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May 12, 2024

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Greetings, Booker T. family!

Happy Mother's Day to all our PTSA moms and those whose love and memories live on through us. Today, we honor all mothers and cherish the love, care, and sacrifices made daily. I wish everyone a lovely day filled with warmth, joy, and gratitude!

I am excited to announce that Jeffery Miller, one of our beloved Theatre faculty members, will be directing the All-School Musical! Mr. Miller is an expert in Musical Theatre, Acting, Stage Management, and more! Principal Williams and Arts Coordinator Nedra James have complete confidence that the school's opening production of ON YOUR FEET! will succeed under his direction. In celebration, Leah Mora, VP of Fundraising, and I presented him with a care package filled with his favorite snacks and Booker T. PTSA spirit wear! We hope it boosts his energy as we know how rigorous the All School Musical can be, and we wanted him to have all his favorites while kicking off the auditions on the last week of school. Mr. Miller is thrilled about his new role and looks forward to seeing all the students at the auditions. 

I'm also excited to announce that our beloved dance faculty consultant, Fernando Hernandez, will be the choreographer for ON YOUR FEET! Mr. Hernandez has been a dance consultant for BTWHSPVA for twenty-five years and has taught thousands of students, many of whom you've recently seen perform Ballet Folklorico throughout the school year. Mr. Hernandez is also an expert costumer and will serve as the Costume Designer for the All-School Musical. He is looking forward to holding the dance auditions and can't wait to get started on the costume designs!

As you know, ON YOUR FEET! is an inspiring true story about heart, heritage, and how music changes the world. Another beloved faculty consultant and alum who understands this well is from the Music Conservatory. I'm excited to announce that Geno Young is the Music Director for the All-School Musical! Mr. Young is excited to return as the All-School Musical Music Director after leading the award-winning "Wiz Band" during the centennial year of the All-School Musical. He is looking forward to directing the band for ON YOUR FEET! All instrumentalists can submit their interest form using this link.

More announcements will be shared in the upcoming weeks and months as more faculty members of the arts join the production team! In the meantime, students, get ready! There will be two audition calls, one for singing and the other for dancing, on May 21-23. All current rising students for grades 10-12 for the 2024-25 school year from all conservatories are encouraged to audition and fill out the Student Interest Form to be considered for a cast, band, and crew role. Read all about it in the All School Musical article below.

This week, we celebrated our educators and staff for National Teacher Appreciation Week! To help our teachers "Flaming-Get-Going" for the week, we had a coffee, tea, and snack cart in the library on Monday morning! Shout out to Joe, the East Dallas Middle Ground barista and BTW alum from the Class of 2013 Music Conservatory.

All week long, our students and parents shared words of gratitude on our social media. We also delivered the latest Booker T. PTSA spirit wear to our teachers and ended the week with a "Mix and Flamingle" teacher appreciation lunch. A special thank you to Alicia Schortgen, Faculty Advocate, and to all our volunteers throughout the week!

Thank you to all who have donated to the Pegasus Pantry! The students are so grateful to receive a snack before or after taking the exams. Please keep the donations coming! Shop the Amazon wishlist to ship snacks directly to the school. We welcome store-bought snacks as well. Please drop them off with Nurse Wiley. Items are appreciated by May 17.

Please join us for the final PTSA membership meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in The Commons. On the agenda: a sneak peek into the next school year, including the All-School Musical and student-led shows, Standing Rules for student scholarships and activity funds, a Proposed Budget for 2024-25, and more! All new families are invited! If you didn't get your student's t-shirt at the family orientation, you can pick it up at the meeting. Read the Rising Family Newsletter to fill out the t-shirt order form. We hope to see you there!

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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 cast, band, or crew must submit the Student Interest Form before auditioning or by May 19. Having 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. 

AUDITIONS for ON YOUR FEET! will be held at the school from May 21-23. There are two audition calls as follows:

  • SINGERS—Calling all singers! Auditions for singing roles will be held in The MAT on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theatre song in the show's style, or choose a song by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Students should bring clearly labeled and marked sheet music for the piano accompanist. Tracks are also accepted. Students are responsible to provide a portable speaker if the school equipment does not connect to their device. Please, no A Capella singing. Auditions can be scheduled during flex or lunch on May 17 and 20. Mr. Miller will consider requests on a case by case basis. 
  • DANCERS—Calling all dancers! Auditions for dance roles will be held in The Commons on Thursday, May 23, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All students auditioning for singing roles must also audition for dancing. Please dress comfortably for movement. 

Singers and dancers must complete this audition form before auditioning. 

REMINDER: All students interested in a cast, band and crew role must complete the Student Interest Form before auditioning or by May 19.

Please note: only current students rising to the 10-12th grade in the 2024-25 school year are eligible to audition. 

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.


BACCALAUREATE - The PTSA hosts the Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, May 24 at First United Methodist Church. We need volunteers to check in students and work as door greeters, ushers, and reception hosts. Please give our senior parents a break so that they can attend the ceremony. All grade-level parents are welcome to volunteer. Please sign up here.


Senior Scream photo by Vonda Klimaszewsk aka Mrs. K.

SENIOR STUDENTS + PARENTS – Ready or not, here we go! It’s finally May and it’s time to start the countdown to graduation! Check the listings below for details on all end-of-year events for the Class of 2024. Refer to the senior resources listed below for more details.

Senior Service Wishlist

Every year, our seniors participate in a service project to give back to the school. This year, a Senior Day of Service will be held on May 15 to give our MAT some much-needed love and attention. Seniors can reflect on all the memories they've shared on stage or while watching a show and leave it ready for more memorable moments with the rising Pegasi. Students will work with the Production Coordinator, Mrs. K, to make it shiny, clean, and organized. Please shop the Amazon wishlist to donate cleaning supplies or equipment needed.Items can be shipped directly to the school in the care of Ms. K.

MAY 13-17, 2024 -  Last week of school!
Students are to report to school for attendance from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day. Attendance is still required and will be counted toward Attendance for Credit. All books, school equipment, and outstanding fees will be collected this week. Laptops, including the bag and charger, will also be turned in by that Friday once your testing has been completed. Students who have not turned in these items will not be given their cap and gown.

Monday, May 13
10 a.m.Senior Meeting in the Black Box
5 p.m.Faculty vs. Senior Volleyball Game in the Commons
Tuesday, May 14
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cap and Gown Photos in the MAT. Sign up to select your time with Legacy Studios on this link.

Wednesday, May 15
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.Senior Day of Service, the MAT. Give back to your school by helping clean and organize The MAT. Reflect on all the memories you've shared on stage or while watching a show, and leave it ready for more special moments to come with the rising Pegasi. All students who participate receive a reward. Shop the Amazon wishlist to donate cleaning supplies and equipment needs.
Thursday, May 16
Time TBAGame Day hosted by the Senior Council
Friday, May 17
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Senior Breakfast is at Sammy's BBQ. The breakfast is FOR STUDENTS ONLY. Breakfast is free, hosted by the BTW PTSA. Senior Superlatives will be announced.

10:30 a.m.Senior Checkout, The MAT lobby. Students will turn in their check-out sheet, pick up their cap and gown and graduation tickets.
6:00 p.m.Senior Awards Presentation, The MAT. Parents are welcome.
MAY 20-24, 2024 - Let's celebrate!

Students are not required to report to school for attendance this week. Final celebrations occur this week! 

Tuesday, May 21
6:30 p.m.

Theater Conservatory Senior Dinner, Commons

6:30 p.m.Visual Arts Conservatory Senior Dinner, Hudson Gallery
Wednesday, May 22
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.Senior Party “Peace Out, High School,"Southern Skates. Students are responsible for their own transportation. This free event is hosted by the PTSA and will feature a food truck, DJ, cookie cakes and prizes.
6:30 p.m.Music Conservatory Senior Dinner, Hudson Gallery
6:30 p.m.Dance Conservatory Senior Dinner, Zero Floor Studios
Thursday, May 23
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Graduation Rehearsal (run-through), The Meyerson. Arrive dressed in your cap, gown and the shoes you plan to wear.
11 a.m.Yearbook Signing Party, Location TBA. Yearbooks available for purchase of previous school years. Contact Mrs. K at vklimaszewski@dallasisd.org.
Friday, May 24
7 - 8:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate,First United Methodist Church. Keynote Speaker Yolonda Williams. Students arrive no later than 6 p.m. and use the San Jacinto entrance. Parking is in the Bryan Tower Garage. No tickets are required. Seating is open, first come first seated. A reception will follow.

Saturday, May 25 - Graduation Day!
4 - 6 p.m.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: Each student receives seven free general admission tickets. There is no assigned seating. Families are encouraged to arrive early and have plenty of time to find parking as seating is first come, first served. Students can submit a request for one additional ticket on this form.
  • Livestream: The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed. Links to all graduation ceremonies will be available on the DISD website the day of the ceremony, five 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.

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.

AP TESTING CONTINUES NEXT WEEK. Snack donations are appreciated. Shop the Amazon list to ship directly to the school. You can also drop donations at the front desk in care of Nurse Wiley. We also have a few open slots for proctors May 13-17.

END-OF-YEAR TECHNOLOGY COLLECTION IS MAY 23-24. In preparation for summer maintenance and necessary repairs, all student laptops will be collected after students' 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th exams on May 23 and May 24.

Once students have completed their last exam, they will return their laptop to the exam proctor.

Please note the following important points:

  • Students who will be taking summer dual credit courses must physically bring their laptop to the library and check it out for the summer before the end of the school year. (Dual Credit list is provided by counselors.)
  • Laptops that are not returned will be locked, and the incident will be reported accordingly to the administration.
  • Students must return their laptop charger and computer bag on their last day.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact the school administration.

  • Monday, May 13 - Friday, May 17: (AS) AP Testing
  • Monday, May 13: (S) Senior Activity Meeting, students only, Black Box, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, May 13: (S) Faculty vs. Seniors Volleyball game, Commons, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 13: (T) Thespian Inductions, Black Box Theatre, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 14: (S) Cap and Gown Photos, The MAT, 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 14: (AS) PTSA General Membership Meeting, Commons, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 14: (T) Improv Comedy Show, Black Box, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15: (S) Senior Service Project, MAT, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15: (M) RJAM Banquet, Commons, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 16: (S) Senior Council Game Day, Commons, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17: (S) Last Day of School for Seniors
  • Friday, May 17: (S) Senior Breakfast, Sammy's BBQ, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, May 17: (S) Senior Awards Presentation, MAT, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Friday, May 21-21: (AS) ACP Testing
  • Tuesday-Friday, May 21 - 24: (AS) Early Release, 2:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21: (AS) All School Musical Singing Auditions, MAT, 2:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21: (T) Theatre Senior Dinner, The Commons, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 21: (VA) Visual Arts Senior Dinner, Hudson Gallery, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22: (S) Senior Skate Party, Southern Skates, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 22: (AS) All School Musical Singing Auditions, MAT, 2:45 pm
  • Wednesday, May 11: (D) Dance Senior Dinner, Zero Floor Studios, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11: (M) Music Senior Dinner, Hudson Gallery, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 23: (S) Graduation Run Through, Meyerson, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 23: (AS) All School Musical Dancing Auditions, Commons, 2:45 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24: (AS) Last Day of School, Early Release 2:20 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24: (S) Baccalaureate, First United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.
  • See the full calendar

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


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