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October 29, 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. 29 (today)

Texas Wesleyan

 8:45 am (SEM)

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. 

Getting In: Navigating the College Admissions Process

This is a free seminar with author Rob Franek.
Saturday, Nov. 15th
2:30 pm
UT Dallas
Click here to view the flyer. To register, click here.

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



No School--Staff Development


PTSA General Meeting


TAG Prospective Parent Information Night


PTSA Coffee

26th, 27th, 28th

No School -- Thanksgiving Break

A/B Block Scheduling

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

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See below in this newsletter:

Articles & Reminders:
  • Congratulations to Mr. Cullins!
  • Consider Donating One Hour Per Week to Serving as a Reading Tutor
  • Kudos Corner
  • Interesting Reading: Colleges
  • Unique Community Service Opportunity for TAG Students this Friday!
  • TAG YAGA (Youth Against Global Abuse) Volunteered at Komen Race for the Cure
  • TAG in the Local News
  • Volunteers are Needed at School Events
  • Reflections Contest
  • New TAG Website!!
  • 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.

Congratulations to Mr. Cullins!!


TAG Calculus Teacher Mr. Thelvie Cullins is pictured above with the other winners. He stands in the front row, fourth from left.

TAG's very own Mr. Thelvie Cullins, who teaches AP Calculus, is one of seven DISD teachers to receive the 2014 Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award. This means that he receives $5,000 and that TAG also receives an additional $5,000. This was the eighth year the district participated in the awards, given by the TI Foundation. Finalists were selected after a review of their principals' recommendations and responses to questions about their instructional practices. In addition, classroom observations were completed and scored. Mr. Cullins teaches both AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC and is a TAG graduate himself.

This article was found in the DISD Twitter feed of The Hub, (Dallas ISD's online newsroom), along with a link to a write-up on Dallas ISD's Facebook Page.

Consider Donating One Hour Per Week to Serving as a Reading Tutor 

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Dallas ISD's drive to recruit 5,000 volunteer literacy tutors to improve student reading skills will culminate in a Volunteer Signing Day event at 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 29, in the Underground Room at South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar Street.

The search is on for civic-minded citizens from all walks of life willing to devote one hour per week to tutor struggling readers in district elementary schools. The need exists in all geographic areas of the city, so chances are no matter where you live or work, a nearby school has students who need your help.

If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, click here for more information or click here to sign up to volunteer online.

Kudos Corner

Congratulations to TAG 2014 graduate Brianna Johnson for completing the Pete Sessions Leadership and Growth Program in Washington, D.C. last summer. Click here to read the recent article about the leadership program in the White Rock Weekly Neighbors Go edition of the Dallas Morning News.
Brianna Johnson, a TAG graduate of the Class of 2014, is pictured above as a participant in the leadership program in Washington, D.C.

TAG PTSA wins Early Bird Award from Texas PTA. This award is given for reporting and remitting dues to Texas PTA for at least 75% of the previous year's membership by September 30th. Kudos to Ledith Blair (Membership Chair) and Cindi Fitzgerald (Directory Chair)! 

Interesting Reading: Colleges

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Here is a New York Times editorial ("Demanding More From College" by Frank Bruni) that questions what society should expect from the college experience. Click here to read.

College Rankings: 
Appearing in a recent release by USA TODAY, the article "Top 10 Texas Colleges--Best Ranked Schools in the Lone Star State" appeared as follows: 
1. Rice University (Private) 
2. Trinity University (Private) 
3. Southern Methodist University (Private) 
4. The University of Texas at Austin (Public) 
5. Southwestern University (Private) 
6. Texas Christian University (Private) 
7. Texas A & M University-College Station (Public) 
8. Baylor University (Private) 
9. Austin College (Private) 
10. University of Dallas (Private) 
More details and information regarding the methodology used for the ranking can be found by clicking here. There is also a link on the site to find other states' rankings. 

Here is a Forbes magazine article ("The Invisible Force Behind College Admissions" by Maggie McGrath and Matt Schifrin) which explores tuition pricing at colleges. Click here to read.

Here is a New York Times article ("A College Financial Aid Guide for Families Who Have Saved Nothing" by Ron Lieber) about the stress of saving for college and implications for financial aid.  Click here to read. 

Unique Community Service Opportunity for TAG Students this Friday!

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

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Pictured are TAG YAGA volunteers with two students from another local high school. TAG students pictured, 3rd from the far left to right: Claire Eckardt, Kathleen Dahlgren, Delta Smith, Abby Springs, and Isaiah Turner.

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 Dahlgren, 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 for Global Improvement).

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

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 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.

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  

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:

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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