SEM ranks 3rd in Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools report
Five Dallas ISD schools are ranked among the nation’s 50 most challenging high schools, according to a new Washington Post report. Two of the schools—the School for Science and Engineering (SEM) - ranks 3rd and the School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) ranks 7th—are ranked in the top 10 most challenging high schools in the nation.
Washington Post determined the rankings by looking at the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career.
SEM ranks 4th in US News & World Best High Schools Report
Students at the School of Science and Engineering start Advanced Placement courses their freshman year and can earn college credit via dual-enrollment opportunities with several area community colleges and universities. Located in a complex that houses five other magnet schools, the School of Science and Engineering offers AP courses in calculus, biology and statistics, among others. Parents can get involved through fundraising and by hosting college planning nights.
SEM was also ranked #30 on the Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” list which seeks to identify schools that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage.
Destynee Cox was among ten seniors from seven Dallas ISD high schools who have been awarded scholarships by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The students will receive $20,000 in financial support, a laptop and textbook assistance in addition to ongoing support to meet future challenges they may face in completing college. Congrats to Destynee who is listed as attending SMU in the Fall! Read DISD article here.
Cécile Leclerc was awarded the Superintendent’s Scholarship worth $2,500. The scholarship is awarded based on character, academic achievement and community service. Cécile was also awarded the $2000 Jose “Joe” May Scholarship in honor of the late Dallas ISD Trustee Jose “Joe” May. The scholarship was given to the Superintendent’s Scholar with the highest GPA. Read DISD article here.
Parents... please share your student's scholarships with us! It helps the underclassman to spend time on the application process, and it sends great feedback to our wonderful teacher/staff recommenders who can spend up to 3 hours crafting a recommendation letter. We thank them so much! Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New SEM Spirit T-Shirts are in!
The design is similar to our traditional shirts, but have printing on the front only and available in four color combinations.
You may order by leaving an envelope with payment into the PTSA drop box in the office for $12 each.
Generation Texas (GenTX) Decision Day 2016 Contest is now open!
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
OAK CLIFF’S GOT TALENT! And we, the Oak Cliff Lion’s Club want to showcase that talent with this year’s Oak Cliff Lion’s Club Extravaganza – Oak Cliff’s Got Talent! We are inviting 9th through 12th grade students in Oak Cliff to participate. Finalists will be selected from online submissions and links. Oak Cliff’s Got Talent will take place at Bishop Dunne Catholic School (3900 Rugged Drive Dallas 75224) on May 26th at 7 p.m.
First place wins $500; Second place wins $250 and Third place wins $100.
Target your community service with an internship with The Shoulders of Giants non-profit organization. As an intern, you would be actively engaged in a level of research in the lab. They are a research hub as well as a teaching lab, and our scientists submit for publications/conferences/journals etc. This program is designed to develop your skills so you will become useful as a researcher.
It takes a very special applicant to engage as an high school intern. They require a 3.8 GPA or higher. The student must submit a letter of intent, transcripts, resume and interview with Dr. Foland.
All interns are part of the Mentorship program classes (perhaps $45, but price is not set for Fall yet) and will receive a reduced for the program.
Click here for more information on the mentorship classes.
Contact: Lauren P. Foland | Lab Administrator 12021 Plano Road Suite 170 | Dallas, TX 75243 Office: (214) 575-5444 Fax: (469) 906-2683 | Mobile: (214) 695-9567 website | email
Schoola Earns Money for Our School!
Free PSAT/ACT/SAT Prep classes!
Yearbooks! Get Your Yearbooks!
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 (email@example.com) to discuss what all is involved in any of these tasks.
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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?
http://www.jostens.com/ is their website, but its too late to order online. You will need to drive over there and take care of it. They have them in stock and will give them to you on the spot.
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!
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
30 - No School- Memorial Day
31 - Senior Survey Deadline
31 - Graduation!
2 - PTSA Old Board/New Board Party (Restaurant TBA) 4-6pm