April 16, 2018
Dear BTWHSPVA parents and students,
We are excited to enter the final grading period of this school year! We had successful STAAR testing sessions this past week for our English 1 and English 2 students. As we progress through the coming weeks, our students will be preparing for the next round of STAAR testing in Algebra 1, Biology, and US History, as well as their final ACPs in each of their academic subject areas. This is in addition to the juries and final projects in each of our Conservatories!
I wanted to provide our parents and community with an update on events planned for this Friday, April 20th. Our student leaders have done an exceptional job in organizing and planning a student rally on gun violence and prevention, which will take place in front of the historic building at 10:00 AM on Friday. The student leadership and school have worked closely with Dallas ISD police, the Dallas Police Department, and the Downtown Safety Patrol to close Flora Street in front of the school and to provide a safe space for our students and faculty to gather. We have moved our regular FLEX period to coincide that day with the student rally, and participating students will proceed to the rally with their FLEX classes. The rally will feature student speakers, dance and music performances, and a visual arts project. Students will return to class at the conclusion of the rally and resume their regular “B Day” schedule. As always, As our vision statement says, “We are a home to the young artists and thinkers who will write the next chapter of our society.” I am continually impressed by their commitment to social causes and using their art to bring about change.
I am looking forward to seeing parents on Tuesday evening at our monthly Health and Wellness session sponsored by the PTSA. The topic for the meeting will be on the Dangers of Social Media and Managing Addictive Tendencies. Please join us in the Black Box Theatre at 7:00 PM for this informative session.
Please take a few moments to review this newsletter – April is our big month for end-of-year exhibitions and performances! I hope you’ll join us on campus for one of these fantastic events.
Scott M. Rudes, Ph.D