The PTSA will decorate the hallway across from the office… and provide index cards that students can use to write messages of appreciation and holiday cheer to their SEM teachers and staff. Students can also bring cards or letters from home. Show how much you appreciate the SEM staff and spread some holiday cheer!
December Exam Schedule -
Tue, Dec 16: 1st and 5th period exams Wed, Dec 17: 2nd and 6th period exams Thu, Dec 18: 3rd and 7th period exams Fri, Dec 19: 4th and 8th period exams Students will get out of school at 1:30 pm.
SEM Application Process
All students who attend DISD schools are eligible to apply to and attend the SEM free of charge. All students fill out applications and are ranked by several criteria and the top performing students are chosen to be invited to attend the school.
To be placed in the initial selection pool, each student must have a GPA of 80 in the core subjects of English, math, science and social studies and must pass standardized tests.
Standardized test, such as ITBS, Stanford 9 - with a score of at least 160 points total for math and reading combined. (No score lower than 65th percentile).
STAAR requirements: Grade 7 - Combined scale score for ELA/Reading and Math must be at least 3488 with no score below Reading/ELA - Raw Score 38 or Scale Score 1685 Math - Raw Score 36 Scale Score - 1668
Grade 8 - Combined scale score for ELA/Reading and Math must be at least 3573 with no score below Reading/ELA - Raw Score 41 or Scale Score 1783 Math - Raw Score 37 Scale Score - 1713
To be placed in the final selection pool, each student must:
Pass an on-site English essay exam, timed and held under SEM supervision. (40% of total).
Pass an on-site math exam consisting of problems, timed and held under SEM supervision. (40% of the total).
Pass an on-site interview which includes a logic/reasoning component. (20% of total).
Shadowing and Information:
September 29 - December 20, 2014. — "Shadowing" available for 8th Grade students to explore SEM. See Details...
November 11, 2014 — SEM Admission Preview - 6:30 pm Townview Theater
December 3 - 9, 2014 — 8th Grade - Exploring High School Fair, Ellis Davis Field House - 9191 South Polk Street
December 6, 2014 — 9am - 1pm — Magnet Fair, Ellis Davis Field House - 9191 South Polk Street
December 8, 2014 — Applications available at all Dallas ISD schools, DISD Administration Building andDallas ISD website
November 26 - 30 — Thanksgiving Break
December 22 2014 - January 2, 2015 — Winter Break
March 9 - 13, 2015 — Spring Break
January 12 - 30, 2015 — Applications accepted at Elementary Vanguards, Middle School Academies, Magnet High Schools and online through the DISD website.
January 12 - February 21, 2015 — 1st choice assessments given by Elementary Vanguards, Middle School Academies, and Magnet High School.
January 30, 2015 — Final date to submit applications at Elementary Vanguards, Middle School Academies, Magnet High Schools and online through the DISD website.
February 27, 2015 — 1st Choice notification letters mailed
March 16 - 28, 2015 — 2nd Choice assessments given by Elementary Vanguards, Middle School Academies, and Magnet High School.
April 10, 2015 — 2nd Choice notification letters mailed upon approval from the Magnet Program Coordinator
Jan. 30, 2015 — Registration deadline for Feb. 7, 2015 Magnet School Testing
Feb. 7, 2015 — Magnet School Testing | Secondary Site = Atwell, Elementary Site - Adelle Turner
Feb. 13, 2015 — Registration deadline for Feb. 21, 2015 Magnet School Testing
Tiffany Huitt, principal of the School of Science and Engineering at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, is one of six exemplary principals recently recognized at a special reception honoring Dallas ISD’s top principals.
Congratulations Ms. Huitt! We appreciate all that you do for SEM!!
At SEM we have lots of artistic talents! A big shout-out to all who participated in PTSA 14-15 Reflections Program. There are 6 participants with 8 entries in Visual Arts, Musical Composition, Film Production, and Photography. Two judges have selected one entry in each category to advance to the next-level (regional) judging. Here are the results of the SEM PTSA (school-level) judging:
Theme of 14-15: The World Would Be a Better Place If
Award of Excellence (advancing entries to Council PTA, Regional):
Cecile Leclerc, 11th Grade, Photography, "The World Would Be a Better Place...if we all spread our wings" Jacob Liou, 11th Grade, Musical Composition, "Walk Together" Saumya Rawat, 9th Grade, Film Production, "Let's Make Education a Top Priority for Our World" Destin Seymore, 10th Grade, Visual Arts, "Creative Minds Flowing"
Award of Merit:
Priya Irukulapati, 9th Grade, Visual Arts, "Earth in Bloom"
Hunter Adams, 9th Grade, Photophgraphy, "The Needle"
Please congratulate these wonderful students with their time, effort, and artistic talents. Join us again next year!
SEM PTSA Reflections Chair,
Dec 16-19-Final Exams. School releases at 1:30.
Dec 22-Jan 5 - Winter Break
Mon Jan 6 - Staff development, student holiday
Introducing the 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges
I'm pleased to announce the inaugural list of 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges, schools across the nation excelling in the areas of program alignment to job demand, job placement after graduation, and diversity in a school's STEM programs.
See the schools that lead the way in connecting education with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. The list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges will also be featured in the Late Fall 2014 issue of STEM Jobs magazine. A copy of the official press announcement can be found at victorymedia.com.
To learn more about STEM Jobs tools, media, curriculum and programs, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being part of the national dialogue and our mission to align STEM education and careers.
Looking for a great present for your SEM student? Everyone wants a Yearbook! And it is super easy to order online--click here! Also makes a great and easy present to suggest to out of town relatives. The Yearbook staff makes sure that everyone who orders gets plenty of pictures in the yearbook.