We have an SBDM meeting scheduled for September 20th at 5:00 pm. If we have any interested parents who would like to participate, you are more than welcome to join us. We are in need of a full SBDM Board.
What exactly is SBDM?
In Texas, the focus of all district and campus planning and decision making is to improve the performance of all students. The ultimate purpose of all planning and decision making in schools is to attain the state's educational goals of equity and excellence in achievement for all students.
Senate Bill 1, passed by the Texas Legislature in May 1995, contained provisions that specified the district and campus planning and decision-making processes expected of all school districts. The 76th Legislature amended several areas of state statute pertaining to these requirements. Texas Education Code (TEC), § 11.254 requires the Commissioner of Education to oversee the provision of training and technical support to all districts and campuses in respect to planning and site-based decision making.
Texas Education Code (TEC)
11.251 Planning and Decision Making Process
11.252 District-Level planning and Decision Making
11.253 Campus Planning and Site- Based Decision Making
Dallas ISD Board Policies
BQA (LEGAL) – Planning and Decision Making Process District-Level
BQA (LOCAL) – Planning and Decision-Making Process Campus-Level
BQB (LEGAL) – Planning and Decision-Making Process Campus-Level
BQB (LOCAL) – Planning and Decision-Making Process Campus-Level
Site-Based Decision Making is:
A process for decentralizing decisions to improve the educational outcomes at every school campus through a collaborative effort by which principals, teachers, campus staff, district staff, parents, and community representatives assess educational outcomes of all students, determine goals and strategies, and ensure that strategies are implemented and adjusted to improve student achievement.
Students (where appropriate)
Roles and Responsibilities
In accordance with the administrative procedures established under Section 11.251 (b), the campus-level committee shall be involved in decisions in the areas of:
SEM is hosting a four square tournament -September 20- September 22 from 4:30 pm-5:00 pm, outside the commons. All Townview schools and grade levels are welcome to participate.
Townview Fall Fling September 30th
Fall Fling is the equivalent of Townview’s Homecoming celebration,
8:30am- Townview Marching Band Performance in front of the school (Parents prepare for extra onlooker traffic).
There are campus events throughout the day and an evening of band performances in the student parking lot after school from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm.
The Fall Fling entrance fee is $7 presale and $10.00 at the gate.
The TMC Band Booster will sell refreshments during the evening event to raise money for Band performances throughout the year.
Each school recognizes a Homecoming Court and many of the Townview students in the surrounding area come back to attend the evening’s festivities.
Parents are welcome to attend. Bring lawn chairs, comfortable shoes, and plenty of money for drinks and turkey legs.
Language Proficiency and Assessment Committee
Looking for an easy way to be involved? Please contact Mr. Hyman at firstname.lastname@example.org. He needs some parents to be available for a few meetings this year.
The lap top distributions are taking place with Mr. Allen, Townview’s computer technician. The lap tops should not be picked up before or after school. The Lap tops should be picked up during the student’s:
9th / 10th – computer science classes
11th -Principles of Engineering class
12th -English class
The check-out process takes less than five minutes. Mr. Allen is distributing lap tops in room 314. He is available the first 30-45 minutes of each period on scheduled pick up days. He will coordinate with teachers to ensure students that have paid, can pick up their lap tops as soon as possible.
Please check your student’s grade on Gradespeed. SEM teachers offer tutoring before school and after school. View the teachers' tutoring schedules at this link. Activity buses run Monday-Thursday at 5:30 pm.
Grades 9-11, September 22 and September 23 during English classes. See this link for ordering information.
September 22, 2016 from 6 pm -8 pm in the Commons. All SEM Seniors are encouraged to attend. Bring copies of your transcripts and resumes. Click here for flyer with more information.
College Visit Calendar for September
Please click here to view a calendar with information about college visits to SEM.
All SEM seniors will take the ACT September 27th during school day testing. Seniors have had an opportunity to attend Summer prep sessions and had an ACT practice test on 8/27. Students that did not take advantage of the practice session took a practice exam home. All students received profiles and are working to complete prescriptive work independently. Please be sure to check with your child to find out how their independent practice is going.
SEM Club Recruitments
Clubs/ and organization recruiting for all SEM students will be Wednesday September 28th in front of the SEM lockers on the 3rd floor from 4:15-5:15 pm. There will also be a meeting for SEM freshmen interested in student council on the same day in room 333 at 4:30.
SEM NAF Academy of Engineering (AOE) Recruitment Event
We are gearing up to recruit for NAF partnerships. On September 27th, SEM will host a recruitment event in Room 211 (new location!) at 8:15 am. If you have business contacts that might like to partner with the school in one of the following ways:
Worksite Visits (student field trips to Engineering and Computer-based companies)
Student Group Presentations (Panel of Professional judges)
Practice Interviews for students (HR representatives that can assist with interviewing skills).
Mentors (face to face or virtual mentors)
Student participation in Real World Projects
Paid student Internships
Monetary donations for field trips, programs or internships
Please send the prospective partner an invite to our event. They can RSVP by calling Ms. Martinez by September 23 at 972 925-5960.
High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) is a NASA unique opportunity for juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at no cost to participants.
Selected students will participate in an interactive, online course during the school year that culminates in an all-expense-paid trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the summer. During the online course, students will investigate space exploration challenges by creating technical drawings, solving math problems, and participating in discussion forums with NASA engineers and scientists. Texas certified teachers guide students through the online curriculum and grade their work. After a competitive review of online material completed and submitted, selected students are invited to Johnson Space Center. Throughout this six day trip, participants will work with NASA mentors to complete engineering design challenges and plan a mission to Mars. Students will be briefed on the past, present, and future of space exploration by NASA engineers, scientists, and special guests while touring NASA’s facilities.
The process basically includes an online form, and you go thru a short presentation of the rules of engagement with students, how to dress, which restroom to use, etc. and then sign your application electronically. You should receive your email confirmation right away. Entire process takes ~20 minutes.
Thank you for supporting SEM!
Click this link for the Big D Band performance calendar
Ongoing Club Meetings
Students are encouraged to attend and participate!
Mondays in 134B (with Ms Tangman)
Wednesdays in 134B (with Ms Tangman)
Please email Newsletter with other meetings for this ongoing calendar
20-22 - 4 Square Tournament - 4:30-5p Outside the Commons
20 - SBDM Meeting - 5p in Rm 211
20 - PTSA Board Meeting - 6:30p in Rm 211
22-23 - Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Picture Days (during English classes)
22 - Townview College Fair - 6-8p in the Commons
27 - NAF Academy of Engineering Recruitment Meeting - 8:15a in Rm 211 (new location!)
27 - ACT Testing for Seniors
28 - Club/Organization Recruiting - 4:15p-5:15p on 3rd floor in front of SEM Lockers
28 - Freshman Student Coucil (For those freshmen interested in SEM Student Council)- 4:30p in Room 333
30 - End of 1st 6 Weeks
3 - Senior Cap and Gown/Tux and Drape Pictures
10 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
18 - PTSA General Meeting - 6:30p in Theater
21 - DISD High School "State Fair" Day - no school, enjoy!
3 - 9th, 10th, 11th grade Picture Retakes
3 - 9-1pm – DISD hosted Magnet Information Fair for prospective parents. Location TBA.