SOME USEFUL TERMS.
MAT – Montgomery Arts Theater - Main performance hall on campus.
Black Box – Theater on the 2nd floor of the historic building of the school. Used mainly by the theater cluster.
BOC - Board of Control, manages Activity Funds, meets Friday mornings at 8:30 am, RCR
BTW Advisory Board - they budget; they plan; they believe. So the students can CREATE!
BCR - Blue Conference Room 3rd flloor
GCR - Gold Conference Room 2nd floor
Green Room - interior courtyard
Hudson Foundation Gallery - Visual Arts gallery, 1st floor
ARTS Pass – Way for parents, students, faculty and supporters to donate to the clusters and pay for performing arts events in advance, like a season pass to certain performances during the year. To these certain performances, the ARTS Pass will admit 4 people into those shows.
Dance Guild – Membership group that strives to promote, foster and support the Dance Cluster and dance students at BTW.
Music Guild - Membership group that strives to promote, foster and support the Music Cluster and music students at BTW.
Theatre Guild - Membership group that strives to promote, foster and support the Theatre Cluster and drama students at BTW.
Visual Arts Guild - Membership group that strives to promote, foster and support the Visual Arts Cluster and visual arts students at BTW.
Crew Hours – Crew hours are required each semester for dance students and will be graded according to the number of hours completed; this grade will be 20% of the last six weeks for each semester for ballet classes and 20% of the last six weeks for each semester for modern classes. Crew hours may only be earned through approved BTWHSPVA Dance Department events; hours earned volunteering or performing for organizations other than the Dance Department will not be accepted. Crew opportunities are posted on the dance call board. For more information on crew hours and grading, see the Dance Handbook as posted on Ms. Weiss’ website (http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/webpages/AWeiss/).
Master Classes – special classes offered randomly during the year where nationally known teachers/artists come to the school as guests to offer classes.
Cluster Ensembles – Unique ensemble/company groups which allow students to perform and serve as student ambassadors for the dance, music and theatre departments and the school. Must audition to gain membership in the ensemble/company, agree to a one-year commitment of rehearsals and performances, achieve passing grades in both academic and cluster classes. Auditions are held in the spring each school year.
All School Collaborative Concert – Concert performed at the beginning of the semester with all the clusters. Auditions are held when school starts and is open to all grade levels.
College/Senior Showcase – Seniors in dance, music, theatre and visual arts present their portfolios, gallery exhibition, performances, individual presentations and technical layouts to an audience of colleges, universities and conservatories in their quest for admission, scholarship and college degrees in their chosen fields. Annual event held in November each school year.
College Fair – Annual event open to all students and parents. Held on Friday afternoon of Senior Showcase week. Colleges host tables with brochure and catalogue information as well as answering questions and providing additional information to parents and students.
Jury Exams – These are final exams for cluster classes and are 25% of the semester grade.
PTSA – Parent Teacher Student Association. Organization designed to promote and encourage parent participation, support of the school and support of the faculty.
SBDM – Site Based Decision Making. Committee that works with school administration to help make decisions and implement programs in all areas of the school.
PTSA Arts Gala – Annual PTSA fundraising event, usually held in the spring. Includes silent and live auctions.
Call Board – Bulletin boards near cluster areas on which information about auditions, crew hours, senior/college matters, and other related postings are made.