Students unhappy with their photo, may bring their photo flyer proof sheets with them to be granted retakes – must have this flyer with them. Walk-ups not prepared with their photo flyer are discouraged because they tend to get a lot of students retaking, just “because”… but they weren’t dissatisfied with their original takes.
12th - Senior Portrait Day - FridayOctober 2nd
Will start early in the morning before school…. By appointment. I expect many of the girls will want these early slots while their hair and make-up are still perfect.
We will have a schedule so that LifeTouch has just the right number of seniors down there preparing for their pics at any given time.
All Seniors will take photos with both Tux/Drape and Cap/Gown. Estimated time is 10 minutes per student + wait/prep time… so ~15 minutes.
The yearbook committee and the senior class will make a choice of which to use in the yearbook. We can actually wait for the results to decide.
Families will have options of various poses to choose from in their portrait packs and will order online.
Parents are requested to bring snacks for testing season by Friday, Sep 25.
We are close to two very important tests...
PSAT - Wednesday, Oct 14 - Sophomores and Juniors. The Sophomores take the test to "see where they are at" and the Junior's test scores are their official entry to the National Merit Scholarship program. Make a high enough score and your student will get invited to many VIP university information meetings during their Junior year, and will find out in September of their senior year if their score qualifies them as a semi-finalist. If so... there are many universities that give huge scholarships, waive out-of-state fees, etc. Many benefits to becoming a semi-finalist... so please take this test very seriously. Your student is being prepped during school and please ask your child to review the PSAT workbooks provided by the school.
Note: The PSAT is in a new format this year, so prior year's study booklets will not be helpful.
ACT: Our seniors will take the ACT on Tuesday, Sep 29 in school. All seniors are required to take this test, even if you've already taken it, or are satisfied with your SAT scores. Our students are expected to do very well on this test and are currently being prepped for it during English class and have ACT workbooks to use at home - please encourage your student to make good use of it.
Hope your child is reviewing well, getting to bed early, and HAVING A SNACK during testing to help them keep focused and on-task!
How can YOU help?
Our PTSA at SEM strives to provide a bottle of water and snack during each test. This is a mighty big task! (most of the Townview schools do not do this)
We thank Mr. John Howell (our PTSA Testing Support Chair) for organizing this & Ms. Julie Mendez and family for donating and hauling in all 450 bottles of water for our Fall testing dates!
Please use this form to indicate your contribution so that we know how many snacks to expect.
Thanks so much for helping our awesome kids have a great Fall testing season!
-PTSA Testing Support
Reflections is now a PTSA Member benefit
The Reflections program is open to all SEM students if the student or at least one person from their primary household is a current member of our SEM PTA before submitting an entry.
The 2015-2016 Reflections theme is Let Your Imagination Fly.
Reflections is a fabulous PTSA program.
Reflections is PTSA's signature arts program. The arts — and the Reflections Program — support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in our school community. Celebrate arts learning in our SEM school community with Reflections.
Reflections provides opportunities for students to create art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes drawing, painting, print making, and collage). No experience is required.
Students submit entries by our SEM deadline. Our PTSA will judge the entries, present local awards and submit the advancing entries in each category to the council. Entries are judged at the local, council, state and national PTA levels.
Key dates: SEM entry deadline: October 30, 2015 Trinity Council entry deadline: TBA (usually early December)
Students may enter any or all of the six art categories. Multiple entries within a single arts category is permitted. Each entry must be the original work of one student and created specifically for the Reflections program based on the national theme. Each entry must also conform to the guidelines developed by the National PTA.
Also: Tell us what your kids did this summer! Any interesting programs? Job? Internship? Volunteer Service? We'd like to share so that other families can get ideas of what they could plan for next summer.
2014-15 yearbook still for sale!
We have over 30 books still available. Please pay online or send $35 cash/check in an envelope to put in our PTSA dropbox and we will get a yearbook out to you ASAP. Be sure to label the envelope with your child's name and make sure we know this is a payment for last year's book.
Next year's books is already on sale via our website!
New this year... Advertisements! These can be purchased by family, friends, students, or businesses! We will be sending out details about this in the coming weeks, but please start thinking about the ad you'd like to create!
If your child would like to join the yearbook staff, we welcome them! Our second meeting is today, Sep 21 after school.
21 - SEM Yearbook Meeting - Dr. Chapman's room after school til 5:15. All welcome! 21 - First Comic Con event planning meeting - 4:15 - 5:15 Room 211 22—PTSA Board Meeting 6 PM 24-25—Yearbook photos - NEW this year - by Lifetouch - you will soon receive prepay information, but all students take photos for the yearbook whether they purchase a package or not. Seniors are not required (but welcomed) to take fall photos these days. 25-SEM Movie Night 29-ACT Testing- Seniors
02 - Coffee with the Principal 02 - Senior Portraits- Yearbook photos - NEW this year - by Lifetouch - all seniors are required to take photos whether you purchase packages or not. Be prepared for tux/drape and Cap/Gown photos. All is provided, but note that your neck will show in the cap/gown photo, so young men should wear shirt/tie. Young ladies should not wear a neckline that will show. 02 - SEM Game Night 10 - PSAT Testing 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - reports cards given 13 - General PTSA Meeting - all parents urged to attend! 14 - PSAT Testing 16 - Fair Day - no school! 23 - Comic Con - all students enouraged to participate. Come in costume for a LOT of fun and prizes! All Townview Campus invited! 26 - 30 - Red Ribbon Week - All of Townview Monday - Faculty & Students will WEAR RED. Tuesday - Faculty & students will wear their favorite TEAM JERSEY Wednesday - Faculty & Students will WEAR CRAZY SOCKS Thursday - COUNSELOR'S CORNER during all three lunch periods. The band will play music during all three lunch periods. Friday - Students will make DRUG CHAINS and SIGN DRUG FREE POSTERS to show their commitment to be drug free. 27 - PTSA Board Meeting - All board members and others interested are invited! 30 - October Fest - all Townview Campus invited.
Meet Your PTSA Board for 2015-2016
Membership in the SEM PTSA is easy... just sign up and pay $9 per adult, and $7 per child... using our on-line form (select PTSA Membership).
You may also sign up in person at any of our PTSA events.
We encourage all parents to join the PTSA and strive for 100% of the households to participate.
Membership has its privileges such as having access to the new on-line SEM Directory, board meeting minutes and reports, and meeting some great people thru our activities.
The PTSA welcomes volunteers! Please contact one of the board members if you are interested in helping out in one of the committees or events!