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Thanksgiving Pies for SEM Teachers

Only 5 More Pies needed! Now is your chance to sign up to bring a pie!

Hello SEM Parents! Please help us celebrate our fantastic teachers with a pie for Thanksgiving.  The SEM faculty and staff have requested their favorite flavors so let's show them our appreciation  by donating a home baked or store bought pie! Please package your pie donation so that the teachers can take them home safely to their families! PTSA will attach ribbons and tags before distributing the pies.

Click here to sign up

Please bring pies before school (perhaps send with your student to school) to room Room 211 on November 16, 2018.

Please contact Melanie Wester at with any questions.

SEM Announces our No Fuss Fundraising!

SEM is now participating in AmazonSmile, Kroger Community Rewards Program, and the Randalls/TomThumb Good Neighbor Rewards Programs! Just by signing up or linking your cards to SEM, our school will earn 1% cash back on Kroger and Tom Thumb purchases, and 0.5% on AmazonSmile purchases. Just think, SEM will benefit from your daily, weekly, and routine purchases! 

Please also tell your friends, neighbors, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family to sign up as well with SEM’s codes. This is easy and painless fundraising for our school! And it only takes a few minutes of your time to sign up. Let’s get 100% participation from all family members!

Don’t delay – the holiday season is upon us with Thanksgiving shopping (and don’t forget to sign up for SEM’s teacher pies and luncheon- see above link!) and Holiday season shopping! Let’s get donations for SEM simply by the shopping we will already be doing!

Quick links:

AmazonSmile: (see below for instructions)

Kroger Community Rewards #NY287 (see below for instructions)

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Rewards #13990 (see below for instructions)

Easy Fundraising with AmazonSmile!

What is AmazonSmile and why should I link my Amazon?

AmazonSmile is an easy way to raise money for SEM while you are already making purchases! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible purchases. Millions of products qualify for donations! You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Please note that recurring or subscription renewals are excluded from donations. 

Remember, only purchases made through (NOT nor the mobile app) generate AmazonSmile Donations. Make sure you see the “Supporting: PTA Texas Congress 2570 Science & Engineering PTSA” below the search bar!

Easy Fundraising with Kroger Community Rewards Program!

Visit After creating a login for your Kroger account, sign in and click on “Savings & Rewards” in the main menu bar and select “Kroger Community Rewards” from the drop down menu. Select “I’m a Customer” and enter NY287 in the “Find an Organization” search box. (Please note if searching by school name Science and Engineering Magnet will pull up 2 codes; make sure to use NY287; we are in the process of requesting the duplicate number removed.) 

Brand new Kroger card users will need to create an account which requires basic information, email address, and a Rewards card which you can pick up at your local Kroger store!


  1. You must register your Kroger card account and link to SEM.
  2. If you don’t have a Kroger card, you can pick one up at any Kroger store!
  3. Purchases will not count until after your card is linked.
  4. And finally, remember to swipe your card at checkout for store savings and to apply for SEM donations!

Easy Fundraising with Randalls/Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Rewards Program!

Help raise money for SEM by linking your Randalls/Tom Thumb card! Simply print and fill out the Good Neighbor Program Form and list SEM #13990 as one of your charities! You can also add 2 other participating charities for your Tom Thumb donations! Take the form to your Tom Thumb store’s Courtesy Booth the next time you shop. 

To get the same Form from the website, go to and go to the bottom of the webpage. Under Company Info, click Community Caring and then click on the Good Neighbor Program logo. Follow instructions listed “Click here for a Good Neighbor Program link form”.

American Mathematics Competition Sign Up 

SEM will be administering the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) on February 7th, 2019. The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. If you are interested in participating in this competition, please sign up at The deadline to sign up is November 30th.
The AMC is the first in a series of competitions that are used to select students for the US team of the International Mathematics Olympiad. Students who do well on the AMC will be invited to participate in the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). Some highly selective schools such as MIT have a space on their application for AMC and AIME. These exams give you exposure to advanced math questions and can provide a great place to start learning more math. All SEM students that are interested are encouraged to sign up. Contact Mr. Newton with questions.

Robobusters Awarded $3000 Grant!

The Robobusters, Team 5057, has competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 2014. They have over 50 members and are sponsored by Dr. Strong in TAG .Though the majority of members are from SEM, Team 5057 has students from all six schools in Townview Magnet Center. The team is split into four divisions: Build, Programming, CAD, Business. 

This past Wednesday, the Robobusters were invited to present their team and its accomplishments to Ambit Energy. Ambit has graciously given a grant of $3000 to help further Team 5057’s goal of improving both the Oak Cliff and Townview community through robotics. Ambit provided several mentors so members can learn STEM from a professional standpoint and improve both their own and the team’s abilities. The Robobusters thank Ambit for this opportunity and are excited about what is to come. 

Note: If you are interested in joining, come to room 306 after school on Wednesday or text @robobuster to 81010 to join the remind.

Yearbook Wishes are Available through November 16 to Buy on SEM Website!

Click here to purchase. Yearbook Wishes are a fun and economical way to send love and support to your student.
Yearbook Wishes 
- Buy a half or full page for your student (e.g. baby pics, family pics student through the years). You will be contacted by Yearbook committee to get info for your wishes.

½ page includes up to 2 photos plus text celebrating your student - $25
Full page includes up to 4 photos plus text celebrating your student - $50




14 - SBDM Meeting 5p in Room 211
14 - SEM Board Meeting 6:30p in Room 211
16 - Staff Luncheon and PIES for Teachers (see links above)
19-23 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)
27 - PTSA General Meeting (Morning Mixer) 8a in Library


5 - SEM Open House 6-8p
14-19 - ACPs
19 - Last Day of School


8 - First Day Back to School

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