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May 23, 2012




Don't forget Early Release Times...

On exam days, students will be released at 1:30.  Year end exams start Friday, May 25 and continue through the last day of school, Thursday, May 31.

Step Up And Jump On "Board"!

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Did you know that PTSA board members can only keep the same job for two years?  PTA rules require that a volunteer step down (or change to a new position) every two years so that the PTA remains infused with new parents and that we all share the load of supporting our school.

For the 2012-13 school year, we have whittled down the available Board positions to one remaining area, which is Test Support.  This vital job involves coordinating the feeding of students before and in-between tests.  As Test Support Coordinator, you can help Ms. Kashyap make sure our students are fed before important tests, by organizing volunteers.

We can all thank Hannah Lee for performing this job seamlessly for the last two years.  Hannah's dedication is one of the reasons our students have performed so well on tests!

A Big Thank You...


To all who donated water and snacks for this year's testing season!  And thank you to the following parents who showed up these past two weeks to help with the AP snack distribution:


Tricia Robinson, Sylvia Carlson, Polly Jackson, Cecilia Packheiser, Debra Hinson, Karen McKinney, Stacy Breen, Laura Schlenker, Sudha Subramanian and Jacob Liou.


Hannah Lee
PTSA Test Support

The Key To Science



Richard Feynman was a scientist, teacher, raconteur, and musician.  He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb, expanded the understanding of quantum electrodynamics, translated Mayan hieroglyphics, and cut to the heart of the Challenger disaster.  But beyond all of that, Richard Feynman was a unique and multi-faceted individual.


In this short Youtube video, Feynman explains the process by which we look for a new law.


Thanks to Jim Kipp for this submission

Youtube Video

School News

State UIL Results...

Six students from the Science and Engineering Magnet competed at the State UIL Meet on May 21st and 22nd in Austin, TX. These students were competing with the top 20-25 students in their events from all of the 5A schools in the State. Students competed in Calculator Applications, Number Sense, Current Events, Prose Interpretation and Mathematics.


Wesley Runnels won second place in number sense in conference 5A and also had the second highest score in the State. Number Sense is an 80 question mental mathematics competition that students have 10 minutes to complete.


Congratulations to Wesley Runnels, Andrew Mills, Meaghan Pearson, Zuleyka Guzman, Gloria Yoo and Lauren Liou for making it to the State UIL Meet and congratulations to Wesley for his outstanding performance in Number Sense.


Josh Newton

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Congratulations to the entire SEM Family!


Newsweek and The Washington Post ranked us way up there on the 2012 Best High School lists!

  • SEM Ranked #3 (out of 1900 public high schools)-Washington Post High School Challenge
  • SEM Ranked #4 (out of 1000 public high schools)

Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication!


Jovan Wells


Washington Post

Newsweek n Daily Beast

Counselor's Corner

Ms. Kashyap Would Like To Say,

Thank you all for your support during the testing process. I am very grateful for everyone's assistance.  Your providing snacks for students, staff, substitutes and for myself was very touching.  These were days when we would not have been able to have lunch were it not for you.  Thank you again, and I am looking forward to working with such a supportive organization in the years to come and to helping your children succeed to the best of my ability.


I'm extremely grateful to all those parents who came early in the morning for two weeks to provide snacks to SEM students.


Special Thanks to Ms. Lee and Ms. Robinson for providing Pizza for 10th and 12th graders.




Naveen Kashyap

Guidance Counselor

Your Congresswoman Wants You!


Students, if you are interested in increasing your cultural self-awareness, then apply to be a part of the Sixth Annual Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue, sponsored by U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.


The creators of this conference are seeking motivated and interested students between the age of 13 and 17 to attend this year’s summit on August 6, 2012 at Southern Methodist University.


Deadline to apply is June 29th 2012. For more information click here.


Ivy League Opportunity! 


The College Of Engineering At Cornell University will have two on-campus programs this fall; Fall Diversity Hosting Weekend and Fall Women in Engineering Program.

Both programs will take place September 27 – 29, 2012 and will provide students with an insider’s view into life as a Cornell Engineer.


They only want the best students, so if this is something you might be interested in, let Ms. Kashyap know and start your application process!  For more information, see the links below and/or read the SEM Website Bulletin Board.


Fall Diversity Hosting Weekend:

Fall Women in Engineering Program:


Juniors... Hispanic Youth Awards Opportunity



The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is once again conducting a nation-wide search for the best and the brightest Hispanic/Latino leaders.


The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards offers educational grants in several categories to qualified Hispanic/Latino high school juniors.  Students are also eligible to be selected as a national recipient and receive a laptop computer and an all expense paid trip to attend the National Youth Awards ceremony!


The application is now available online at The deadline to apply

is July 6th. 2012.


Requirements for applicants:

  • Current high school JUNIOR (not seniors)
  • Plan to attend college in the 2013 Fall Semester
  • US Citizenship or US permanent residency
  • Of Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA ( on a 4.0 scale)  or 7.5 (on a 10.0 scale)
  • Willing to travel at own cost to the awards ceremony in your selected region


For more information, please visit the Youth Award section of our web site:, or call 202.861.9797.


Please take a minute to experience what the Youth Awards are all about! Visit the link below on our YouTube Channel.



Thank you for your support,


Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Team

1444 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 202.861.9797

Summer Leadership Program

Welcome to HEAL SU, the Humanities Education And Leadership program held at Stanford University! We are an educational mission seeking to encourage humanities discourse and liberal arts education across disciplines to help future leaders solve pressing global issues creatively. Founded by Stanford students, alumni, and faculty, HEAL SU has started a global discussion on matters practical and profound. HEAL is officially sponsored by the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures and affirmed by the Dept. of History at Stanford. US and international students at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels are encouraged to apply.


Space is limited for the 4 Summer Sessions and applications are competitive. We offer financial aid and merit-based scholarships to applicants. Please see the attached documents for more information.


To apply, please visit


Henry Liao

Executive Director, HEAL

Find Senior Activity Information, College Tips and Events & Due Dates on the SEM Website Senior Bulletin Board page

Dual Credit P. E. Update


This year (fall and spring 2011-2012) students currently enrolled in dual credit P.E. will receive the awarded grade and credit for the course, but Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) will no longer receive state funding.  In order to avoid losing future funding and risking a state fine, the community colleges will no longer enroll students into dual credit P.E. courses, except for the PHED 1304.


Students will also have the option to take the correspondence P.E. course available (for a fee) at Texas Tech or enroll in a P.E. course at Townview for the next (fall and spring 2012 -2013) school year.  If students have difficulty fitting another class into their schedule, they may opt to enroll in a 9th period (4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) P.E. course designed exclusively for SEM students in the 2012 - 2013 school year.  The 9th period class will be offered first to graduating seniors in need of the P.E. credit and then on a first come first serve basis for all other SEM students.


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Naveen Kashyap, Counselor at or 972-925-5962.


Sophie's Diary, A Mathematical Novel

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Historical fiction is a burgeoning genre today because it’s fun AND educational and this book will inspire females who love math.  Professor Dora Musielak, a UT Arlington adjunct professor of physics and aerospace engineering, uses fiction to take up where records about mathematician Sophie Germain leave off.  This novel profiles Germain who, during the years 1789 to 1793, studied mathematics in France and ended up a very influential mathematician of her day – quite a feat for a woman in those times!


The author hopes the novel inspires mathematicians, especially young women, and informs the world about Germain's contributions.  Read more about Musielak's book HERE.


Definitely worth a click - thank you to Kathy Priester for this submittal!

Northpark Curfew Information


If you want to read Northpark's new curfew policy, you can find it on the SEM Website via the link below.  There is also a version in Spanish.

Northpark Curfew Info

On The Bulletin Board...

The following articles & notices can be found on the Bulletin Board on the SEM Website, at the bottom of the Home page.  You can find scholarship & other student opportunity information there and download pdf's where possible.  To go DIRECTLY to any specific article, click on the name in the following link list:

From Ms. Kashyap -
Transcript Request Guidelines (revised as of 11-16-11)
College Application Deadlines
Education Assistance For Minorities
Texas A & M - NCS $75 Deferral

From DISD/Townview -
Townview Security Request for Volunteers 2011-12
DISD Volunteer Application
DISD Informative emails (called @Dallas ISD)
CINCH Science Support Information

Volunteer Opportunity -
DFW International Community Alliance Festival - May 26, 2012

Scholarships (Deadlines in parenthesis) -

MBBE Scholarship (June 1, 2012)
Dorian Paul Williams Encouragement Scholarship - (no apparent deadline)

Summer Programs -
Summer Experiences at Washington Univ. St. Louis
Freshmen!  Colorado Summer Program for Minorities (No apparent Deadline)
International Youth Leadership Conf. - Dublin Ireland (no apparent Deadline)
Summer Opps 2012, including Texas A & M on SEM Website

UT Global Ethics and Conflict Resolution Summer Symposium - June 10-23, 2012

General Info for 2011-12 -
Magnet Application Timeline
AP Prep Dates 2011-12
ACT/SAT Registration Deadlines 2011-12
Comcast Reduced Price Internet
Staar Testing Info
Tutoring Schedule 2011-12
free SAT Math prep sessions
Hot Spot Hacker Article from 2-22-12
On-Line Sign-Up for Test Support 2011-12
Exploring College Options (Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn & Stanford)
Exploring Educational Excellence (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice, and U of Chicago)

Freebies -
Minority Engineer Magazine
Women In Engineering Magazine

Like Us!

The original Sem Townview page is now deactivated, so we can't be friends now :(  We do, however, have a new Facebook "business" page called SEM Townview PTSA.  Please drop on by and LIKE US!

Find the SEM Townview Page by Clicking HERE

Upcoming Events:

Friday, May 25 - Early Release due to End-of-Year exams - (1:30 pm)
Friday, May 25 - Senior Dinner - Hard Rock Cafe West End
May 29 - May 31 - Early Release due to End-of-Year exams - (1:30 pm)
Tuesday, May 29 - Graduation Rehearsal - Majestic Theatre - (10 am)
Tuesday, May 29 - Graduation - Majestic Theatre - (7 pm)

SEM Website Calendar

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