From 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. Methodology
SEM #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.
A.P. Exams at SEM
The next two weeks are full of A.P. Exams at SEM, to see the full schedule click HERE.
Volunteer to bring snacks using this form. Our kids will take over 1500 tests during this two week cycle. They need a snack and water bottle to get thru this period. Please contribute to keep our kids feeling as fresh as possible during these long 4 hour exams.
Remember to get to school extra early for AM exams!!
The Science and Engineering UIL team competed at the Region UIL Meet Saturday, May 3.
This year, 24 SEM students advanced to and competed in the Region Meet. Students who placed in the top 3 individually and first place teams advanced to State.
The following students placed in their events; members of 1st or 2nd place teams that did not individually place are also listed:
Calculator Applications – 1st Place Team
Wesley Runnels - 1st place
Sirjan Kafle - 2nd place
Murali Subramanian - 3rd place
Dong Hur - 5th place
Computer Applications – Miguel Del Rio – 5th place
Literary Criticism – Wilson Roberts – 2nd place
Mathematics – Wesley Runnels – 1st place
Number Sense – 2nd place team Wesley Runnels – 1st place Murali Subramanian Sirjan Kafle Gaurachandra Das
Science – Wesley Runnels – 3rd place,
Social Studies – Juan Garcia – 4th place
We have 11 students who will be competing at the State UIL Meet in Austin on May 20th and 21st. All students who placed 1st-3rd in their event, as well as the 1st place teams will be advancing to the State Meet; we have students advancing in Calculator Applications, Mathematics, and Number Sense, Literary Criticism and Science.
The following students will be advancing to the State UIL Academic Meet in the following events:
Wesley Runnels – Number Sense, Calculator Applications, Mathematics and Science
Sirjan Kafle – Calculator Applications
Murali Subramanian – Calculator Applications
Dong Hur – Calculator Applications
Wilson Roberts – Literary Criticism
Congratulations to all of our students who placed and the entire UIL Team for all of the hard work that you have put in this year! Josh Newton
SEM Team WaterWorks in the Breeze Wind Energy Project Contest.
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
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!
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
Team with Ms. Huitt (from the left): Ms. Huitt, Narcy Gonzalez, Monique Pierce, Murali Subramanian, Jimmy Nguyen, Christian Benitez, Cindy Ramirez*, and Minh Tran
May: May 2-4, 2014 - Regional UIL May 3, 2014 - AP Prep Science at Townview May 5-16, 20114 - AP/STAAR Exams (schedule) May 5-9, 2014 - Teacher Appreciation Week May 7, 2014 - SEM Teacher Appreciation Lunch May 16, 2014 - 8-12pm - Senior Prom Sheraton Hotel May 18, 2014 - 4pm Concord Baptist Church - Baccalaureate May 19-22, 2014 - Senior Exams with make-ups May 19-21, 2014 - State UIL May 22, 2014 - Yearbook signing party 4:30 with SEM Awards Ceremony following at 7 PM - Donations requested! May 23-27, 2014 - Jr/Sr Class Trip May 26, 2014No School - Memorial Day May 28, 2014 - 10-3pm - Senior Picnic, Southern Cross May 29, 2014 - Staff Appreciation Breakfast May 30, 2014 - The last NHS meeting of the year. All community service hours are due, and copy of 5th six weeks report card.
June: June 2, 2014 - 1-4pm SEM Graduation Dinner, Iron Cactus Restaurant June 3, 2014 -10am - Graduation Rehearsal, Majestic Theater June 3, 2014 -7pm - Graduation, Majestic Theater June 5, 2014 - End of six weeks June 6, 2014 - Last Day of School for Students June 9-13, 2014 - UIL Math Camp June 9-27, 2014 - SEM Algebra Boot Camp
July: July 18, 2014 - Senior Essays Due
August: August 4-8, 2014 - Senior Boot Camp August 11-15, 2014 - Sophomore Math/Physics Camp August 18, 2014 - Registration by grade level - times TBA August 25, 2014 - First Day of School
September: September 9, 2014 - Tentative: First 2014-15 PTSA Meeting & Meet the Teacher Night
National Academic Decathlon-6th Place
Please congratulate the following students who participated in the (USAD) National Academic Decathlon Online Competition April 3/April 25.
Clarissa Cervantes, Miguel Del Rio , Min-Koo Park , Wilson Roberts , Murali Subranarian, Jee "Gloria" Yoo , Chris Brown, and Terah Ehigiator
I am very proud of them. We played with several missing people on April 25 due to the World Robotics Competition held in St. Louis and other circumstances...but SEM did well especially considering the zeros in places due to absences. SEM took 6th place in the overall competition.
thanks for all you do! Ms. Hines/Ms. Dang SEM Academic Coaches
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
Also in the orchestra from SEM are: Dong Hur (not present) Daniel Enge (not present)
PTSA Officers for 2014-15
On May 1st, the PTSA eected this slate of officers to serve on the School of Science and Engineering Magnet PTSA for the 2014-2015 school year:
There are still volunteer posittions open on the board ! Click here to see them. Or just email Michele Wolff or Cathy Lux for more information.
Enroll in PTSA
Enrollment in the 2014-2015 school year has already started!
There are many benefits of being a PTSA member!
Only PTSA members have access to the online Directory! By being a member you help support SEM, the students and staff! Membership has its benefits - discounts offered to PTSA members. Members are on the newsletter and email blast lists! Students should join PTSA -itlooks great on the college resume!
Make sure you are included in the SEM Directory! To have your contact information included the directory, you MUST register on the this new website. Click here to begin the quick and easy process! Don't be left out of the directory, register today!
Yearbook Signing Party May 22nd
The end of the year is fast approching and SEM will be having a fun yearbook signing party on May 22nd. We will have a really nice spread of food for the party, so the students will be well fed and hanging out until the awards ceremony which follows... which we hope all the SEM families will join us for.
We are asking for volunteers/ donations to help make this a special event.
If you would like to donate please click here to sign up.
2014-15 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
SEM Wins UIL District Meet
The Science and Engineering UIL team competed at the District UIL Meet on Saturday, March 29th and won the District Championship. Many SEM teams and individuals placed and will be advancing to region - all students who placed in the top three in their competition or were a member of a first place team advanced to the Region UIL Meet which took place in Waco on May 3rd. The following students placed in their respective competitions (first place team members who did not place are also listed):
Accounting - 1st Place Team Gaurachandra Das - 1st place Jae Yoo - 3rd place Seth Shuey - 4th place Anupam Adhikari - 4th place
Calculator Applications - 1st Place team Wesley Runnels - 1st place Murali Subramanian - 2nd place Sirjan Kafle - 3rd place Dong Hur - 4th place
Current Events - 2nd Place team Cameron Rose - 4th place Wilson Roberts - 6th place
Computer Applications Quinn Torres - 1st place Miguel Del Rio - 2nd place
Computer Science - 3rd place team Miguel Del Rio - 5th place
Editorial Writing Herber Banda - 4th place
Feature Writing Patrisa De Anda - 4th place Jacob Liou - 5th place
Headline Writing Jacob Liou - 2nd place Angel Ornelas - 3rd place
Informative Speaking Aakash Mistry - 4th place
Literary Criticism - 1st place team Wilson Roberts - 1st place Mariafernanda Hernandez - 2nd place Terah Ehigiator - 5th place Meaghan Pearson
Mathematics - 1st place team Wesley Runnels - 1st place Murali Subramanian - 3rd place Minh Tran - 4th place Sirjan Kafle - 5th place
Number Sense - 1st place team Wesley Runnels - 1st place Murali Subramanian - 2nd place Gaurachandra Das - 3rd place Sirjan Kafle - 4th place
Prose Interpretation Meaghan Pearson - 3rd place
Science - 1st place team Wesley Runnels - 1st place, Top Physics Score Christian Benitez - 2nd place Sirjan Kafle - 3rd place, Top Chemistry Score Murali Subramanian
Social Studies - 1st place team Juan Garcia - 1st place Alan Estrada - 2nd place Manuel Tovar - 3rd place Danh Nguyen - 5th place
Spelling Miguel Del Rio - 5th place
Please help me in congratulating all of the students who placed at the District Meet and helped SEM bring home the Championship trophy. Josh Newton
Science & Engineering Magnet School 1201 East 8th Street Dallas, TX 75203
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