At the last PTSA meeting, elections were held for the executive board positions. Volunteers graciously stepped up to fill the elected board positions. However, many more volunteers are needed to fill all of the board chair and leadership posts. The PTSA needs SEM family members to get involved and provide the help that is critical to give our SEM students and staff the support they need and deserve. It is also a great way to get to know other parents and be in the know about what is happening at SEM! There are many ways to help, depending on your available time and skills. Please take a look at the board positions to see in there is one that might be right for you. The board positions are also described in the bylaws and standing rules.
Parent Social Events (a. Awards Ceremony b. Fall Picnic c. New Parent Breakfast d. Meet The Teacher)
Student Liaison(s) (each year represented)
Student Social Activities( a. Halloween Party b. Spring Student Picnic)
ATTENTION ALL 9th GRADERS! Mock AP Exam Scheduled!
All 9th graders will take a mock exam Tuesday, April 21 from 3:00 to 5:30. They will all have to take the late bus if not being picked up by a parent. Mark your calendars!
Donate Candy and Decorations for the SEM Newspaper Committee Egg Hunt!
The SEM Newspaper Committee is hosting a Spring Egg Hunt for all classes on April 17th from 4:30-6:30 after school. Activities will include an egg decorating contest, a basket decorating contest and other fun games as well as the egg hunt. We would ask that parents donate any candies/sweets or art supplies (paint, ribbons, etc.) for the eggs/baskets up through April 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Beverly Balasu at 972-523-2766. Or drop off donations in room 211!
Please Help Mr. Carter obtain supplies for Physics Classes!
From Mr. Carter:
I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org:
Give to my classroom by April 19, 2015 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code SPARK on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100).
If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.
Thanks so much,
Mr. Carter's technology project at Townview Magnet High School-Science & Engineering in Dallas, TX | Highest Poverty Classroom Photo Give $1,816 to go
My Students: Our students are taking a number of Advanced Placement science classes in our school. As we work to include more advanced courses, we need to replace older equipment to give them the best possible laboratory experience.
We are a Magnet school in a very large urban district. Many of our students will be the first in their families to go on to a College or University. Many are on free and reduced lunch programs. Most are from minority families. We offer these students an extremely advanced curriculum, and it is so wonderful to watch them respond and perform at levels that so many do not expect.
My Project: We are requesting ten LabQuest Mini interface modules to replace older ones that are obsolete, starting to fail, and are not compatible to other new equipment the we are receiving. We will be issuing new laptops to our students next year, and these new interfaces will work directly with the new laptops. allowing the students to make more advanced types of measurement, and experience many new and more advanced labs.
As a part of our AP Physics program we do many different labs. We try to include both older style labs at a fairly low technology level, and others at a high technology level. The equipment that we use in the higher technology level is old and starting to fail. Your donations will help us to replace the older equipment, and give the students a much better laboratory experience. « hide
My students need a ten LabQuest Mini interface modules.
Sat April 11-UIL-District
Tue April 14-PTSA Board Meeting 6:15pm
Mon April 20-Sixth 6 weeks begins
Tue April 21-AP Human Geo Mock Exam 3:30
Th April 23--PISA Exam
Th April 23--Incoming Freshman Potluck
Fri April 24-Prom
Sat April 26-Regional UIL, Calculus Bowl, Senior Lock In
April 26-27-Earth Day Fair Park
Wed April 29-SAT Test Juniors, Faculty Meeting
Join DISD Health Advisory Council
Anyone interested in serving on the district-wide Health Advisory Council for the 2015-2016 school year, please send in the application by May 29th, 2015. Parents and district staff are invited to apply.
For more information on the Health Advisory Council click here
The Dallas ISD Superintendent’s Scholarship Run, set for May 16 is a good cause for anyone looking to support deserving high school seniors. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Superintendent’s Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than $2 million in scholarships to almost a thousand district seniors since 2000.
The run, which will begin and end at Woodrow Wilson High School, will be a family-friendly event for runners, walkers, and even spectators, so it’s definitely a worthy cause.
Please register if you are interested. If anyone is interested in creating a team for SEM, please let Ms. Cadenhead know.
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects approximately 1 in 88 births. Dallas ISD has more than 1,300 students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. To learn more about Autism, please visit the Autism Society website here.
The Dallas ISD Special Education Department will sponsor activities this month to raise awareness and share information and resources about autism.
A Brown Bag Session on autism is set for 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 9, at the district’s Special Education Intake Center, 912 S. Ervay St.
The 2014 Empowering Parents of Special Families Conference is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Billy Earl Dade Middle School. The free conference will provide resources, information and exhibitors for parents and enrichment activities for children. Download the registration form here.
Each Friday in April, parents and staff are encouraged to dress in blue to support Autism Awareness Month.