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October 1, 2014

TAG MAGNET NEWSLETTER  

School for the Talented and Gifted

at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

1201 E. 8th St., #302
Dallas, Texas 75203
972-925-5970
 

Go Griffins!

 


BestHighSchools

  

#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.


Univ of Chicago Information Session

Thurs., Oct. 2, 6:00 pm Dallas Public Library
O'Hara Exhibit Hall 
1515 Young Street 
Dallas, TX 75201
(no pre-registration required).


UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS

(at TAG unless noted as visiting SEM in parentheses)

 

Oct. 1

Indiana Univ 8:45 am

Trinity Univ 12:30 pm

Carnegie Mellon 3:45-4:15 pm (SEM)


Oct. 3

Swarthmore 8:00 am

George Mason 12:30 

Tufts 12:30 pm

Dartmouth

3:15-3:45 pm (SEM)


Oct. 6

Calif College of Arts 12:30 

Connecticut College 4:15 


Oct. 7

Univ of Wisconsin 3:45-4:15 pm (SEM)


Oct. 8

Rice University 8:30 am

Morehouse 8:45 (SEM)


Oct. 9

NYU 7:30-9:00 am

Wellesley 8:00 am


Oct. 13

UT Dallas 8:30 am


Oct. 20

Bennington 12:30 pm


Oct. 21

Case Western 12:30 pm

Princeton 12:30 pm


Oct. 27

TCU 12:30 pm


Oct. 28

Carleton College 8:30 am


Trinity River Photo Contest

Deadline: Oct. 15th
Announcing the 2014 Trinity River Photo Contest- free contest, open to everyone. 
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
2520 Flora St. 
Dallas, TX 75201                             
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. Co-sponsored by DISD, the event is free and open to the public, although it is requested that attendees register through the link below.  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 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.


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


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 here for more information. First abstract submission deadline: 
Jan. 7, 2015


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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October

9th

PTSA Coffee w/ NYU

7:30 - 9:30 am


13th  

Report Cards/Parent-Teacher Conferences


15th 

PSAT Exam (grades 9, 10, 11; Seniors report to school at 1:00 pm)


17th  

NO SCHOOL (Fair Day)


21st 

PTSA General Meeting

  

30th  

Reflections Contest Entry Deadline


A/B Block Scheduling

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


Visit the 

TAGPTSA 

website




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October is Here!
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See below in this newsletter:

Articles & Reminders:
  • TAG TREK - Recap 
  • PTSA Coffee Thursday, Oct. 9th: Special Program
  • Kudos Corner - Student Scouts
  • From the Counseling Office: PSAT
  • From the TAG Office
  • Volunteers are Needed at TAG Events
  • Fall Membership Drive - Join the PTSA!
  • Positions Available (School  Committee, PTSA Board)
  • Reflections Contest
  • How to Get Spirit Wear
  • Directories are Still Available
See left sidebar for announcements from the school counselors' offices (both TAG and SEM), other news about TAG, and calendar dates.


TAG TREK - Recap 

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TREK participants arrive at the Levee overlooking the Trinity River during the walking tour on the first day.

    The 2014 TAG TREK began on Thursday, September 25th with opening remarks in the Townview Commons area. Pastor Vincent Parker of Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church (located in the residential area near Townview known as the Bottoms) and John Matthews, Project Manager with Matthews Southwest (real estate development firm), were the kick-off speakers. Each speaker conducted a question and answer session after his remarks. Pastor Parker said that this was the first time he had been invited to speak to students on the Townview campus. He talked about the history of the area where Townview is located. He became the pastor of Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church in 1986 and remembers when Townview was being built. Pastor Parker also discussed the outreach and learning programs his church sponsors in the community, and he emphasized the importance of being part of the community. Project Manager John Matthews described the many real estate development projects that Matthews Southwest has completed in Dallas, notably, South Side on Lamar and the surrounding area. Matthews Southwest donated land to the city of Dallas to build its police headquarters on Lamar. 
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Pastor Vincent Parker of Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church and Project Manager John Matthews of Matthews Southwest speak to TREK participants to kick-off the four-day event.

     The students also watched a video from  bcWorkshop (a Dallas-based nonprofit community design center) which reviewed the historical significance of the historic Tenth Street District and the Bottoms. Click here to see this fascinating video through a series of neighborhood stories about the area where Townview sits. After opening remarks concluded, the students, teachers and volunteer parent chaperones went on a walking tour of the area surrounding the school. The stops on the tour included Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, the Levee, Show Hill, and Eloise Lundy Recreation Center. Representatives from bcWorkshop were stationed at stops during the walking tour and presented historical information to each of the tour groups. Pastor Parker led the tour of his church, and the director of Lundy Recreation Center led a tour of the center. Here are some additional websites to learn more about the areas featured on the walking tour: 
All students ended the tour at a tent constructed in the park across from Eloise Lundy Recreation Center. Lunch was served, and students divided into four groups to begin their projects. 
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TREK participants begin project work at the tent.

     Day Two of Trek included field trips as follows: (a) the Regulatory Group went to Dallas City Hall; (b) the Economic Group went to South Side on Lamar & the NYLO; (c) the As Built Group went to the Trinity River Audubon Center; and (d) the Community Group went to the Martin Luther King Center. On Day Three, each of the four groups continued to work on their projects, with students divided into smaller subgroups of about 13-16 students each. Day Four culminated with final presentations from each of the smaller groups.

Note: Many thanks to TAG PTSA President and parent volunteer Veronica Bell for photos and summary of TREK.


PTSA Coffee Thursday, Oct. 9th, 7:30-9:00 am: Special Program

coffee-cup-clip-artOur PTSA Coffee on October 9th in the Townview Library will feature a special program. Ms. Marberry has arranged for a presentation by Ms. Daniela Segrove, Assistant Director of Admissions with New York University Abu Dhabi. Ms. Segrove will discuss New York University 's Global Network. We invite students, parents and teachers to attend: 
  • 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Meet, Greet & Get Coffee (or Beverage) 
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – NYU’s Global Network Special Presentation 
Please join us for this exciting program on Thursday, October 9th beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Townview Library. We have coffee and other beverages. Click here to read more about the program and our speaker, Ms. Segrove.


Kudos Corner--Student Scouts

Webb Smith (Class of 2016) & David Davis (Class of 2017) Eagle Scouts 
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TAG Junior Webb Smith and TAG Sophomore David Davis each earned the rank of Eagle Scout on August 31, 2014. Both students are members of Troop 43 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Dallas, Texas, where they started their scouting careers in 4th grade. They continue to work with the younger members of the troop, helping teach merit badges and being senior leaders on campouts and in meetings. Congratulations to both of you!


From the Counseling Office: PSAT on Wed., Oct. 15th

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Students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades will take the PSAT on Wed., Oct 15th. They were given the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT on Sept 23rd & 24th in their English classes. The guide includes practice questions and information about the National Merit Program, including a list of universities that award National Merit scholarships (p.19), as well as other corporations offering scholarships to National Merit students.  Remember that National Merit qualification comes from the performance on the PSAT taken during the junior year (scoring in the 99th percentile).  For 9th and 10th graders, it is practice. Scores generally arrive in mid-December. In the last few years, students have been receiving emails from the College Board stating that their scores are available. This email has been arriving before the scores actually arrive on the TAG campus. Therefore, please ignore this email. Generally, we disseminate score sheets and the students’ original test booklets with an explanation sheet within a day of their arrival on our campus.


From the TAG Office

Conference Night and Report Cards
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Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held after school on Monday, Oct. 13th, and Report Cards will be issued on that date as well.

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Lost and Found from the Picnic
One pair of earbuds 
Pair of wooden salad servers 
Woven, cotton floral throw w/ “loving daughter” message 
Large plastic square bowl
Individuals can pick up these items in the TAG office.


Volunteers Are Needed at TAG Events

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Please go to the TAG Volunteer Spot for a listing of volunteers needed for this coming week and dates in the future. 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!


Fall Membership Drive: Join the PTSA! 

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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 www.tagptsa.com 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 ledithb@yahoo.com.


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 Position

- Reflections Chair

If you are interested in serving on the committee or in the open PTSA Board position, please contact Veronica Bell, PTSA President, at vmbell@tx.rr.com or 972-740-2545.


2014-15 Texas PTA Reflections Competition

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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.

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 www.txpta.org/programs/reflections.  


How to Get Spirit Wear

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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., October 13th at 5pm
2. Call or email Spirit Wear Chair Sharon Chan: (972) 693-7170 or sharonchan555@yahoo.com 

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!

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For those PTSA members who were unable to pick up their directories at the Picnic or General PTSA meeting, if you are not already a 2014-15 member, you may join PTSA and receive your directory! (See above information about PTSA Fall Membership Drive). Once you join, your directory will be sent home through your student at school.




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Kristin Cartwright
Newsletter Editor
Email: TAGMAGhs@gmail.com



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