Juan Diaz and Sophie Rahman won the first inaugural Roland Parrish Scholarship Debate on January 29, 2019 at James Madison High School. They successfully convinced three judges that America’s electoral college system ought to be abandoned in favor of a popular vote. Both debaters will win $5,000 in scholarship prizes from Mr. Parrish, in partnership with DISD. Congratulations to our colleagues from Irma Rangel, who won second place. To qualify, Juan and Sophie were the first place team at the Dallas Fall City Championship.
Last Saturday our two all-freshmen rookie FTC Robotics teams took it up a notch at their last qualifier tournament of the season. Iron Core was 5th place of 30 in robot performance and made it into the playoff rounds, but were then eliminated by the highest scoring team in our region. Iron Star also made it into the playoffs and then advanced upon receiving 2nd place Inspire Award along with the Control Award.
Iron Core: Mahesh Natamai, Ben Bruick, Jose Lomeli, Samuel Adler, Ephraim Sun (not present)
Iron Star: Katelyn Cumplido, Harish Jai Ganesh, Benjamin Oommen, Shawn Halimman, Aaron Daane, Evan Branson, Paul Lea, Beau Aveton, Cooper Clem (not present)
This coming Saturday, February 2nd, is the Dallas ISD STEM Expo. Our teams will be there representing SEM and teaching younger students how to program simple sumo robots and how to use 3D printers. Come see us at the Dallas City of Learning exhibit where our teams will also be demonstrating their advancing robots and staffing the Mobile STEM lab that Iron Reign built. Tickets are free but you need to register. Click here to register.
Friendly reminder, Wednesday, February 6, Theater, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m we are
having a special meeting to discuss the Class of 2020’s graduation venue. It is important that all
parents be present for this important discussion.
Historically, each individual class at SEM has graduated from the Majestic
Theater located at Downtown Dallas. Previous classes have secured this venue by
fundraising and paying all required expenses and fees. Graduating from the Majestic
Theater has never been a free event. Graduating from the Majestic Theater in May 2020
is only possible if all funds are fundraised through SEM PTSA and with your support. Of
course, it is not obligatory for any parent to donate funds toward graduating at the
Majestic Theater – it is not mandatory for any parent to donate funds. I will simply
emphasis that your child / Class of 2020 cannot graduate at its historic venue/location if it
cannot gain support to fundraise.
Parents, you have another option which includes graduating at Dallas ISD’s Ellis
Davis location at no cost. This is the reason for our special meeting – I am seeking your
input and will ask that each family cast one vote (digital via Google Survey). Voting link
will be provided at the meeting and via “remind” on February 6th. I am asking that you
cast your vote electronically to accomodate for parents who are unable to attend due to
extenuating circumstances. That is why the online poll will be open from Wednesday,
February 6, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. to Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Only one vote
per family. Be thinking about: Do I want my child to graduate at The Majestic Theater or
Ellis Davis Field House?
There is no action needed on your behalf right now. I look forward to sharing all details
at our upcoming spring meeting including a detailed financial analysis to help better inform you.
Juniors, (left to right) Oziel De La Fuente, Meagin Montes, Laura Thompson, and Jonathan Snow are participating in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The Contest focuses on how STEM can be applied to help improve your community. They were selected as a State Winner in the 2018-2019 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest and won the school $20,000 in technology and classroom supplies. These students are now competing to become National Finalists in the next phase of the competition by working on a Silent Alarm System for school shootings.
Congratulations to Callahan Stuart (senior) and Ian Brandt (freshman) who scored big points for their home high school team, Bryan Adams, at the All City Championships on December 18, 2018. Our SEM swimmers were familiar faces on the podium, here is how they did:
Ian Brandt, SEM Freshman 2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze 200 Medley Relay – 1st 200 IM – 3rd 100 Backstroke – 2nd 400 Free Relay – 1st
With the high scores from Callahan and Ian, Bryan Adams boys won 1st place out of the 11 other DISD teams to win the title at All City! Next up, our SEM swimmers will compete at the District Championships on Friday, January 18, 2019. Let’s wish our boys GOOD LUCK at Districts!