News and Announcements

New items will be posted here when received, and will be included in the weekly newsletter if received by Friday prior to the event. 

Check here often to find out what's going on!


Posted May 25, 2014: 

Express YourselfCongratulations to our Young Poets

Winners of the Dallas Public Library Express Yourself Youth Poetry & Cover Art Competition:

  • TAG:
    Blaine Finstein, "To the woman who asked me for food on the train," Express Yourself! 18th Annual Youth Poetry Competition Finalists' Anthology (pg. 65)
    Makayla Murphy, Finalist
    Manny Nava, Finalist
  • HSHP
    Mpiana Aminata, "Birthed by Diversionary," Express Yourself! 18th Annual Youth Poetry Competition Finalists' Anthology. (pg.60)
    Irving Sanchez, Cover Art, back page, Mr. Piccirillo, Art II
    Kaulyn Henderson, " Falling," Express Yourself! 18th Annual Youth Poetry Competition Finalists' Anthology. (pg. 52)
    Jonathan Macareno, Finalist, Ms. Dorman, Eng. III AP
  • ESSM
    Breiana Degrate, Finalist, Mr. Jackson, Eng. II PAP
  • BMC
    Teara Gaines, Finalist, Ms. Towner, Eng. II PAP
  • Law
    Mary Lynch, Finalist, Ms. Towner, Eng. II PAP
  • SEM
    Aigbe Ayodele, Finalist, Mr. Chapman's Eng. II PAP


Posted May 09, 2014: 

From: Veerasamy, Jeyakesavan
Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:45 PM

Mobile app contest for all middle & high school students of Texas!

Hello all,

Computer Science department of the University of Texas at Dallas is thrilled to partner with OASiS, an employee resource group within AT&T, to conduct a Mobile App Contest for all middle & high school students of Texas during this Summer!

No coding experience is necessary to get started. All you need to do is to form a team of 2 to 4 students, brainstorm & come up with a cool app idea & write about it. If your idea is selected to be in top 20, web based training & support will be provided to develop the mobile app using MIT App Inventor.

Final presentation & contest will be on Saturday, August 9th in TI auditorium of ECSS building in UT Dallas campus.

Visit for details (Flyer can be accessed as

We encourage all middle school and high school students to participate and have fun making a mobile app this summer!

Download flyer...

Thanks for your time.

Dr. Jey Veerasamy
Erik Jonsson School, UT Dallas
Director, Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach Teaching Faculty, Computer Science

Posted May 07, 2014: 

SEM Orchestra Members in Spring 2014 ConcertSpring Concert: SEM Students in Townview Orchestra

The Orchestra has been busy with a recent concert last week. Here are some of the SEM members:

Pictured: Alex Gobernia, Sophie Arkusinski, Scarlett Hur, Jonathan Lee, and a Freshman we apologize we don't know the name of (please write webmaster to fill it in

Also in the orchestra from SEM are: Dong Hur, Daniel Enge, and Jacob Liou.

Several of our students will be going to the State UIL event on May 23 for solo and ensemble competitions since they got ratings of 1 at the UIL region competition as an orchestra, ensemble, and some individual competitions.

Way to represent SEM musicians! Congrats and best wishes at the state competition!

Posted May 07, 2014: 

Family Dinner NightThank you to Parents attending Family Dinner Night!

Thank you to all who brought desserts, salads, and drinks to our annual parent dinner night. About 45 SEM parents, students, and teachers came and enjoyed a wonderful pasta dinner with lots of desserts, rolls, salads and drinks. After the dinner PTSA held its last meeting electing our new board for next year. Ms. Huitt shared important information about the school and students shared their experiences on extra curricula activities. It was a fun night packed with information. Thanks to all who participated.

Posted May 06, 2014: 

SEM Ranked #1 in Texas!

Children at RiskFrom Ms. Huitt to SEM Teachers:
"Congratulations to you all! The School of Science/ Engineering receives top honors for the Children At Risk 2014 school rankings. I believe this award is a reflection our parental and community support, the hard work of students and most of all the countless hours spent (by our teachers) with your students before and after school on weekends and throughout the year. I know you all sacrifice time away from your family and friends to have more time for our students. I want to personally say thank you! Thank you for your dedication and commitment our students. I feel of all of the rankings, this is the most important. It does not rank the number of AP tests given or the number of AP tests passed. It is a measure of how of much our students grow while they are in our care. I know that I am blessed to work with some of the best educators in the nation."
- Tiffany Huitt
2014 NorthTexas High School Rankings.

Townview view of downtownSEM #4 in "Best High Schools in America"

From Wall Street Cheat Sheet: "8 Best High Schools in America":

Newsweek is a magazine renowned for its rankings of educational institutes.

In approaching the question of ranking high schools, Newsweek takes several different factors into consideration. Graduation rate and college acceptance rate are two of the more crucial criteria, as they are important in determining the future of a high school’s students; these days, it is difficult to get far in life without a college degree, let alone a high school diploma. The number of advanced placement tests taken on average by a student, scores on metrics like Advanced Placement exams and standardized tests, and the percentage of students who are not taking advanced coursework all also are taken into consideration.

#4. School of Science/Engineering Magnet (Dallas, Texas)
The School of Science/Engineering Magnet — also found in Dallas — provides a more mathematical counterpart to the School for the Gifted and Talented which is ranked #5. Though the school does not fare as well in standardized test scores as its liberal arts counterpart, the School of Science/Engineering features a 100 percent graduation rate, propelling it one spot higher than its neighbor in the rankings".
Read the full article here.

Posted May 06, 2014 | Update May 7 - GOAL REACHED!!!  Thanks to all who contributed!

Support Mr. Carter's request!

Our existing classroom projector needs to be replaced. The color is getting hard to see, and the resolution is poor. As we continue to try to grow our programs, we need better quality equipment to meet the students needs.

Go to and support this request - any amount you can contributer will help!

Give to my classroom by May 6, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Just enter the code 100WOMEN on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $500).

Posted May 06, 2014: 

Student Council Class Officers Announced

Please congratulate the following students who are the Science and Engineering's Sophomore Class, Junior Class, and Senior Class Officers for the school year 2014-2015.
— Ms. Hines, SEM Student Council Sponsor


  • President: Sarah Wiles
  • Vice President: Yeun "Scarlett" Hur
  • Secretary: Isaiah Mercado
  • Treasurer: Jimmy Nguyen Historian: Joseph Valdez
  • Parlimentarian: Murali Subramanian


  • President: James Valdez
  • Vice President: Neyva Hernandez
  • Secretary: Beverly Balasu
  • Treasurer: Calvin Graham
  • Historian: Sophie Arkusinski
  • Parlimentarian: Julia Kemper


  • President: Patrisia De Anda
  • Vice President: Carolina Martinez
  • Secretary: Matthew Evans
  • Treasurer: Aryn Davis
  • Historian: Alejandro Hernandez
  • Parlimentarian: Iman Popel

Posted April 28, 2014: 

SEM Team WaterWorks were finalists in the Breeze Wind Energy Project Contest.

Join us in congratulating them for winning second place and $750 for SEM! The winners were announced at Earth Day where they displayed their project. Congrats team.. well done!

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Team with Breeze President John Spicer (from the left): Monique Pierce, Ms. Huitt, Cindy Ramirez*, Jimmy Nguyen, Narcy Gonzalez, Christian Benitez, Minh Tran, Murali Subramanian, and Mr. John Spicer

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Team with Ms. Huitt (from the left): Ms. Huitt, Narcy Gonzalez, Monique Pierce, Murali Subramanian, Jimmy Nguyen, Christian Benitez, Cindy Ramirez*, and Minh Tran

Cindy Ramirez* is from LAW, and is part of the ENVSC club and wanted to help out with our project at the booths when she came to volunteer with Team WaterWorks at the Earth Day Celebrations

Posted April 28, 2014: 

Team Waterworks LogoTeam Waterworks wins Dallas-wide logo contest!

Ten members of the Environmental Science/Volunteering Club sponsored by Mr. McLoda have been accepted to the Team WaterWorks.

  • Murali Subramanian
  • Jimmy Nguyen
  • Minh Tran
  • Christian Benitez
  • Monique Pierce
  • Narcy Gonzalez
  • Cindy Ramirez
  • Akash Mistry
  • Matthew Vasquez
  • Nga Dien

This is a City of Dallas environmental initiative with the mission of “building the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment by engaging young people in hands-on service.” Read more:

Our team has presented a logo to the WaterWorks committee and we have designed a logo which shows the earth contained in a water droplet, indicating that life is preserved in each drop of water.

Thank you to all who voted for our logo. We competed against five other logos and as the winning logo, ours will be the new WaterWorks logo with the logo printed on the t-shirts they make and the blog that they have created.

Posted April 28, 2014: 

Murali Subramanian - winner in City of Dallas Art Contest!

Congratulations to Murali for his entry in the City of Dallas Water Utilities 3rd Annual Drinking Water Week High School Visual Art Contest. His has been selected as the Honorable Mention Winner in the Studio Art Category.

As the honorable mention winner Murali will receive a plaque, a certificate of participation, a Kindle Fire and an invitation to an awards recognition reception to be held at Dallas City Hall on Thursday, May 9, 2014. In addition to the awards and recognition, his art work will be displayed at Dallas City Hall, May 4-10, 2014, during National Drinking Water Week.

Posted April 27, 2014: 

SEM Robotics TeamSEM Robotics Team at Maker Faire

Members of the SEM FTC Robotics Team Iron Reign Spent their Saturday demonstrating their robots with the Dallas Personal Robotics Group at the Frisco Mini Maker Faire which was located at the Frisco Sci-Tech Discovery Center. Caitlin Rogers, Jayesh Sharma, Max Virani, and Tycho Virani demonstrated the robot they used to compete in the FTC challenge; as well as a robot that they are designing and building to compete in the Can-Can Soccer competition, part of the Roborama competition to be held at the Perot Museum on May 10th at noon. For more information about the Roborama or the Dallas Personal Robotics Group, click here. DPRG is located in the Dallas MakerSpace facility.

Posted April 27, 2014: 

Learn how the district’s 2014–2015 budget is developed and have your questions answered.

Posted April 22, 2014: 

US NewsUS News Ranks SEM #8 in Nation!

SEM is currently ranked #8 in the Nation. This is an imporvement from last year. We have sent in corrected numbers to the ranking board as they had our numbers stated incorrectly, and this could improve our ranking further. We will keep you informed if any change occurs.

How U.S. News Calculated the 2014 Best High Schools Rankings - US News We looked at thousands of public schools to identify the most outstanding. Read more...

Dallas ISD’s teacher of the year demonstrates winning formula for engaging students

Posted April 21, 2014:

David Woo/Staff Photographer
DISD teacher Josh Newton teaches his AP Calculus AB class April 10 at Townview Magnet Center in Dallas.

They don’t get easy problems, either. On one of the days I visited Newton’s class, the teens were assigned this objective: Students will find total distance traveled by a particle using an absolute value integral.

I had no idea what that meant, and still don’t. But the 20 students were burrowing deep into the issue. At one point, a girl asked classmates whether one part of the problem mattered. Another shot back “yes,” and the 30-year-old Newton explained why. Soon, he asked for someone to explain the answer for the larger question.

As the discussion evolved, Newton constantly asked questions. He told me that he did so because homework showed some of the students had used the wrong method. At the beginning of each class, Newton tests students on their homework assignments so he knows which areas to drill into.

Each time I visited Newton’s classes, I saw the fundamentals of effective teaching. It’s no wonder that Newton, a University of Texas at Austin graduate, was selected Dallas Teacher of the Year for 2012-13.

Newton’s assignments are clear. His students are engaged in their learning. He interacts with them as opposed to simply lecturing or sitting behind his desk. He tests his students regularly and uses the results to guide his interventions. And he uses multiple strategies to solicit answers, including getting students to pair up to solve problems.

These key elements lead to a student-centered approach. Newton was not the show. The learning was the focus.

He told me that he works on creating an open atmosphere so students can work out their thinking. “Sometimes you need to talk through a problem,” he explained. When one student said his answer to a complicated question was “maybe,” Newton chuckled, in his dry-humor way, that that was a reasonable response.

The humor doesn’t mean Newton lacks control. He firmly let a late student know she was tardy again. And he didn’t let the class wander. After a warm-up session when each class began, he gave students an assignment to show what they grasped. He seemed to keep a good pace.

Newton also knows his material. His grasp of complex math problems goes back to college.

He was an applied math major at UT and learned the pedagogical aspects of his profession through the UTeach program. Pioneered on the Austin campus, UTeach matches math and science majors with those who can instruct them on how to teach.

Knowing a subject is fundamental to good teaching, especially in math. The soft-spoken Newton can break down issues like trapezoidal rule into basic elements.

I’ve seen the qualities that Newton exhibits in other strong teachers in the district. Like Newton, they use humor, frame interesting questions and make content understandable.

What’s more, the journal Education Next recently presented data showing that the academic strengths of teachers are rising. More educators have strong subject knowledge.

Yet on school tours with DISD Superintendent Mike Miles, I have seen instructors spending most of their time lecturing from overheads with kids yawning in the back of class, shades drawn and virtually no engagement.

To put it bluntly: Neither Dallas nor the nation has enough good teachers. That’s why Miles is anchoring his strategies in better teaching and why districts across the country are grappling with better ways to evaluate instructors.

The lack of effective teaching shows up in data, too. Miles acknowledges that only 10 percent of Dallas students are on a track for college. And American students’ 2012 scores on the respected Program for International Student Assessment were flat, while students in numerous other countries passed us by.

Josh Newton is ample proof that top-notch teaching can provide huge boosts to students. Some of his have gone on to prestigious universities, including receiving money for tuition.

At age 30, Newton also shows teachers don’t necessarily need years of experience. The fundamentals are what matter.

William McKenzie, editorial director of the George W. Bush Institute, may be contacted at wmckenzie@bush

Posted April 21, 2014: 

Gates Millennium ScholarVanessa Ibarra is a Gates Millennium Scholar!

Wow!!! We are so proud of you Vanessa!!!

Dear Vanessa,

Congratulations! We are very pleased to inform you of your selection as one of the 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars for the GMS Class of 2014. We commend you on your strong leadership, community service and academic achievements that contributed to your selection as a Gates Millennium Scholar. Your accomplishment is especially notable in context of the more than 52,000 students who applied, making this year one of the most competitive candidate groups in the program’s history. We are very excited for you to join the community of Gates Scholars and we are very pleased to confer this distinct honor that distinguishes you as a Leader for America’s Future™.

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, GMS funds are available for you to attend any U.S. located, accredited* college or university of your choice. This is a renewable scholarship based on the GMS Program guidelines. The documents you will submit throughout your undergraduate career will guide GMS’ review and determination of a new scholarship amount for each year you are eligible. In addition, if you pursue graduate studies in the fields of Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Library Science, Mathematics, Public Health or Science, you may be eligible for GMS fellowship funding for your education through the master’s and doctoral levels. Read more..

Posted April 20, 2014: 

District 9-5A UIL Academic Champion:
School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

With 21 Dallas ISD high schools participating in the UIL District Academic meets held in March, 142 DISD students placed in the top three spots and qualified to represent Dallas ISD schools at the regional academic competitions.

The UIL Regional Academic meets for Dallas ISD schools will be held in May at the University of Texas in Arlington, Baylor University and Texas A&M University in Commerce.

Posted April 10, 2014: 

National Honor SocietyPlease congratulate the new National Honor Society officers for 2014-15:

  • President:  Daniel Weiser
  • Vice President:  Jose Ayala
  • Secretary: Samantha Singer
  • Treasurer:  Alexandre Goberna-Moron
  • Historian:  Andres Munoz

Official voting took place at the March 2014 NHS meeting and results were announced at the “Pay It Forward” presentations in the commons. Learn more about the Pay It Forward Project.

Sponsors:  Glenn Samford and Deanna Dove

Posted  April 8, 2014: From DISD Newsletter

SEMDallas ISD schools recognized as among the best by The Washington Post

View National Rankings here. | View Texas Rankings here.

Dallas ISD schools recognized as among the best by The Washington Post Two Dallas ISD schools have been listed by The Washington Post as among the five most challenging schools in America, and six more district schools earned recognition in the newspaper's 2014 review.

The School for the Talented and Gifted and the School of Science and Engineering, both located at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, are ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Both schools, perennially listed among the best in the nation, are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in Texas.

In addition, the following Dallas ISD schools also staked claims to The Post's list of most challenging schools:

  • Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School - 20 (No. 6 in Texas)
  • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet - 70 (No. 22 in Texas)
  • School for the Health Professions - 197 (No. 40 in Texas)
  • W.T. White High School -406 (No. 54 in Texas)
  • Hillcrest High School -514 (No. 65 in Texas)
  • Woodrow Wilson High School - 1,143 (No. 115 in Texas)

"We are proud of each of these schools for continuing to be a model of excellence, in Dallas ISD and across the nation," said Superintendent of Schools Mike Miles. "Each student, parent, teacher and other school staff members should be commended for their commitment and dedication."

More than 1,900 schools nationwide are listed in the rankings. To determine the rankings, the newspaper takes the total number of advanced placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divides that figure by the number of seniors who graduated the previous year.

Posted March 31, 2014: 

Breeze Energy Earth Day 2014 Wind Energy Demonstration Contest

Download the PDF to learn more about the contest. Hurry... submissions must be video taped and received for judging by April 15, 2014. Two teams will be judged as finalists and will present at Earth Day Expo on Sunday April 27th and will win either a $1000 or $750 Education Grant.

Posted March 31, 2014: 

One Act PlayUIL One-Act Play Success!

Fifteen students from the School of Science/Engineering competed in the UIL One-Act Play contest at Richardson High School on Friday, March 21. Five of the students came home with trophies!

Please help me in congratulating the following students:

  • Emma Alaimo - Tech Award
  • Sarah Wiles - Honorable Mention All Star Cast
  • James Valdez - Honorable Mention All Star Cast
  • Wilson Roberts - All Star Cast
  • Meaghan Pearson - All Star Cast

Will Moore

Posted March 19, 2013: 

US Services

Service Academies Forum

Sat April 5, Mountain View College from 7:30am to noon.

All students and parents from 8th-12th grades are invited to attend. We will have Service Academy representatives, current cadet and midshipmen, as well as ROTC officers present. Additionally a representative from each Congressional Offices listed on flyer will be present so that any interested students may talk about the specific nominations process and deadlines that apply to them.

Questions? Please contact Daniela Huerta Field Representative / Caseworker Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33 P: 214-741-1387 |

Posted March 19, 2013:

STEM Family Workshop

Congressman Marc Veasey will be hosting a STEM Workshop for students and families on Saturday, April 5 from 10am to noon at Mountain View College. Download flyer.

During a short presentation students and their families will be able to learn about what STEM fields are and why they are the future. Then, Congressman Veasey will speak about the House App Contest (where high school kids design their own app), and then we will have breakout sessions.

In groups, the attendees will be able to experience and play with a 3D simulator, see science experiments in progress, enjoy a robotics demonstration, and get some information on the different STEM fields they can study at Dallas County Community Colleges.

Questions? Please contact Daniela Huerta Field Representative / Caseworker Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33 P: 214-741-1387 |

Posted March 2, 2013: 

Help Mr. Carter build a better classroom!

Mr. Carter's ClassroomSEM families, Mr. Carter has created a request on to obtain equipment for his classroom: Eye Spy Labs

He writes: "Our special advanced laboratory class makes extensive use of technology for the collection and analysis of data. We will use the new webcams to replace our older, lower resolution ones to collect data in our experiments. These include studying the trajectory of a small ball, and the motion of objects to study conservation of momentum and conservation of energy, among others. As we are a part of a large urban district, funding is limited. We will use the new equipment to replace older, failing equipment that no longer meets our needs. This will make it easier for our students to collect and evaluate their data for several different experiments.

Please give to his classroom by March 5, 2014 and your donation will be doubled thanks to funding from AT&T Foundation through Enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100)!

If you chip in to help SEM students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks. Let's help Mr. Carter get the equipment he needs!

Thank you parents and friends!

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help his classroom, please pass this along!

Posted February 23, 2013: 

Jacob Liou Wins Scholarship

Jacob LiouJacob Liou won a $500 scholarship from the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation for his Be Fearless essay. There are only 10 essays selected from the national competition, and the notification letter he received stated the scholarship committee was "particularly impressed" with his entry. Congratulations to Jacob on winning this honor!

Read more on the Be Fearless Awards.

Jacob feature reads:

Jacob Liou, Science and Engineering Magnet High School (SEM) at TownviewCenter, Dallas, TX
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” —Elbert Hubbard
Jacob Liou was a veteran pianist when he experienced a heightened level of anxiety immediately preceding his performance. While Jacob’s “musical fingers” began to panic, his mind remained calm as he played his piece beautifully. Following his flawless performance, Jacob dwelled on his emotional journey. He proposes that his fear had always been present, but was intensified when he placed his well-trained fingers on the keys. Since mistakes are an inevitable aspect of humanity, Jacob believes the key is to harness one’s fear and use it as an enabler, a motivator. The judges commended Jacob’s talents as he had successfully redirected negative emotions into a positive outcome. He believes that “whatever instrument you may be playing in your time of fear, just create music from it.” Jacob is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Junior Classical League, and has a second degree brown belt in Taekwondo.

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Posted February 23, 2013:


Engineering Challenge at Townview

In support of Engineer's Week, Rice University Alumni & Rice Engineering Alumni invited students to a fun & creative afternoon. A great big thanks goes out to Rice Volunteers were Davy Jo, Lissa Magel, Greg Magel, Kevin McCoy, Brian Crowe and Wanda Gass.

The students were challenaged to build a table that could hold at least a package of paper. Students in groups of 2 or 3 were given a small amount of newspaper, ~24 inches of masking tape, and a cardboard "table top".

First place team were SEM students Jae Yoo (10th), Jonathan Lee (10th), and Mariafernanda Hernandez (9th). Their table held 6 packages of paper! Each won a $50 Amazon gift card!

Second place Diego Avalos (10th), Autopam (10th). Their table held a package of paper and a LOT of water bottles before falling. Each won a $35 Amazon Gift card.

Third place team were SEM student Cecile Leclerc (10th), Jordin Guzman (TAG 10th), and SEM applicant Jamel Wallace. Their table held two packages of paper. They won a $35 Amazon gift card to share.

All the students were treated to a free RICE University T-Shirt and a slideshow of some amazing engineering projects the students there have accomplished. It was a great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday!

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Posted February 12, 2014: 

Rice University Alumni & Rice Engineering Alumni invite you to a fun & creative afternoon.

Register using this link by Feb 19... spaces fill fast....

Download flyer here.

Prizes for the winning team!

  • What:Participate in a Student Design Competition, learn lots of cool facts about Rice University, and find out how engineers in the DFW area make the world a better place.
  • When: Saturday, February 22, 2014 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
  • Where: Yvonne A Ewell Townview Center, 1201 E 8th St # 237, Dallas, TX 75203
    Room: Media Center

Engineering Design Competition:
Participants will be divided randomly into teams of 3 people each. Participants may NOT choose their own team. Participants will report to their assigned station immediately after registration. Instructions will be face down on the table. Do not turn over the instructions until you are told to do so. Judges decisions are final.

Cancellation Policy
Space is limited. Please cancel at least 3 days in advance to allow others to attend.

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Congratulations to Angel Ornelas, Alejandro Posada, and Rebecca Rios for winning first place in exhibits at the District National History Day. They will progress to Regionals February 15.
Read more here...

Posted January 28, 2014:

SAT Test Update

The SAT exam for SEM is February 26, 2014. SAT for ALL Juniors has been paid with a district grant. We are working on when students will report to school. The district is working on a waiver to make the start time 9:30 otherwise the start time will be 8:30. If the start time is 9:30 students will work until 1:45 with two breaks. Students will eat lunch at 1:45. Schools must provide snacks for students during the two breaks. We have about 82 juniors.


SAT prep for Juniors Tuesdays with Mrs. Ashmead after school (Princeton Review Materials)- last session (1/21) had about 25 juniors.

• SAT prep Daily in English Classes (College Board Books)
• SAT prep Weekly in Engineering Class (College Board Prep website)- Also accessible at home
• District-wide SAT PREP Sessions in various locations.

Posted January 14, 2014:
Murali Subramanian's Reflections entry has advanced to Texas PTA State level !
Murali's Reflections entry, The Sky is Not Blue, has advanced to state-level judging! This is a wonderful achievement as nearly 60,000 students participate in the program annually and less than 3% of those advance to Texas PTA.

Posted January 09, 2014: 
District 5, Academic Pep Rally
Saturday, January 25 - 10am-Noon
L. G. Pinkston High School, located at 2200 Dennison Street, Dallas, Texas 75212

Posted January 08, 2014: 
SMU Springfest - Next date is Feb 17 which is a "no school" date for us. Check it out... SpringFest is an introduction to SMU and the college admission process designed exclusively for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and their families. This one-day event starts at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast and concludes around 3:30 p.m. after a campus tour. Register early, as spaces fill quickly. $25 due on arrival includes meals and t-shirt.

Posted December 13, 2013: Photography Contest hosted by Dallas Bar Association
Enter today! The photography piece must be the student's own interpretation of the Law Day theme - "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters". A narrowed topic is recommended within this theme. Must be original recent work taken after June 1, 2013. See pages 8-9 of the attachment for rules and guidelines.

Due to bad weather, the deadline has been extended to deadline has been extended to Friday, February 28, 2014.

To learn more, visit:

Posted December 13, 2013:  Murali wins Streetcar Design Contest!
Click to view larger...Our Murali Subramanian, a student here at the School of Science and Engineering, submitted concept drawings of a streetcar station as well an essay describing his design. He and Marco Moreno, a student from Sunset High School, won a $2500 scholarship and an internship with the streetcar project.
Read article online.

Posted December 13, 2013:  
Mayor Internship Program

7th Annual Mayor's Intern Fellows Program is an 8 week (Jun 18- Aug 8)PAID summer internship program that introduces students to careers and employment opportunities at some of the finest companies in the city. Open to rising 2014-15 Juniors and Seniors who are eligible to work in the US, are 16 years old by June 16, 2014, GPA of 85%, solid attendance record, an able to attend one day training session. See attached letter to our principal for more details. Contact: Adam Powell, 214-306-6706

Tahj Preston

Posted December 10, 2013: 
Tahj won a Nexus 7 tablet! Tahj attended the Egg Drop Challenge! November 21. It was hosted by a team of engineers from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers of UT Dallas. They worked with our students to engineer a system that protects an egg in a fall. All attendees received an entry ticket to a raffle for a Nexus 7 tablet and Tahj Preston won! Congrats to Tahj for not only having the good fortune to meet and work with some awesome engineers, but for having good luck as well!


Posted November 16, 2013: 
Jerry Nguyen's memorial was wonderful. SEM parents Carlos and Monina Avalos graciously led the memorial. Monina designed a collage which attendees contributed their thoughts and memories of Jerry written on satin ribbons. There was beautiful music by three orchestra members along with Vicki Luna who played the piano as well as sung Amazing Grace. Students, teachers, Jerry's Boy Scout leader, his middle school principal, and Ms. Huitt all spoke about Jerry from their heart, with Jerry's sister Jamie finishing the program as only a sister could.

There were others who contributed food for the reception but did not use the vounteer form, including friends and family... so we want to thank them as well as the following for providing a feast of wonderful food for the reception. Nora Mercado, Rosalba Hernandez, Cathy Lux, Cindy Gonzales, Hannah Lee, Thomas Liou, Xin Li, Songlan Tang, Blake Wolff, Michele Wolff, Frances Arkusinski, John Arkusinski, Angie Goberna, Susan Samore, Loc Mai, Carol Shuey, Charles Mercado, Nora Mercado, May Nguyen, Vicki Luna, Marianne & Francois Leclerc, Ms. Huitt, Ms. Kashyap, Mr. Moore, Margi Evans, and Songlan Tang.

We came together and truly have given Jerry a wonderful memorial. Thank you to everyone contributing.

Jerry NguyenPosted November 14, 2013: 
SEM Remembers Sophomore Jerry Nguyen.

On November 12. 2013, Jerry Nguyen was struck down as he crossed the street on his way to school. Jerry brought joy to all who were fortunate enough to know him; his winning smile and friendly ways were a blessing. 

Jerry was a joy in the classroom and a wonderful example of the best of his generation. He was a gift in every way. To his family and friends...our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ms. Huitt, SEM Principal, writes:

"Thank you all for working together to ensure our students are supported during this tragic time. I have included details for the Memorial Service and ways to support Jerry's family. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the SEM office at 972 925 5960."

The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to all providing their prayers and support during this difficult time.

Donations: A fund has been set up to help his family with the final expenses that this tragic accident has left behind and to honor this young man who held such promise and who meant so much to so many.

Please visit this website to contribute and leave your messages of condolance:

SEM Candlelight Vigil: A Candlelight Vigil will be on Monday Nov 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm in the front of the Townview Building.

Tree Planting: Jerry's Boy Scout troop is making plans to plant a tree in his memory. More details coming... but they would appreciate SEM's help and support.

Additional Support: Members of the SEM family will drop off gift cards (restaurants) and food items daily for the next two weeks. Please leave your donations with Ms. Perez in the SEM office along with any cards, letters or other items you would like to leave for the family.


Posted November 10, 2013:  2013 Canterbury Episcopal School Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament

Sponsor: Canterbury Episcopal School

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013. Tournament will run from 9:30 am to approximately 3:30 pm. All players must be present and checked in for round one by 8:45 am.

Where: Canterbury Episcopal School, Bishop Hall
1708 North Westmoreland Road, Desoto Texas 75115

Eligibility: Dallas area K through 12th Grade students.

Sections: Three sections: K – 3rd Grade, 4th – 5th Grade, and 6th – 12th Grade.

Format: Five-Round Tournament. Players play against opponents in their own section.

Prizes: Individual and Team awards for each section. Team scores and standings will be based on the top 4 scorers from each school.

Entry Fee: Participants pay $10.00 on the Saturday of the tournament when registered in advance; $ 15.00, if not registered by 9:00 pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013.
Make checks payable to CrossOver Arts.

Registering: Players are encouraged to register through their school chess team. All team members must be checked into the tournament by a teacher/coach or supervising adult. Students will not be allowed to check into the tournament without an advisor or parent present.


Register in Advance. Schools or individuals registering on site may be given a first round bye.
Advance registration ends Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Please submit registrations to Dennis Raveneau via email:
Make checks payable to CrossOver Arts.  To register:



Posted October 23, 2013 - HOLD THE DATE: Dallas Mayor's Race, Sat Dec 7, 9am at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

SEM will have a team... with students, Staff, Parents, Siblings, and friends of SEM.

We will decorate our free race shirts by adding SEM and drawings to our shirts to represent our school.

The event is FREE for all Dallas ISD staff and students, and includes a free Mayor's Race t-shirt, post-race refreshments, entertainment, and bus transportation for pre-registered Dallas ISD schools.

Staff and Students, please register free using this form, and turn into Ms. Perez in the SEM office.

The fee for non-staff and students is $20 from 8/1-12/1/2013, and increases to $25 the week of the race. Non staff and students may register online here:

About the Mayor’s Race 5K

The 2013 Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K and Fun Run Presented by Oncor is part of the race weekend festivities surrounding the 44th running of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. The Mayor’s Race, launched eleven years ago by then-Mayor Laura Miller is a way to encourage school kids to become more physically active..

Race Day Schedule

Registration - 7:30 am

Fun Run (1 mile) - 9 am

5K Run - 9:30 am

Awards - 10:30 am


The course begins on Singleton Boulevard, goes across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, through the Dallas Design District, back over the MHH Bridge and finishes back on Singleton.  Course Map available here.


Ready to start training for the Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K? Check out our 3 Months to 3 Miles Training Program.

Saundra Lohr, Principal for a Day, Oct 2013Saundra Lohr (left), Principal for a day, Oct 2013, pictured with Ms. Huitt (right)

Posted October 21, 2013 - Our Principal for the day was Saundra Lohr, DeVry University, Senior Employer Liaison

Dallas ISD received 157 “new” principals through Principal for a Day program. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, 157 business and civic leaders stepped into the principal role in Dallas ISD schools through their participation in the district’s Principal for a Day event. The experience is designed to form ongoing partnerships and increase awareness of strengths and challenges in Dallas ISD schools.

The annual project is a collaboration between the Dallas Regional Chamber and Dallas ISD and is presented by Capital One Bank.



Posted October 13, 2013 - Blockbuster rewards a "B" average or above with a free video rental.

Take your most recent original report card (signed by a parent or legal guardian) within 30 days of issue to a Blockbuster to receive a free rental.

Jay Johnson's Boot Camp FitnessPosted October 13, 2013 - Jay Johnson’s Boot Camp Fitness

The official trainers of the dallas cowboys cheerleaders come to Townview Magnet Center !!!

  • WHO? All Townview Center Staff, PTSA, and Spouses are invited to join the Jay Johnson Boot Camp.
  • WHEN? October 15 - November 9, Tuesdays and Thursdays Mornings from 6 -7 am Evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • HOW MUCH? Cost per person is $55 per month
  • Payment and Registration Deadline- October 24, 2013
  • Membership includes access to various locations throughout the DFW Metropolis area, visit for locations.
  • All payments in form of cash or check should be made payable to Science/Engineering Magnet, proceeds will be divided among all campuses at Townview.
  • Join today and support your school!
  • VISIT the SEM office for More Details
  • Download flyer here.

Teacher Excellence InitiativePosted October 13, 2013 - Teacher Excellence Initiative

Students need effective teachers in every classroom & great teachers deserve to be recognized. Join us at a community meeting to find out how Dallas ISD plans to identify, support and reward effective teachers through its proposed new teacher evaluation system.

Parent/Teacher ConferencesPosted October 10, 2013 - A Big Thank you to everyone who helped with Oct 07 for Parent/Teacher Conferences

I'm sure we are missing someone, so please excuse us if we are, but we'd like to thank Stevon Scott, Yssenia Cano, Sylvia Carlson , Perri Lawrence, Marianne Leclerc, Vicki Luna and daughter Allie, Cathy Lux, Nora Mercado & son Isaiah, Deanté Preston & son Tahj, Susan Samore, Ana Silver, Cintia Soto, Michelle Wolff & son Jared for helping to either feed the teachers, or man the concession/yearbook/spirit gear tables and set-up and tear-down.

Academic Pep RallyPosted October 10, 2013 - District 5 Academic Pep Rally - Sat, Oct 26, 2013

  • Students with Perfect Attendance will be eligible to win prizes
  • Parents and Teachers will have chances to win prizes
  • Students are asked to bring a book that they have read recently and students who give a summary of the book will be eligible for prize drawings
  • Download details here.

Posted October 10, 2013 - Preserving Our Indigenous Heritage...
attend in theatre or view "Live TV" !

Friday, October 11, 2013, 2:45 - 4:15 P.M (8thPeriod)

In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are presenting a spectacular program for everyone at Townview (please see attached invitation). You and your students may view the program by either reserving seats on first come basis by responding to this email and provide the class and # of students, or your students may view it in your classroom via MediaCast just follow the following instructions:

MediaCast Access

...login info username: dallasinstructor; password: "Live TV" tab...find gray "Reset" tab on upper right corner and select "OnLocation" from drop down menu...slide gray bar to the right until you see "Townview" and select you will be able to view the Hispanic Program "Preserving Our Indigenous Heritage"...if you see a dark screen this means the program has not started yet; we plan to begin at 2:55 pm after we seat the classes between 2:45 to 2:55.

Best Regards, Gracie B. Cortez, MLS
Library Media Specialist
Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Nationally Recognized Schools of Excellence
1201 E. Eighth Street
Dallas, Texas 75203
DISD Box # 186 TEA # 036
972/925-6080 FAX 972/925-6014

American Heart Stroke AssociationPosted October 10, 2013 - Apply now to attend a one-day  (Nov 18) program to learn about the latest in cardiovascular research (Minorities)

American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions, held November 16-20, 2013, in Dallas, TX, presents a unique opportunity to introduce your top minority science students to the exciting world of cardiovascular research – especially those students who are considering perusing a career in the sciences.

Deadline has been extended for SEM to October 15, 2013, and a teacher letter of recommendation isn’t required (as stated in the application).  The students need only turn in the form and a designated teacher or counselor that wouldn’t mind accompanying the students on this trip.

Read more details here.

Download: Application & Essay Questions

Once the applications are complete, please have them mailed to the below address:

Stacey N. Winningham
American Heart Association
1150 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036


 Posted October 07, 2013 - SEM UIL Team wins Academic Championship at Princeton Fall Classic!
Read here for complete details on SEM students and teams who placed in their respective events.

Environmental Club

Posted October 06, 2013 - The Environmental Science/Volunteering Club

  • Founders: Diego Munoz (12th), Murali Subramanian (11th)
  • Sponsor: Mr. David McLoda (Environmental Science, Pre-AP Biology, and PSAT Prep teacher at SEM) 
  • Meeting Times: Thursday after school (4:15-5:15 pm).
  • Venue: Room 226
  • Purpose: Applying our knowledge of science in order to help our environment.
  • What we will be doing: We intend to volunteer at organizations in the Dallas area. We have two locations we will be volunteering at: Texas Discovery Gardens and the White Rock Lake.
  • Refreshments will be served…
  • You will gain community service hours through this club!!! Don’t MISS IT!!!
  • Download flyer...

 Communities in Schools

Posted October 06, 2013 - Volunteer Opportunities with Communities In Schools at Hector Garcia Middle School

The campus is located ½ mile from Townview

Mentor an at-risk student.

Classwork help

  • Art
  • Sports
  • Games
 Hector P. Garcia Middle School
 Hector P. Garcia Middle School Students

Afterschool homework club

  • Tutoring
  • Reading
  • Multiplication facts
  • Snacks & games

How to get involved…

  1. Complete the Volunteer Application/Consent for Background Check. Contact Ms. Pennington at or 972-502-5500 for an application or if you have any questions.
  2. Turn in your application, and bring your Drivers License or ID and Social Security card to Ms. Pennington at Hector Garcia Middle School.

Download application

Download flyer

Cara Pennington, MSW Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region, Inc. Campus Manager – Hector Garcia Middle School 700 East 8th Street, Dallas, TX 75203
(972) 502-5500,


Posted October 04, 2013 - Free Practice ACT or SAT Test

  • Who: Sylvan Learning of Carrollton
  • What: We are offering a Free Practice ACT or SAT test to any student that is interested.
  • When: Saturday, October 19th at 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Sylvan Learning Center of Carrollton, 1016 E Hebron Parkway, Suite 175, Carrollton, TX 75010
  • Why: To help students gauge where they are at in their preparation for the SAT or ACT test.
  • Download flyer for more details...

Posted October 04, 2013 - Student Extravaganza!

Information Fair during Parent Conference Night (click on Fall Events to review)

4:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m

Excitement is filling the air! We have a wonderful opportunity to showcase our Clubs and Organizations at an Information Fair during our first Parent Conference night for the 2013-2014 school year. All clubs and organizations are asked to prepare a display with brochures and/or any information which describes your group. Also, please have a representative from your club or organization available to answer questions from 4:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. This will give parents and students an opportunity to see what is offered, especially freshman and students new to Townview. If you are recruiting students, please have a sign up list available.

Display tables will be available for set up on Main Street beginning at 3:15 p.m. Please rsvp to by Friday, October 4, 2013.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact: Conya J. Kossie, Community Liaison, Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center 972 925-5902,


Posted October 06, 2013 - Annual Oktoberfest Details

Date: Friday, October 25th during the last period of the school day, in the Commons.

This event provides a School Carnival-like atmosphere, with both booths for selling different foods and for playing challenging games, and sponsored by the "Big D" band.

  • Includes a Talent Show - open to all students and staff at Townview
  • Food and Game Booths: Organizations may purchase booth space for $20
  • Planning Meeting: Tuesday, October 8th at 8:30 AM (Band Hall)
    1st come 1st serve with rental fee and choice of what to sell (so we won't have duplicates)

Contact Sponsor: Dean Hill, Director of Bands, Townview Center HS
972-925-5918 office, 972-824-8741 cell, 972-925-6149 fax

NOTE: SEM is busy with our Comic-con the same night, but it would be fun for our students to attend this Oktoberfest before our Comic-con event and encourage other Townview students to attend Comic-con and purchase from our  concessions and take photos at our Photo Booth.

Download details here...

Posted October 04, 2013 - Seniors may attend college visits during PSAT Oct 16, 2013.

  • PSAT is for students 9-11 grade.
  • Seniors must have parents sign permission slips which went home on Friday October 4.
  • College Selection/Transportation must be provided by parents/students.
  • If seniors elect to attend school Friday, they will spend the day working on college applications.
  • Permission Slips are due back October 9th.
  • This will be an approved school absence.

School Lunch

Posted October 04, 2013 - All District Students Can Eat Breakfast and Lunch For Free!

Every student in Dallas ISD can now eat free breakfast and lunch at no cost to them. Effective Oct. 1, Dallas ISD is implementing Provision 2, a federal amendment that allows the National Lunch and School Breakfast programs to be offered districtwide to all students free of charge.

The district qualifies for this option based on the number of completed applications for free and reduced-priced meals received by FCNS. While the district received 85 percent of the needed number of completed applications for a successful roll-out, FCNS continues to encourage parents who have not completed an application to do so in order to maximize the success of the Provision 2 amendment. Meal applications will be accepted throughout the year, and families can support this initiative by submitting a meal application by the end of October. Applications can be completed on-line at

UILPosted October 03, 2013 - Mansfield UIL Meet - Nov 9

The SEM UIL team will be attending the Mansfield High School UIL Meet on November 9.

All academic events will be offered. If you are interested in attending, please see your UIL coach to sign up.

Mr. Newton

Trinity Council of Texas PTA

Posted October 03, 2013 - PTA Scholarships

Texas PTA awards thousands of dollars each year to graduating seniors and current school faculty who are pursuing their dreams and passion through higher education or advanced training.  Your PTA can help support this effort by promoting this program in the coming weeks. The deadline for student applications is December 1, 2013, while the deadline for educators is January 15, 2014. All eligible applicants must be current PTA member on file with the State Office (your SEM PTSA submits this on your behalf when you join our PTSA) and submit their application via the Texas PTA website. Click here to support your students and educators!

Posted September 23, 2013 - Senior Dates Announced!

  • Townview Prom - Friday, May 16- Sheraton Hotel (Downtown)
  • Townview Baccalaureate - Sunday, May 18- Concord Baptist Church
  • Townview Senior Exams - May 19 to May 21
  • Townview Senior Exam Make Up Day - Thursday, May 22
  • Senior Picnic (Tentative pending facility) - Wednesday, May 28
  • SEM Graduation - June 3, 7:00 pm Majestic Theater

View SEM calendar.

Posted September 23, 2013 - Education Program for Latina HS Students - HWNT - download application here...

Application deadline Friday, Oct 4.

 Posted September 23, 2013 - IBM  - Master the Mainframe contest. Read details...

Enrollment is open now. Contest begins Oct 7.

 Posted September 23, 2013 - CRASH Presentation - view details...

Hosted by JBS Law Magnet PTSA WHEN Tuesday October 8, 2013 - 6:30 P.M. WHERE: JBS Law Magnet at Townview Room 207

 Posted: September 18, 2013 - Come to the College Fair Thursday evening!

Seniors... bring your transcripts and be prepared to fill out paper applications... Clark Atlanta will do Spot Admissions and Pre-Offers for Academic Scholarships.  Seniors should bring their official transcripts and test scores along with their application.  Application fee will be waived.  They will not be able to apply online.  A paper application has to be submitted.

 Posted: September 12, 2013  - Free SAT/PSAT Math Prep ! 

First sesson begins September 14.

Download flyer for details on session content, time and locations.

 Posted: September 11, 2013 - Read about MORE benefits your PTSA membership grants you...

Six Flags PTA Weekends - September 14, 15, 21 & 22 - $31 + tax - see fyer for details.

Posted: September 11, 2013 -  Read full story here...

Academy Day - Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Download Flyer...

Posted: September 9, 2013 -

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Regional Jr. Leadership Retreat/ Science Workshop
Read full story here.

When: Saturday, September 14
Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm
Where: University of North Texas – Discovery Park campus

To register for the event, see the invitation :

Posted: September 3, 2013 -

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars 2013-2014 is Open for Applications
Read full story here.

Posted: August 28, 2013 - First Yearbook Meeting - read full story here...

Monday Sept 9th after school in Dr. Chapman's room (downstairs by the cafeteria).

Students will be trained on software and assigned pages to develop. We hope to have selected a Freshmn editor prior to the meeting, so if you are interested, please contact without delay!

Posted: August 27, 2013 - The Perry Initiative  - read full story here...

At The Perry Initiative, we are committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering. We advance our mission principally by running hands-on outreach programs across the country for women students in high school, college, and medical school.

Participants perform mock orthopaedic surgeries and conduct biomechanical engineering experiments, while also hearing from prominent women engineers and surgeons in the field.

Apply to participate in the day-long programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center on October 5, 2013 from 8:30 - 3:30pm.

Apply by September 13, 2013 online here:

Posted: August 13, 2013 - DISD Trustees Recognize UIL Competitors

Posted: August 13, 2013 - Thank you to volunteers for New Parent Breakfast


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