Parents... the student council needs your help. Please use this form to donate items or volunteer to work the event.
Parent Volunteers Needed for UIL Math Contest
SEM will be hosting a math and science invitational meet on Saturday, March 4th and we need your help. We will need to provide breakfast for coaches from the other schools that morning and might need a few parents to serve as proctors depending on the number of students who compete. If you would be able to provide something for breakfast or would be available to help proctor exams (between 8 and noon), please email Mr. Newton at Josnewton@dallasisd.org.
Call for content!
Please email your un-cropped, full size, high resolution photos before the end of February. Please identify everyone in the photo to the best of your knowledge.
Photos can be in or outside of SEM - celebrating your child's activities. We have lots of categories. Please contact Marianne Leclerc with inquires. Email your photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order your yearbook online or by cash/check dropped in our PTSA lock box in the office. Ordering early allows us to order enough yearbooks.
Seniors: Why not send this link to your relatives who want to give you a graduation gift???
Congrats Academic Decathlon!
Mrs. Ashmead & her SEM AcademicDecathlon team won first place at the recent competition held at Seagoville High School on January 20 & 21. They will be competing at the State competition in San Antonio February 23 – 26.
Congratulations go out to the 5 students who advanced to the Regional Science Fair:
SEM Students in the News
SEM students, Ammar and Tomisin, were recently featured on Channel 8 for the chess club they started for kindergarteners. What a great way to make a difference!
SEM debate had another successful weekend. Friday and Saturday we competed at SMU at the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Varsity City Championships. We placed second.
Olivia Northcutt-Wyly and Sophie Rahman (pictured to the left) qualified for the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues Nationals, which is held in Chicago this year. They will compete against the city-champions and runners-up from cities from New York to Los Angeles. The tournament is in April.
Storm Lasseter and Rudraksh Garg also had a great tournament, winning 3 of their 5 preliminary debates. They and observer Benjamin Hernandez helped support Olivia and Sophie's run. It really was a team effort!
As far as I know, this is the first time that SEM debate has qualified to nationals. It's particularly impressive because Sophie and Olivia are such young debaters - I can't wait to see what the future has in store for them! Sophie also won 3rd individual speaker, Olivia was 6th.
Next up - Novice and JV city championships on March 3rd and 4th and UIL state over spring break.
Thank you for your continued support of the debate team!
SEM TechFest Winners
The Health & Physical Education Department would like to congratulate the following students who submitted projects to TECH FEST 2017 - the Digital Media Fair Competition in Dallas ISD!
Our school has opened an Amazon Associates account where people can click on our link, go to Amazon and shop, and the school can make a small percentage of the sales (like between 1% - 5%). This link will be up all year. Please follow these steps and then shop as normal:
2. There's a square next to some other links that looks like this: (this graphic changes from time to time)
Click on the graphic and then shop as you normally would. When people go from our site to Amazon through this link it tracks the purchases.
Thanks to Mikal Beth Fortenberry for setting this up!
Congrats to Future SMU Mustang!
Congratulations to Dominick Hernandez who signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Men’s Soccer Program at Southern Methodist University on February 1, 2017.
What an accomplishment!
He will begin his studies in Fall 2017.
We need our SEM parents to help the school meet its goal of 300 members. This demonstrates to the community and the Dallas ISD school district that SEM families are truly engaged. The PTSA wants to continue to receive recognition for our strong history of PTSA membership and active family involvement. We are currently at 90 members and have a way to go! We need your support. Our kids benefit from this investment
Remember your child’s first day of school? Did you wish you had a handbook to help them get through the year successfully? Create an account and join the Science & Engineering PTSA at this link for access to resources to help you, help your child do better academically. The PTSA's goal is to support students and families in achieving a successful experience in high school and beyond. Please join us!
Join our PTSA so we can provide resources to help every child at Science & Engineering do better academically. It's easy at
Organizing and subsidizing many SEM social events, including Comic-Con, Yearbook party, awards night
Sponsoring the SEM Yearbook
Monthly Coffee with the Principal to give parents an opportunity to network and get updates from our principal
Monthly staff breakfasts and other meals to show appreciation for our teachers and support staff
Congressional Art Competition
It is time once again for the Congressional Art Competition and Congressman Marc Veasey is glad to host it for the fifth consecutive year in Texas Congressional District 33.
All high school students living in district 33 are invited to participate. To find out a student’s congressional district please input the students’ zip code at www.house.gov. We look forward to receiving many submissions!
Here are some key dates:
The competition is now open and artwork is due April 7.
The exhibit of all works will run from April 17 to April 28 at TCC’s South Campus in Fort Worth.
The winner will be announced at the District Reception on April 24, which will also be held at TCC’s South Campus in Fort Worth.
As always, the winner of the competition will be selected after all submissions are reviewed by a panel of art critics, art professors, and/or artists from Congressional District 33. The winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Washington, DC to attend a reception at the US Capitol. In addition, the winning student’s artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for a year. Finally, the winner will receive a $3,000/year scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design if he or she decides to enroll there for his or her higher education.
The College of Chemistry and the Berkeley Global Science Institute present SciTech, a program for rising high school students (grades 9-12) who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the problems facing the world, learning about the relevance of science and technology in addressing such problems, and being inspired to pursue careers in science and technology that will ensure their contribution to positively impact the world.
Please visit our website for more information or click here for our brochure.
SciTech is now accepting applications! For more information about the application process, please click here. We will be accepting applications until April 30, 2017.
Duke University Summer Sessions
At Duke Summer Academy, we believe that while learning, students can change the world. Please share the message below with your students to invite them to have the experience of a lifetime:
We have two exciting competitions you can be involved in this summer at Duke!
Spend your summer at Duke’s Global Giver Academy and become a bona fide philanthropist. You will have the opportunity not only to learn the ins and outs of philanthropy by earning community service hours at local charities, but also the chance to engage in advocacy firsthand. As an acting “board member” of a local charity, you will make a case of for your favorite organization and have the opportunity to benefit it in a huge way. The most compelling team will win $500 for their charity, receive a special certificate of achievement, and, most importantly, know that they made a real difference for the local community.
Enroll in Global Entrepreneur Academy and gain critical business, marketing, and strategy skills to develop real startup ventures. Students will have the chance to pitch their own ideas at the conclusion of the Academy and win awards for the best new startups. First Prize: $250 Second Prize: $150 Third Prize: $100
Along with the winning prize money to help advance your entrepreneurial career, you will earn a certificate of achievement demonstrating that your team’s creativity and critical thinking produced a top startup pitch!
Nicki Charles, Ed.D. Director of Summer Academy for High School Students Duke University (Durham, North Carolina USA) email@example.com
WRITE-A-CHECK FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Are you ready to do your part to support the SEM students and teachers? Here’s your chance! The PTSA at SEM is kicking off our easiest, most pain-free fundraiser of the year: the Write-aCheck Campaign. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to supporting the SEM students. To participate, simply write a check to SEM PTSA and send to the school, or use our online form to indicate the amount of your donation and proceed to checkout. Your donation is used to provide special programs, activities and events for the students, and to provide for the academic and social needs of the SEM students and staff. Want to DOUBLE the power of your contribution? If your company provides matching donations for charitable contributions, please indicate that and we can provide assistance in making the application to our employer. Thank you in advance for your support and participation in this important fundraiser!