The Periodic Tabloid
Po Polonium Issue
A weekly publication of the SEM PTSA
Exciting News! Education for Innovation: A Digital Town Hall SEM students and staff will engage in a conversation with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and ITIF President Rob Atkinson We’re extremely excited to announce SEM’s participation in the upcoming Education for Innovation: A Digital Town Hall. The event will take place at the Newseum in Washington, DC on December 7 and will be convened by PBS NewsHour, Intel Corporation, The Aspen Institute and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). SEM will join remotely from Dallas for two of the morning’s discussions. Before talking with SEM, Secretary Duncan and Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic and Co‐ Operation and Development, will announce the 2010 PISA numbers, which rank the US among 30 other nations in math, science and reading. Secretary Duncan will also sit down for a one‐on‐one conversation with PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill. Additionally, ITIF President Rob Atkinson will release a report on STEM education and will also sit down to talk with the students and teachers at SEM. The morning will also feature an interview with author and columnist Tom Friedman on the importance of U.S. competitiveness, innovation and economic growth. Last year, the Innovation Economy convened the Innovation Economy Conference, which brought together an impressive roster of thought leaders in the fields of innovation and education, including Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of District of Columbia public schools, and Joel Klein, former Chancellor of New York Department of education and many others. Please visit www.TheInnovationEconomy.org for further information. You can join in on December 7 at www.pbsnewshour.org for a live webcast of Education for Innovation: A Digital Town Hall. The Town Hall begins at 8:00 a.m.
November 15, 2010
Fitnessgram All SEM students will be participating in FITNESSGRAM on Monday and Tuesday, November 15 and 16. Senate Bill 530 mandates that the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment be administered to all students in grades 3‐12. FITNESSGRAM is a health‐ related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research and is a research‐ based criterion referenced test. On your child’s test day, he/she should bring athletic shorts or warm‐ups, a t‐shirt, socks, and tennis shoes. If your child forgets proper testing attire, he/she will proceed with the fitness test in standardized dress. If your child has any medical issues that would prevent him/her from participating in this test, please complete the information below and return to SEM Office room 216 on Monday morning. See attached documents for more details.
Junior Meeting On Monday, November 15 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., the SEM counselors will meet with SEM juniors to review several important topics: 1. SAT/ ACT‐‐‐ Dates and when and why that is the best time to take the test. 2. SAT‐‐Subject Test 3. Essays‐‐ When to write, when to finish and give them the prompts. 4. Importance of grades, Transcripts, rank 5. Senior Folder‐‐ When it'll be due. 6. College Application‐ Expectations‐‐Next year when all the applications need to be turned in‐ heads up
http://www.TheInnovationEconomy.org ~ Jovan C. Wells
Parent Portal The DISD Parent Portal is now up and running for SEM. If you were not able to join us on Tuesday to sign up, you can come in to the school to sign up on two days this coming week: Tuesday and Thursday, November 16 and 18, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the SEM office. 1
The Periodic Tabloid Dallas ISD Math Olympiad SEM took second place in the District for the Math Olympiad on Saturday, October 30th. Adrien Ibarra placed second in the district for ninth grade. Felipe Reyes placed second for tenth grade. Lauren Liou placed third for eleventh grade. Special congratulations goes to Kellen Wall. the top senior in the district. Kellen also received a $500 scholarship. Congratulations to all who competed on Saturday. 9th grade Adrien Ibarra Davis Chhoa Vanessa Ibarra
11th grade Cristhian Ulloa Lauren Liou Lisa Sage
10th grade Felipe Reyes Matthew Reeves
12th grade Regulo Castaneda Chris Sukumptanarsan Kellen Wall
Study Skills Tips and High School Timeline The following information was shared with freshmen students:
Study Skills Tips http://www.educationplanner.org/education_planner/preparin g_article.asp?sponsor=2859&articleName=Study_Skills_Tips
High School Timeline http://www.educationplanner.org/education_planner/preparin g_article.asp?sponsor=2859&articleName=High_School_Timelin e
OpenStudy SAT Study Group OpenStudy is an educational startup founded by Georgia Tech and Emory professors and funded by the National Science Foundation. We view the world as one big study group where students can connect with others and collaborate in real time.
Volunteers Needed Saturday, December 4 – 8:30 a.m. – Noon The annual DISD Magnet School Fair is Saturday, December 4 from 8:30 to noon at Skyline High School. We need parents to be available at the fair to speak with prospective students and their parents. If you can help during all or part of the fair, please let us know. We want to be sure SEM is well represented. Contact Jim Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Thank You! The November PTSA general meeting was a great success. Thank you to all of the parents who attended to learn about the new Parent Portal and to hear college financial planning expert Doug Bryan. Special thank yous go out to … Mrs. Wells and Mr. Peak for creating a Parent Portal sign‐up process that went exceptionally smoothly Rachel Moon of DISD Parent and Family Services for leading the team to develop the portal and giving SEM parents an overview of this fabulous tool for parents Ms. Kashyap for being on‐hand to help parents get signed up Ms. Cadenhead for helping parents learn how to use the portal Tricia Robinson, Frank Rosenbloom, Laura Schlenker, Sylvia Carlson, Kellen Wall and Sue Cathcart for helping parents get the parent portal PINs Doug Bryan for providing SEM families with his insights on paying for college Toni Lewis for arranging for our guest speaker
Part of our mission is to help schools raise their average SAT score for free by offering them 24/7 help on OpenStudy. By connecting high school students across the nation, they can learn from others studying for the SAT on their time. We've also recently partnered with MIT as well. Currently, OpenStudy has two study groups which can be found on the following links: Math Help and Critical Reading Help If you have questions on how to use our website, you can watch it the intro video here: http://vimeo.com/16189882 Hat Tip: Mr. Flores 2
The Periodic Tabloid High School Aerospace Scholars HAS is an outstanding opportunity for SEM students. Each year more than dozen SEM juniors participate in this program. HAS is an interactive online learning experience for high school juniors in Texas. Selected students are nominated by their State Legislator (see attached letter from State Representative Barbara Mallory Caraway), have an interest in math, science, engineering or computer science and are encouraged to pursue high tech careers. Participation is highlighted by a six‐ day experience at the Johnson Space Center where students have the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and scientists. Full details and the application are available online. Application deadline: November 15.
UT Southwestern Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program The HPREP program is an enrichment program that targets, but is not limited to, African‐American, Hispanic, and other underrepresented high school students who are interested in the life sciences. Aimed at recruiting students who are interested in a career path in medicine, allied health, or science, the program exposes the students to the educational institution ‐ University of Texas Southwestern Medical School ‐ and its clinical affiliates. The program uses medical, graduate, and allied health students, faculty and staff to motivate and advise HPREP students. Also, the students participate in discussions on various issues that are at the forefront of medicine today. Students are given opportunities to interact with medical students who share their experiences of the academic challenges and personal commitment needed to achieve their career goals. Application deadline: November 19, 2010.
Community Service Opportunity For those of you 16 and older, I'd like to invite you to participate in the FIRST LEGO League tournament that takes place at Hockaday on Saturday, January 29. the volunteer training will take place on Saturday, January 8. We need approximately 150 volunteers for this really fun tournament and I hope that you are interested in signing up. We need people to begin committing right now for this. It is only a little over 3 months away and we have got to have some of the slots begin filling up. I am attaching some info for you. Let me know SOON if you want to do this! FYVE HILTON Manager of Volunteers | Museum of Nature & Science p 972.201.0552 |email@example.com Hat Tip: Linda Harris
Essay Contest The Seidel Chapter – Dallas Air Force Association is proud once again to announce that the Air Force Association ‐ Texas will sponsor an essay contest with the statewide winners receiving a total of $6,000 in awards. The awards are given in honor of Earle North Parker, a noted industrialist and community leader of Fort Worth. The Air Force Association is an independent, non‐profit national association, which was established at the end of World War II. Its primary objective is to support an armed strength adequate to maintain the security and peace of the United States and the Free World. The essay topic for this year's contest is, Part of the Air Force Core Values is “Excellence In All We Do”; what does this mean to you? ALL high school seniors in Texas are eligible to participate in this essay contest. Each essay shall be limited to a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 600 words. Deadline is February 15, 2011. Essay must be accompanied by the completed Contest Entry Form. After all entries are received, the Seidel Chapter will select our Chapter winner, who will receive a $500 award. Our winning entry will then be forwarded to our Texas State Office where the winning entry from each of the Air Force Association Chapters across the state will compete for $6,000 in scholarship awards. The two scholarships are $4,000 for 1st Place and $2,000 for 2nd Place. The winners will be determined and announced this next spring. The 2009 winner was from the Seidel Chapter. I am attaching a Contest Entry Form. You are welcome to reproduce this form to accommodate your participants. This appropriately completed form must accompany each contestant's essay. If you or your seniors wish to discuss the contest in more detail, please, by all means, feel free to contact me at (214) 769‐1078 or Rhamer@aol.com. Sincerely, Ric Hamer Vice President for Aerospace Education Hat Tip: Sue Cathcart 3
The Periodic Tabloid College Elements Texas A&M Freshman Information Day Texas A&M University invites you to Freshman Information Day, a fall preview day for high school seniors and their families. During this day, participants will learn about freshman admissions, opportunities for financial aid, and the academic colleges within the University. They will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of campus, view the residence halls, and learn about the history and traditions of Texas A&M. If you are interested in applying to Texas A&M University, then please consider attending this important event. Register to attend by clicking on the REGISTRATION link to the left. So bring your family and friends, and we'll see you in Aggieland on Monday, November 22, 2010. Hat Tip: Sue Cathcart
Intel Science Talent Search The Intel Science Talent Search (STS) is America’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Over $1 million is awarded annually to Intel STS participants and their schools. Awards range from $5,000 scholarship grants and laptop computers for all finalists to the grand prize of a $100,000 college scholarship. Application deadline: November 18.
AXA Achievement Scholarship The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship brings advice and access to higher education into every community in which AXA has a presence. Fifty state winners receive one‐time scholarship awards of $10,000 each. From the pool of state winners, ten are selected as national winners and earn an additional one‐time scholarship of $15,000. This brings the top AXA Achievers total scholarship awards to $25,000 each. Application deadline: December 15.
Communities Foundation of Texas Communities Foundation of Texas administers more than 50 scholarship funds.
Do You Grokit? SAT Prep on the Web: A) a Game; B) Online Chat; C) All of the Above. The Wall Street Journal reviews Grokit.com a new online test prep tool. If you're looking for an inexpensive and more enjoyable way to study for big tests, Grockit is a viable and easily accessible option.
The Dell Scholars application process is now open at www.dellscholars.org. AP Strategies is proud to continue our relationship with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) this year to select another group of Dell Scholars. As a high school in the AP Strategies’ program, your graduating seniors are invited to apply for this outstanding scholarship. AP Strategies’ program students have always been very competitive in this scholarship and we ask you to encourage your students to apply. Many of you have been through this process before and are familiar with the procedures and timelines. However, for those unfamiliar or who need a refresher the following are important notes regarding the process for 2010‐2011. The scholarships are $20,000 awards, which can be spread over 6 years, including graduate studies. The program website lists the guidelines, however, successful applicants must have at least a 2.4 GPA, have overcome obstacles, demonstrate an interest in attending a 4‐year college, and are Pell Grant‐eligible. The MSDF team expects to select 300 Dell Scholars this year. You can contact the customer support group for any questions about Dell Scholars. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org and the phone number is 1‐ 800‐294‐2039. Application deadline: January 15, 2011. Students who are chosen as semi‐finalists via their applications and essays will then have their AVID teachers submit recommendations. MSDF anticipates notifying the awardees by April 10.
The Periodic Tabloid College Calendar Date F
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New and changed events are in bold. All college visits to SEM will be in Room 211 unless otherwise noted. All SEM students are welcome to attend. However, seniors will have priority at all times for speaking with the college reps visiting campus. Events are subject to change. Check the SEM calendar for updates. www.semagnetschool.org
Upcoming Events Date
Junior Meeting Re: College Planning
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SEM Admissions Preview for Prospective Students
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Skyline Magnet Fair @ Skyline High School
8:30 a.m. ‐ Noon
Innovation and Education Digital Town Hall
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Open House for All Townview Schools
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
New and changed events are in bold. Events are subject to change. Check the SEM calendar for updates. www.semagnetschool.org