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October 22, 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. 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)

Deadline Oct. 22 to Register: 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. 
Workshop Date: Nov 22
Deadline to register: Oct. 22 (today!)
UT Southwestern

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.

Apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards!

The deadline for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is quickly approaching. If you have a student in grades 5-12 that has volunteered within the past year, I hope you will encourage them to apply. Awards are granted to both middle level and high school students in every state and the District of Columbia. Top honorees earn cash prizes and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for four days of special recognition events. 
Click here to learn more or visit this site.
To apply, complete the application and either
email or hand-deliver certification instructions to a middle or high school principal, or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate
Deadline to apply: 
November 4th

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

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.

UT Summer Discovery Pre-College High School Classes

Click here to download the brochure 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: 
January 7, 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

Upcoming Calendar Dates

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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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Yearbook Photos This Week!! 
Send in order forms with your student 
(see below for more information).

See below in this newsletter:

Articles & Reminders:
  • Yearbook Photos This Week!
  • TAG YAGA (Youth Against Global Abuse) Students Volunteered at Dallas Komen Race for the Cure
  • New TAG Website!!
  • Interesting Reading!
  • Travis Fall Festival Needs Student Alumni Volunteers!
  • Unique Community Service Opportunity for TAG Students
  • TAG in the Local News
  • Rosemont Fall Festival Needs Volunteers! (TAG Students)
  • Volunteers are Needed at School Events
  • Reflections Contest
  • PTSA Membership is for Everyone
See left sidebar for announcements from the school counselors' offices (both TAG and SEM), other news about TAG, and calendar dates.

Yearbook Photos This Week!

By now, students will have received hard copies of the order form at school, but the order form/brochure is available to print (click here for the front of the form  and here for the back of the form) in case some of those brochures do not make it home to the parents. 


Thanks to Ms. Greer for sponsoring Yearbook and for information/details that students and their families need to know:

  • Seniors and Freshmen will take their pictures on Tuesday, October 21.
  • Juniors and Sophomores will take their pictures on Wednesday, October 22.
  • The backdrop for the pictures will be light gray, so the students should avoid wearing that color.
  •  If students and families order pictures, they will be delivered to the school in late November.

TAG YAGA (Youth Against Global Abuse) Students Volunteered at Dallas Komen Race for the Cure

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Some members of YAGA (Youth Against Global Abuse) volunteered at Saturday's Dallas Komen Race for the Cure. The volunteers (Isaiah Turner, Abby Springs, Delta Smith, Kathleen Dahlgreen, and Claire Eckardt) handed out water and cheered on runners and walkers participating in the event.  The funds raised by the race will be used in helping local health facilities in detecting, screening, and treating women with breast cancer. Thanks to these fab 5 freshmen for volunteering!! Its not too late to join YAGA (a merger between SAGA (Students Against Global Abuse) and YGI(Youth Global Initiative). The next club meeting is Mon. Oct. 27 during C lunch in Ms. Dewberry's room. 

Thanks to Ms. Dewberry for sponsoring the club and for providing photos and information.

TAG YAGA at Komen Race for the Cure

New TAG Website!

taglogoWe're really excited about the work that has been done to launch the school's new website. Work is still being finalized on several pages of the new site, as well as on the integration of this main site with the existing PTSA website. Last year, the PTSA set aside funds to hire an outside firm, Insite, to assist with the development of a new comprehensive 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. 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 link to the URL:

Interesting Reading!

books 2Here are several recent short articles that may be of interest to TAG parents and students. Enjoy!

Here is a New York Times (10/17/14) article about the stress of saving for college and the implications for financial aid. (Thanks to former TAG parent and PTSA President Jim Kipp for sending the link). Click here to read.

This is a re-run of an article (from 9/4/14 issue of this newsletter) from Atlantic Monthly (6/30/14) that was suggested reading by Mr. Mackey. It provides an interesting perspective about the college admissions process. Click here to read.

Travis Fall Festival Needs Student Alumni Volunteers!

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The Travis Fall Festival  would love the help of some Travis alums who are current TAG students to make the event a complete success!

We will happily sign your community service hours form, so please bring it and ask for Ms. Dabney Jungerman or a Travis staff/faculty member to sign.  Click here for a copy of the community service form.

Date: Fri., October 24th
Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm (clean-up: 9-10 pm)
Place: William B. Travis TAG

Most slots are 1 hour in length.  Many spots available are for the clean up crew from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Please use the link (you may need to copy and paste into your browser) below to access the general volunteer sign up genius.  

To sign up, click here. Please put "Travis alum/TAG student" in the comments section.

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.

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.

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  

PTSA Membership is for Everyone

Becoming a member of the PTSA is a great way to support the vibrant TAG community throughout the year.  Two easy ways to join:
Online:  Go to and 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.  (Please note: A small service fee of $1.00 per family is charged to join online.)
Envelope:  Fill out a PTSA membership envelope and return with a check payable to “TAG PTSA” to the school office.  (Extra envelopes are available in the office.)

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.
For membership, questions please contact Ledith Blair at

Kristin Cartwright
Newsletter Editor

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