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September 18, 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. 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)

ACE Mentor Program

Registration for the program closes on 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

Announcing the 2014 Trinity River Photo Contest- free contest, open to everyone. 
Deadline for entries is Oct. 15th! 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

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. Dallas ISD is one of the sponsors of the event. The event is free and open to the public, although it is requested that people wishing to attend register through the Eventbrite link below.  Mayor Rawlings will be speaking briefly at this event.
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 our websiteHAS is a NASA unique opportunity for students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 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. You can also learn more about the program by viewing “High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery” video here.

Free SAT Prep Sessions this Fall

Co-sponsored by DISD, there are a total of  four sessions beginning Sept. 20th and 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."

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

Yale Information Session
You are invited to a session in Dallas on
Thurs., Sept. 18, 6:30 pm
St Mark's School of Texas 
10600 Preston Rd.
Dallas, TX 75230
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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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.

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TAG TREK is Coming!
TREK T-Shirts Available for Students and Families: Order by Friday, Sept. 19th

See below in this newsletter:

Articles & Reminders:
  • Order your TAG TREK T-shirts Now! Deadline is Friday, Sept. 19th
  • PTSA Coffee: Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 7:30-9:30 am
  • TAG Forum -- Recap
  • TAG TREK (Sept. 25-27 & Sept. 29-30): This Year's Theme & More Volunteers are Needed!
  • PTSA General Meeting - Recap
  • How to Get Spirit Wear
  • Directories are Still Available
  • Volunteers are Needed at TAG Events/DISD Volunteer Registration 
  • Positions Available (School  Committee, PTSA Board)
  • Join the PTSA--Fall Membership Drive Continues!
  • Reflections Contest
  • Notes from the TAG Office
See left sidebar for announcements from the school counselors' offices (both TAG and SEM), other news about TAG, and calendar dates.

TAG TREK T-Shirts: Order by Friday, Sept. 19th!!

Each year, students submit drawings for that year's TAG TREK T-shirt Design Contest, with the winning design announced at TREK. The deadline has been extended to order your t-shirt, and parents and students are equally encouraged to order! TAG Families may order 2014 TREK Shirts until Friday, Sept. 19th at 4:15 pm. Family members need to indicate the grade level of their student on this order form. Please print and complete the form (and include a check made payable to TAG Magnet) and submit to Mr. Buchanan in Room 312 by the Friday deadline. Senior parents will have the 2015 Senior template on the shirt.

PTSA Coffee: Wed., Sept. 24th!

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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. (Note: Volunteers to help set up and clean up are always appreciated. Click here to sign up.)

TAG FORUM -- Recap

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Dallas Arts District CEO Catherine Cuellar, pictured above with students Jordan Blanco, Dylan Koss, Jovahana Avila, Chris Tschiemer, Marshall Honaker, Miles Longshaw, and Christopher McDougal, was the featured keynote speaker.

TAG held its annual Forum on Friday, September 12th. This year’s Forum was designed to lay the groundwork for Trek, which focuses on urban planning and design. At Forum, students heard from various professionals in Urban Planning. The kick-off speaker for the day was Catherine Cuellar, CEO of the Dallas Arts District, which is the nation’s largest contiguous space dedicated to various artistic endeavors. Cuellar is at the helm of the 68-acre Dallas Arts District that sits in the heart of downtown Dallas and is home to most of the city’s major cultural institutions. In her kick-off address to the entire school, Ms. Cuellar shared her background with students and talked about the many challenges and rewards of the Dallas Arts District. In the afternoon of Forum, students self-selected to listen to speakers in four sub-disciplines that will be represented at Trek: regulatory, economic, physical, and community development. Here’s a link to the overview, schedule and list of speakers: Forum 2014

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Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins spoke to students about his work. (Pictured: Krishna Karur, Beckham Myers, and Vanessa Apira). 

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. 
The offsite 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).

PTSA General Meeting--Recap

brainThe first PTSA General Meeting of the year was extremely well attended and thought provoking. After a short business meeting and the introduction of Ms. Kay Langat, who is working with Ms. Marberry in the TAG counseling office, and Mr. Jose Valerio, SEM Counselor, Author/Expert James Munton gave a highly entertaining presentation on the topic of CyberSense that grabbed everyone's attention with his descriptions of various real-life scenarios and how to stay safe. The TAG community came away with a heightened understanding of the risks of life in an online world. Many thanks to everyone who attended. Mark your calendars to attend the next PTSA General Meeting on Tues., Oct. 21st.

Spirit Wear Update: How to get Spirit Wear While You Still Can!

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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., Oct. 13 at 5pm
2. 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 Still Available!

For those PTSA members who were unable to pick up their directories at the picnic or PTSA meeting, if you are not already a 2014-15 member, you may join and receive your directory! We will get your directory home through your student at school.

Volunteers Needed for TAG Events!                                      

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Volunteer for TAG Events
Additional Volunteer Sign-ups available on Volunteer Spot (see link below) for DART Train Field Trip (9/23), TAG Trek (9/25-9/27 & 9/29-9/30), PTSA Coffees, Breakfast for Faculty Meetings, and more to come (see the "Volunteer Spot" 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 Volunteer Spot for TAG volunteer sign-ups mentioned above, as well as others.

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 Positions

- Fundraising Chair

- Historian

- Reflections


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

Join the PTSA--Fall Membership Drive Continues!

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.

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  

Notes from the TAG Office

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Enrollment Packets and Forms
If you have not done so already, please return your student's completed enrollment packet and forms to the TAG Office immediately. The packets were completed at Flight School for freshman and accompanied other students home on the first day of school. Thank you!

Lost & Found from the Picnic:
  • Large, white plastic bowl
  • One pair of earbuds
  • Pair of wooden salad servers
  • Woven, cotton floral throw w/ “loving daughter” message 
Individuals may pick up these items in the TAG Office.

Kristin Cartwright
Newsletter Editor

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