Sorry for the delay of the weekly message. We are just finding our senses
after the most incredible National Championship in our history! I hope
that you will view the winners at Contest
Results. The teams brought extraordinary talent! The awards
ceremony was amazing with the Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Dallas Power House Staff
as well as the Sons of Harmony singing the national anthem and a special mini
We are looking ahead to the DTDA Midwest convention next week in Minneapolis as
well as the National DTDA
convention in Austin at the end of the month. I want to remind anyone that
has a dance/drill team opening or anyone in search of a new position to post
your information at the DTDA
Job Fair web site as we have had lots of action in the past few weeks.
If you are planning for a private camp or regular camp, you can find more
information on summer camps as well as an online Private Camp Bid Request Form
at our web site:
ADTS Web Forms Page
A funny passage for those of us in Texas that know the meaning of TAAS
TEST (ha ha ) as well as all of us to find new meaning on ASAP
(below). May you have a wonderful restful weekend and we hope that you
will always strive to keep in touch!
Joyce E. Pennington, Pres. CEO
American Dance/Drill Team
Subject: FW: New TAAS Guidelines
The Texas Education Agency is looking for a more accurate administration
of the TAAS test. There are many areas that need improvement. Due to
recent findings in statewide survey results regarding TAAS administration,
new guidelines are being implemented.
1) All jewelry must be removed. Many digital watches
now have calculator capabilities and could be used on the mathematics
test. Wall clocks should have the numbers removed or masked.
2) Recent studies have shown that certain colors may alter
individuals' ability to concentrate over long periods of time.
Therefore, it is strongly suggested that all posters, wall decorations,
etc., be removed from classroom walls. Test rooms should be painted a
non-threatening bland tan color. A listing of acceptable colors is
available from TEA.
3) All pencils should be sanded clean of letters and numbers.
All desks used for testing should be clean of graffiti.
4) Due to the recent fad of hair sculpting with words
imprinted on students' scalps, a masking technique is being devised.
Currently, TEA favors the rule that all students be required to wear white
or black rubber swimmers caps.
5) The preponderance of student clothing exhibiting mottos, logos,
and fully-written statements has placed some parts of the reading portions
validity in question. As a result, testing has been authorized
to wear only a hospital gown. Students and test administrators will be
required to remove all clothing during the testing sessions and wear only
a hospital gown.
6) Any student who talks, sneezes, coughs, breaks wind, belches, snarls,
hoots, drools, or arrives with a hickey, will be removed from the testing area
and sent to Austin to work for TEA making at least $50,000 a year.
In summation, students and test administrators will be have nothing except for
a hospital gown, swimmers caps and sanded #2 pencils. Your cooperation
What a wonderful new meaning for ASAP. . .
"Always Say A Prayer" by Lisa Englehardt
There's work to do, deadlines to meet, you've got no time to spare, but as
you hurry and scurry, always say a prayer.
In the midst of family chaos, "quality time" is rare. Do your
best; let God do the rest: always say a prayer.
It may seem like your worries are more than you can bear. Slow down and
take a breather - always say a prayer.
God knows how stressful life is; He wants to ease our cares, and He'll
respond a.s.a.p. - Always Say A Prayer
Text © Abbey Press, St. Meinrad, IN. 47577