SEM Students Compete at UT Dallas  Battle of the Brains

Battle Of The Brains Comp Sci Tournament At Utd

On October 27th, 2018 UT Dallas Computer Science Department conducted a statewide “Battle of the Brains: High School Programming Contest”. About 135 teams competed in this 3-hour competition and the School of Science and Engineering was represented by two students, Jacob Acosta in the advanced division and Arjun Vikram in the novice division. Arjun received first place in the novice division.

Oktober Fest

Join us during the last class period on Friday Oct 26th for Oktober Fest.

Tickets will be sold in the band hall (Room 140) and during all lunch periods in the commons on the week of the event. Tickets $10 pre sale only. You must buy your ticket prior to last lunch period on Friday Oct 26th.

The ticket is the pass to get out of class and into the area designated for the event (Commons and outside area behind commons).

Order Your Yearbook Online or at School – Sales End October 31st

Order Your Yearbook

There are 2 Options to Purchase a Yearbook!

  1. ON -LINE SALES:  $37.00 (Includes PayPal fee)
  2. SCHOOL SALES: Every Tuesday in October From 8:30am – 9:15 am

Yearbook wishes!!
This year the yearbook is offering parents the opportunity to purchase a half page for $25 or a full page for $50 that includes pictures and a message to their child! 

Please consider Donating a Yearbook!!
Every year our generous Community has parents that step forward when they purchase their book that donate books for students!



  1. Early yearbook sales help to ensure the quality and size of the yearbook produced.
  2. Yearbooks will be distributed in May.
  3. If ordering a yearbook presents a financial difficulty, please see Mr. Palacios in person
  4. All sales are final.

Order Your Yearbook Spanish

¡Hay 2 opciones para comprar el Libro Anual de SEM!

  1. EN – LINEA las ventas: $37.00 (incluye los impuestos de PayPal)
  2. En la Escuela SEM: Todos los martes de octubre de 8:30 – 9:15am.

¡ Deseos para el Libro Anual!!!!
El Libro anual de este año esta ofreciendo a los padres  la oportunidad de comprar una media página por $25 o una página completa por $50 que incluye fotos y un mensaje para su hijo!

Por favor considere donar un Libro Anual!
Cada año nuestra comunidad generosa tiene padres que cuando compran su libro también donan libros para otros estudiantes!


  1. Las ventas tempranas del Libro Anual ayudan a garantizar la calidad y el tamaño de la producción.
  2. El Libro Anual se distribuirá en mayo 2019. Todas las ventas son finales.
  3. Si tiene dificultades financieras para obtener su Libro Anual,  por favor póngase en contacto con el Director con el Sr. Palacios en persona.

PSAT/NMSQT for 9th-11th Grade on October 10, 2018 – Seniors Can Visit Local College Campuses

The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to all 9th-11th grade students at Townview the day of October 10, 2018. On this day, all Townview seniors are eligible to visit local college campuses and are eligible to participate in offsite alternative academic activities to prepare them for college. Students who elect to remain on campus will work on college related and life skill activities led by Dallas ISD faculty or staff. We highly encourage all seniors to actively engage in activities that will be beneficial to them as the deadline for early applications and early decision for many colleges is during the first two week of November 2018.

Download the PDF letter and permission forms or see below:

Debate Wins First Place at Conrad

Debate Tournament At Conrad

At the first tournament, held October 6 at Conrad, we won first place!


1st place team – Storm Lasseter/Olivia Northcutt-Wyly

2nd place team (also undefeated) – Juan Diaz/Sophie Rahman

1st place speaker – Olivia

2nd place speaker – Sophie

3rd place speaker – Storm

5th place speaker – Juan


1st place team – Manaas and Jacob

3rd place team – Vrinda Varada/Sneha Chandak

4th place team – Michael and Justin

5th place team – Feven and Ishaan

8th place team – Xavier Moreno and Nelda Hernandez

SEM novices won 6 of the top 10 individual awards, including Manaas in 1st and Justin in 2nd


10th place team – Reagan Hickox and Blaine Wells

4th place speaker – Blaine Wells

Parent Teacher Conferences on October 8, 2018

Parent Teacher Conference Chalkboard Graphic

Parent Teacher conferences are October 8, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00.

Come to the SEM Office and
1. Pick up your student’s report card
2. Buy a yearbook
3. Join PTA!

Maps will also be available so you can start visiting your student’s teachers.


Consider these tips to get the most from conferences:

  1. Conferences are a good time for parents and teachers to work together to develop a plan of action to support students’ learning. This might take the form of an agreement where parents commit to what they will require at home and the teacher outlines projects, deadlines and what will be covered at school.
  2. Working as a team, teachers and parents can ensure that students are learning what’s required at each grade level. This kind of cooperation is crucial as students prepare to take state-mandated exams. Many schools will provide before- and after-school tutoring in the weeks leading up to the tests. Ask about tutoring and whether other resources are available to help students outside of school hours.
  3. Parents who can’t attend conferences on the designated day should know they can call the school to schedule a conference with their child’s teacher. And if meeting face to face is difficult, parents shouldn’t hesitate to ask teachers for other ways to receive updates on their student’s progress.

See full article…

Parent Teacher Conference Chalkboard Graphic Spanish

¡Venga a la oficina de SEM y
1. Recoja la boleta de su estudiante
2. Compre un libro anual
3. Unase al PTA!

También puede recoger un mapa de la escuela para comenzar a visitar a los maestros de su hijo/a.


Tenga presente los siguientes consejos para que aproveche al máximo las reuniones:

  1. Este es un buen momento para que los padres y los maestros trabajen en conjunto para desarrollar un plan de acción para apoyar el aprendizaje de su hijo. Por ejemplo, podrían desarrollar un contrato donde los padres se comprometen a hacer lo necesario en casa y el maestro define los proyectos, fechas límite y los temas que se cubrirán en la escuela.
  2. Trabajando en equipo, los maestros y los padres pueden asegurar que su hijo esté aprendiendo lo que se requiere en cada nivel académico. Esta colaboración es esencial conforme los estudiantes se preparan para las evaluaciones estatales. Varias escuelas proporcionaran tutoría antes y después de clases las semanas previas a las evaluaciones. Pregunte sobre sesiones de tutoría y si existen otros recursos para ayudar a su hijo fuera del horario escolar.
  3. Si no pueden asistir a las reuniones el día indicado, pueden comunicarse con la escuela para programar una reunión con el maestro de su hijo. Si se le dificulta presentarse a la escuela, no duden en preguntarles a los maestros que otras alternativas existen para recibir actualizaciones sobre el progreso de su hijo.

NASA Seeks 11th Graders in Texas for Free Program

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) applications are now open! HAS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Texas high school juniors to explore careers at NASA, learn about what they might want to study in college, and unite with like-minded students across the state. Following a series of online lessons, the highest achieving students will be invited to an all-expenses-paid, week-long visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer. Selected participants will plan a mission to Mars while receiving guidance from NASA scientists and engineers. Both the online and onsite portions are free to participants.

How can you help?

· Please encourage students at your school to apply for the program by visiting The website includes detailed program information, the student application, important dates, and a downloadable poster to spread the word to classrooms about this unique opportunity!

· You can also learn more about the program by viewing the two available videos on our homepage:

o What Can You See

o A Journey of Discovery

· Get the word out to students on the morning announcements, in parent newsletters, in the school newspaper, and on your school’s social media channels using the hashtag #NASAHAS!

· Spread the word to fellow math, science, and technology teachers to recommend it to their students.

Please find an attached letter with more information. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Jessica Cordero
HAS Activity Manager


Download the PDF Letter for more info.