Monday, March 6th Report Cards were Issued. Please note, Mr. Tuck (Latin) is out, and as a result his grades are not reflected on Grade-speed. Ms. Huitt has a hard copy of the grade book. If students or parents have questions about Mr. Tuck's grades, you may contact your counselor or Ms. Huitt for questions.
National Latin Exam
All SEM students in Latin I, II, III & IV took the National Latin Exam on Tuesday, March 7.
Coffee with the Principal
Ms. Huitt, Ms. Kashyap and Ms. Russell will host Coffee with the Principal for SEM parents on Friday March 10th from 8:15-9:15 am in Room 211. A light breakfast and coffee will be provided.
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Dallas West STEM Day with SEM 3/11/17
In an effort to steer young women towards the field of Science and Technology, the School of Science and Engineering at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center, in partnership with the Postsecondary Success Department and the Yale Club of Dallas will host the Dallas West: Women in Engineering Science and Technology Festival. Through this program, young ladies throughout Dallas ISD, in grades 6-11 will see demonstrations and engage in fun activities lead by professional women in careers such as ocean exploring, robotics, computer coding, architecture and much more. At the end of the session, all participants will receive a swag bag full of STEM related items. Young ladies in 11th grade will have a special opportunity to hear from and meet with college recruiters. Registration at http://dallaswest.eventzilla.net.
SEM Robotics Team "Iron Reign" Wins North Texas' Regional Championship
This weekend SEM's team Iron Reign (http://www.ironreignrobotics.com/) took 1st place at the FTC Robotics North Texas Regional Championship. They earned the Inspire Award (click here for information), the top honor bestowed at the tournament. Their alliance also won their division in the robot game and was finalist alliance over all.
Iron Reign members left to right are Ethan Helfman, Janavi Chada, Tycho Virani, Jayesh Sharma, Darshan Patel, Caitlin Rogers and Charlotte Leakey, with Evan Daane (from BTW) in repose. Not shown are Max Virani, Omar Ramirez and Rohit Shankar.
Individually, SEM students Tycho Virani, Ethan Helfman, Austin Davis, Abhijit Bhattaru and Matthew Callahan were recognized as Dean's List semifinalists for the region and will be considered for finalist status.
The whole team has automatically advanced to both the UIL Robotics Texas State Championship and the 12 State South Super Regional Championship being held in Georgia. From there they'll have a chance to advance to the World Championship in late April. Also advancing is Iron Reign's alliance captain, RoboBison Amistad from Sunset High School.
Please visit www.ironreignrobotics.com if you can help support Iron Reign's extended season, want to see what this competition looks like, or want to learn how to get started in robotics.
UIL Team Competition Results
The Science and Engineering Magnet UIL team competed at the Denton Ryan UIL Invitational Meet on Saturday, February 11th . Individuals and teams that placed on Saturday are listed below. Teams consisted of the four individuals with the highest scores from our school – all four team members are listed for teams that placed even if the individuals did not.
Number Sense – 2nd place team
Yash Chandak – 2nd place Victor Diaz Tomisin Ogunfunmi Kimmy Chang
Yash Chandak – 3rd place
Social Studies – 2nd place team
Felipe Munoz – 1st place
Mariafernanda Hernandez – 4th place
Calculator – 1st place team
Kimmy Chang – 1st place Victor Diaz – 2nd place Yash Chandak – 6th place Valentina Pham
Current Events – 2nd place team
Ethan Helfman – 4th place Dylan Chorley – 6th place
Matt Evans – 2nd place
Herber Banda – 3rd place
Please help me in congratulating all of our students who placed at the Denton Ryan UIL and thank you to all of the students who competed on behalf of SEM. ~Josh Newton
SEM Debate Team Ends Novice/JV Season with Big Win at City Championship
The Novice and Junior Varsity debate team competed this weekend at Bryan Adams at the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance City Championship. Over 180 students were registered to compete. Trophies are on display in the main office.
Please help me congratulate the following students on their success.
1st place JV - Juan Diaz and Ethan Helfman 2nd place JV - Benjamin Hernandez and Sophie Rahman 4th place JV - Storm Lasseter 3rd place Novice - Leslie Jaramillo and Alejandro Maldonado 5th place Novice - Mariam Joseph and Oziel de la Fuente
1st speaker JV - Ethan Helfman 4th speaker JV - Juan Diaz 5th speaker JV - Storm Lasseter 9th speaker JV - Sophie Rahman 8th speak Novice - Oziel de la Fuente 9th speaker Novice - Mariam Joseph
Also competing and finishing with a 2-2 record: Wendy Rodriguez and Renee Merrick.
Rudraksh Garg and Olivia Northcutt-Wyly attended as student coaches/judges. Thank you to assistant coach Ms. Zhuge for attending Friday!
Other exciting debate announcement: Sophie Rahman was selected to participate in the Mayor's Cup public debate in April. Details forthcoming but she was one of 4 students picked from hundreds of DISD debaters after multiple rounds of try-outs.
Next up...UIL state over break and NAUDL nationals in Chicago in April.
Thanks everyone for your continued support of the debate team! ~Mary Gregg
SEM's Matthew Callahan Volunteers and Competes with FTC team "7172 Technical Difficulties"
"7172 Technical Difficulties" consists of freshman thru senior students from several Plano high schools who are interested in robotics and want to improve the competition in North Texas.
Matthew got involved with them after competing with the team's coach for many years. Matthew contributes science expertise and programs useful functions for the team.
In the previous season, the team was undefeated all season through the South Super-Regionals and was the only North Texas team to go to worlds.
This year, the team advanced to the South Super-Region from Oklahoma by being on the Winning Alliance and winning the 3rd place Inspire Award.
In the North Texas Region, the team advanced to the Regional Championship by hosting two Qualifying Tournaments. They were undefeated at the Regional and won 3rd place Inspire there as well.
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!
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
The Rosetta Institute runs a medical research lab in San Jose, CA and hold summer science camps at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego on Molecular Biology of Cancer, Molecular Neuroscience and Molecular Immunology.
In addition, it hosts a laboratory-intensive Biomedical Research workshop at its San Jose location, and hold a short workshop on Medical and Translational Bioinformatics during Winter break in Berkeley, CA. These camps are taught by PhD-level instructors who are actively engaged in research, and they are intended for high achieving, college-bound high school students interested in careers in medicine and science.
The camps consist of lecture and hands-on laboratory work, as well as independent research. These camps let students experience college-level curriculum in a low-stress and safe environment, and they make friends with other students from around the world. The institute is exploring the idea of opening up the lab year-round for students to work on their own biomedical research projects in a supervised atmosphere.
Complete details can be found at http://www.rosettainstitute.org. There are also full scholarships available to students from low-income families on a competitive basis.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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!