Once a month from September through May, TA schedules a dance for students. Dates are listed in the School Calendar. Each dance is sponsored by a class (Seniors, Juniors, etc.) or student organization (National Honor Society, etc.), which takes responsibility for planning and hosting the event. Dance admission, usually around $3.00, helps defray the cost of a DJ, and helps the sponsor earn funds for its activities.
Who goes to dances?
Most dances are open to all TA students in grades 7-12. Two are reserved for younger students in grades 7-9 only: the 8th Grade Dance in November and the 7th Grade Dance in April. These junior-high class sponsors may also decide whether to invite 6th-grade students and 10th-grade students (by individual invitation only). The March semi-formal and the May prom are reserved for older students: grades 9-12 only.
Students will not be admitted to dances if they were absent from school on the day of the dance, or if they are serving suspension or social probation.
Students may invite guests from other schools, as long as they sign their guests in.
How long do dances last?
Most dances run from 7:30-10:00 p.m. No new arrivals are admitted after 9:00.
Two special dances run longer: the Semi-Formal in March is from 8:00-11:00 p.m. (no admission after 10:00), and the Prom in May, with dinner, is from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Students are expected to leave campus within 30 minutes of the ending time. Students who remain longer will not be allowed to attend the next dance.
Who supervises dances?
There are at least seven adult chaperones at every dance, including an administrator, teachers, and parent volunteers. Parents are always welcome to visit.
What's expected at dances?
All school rules apply. The chaperones take particular care to enforce the rules prohibiting alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on campus. Students may not leave the dance and re-enter. They may not bring beverage containers into the hall. (Juice and soda can be purchased at the dance.)
If the dance administrator has reason to suspect individual alcohol use, a student may be asked to take a breath-analysis test. (We will not do random tests.) A positive test, showing blood alcohol content of 0.02 or higher, will result in a call to parents and consequences as set out in the Student Handbook.
Some dancing styles--"head banging" and "moshing"--are not allowed, as they may become dangerous. Our aim is to keep students safe while they have fun!