Iron Reign -- is offering a free robotics workshop at the Dallas Maker Space this Sunday. If you are interested in competing in the Dallas Personal Robotics Sumo competition (using Lego EV3/Vex IQ or similar type robots) or just want to learn more about the competition, please join us at the Maker Space this Sunday! Here is a link to the Iron Reign Blog for more information: http://www.ironreignrobotics.com/Sumo-Workshop-Announcement/
Iron Reign consists of robotics competition teams in FLL and FTC. We've been competing since 2009.
New T-Shirts are in!
We are debuting new t-shirts at the new student orientation April 28.
The design is similar to our traditional shirts, but have printing on the front only and available in four color combinations.
After April 28... we'll make the shirts available to purchase on the website, or you may order by leaving an envelope with payment into the PTSA drop box in the office.
More purchase details coming soon.
GenTex Decision Day Contest
Generation Texas (GenTX) Decision Day 2016 Contest is now open! Great way to encourage college ready futures. It is also a great activity for English classes,leadership, or even creative writing class. Another thought is if you have a place in your school year books put some of your examples in there!
This year we invite you to celebrate GenTX Decision Day (May 6, 2016) by entering the 2016 Challenge to help create a statewide college-going culture through social media. GenTX Decision Day is a statewide initiative to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education.
Participation is easy! Share your story about how you made (or will make) your college decision and the impact it will make on your life and others. Winners will be featured statewide through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board websites and social media and will win GenTX prizes. Enter the contest and stake your claim to being one of the best in supporting a college-going culture in Texas!
Enrolled as a student in a Texas high school
Enrolled as a student in a Texas postsecondary institution
Community organization, school group, or nonprofit based in Texas
Books are available for sale thru our website here or you may put a $35 check or cash into our PTSA dropbox in the office. We have envelopes available or you may write your child’s name/grade on any envelope and include payment. Donations (in any amount) to pay for books to give to kids who otherwise would not be able to afford a book are welcome and encouraged. We'll have 200 books for sale on a first come/first served basis... order yours today!
We have prior year’s books for sale. If your child is an upperclassman and you haven’t purchased all four years of books... it would be an awesome graduation gift to have the entire collection. (We currently have 2014, 2015, 2016 available for $35 each.) If relatives are asking what they should buy your child as a gift... send them to our website! Free shipping... ;-).
Our yearbook signing party will be moved to Friday, May 20. (originally scheduled for April 13.) This is a party where we distribute the yearbooks all at once and give the kids several hours after school to hang out and sign each others books. We provide food and decorations to make it a festive party. Please contact Marianne Leclerc if you’d like to help chair the event this year.
Forming next year's yearbook committee now!
Working on the yearbook in a leadership role is a GREAT thing to put on your college applications and really does give you good project management experience. We are already forming a committee for next year’s book, and are in search of an executive editor, and an editor for each grade. The executive editor needs to be someone who can rally the other students to be deliberate about taking high quality photos throughout the year, load them onto the yearbook server and build the yearbook pages - keeping an eye on good representation of the student body.
If you are organized and would sink your teeth into organizing the yearbook, please contact Marianne Leclerc.
We also need new parent volunteers as the parents who started the yearbook have kids who are graduating this year and its time to hand over the reins.
Along the same lines... we are looking for people (students and parents) who would like to work on the website committee as we strive to really build-out the site and make it a full repository for all school activities and events and make its calendar function more useful.
Please call Marianne (214 906 7022) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss what all is involved in any of these tasks.
PTSA VP Communications
Educational Grants for Rising Seniors (Hispanic/Latino descent)
Click here for information from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation
YIKES... I've not ordered my cap/gown yet! What do I do now?
You MAY be able to order online: http://www.jostens.com/, or order them over the phone 214 321-4100... But it may be better to drive over there and take care of it...
Address: 4930 Olsen Dr, Dallas, TX 75227
Directions: Take I-30 toward Mesquite | Exit on Big Town and go South on Big Town Blvd | Take a right onto East Point Dr, and the first left onto Olsen Dr.
They are on the corner. You will walk into the showroom and place your order with a representative there.
Phone: (214) 321-4100
Hours: Monday – Thursday 3-6pm, and Saturday 10-12
Seniors! You have been given an extension to order senior pics! Click here to find the link and the password to the Lifetouch page.
The PTSA at SEM thinks fundraising should be painless! That's why we like the Write-a-Check Campaign because you only have to write one check and you're done! There’s no selling involved and 100% of every dollar supports SEM students. Your donation is used to provide special programs, activities and events to support the academic and social needs of our students and staff. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today! Please use our on-line form to indicate the amount of your donation and proceed to checkout.
Also, another way to increase contributions may be through company matching donations. Does your company match donations? If so, enter "yes". We can provide assistance, if needed, in making the application to your employer:
Schoola Resale Clothing Fundraiser
Our Schoola clothes fundraising drive is in full swing.
This fundraiser will help clean our closets of clothes we’ve outgrown and support our children at the same time! Schoola collects gently used adult, teen and children’s clothes and sells them online. We’ll receive 40% of the profits which helps to fund programs SEM programs.
You can help by donating clean clothing in, new or like new condition and place them in the bin which will be located in front of the SEM office. You can also help spread the word, encouraging others to donate!
Thanks for your support! We look forward to another great year!
22 - Senior Prom
22-23 - Regional UIL
25 - Report Cards
27 - SAT
28 - New Student Orientation - New parents to bring pot luck dinner. PTSA to sell spirit wear - including new t-shirts.
1 - Seniors Baccalaureate Ceremony 4-6pm
2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week
4 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Money donations requested - lunch will be catered. Deserts requested (including Vegan and Gluten Free)
2-6 - AP/STAAR Exams - snacks requested
7 - SAT Subject Tests
7 - Parent Coffee with the Principal
9-13 - AP Exams - snacks requested
16-17 - Senior Finals (May 18 - makeups)
18-19 - Senior College Visits
19 - Awards Ceremony - Cookies requested
20 - Yearbook Signing Party (new date!)
20-24 - Senior Day Trips
25 - Senior picnic (at Southern Cross) / locker clean out day
27 - Six Flags Seniors Lock-in
31 - Senior Survey Deadline
31 - Graduation!
2 - PTSA Old Board/New Board Party (Restaurant TBA) 4-6pm