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HNTB Receives Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Gold Award
BY: Tiffany Huitt on October 20, 2014

Oct. 17, 2014 HNTB Receives Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Gold Award - nominated by SEM! HNTB Corporation - Dallas HNTB is a nationally recognized engineering, architectural and planning firm with offices nationwide.  Of the 107 employees within the Dallas/Plano office, 13 employees volunteer with the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center in the Dallas ISD’s School-2-Business (S2B) program.  During the 2013-14 school year, the volunteers donated more than 750 hours to the program.  Through the program, which runs from January to May, students are given an assignment and follow through on the project from start to finish. During the 2013-14 school year, the S2B program involved students in designing improvements to an existing transit station on a proposed extension on one of the Dallas Rapid Area Transit lines. The program is designed to provide students with a hands-on approach and a basic understanding of engineering design, project development, project management and more. The EEE award was established in 2007 by the Texas Legislature to honor Texas employers who encourage and support staff participation and voluntarism in the public schools. Any Texas employer is eligible to win the award,...

Summer: David Carris
BY: David Carris on September 22, 2014

We've asked students to tell us what they did this summer.  The following comes from David Carris...   I was lucky to do some great stuff this summer.  I was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland. NASS is a fast-paced, six-day experience that teaches you about life at the Naval Academy. It is amazing. If you ever have an opportunity to visit the Naval Academy, don't miss it. In June, I went to the Texas A&M National Scholars Invitational.     For 4 weeks I volunteered at Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy (VMSRA) which works with grade school ESL students at Jack Lowe Elementary School in Dallas on reading and writing during the summer.  In July, I attended The Texas High School Aerospace Program, HAS. HAS had a long application process that required writing essays, and you have to complete eight modules on the computer in six months - science, technology, engineering and math - with a focus on NASA. It was worth it- as I got to enjoy a week long internship at the Johnson Space Center!    Thank you David for sharing your summer experiences.  If you'd like to do some of what David's done... ...

Oak Cliff Explosion involves former SEM student, Fernando Rodriguez
BY: Tiffany Huitt on August 31, 2014

Donate here Good Morning,You may have heard by now that there was a tragic explosion that destroyed the home and affected the lives of a family in Oak Cliff early yesterday morning. Two of the five children involved attend school at Harry Stone Montessori. One child is a former SEM student, Fernando Rodriguez (class of 2014). Fernando sustained some injuries during the explosion. His sibling is a Townview Business student who has sustained very serious injuries along with one other sibling and the mother. The father was at work during the time of the explosion.At this point efforts to support the family are being established, and we will communicate with everyone as to how we may be of assistance as soon as that information is available. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. Regards, Tiffany Huitt Donate here to help the fa...

#7 in Nation | #4 in South
BY: Tiffany Huitt on August 31, 2014

Hello All,I have attached our Newsweek rankings. We expected a small drop in the rankings based on the recalculation of the formula. As the rankings for Newsweek are no longer as heavily based on the number of AP exams taken.As noted during our data discussions, we have a lot of work to do with our SAT and ACT scores. We know that we are definitely headed in the right direction based on our 2014 improved results.I would like to thank you and commend you all for the work that you do. I am proud to be a part of this community of parents, students and professionals. At SEM we have developed a culture of love and support while developing tomorrow's future leaders. Maybe they do something similar in other places but I'm willing to bet anyone, they can't replicate what we have here. Why?..... because they don't have our teachers, par...

App Inventor - our team places in top 20!
BY: Jacob Liou  on August 31, 2014

From: OASIS and UT -DallasCONGRATULATIONS!! SEM team: Jacob Liou, Dong Hur, Jonathan Lee, Namuun AbbiThis team submitted their idea to the IDEA contest, who received an overwhelming response from all over the state. This idea has been selected in the TOP 20 ideas submitted.ID 078.0_Team Zero Dark Alpha__Idea 1 Students input their grades on a regular basis and a graph modeling the trends in their performance is produced, with customizable graph options such as adjustable time intervals, different graphs based on tests only, homework only, etc. If there is a downward trend in grades, the app will send messages of motivation and offer possible sites to get help in the subject. Messages of encouragement will be sent if there is an upward trend in grades (these messages can be disabled).Next step: They will begin training the team to make apps u...

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