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Spring  Break Meal Locations
BY: Marianne Leclerc on March 09, 2018

Spring Break Meals

Morning Snack – 8-9am
Lunch 11am – 12pm

Select Dallas ISD schools will offer free meals for all students over the break. View locations here...

Welcome Mr. Coleman!
BY: Marianne Leclerc on March 08, 2018

Mr. Coleman has a B.S in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is in his 13th year of teaching and has taught various courses in career explorations, technology, and engineering.

Mr. Coleman is married to his wife of 15 years and has four children that keep them busy.

He is excited to work alongside his peers at SEM and to contribute to the great things our students are achieving.

Join the fundraiser!
BY: Mikal Beth Fortenberry on February 27, 2018

We will be doing a chocolate fundraiser again this year with our SEM students. Last year the students raised over $2,250 doing a chocolate sale! I will be picking up the chocolate on Friday 4/6/18 and running the sale from Monday 4/9 - Friday 4/27.

I will be in front of the SEM office at a table in the mornings on those dates from 8-9 am so that  students can turn in money/check out boxes to sell. The students who participated last year enjoyed selling the chocolate and some earned prizes for selling the most boxes! It was a pretty stiff competition. 

If you would like to help out or have any questions about the sale, let me know.

Mikal Beth Fortenberry
PTSA Fundraising Volunteer

SEM students shine in UIL Championship swimming season!
BY: Michelle Chow on February 09, 2018

Claire Agee (SEM) and Helen Agee (TAG) Callahan Stuart (SEM) and Abel Fetahi (TAG) Claire Agee and Callahan Stuart, both Juniors at SEM, splashed and dashed their way to victorious seasons at the UIL District 14 and Region 4-5A Swimming Championships! Claire swims for her home high school Woodrow Wilson and Callahan swims for Bryan Adams. At the District meet, both Claire and Callahan made the awards podium in all their events and relays. Claire placed 3rd in the both the 50 and 100 freestyle, and sprinted her way to victory as part of Woodrow’s 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Callahan placed 2nd in the 100 backstroke, and showed amazing versatility in all 4 strokes, earning 3rd in the 200 Individual Medley. Our SEM swimmers earned major points for their respective teams. Woodrow girls and Bryan Adams boys teams won at Districts! Both swimmers advanced to Regionals by finishing in the top 6, as well as earning Varsity athletic letters in swimming. At the Regional meet, Claire won 1st place in the 200 freestyle relay, 2nd in the 400 freestyle relay, and 7th place in the 50 freestyle. Callahan placed 4th in the 400 freestyle relay, 12th in the 100 backstroke and 13th in the 200 individua...

TADC Urban Scholarship - Opens March 1st
BY: Marianne Leclerc on February 06, 2018

TADC Urban Scholarship  Fund 2018-19
Download flyer for more information.
Funded by AT&T

Opens March 1st - July 10 Deadline

Over $450,000 to award - Annually
$1,000 Public University or $2,000 Private University

Student needs to demonstrate financial need as shown on 2018-19 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) with an "EFC"  not exceeding 00100.

No Essays!

Questions: 214.630.2511

DOCUMENTS TO INCLUDE WITH APPLICATION: Copies are acceptable; Do not send original documents

  • 2017-2018 SAR (Student Aid Report, whole report)
  • High School Transcript (State of Texas Academic Achievement Record)
  • I-551 (Green card = Permanent Resident ID Card) Copy of front and back, if applicable 

Yearbook Cover Announced!  Order your book today!
BY: Marianne Leclerc on February 06, 2018

The 2017-18 Yearbook Committee announces its cover! Well done, students! A big thank you to 2017-18 executive yearbook editor Jenny Patino and her committee, and teacher advisor Ms. Tangman. We look forward to a GREAT book! We have to place our order by March 29, so please order your book ASAP. Order deadline is "end-of-day" Monday March 26. Note: In the past we've ordered "extra" books in the hope that we will sell them after the deadline, but we have a lot of unsold books from last year and so are not planning on ordering many extra books...  please place your order to ensure your child has a book and to support the efforts of the yearbook committee. You may order online: Or... use an envelope with student's name/grade along with cash or check for $35 and drop in the PTSA drop box in the SEM Office. Donations We are soliciting donations for yearbooks for students who can not afford them. Please donate online or via the dropbox, and give us guidance if you want your donation targeted to a student, or to a grade, or "open". The students REALLY appreciate your generosity, so please help.... any amount is ap...

Debate Team does GREAT at DUDA Tournament
BY: Mary Gregg on February 04, 2018

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On January 27, 2018, SEM debate competed at the first winter DUDA tournaments. This was a great weekend for the team - most novices debated in the Junior Varsity level for the first time, and we fielded a new Varsity partnership with Olivia Northcutt-Wyly and Juan Diaz. Mr. Palacios was able to come by after magnet testing and support the students!



15th place speaker - John Ramos


  • 2nd place speaker - Renee Merrick
  • 11th place speaker - Sravani Boggaram
  • 8th place team - Vanessa Vasquez and Isra Alinur


  • 1st place team - Olivia Northcutt-Wyly and Juan Diaz
  • 1st place speaker - Olivia Northcutt-Wyly
  • 4th place speaker - Juan Diaz

Thank you to Leslie Jaramillo for producing this write up and serving as our team historian.

Next up - Varsity City Championships/National Qualifiers and UIL state.

Design Your World - April 14, 2018
BY: Marianne Leclerc on February 04, 2018

Note: Please watch the website below and register as soon as its registration opens for the best shot at an opening. The spots fill quickly.   Join us for STEM fun! April 14, 2018 - Save the Date!   What is DYW? Design Your World - STEM Conference for Girls is the award-winning signature outreach event brought to you by the Society of Women Engineers Dallas Section, twice a year since 2012. We invite girls from the greater Dallas area to experience a day of fun and learning through STEM activities. Parents and educators are also invited to learn about resources to help their kids stay interest...

Prom Closet - Join in !
BY: Marianne Leclerc on February 04, 2018

English Flyer | Spanish Flyer | Sign-up Form to attend together or drive a car pool Have you heard of "Prom Closet"? A wonderful group of ladies from St. Andrew United Methodist is hosting its 10th year of providing prom attire to wonderful young ladies such as ours! ST. ANDREW UNITED METHODIST WOMEN 10th ANNUAL PROM CLOSET Would you like to go to Prom? But the cost of the dress is too much? They have over 4,000 beautiful dresses in sizes 0-26, evening shoes, purses, jewelry and wraps. Each young lady can pick one dress, one pair of shoes, 2 pieces of jewelry and one wrap-all at no charge. They do not have to be returned, and there are no qualifications to be met other than the girl needs to attend in person to shop. A group of senior girls would like to car pool and share this fun experience together. If you would like to be a student participant, or be a parent volunteer to drive a car pool... please go to our sign-up form here so we can match you up! Shopping Days are: Tuesday, February 27: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 28: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. - this date is encouraged if we bring a big group because the first day is very busy and there are long waits.. Thursday, March 1: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sa...

Richard Tompkins hired as new CS Teacher
BY: Andrew Palacios  on February 02, 2018

We are happy to welcome Mr. Tompkins who has started this week as our new computer science teacher.

Mr. Tompkins has a B.S. in Mathematics from Clemson University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Midwestern State University. He is in his 21st year of teaching and has taught various levels of computer science, engineering, and mathematics courses.

Mr. Tompkins is married to his wife of 21 years who is also a teacher and is in her 32nd year of teaching.

He is excited to be joining the SEM staff and is looking forward to challenging students to become their best.

Welcome from all our SEM students, families, and staff!

Academic Decathlon Team Advances to State!
BY: Chelsee Cox on January 26, 2018

Congrats to SEM's ACDEC team! They will advance to the State Academic Decathlon Competition by earning top scores in their division at the Region XII competition held Jan. 19-20 at Seagoville High School. The School of Science and Engineering took first place in the large school division. All four schools will represent the district at the state competitions Feb. 23-25. The large division schools will compete in San Antonio. The medium and small division schools will travel to Frisco for the state competition. The Academic Decathlon is designed to include students from all academic backgrounds. Each nine-member team consists of three A students, three B students and three C students. In addition to a seven-minute interview, an essay and two speeches, written comprehensive exams are given in music, art, literature, mathematics, economics, social science, and the Super Quiz. This year’s theme was Africa. Overall Team Results Large Division School of Science and Engineering: First Place School for Talented and Gifted: Second Place Irma Rangel Young Women Leadership Academy: Third Place Super Quiz Results School of Science and Engineering: Second Placed Full Results are below: 2018 Region XII Acade...

Introducing... new SEM Principal, Andrew Palacios.
BY: Tiffany Huitt on January 14, 2018

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you our new SEM Principal, Andrew Palacios. Andrew Palacios previously served as the PLTW Engineering & PLTW Biomedical Science Academy, Science & Foreign Language Department Administrator at Hillcrest High School. He is in his fourth year of administration and served two prior years as Science Department Chair. Andrew is a proud Townview Magnet Center Alumnus! Andrew graduated with a degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Arlington and is currently a Doctor of Education student at Dallas Baptist University with an emphasis on Educational Leadership K-12. He has been a keynote speaker for various Dallas ISD Scholarship Fundraising and STARS on the Rise Scholarship Events. Andrew has been featured in the Dallas Morning News and Univision Radio interviews. As a first generation college student, Andrew conducted extensive research throughout undergraduate and won first place at a national competition. At the University of Texas at Arlington, Andrew served as president of an honor society for two years and organized various community service and induction events. He also led an executive board. Mr. Palacios is the proud 3-time recipient of the Stars on the Rise Scholarshi...

SEM Debaters qualify for State!
BY: Mary Gregg on January 14, 2018

January 14, 2018, six SEM debaters competed at the UIL state qualifying tournament. Please help me congratulate Sophie Rahman and Olivia Northcutt-Wyly who won first place and qualified to state for the second year in a row. Also qualifying is Storm Lasseter and Juan Diaz, who won second place at the district competition. SEM beat out teams from TAG, Law Magnet, Irma Rangel, Garza, and other 6A schools to earn both spots.

Our third team, Benjamin Hernandez and Eduardo Heyer, lost only one debate round, and had a fantastic showing. Both Benjamin and Eduardo stuck around to coach their teammates to victory - thanks guys!

Our four debaters will be attending UIL state over spring break in Austin. Thank you for your continued support of the debate team. Next up - city championships and the qualifying tournament for nationals.

Left: Olivia Northcutt-Wyly (Soph), Sophie Rahman (Jr.), Juan Diaz (Jr.), Storm Lasseter (Jr.)

Emelia McLaughlin receives appointment to the Air Force Academy
BY: Rebecca McLaughlin on January 04, 2018

Emelia received an appointment to the Air Force Academy!  Her nomination was from Senator Ted Cruz. She could not have achieved this goal without the help of SEM's amazing teachers and their wonderful letters of recommendation.  She  thanks them wholeheartedly!


Video making workshop for High School students
BY: Zoher Bharmal on December 21, 2017

Filmmaking (Virtual Reality) Workshop *1.15.18*

We would like to invite the students to an exciting Workshop on 3D . The workshop shall involve building a story line and then creating 3D objects to mix into 3D creative. You can make your video as challenging as you can. Then there will a time at the end to share all the videos made.

  • Location: Microsoft Store, North Park Mall, Dallas
  • Date & Time: Monday, 15th January, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • RSVP: Zoher Bharmal; Text at: 313 212 2871
  • Prizes: Two prizes of $50 Gift Card each for the best two videos

YouthSpark: Create amazing videos with mixed reality and 3D
Students will learn new ways to create video stories with Paint 3D and Photos, one of the newest Windows 10 creativity apps. Play with mixed reality by taking a picture of a 3D monster running after your friends and add it to your video. Or play with 3D effects like lightening and bubbles. By the end of the camp, students will have created their own mini-movies with 3D models, Windows Ink, special effects, and a soundtrack

Come Visit SEM Booth on Sunday!
BY: Marianne Leclerc on December 07, 2017

SEM will have a booth selling sweets, tshirts and other fun goodies. Please come by! Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff

New Calculators for UIL Math Team
BY: Joshua Newton on December 07, 2017

Please help Mr. Newton fund this campaign for UIL Math.

My students need HP Prime calculators to be competitive in UIL.

My UIL Calculator team consists of students from across our school. We meet on a weekly basis to prepare for competitions around the Dallas area and the State.

These students have been competitive on a statewide level in the past and need these new calculators, the HP Prime, to remain competitive with other schools that are starting to use them.

The HP Prime has many new features that will allow students to better solve and understand problems they must complete.

Click here to read more and donate. Thank you!

SEM Eagles soar at Fall City Championships 
 on December 06, 2017

On December 1st and 2nd, the SEM Novice and Varsity debaters attended the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Fall City Championship at Thomas Jefferson High School. Listed below are the awards:

Individual Awards:

1st place Novice: Donovan Rodgers 
11th place Novice: John Ramos
12th place Novice: Vanessa Vasquez  

1st place Varsity: Olivia Northcutt- Wyly
2nd place Varsity: Storm Lasseter
3rd place Varsity: Sophie Rahman  
4th place Varsity: Benjamin Hernandez
8th place Varsity: Juan Diaz

Team Awards:

12th place Novice:  Sravani and Katelyn Candido
11th place Novice: Isra Alinur and Vanessa Vasquez
10th place Novice: Jennifer Granados and John Ramos

3rd place Varsity: Olivia Northcutt- Wyly and Sophie Rahman 
1st place Varsity: Storm Lasseter and Juan Diaz

Also competing was Benjamin Hernandez who debated well enough for elimination debates but was excluded because he debated without a partner.  

Please Congratulate all of our hard working debaters on an amazing Tournament!

Thank you to everyone for all the hard work and dedication. Go eagles!

Debate Fall City Championships 2017
BY: Mary Gregg on December 06, 2017

On December 1st and 2nd, the SEM Novice and Varsity debaters attended the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Fall City Championship at Thomas Jefferson High School. Listed below are the awards:

Individual Awards:


  • 1st place Novice: Donovan Rodgers
  • 11th place Novice: John Ramos
  • 12th place Novice: Vanessa Vasquez


  • 1st place Varsity: Olivia Northcutt- Wyly
  • 2nd place Varsity: Storm Lasseter
  • 3rd place Varsity: Sophie Rahman
  • 4th place Varsity: Benjamin Hernandez
  • 8th place Varsity: Juan Diaz

Team Awards:


  • 10th place Novice: Jennifer Granados and John Ramos
  • 11th place Novice: Isra Alinur and Vanessa Vasquez
  • 12th place Novice: Sravani and Katelyn Candido


  • 1st place Varsity: Storm Lasseter and Juan Diaz
  • 3rd place Varsity: Olivia Northcutt- Wyly and Sophie Rahman
  • Also competing was Benjamin Hernandez who debated well enough for elimination debates but was excluded because he debated without a partner.

Please Congratulate all of our hard working debaters on an amazing Tournament!

Thank you to everyone for all the hard work and dedication. Go eagles!

2017-18 Senior Packet / Activities Schedule
BY: Chelsee Cox on December 01, 2017

This packet was released at the Senior Parents Meeting in September. 

Here is it for easy reference: Senior Packet

Iron Reign Qualifies for Oklahoma State Championship !
BY: Karim Virani on November 28, 2017

We hope you've all had a great Thanksgiving break. Iron Reign, SEM's premiere robotics team kicked off their break with a competition in Oklahoma where they qualified for the Oklahoma State Championship to be held in February. Left to right, Janavi Chada, Charlotte Leakey, Austin Davis, Evan Daane (BTW), Akshay Jaity (photobomb), Tycho Virani, Kenna Tanaka, Karina Lara, Abhi Bhattaru, Ethan Helfman They were the Winning Alliance Captain team and won the 2nd Inspire Award and Control Award. Now they are turning their attention to the North Texas Region where they are the defending Regional Champions. Iron Reign and SEM Robotics now need your help as we seek to host our first Qualifying Tournament on December 16th. Iron Reign (team 6832), The School of Science and Engineering and the Dallas ISD STEM Department are happy to announce that we are hosting a FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying tournament at our Townview campus December 16th. Between 28 and 32 North Texas robotics teams will compete for awards and a limited number of advancements to the Regional Championship to be held in February. Calling All Volunteers This is the first time our school has hosted an official qualifying tournament and we will need your help to ma...

Lexus Eco Challenge   - 1st place again this year!
BY: David McLoda on November 14, 2017

Breaking news!

Our Hydrology club just won the Lexus Eco Challenge 1st place again this year! Another $10,000 for our school!

Details coming...

Read more on the Hydrology club here:

Saumya Rawat awarded the SWENext Global Innovator Award
BY: Rekha Rawat  on November 14, 2017

Last weekend, Saumya Rawat was invited to WE17, the world's largest conference and career fair for women in engineering, in Austin,TX.

She was awarded the SWENext Global Innovator Award for her leadership and work in promoting STEM Education. She

Saumya also attended the SWENext High School Leadership Academy and volunteered at the "Invent It. Build It." STEM introduction program for younger girls.

Please see the link for more information:

Congrats to our 2017-18 PSAT National Merit commended and semifinalist students!
BY: Marianne Leclerc on November 13, 2017

National Merit Scholarship Program High school juniors may qualify for National Merit Scholarships by receiving a high score on the PSAT taken in October of the junior year. Juniors need a high selectivity index score in the 99 percentile range. Not all students in the 99 percentile range will be National Merit Semifinalists. Each state has a different cut off for the selection of National Merit Semifinalists. The score for Texas in 2017 is 221, and increase from last year's cut-off of 220. Only eight states have a higher score cut-off than Texas, so we are in a very competitive state. The score is obtained from the total of three sections on the PSAT: the critical reading, math and writing scores. The highest score would be 240 (80+80+80=240) since each section of the PSAT ranges from 20 to 80 points. Read more on the program: Note: It is important that our students do well on the PSAT as this is one "BIG" way they get on the Universities's "radar" and will receive targeted mailings, and invitations to special recruiting events such as a bus ride trip to Texas A&M to watch a football game with tour - all expenses paid.  Other benefits may be an ove...

"What I Did This Summer" Series:  Kimmy Chang works Cyber Group Internship
BY: Marianne Leclerc on November 13, 2017

Kimmy Chang worked a paid internship at Cyber Group, a software engineering company. As an analytics intern, she used Qlik Sense and R to transfer the QlikView platforms of 30 companies, including US Bank and Equifax, to the Qlik Sense program for Colliers International. Additionally, for a company demonstration, Kimmy created a virtual reality application that represented population, water access, and incomes as lines, variant in length upon the measure’s magnitude, on a 3D-globe that users could walk around. With the knowledge she gained, she coded a dynamic global warming data visualization that evaluated the Environmental Kuznets Curve hypothesis’ applicability to current world trends, which she presented in webinars and published a research paper on.

At the end of the summer, she was offered to continue working at Cyber Group throughout her senior year. Kimmy is currently employed and continues to do QA and data visualizations as part of the business intelligence team at Cyber Group.

Other articles in the "What I Did This Summer" series can be viewed here.

Submit your news item here.

Kimmy Chang Writes Poetry Book
BY: Marianne Leclerc on November 09, 2017

SEM Senior Kimmy Chang has published a poetry book The Moon Story . This collection of 28 poems center around reflection amidst an increasingly industrious society. Kimmy has been working on her poetry collection since sixth grade and is currently writing the second book in her trilogy. Amidst her STEM interests, she still makes time and loves writing poetry as a hobby.

The book is available for 99 cent purchase on Amazon Kindle: The Moon Story.

Kimmy is using the proceeds to fund another of her passions - Hydrology Club, which is an SEM club you may read more about here.

Volunteers Needed - Dallas Zoo Lights
BY: Mary Jane Martinez on November 03, 2017

From: Tracy Gardner []
Friday, November 3, 2017 2:10 PM


We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with our Dallas Zoo Lights, Presented by Reliant event. Please pass along to your networks.


If you are a high school student seeking service hours you must 15 yrs of age or older.


Please enter school or company name in the comments section of the sign-up form.


Zoo Lights Volunteers - Sign Up Here:


Hope to see you at the Zoo!

Tracy Gardner

Volunteer Coordinator - Volunteer Services

Dallas Zoo and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy.

Dallas, Texas 75203-3013

P: 469.554.7452

F: 469.554.7380

Dallas Zoo (main): 469.554.7501

“Engaging People & Saving Wildlife”



Ms. Huitt Welcomed as the New Executive Director for our Feeder Pattern
BY: Dustin Marshall on October 16, 2017

Re-posted from FaceBook: Oct 16, 2017 Dustin Marshall for DISD     I am pleased to welcome Tiffany Huitt as the new Executive Director over the Principals in the Woodrow Wilson Feeder (and Townview). For over five years, Tiffany Huitt served as the principal of the School of Science and Engineering, at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. I look forward to working with Tiffany to continue and expand the success of the Woodrow Wilson High School Feeder. For those interested in learning more about Ms. Huitt, her bio is below: Ms. Huitt began her career in the Dallas Independent School District as a science teacher at the Dallas Environmental Science Academy (DESA) in 1999. While at DESA, her students participated in numerous projects and community activities including state-wide and international research related to Global Weather Patterns and the Implications of Classroom Technology. She left the classroom to become a Lead Science Teacher/ Instructional Coach/ Instructional Supervisor. While holding the aforementioned positions, she developed science curriculum, assessments and professional development for K-12 science courses. She was also assigned to the lowest performing schools within Dallas ISD. Ms. Huitt&...

Farewell from Ms. Huitt
BY: Marianne Leclerc on October 11, 2017

SEM Parents, Students and Community, It is with a heavy heart that I must bid you all farewell. Although, I am leaving to affect student achievement on a grander scale, my current feelings are bittersweet. My time as the principal of the School of Science and Engineering has come to an end effective October 13, 2017. I will not be far away as I am moving on to become the Executive Director of the Woodrow Wilson/ Townview Feeder Pattern. I will replace our former Executive Director Joe Miniscalco. In this new role I will work closely with principals and other campus administrators within the feeder to provide the best education to all students. I am so thankful to everyone for the support I have received form our community over the past five years. I fondly remember my first few days at the school of Science and Engineering. I was a nervous new principal with a vision…… I wanted us to be the best in the world. I had no idea how we would do it, but I knew it was a metric that we could achieve. Only a few years later we would be recognized by America Achieves and the OECD PISA for the performance of SEM students in Math, Reading, and Science. This year we were recognized by College Board for the number of AP exams taken and...

SEM Student writes book!
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 28, 2017

October 18 update: Yash Chandak was interviewed today for a story about his mental math book. The story will air on Friday, October 20, 2017 on CW33 at 5:00pm. After the story airs it can be found on   Cracking the Mental Math Code: A Repertoire of Number Sense Techniques By Yash Chandak, 2017 Yash said that he wrote this book for all those that can benefit - from the beginner who is just reading a poster asking them to join the school's Number Sense team - to the seasoned competitor eyeing State medals. He hopes this book serves as a guide and as inspiration, to not only pique interest but be that on which a competitor can build a foundation. In this book, you'll find a step-by-step guide on how-to solve Number Sense problems and prepare you for any mental math competitions. Over 80 mental math techniques are explained, and there are over 750 problems to learn, train, and improve with. Secondly, Yash wrote this book because through his years competing in Number Sense, he noticed the lack of a reliable, all-inclusive resource for top level competitors. Basically, he would have to hunt for each individual trick or would have to prove them himself. Because of this, he combined all the tricks he finds ne...

Healthcare Pathway - New program starting
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 28, 2017

New!!! Healthcare Pathway Program Be part of it! For students who are interested in a healthcare career, the Healthcare Pathway program is a great opportunity to gain valuable insight into how to succeed. On Saturday, November 4, Park Cities Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates will host the first Healthcare Pathway event. This event will bring together experts in medicine, college admissions, and educational counseling. It will feature speakers who are hand-selected because they can offer the best advice about applying to colleges and succeeding in the healthcare profession. In addition to this great event, there will be volunteer and job shadowing opportunities oered to help enhance students' college applications and make them stand out! VISIT to RSVP for this event. Attend this event to learn more and get in on this exciting new program: DATE: Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 TIME: 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. LOCATION: Bluebonnet Room at the DoubleTree Hilton Dallas-Richardson 1981 North Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080 RAFFLE PRIZE: Two $500 Scholarships Featured Speakers: Dr. Michael Ray and Dr. William Phillips Oral and Maxillo...

Mr. Mcloda is One of Six Dallas ISD math and science teachers honored as TI STEM Fellows!
BY: Lizzy Zinn on September 21, 2017

Congrats to Davide McLoda!

The $10,000 prize includes $5,000 for professional development/technological classroom enhancement, and $5,000 as a personal reward.

To qualify for the TI award, a Dallas ISD STEM teacher must be eligible to become a Distinguished teacher, be nominated by their principal, complete an application and be observed by central staff members who are experts in the specific content areas.

Read full article here:

2017 Reflections Arts Competition
BY: Raul Trevino on September 20, 2017

2017-18 Reflections Submissions due: Monday, October 30, 2017 | flyer | poster Reflections has been a staple arts program in many schools for nearly 50 years. Through the efforts of our Local PTAs, millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. With positive recognition as the focus of this program, rather than competition, students can experience the benefits of creative expression and help in finding their own voice in telling their unique story. SEM will feature the winning entries in the yearbook, and PTSA newsletter, and will choose up to 20% or at least one entry from each category to advance to the Council/Regional level. It will then be reviewed and perhaps chosen to advance to State competition, and perhaps then on to National competition! Arts Categories: dance choreography film production literature music composition photography visual arts Students may enter the Reflections program in one or more arts categories with no limit to the amount of entries in a single category. See each arts category rules for additional entry requirements. Student E...

SEM Celebrations
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 15, 2017

Ameer Syedibrahim and his team won First prize in Autonomous Cognitive Assistant program in MIT Summer Program. Amjad Syedibrahim and his team won First prize in Autonomous Air Vehicle Racing program in MIT Summer Program. Saumya Rawat Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Global Innovators Award Mr. McLoda was awarded a Junior League of Dallas grant to help fund his robotics course. The title of the project is "Engineering a Bluetooth Personal Fitness Device". His goal is to implement IoT (Internet of Things) as part of his innovative course "Microcontrol Project Laboratory" modeled after both the Media Lab and an EE/CS MIT course 6.115. David McLoda was one of 69 DISD educators(See full list here.) receiving a grant through the Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) program by the Junior League of Dallas (JLD) and its sponsors. “Now in its 26th year, this Signature Project encourages excellence in education by providing funding for special projects that otherwise would not be possible within school budgets,” said Eleanor Luna, the 2017-2018 GFIT Chair. “The Grants For Innovative Teaching program is one of the most rewarding projects for the Junior League of Dallas because we get to follow...

LifeTouch photos - order online!
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 14, 2017

Click here to order pictures from Lifetouch

Photo day was Sep 14-15 for grades 9-11 (and retakes will be on Oct 26 for 9th- 11th graders).

On October 2, the seniors will take special cap/gown and tux/drape photos for the yearbook and for packages for purchase. Please contact Marianne Leclerc if you are a senior and will be absent Oct. 2nd as no senior retakes will be allowed without prior approval.

We strongly encourage families to purchase photo packages from LifeTouch as we want them to find us profitable so that they will continue our relationship. It was really difficult to produce the yearbook before last year when they began taking our portraits.  Thank you... your support means a better yearbook!

Shelly Goel: Girl Scout Young Women of Distinction Luncheon to be Honored at Luncheon
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 14, 2017

Shelly Goel

Shelly has been a Girl Scout for five years and is currently a junior at the Science and Engineering Magnet at Townview High School in Dallas. Goel often spends her time giving back to the community. Based her Gold Award project, titled “Foster Interest in STEM for Girls,” Goel aims to introduce girls to various STEM fields and spark an interest in studying their passions in STEM further. Through her project, Goel ran courses for middle school students about basic science and engineering concepts, and designed a website complete with self-made materials for the program to be replicated for years to come. She will graduate from Science and Engineering Magnet at Townview High School in 2019.

"As a recipient of this award, I will continue to motivate and inspire girls to dispel gender stereotypes and have the confidence and support system to pursue their passions for STEM."

Read full article here...

Six of the twelve district National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are our own SEM students!
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 14, 2017

Twelve Dallas ISD students have been named among 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, with a chance to become one of the 7,500 Finalists who will take home scholarships worth a combined $32 million.

About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to reach the finals, with half of the Finalists winning a National Merit Scholarship.

School of Science and Engineering Semifinalists are:

  • Matthew Callahan
  • Yash Chandak
  • Daschel Cooper
  • Saumya Rawat
  • Raviraj Rege
  • Sasha Thomas

It is interesting to note that all the rest of the twelve DISD semifinalists go to school at Townview - 1 from Law, and 5 from TAG.

About 1.6 million high school juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied to become Semifinalists by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To become Finalists, each Semifinalist’s high school must submit a detailed scholarship application that provides information about academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

Good luck SEM Semifinalists!!!

* Read full DISD story here...

First Robotics Competition's (FRC) Dean's list
BY: Nina Cahan  on April 04, 2017

Congrats to our SEM students! Semifinalists from SEM are: Austin Davis (1st in pic), Tycho Virani (2nd in pic), Abhijit Bhattaru (4th in pic), and Ethan Helfman (inset). Our Dean's list finalist is Matthew Callahan (3rd in pic).  Best wishes to Matthew who will compete with his team, 7172 Technical Difficulties, at the upcoming FIRST World Championship ! Read previous article for more information. Read more about FIRST here:, and read more about the Dean's List. They describe the award as.... What is the FIRST Dean’s List Award? In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding FIRST Tech Challenge students, the Kamen family sponsors an Award for selected top students known as the FIRST Dean’s List. Since its introduction in 2010, the FIRST Dean’s List Award has attracted the attention of prestigious colleges and universities who desire to recruit FIRST Dean’s List students. Similar to the very prestigious National Merit Scholarship Award winners, there are three (3) “categories” of FIRST Dean’s List Award students: FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Finalists FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Fi...

Akshay wins big at Dallas Science Fair
BY: Richa jaitly  on April 04, 2017

Congrats to Akshay!

Akshay Jaitly, SEM freshman, won the "Southwestern University of Texas STAR award", given to the best innovative project at The Dallas Science Fair 2016-2017, Dallas, as well as first place in Mechanical Engineering.

He did an independent Science project to help the Visually Impaired connect to the digital world.

Akshay created a keyboard that fits on one's fingertips. There are four “keys” on the right hand and eight on the left. Pressing the correct combination of the two makes the computer type a desired letter. He used materials from only the home depot and an arduino board so that it is easy to replicate.

He is pictured with his father.

Saumya Rawat wins NCWIT National Award
BY: rekha rawat  on March 12, 2017

SEMSEM Junior Saumya Rawat attended the NCWIT(National Center of Women & Information Technology) National Award Ceremony in Charlotte to accept the 2017 National Award for Aspirations in Computing. Out of a field of 3500 applicants, Saumya placed in the top 50 for her work in Computer Science.

Additionally, Saumya and her research partner, Sandra Kong from Highland Park High School, won the 2016 Siemens Competition Regional Finalist Award for their project that developed and analyzed a new approach to create implantable medical devices that could be used to study the nervous system and ultimately treat neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease. This competition is the nation's premiere research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects.


SEM's Matthew Callahan Volunteers and Competes with FTC team "7172 Technical Diff
BY: Matthew Callahan on February 27, 2017

"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.

SEM Robotics Team "Iron Reign" Wins North Texas' Regional Championship
BY: Karim Virani on February 27, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - UPDATEIron Reign, at the South Super Regional FTC competition, won the Judges Award and second place for the Promote Award! They also qualified for "First alternate for World" competition. Their next move? The team is preparing for May UIL robotics competition.     Saturday, February 25, 2017 SEM's team Iron Reign took 1st place at the FTC Robotics North Texas Regional Championship. They earned the Inspire Award, the top honor bestowed at the tournament. Inspire Award - This judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FTC team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to oth...

Best Teacher: Mr. Gonzalez!
BY: Adriana Alva on April 24, 2016

Mr. Gonzalez was recognized as best teacher of the YWISE program this year at UTD! See picture from the all of the students that participated Saturday, April 23, 2016.

2016-17 NHS Officers Announced
BY: Namuun Abbi on April 24, 2016

National Honor Society announces 2016-17 Officers:

  • President - Jayesh Sharma
  • Vice President - Grant Hawkins
  • Secretary - Caitlin Rogers
  • Treasurer - Yosiah Fetahi
  • Historian - Benjamin Rodriguez

Ms. Huitt's Presentation to parents.
BY: Tiffany Huitt on April 24, 2016

Download Ms. Huitt's Parent meeting presentations:

  • Rising Sophomore/Juniors April 12, 2016: PPT | PDF
  • Rising Seniors/Graduates April 13, 2016: PPT | PDF
  • Rising Senior's booklet - coming soon.

Metroplex Math Contest
BY: Mr. Newton on February 07, 2016

From: Newton, Joshua
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 3:07 PM
Subject: SEM students win at Metroplex Math Contest

On January 9th, students from the Science/Engineering Magnet competed with students from private schools across the Metroplex in the Metroplex Math Contest. Students won awards in both the Open Division, for students who have already completed the course, and the Closed Division, for students currently enrolled in a course. The following students placed in their respective events:

Algebra 2 Open
Raviraj Rege – 1st place
Ben Lawrence – 4th place

Calculus Closed
Yash Chandak – 2nd place
Kimmy Chang – 4th place
Raviraj Rege – 6th place

Calculus Open
Gaurachandra Das – 3rd place
Ben Lawrence – 4th place
Dong Hur – 5th place

SEM placed 4th out of 10 teams in the overall sweepstakes rankings.
Please congratulate these students when you see them.

College Saving & Funding Strategies
BY: Marianne Leclerc on November 09, 2015

College Saving & Funding Strategies
Law Magnet - Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:30pm

See flyer below...

District 5 Academic Pep Rally - November 21, 2015
BY: Marianne Leclerc on November 09, 2015

District 5 Academic Pep Rally - November 21, 2015
See attachment below for details...

Vote on DISD 2016-17 Calendar.
BY: Marianne Leclerc on November 09, 2015

SEM will send this information home  to parents by Tuesday, Nov 10.  Parents will need to send the information back to school by Friday November 13th.  Ms. Perez will scan and send all completed forms to Ms. Fowler the afternoon of  Friday, November 13th.

See attachment below.

MIT INSPIRE is a national research competition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, organized by MIT students.
BY: Marianne Leclerc on November 09, 2015

Dear Teachers and Counselors, The INSPIRE student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pleased to invite your school to participate in MIT INSPIRE, a national research competition in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, organized by MIT students exclusively for high school students. The first of its kind on a national scale, INSPIRE enables students to showcase and present original research in one of thirteen fields: political science; history; cultural studies; economics; women’s and gender studies; literature; music research; media; art and architecture; linguistics; philosophy; anthropology; and science, technology, and society.Expert judges will award prizes for the most outstanding work in each category. The first round of INSPIRE invo...

AMC/Interstellar Math Madness News: Science/Engineering outscores Maret, Washington, DC
BY: Mr. Glenn Samford, Glenn on October 10, 2015

They've done it again. These 20 amazing students competed Wednesday against the Maret School, Washington, DC.
SEM racked up 26 points overall on Wednesday against Maret's 20. This was not a live competition since the two schools are in different time zones. Maret competed on Friday.
SEM currently sits at position 86 for the top 5 players, and at position 68 for the top 20 players, among 500 participating schools.
We've got a great team this year. Wish them well as they move deeper into the season.

  1. Raviraj Rege
  2. Tahj Roy
  3. Yash Chandak
  4. Gaurachandra Das
  5. Ben Lawrence
  6. Yosiah Fetahi
  7. Sumedh Tadimeti
  8. Alejandro Posada
  9. Rachel Clinger
  10. Arpan Kaphle
  11. Victor Diaz
  12. Yu-Wen Hsu
  13. Mahesh Ramgopal
  14. Miguel Fraire
  15. Amanda Blewett
  16. Darshan Patel
  17. Jayesh Sharma
  18. Maximo Mateo
  19. Christian Saldana
  20. Janavi Chadha

Calling all Makers... come join us.
BY: Marianne Leclerc on October 04, 2015

Calling all Makers... come join us.

If you're a tech enthusiast, crafter, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, or maker of any kind—join us! We're getting together in stores to learn from each other, hear from the experts, and work on projects.
Want to learn more about the Maker movement?
Watch this video!
To be considered as a presenter during a Meet the Maker event:
To be considered as a presenter during a Meet the Maker event APPLY HERE
If you would like to volunteer for our Mini-Maker-Faire please contact Cody at

Next local event is Nov 6 -8 at Barnes and Noble - check it out!
Three day schedule packed full of interesting things to do...

Cody McMahan

Community Business Development Manager
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
7700 W. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225

tel: (214) 739-1124
fax: (214) 739-4101


Free fun-filled day: K-12 STEM activity day such as robotics, mobile app developmen
BY: Akilah S. Wallace on September 23, 2015

SEM students, parents, teachers and STEM professionals are invited to attend a FREE, fun-filled day with hands-on K-12 STEM activities such as robotics, mobile app development, circuit design and more! Get a chance to connect with engineers, students, teachers while learning about how to get involved with Illuminate STEM. Free registration at

Listen to the event's radio promo:

Gear Up For Success In STEM
Saturday at 12:00pm
Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas
11 people are going

BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 23, 2015

Read the newsletter to find:

  • What is Public School Choice?
  • Upcoming Events
  • In the News
  • Food for Thought

School Photos and Senior Portraits
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 17, 2015

This year we are having our yearbook photos taken professionally by LifeTouch.  Please support our program by purchasing photo packets of your child. Below are details: 9th, 10th, 11th grade and Staff – Fall school photos: Thu Sep 24 & Fri 25Here is the order form for these regular school photos.Note: There is no charge for Faculty taking photos for the yearbook, and packages may be ordered if they wish.Note: Seniors only need to take these if they are interested in purchasing a photo pack with this regular school pose.  Photo make up day: for normal school photos – seniors don’t have a makeup day. Wed. November 4thwill start early in the morning before school, and then continue thru all three lunch periods – students are expected to not miss class.Parents/Students unhappy with photos may request ...

Listen and Learn Community Conversation September 22, 2015
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 17, 2015

Listen and Learn Community Conversation
Hosted by Bernadette Hutall, Board Trustee District 9

Topics: Dallas ISD Comprehensive 1.7 billion Bond Plan

September 22, 2015 6 - 7:30pm

Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center
5151 Samuell Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75228
972 925 3721

Congrats to our 2015-16 PSAT National Merit commended and semifinalist students!
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 17, 2015

National Merit Scholarship Program High school juniors may qualify for National Merit Scholarships by receiving a high score on the PSAT taken in October of the junior year. Juniors need a high selectivity index score in the 99 percentile range. Not all students in the 99 percentile range will be National Merit Semifinalists. Each state has a different cut off for the selection of National Merit Semifinalists. The score for Texas in 2015 is 220, and increase from last year's cut-off of 218. Only four states have a higher score cut-off than Texas, so we are in a very competitive state. The score is obtained from the total of three sections on the PSAT: the critical reading, math and writing scores. The highest score would be 240 (80+80+80=240) since each section of the PSAT ranges from 20 to 80 points. Read more on the program: Note: It is important that our students do well on the PSAT as this is one "BIG" way they get on the Universities's "radar" and will receive targeted mailings, and invitations to special recruiting events such as a bus ride trip to Texas A&M to watch a football game with tour - all expenses paid.  Other benefits may be an overnigh...

Fall Parents meetings/laptop training
BY: Marianne Leclerc on September 17, 2015

For more info: Download flyer for Lew Blackburn's meetings here: English | Spanish

University Visits - Schedule
BY: Tiffany Huitt on September 03, 2015

MIT 9/8/15 TBD 211 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS 9/10/15 8:15 AM 3RD FLOOR (WITH TAG) COLLEGE OF ST. BENEDICT / ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY 9/15/15 8:30 AM 211 UCLA 9/15/15 9:45 AM 211 ST. EDWARD'S UNIVERSITY 9/15/15 11:15 AM 211 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO 9/16/15 8:30 AM 211 SALEM COLLEGE 9/16/15 3:30 PM 211 CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY 9/17/15 8:15 AM 211 POMONA 9/17/15 3:30 PM 211 SMITH COLLEGE 9/18/15 2:30 PM 211 OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE 9/18/15 3:45 PM 211 UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER / BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY 9/20/15 2:00 PM TBD NYU 9/21/15 11:30 AM 211 OLIN 9/21/15 3:30 PM   ILLINOIS TECH 9/22/15 8:00 AM 211 VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY 9/22/15 12:00 PM 211 RIT 9/23/15 8:30 AM 211 IOWA STATE 9/25/15 8:30 AM 211 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 9/28/15 TBD TBD NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 9/28/15 7...

How does SEM compare internationally? PISA Results...
BY: Marianne Leclerc on July 22, 2015

How does SEM compare internationally?

SEM ranks first in Reading/Math, and Second in Science - in the WORLD!

Check out the new PISA Report! PISA results are based on a random sample of 85 of our 2013-2014 15 year olds.

Read the PISA Report.
Read the results listed by Country - Illustrates SEM First in Reading & Math, Second in Science.

Tiffany Huitt, principal of the School of Science and Engineering is one of six exemplary principals.
BY: Marianne Leclerc on July 22, 2015

DISD Spotlight


Tiffany Huitt, principal of the School of Science and Engineering at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, is one of six exemplary principals recently recognized at a special reception honoring Dallas ISD’s top principals.

Read more... See what makes Tiffany Huitt an outstanding principal!

BY: Jose Perez on July 22, 2015

Summer reminder for all Students and Parents We hope you are all having a fun and eventful summer thus far! Between jobs, internships, volunteering, and vacations many of you must have a lot to worry about. But the most important thing to worry about is to make sure you are ready for the nine months after summer vacation. Boot camps and registrations are a must for SEM students, and here we outline the important dates and events you should have outlined on your calendar and fridge. All SEM Fall Registration ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED to show up for and complete registration. Make sure to bring your student's social security card/number and current proof of residency (utility bill-electric, water, lease agreement). No phone bills please. Enrollment takes about 30 to 45 minutes and must be completed at the Townview campus. Please be prepared to provide a contact e-mail address and good day-time phone number to sign up for Parent Portal. Scheduling for enrollment is outlined below. Freshmen Boot Camp All incoming Freshmen are required to attend this Boot Camp that will run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm every day from Monday, August 3rd to Friday, August 7th. This Boot Camp will help the new students familiarize them...

2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges
BY: Ms. Kashyap on December 03, 2014

Introducing the 2015 STEM Jobs

Approved Colleges

I'm pleased to announce the inaugural list of 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges, schools across the nation excelling in the areas of program alignment to job demand, job placement after graduation, and diversity in a school's STEM programs.

See the schools that lead the way in connecting education with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. The list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges will also be featured in the Late Fall 2014 issue of STEM Jobs magazine. A copy of the official press announcement can be found at

To learn more about STEM Jobs tools, media, curriculum and programs, contact us at

Thank you for being part of the national dialogue and our mission to align STEM education and careers.

Join the LUV Helpers Volunteer Program
BY: Linda Perez on December 01, 2014

View the attached file to see benefits of program and go to or call 214-670-6672.

Sign up today!

Schedule of Senior Events
BY: Linda Perez on December 01, 2014

See attached file for list of Senior events...

December Exam Schedule -
BY: Tiffany Huitt on December 01, 2014

Final Exam Schedule December 16-19

Tue, Dec 16: 1st and 5th period exams
Wed, Dec 17: 2nd and 6th period exams
Thu, Dec 18: 3rd and 7th period exams
Fri, Dec 19: 4th and 8th period exams

Students will get out of school at 1:30 pm.

The Power of a Simple Gift
BY: Madison Ellis on November 18, 2014

Operation Christmas Child, an outreach program of Franklin Graham's Samaritans Purse, bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. All of SEM is invited to participate in this program by donating and/or helping us pack boxes and writing letters of support to the child recipient. What: Operation Christmas Child Packing party where we pack shoe boxes with gifts for needy children! When: December 3, 4:15pm in The Commons How can I help? Donate Gifts for ages 2-14 years and shoeboxes and bring to Ms. Cadenhead's room in 231 until December 1. What to donate? Toys, School Supplies, Hygiene items, Accessories - all that fit inside shoe boxes. Please do NOT donate used or damaged items, war-related items (such as toy guns, knives, to...

TX Senator Royce West Texas Commission on Environment Quality invite you and your neighbors to attend a Public Meeting for an Air Quality Permit.
BY: Huitt, Tiffany R on November 09, 2014

TX Senator Royce West, Texas Commission on Environment Quality, invites you and your neighbors to attend a Public Meeting for an Air Quality Permit which would authorize construction of a smokehouse for Columbia Packing Co., Inc. 2807 E. 11th St, Dallas, TX 75203-2010.

Thursday - November 13, 2014 7-8:30pm
Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 525 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, TX 75203.

For more information, call Richard Dominguez at 214 741 0123.

Register as a volunteer!
BY: Linda Perez on November 02, 2014

It is that time again!
Do you mind sending a friendly reminder to PTSA members and other parents who volunteer at SEM to register as a volunteer. If they are already registered that they don’t need to resubmit an application but instead will need to renew their registration on the same link. Very quick and easy!
Registration website:

SEM featured...
BY: Huitt, Tiffany on November 02, 2014

SEM featured in the Global Learning Network October Newsletter: Member Spotlight: School of Science and Engineering in Dallas ISD The School of Science and Engineering (SEM) is a public magnet school in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) with an enrollment of approximately 400 students - 86% of whom are minorities and 64% of whom qualify for Free/ Reduced Lunch. SEM participated in the OECD Test for Schools pilot and again during the 2013-2014 administration. During that interval, scores grew substantially. In 2013-2014, the school had average scores of 568 in Reading, 606 in Math and 572 in Science resulting from major changes in practices and culture. During common planning, instructional coaches shifted discussions from operational and procedural items to the systematic use of item-level, data analysis on all assessments. The use of this data helped to inform lesson plan design, instructional calendars, and curriculum redesign. With a focus on data, teachers developed personal professional development plans and were encouraged to attend any conferences they felt would strengthen their content knowledge or quality of ins...

2014 Dallas All City High School Honor Orchestra Concert
BY: Hannah Lee  on October 23, 2014

Four SEM students, Alex Goberna, Jacob Liou, Dong Hur, and Grant Hawkins performed in the 2014 Dallas All City High School Honor Orchestra Concert in October, 2014.

Alex Goberna, winner of DMEA Concerto Competition High School Division, also performed a violin concerto and was accompanied by the DMEA Faculty Orchestra.

Way to go, SEM musicians! We are so proud of you!

LPAC committee needs a new member....
BY: Steven Hyman on October 23, 2014

LPAC committee needs a new parent member....
LPAC – Language proficiency action committee. 
We monitor students who may need or have been exited from English as a second language services and recommend actions. 

At our campus, we don't have much need for this service, but it is a requirement from DISD that we have such a committee and that it include a parent.  If you would like to be that parent, please contact Steven Hyman.


Informative presentation on Ebola
BY: Naveen Kashyap on October 21, 2014

To view the presentation, "click to view" below.

The School of Science/ Engineering receives top honors for the Children At Risk 2014 school rankings.
BY: Tiffany Huitt on October 20, 2014

SEM Ranked #1 in Texas! From Ms. Huitt to SEM Teachers: "Congratulations to you all! The School of Science/ Engineering receives top honors for the Children At Risk 2014 school rankings. I believe this award is a reflection our parental and community support, the hard work of students and most of all the countless hours spent (by our teachers) with your students before and after school on weekends and throughout the year. I know you all sacrifice time away from your family and friends to have more time for our students. I want to personally say thank you! Thank you for your dedication and commitment our students. I feel of all of the rankings, this is the most important. It does not rank the number of AP tests given or the number of AP tests passed. It is a measure of how of much our students grow while they are in our care. I know that I am blessed to work with some of the best educators in the nation." - Tiffany Huitt 2014 NorthTexas High School Rankings. Methodology

HNTB Receives Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Gold Award
BY: Tiffany Huitt on October 20, 2014

Oct. 17, 2014 HNTB Receives Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Gold Award - nominated by SEM! HNTB Corporation - Dallas HNTB is a nationally recognized engineering, architectural and planning firm with offices nationwide.  Of the 107 employees within the Dallas/Plano office, 13 employees volunteer with the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center in the Dallas ISD’s School-2-Business (S2B) program.  During the 2013-14 school year, the volunteers donated more than 750 hours to the program.  Through the program, which runs from January to May, students are given an assignment and follow through on the project from start to finish. During the 2013-14 school year, the S2B program involved students in designing improvements to an existing transit station on a proposed extension on one of the Dallas Rapid Area Transit lines. The program is designed to provide students with a hands-on approach and a basic understanding of engineering design, project development, project management and more. The EEE award was established in 2007 by the Texas Legislature to honor Texas employers who encourage and support staff participation and voluntarism in the public schools. Any Texas employer is eligible to win the award,...

Summer: David Carris
BY: David Carris on September 22, 2014

We've asked students to tell us what they did this summer.  The following comes from David Carris...   I was lucky to do some great stuff this summer.  I was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland. NASS is a fast-paced, six-day experience that teaches you about life at the Naval Academy. It is amazing. If you ever have an opportunity to visit the Naval Academy, don't miss it. In June, I went to the Texas A&M National Scholars Invitational.     For 4 weeks I volunteered at Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy (VMSRA) which works with grade school ESL students at Jack Lowe Elementary School in Dallas on reading and writing during the summer.  In July, I attended The Texas High School Aerospace Program, HAS. HAS had a long application process that required writing essays, and you have to complete eight modules on the computer in six months - science, technology, engineering and math - with a focus on NASA. It was worth it- as I got to enjoy a week long internship at the Johnson Space Center!    Thank you David for sharing your summer experiences.  If you'd like to do some of what David's done... ...

Oak Cliff Explosion involves former SEM student, Fernando Rodriguez
BY: Tiffany Huitt on August 31, 2014

Donate here Good Morning,You may have heard by now that there was a tragic explosion that destroyed the home and affected the lives of a family in Oak Cliff early yesterday morning. Two of the five children involved attend school at Harry Stone Montessori. One child is a former SEM student, Fernando Rodriguez (class of 2014). Fernando sustained some injuries during the explosion. His sibling is a Townview Business student who has sustained very serious injuries along with one other sibling and the mother. The father was at work during the time of the explosion.At this point efforts to support the family are being established, and we will communicate with everyone as to how we may be of assistance as soon as that information is available. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. Regards, Tiffany Huitt Donate here to help the fa...

#7 in Nation | #4 in South
BY: Tiffany Huitt on August 31, 2014

Hello All,I have attached our Newsweek rankings. We expected a small drop in the rankings based on the recalculation of the formula. As the rankings for Newsweek are no longer as heavily based on the number of AP exams taken.As noted during our data discussions, we have a lot of work to do with our SAT and ACT scores. We know that we are definitely headed in the right direction based on our 2014 improved results.I would like to thank you and commend you all for the work that you do. I am proud to be a part of this community of parents, students and professionals. At SEM we have developed a culture of love and support while developing tomorrow's future leaders. Maybe they do something similar in other places but I'm willing to bet anyone, they can't replicate what we have here. Why?..... because they don't have our teachers, par...

App Inventor - our team places in top 20!
BY: Jacob Liou  on August 31, 2014

From: OASIS and UT -DallasCONGRATULATIONS!! SEM team: Jacob Liou, Dong Hur, Jonathan Lee, Namuun AbbiThis team submitted their idea to the IDEA contest, who received an overwhelming response from all over the state. This idea has been selected in the TOP 20 ideas submitted.ID 078.0_Team Zero Dark Alpha__Idea 1 Students input their grades on a regular basis and a graph modeling the trends in their performance is produced, with customizable graph options such as adjustable time intervals, different graphs based on tests only, homework only, etc. If there is a downward trend in grades, the app will send messages of motivation and offer possible sites to get help in the subject. Messages of encouragement will be sent if there is an upward trend in grades (these messages can be disabled).Next step: They will begin training the team to make apps u...

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