The PTSA Meeting begins at 5 PM in the library on the second floor. It will include a Freshman/Sophomore parents meeting. Following the meeting the teachers will meet with their students' families in the hallway.
SEM #7 in Nation | #4 in South
I have attached our Newsweek rankings. We expected a small drop in the rankings based on the recalculation of the formula. As the rankings for Newsweek are no longer as heavily based on the number of AP exams taken.We have a lot of work to do with our SAT and ACT scores. We know that we are definitely headed in the right direction based on our 2014 improved results.
I would like to thank you and commend you all for the work that you do. I am proud to be a part of this community of parents, students and professionals. At SEM we have developed a culture of love and support while developing tomorrow's future leaders. Maybe they do something similar in other places but I'm willing to bet anyone, they can't replicate what we have here. Why?..... because they don't have our teachers, parents, staff, or community!
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We’d love to hear what the kids did over the summer, etc. From the home page: http://www.semagnetschool.org/ Click “News” in the left column… and select… “Submit News Article”.
P.E. Credit-Submit Form ASAP!! Due Friday
DISD Athletics Department allows P.E. credit for certain sports from your home school - meaning the public high school you would attend by default if you didn't attend SEM.
Only sports at DISD schools are accepted, other school districts are excluded. There is no charge for this benefit. A teacher of record must sign the grade change form, and as of 2012 all DISD coaches must be a teacher of record. SEM is not offering a Club Sport Option. SEM will not make the credit retroactive. The DISD grade change form is to be completed and turned into SEM office 5 days before the end of each six-weeks grading period or the resulting six weeks grade will be a “0”.
Find out what is on the menu at the Townview cafeteria every day with this easy link
Remember that DISD provides free breakfast and lunch to all students every day!
As almost 9 out of 10 students already qualify for the free lunch program, this actually saves money for the district, as it does away with the application process. This also decreases the stigma for students. Learn more about the program here.
SEM website update
Our content is being moved onto a new platform. When the transfer is complete, this website will again have all the content and a whole lot MORE!
Look forward to a VASTLY improved calendar function, as well as sub-sites being available for our newly formed SEM Foundation, and each teacher, club, or activity on campus.
We will also give voice to Townview "Shared Services" who don't have easy website access to feature their content. You'll soon be able to read about the library, attendance office, infirmary, central room bookings, vending machines, Townview policies and calendar, band, orchestra, ROTC, art, nursery school, etc.
The website, membership toolkit,, will become more of a PTSA website linked from this new website - maintaining the easy volunteer forms for events, selling of spirit gear & PTSA memberships, accepting donations, and maintaining our family directory. So... the two websites will work jointly together to complement each other.
Please contact our webmaster should you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns or would like to be in the web group carrying out these improvements.
Thank you for your patience as we move to improve your on-line experience.
- PTSA Communications
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Don't Miss Out… Join PTSA Today! 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. Students should join PTSA - looks great on the college resume to be part of a service organization! Help us reach our goal of over 220 members; join today!
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!
In order to submit an article for the next week's newsletter, or for questions or comments about the newsletter, please send to newsletter editor by Friday.
Oak Cliff Explosion involves former SEM student, Fernando Rodriguez
You may have heard by now that there was a tragic explosion that destroyed the home and affected the lives of a family in Oak Cliff early yesterday morning. Two of the five children involved attend school at Harry Stone Montessori. One child is a former SEM student, Fernando Rodriguez (class of 2014). Fernando sustained some injuries during the explosion. His sibling is a Townview Business student who has sustained very serious injuries along with one other sibling and the mother. The father was at work during the time of the explosion.
At this point efforts to support the family are being established, and we will communicate with everyone as to how we may be of assistance as soon as that information is available. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
A natural gas leak inside a Dallas home caused the house to explode and catch fire, injuring a mother and her children. The blast happened about 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 26 in the 1600 block of Champagne Drive, which is near Kiest Park in Oak Cliff. Firefighters battled the blaze inside the one-story brick home, but it was still completely destroyed.
Sanjuanita Rodriguez and her five children ranging in age from 4 to 18 made it out of the house with some injuries. They were all taken to local hospitals. The husband, Martin, had already gone to work when it happened. He told FOX 4 on Tuesday night that one of his children will need surgery. Read the full story here.
Regards, Tiffany Huitt
TWO SEM teams place in top 20 in OASIS-UT Dallas App Competition!
Hundreds of teams submitted their idea to the IDEA contest, which received an overwhelming response from all over the state. Two SEM teams were selected for the top 10 high school spots in the finals. (There were also 10 junior high finalists.)
SEM team zero Dark Alpha--Jacob Liou, Dong Hur, Jonathan Lee, and Namuun Abbi. Students input their grades on a regular basis and a graph modeling the trends in their performance is produced, with customizable graph options such as adjustable time intervals, different graphs based on tests only, homework only, etc. If there is a downward trend in grades, the app will send messages of motivation and offer possible sites to get help in the subject. Messages of encouragement will be sent if there is an upward trend in grades (these messages can be disabled). Next step:They will begin training the team to make apps using MIT App inventor.
Team Iron Reign from SEM also placed in the top 20 on the Oasis App inventor contest. The team of Caitlin Rogers, Max Virani, and Tycho Virani developed an app called StudyBuds that "allows students to take their planner anywhere, on their mobile device. Many students have trouble keeping track of work and knowing what exactly is due, and StudyBuds allows students to collaborate and help each other out. Assignment data is captured by students for students." The team plans to release a beta version of their app to SEM students in the near future.