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December 10, 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.

UC Santa Barbara Summer Pre-College Summer Sessions

The University of California at Santa Barbara offers different summers programs of varying length and cost, including 6-week Research Mentorship Program. To view the flyer, click here. For more information, click here.

Indiana University's Summer "Business is Global" Program is Accepting Applications

The program is a unique blend of culture, language, and international business learning that offers students an introduction to the myriad of opportunities available in today's global marketplace. For more information and/or to apply, visit the school's website. Click here to view a video of last summer's session.
Date of Session: 
July 5-17, 2015
Deadline to apply: 
April 7, 2015

UT Summer Discovery Pre-College High School Classes

Click here to download the brochure and here to visit the website. Applications are being accepted now.

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 the link above for more information. First abstract submission deadline: 
January 7, 2015

UT Austin Subiendo Academy: June 14-18, 2015

Subiendo is an intensive five day leadership academy created at The University of Texas at Austin to prepare the next generation of leaders to address critical issues facing Texas. It is free for students, and travel scholarships are available. Students move away from the traditional classroom experience by participating in role-playing exercises centered around policy issues important to the future of Texas; interacting one-on-one with business, political, and community leaders; and developing skills to take their ideas and turn them into reality. Students stay in a college dormitory with college leaders who not only guide the students throughout the week, but also mentor the students during the college application process. For more detailed information, click here. Click here to apply online.
Apply online by January 31, 2015

Yale Young Global Scholars Program

An intensive academic summer experience at Yale University for outstanding high school student leaders. Click here for more information or here to view the video.
Application deadline: February 26, 2015

PTSA Membership is for Everyone

Not a member of PTSA yet? Two ways to join:
1. Go to 
2. Select "Join the PTSA" on the menu bar 
3. Click on the "Join PTSA Now" button 
Note: A small service fee of $1.00 per family is charged to join online.
Use a membership envelope available in the TAG office to join. Make checks payable to "TAG PTSA."
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. 

Volunteers Are Needed at School Events

Please go to the TAG Volunteer Spot for a listing of volunteers needed. Click on this link to access the TAG group page and view current openings. Once you are on the TAG group page, click on the "View" button to see the details for each event listed. You will enter your email address to access the details. When signing up for spot, enter your full name (first and last name), your email address, and the best phone number to reach you. 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: A chaperone form is also needed to accompany TAG students off 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.

Upcoming Calendar Dates

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TAG/Townview Open House for Prospective Students


PTSA Coffee -- 7:30 am

Game Night for TAG Students -- 5:30 pm


Semester Exams (Early Release at 1:35/buses leave Townview at 1:50 pm)


No School -- Winter Break



No School for students-- Winter Break


In-service day for faculty


School resumes for students


No School -- MLK Day



FAFSA assistance for parents of seniors, 6-8 pm

A/B Block Scheduling

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

Click here to visit the TAG PTSA website: 


Visit the new TAG website 

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Parent Volunteers Needed for TAG/Townview Open House Wednesday, December 10th at 6pm

Game Night for Students this Friday! Volunteers Needed!

Exams/Early Release Tues., 12/16 to Fri., 12/19


See below in this newsletter:

Articles & Reminders:
  • Mr. Mackey Recognized as Outstanding Principal!
  • TAG/Townview Open House: Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 6 pm--Volunteers Needed
  • Come to this Week's PTSA Coffee
  • TAG Game Night for Students
  • Painless Fundraiser Update
  • Semester Exam Week Schedule
  • From the Counselors' Office
  • Article Submissions Welcome
  • "Express Yourself" Youth Poetry Competition 
See left sidebar for additional announcements from the school counselors' offices (both TAG and SEM), other news about TAG, how to join PTSA, volunteer registration process, calendar dates, etc.

Mr. Mackey Recognized as  Outstanding Principal!

Mackey On December 2nd, The Hub featured TAG's own Mr. Ben Mackey, who was recently recognized at a reception honoring DISD's top principals. The article concludes, "See what makes Benjamin Mackey stand out as one of the best." Be sure to click on the video as well. To see the article and watch the video, click here. Congratulations, Mr. Mackey!!

TAG/Townview Open House: Wednesday, Dec. 10th at 6 pm

This event will provide prospective students and parents with the chance to tour the school, speak with current students, staff and community members, and learn more about the application process. 
Date: Wednesday, December 10th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Place: TAG
Please invite any prospective parents and students who are interested in applying to TAG to come visit!
To volunteer, click here and scroll down to "TAG/Townview Open House."

Come to this Week's PTSA Coffee!

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Date: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:30 am
Place: Townview Library
The coffee is hosted by PTSA and is a great way to meet parents, students, teachers and staff.  We will meet in the Townview Library and will also serve hot tea and cocoa. There will be a box available to drop off your Painless Fundraiser Donation as well. Parents of students planning to apply to TAG are welcome to attend and continue to learn more about the school.

TAG Game Night for Students

Date: Friday, December 12th
Time: 5:30 pm 
Place: TAG
TAG Students are invited to join the fun for Game Night! This social event happens on Friday, December 12th at 5:30 p.m. It is open to ALL TAG students and is FREE because the PTSA is paying for the food and festivities! The school will be transformed into a hall of games. The evening will include dinner, games, a hot chocolate bar, lots of fun and MORE! Classes will be selling t-shirts and tickets for a gift basket raffle. Students should check-out the posters at school for more details. To volunteer, click here and scroll down to "TAG Game Night" to sign up.

Painless Fundraiser Update

From TAG PTSA Fundraising:
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Let's have 100% participation from our TAG Families! 
While we've met our initial dollar goal of $20,000 only about 25% of our families had donated as of last week's newsletter. Additional donations have been received since then, so thank you to those TAG families! Now let's focus on getting 100% participation by having each TAG household contribute to our Painless Fundraiser. We are so grateful to all of you who have so generously donated! As the year-end approaches, please consider making a gift to the Painless Fundraiser if you have not done so already. Each and every donation is important. Working together, with 100% participation from all our TAG families, we can exceed this dollar goal and thereby be able to contribute even more to keeping TAG the excellent school it has been for all of our children! Let's join together and demonstrate our collective commitment by getting all of our TAG families to contribute. No donation is too small. 100% of our TAG households contributing to keep our school exceptional is an incredible demonstration of the strength of our community.
Next Steps: 
Make checks payable to TAG PTSA; send them to the TAG office addressed to TAG PTSA Painless Fundraiser. Or go online and click on the following tab: "Donate" and then click on the "Donate Now" button. Please note that your donation is tax-deductible. Your employer may be willing to match your donation, so please ask. If you have friends or family that might be willing to contribute, please ask for their support as well.
Questions? Please contact Carol Hampton at or Veronica Bell at

Semester Exam Week Schedule

Semester Exams are next week!! Please review the exam schedule below, and please take note of the early release at 1:35 pm each day, as well as the bus departure time of 1:50 pm.

Tues., Dec. 16: 1st and 5th period exams 
Wed., Dec. 17: 2nd and 6th period exams 
Thurs., Dec. 18: 3rd and 7th period exams 
Fri., Dec. 19: 4th and 8th period exams 

There will be two exams per day:
1st Exam: 9:15 - 11:20 am 
2nd Exam: 11:30 am - 1:35 pm 
Lunches Distributed/Dismissal 1:35 - 1:50 pm Buses leave: 1:50 pm

Announcements from the TAG Counselors' Office

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PSAT Results
PSAT score sheets will be given to 9th-11th graders during English classes on December 11th and 12th. Each student will receive his or her original test booklet, an interpretation sheet, and the score sheet. The score sheet includes info score, range, percentile and answer chart. The sheet also contains the student access code (unique to each student) for further research on Reviewing test booklets, answers, and tools from the College Board is a great resource for improving future performance. Parents, please encourage your student to review and reflect on their test results over winter break.
Junior Parents: Please encourage your student to continue researching colleges over the holidays. Juniors have been asked to have an initial college list ready by February to discuss with the counseling office. 

Senior Parents: Access to FAFSA begins January 1, 2015. The FAFSA process will be much easier if taxes are filed as early as possible. Parents needing assistance with completing the FAFSA, please mark your calendar for February 10th. There will be college representatives available to assist you at Townview from 6-8 pm that night.
Guidance Lesson Lunch Sessions are happening again in January. 
We will be conducting our third guidance lesson of the year during lunches on January 13-16. The topic will be suicide prevention. Again, these will be lunch sessions for the students, and this is a state-mandated guidance topic. Please assist us in letting the students know when and where to report. Students should either bring their own lunches or enjoy the lunches provided, rather than going to the cafeteria that day. 
Suicide Prevention Guidance Lesson Plan:
Tuesday, January 13, Room 313
9th Grade-Aleman-Lowry, Cameron 
Tuesday, January 13, Room 318
9th Grade-Lowry, Cate-Yahia 

Wednesday, January 14, Room 313
10th Grade-Adams-Loza 
Wednesday, January 14, Room 318
10th Grade-Magalindan-Velez
Thursday, January 15, Room 313
11th Grade-Atiles-Mai 
Thursday, January 15, Room 318
11th Grade-Mallena-Williams 

Friday, January 16 Room 313
12th Grade-Alayon-Katz 
Friday, January 16 Room 318
12th Grade-Khan-Xiong

Article Submissions Welcome

starIf you are involved as a student, faculty advisor, or parent in a TAG club or organization, the newsletter would like to hear from you!  Please submit short articles and photos to

"Express Yourself" Youth Poetry Competition 

ExpressYourself 2The Dallas Public Library is hosting its 19th annual "Express Yourself" Youth Poetry Competition, and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015. For more information, click here.

Kristin Cartwright
Newsletter Editor

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