Dear BTWHSPVA parents and students,
As we enter the second semester, I am reminded how quickly things move at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. It's hard to believe that, in the past 4 months, we opened and closed our All-School Musical, "Oklahoma!", hosted the ASN National Conference and held a successful College Showcase! This next semester will be just as busy as we continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary as "Arts Magnet." Be sure to check our website and newsletter for upcoming 40th Anniversary events.
This past semester has also given us many celebrations to highlight. Our ACP scores exceeded or met the district average in every subject area! We have made huge improvements in Algebra 2 and Spanish I & II, with gains of 20+ points! Another celebration is our A Rating on the new state of Texas A-F grading system. With the current rating, Booker T. is one of the top 3 schools in the district. Our teachers have worked hard to improve student achievement, and our students are meeting the challenge.
Another celebration worth mentioning is our students who are performing and being highlighted this week in Miami during YoungArts week. YoungArts is the single pathway for students to attain the coveted US Presidential Scholar in the Arts distinction (BTW has had 25 Presidential Scholars in the Arts over the past four decades - more than any in the country). We will be streaming the performances in the Montgomery Arts Theatre all week, beginning at 7pm (see schedule below in "What's Happening this Week"). Students have been given instructions for attendance during these live streams by their Cluster Coordinator. Parents are also welcome to attend.
We're currently in the magnet application process for next year. If you know of potential candidates, please encourage them to apply. Our audition dates are January 28th and February 4th. This is an exciting time of year as we begin to pass the torch to our future generation of Pegasi!
Be sure to check out our website and follow us on Facebook for our upcoming events and performances. As always, thank you for your support of our school!
Scott M. Rudes, Ph.D