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August 15, 2014


School for the Talented and Gifted 

at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

1201 E. 8th St., #302
Dallas, Texas 75203

Go Griffins!




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

Here is a link to the article:

US News & World Report Education

Save the Date for the Dallas Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Tues., Oct. 21st
7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
Irving Convention Ctr

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Welcome Back from Vacation

& Best Wishes to Class of 2014 


Below in this newsletter:

- Back to School/Save the Date Announcements
Parent Focus Group 
Back-to-School Picnic 
PTSA Coffee
- Congratulations to the Class of 2014
- TAG Parent Volunteer Registration

Share Your Ideas at a Parent Focus Group on Thurs., August 21st at 7:00 pm

Last Spring, TAG held its first ‘Ideas Festival’ at Townview for our TAG students. The purpose of this event was to seek out the perspectives and feedback of our students on everything from individual classes, to the overall TAG experience, to components of our program such as TREK and Forum.  From this event we gained a treasure trove of information and ideas that will impact how we operate as a school at every level.  What we didn’t capture in this Ideas Festival was parent and community input. Through the upcoming Parent Focus Group and PTSA Survey, we are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of parent perspectives and feedback, as well as community input into the priorities and direction of the school. 

Please join us and share your voice by attending our Parent Focus Group on Thursday, August 21st at 7:00 pm in the Center for Communities Cooperation Oak Room, 2900 Live Oak St., Dallas (map). Feel free to bring your students as well if you’d like.

Save the Date!  Sept. 7th!


TAG Back-to-School Picnic

The annual Back-to-School Picnic awaits us all! Mr. Mackey will grill hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. All students, families, and faculty are invited! More details to come, but mark your calendars:

Date: Sunday, Sept. 7th

Time: 5:00 pm -- 8:00 pm

Place: Flag Pole Hill Pavilion*

*Flag Pole Hill is located at 8100 Doran Circle (Northwest Hwy & Buckner Blvd.), Dallas, TX 75238 (map

Join the PTSA!                            


Being a member of PTSA (Parent, Teacher, and Student Association) is a great way to be involved in continuing TAG’s ability to excel. All parents, students, and teachers are invited to join PTSA this year. By joining, you are supporting many events, programs and activities at TAG. Studies show that involved parents tend to have safer and higher achieving students. And, our student and faculty members provide an important voice in the selection, planning and development of programs funded and delivered by the PTSA. Joining is easy! Simply fill out the PTSA membership envelope each student will be bringing home and return it to the school office. Or, go online to to join! To join online, click on the "Parent" tab along the top of the page, then click on "Join the PTSA." If you have membership questions, please contact Ledith Blair, PTSA Membership Chair, at 

Families who join will receive a free 2014-2015 TAG School Directory when it is published.

Don't miss it!  PTSA Coffee 

When: Friday, August 29th
Time: 7:30 -- 9:30 am
Place: Townview Library

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Come grab a cup of coffee and meet new and returning TAG parents, faculty, and others. It is a great way to start the day!

Congratulations, Graduates!!


On Monday, June 2nd, Mr. Mackey officiated his first TAG Commencement. Honored guests included former Principal Mr. Satarino and Trustee Dr. Lew Blackburn, among others. Each of this year's graduates will be missed; each has made TAG proud! Highlights for the graduating seniors included the Senior Banquet with slide show, Senior Picnic and other activities, and 2014 Commencement. This year's 57 seniors earned just over $11 million dollars in scholarships, for an average of over $192K per student. Speeches and comments at Commencement highlighted the sense of family and close bonds forged by this class. Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors, graduates! And don't forget to come back and visit!

Valedictorian: Lynn Lee
Salutatorian: Abigail Cartwright
From Senior Banquet:
Griffin Award Mica Kohl & Jorge Valdez
Principal's Award: Baily Hale, Rebecca
Gonzalez, Angelica Jackman, Miranda McClellan

Calling all Volunteers!

DISD-Logo-300 4If you plan to volunteer in any way at TAG during the school year, you must first register (even if you have registered in previous years) in the fall through the DISD website:
Click on "Volunteer" in yellow at the top of the page, then "Volunteers" from the drop-down menu, and finally scroll to item #2 ("Complete Volunteer Application"), and choose either English or Spanish. The process only takes a few minutes!


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