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September 24, 2014

TAG MAGNET NEWSLETTER  

School for the Talented and Gifted

at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

1201 E. 8th St., #302
Dallas, Texas 75203
972-925-5970
 

Go Griffins!

 


BestHighSchools

  

#1 Public High School in the Nation--again!

Here is a link to the article:

US News & World Report Education


Newsweek's The Daily Beast Names TAG a Top High School

The Daily Beast ranked more than 700 public high schools, using six key indicators. TAG is #3. To view the list, click here.


Townview College Fair

Thurs., Sept. 25th
6:00-8:00 pm
Townview Center
Come meet representatives from national colleges and universities. Click here to view the flyer.


Univ of Chicago

Wed., Sept. 24th
7:00-8:00 pm
Conrad High School
7502 Fair Oaks Ave.
Dallas, TX 75231
This will be a smaller info session that is sponsored by the Academic Success Program for DISD students and parents only.  Click here to register. 


Stanford Univ

Thurs., Sept. 25th
6:30-8:00 pm                        
Conrad High School
7502 Fair Oaks Ave.
Dallas, TX 75231
This will be a smaller info session that is sponsored by the Academic Success Program for DISD students and parents only. Click here to register. 


Parent University: UNT Dallas

Sat., Sept. 27
9:30 am-12:00 pm
UNT Dallas
The Office of College Readiness at UNT Dallas is hosting at Parent Workshop for parents of high school students on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 from 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. on the Dallas campus. There will be interactive sessions on topics including: college readiness, financial aid, and the application process. Click here to view the flyer and to see where to RSVP.


Boston University Reception

Sun., Sept. 28, 1:30 pm Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre 
5410 LBJ Freeway 
Dallas, TX 75240
Click here to view the flyer and learn how to register.


Univ of Chicago Information Session

Thurs., Oct. 2, 6:00 pm Dallas Public Library
O'Hara Exhibit Hall 
1515 Young Street 
Dallas, TX 75201
(no pre-registration required).


UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS

(at TAG unless noted as visiting SEM in parentheses)

 

Sept. 24

Barnard 8:30 am


Sept. 25

Purdue 8:30 am


Townview College Fair 6-8 pm (more info above)


Sept 29

Texas Wesleyan 8:45 am (SEM)


Oct. 1

Indiana Univ 8:45 am

Trinity Univ 12:30 pm

Carnegie Mellon 3:45-4:15 pm (SEM)


Oct. 3

Swarthmore 8:00 am

George Mason 12:30 

Tufts 12:30 pm

Dartmouth

3:15-3:45 pm (SEM)


Oct. 6

Calif College of Arts 12:30 

Connecticut College 4:15 


Oct. 7

Univ of Wisconsin 3:45-4:15 pm (SEM)


Oct. 8

Rice University 8:30 am

Morehouse 8:45 (SEM)


Oct. 9

NYU 7:30-9:00 am

Wellesley 8:00 am


Oct. 13

UT Dallas 8:30 am


Oct. 20

Bennington 12:30 pm


Oct. 21

Case Western 12:30 pm

Princeton 12:30 pm


Oct. 27

TCU 12:30 pm


Oct. 28

Carleton College 8:30 am


ACE Mentor Program

Registration deadline: Tues., Sept. 30th.
This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for our juniors or seniors to participate in the ACE Mentor Program. ACE is a cost-free, after school mentoring experience where Architecture, Engineering and Construction professionals work together on a project-based learning activity to teach young people about the opportunities available to them in the design and construction industry. Ace is a 22-week program that begins in October.  Click here for more information---or visit Ms. Langat in Room 317.


Trinity River Photo Contest

Deadline: Oct. 15th
Announcing the 2014 Trinity River Photo Contest- free contest, open to everyone. 
Students can participate with their families and friends. It’s easy and simple, with prize money for 1st through 3rd place and for the Grand Prize Winner. Here is a description of the contest. Click here to view the flyer.


Private Violence

Mon., Oct. 6th
7:00-10:00 pm
Dallas City Performance Hall
2520 Flora St. 
Dallas, TX 75201                             
The City of Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force is offering a free showing of an unreleased HBO documentary called “Private Violence” on the evening of Oct. 6th in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Co-sponsored by DISD, the event is free and open to the public, although it is requested that attendees register through the link below.  Click here for more information; to register for the event, click here.


High School Aerospace Scholars Needed

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) 2014-2015 needs Texas high school juniors. Please visit the website. Selected students will begin their journey with the HAS Online Experience that will start in November and conclude in April. During this time, students will create technical writings and drawings, solve math problems, participate in discussion forums and chat sessions with NASA engineers and scientists. View the “High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery” video here.


Perry Initiative: Workshop for Girls Interested in Orthopaedics and Engineering

Workshop for 10th-12th grade girls interested in learning more about Orthopaedic Surgery & Engineering. Click here for more information. 
Deadline: Oct 22
Workshop Date: Nov 22


MIT "Inspire" Research Competition for  Students

The first of its kind on a national scale, INSPIRE will enable students to showcase and present original research in one of thirteen fields, ranging from anthropology to music, economics, and philosophy. Expert judges will award prizes for the most outstanding work in each category.
Click here for more information. First abstract submission deadline: 
Jan. 7, 2015


Save the Date: Dallas Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Tues., Oct. 21st
7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
Irving Convention Ctr
Register and find out more by clicking here:  More Info


Upcoming Calendar Dates

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September

24th  

PTSA Coffee, 

7:30-9:30 am


25th TAG TREK


26th TAG TREK


27th TAG TREK Community Service (optional)


29th TAG TREK


30th TAG TREK

 

October

9th

PTSA Coffee w/ NYU

7:30 - 9:30 am


13th  

Report Cards/Parent-Teacher Conferences


15th 

PSAT Exam (grades 9, 10, 11; Seniors report to school at 1:00 pm)


17th  

NO SCHOOL (Fair Day)


21st 

PTSA General Meeting

  

30th  

Reflections Contest Entry Deadline


A/B Block Scheduling

Click here to see the Townview A/B Schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.


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Volunteers are Needed this Week!
PTSA Coffee Today (Wednesday)!
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See below in this newsletter:

Articles & Reminders:
  • Volunteers are Needed this Week!
  • TAG TREK (Sept. 25-27 & Sept. 29-30): This Year's Theme & Request for Volunteers
  • PTSA Coffee Today: Wednesday, September 24th, 7:30-9:30 am 
  • Save the Date: PTSA Coffee Thursday, Oct. 9th -- Special Program
  • Fall Membership Drive -- Join the PTSA!
  • Positions Available (School  Committee, PTSA Board)
  • From the Counseling Office: PSAT
  • Reflections Contest
  • How to Get Spirit Wear
  • Directories are Still Available
  • Kudos Corner
  • Lost and Found from TAG Picnic
See left sidebar for announcements from the school counselors' offices (both TAG and SEM), other news about TAG, and calendar dates.


Volunteers Are Needed this Week!

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Please go to the TAG Volunteer Spot for a listing of volunteers needed for this coming week and dates in the future. Click on this link to access the TAG group page and view current openings:
Once you're on our TAG group page, click on the View button to see the details for each event listed.  You will enter your e-mail address to access the details. 

When signing up for a task or multiple tasks, enter your full name (first and last name), your e-mail address, and the best phone number to reach you.

Volunteers Needed for Trek:
  • Trek (requires attached chaperone form in addition to registration with DISD). Thursday, September 25; Friday, September 26; Saturday, September 27; Monday, September 29; Tuesday, September 30
  • Donations of Bottled Water Needed! Plus, we need bottled water for TREK - we encourage students to bring refillable bottles to lessen our impact on the environment; however, some of our venues have limited or no access to drinking water.
Volunteers MUST Register with DISD:

To volunteer in any capacity, you must register with DISD; this is a district-wide rule. Our school is listed as "School for the Talented and Gifted."
Use the appropriate link below to register as a TAG volunteer:
Click here if you are a NEW VOLUNTEER  
Click here if you are a RENEWING VOLUNTEER 

Chaperone form also needed to accompany TAG students off of our campus.
If you are accompanying any TAG students off of the Townview campus, you MUST print and fill out  this chaperone form and give to Ms. Mendez in the TAG Office.

Thank you!


TAG TREK: Urban Design Theme and Volunteers Are Needed!

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TREK is a multi-level learning experience for all grade levels. Students will investigate The Bottoms and the 10th Street Development District to determine how Townview can become an active community member. They will present their ideas in a premise document that will explore the history of the area, observations made about the existing community structure in response to challenge questions, design proposals, and impact statements. Students will communicate their design proposals through visual aides presented on the final afternoon at the presentation convention. It will be held Sept. 25, 26, 27 (optional Saturday community service), 29 & 30 from 9:15 am to 5:00pm. 
 
TREK requires at least 10 parent volunteers per shift (am and pm) over the five days of TREK. See above information: It is fine to volunteer for a half-day, a full-day, a single session, or all days.
 
Click here to volunteer, then click on the "View" button next to "TAG TREK Days" in orange).


PTSA Coffee Today!

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Date: Wed., Sept. 24th
Time: 7:30-9:30 am
Place: Townview Library
Come enjoy a cup of coffee and visit with other TAG parents and faculty. It's a great way to start the day!


Save the Date! PTSA Coffee Thursday, Oct. 9th, 7:30-9:00 am: Special Program

coffee-cup-clip-artOur PTSA Coffee on October 9th in the Townview Library will feature a special program. Ms. Marberry has arranged for a presentation by Ms. Daniela Segrove, Assistant Director of Admissions with New York University Abu Dhabi. Ms. Segrove will discuss New York University 's Global Network. We invite students, parents and teachers to attend: 
  • 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Meet, Greet & Get Coffee (or Beverage) 
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – NYU’s Global Network Special Presentation 
Please join us for this exciting program on Thursday, October 9th beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Townview Library. We have coffee and other beverages. Click here to read more about the program and our speaker, Ms. Segrove.


Fall Membership Drive: Join the PTSA! 

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All Parents, Students, Staff & Teachers are invited to join PTSA this year. PTSA is the Parent Teacher and Student Association at TAG. Membership in PTSA is a wonderful way to support our school and joining is easy! Simply fill out the PTSA membership envelope your student received in his or her packet and return it to the school office. Or, go online to www.tagptsa.com to join! Select the "Parents" tab along the top of the page, click on "Join the PTSA," then click on the word "online" in the second paragraph.
 
Families who join will receive a 2014-2015 TAG School Directory. 

Click here for more details about member perks.
Membership Dues:
Parent, Staff or Teacher: $8.50 ea.
Students: $6.50 ea.
 
Please note: A small service fee of $1.00 per family is charged to join online. Make checks payable to "TAG PTSA" For membership, questions please contact Ledith Blair at ledithb@yahoo.com.


Positions on School Committee & PTSA Board

TAG BOC Parent Representative

Board of Control

This committee is responsible for reviewing and approving all activity fund transactions including fundraisers, check requests, expenditures, P1-Cs, etc. The committee meets monthly at 8:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month.


PTSA Board Position

- Reflections Chair


If you are interested in serving of the committee or in the open PTSA Board position, please contact Veronica Bell, PTSA President, at vmbell@tx.rr.com or 972-740-2545.


From the Counseling Office: PSAT on Wed., Oct. 15th

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9th, 10th, and 11th graders will take the PSAT on Wed., Oct 15th. Students will be given the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT on Sept 23rd & 24th in their English classes. The guide includes practice questions and information about the National Merit Program, including a list of universities that award National Merit scholarships (p.19), as well as other corporations offering scholarships to National Merit students.  Remember that National Merit qualification comes from the performance on the PSAT taken during the junior year (scoring in the 99th percentile).  For 9th and 10th graders, it is practice. Scores generally arrive in mid-December. In the last few years, students have been receiving emails from the College Board stating that their scores are available. This email has been arriving before the scores actually arrive on the TAG campus. Therefore, please ignore this email. Generally, we disseminate score sheets and the students’ original test booklets with an explanation sheet within a day of their arrival on our campus.


2014-15 Texas PTA Reflections Competition

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This year's theme for PTA Reflections art competition is "The World Would be a Better Place if..."  The deadline for submissions is Oct. 30th. Students may create and submit works of art in six categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Stay tuned for more detailed information.

To view the gallery of last year's national winners, click here. 
 
Two TAG students were recognized in the 2013-14 competition. Lucija Tacer received the Overall Award of Advancement for her musical submission "Wake Up," a song that tells people that it takes work and effort to achieve big dreams. The Award of Excellence went to another TAG student, Maya Reddi, who wrote the poem "Believe."
 
For detailed information, visit www.txpta.org/programs/reflections.  


How to Get Spirit Wear

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Haven't had a chance to get your Spirit Wear? Two Ways Left to Get Your TAG SWAG
1. Student/Teacher Conferences: Mon., October 13th at 5pm
2. Call or email Spirit Wear Chair Sharon Chan: (972) 693-7170 or sharonchan555@yahoo.com 

Let her know what you want, and she will send it to the office for pick-up. Cash or Check only.

Click on this link to view a flyer featuring information and photos of current Spirit Wear offerings.


Directories Are Still Available!

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For those PTSA members who were unable to pick up their directories at the Picnic or General PTSA meeting, if you are not already a 2014-15 member, you may join PTSA and receive your directory! (See above information about PTSA Fall Membership Drive). Once you join, your directory will be sent home through your student at school.


Kudos Corner!

starTAG PTSA thanks the Thomas family (junior Shawn) for helping with the August coffee. Without this generous support and ongoing donations from Starbucks in Renaissance Tower @ 1201 Elm St., the PTSA coffee would not be possible. Our special thanks to Phoebe, Associate Manager at Starbucks, for her generosity. And a big thanks to Vasavi Pilla for organizing and advertising our PTSA coffees.


Lost and Found from TAG Picnic

  • One pair of earbuds 
  • Pair of wooden salad servers 
  • Woven, cotton floral throw w/ “loving daughter” message 
  • Large plastic square bowl
Individuals can pick up these items in the TAG office.




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Kristin Cartwright
Newsletter Editor
Email: TAGMAGhs@gmail.com



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