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Morning Mixer- PTSA General Meeting Tomorrow! Don't forget to bring cash to purchase a yearbook!

Time: 8a-9:30a
Location: Townview Library

Please come to the meeting to socialize and find out what is going on at SEM. Don't forget to purchase your yearbook! Mr. Palacios will speak and be available for questions. 

Sign up to bring a continental breakfast item, sweet or savory!!

We hope to see you there tomorrow, Tuesday, February 18th.

Thank you so much for your support!

Show Your Love for SEM!
2019-2020 SEM PTSA 
Annual Check Writing Campaign


2019-2020 SEM PTSA Fundraising Goal: $15,000

(That averages to $30 per student!)

We've had a great start to the check writing campaign! $5,000 has been donated so far by SEM parents! Let's keep it up during this special week. Show your community spirit by donating $30 or whatever amount you'd like. 

Why we need your financial support! 

Our SEM Community 

Our students are attending one of the most honored and highest ranked schools in DISD and the Nation. We are a Title I school and we represent a diverse group of urban families who are committed to excellence and rigorous standards for our children. SEM is an extraordinary, innovative school that promotes the belief that STEM centered learning can transform traditional boundaries and open opportunities.

SEM PTSA Fundraising Philosophy

It is the mission of the SEM PTSA to enrich and enhance SEM resources that support our one of a kind Math and Engineering program.  Our fundraising philosophy directly supports our teachers and students. We don’t invest in overpriced and low margin gimmick fundraisers! Instead, we have a once a year check writing campaign.

SEM PTSA Fundraising Objectives

Each year, the PTSA board meets with faculty and staff to determine the most pressing needs which are not covered by DISD funding. Once prioritized, these are included in the fundraising goal for that year. Last year, we spent $6,786 for calculators and mathematic competitions.


2019-2020 SEM PTSA Fundraising Goal: $15,000

(That averages to $30 per student!)

We've had a great start to the check writing campaign! $5,000 has been donated so far by SEM parents! Let's keep it up during this special week. Show your community spirit by donating $30 or whatever amount you'd like. 

What does your contribution go towards this year? Student Supplies & Materials and Annual PTA Operating Budget!


PTSA Annual Operating Support

Here are just a few of the programs that your SEM PTSA accomplishes with your donations and volunteer time!

New Student Orientation                         PTSA Newsletter and website

Back to School Teacher lunch                Snacks and delivery for testing

PTSA Morning coffees                            PTSA Officer Training

Teacher Appreciation week                    Awards night program expenses

Senior Activity Expenses                        National Honor Society Reception

Parent Teacher Conference – Teacher dinner  Field Day/Signing Day expenses

Click HERE to make your donation! 


Scan QR code below 

Please select from the drop-down box "2020 Check Writing Campaign" when making your donation.

When considering your annual donations, please consider all the benefits of attending SEM such as our wonderful staff and faculty, free AP tests, waivers for college testing and applications, and bragging rights of being part of the SEM family – priceless!


Support your School Through Matching Programs

Does your employer offer matching grants? You never know until you ask! Some of the larger companies in DFW also offer matching-on-matching with other company matches!


        You can also help with the Gift of Your Time!

SEM is unique in that we need an army of volunteers, equally as important as monetary donations. We are an inclusive school, and volunteering is so highly valued because it is something all families can contribute.


2019-2020 Check writing campaign timeline 

Our kickoff for the fundraising campaign starts now! We would like to raise $15,000 by February 29, 2020 to fund teacher requests and your PTSA annual operating budget. You may make donations conveniently on our website HERE or place a check in the PTSA lockbox in the SEM front office.

Thank you again for your annual donation and your gift of time. Your generous support and volunteering time provide for the most pressing needs of our school and programs.


Amy Hickox.
2018-2019 SEM PTSA President

Angst Film Screening

SEM will be screening Angst on February 19th, from 6:30-8:00. There will be screenings in English and Spanish. 

About the Film

Angst is an IndieFlix Original documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. It is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps.

See for more info.
Heartfelt Thank You!
SEM PTSA sponsored Valentine's breakfast for our amazing teachers and staff to show how much they are loved.

A huge thanks to Melissa Shields, who planned the event and prepared the lovely breakfast taco bags. Every little detail made it special. 

Thanks a bunch to Margaret Sanchez, who showed up with
surprise treat of coffee, coconut water, and biscotti. We much appreciate your thoughtfulness and generous donations. 

A big thanks to Lauri Johnson and Margaret, who helped set up and made everything ready quickly.

SEM PTSA would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all our wonderful PTSA members. Without your invaluable and continued support, this event could not have been successful. Thank you! 

Thank you! 
A huge thank you to all of the SEM families that contributed time, cupcakes, candy, and monetary donations that made our Sweet Treat for Seniors event a success! 


PTSA Board for 2020-2021

A motion was passed and approved by general membership to select the committee volunteers at the January general PTSA meeting. They will be preparing the slate of board members for next year. If you are interested in serving or know of someone who might be interested in serving on a position described below, please contact Cici Orta, the committee chair, at Officer positions include President, 1st VP in charge of programs & activities, 2nd VP in charge of Communication, Secretary and Treasurer. These are very important jobs that serve our students and teachers. Please consider helping the PTSA and volunteer. Please state some reasons on why you are interested in the position or why you think the person you are nominating is a good fit.

The president shall:
  • Coordinate the work of the officers and committees of the association in order that the PTSA purposes may be promoted;
  • Preside at all meetings of the membership and executive board;
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating and financial reconciliation committees.
  • Establish the schedule of executive board and membership meetings for the year.
  • Appoint a parliamentarian;
  • Appoint standing committee chairs
  • Work with the presidents of other Townview PTSAs.
  • All duties to ensure the PTA stays in good standing with the National PTA organization.
  • Conduct any other business as it becomes necessary.
VP of Programs
The VP of Programs shall:
  • Serve as aide-to-the-president;
  • Be in charge of Programs and Activities, including Hospitality/Teacher Appreciation Week, Morning Coffees, various educational & social programs, spirit wear, fundraising committee, the internships and community service committee
  • Preside in the absence of the president (in their designated order)
VP of Communications
The VP of Communications shall:
  • Be in charge of Membership and Communications, including membership and various communication methods - newsletter, social media, website, volunteers & directory, translation team, and linking communication between campus, parents community and Townview
  • Chair the Life Membership Committee
  • Preside in the absence of the president (in their designated order)
The secretary shall:
  • Record and maintain the minutes of all meetings of the membership and the executive board;
  • Keeps the official PTSA record book
  • Send notice of meetings of the membership and of the executive board;
  • Be responsible for correspondence;
  • Collect and preserve documents relating to the history of the association;
  • Present a written report to the association as the official history to be adopted at the annual meeting
  • Maintain the required documents of the association to include: Texas PTA Foundations, Leader Orientation completion lists, membership rosters, and adopted plans of work;
  • Prepare sign‐in sheets and make printed copies of the minutes available as handouts at the meetings.
The treasurer shall:
  • Have custody of all the funds of the association;
  • Serve as the chair of the budget and finance committee;
  • Present a written and verbal financial report at executive board and membership meetings and as requested by the executive board or membership;
  • Maintain books of account and records including bank statements, receipts, budgets, invoices, paid receipts and canceled checks in accordance with the records retention policy;
  • Make disbursements in accordance with the budget adopted by the membership;
  • Be authorized to sign on bank accounts;
  • Be authorized to sign tax documents, if the president is prohibited by terms of employment;
  • Present a preliminary annual report, i.e. budget to actual, at the last membership meeting;
  • After the end of the fiscal year, complete and file all necessary tax documents and present books of account and records to the financial reconciliation committee.

Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program
 (formerly the Mayor’s Intern Program)

Are you looking for a summer job or an internship this summer? 
If so, sign up: www.dallassummerjobs,org


The President's Volunteer Service Award

SEM Students! Please read the attached information about the PVSA award and how to apply! 

You must include the coversheet with your signed log(s). NOTE! Your application is NOT complete WITHOUT the signed logs AND COVERSHEET!

SEM will certify current year hours only (ie, your fiscal year must encompass the majority of 2019) for individual students. Students wishing to apply for the award for the 2019-2020 school year must catalog their hours with the required signatures and submit them IN ONE PDF FILE WITH COVERSHEET  to Susan Bonsell at by March 22, 2020, at 11:59 pm CST. 

SEM follows the national guidelines available on their website. For more information specific to SEM, see the 
PVSA instruction sheet
PVSA best practices, and sample excel spreadsheet. And don't forget your COVERSHEET!

Texas PTA is hosting the first-ever Straight Talk at the Capitol: A Matter of Life and Breath. Three panels will give students, parents, and physicians an opportunity to share their stories on vaping and discuss what can be done – at home, in school, and at the state level. 
In partnership with The American Heart Association.
When: Tuesday, February 25
Webinar beginning at 12:00 pm
Where: .Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
1201 E 8
th St., Dallas, TX 75203

Thank you for all that you do! Together we can extinguish teen
2020 Prom Dress Gifts & Glam


SEM 2019-2020 YEARBOOK

Purchase your yearbook online!


12 - PTSA Board Meeting 6:00 pm Rm 211
14 - Student Holiday/Staff Development NO SCHOOL
17 - Student /Staff Holiday-President's Day NO SCHOOL
18 - Morning Mixer 8:15 in Townview Library

16-20 Spring Break NO SCHOOL

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