The SEM debate team was named Dallas Urban Debate Alliance’s Team of the Year!
We were chosen out of all of the participating high schools because of our competitive success and volunteer contributions. In particular, we were recognized for qualifying for UIL state and earning top speaker and team awards at multiple tournaments.
Angel Ornelas was also named Student Volunteer of the Year – he judged tens of debate rounds and attended every middle school tournament as a volunteer judge and coach. Congrats to Angel!
Congrats to our team and a big thank you to Mary Gregg, our sponsor!
Angel Ornelas (Jr.), Beverly Balasu (Sr.)
Derek Liles (Program coordinator of Dallas Urban Debate), Ms. Gregg, Adam Powell (Director of Dallas Urban Debate)
Congrats to Robotics Competition Winners!
A team of three SEM students earned third place in the Dallas Personal Robotics Group (DPRG) Roborama robotics competition, which was held on Saturday May 14th at Dallas MakerSpace.
Omar Ramirez and Max Virani (11th grade), and Tycho Virani (10th grade) entered their robot "Pele" in the CanCan Soccer Competion, in which a robot scores points by autonomously sendng cans through their goal.
Mentoring!!! Tycho Virani also assisted with the junior Sumo and line following competitions by mentoring students during several workshops at DPRG and Travis. (Two of those students, Clay Seifert and Aaron Daane, former Iron Reign FLL members, are shown in the Sumo competition.)
Looking for community service opportunities? Why not do what you do best?
Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ROBOT will make you the winning-est winner of all. ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (altered to add in ROBOT!)
Matthew Callahan (in blue hat below) has been mentoring the FLL team "Robot Wranglers" team #141 with Jacob, Drew, Ramin, and Yuvraj from Coppell West. They came in second in Dallas and went to the California invitational at Legoland this past weekend and placed 7th out of 72 teams. Great Job!
We've only had a few students sign up for this amazing opportunity!
3 – 9th grade | 8 – 10th grade | 3 – 11th grade
Its never too early to start preparing for these tests. High SAT and ACT scores are important for college acceptance, but do you realize how important the PSAT is?
The PSAT is what determines National Merit Scholar status.
A high score on the PSAT gets you preferential treatment from universities wanting to recruit you. You'll get invited to special events just for high scorers. Last year TX A&M took a bus load of Dallas students down for a football game and tour with all expenses paid. FUN!
If you score high enough on the PSAT to earn National Merit Scholar status, you will qualify for $22,500 in scholarship from TX A&M, Oklahoma and some other univerisites. You will also often qualify for the honor's programs in the engineering departments. The PSAT is EVERYTHING while you are searching out univeristiy opportunities and going on tours. The SAT and ACT are important when you are actually applying to college. So... you need to prepare WELL for all three tests.
Don't let this amazing opportunity to raise your score pass you by. Sign up today... space is limited.
This summer, Dallas ISD students currently in grades 7 - 11 are eligible to attend PSAT, SAT and ACT prep sessions for FREE! Every year, Dallas ISD pays for the administration of the PSAT/NMSQT to all 10th grade students, the SAT to all 11th grade students, and the ACT to all 12th grade students. The summer test prep programs help prepare students for these exams.
Complete the registration form to sign up for a PSAT, SAT or ACT preparation session. Space is limited so seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. An email confirmation with the status of your registration and further instructions will be emailed to the address you enter for Student Primary Email. The registration deadline is May 31, 2016.
Extreme Youth Leadership Camp for Rising Juniors and Seniors
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! REGISTER TODAY BY FILLING OUT THIS FORM!
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Congrats to one of our own!
Her son Tahj is not the only graduate in the Family!
The PTSA Board would like to congratulate Deanté Preston on her recent double major graduation with a MBA and a Masters in International Missions. All this while serving on the PTSA board formerly as secretary and this year in various volunteer positions AND she sells houses too!
She says the key was "Hard work. Patience."
What a great asset you've been to SEM. We will miss your great service and smiling face!
Who says you can't do it all... well? Deanté did!
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. They will also be on sale at our Awards Ceremony (tomorrow) and Yearbook Signing party (Friday).
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
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.
COMTO Dallas will award up to five (5) scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year to students who express an interest in pursuing a degree in a transportation-related field. A Field of study for IntermodalTransportation-related degrees which includes Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Business Law, Marketing, Transportation Management, Logistics and Planners. (6/3)
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!
27 - 5th and 8th Period Exams
30 - No School- Memorial Day
31 - 1st and 3rd Period Exams
31 - Senior Survey Deadline
31 - Graduation!
1 - 2nd and 6th Period Exams
2 - 4th and 8th Period Exams
2 - PTSA Old Board/New Board Party (Restaurant TBA) 4-6pm