Council to decorate the MAT.

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Spring Dance 2024

The PTSA is partnering with the Student Council to support the Spring Dance! This year's dance will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 7-10 p.m. in the heart of downtown Dallas, Booker T's very own Montgomery Arts Theatre!

For the first time ever, the MAT will be transformed into a night "Under the Stars!" The lobby will include a starry photo op and a sweets and beverage station. Inside the auditorium, the stage will be transformed into a sparkling starry night with DJ Dapow, BTW alum, using turn tables to mix a custom playlist with all genres requested by students! Every bit of the MAT will be decorated, including the standing room only. There will be tables with games for those who prefer socializing or need a break from the dance floor. Weather permitting, there will be more games in the Green room.

  • TICKETS - Thanks to a very generous donation the pre-sale ticket price decreased to $25! Pre-sale tickets have been extended to purchase online through February 28! Click here to purchase tickets today! Once you've submitted the form to purchase a ticket, proceed to checkout. Booker T. students (only) can purchase tickets at the door for $40. Proceeds from the ticket sales support the expenses.
  • GUESTS - Students must complete a guest approval form and have it signed by BTW Administration: Principal Williams, Dean Countryman, or Dr. Barrett before they can purchase a ticket for their guest. A scanned copy of the approved form must be uploaded to the guest ticket form. Tickets for guests are now available today through February 28. Click here to purchase guest tickets today!
  • ID REQUIRED - Students and guests must bring their student ID to check in at the dance. They do not need to wear their ID.
  • MUSIC - The following music genres submitted from students will be played by DJ Dapow (alum): Alternative, Hip Hop, Jazz, New Wave, Norteñas, Pop, R&B, Rap, Rock and more!

Dress code is enforced.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: Please sign up to volunteer, chaperone or make a donation for the school dance expenses below!

  • Volunteers are needed to help set up on Friday, March 1, from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sign up here.
  • Chaperones are needed at the dance. Shifts are only two hours from 6-8 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. There is also a one hour shift for tear down from 10-11 p.m. Sign up here.
  • Donate: Make an in kind donation to the school dance expenses. Monetary donations will be used to pay for decorations, sweets, beverages, and more. Thank you for your consideration!

In honor of Black History month the PTSA is paying a tribute to the Booker T. Washington Bulldogs by featuring the 1937 Marching Band logo on apparel. A limited inventory is available in red, purple and black. More color options and pre-orders are available online. Click here to order yours today! 

Contact Leah Mora, VP of Fundraising via email to pick up your order btwhspva.fundraising@gmail.com.

  • The PTSA Summer Scholarship Program assists students who plan to attend an academic, performing, or visual arts camp, intensive, workshop, class, or lessons during the summer. Students who meet the eligibility requirements are awarded scholarships of up to $500 and may use the funds to supplement tuition fees. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are no longer available. Applications accepted March 1 - April 30. Visit the Membership Toolkit for more on eligibility and the application process. Read the testimonials and FAQs for additional information. Contact Kelly Martin, Summer Scholarship Chair, with questions at btwhspvaptsa.scholarship@gmail.com
  • Student Activity Support is available from the PTSA for student clubs in need of funding. Get the information and apply on the Membership Toolkit. 
  • The Pegasus Pantry needs your help! Please help restock the shelves by donating microwaveable, non-perishable food. Items can be purchased and shipped through the Amazon Wishlist or dropped off at the school in care of Nurse Wiley.
  • Call for student artwork! We are collecting design submissions for a Pegasus logo that will be featured on the Class of 2024 Baccalaureate program. Please submit your design on the Membership Toolkit by March 31!
  • Reminders from Ms. Clayton: Check-in on your portals for scholarship announcements. Update me in Google Classroom with any awards or decisions AND complete FAFSA! It will ask about parent 2022 taxes. If you complete it without me, forward me your email confirmation.

Visit the PTSA Senior Class Page for more Senior News!


Are you interested in serving as a PTSA officer?Fill out the PTSA Officer Interest form by March 1 to be considered by the Nominating Committee. Elections for the 2024-25 PTSA year will be held at the general membership meeting in April.

  • SAT PREP AVAILABLE FOR ALL STUDENTS: The Academic Success Program of DISD offers free SAT prep courses at Booker T. and various campus locations throughout the city. Students can register for these sessions through School Links. BOOKER T. SAT PREP DATES: March 5, April 2, April 23. Session time: 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. in room 208 with Ms. Clayton.
  • ATTENTION JUNIORS: Are you interested in a summer paid internship for law? The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) places high school students with law firms and corporate legal departments throughout the Dallas area for up to eight weeks during June and July. Interns will receive a minimum of $10/hr. See the Dallas Bar Association website for requirements and details. Applicaiton deadline March 29.
  • DUAL CREDIT COURSES AVAILABLE: Students can enroll into a summer college course to receive both college and high school credits at the same time. Click on the links below for more information.
DISD celebrates Black History Month

Dallas ISD is excited to celebrate the rich history, stories, and achievements of African Americans during Black History Month. Visit the DISD website for daily celebrations of this year's theme, "African Americans and the Arts," including Principal Garry Williams*, Faculty + Artist Jessica Bell,  award winning singer + songwriter Erykah Badu* , Senior Dance Conservatory Student, Moriah T.  (*alums)


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


The contribution of the PTSA 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 and make your contribution today!

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