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September 11, 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

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.


(at TAG unless noted as visiting SEM in parentheses)


Sept. 11

Sewanee 8:00 am

St. Edward's 8:00 am

Baylor  8:30 am

Vassar 12:30 pm

Vanderbilt 12:30 pm

Lehigh 12:30 pm

Westmont 4:15 pm

Sept. 12

MIT 8:00 am

U Penn 8:45 am (SEM)


Sept. 15

Harvey Mudd 8:00 am

Lewis & Clark 8:45 am

Depauw 12:30 pm

Hampton 12:30 pm

Univ. of MD 12:30 pm

Boston Univ. 4:15 pm

Sept. 16

Reed College 8:30 am

Sept. 17

Northeastern 4:15 pm

Sept. 18

St. John's 8:00 am

Yale 8:45 am

Sept. 22

Hendrix 8:30 am

Sept. 23

Univ of Chicago 4:15 

Sept. 24

Barnard (time TBD)

Sept. 30

Austin College 8:00 am

Oct. 3


3:45 pm (SEM)

Free SAT Prep Sessions

Co-sponsored by DISD, there are a total of 4 sessions offered at two locations. To view the flyer and get registration information, click here. To sign up, click register, then select the "SAT MATH"  tab, complete the registration form, and click "submit."

Experience Penn 

Thurs., Sept. 11th
7:00 pm
Conrad High School
7502 Fair Oaks 
Dallas, TX 75231 
To RSVP and register, click here.

Indiana University Bloomington is hosting a Preview event for seniors and juniors on Thurs., Sept. 11th 
6:30- 7:30 pm 
Marriott Quorum 
14901 Dallas Pkwy.
Dallas, Texas 75254. 
Click here to register.

ASP College Application Kick-off

College reps (Penn, USC, Boston University, Pomona, and more) will be available to help students improve personal statements and discuss other admissions-related items.
Sat., Sept. 13th
9:00 am
Academic Success Program
Harvest Hill Rd.
Dallas, TX 75230
Click here to register.

2014 Dallas ISD College Fair

Wed., Sept. 17th 
5:30-8:30 pm
Ellis Davis Fieldhouse 
9191 S. Polk St. 
Dallas, TX 75224
Click here to register, then choose "register now,"    click on the Texas icon, and select "TACRAO" (2nd option- 9/15-9/19).

Yale Information Sessions
You are invited to a session in Dallas or Fort Worth. For more information, click here.

Boston Univ Reception

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

Univ of Chicago Information Sessions

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

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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TAG Forum


PTSA General Meeting, 6:30 pm


PTSA Coffee, 

7:30-9:30 am



27th TREK Community Service (optional)






PTSA Coffee, 

7:30 - 9:30 am


Report Cards/Parent-Teacher Conferences


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


NO SCHOOL (Fair Day)


PTSA General Meeting



Reflections Contest Entry Deadline

A/B Block Scheduling

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

Parent Portal (for New Parents to DISD)

Many TAG students and parents use Parent Portal to check grades and attendance. For more information, visit Dallas ISD's Parent Portal section of its website. Parents of students new to DISD will be getting instructions soon about how to log into the Parent Portal.  It takes about two weeks to get new students in the DISD system.

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See below in this newsletter:

Articles & Reminders:
  • Upcoming PTSA General Mtg: CyberSense: Think Before You Click! Tues., Sept. 16th at 6:30 pm, Townview Commons 
  • Spirit Wear Update
  • Directories are Here!
  • Great Turnout at the Back-to-School Picnic!
  • Volunteers are Needed at TAG Events/DISD Volunteer Registration 
  • Positions Available (School Committees, PTSA Board)
  • TAG Forum (Sept. 12th): This year's theme lays the foundation for TREK
  • TAG TREK (Sept. 25-27 & Sept. 29-30): This year's theme -- and volunteers are needed!
  • PTSA Coffee: Wednesday, September 25th, 7:30-9:30 am
  • Warning about Traffic Safety During Student Pick-up and Drop-off 
  • Join the PTSA!
  • Reflections Contest
  • Kudos Corner
See left sidebar for announcements from the school counselors' offices (both TAG and SEM), other news about TAG, and calendar dates.

PTSA General Meeting: Tues., Sept. 16th at 6:30 pm                    

CalendarCyberSense: Think Before You Click!
Please join us on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 pm in the Townview Commons area for an entertaining and informative talk about how to avoid online dangers. All of us face online threats from many sources. It seems as though students these days are plugged into the Internet all the time via multiple devices and applications -- PCs, tablets, phones, apps and online gaming. It is essential that all of us are aware of the risks. James Munton tells about the dangers in a very entertaining workshop he will present on Tuesday, September 16th at the TAG PTSA General Meeting. Using magic, mind reading, comedy and fascinating stories, James Munton’s CyberSense program will give you the information you need to stay safe online, and you’ll be entertained while learning. Click here to see more about this very important program that will help you develop a new common sense approach to online activity.
School Counseling Update: At the meeting, you’ll have an opportunity to welcome our new counselor, Ms. Kay Langat. She will give a brief update about the TAG counseling department. Ms. Marberry will be at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference and sends her regrets that she could not join us at the meeting. Also being introduced at our meeting is Mr. Jose Valerio, a College Advisor for the School of Science and Engineering (SEM). He is with the Academic Success Program,, (which is replacing the Education is Freedom program). Mr. Valerio has offered to help TAG students to augment the fabulous job our TAG counselors are doing.

Note: You can join the PTSA, pick up your TAG Directory, and/or buy TAG Spirit Wear before the meeting. Please plan to arrive early.

Spirit Wear Update: We had a great sale at the school picnic, netting over $2600 for TAG programs!

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Congratulations to TAG Parent Ledith Blair and her son, freshman Thomas Farner, for winning a Samsung Galaxy 4 in the Spirit Wear Raffle at Sunday's Back-to-School Picnic.

Didn’t get a chance to get your Spirit Wear? Three Ways to Get Your TAG SWAG
1. PTSA Meeting: Tues., Sept. 16 at 6:30pm 
2. Student/Teacher Conferences: Mon., Oct. 13 at 5pm
3. Call or email Spirit Wear Chair Sharon Chan: (972) 693-7170 or 

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 Here!

For those PTSA members who were unable to pick up their directories at the picnic, they will be available at the next PTSA meeting on Tues., Sept. 16th. If you are not already a 2014-15 member, you may also join at that meeting and get your directory immediately! If we still miss you, we will get your directory home through your kid at school the following week.

Great Turnout at the Back-to-School Picnic! 

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The Annual Back-to-School Picnic offered returning TAG students, parents, and faculty a much needed chance to reconnect--and it provided a welcome opportunity for new parents and students to get connected! Snow cones, tree-climbing, grilling, pick-up frisbee and volleyball games, and even a raffle drawing are just some of the highlights of this milder-than-normal Sunday in September. Thanks to students/parents for contributing needed food items, the PTSA for sponsoring the event and purchasing the burgers, hot dogs, and other supplies, Mr. Mackey for serving as Griller Extraordinaire, and to everyone who helped with set-up and clean-up (see below for a special thank you to specific individuals who volunteered). 
Here is a link to some video footage from the event.
Lost & Found from the Picnic:
  • One pair of earbuds
  • Pair of wooden salad servers
  • Woven, cotton floral throw w/ “loving daughter” message 
Individuals can pick up these items in the TAG office.
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Volunteers Needed for TAG Events! DISD Volunteer Registration: Quick, Easy, and Necessary! 

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Volunteer for TAG Events
Additional Volunteer Sign-ups available on VolunteerSpot (see link below) for Spirit Wear Sales (9/16), DART Train Field Trip (9/23), TAG Trek (9/25-9/27 & 9/29-9/30), PTSA Coffees, and more to come (see the "VolunteerSpot" link below).
DISD Volunteer Registration
If 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, scroll to item #2 ("Complete Volunteer Application"), and choose either English or Spanish. The process only takes a few minutes!
After completing your registration, follow this link to VolunteerSpot for TAG volunteer sign-ups mentioned above, as well as others.

TAG FORUM on Sept. 12th Lays the Foundation for TREK

TAGForumSpeakersThe background knowledge for this year's four-day TAG TREK (more below) will begin with TAG Forum on Sept. 12. The career format of Forum will remain the same, but emphasis will be placed on providing background knowledge for TREK. The keynote speaker of Forum (Catherine Cuellar, CEO, Dallas Arts District) will introduce the fundamentals of urban planning--and will discuss the various occupational specializations within the field that will serve as the structure for the afternoon's career track program:
• Community Development/ Empowerment 
• Land Use & Code Enforcement 
• Transportation Planning 
• Environmental/Natural Resources Planning 
• Economic Development 
• Planning Management/Finance 
• Housing 
• Parks & Recreation 
• Historic Preservation 
• Community Activism/Empowerment 
This list will be pared down to allow students to investigate the most critical specializations that are required knowledge for TREK. Another objective for TAG Forum is to educate the students about effective methods of community engagement, teambuilding, and idea generation. 

TAG TREK: Urban Design Theme and Volunteers Needed: Sept. 25-27 & Sept. 29-30

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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. Volunteers MUST complete a DISD volunteer background check (see "DISD Volunteer Registration" above) and bring a printed copy of the approval (last page of the volunteer registration process) to the event. Ideally, these volunteers are professionals in the field who can employ their planning experience to help guide the students in their planning proposals. 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).

Upcoming PTSA Coffee

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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.

Warning About Traffic Safety During Pick-up and Drop-off

warning 2PLEASE READ: It is extremely dangerous to stop on 8th Street to drop off and pick up students. Last year, a student at Townview SEM (the sibling of a recent TAG graduate) died as a result of getting hit by a car when he was being dropped off in the street in front of a neighborhood high school. It was an incredibly tragic loss. Cars should turn into the main driveway in front of Townview and stay to the left. Vehicles dropping off or picking up students should move to the top of the hill towards Eads Ave. Do not stop in front of the school on 8th Street to drop off or pick up a student. Please be advised that all driving rules regarding passing a school bus are in force. Do not pass a bus if its lights are flashing and the stop sign is deployed. You must wait until a bus is in a parking mode – not loading or unloading. We must all be diligent when driving near the school when students are around.

Join the PTSA! 

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 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.
All PTSA members will receive a 2014-2015 TAG School Directory. Members also receive discounts from the following companies:  
  • Dell
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • LaQuinta Inns & Suites in Texas
  • Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts
  • Sea World San Antonio & Aquatica Waterpark
  • Fiesta Texas
  • Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington
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
Families joining will receive a free 2014-2015 TAG School Directory.

Positions on School Committees & PTSA Board


TAG SBDM Parent Representative 

Site Based Decision Making

This is a committee of school administrators, teachers, community leaders and parents dedicated to improving the academic achievement and quality of education received by all students at TAG. We are asking for a parent volunteer who is interested in being a part of improving TAG. The committee meets monthly from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.


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 Positions

- Fundraising Chair

- Historian


 If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Veronica Bell, PTSA President, at or 972-740-2545.

2014-15 Texas PTA Reflections Competition

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.
For detailed information, visit  

Kudos Corner!!

star 2Note: A special "thank you" to Cindi Fitzgerald, TAG PTSA 2nd Vice President and Directory Chair, for compiling the TAG directories and getting them printed and ready for distribution in record time--they normally come out in October! She wanted them to be available especially to new families and worked tirelessly to make it happen! 

Counseling Office Kudos!

Thank you to volunteers extraordinaire Lee Henderson and Mary Barclay (Class of 2013) for all of their help the first days of school!!!!
From PTSA President Veronica Bell
The Back-to-School Picnic would not have been a success without the help of so many individuals. It was truly a community effort! Thanks to the following individuals and anyone else who helped and is not specifically named.
  • Ledith Blair 
  • Alfonso Chan 
  • Gabriella Chan 
  • Sharon Chan 
  • Christina Ding 
  • Debby Edgar 
  • Leland Edgar 
  • Nathan Farner 
  • Siobhan Farr 
  • Cindi Fitzgerald 
  • Lori Henderson
  • Lee Henderson 
  • Angelica Hidrogo 
  • Leif Linde 
  • Ben Mackey 
  • Susan Magalindan 
  • Manuel Magalindan 
  • Jean McAulay 
  • Brooke Monaghan 
  • Randy Osborne 
  • Charles Opoku 
  • Vasavi Pilla 
  • Wenjun Rao 
  • Sindhu Reddy 
  • David Pearson 
  • Alesia Pearson 
  • Amit Sheth 
  • Sneha Sheth 
  • Jonathan Smaby 
  • Kendall Smaby 
  • Dayton Smith 
  • Trey Smith 
  • Wanetta Smith 
  • Webb Smith

Kristin Cartwright
Newsletter Editor

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