Principal Mackey’s News

 

Happy New Year, TAG Family!

I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Holiday Break and that your 2018 is off to a fantastic start! Despite the freezing temperatures, the Spring Semester has gotten off to a great start here at TAG! Most of our seniors have finally breathed a sigh of relief as all their college applications are in, although now they face the hardest part of the application process – waiting to hear back!

As I’m sure most of you have made some New Year’s Resolutions, we here at TAG have done the same. Thanks to the help of our faculty and teachers, here are a few of ours:
– We will have bi-monthly newsletters sent out to our community for the entire year (except during the summer!)
– All communication in the newsletter and all application materials will be available in both English and Spanish
– We will have an active Alumni Association complete with an active board operating by the end of 2018

In that same way, I’d like to encourage all of our students to proactively look at their school experience and set New Year’s Resolutions for themselves. Maybe the aim is to join a new club or take an old club to a new level. Or, maybe there’s just that one class that needs a bit more focus. Whatever it is, students, be an active participant in your own development and education!

I look forward to a wonderful new semester with all of you! If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Best,

Ben Mackey, Principal, School for the Talented and Gifted (1.15.18)


 News from 18th December, 2017

It’s amazing how quickly this semester has come to a close. Our students and staff have been working incredibly hard this semester and the upcoming winter break is well deserved!\n\nWhile many of us know this time of year as the Holiday Season, some of our seniors may know it as the College Season, as they have begun to hear back from colleges and universities around the country that they have applied to. Inevitably, this past week has been a roller coaster of emotion for many of our seniors. Some have heard back from colleges, some haven’t. Some got exciting news, others may have been disappointed. \n\nSeniors, as we continue forward into the break, please keep the following in mind. While college is certainly important and exciting, YOU are more important and exciting. A college decision, one way or another, does not change who you are, what you know, and what you stand for. You’ve put in hard work all of your years here at TAG and I’m proud to have gotten to know each and every one of you over that time. You will all go off to do incredible, powerful things, regardless of what acceptances, deferrals, or rejections you may have received or will receive. A decision, one way or another, does not define you!\n\nAs we head out into the break and get ready to kick off 2018, I’d like to challenge all of our students to take a moment and reflect on this past year. What were your successes? What made them possible? What can you strive to in the new year to make your high school experience more enriching? Perhaps it’s getting involved with a new club or going out of your way to make new friends. Maybe it’s really doubling down in a class that you’re struggling in or looking for a volunteer opportunity. We’ll be doing the same type of reflecting here at TAG for the new year. I’m proud to be the principal here at TAG and I speak on behalf of all of the TAG faculty when I say that I hope you have a wonderful winter break and we can’t wait to see you on January 9th (which, just a reminder, is a B-day!!)! Have a wonderful break


 News from 12th December, 2017

First, I want to wish all of you a very happy Holiday season! It’s amazing how quickly this semester has come to a close. Our students and staff have been working incredibly hard this semester and the upcoming winter break is well deserved!

While many of us know this time of year as the Holiday Season, some of our seniors may know it as the College Season, as they have begun to hear back from colleges and universities around the country that they have applied to. Inevitably, this past week has been a roller coaster of emotion for many of our seniors. Some have heard back from colleges, some haven’t. Some got exciting news, others may have been disappointed.

Seniors, as we continue forward into the break, please keep the following in mind. While college is certainly important and exciting, YOU are more important and exciting. A college decision, one way or another, does not change who you are, what you know, and what you stand for. You’ve put in hard work all of your years here at TAG and I’m proud to have gotten to know each and every one of you over that time. You will all go off to do incredible, powerful things, regardless of what acceptances, deferrals, or rejections you may have received or will receive. A decision, one way or another, does not define you!

As we head out into the break and get ready to kick off 2018, I’d like to challenge all of our students to take a moment and reflect on this past year. What were your successes? What made them possible? What can you strive to in the new year to make your high school experience more enriching? Perhaps it’s getting involved with a new club or going out of your way to make new friends. Maybe it’s really doubling down in a class that you’re struggling in or looking for a volunteer opportunity. We’ll be doing the same type of reflecting here at TAG for the new year.

I’m proud to be the principal here at TAG and I speak on behalf of all of the TAG faculty when I say that I hope you have a wonderful winter break and we can’t wait to see you on January 9th (which, just a reminder, is a B-day!!)!


 News from 21st November, 2017

Despite the warmish weather outside, we are hurtling towards winter break and the end of this first semester at light speed. The end of the semester means that we have a ton of events coming up for you to be aware of, from Christmas concerts to final exams. As we approach the holiday season, I want to take the time to say “Thank You!” on behalf of the entire TAG faculty and staff. Your support as parents, alumni, and community members means a ton for us. From volunteering your time chaperoning TREK or field trips, to taking on active roles in the PTSA, to stopping by at our TAG PTSA coffees, we are thankful for your help in making this school as wonderful as it is!

Please make sure to look through the rest of this newsletter for information on the Townview Winter Concert – a joint performance by the choir, modern band, and orchestra, final exam schedule, and other opportunities and events. If you have any questions or need anything at all, feel free to call us at the TAG office!


 News from 9th November, 2017

Can you believe that the first two six weeks of the TAG school year are already finished?! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at the TAG Picnic on October 22. It was a ton of fun! As we hurtle towards Thanksgiving Holidays and Winter Break, I wanted to take a few moments to update you on some of the exciting things going on at TAG.

Seniors are currently finishing up any Early Decision college applications so, if you see a stressed senior, remind them to breathe and relax! Seniors, while we know some of you are so busy, please make it a point to thank your recommenders and counselor. They’ve been working overtime to write recommendations and work with you (and your classmates!) on these applications.

We’ve also begun the recruiting and application season for next year’s TAG class. Our application packet went live last week and we’re headed out to local middle schools across the metroplex to talk to prospective 8th graders about TAG. If you know any 8th grade students who may be interested in learning more about TAG, please direct them to our school and website!

One last, exciting piece of news, is that we are in talks with the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD) about the possibility of an exciting partnership with UNTD, Bishop Dunne Catholic School, and Verizon. This partnership would target 5 – 10 of our current juniors who are interested in focusing their senior thesis on forming a task force to identify a systemic problem in their community and develop and implement a plan to work towards its solution. This would include funding for the work and would, hopefully, grow into a project that interested students could carry on year after year. While we’re still working through the details, it’s still very exciting stuff and we’re excited to share more information with you and your students as we receive it.

Thank you again for all your support of our school. We hope to see you at the PTSA coffee tomorrow morning!