We are taking nominations for the 2014-2015 PTSA Board. The list of board postions can be found on the PTSA website in the bylaws and the standing rules. Being part of the SEM board is fun and interesting, and is also a way to give back to your child's school. If you are interested in volunteering for the board or want more information, please contact the nominating committee represenative, Cathy Lux at Cathy@compuguru.com.
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.
SEM SAT PREP
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.
Student Opportunity: Election Clerk
In conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Dallas County Elections Department encourages students who are eligible to participate in serving their community and political process as an Election clerk. The Dallas County Elections Department has long welcomed student Election workers, and now with this program, we intend to provide students with a greater awareness of the Election process and the rights and responsibilities of voters. With this working experience, these students have an opportunity for civic engagement and are more likely to vote and participate in elections.
To expedite the process and to ensure the student is put in the student pool, a packet is attached that includes the criteria that each student must meet before, during, and after the Election.
The packet also includes a checklist for the student so they know what to expect and what their responsibilities are as an applicant and if placed, a student clerk. It is very important that the student read the criteria and checklist.
The application also serves as the permission form from the parent and school for a specific Election. If the student has worked a previous Election they still need to submit an application for the current Election.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AN APPLICATION SUBMISSION DOES NOT GUARANTEE A PLACEMENT. IN ADDITION: It is mandatory that all students attend a student clerk training whether they’ve worked in the past or not. DEADLINE for application submission is February 7, 2014 for the March 4 Primary Election.
Feb 11th Senior FAFSA Night in Theater 6pm Mandatory Meeting for Senior Students and Parents to learn about FAFSA.
SAVE the DATE: April 1st Junior Night: Mandatory Junior Students and Parents to go over Senior College Planning Handbook.
February 26th SAT Testing: Individual wrapped Snacks & Water needed. 100 of each.
Parents look for Choice Sheets. Return the Pink Student Schedule Sheet for school year 2014-14 with both student and parent signatures.
SAT Online Review Free Course available for students to use prior to SAT test Feb 26th. Have your student study/review at least 30 minutes a day.
PLEASE Join PTSA…
It’s not too late to join PTA and show your support for your student and SEM!
Students are encouraged to join as well as parents. It is a great service organization to include on college applications!
Feb. 1, Sat- SEM Magnet School Application Testing - on site
Feb. 4, Tue- AMC Test - America Mathematics Competition, 2:45 PM – 4:15 PM (In class.)
Feb. 8, Sat- Mansfield UIL
Feb. 11, Tue - PTSA General Meeting 6 PM
Feb. 15, Sat- SEM Magnet School Application Testing
Feb. 17 , Mon- President's Day: No School for students-Staff Development Day
Feb. 18 , Tue- SBDM Meeting 4:30 PM
Feb. 18-PTSA Board Meeting 6:30
Feb. 21, Fri- End of Fourth 6 Weeks
Feb. 21-22 , Fri-Sat- Academic Decathlon, State
Feb. 26, Wed SAT exam for SEM Juniors
Five to six Junior Class parents are needed to help with Junior Class Booster Club. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org meeting date. The Junior Class is excited to have you join!
HIstory Day Winners!
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. For the full story on History Day check out DISD's page
Students from the Science and Engineering Magnet UIL competed at the Argyle Invitation Meet on Saturday, January 25th. Individuals and teams that placed on Saturday are listed below. Students were given trophies for placing in the top 10 in their event, or in the top 8 in their grade in Math and Science Events. Number Sense Wesley Runnels - 1st place in 12th grade Minh Tran - 2nd place in 11th grade Quinn Torres - 2nd place in 11th grade Ben Lawrence - 7th place in 10th grade Calculator Wesley Runnels - 1st place in 12th grade Minh Tran - 5th place in 11th grade Mathematics Wesley Runnels - 1st place in 12th grade Minh Tran - 4th place in 11th grade Ben Lawrence - 2nd place in 10th grade Science Wesley Runnels - 2nd place in 1th grade, 4th place Chemistry Score, 4th place Physics Score Minh Tran - 3rd place in 11th grade Quinn Torres - 6th place in 11th grade, 8th place Physics Score Alan Estrada - 7th place in 11th grade Namuun Abbi - 8th place in 10th grade Jesus Cantu - 7th place in 9th grade Computer Science Quinn Torres - 6th place
Please help me in congratulating all of our students who placed at the Flower Mound UIL Meet and thank you to all of the students who competed on behalf of SEM. Josh Newton
On Saturday, January 18th, 10 students from Science/Engineering competed in the Metroplex Math Contest. This was the first year that SEM competed in this contest; our students competed against students from 8 private schools in the Dallas area. Overall, SEM placed 4th out of the 9 schools that competed.
Students competed in tests ranging from Geometry to Calculus. If students had not completed the course, they participated in the Closed division contest for that subject, and students completed in the Open division for that subject. Students who placed in one of these contests are: Geometry Open Dong Hur - 3rd place Algebra 2 Open Murali Subramanian - 4th place Pre-Calculus Open Gaurachandra Das - 1st place Wesley Runnels - 5th place Calculus Open Wesley Runnels - 2nd place Benjamin Lawrence - 3rd place Murali Subramanian - 5th place Sirjan Kafle - 5th place Quinn Torres - 5th place Team Contest - 3rd place Wesley Runnels Sirjan Kafle Murali Subramanian Quinn Torres Minh Tran Dong Hur
Thank you to all of our students who competed for SEM and congratulations to all of our students who placed. Josh Newton
IDISD Athletics Department allows credit for certain sports from your home school. Remember:
1. If the PE credit comes from another DISD school their is no charge and it must be a teacher of record who signs the grade change form.
2. As of 2012 all DISD coaches must be a teacher of record.
3. SEM is not offering the Club Sport Option.
4. SEM can not make the forms retroactive for this year. Any fall sports form 2013 will not be eligible for credit.