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October 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

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)

Oct. 15

Texas A&M Commerce 8:30 am (SEM)

Oct. 20

Bennington 12:30 pm

Oct. 21

Case Western 12:30 pm

Princeton 12:30 pm

Oct. 22

Amherst  8:30 am

Oct. 27

TCU 12:30 pm

Oct. 28

Carleton College 8:30 am

Oct. 29

Texas Wesleyan

 8:45 am (SEM)

Univ of Central Arkansas Information Night

Thursday, Oct. 16th
6:00--8:00 pm
Addison Convention Ctr
15650 Addison Rd.
Addison, TX
For more information, call Chris Riggins at 501.450.5147 or email him at General UCA admissions information is online.

Centenary Preview in Dallas

Saturday, October 18th
10:00 am--12:00 pm
Click here to view the flyer and  register by clicking here.

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

Las Llaves del Exito: The Keys to Success--A College Fair for Families

Saturday, October 25th
8:30 am--12:30 pm
This event is co-sponsored by Dallas ISD, University of North Texas, and Dallas County Community College District. Click here to view the flyer and click here to register. 

Go College! Free Screening of First Generation: the 1-hour Version

Thursday, Oct. 30th
6:00 pm
Angelika Film Center
5321 E. Mockingbird
Dallas, TX
Click here to view the flyer.

Perry Initiative: Workshop for Girls Interested in Orthopaedics and Engineering at UT Southwestern

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

Dallas Hispanic Bar Association Youth Law Symposium

It is with great pleasure that we invite your students to attend:
Friday, November 7
8:30 am - 2:30 pm 
Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak 
Dallas TX 75204.
This is a pipeline program that provides Hispanic and other high school students the opportunity to learn about the law and the legal profession from attorneys and judges and to discover how to pursue a legal education. Students will learn about the importance of the law in our society, the day-to-day work that attorneys and judges perform and the requirements to become an attorney. Experienced attorneys will do a trial demonstration to provide students with a glimpse inside the life of a litigator. The program is FREE for students and lunch will be provided at no cost to the students. Click here for more information and here to register. Click here to view the flyer.

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.
Deadline: Nov. 4th

UT Summer Discovery Pre-College High School Classes

Click here to download the brochure (allow time for the download) and here to visit the website. Note: There is a new and returning students discount until Nov. 17th.

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: 
Jan. 7, 2015

Upcoming Calendar Dates

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PSAT Exam (grades 9, 10, 11; Seniors report  to school at normal time)


NO SCHOOL (Fair Day)


"Let's Talk!" with Trustee Dr. Lew Blackburn (PTSA General Meeting will be rescheduled)



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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  • Wednesday, Oct. 15th: Seniors Report to school at 9:15 am (normal time)
  • Friday, Oct. 17th is Fair Day!
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See below in this newsletter:

Articles & Reminders:
  • Corrections & Congratulations!
  • Announcing the New TAG Website
  • Update from the Counselors' Office
  • Unique Community Service Opportunity for TAG Students
  • TAG in the Local News
  • Let's Talk! with DISD Trustee Dr. Lew Blackburn: Tuesday, Oct. 21st at Townview -- PTSA General Meeting Will be Rescheduled
  • Another Community Service Opportunity for TAG Students
  • TAG SWAG Spirit Wear Update
  • Volunteers are Needed at School Events
  • Reflections Contest
  • Membership/Directory Update
See left sidebar for announcements from the school counselors' offices (both TAG and SEM), other news about TAG, and calendar dates.

Corrections & Congratulations!


This year's National Merit Semifinalists, from left to right: Abigail Rees, Flannery Currin, David Dela Cruz, Adrianna Demopulos, Christopher McDougal, Grace Enda, Yousef Nofal, Alexander Ravnik, and Lucas Chen (Not pictured: Matthew Brown and Stephanie Xiong).

Last week's recognition of TAG students was incomplete. Listed below are this year's seniors who earned a distinction from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Pictured, yet not named in last week's announcement of National Merit Semifinalists, is senior Yousef Nofal, who is pictured above. In addition, senior Taylor Holloway earned the distinction of National Achievement Scholar Semifinalist, and she is pictured in the group photo of the National Achievement Scholar Outstanding Participants below. Moreover, two TAG seniors, Jordan Blanco and Alvaro Michael, earned the distinction of National Hispanic Scholar, and they are pictured together below. A complete listing of this year's recognized students follows. Congratulations to everyone! 

National Merit Scholar Semifinalists
Matthew Brown (not pictured)
Lucas Chen
Flannery Currin
David Dela Cruz
Adrian Demopulos
Grace Enda
Christopher McDougal
Yousef Nofal 
Alex Ravnik
Abigail Rees
Jia Qi "Stephanie" Xiong (not pictured)

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This year's National Achievement Scholar Outstanding Participants, from left to right: Taylor Holloway, who earned the honor of National Achievement ScholarJidenna Nwosu, Miles Longshaw, Cameron Wicks, Zulkifl Jemal, and Stephen Blair

National Achievement Scholar Semifinalist
Taylor Holloway 

National Achievement Scholar Outstanding Participants
Stephen Blair
Zulkifl Jemal
Miles Longshaw
Jidenna Nwosu
Cameron Wicks

National Hispanic Scholars
Jordan Blanco 
Alvaro Michael

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This year's National Hispanic Scholars, Alvaro Michael (left) and Jordan Blanco (right).

National Merit Commended Students
Yuri Choi
Preethi Fernandez
Braden Fineberg
Blaine Finstein
Arabella Jenkins
Mah-Ro Khan
Amy Lupica
Alvaro Michael
Ruby Pandey
Benjamin Singer
Nesta Smith-Riordon

Announcing the New TAG Website

We're really excited about the work that has been done to launch the school's new website. We're still working on several pages of the new site and the integration of this main site with the PTSA website. Last year PTSA set aside funds to hire an outside firm, Insite, to assist with the development of a new website. We extend our thanks to Jim Kipp, Rhonda Hutchison, Cindi Fitzgerald, Siobhan Farr, Veronica Bell, Alfonso Correa, and Ben Mackey for their help in the development of the site. As with most websites, it is growing and changing daily, so please visit often for all of the latest and greatest information about TAG! 

Here is the URL for the new site:

Update from the Counselors' Office


From October 21st to 28th, Ms. Marberry and Ms. Langat will meet with 9th, 10th, and 11th graders during mandatory lunch sessions to discuss higher education topics. See the topics for each grade level listed below:

9th graders: Understanding types of post-graduate Institutions and degrees

10th graders: Tools for beginning the college search & developing a strong resume

11th graders: Finding the right fit 

Unique Community Service Opportunity for TAG Students

Not sure what to do on Halloween? How about starting a new tradition of service in the Townview community? 

Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church has invited the TAG family to its Fall Harvest Festival on Friday, October 31st from 6:00-8:00 pm. The church is a vital member of the Townview neighborhood and participated in TREK this year. The Festival runs from 6-8 p.m. It will feature food, games, face painting, and balloon animals, as well as an appearance by the Casalino Circus. Volunteers are needed to staff booths and other activities. Students who volunteer can receive credit toward their community service requirement (click here for the student community service form to bring--or copies are available in the TAG office). The church is located near the levee in the neighborhood adjacent to Townview at 1101 Reverend CBT Smith Street. Most of the festival's activities will take place at nearby Eloise Lundy Recreation Center and park (1228 Sabine St). Please contact Sharon Mansfield at if you are interested.

TAG in the Local News

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Student Achievement Featured on The Hub!
A headline article on Oct. 10th on The Hub, Dallas ISD's new online newsroom, features TAG and other students. Click here to view the story.

TREK Story Featured on The Hub!
An article about TAG Trek appeared on Oct. 7th on The Hub. Click here to read the article.

TAG Picnic Featured in White Rock Weekly!
Photos and an article about the TAG Back to School Picnic appeared in the Oct. 3rd edition of White Rock Weekly Neighbors Go edition of the Dallas Morning News, thanks to a submission by TAG PTSA Public Relations Chair Jeanne Culver. To see the article, click here.

Let's Talk! with Dallas ISD Trustee Dr. Lew Blackburn: Tuesday, Oct. 21st at Townview

blackburnPlease note: PTSA General Meeting scheduled for the same date will be rescheduled. 

Dallas ISD Trustee, Dr. Lew Blackburn, representing District 5, will meet with students, parents, and community members in locations throughout his district starting in October to discuss various topics. Let's talk! will be held at Townview on Tuesday, October 21st beginning with students from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and with parents and community members from 6:00-7:00 p.m.


With students, Dr. Blackburn will discuss college and career readiness, school choice, cafeteria and campus concerns. Parents and community members will discuss school choice, early childhood education, school community wrap-around services, and home-rule school district charter. Other topics may also be discussed.


The TAG PTSA General Meeting scheduled for that evening will be rescheduled.

Another Community Service Opportunity for TAG Students

Volunteer to help clean up after the Rosemont Elementary "Boo Bash" Fall Carnival: We are in need of clean up crew help! Bring your Community Service sheet (found in the TAG Office or click here for a copy) to document your hours! 

Date: Friday, Oct. 24th 
Clean up: 7:30-8:45 pm 
Place: Rosemont Elementary 

Contact Melissa Love-Tristan at or at 214-577-9754 to sign up or to ask questions.

TAG SWAG Spirit Wear Update

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A Message from Spirit Wear Sharon Chan
Thank you for your participation in Sprit Wear sales this fall. With your help, we raised over $3000 for TAG PTSA programs for our school. We have run out of many styles and sizes. However, should you need a sweatshirt or t-shirt, please see Ms. Saucedo in the office with a check made out to TAG PTSA, and she will check our stock to see if there is a style or size that will work for you. If you missed out on TAG SWAG this fall, no worries, we have all new styles planned for this spring, including ball caps and tank tops and lightweight sweatshirts and t-shirts.

Any Questions? Contact Spirit Wear Chair Sharon Chan:  
(972) 693-7170 or

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're on our 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 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 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.

Thank you!

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. 

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  

Membership/Directory Update

Directories are still available to those who join PTSA! The directories were all handed out to PTSA members. If you didn't receive yours, a) check in your student's backpack, or b) you still need to join/renew your PTSA membership! 

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.
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

Kristin Cartwright
Newsletter Editor

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