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School will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year!

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says schools are to remain closed for the rest of the academic year but eases some coronavirus restrictions. For more information: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/public-health/2020/04/17/texas-gov-greg-abbott-keeps-schools-closed-but-eases-some-coronavirus-restrictions/

SAT Plans for the Remainder of 2020
 
From College Board:
We hope you're doing well during this challenging time. As the College Board continues to respond to the impact of the coronavirus, our thoughts are with you.

In the face of school closures, we’re adapting to give students opportunities to show their strengths and continue on the path to college. Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators.

Right now, public health officials
have made it clear it's not safe to gather students in one place. Many U.S. states have closed schools for the rest of the academic year, and globally there are widespread school closures across 192 countries. As such, we won't be able to administer the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests™ as planned on June 6, 2020.

We're working hard to make the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows. Students will have opportunities to take the SAT to make up for this spring’s lost administrations.

If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we'll provide
weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students will be able to register for these administrations beginning in May. We’ll communicate directly with students when the exact date is available. Eligible students will be able to take the exam with a fee waiver. Students who were registered
for June and those in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will have early access to registration for the August, September, and October administrations.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT when schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to open their doors and provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to can take the SAT.

In addition, almost all of our state and many of our district partners have expressed their interest in providing SAT School Day administrations in September or October. Specific information about state and district testing will be shared in the coming weeks.

In the unlikely event that schools don't reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use, much as we’re delivering digital exams for three million Advanced Placement® students this spring. As we’re doing with at-home AP® Exams, we would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple; secure and fair; accessible to all; and valid for use in college admissions.

We're committed to giving students as many chances as we can to show their strengths to admissions officers. As we navigate this evolving situation, we'll continue to rely on your partnership to ensure students have what they need as they apply to college during the 2020-21 school year.

We'll regularly update our
webpage with information. Thank you for your partnership during this unprecedented time.

Sincerely,

College Board

 
National News
 
From Washing Post. Bloomberg.
College Board cancels SATs
 
The College Board has canceled the SATs until at least August due to the coronavirus pandemic. The New York-based nonprofit said it will provide a digital SAT for home use, which it stressed was unlikely, in the event that schools don’t reopen in the fall. Once it’s safe from a public health standpoint, it added, the Board will offer tests every month beginning in August through the end of the calendar year. Rival ACT is still planning to administer June and July tests and will be offering a remote proctoring option by the end of the year allowing students to take the exam online from their home. A growing number of colleges -- including Amherst, Williams, Middlebury, Pomona, the University of California, Haverford and Tufts -- have made the SAT and ACT optional for admission, at least temporarily.

 
ACT/SAT COURSES 
 
Beginning Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Dallas ISD 9th – 11th grade students can participate in virtual ACT and/or SAT Boot Camps.

The Post-Secondary Partnerships and Programs Department will offer the live sessions utilizing Google Classroom.

The ACT sessions are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
and Thursdays 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. SAT sessions are Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

During the Boot Camps students will learn strategies designed to help maximize their score on the ACT or SAT. Students can register using the links below.

Click here to register for the ACT course

Click here to register for the SAT course
Do your regular shopping online and support SEM! And it only takes a few minutes of your time to sign up.
 
SEM is 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! 
 

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!


 

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 smile.amazon purchases. Millions of products qualify for donations! You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their smile.amazon.com product detail pages. Please note that recurring or subscription renewals are excluded from donations. 

Remember, only purchases made through smile.amazon.com (NOT www.amazon.com 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 http://www.kroger.com. 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!

Remember:

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 www.randalls.com 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”.

 Rice ELITE Camp 2020 Application NOW OPEN!





Application now open!  Apply today!

 
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