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School of Science and Engineering Magnet PTSA Newsletter 2012-2013

September 2, 2012

Meet The Teacher Night is coming soon!

After a brief PTSA business meeting, there will be refreshments and the opportunity to mingle and meet the teachers. 

SEM spirit gear and PTSA memberships will be available.

When: September 11 at 6pm

Where: Media Center (Library – 3rd floor)

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School News


Lauren Liou, a recent graduate of SEM, is named State AP Scholar 2012

This AP Scholar Award is granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of exams, and then the highest average score on all AP Exams taken.

In her four years at SEM, Lauren took a total of 18 AP exams, and scored fourteen 5's. 

Congratulations to Lauren and all the fabulous teachers at SEM who make this honor possible.

SEM Yard Signs Available!

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New SEM Spirit Gear Item...Yard Signs for the 2012-13 School Year!
Purchase yours at upcoming SEM events

Questions - Contact Spirit Gear Chair Vicki Luna (

New Trophy Cases Are Here!

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Thanks to the generous donations from you - our SEM family - the new trophy cases have been installed! 
Be sure to stop by and take a look
 at the new cases, and all the awesome trophies inside!

Counselor's Corner

Please Note:

Ms. Kashyap is no longer able to accept emailed schedule change requests.
Students who missed the opportunity to request schedule changes can still fill out a schedule change form at school. Ms. Kashyap will honor them through the normal process.

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.


Opportunity Knocks……

How does "SEM... the #1 school in the USA!" sound?  


How does that sound on a resume or college application?


Is this what we want for our SEM Family?


Many factors contribute to the success of SEM, and involvement in the PTSA is one of them. We have upcoming events to join the SEM PTSA:

Meet The Teacher Night 6pm, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SEM Family Picnic 11:30 am-1:30pm, Saturday, September 15, 2012

Membership fees: Adults ---$9 Students---$7



Contact Van Moushegian

Why Parents Should Keep An Eye On Instagram 

by Monika Diaz, WFAA, Dallas



InstagramDALLAS - Even if you don't use Facebook or Twitter, you know what they are.  But what about Instagram?


We're willing to bet your children not only know about it, but they use the free photo-sharing app for smartphones and tablets.


It all seems pretty harmless, but some parents fear their children are also finding trouble.

Instagram has become another online playground for 13-year-old Juliette Campbell and her friends, where they can post pictures and comments. "Most of them who have an iPhone have Instagram," she said.


It's the new place to be. Instagram lets users take photos and share them on other social networking sites through their smartphones and tablets.


Juliette got permission from her mom to open an account. "My account is private, so like people - like somebody I don't know tries to follow me, I will ignore them," she said.


Amy Campbell monitors her daughter's Instagram offerings on a daily basis, but she still worries. "It's scary," she said. "I think the immediacy of it kind of might impair people's judgment sometimes because it is so split-second... that you take a picture, you hit a button, and it's gone."


There are other concerns, too.


"People having pictures, girls in bathing suits... anything that can be perceived suggestive or immodest, those type of things. That really bothers me for all of our girls," Campbell said.

Also troubling her is a second account Juliette opened for her favorite pop group, One Direction. There, she accepts everyone.


Juliette is connected to hundreds of followers, from friends to strangers.  

"It's a risky situation to be interacting with people she has no clue who they are or where they are from or what their intentions are," Campbell said.  

During our visit, a quick scan of that account found comments laced with sex and obscenities.  

"Foul language, suggestive language... very descriptive, gross stuff, and isn't appropriate for her age," Campbell said.  

It's a challenge for this modern mom trying to keep track of her child's life online, but she has recruited other parents to get involved.  

"I do think moms help each other out, parents help each other out with alerting each other with something we need to look out for," Campbell said.

Story online at  

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...

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

The following articles, notices, and more can be found on the Bulletin Board on the SEM Website, at the top 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)
Education Assistance For Minorities
Texas A & M - NCS $75 Deferral

General Information -

Freebies -

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