2019-2020 SEM PTSA Annual Check Writing Campaign

Show Your Love For Sem

Show your Love for SEM this month by supporting our annual Check Writing Campaign which runs during the month of February! Your donation will be used for student supplies and materials. You can donate any amount. Click on the Donate button below to begin:


Or scan the QR code:

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Why we need your financial support:

Our SEM Community

Our students are attending one of the most honored and highest ranked schools in DISD and the Nation. We are a Title I school and we represent a diverse group of urban families who are committed to excellence and rigorous standards for our children. SEM is an extraordinary, innovative school that promotes the belief that STEM centered learning can transform traditional boundaries and open opportunities.
 

SEM PTSA Fundraising Philosophy

It is the mission of the SEM PTSA to enrich and enhance SEM resources that support our one of a kind Math and Engineering program.  Our fundraising philosophy directly supports our teachers and students. We don’t invest in overpriced and low margin gimmick fundraisers! Instead, we have a once a year check writing campaign.

SEM PTSA Fundraising Objectives

Each year, the PTSA board meets with faculty and staff to determine the most pressing needs which are not covered by DISD funding. Once prioritized, these are included in the fundraising goal for that year. Last year, we spent $6,786 for calculators and mathematic competitions.

2019-2020 SEM PTSA Fundraising Goal: $15,000
(That averages to $30 per student!)

What does your contribution go towards this year? Student Supplies & Materials and Annual PTA Operating Budget!

PTSA Annual Operating Support

Here are just a few of the programs that your SEM PTSA accomplishes with your donations and volunteer time!

New Student Orientation                         PTSA Newsletter and website

Back to School Teacher lunch                Snacks and delivery for testing

PTSA Morning coffees                            PTSA Officer Training

Teacher Appreciation week                    Awards night program expenses

Senior Activity Expenses                        National Honor Society Reception 

Parent Teacher Conference – Teacher dinner  Field Day/Signing Day expenses


When considering your annual donations, please consider all the benefits of attending SEM such as our wonderful staff and faculty, free AP tests, waivers for college testing and applications, and bragging rights of being part of the SEM family – priceless!

Support your School Through Matching Programs

Does your employer offer matching grants? You never know until you ask! Some of the larger companies in DFW also offer matching-on-matching with other company matches!

        You can also help with the Gift of Your Time!

SEM is unique in that we need an army of volunteers, equally as important as monetary donations. We are an inclusive school, and volunteering is so highly valued because it is something all families can contribute. 

2019-2020 Check writing campaign timeline 

Our kickoff for the fundraising campaign starts now! We would like to raise $15,000 by February 29, 2020 to fund teacher requests and your PTSA annual operating budget. You may make donations conveniently on our website HERE or place a check in the PTSA lockbox in the SEM front office.

Thank you again for your annual donation and your gift of time. Your generous support and volunteering time provide for the most pressing needs of our school and programs.

Amy Hickox.
2019-2020 SEM PTSA President
president@semagnet.org

SEM is featured in People Newspapers

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Eight area schools found themselves among the 500 top STEM high schools in the country, according to Newsweek, and the top two schools are in Dallas ISD. 

Dallas ISD’s Science and Engineering Magnet garnered the top spot on the list, scoring 99.67 out of 100. The district’s School for the Talented and Gifted was close behind at second place, with a score of 99.47.

St. Mark’s School of Texas, Hockaday, Cisterician, Jesuit, Greenhill, and Highland Park High School also were named to the list.

Follow the link for more info: https://www.peoplenewspapers.com/2020/01/28/where-are-the-nations-top-stem-high-schools-right-here/

SEM PTSA MORNING COFFEE AND THE 2020 SEM INTERNSHIPS AND EXPERIENCES PROGRAM

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Please mark your calendars for the second annual SEM PTSA Internship Breakfast.  This Tuesday, January 28th during our general PTSA meeting/morning mixer from 8:00-9:15 am.  Last year more than 100 SEM parents and students were in attendance.  This is a special program about summer internships and experiences and will include a panel discussion with accomplished SEM juniors and seniors.

Senior Reagan Hickox and junior Uma Claire Teelock have been working hard on the 2020 internship list.  It will be distributed at the meeting and it is bigger and better than last year.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get a copy as the list will not be published or available online.  

We’re asking for some volunteers to help provide light breakfast items for the Morning Mixer. If you are able to bring a breakfast pastry, fruit, or juice, we’d appreciate it so much! No time to swing by the store? Small cash donations of $5 or $10 are greatly appreciated and help us provide refreshments and supplies for the Morning Mixers. Click here to sign up! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

IMPORTANT! Vote on Ranking

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  • Voting had begun for Option 1. (Rank) vs. Option 2. (No Rank of School, only top 10%)

English https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEClassRank_English

Espanol https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEClassRank_Spanish

More info here: https://www.semagnet.org/2019/12/09/sbdm-committee-ranking-decision/

Dallas ISD Rank in Class Regulation Parent Survey 

–> –> CLICK HERE TO VOTE <– <– 

What Does This Mean for You? 

Parents, now it’s up to you to vote and decide between 

  • Option 1: All students will be ranked.
  • Option 2: Only the top ten percent of a class will be ranked.

Please complete the survey by January 31.

Can I vote online or do I need to go to school to vote? 

You do not need to come to school to vote. You may vote using the link below. 

How long will this survey take? 

The survey will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. 

How do I take the survey? 

The link below will take you to the survey. –> –> CLICK HERE TO VOTE (same link as above) <– <– 

What do I need to know before taking the survey? 

Your survey responses will be kept confidential and campus administrators at the School of Science and Engineering will only receive summary data. Your participation in this survey will not affect your student’s standing at his or her campus. 

What if the link isn’t working? 

English survey (PDF version attached below):

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEClassRank_English


Regulación de Clasificación de Dallas ISD Encuesta de Padres 

–> –> HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA VOTAR <– <– 

¿Lo que significa esto para usted? 

Padres, ahora depende de ustedes votar y decidir entre

  • Opción 1: Todos los estudiantes en una clase serán clasificados (rango escolar)
  • Opción 2: Sólo se clasificará el diez por ciento sobresaliente de la clase (no rango escolar).

Complete la encuesta antes del 31 de enero.

¿Puedo votar en línea o necesito ir a la escuela para votar? 

No necesita venir a la escuela para votar. Puedes votar usando el siguiente enlace. 

¿Cuánto tiempo me tomará llenar la encuesta? 

Llenar la encuesta lleva entre 5 y 10 minutos. 

¿Cómo lleno la encuesta? 

El enlace que esta abajo lo llevará a la encuesta. –> –> HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA VOTAR (mismo enlace que el anterior) <– <– 

¿Qué necesito saber antes de llenar la encuesta? 

Sus respuestas a la encuesta se mantendrán confidenciales y los administradores de la escuela solamente recibirán resúmenes de la información de las respuestas agregadas de todos los padres, no respuestas individuales. Su participación en esta encuesta no afectará la situación de su hijo(a) en su escuela. 

¿Qué pasa si el enlace no funciona? 

Encuesta en español (versión PDF adjunta a continuación):

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SEClassRank_Spanish

PTSA Nom Com

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SEM PTSA is looking for volunteers to serve on the Nominating Committee! The Nominating Committee will identify candidates for the PTSA Executive Board for the 2020-2021 school year. If you interested in participating in the SEM PTSA the Nominating Committee, please contact Cici Orta at finance@semagnet.org for more information.

Thank you!

Jason Funes-Metpally in Texas All State Choir

Texas All State Choir

Congratulations to Townview Choir’s Jason Funes-Metpally for earning a spot in the Texas All State Choir.  This is the most prestigious and elite All State Choir in the country.  Thousands of students audition and only a small number make it in.  Jason is the first student in our school’s history to be selected for the choir.

Greenlight Pilot Launch

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What Does This Mean for You?

Dallas Independent School District has partnered with GreenLight Credentials to provide our students with instant access to their transcripts and other academic credentials!

Whether you need to send an official transcript electronically or print an unofficial copy for your own records, you’ll be able to request and access your official transcript from GreenLightLocker.com instantly, and from anywhere (as long as you have an internet connection).

Deadline to have all SEM students registered in Greenlight is Friday, Jan. 24th.

If you already have an account

NOTE: If you already have an account on GreenLightLocker.com (maybe you are taking dual credit courses at DCCCD), then there is no need to create another account on GreenLightLocker.com.

  1. Log into your account and navigate to your profile by clicking on your name in the top right corner.
  2. Click on “Claim Credentials” and paste your DISD provided GreenLight enrollment code. Then press the “Verify & Add” button. You will now see your DISD transcript in your locker.

*Obtain your GreenLight enrollment code from the letter given on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9. You may also stop by the office for a new copy of your enrollment code.

If you do not have an account

If you do not have an account on GreenLightLocker.com, you must register on the GreenLightLocker.com website to access your transcripts.

To set up a GreenLight profile:

  1. Obtain your GreenLight enrollment code from the letter given on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9. You may also stop by the office for a new copy of your enrollment code.
  2. Access GreenLightLocker.com and click on Register
  3. Paste your Enrollment Code, type your date of birth and last name, then press “Validate.”
  4. Follow the remaining prompts to finish setting up your profile.

If you are under the age of 18, you will require your parent approval before you can send transcripts to educational institutions or others.

After you have registered on GreenLightLocker.com, ask your parent or guardian to also register on GreenLightLocker.com by selecting “I’m a parent/guardian” checkbox on the GreenLight registration page. The same enrollment code must be used by the parent to register themselves.


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Background Information about Greenlight

The link below provides access to the list of institutions to which the students will be able to send transcripts directly using the “Send to the Academic institution” option.

https://www.glcredentials.com/receiver-landing-page

Greenlight is working with several institutions to enable the electronic sending through SPEEDE and that should be available in the coming months. The students can use the “Send to Employers/Others (via email)” option to send transcripts to any institution that provides an email address for transcript vendors to send their transcripts to. This information is usually found on the college/university websites. The email will be sent from GreenLight Credentials and not from the student directly to the institution. For example, please see the Texas A&M website which lists an email address for transcript vendors to send transcripts to https://tamusbs.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1657/~/electronic-transcript