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2019-2020 SEM PTSA
Annual Check Writing Campaign
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!)
 

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! 

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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
hickoxamy@gmail.com

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

Interested in a Summer Job?  There will be a meeting in the Media Center,  Monday, February 3, 2020,  immediately following dismissal, 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., for students interested the Dallas Works – Summer Job Program, formerly the Mayor’s Intern Program,

Use the following link to sign up for the meeting:  https://tinyurl.com/r87gq4m



CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

Sweet Treats for Seniors!
 


Hello, Class of 2020 Parents! 

Let's show our seniors a little love for Valentine's Day! We're treating our students to cupcakes and a candy bar on February 13 (since school is out on February 14), and we need your help. Click here to sign up!

We’re asking for donations of cupcakes, candy, small bottles of water, and disposable plates and napkins, and treat bags that students can fill up and take with them. All items should be brought to Room 211 between 7:30-8:15 AM on February 13.

Thank you so much for your help in treating our seniors!

~Senior Parent Sponsors

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 pvsa@semagnet.com 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!
Thank You!
 
The second annual SEM PTSA Internship Breakfast was a success with over 90 students and parents in attendance. Thank you to our wonderful speakers Matthew Nguyen, Olivia Northcutt Wyly, Ms. Leslie Taylor, Ms. Ashmead, and Reagan Hickox. We appreciate you generously sharing your time and talent with us.  It was the perfect way to kick-off and inspire summer activity planning.  Thank you to all the parents who supported this event by donating many delicious breakfast items...food + coffee makes everything better!
 
  
  

PTSA Board for 2020-2021


Congratulations to our 2020-2021 PTSA nominating committee members!

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 nomcom@semagnet.org. 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.

President
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)
Secretary
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.
Treasurer
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.
 
SEM 2019-2020 YEARBOOK

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Calendar


February
3 - Mayor's Summer Program Meeting
5 - Mandatory Junior Class Meeting
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


March
16-20 Spring Break NO SCHOOL

 
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