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SUBJECT: PTSA News - May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024

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Greetings, Booker T. family!

Congratulations on reaching the last week of school! Give yourself a pat on the back and high-five your fellow students or parents! As we begin the final week of school, I'd like to take a moment to address our Senior students.

When you first arrived at Booker T., you were wide-eyed students. Over the years, the school has received numerous awards and recognition, many of which are a direct result of the excellence of your work. Your partnership with the teachers and students, and the support of our PTSA parents and community, guilds, and advisory board have been instrumental in these achievements. Whenever guidance was needed, you likely received support through tutorials, private lessons, conferences, scholarships, and advice to navigate your conservatory studies. In return, all we asked was for you to continue your journey and work towards your goals. Now, as you prepare to leave, you leave behind a powerful legacy!

We hope you to return and share your experiences with the next generation of artists soon. Your involvement is crucial to the continued success of our school. Don't forget to join us on alum night for the all-school productions! We wish you good luck, sound health, unending success, and all the best in your future endeavors as future leaders and artists. Congratulations to our graduating class of 2024! 

The All-School Musical cast auditions are held on campus Tuesday -Thursday! Please see the ASM article below for updates on the auditions! Students technically trained in one performance skill and interested in forming more are encouraged to audition. Our faculty understands that not all singers are necessarily trained in dancing techniques, and dancers are likely not trained in singing. The faculty is looking for potential as well as skill. If you can sing Happy Birthday in tune and have rhythm in movement, this audition is for you! There is also a big need for male students to audition. So GO FOR IT! This is your opportunity to be in the opening production of the school year! Prepare, practice, and give it your all! Good luck, Pegasi!

I'm excited to share another All-School Musical announcement! Our expert resident faculty Costume Construction teacher, Ms. Renee Jones, is joining the Costume Design Team! Together, Ms. Jones and Mr. Hernandez will form a design crew of interested students enrolled in costume design classes and those who are not costume design students but are interested in learning the procedures and skills associated with costume production. Please read the ASM article below to apply by May 24. 

More announcements will be shared in the upcoming weeks and months as more faculty members of the arts join the production team, providing more opportunities for our students to get involved! 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.

Thank you to all who joined us for the last PTSA meeting of the year! A warm, heartfelt thank you to the officers for the generous gift basket. We accomplished so much this year, and I'm so grateful to our executive board, committee chairs, members, administration, faculty, and alums for all you did to support this legendary school. Year 101 did shape up to be the best yet! Have a wonderful last week of school!

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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. 

**UPDATE** AUDITIONS for ON YOUR FEET! will be held at the school from May 21-23. All students interested in performing as a cast member must audition in each of the following calls:

  • Singing auditions will be held in the MAT on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22, from 2:45 - 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. (about :45 seconds of a song) 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. Auditions can be scheduled during flex or lunch on May 20. Mr. Miller will consider requests on a case by case basis. 
  • Dance auditions will be in the Zero Floor Studios on Thursday, May 23, from 2:45 - 4:30 p.m. Please dress comfortably for movement. 


Step 1) All students interested in a cast, band and crew role must complete the Student Interest Form before auditioning or by May 19.

Step 2) Singers and dancers must complete this audition form before auditioning. 

ELIGIBILITY: Only 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.


The All School Musical faculty costume designers are Mr. Fernando Hernandez and Ms. Renee Jones. Costume Design students interested in assisting in the design process are encouraged to apply for the positions by May 24. Fill out the following two forms:

1) Student Interest form

2) ON YOUR FEET Google form

Students not enrolled in the costume design classes that are willing to learn procedures and skills associated with costume production for the All-School Productions can sign up on the Student Interest form. Those interested in serving in the costume, hair and make-up crew for the All School Musical must complete the student interest form by May 24.


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 STUDENTS + PARENTS – It's the last week of Senior activities! Parents we need your help to volunteer and donate beverages for the Senior Party. Please sign up on the link below.

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. Beverage donations appreciated. Please sign up to brink drinks and volunteer on this link.
6 p.m.Music Conservatory Senior Dinner, Hudson Gallery
6:30 p.m.Dance Conservatory Senior Dinner, Zero Floor Studios
Thursday, May 23
8:30 - 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.

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.


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


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