As of the April DISD School Board Briefing, a change to the Class Ranking policy, EIC (Local), is up for discussion and being voted on. The proposed change would give high schools in Dallas ISD, the option to either continue ranking every single student in their graduating class, or to not rank students at all (students who would be in the top 10% would still receive certification for automatic admissions). Class ranking at SEM is not a representative statistic for our students, who are among the best and brightest students from around the Dallas Metroplex. It is critical that the changes to EIC (Local) as proposed (and attached) are passed by the Dallas ISD school board this year. The passing of this policy would positively impact SEM and other schools’ students by increasing chances for college admission (especially at public, state universities), increasing student motivation to learn and explore their passions, and decreasing stress due to class ranking. While this proposed policy change was on the agenda for the April board briefing, it was not discussed and was postponed until May’s board briefing. We ask that you call your Dallas ISD school board member and ask for their support in making sure the proposed policy change to EIC(Local) is discussed at the May board briefing and that they support its implementation. This policy gives choice to all Dallas ISD high schools. Top schools and districts around the nation have already moved away from mandating that all high schools rank their entire class, and it’s time for Dallas ISD to move forward with this policy as well.
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Here is a link to the recent Parent Meeting on April 7, 2015:
You and your family are invited to join admissions counselors from these five esteemed universities for a special admissions event near you. We will share details about academic life, campus life, the admissions process, and financial aid.
El Paso, TX - Saturday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Houston, TX - Sunday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m.
San Antonio, TX - Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Austin, TX - Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Dallas, TX - Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Space is limited, so we ask that you RSVP as soon as possible.
SEM students from FTC robotics teams Imperial Robotics and Iron Reign represented SEM at the Earth Day celebration in Fair Park on Saturday. The team members demonstrated their competition robots to hundreds of visitors! Thank you to Caitlin Rogers, Nick Macabare, Jayesh Sharma, Darshan Patel,Omar Ramirez, Jose Vargas, Max and Tycho Virani, and to coaches Karim Virani and Cathy Lux, and to Ms. Gregg for attending the all day event.
Design Connect Create! Physics Camp for Young Women
Design Connect Create! Physics Camp for Young Women is now open for registration. Join us for physics, field trip, food and fun! Get a head start in physics through hands-on activities in action-packed days at camp. During this 2-week session you will gain knowledge to excel in school, hear about STEM careers and visit a high-tech company. This camp is for young women in 9th-11th grade who plan to take their first physics course in the fall. Join us for some summer fun, July 6-17 at UT Dallas, Richardson, TX. Sign up online, space is limited! Click here:
We are extending the scholarship deadline until April 30th to give more girls the opportunity to attend our fun Physics Camp for Young Women. There are still a limited number of scholarships available for our UTD camp for students that demonstrate financial need. For regular registration, the deadline has been extended until May 31st.
Please help us get the word out about our fun and engaging camp for HS girls about to take Physics. Please forward to your science leads and post on any district/parent websites.