Time-Sensitive Info:

Ongoing Painless PTSA Fundraiser – in Action
Ongoing Yearbooks & Yearbook Recognition Ads now on sale!
Ongoing Important Dates for Seniors
Every Saturday in the month of February FREE SAT Math Prep
Thursday, March 8 TAG-IT Chaperones Needed
Thursday, March 8 Griffins’ Got Talent (Talent Show)
Thursday, February 15, 6 pm to 8 pm Meeting for Parents of TAG Junior Students
District UIL (March 23), Regional UIL (April 13) TAG Computer Science Team: Code Wars
Thursday, February 15, 2018  Second Annual Mayor’s Cup Public Debate
 February 28, 2018  Next Newsletter – Due Date


Geek Girls Take Over TAG TAG Computer Science Team Updates
TAG Debate Team TAG Mock Trial Team Updates
Townview Rock Band Performs in San Antonio

Useful Resources

Social Media – get connected with TAG on Website, Instagram, Facebook, Email
Resources for DACA Students & Families

FREE SAT Math Prep month of February

The University of Texas Arlington invites your student to take their FREE SAT MATH PREP Course every Saturday during the month of February http://www.uta.edu/universitycrossroads/sat/index.php

Instructional Methodology

The University Crossroads’ SAT Math Prep incorporates Dr. Laura Resnick’s “Principles of Learning”, University of Pittsburg’s Institute for Learning (IFL), in addition with the Socratic Method for critical thinking, which is teaching by asking instead of by telling. With our 3.5 hour sessions, we promote the following methodology:

The Students:

  • Replace aptitude with hard work as a measure of success (effort-based learning)
  • Set goals and evaluate progress
  • Acknowledge accomplishments
  • Engage in thinking and problem-solving skills, especially around major concepts
  • Question student-to-student, probe, use evidence and knowledge to develop ideas *
  • Present, model and discuss authentic learning

The Instructors:

  • Keep the discussion focused and intellectually responsible
  • Stimulate the discussion with probing questions
  • Draw as many students as possible into the discussion
  • Summarize what has and what has not been dealt with and/or resolved

Painless PTSA Fundraiser in Action

Your support of TAG PTSA supports the school! We have only raised $8,000 this year. Please consider donating whatever you feel comfortable to support needs which would be unfunded by Dallas ISD.

The PTSA is able to fund the above mentioned programs only through the support of our Painless Fundraiser. Last year, we raised $17,000 through the Painlessly Fundraiser.

Please consider donating to enrich to curriculum at TAG!The Faculty / School Request committee works with Principal Mackey, the teachers, and student clubs to support needs which would be unfunded by Dallas ISD. This year the PTSA was able to
· work with the teachers to identify additional science supplies needed
· buy additional AP study guides for Biology and Environmental Science
· assist with costs for the upcoming Pan Am Student Forum to San Antonio (so that it is affordable for all of our students regardless of background)
· support the hosting of TAG’s own Civics Fair this year, where students will research issues and work with community leaders
· send teachers and our counselor to professional development conferences to help them further their education, continually improve, and network with others with new ideas and products
· provide funds to the Garden Club to buy soil for their next planting


TAG Yearbooks and Yearbook Recognition Ads are now on sale!

Buy:  at school with cash or check starting on Tuesday, 2/20 – Friday, 3/2/18!
Early Bird Pricing:  Order by Friday, 2/23, and receive early-bird pricing of $25!
Purchases after 02/23, will be at the regular price of $30.
Method of Purchase: You may pay via cash or check (made payable to “TAG Yearbook”) until Friday, 3/2. Purchases after Friday, 3/2, can only be made online, via credit card.

Buy your Yearbook:   Online with a credit card now!
Go to tiny.cc/tagyearbook
Locate TAG by typing “School for the Talented and Gifted.”
Once you’ve selected “School for the Talented and Gifted,” you may create an account and purchase a yearbook. The early-bird price of $25 applies online through Friday, 2/23. The deadline to purchase a yearbook online is Thursday, 3/8.

Buy your Yearbook Recognition Ad: Online with a credit card now!
Go to tiny.cc/tagyearbook
Locate TAG by typing “School for the Talented and Gifted.”
Once you’ve selected “School for the Talented and Gifted,” you can create an account and purchase one of the following:
1) A half-page ad ($30)
2) A full-page ad ($50)
You must pay for the ad prior to designing it. Once paid, go to “My Stuff” in the top right corner of the page. Click “Edit” on the far-right side of the page to upload pictures and start the design process.
You must complete your ad design by Wednesday, 2/28. All ads will be automatically uploaded to the yearbook as-is on Thursday, 3/1 and cannot be changed after that date.

Questions, concerns, problems? Email Ms. Greer at ggreer@dallasisd.org.


TAG-IT Chaperones Needed!

Parent volunteers needed! Every year, TAG provides enrichment to students by offering fun and educational classes and activities during the two days of TAG-IT. But we can’t provide field trips without the help of our wonderful parent volunteers. Would you join us? If you’re interested, a list of all volunteer opportunities and detailed information pertaining to each activity can be found HERE.

On Thursday, March 8, we need up to 9 volunteers. You may choose from active field trips (walking/sketching/writing at White Rock Lake, touring Oak Cliff), moderately active (visiting emergency preparedness sites, the Fed downtown, or the DMA), or you can go to the Lundy Rec Center where students will be doing basketball strategy (and you can sit inside and work or read).

On Friday, March 9, we need 7 volunteers (all of the above choices except the DMA and the Fed).


If you have questions about any of these activities, please email Dr. J at rjensen@dallasisd.org. Once the TAG-IT brochure has been completed, we will make it available via a link so that you can view all the course choices, including those that will take place on campus.


Talent Show – Griffins’ Got Talent 3.8.18

When: March 8th (time to be determined)
How to Participate: Stop by during lunch or after school on February 5th or 9th to let us know what you would like to do in the show-the meeting location will be posted in the locker area.
Help Requested: We also need stage helpers and help with ticket sales
RSVP:  Contact Vallerie Dontes with questions or vdontes@yahoo.com or 708-606-0064


TAG Computer Science Team Updates

We have 10 students who have been involved in CS competitions this year including:
Avi Verma, Justin Wise, Sid Seenivasa, Max Wieduwilt, Caitlin Lambert, Kezia Lopez, Julie Benginow, Hayden Allen, Anastasia Brooks and Zyan Williams.

These students are currently battling for 4 positions on the UIL District team.

Students have attended competitions at: UT Dallas – Battle of the Brain, Richardson HS – UIL style Invitational, Flowermound – UIL Invitational A, and our own in-house coding competition.

Upcoming events include:  Code Wars, District UIL March 23, and Regional UIL April 13.


Townview Rock Band to Perform in San Antonio

Townview’s Friday Night Rock Band will be performing at the Texas Music Educator’s Annual Convention in San Antonio on Feb. 17th. Stay tuned for pictures of the event coming soon. Students, are you interested in joining the rock band? Consider joining the Modern Band class with Mr. DeCutler next year! All skill levels welcome!


TAG Mock Trial

Congratulations to the TAG Mock Trial team who placed 2nd, only to Skyline High School, in the district competition! Our team will advance to the State Championships on the first weekend of March. Special congratulations to Zoe Osborn and Claire Eckardt for being recognized for outstanding individual efforts in addition to the team’s success!


Geek Girls Take Over TAG

“TAG Geek Girls has sponsored two events this year: Geek Girls Hackathon in the fall and recently a Geek Girls L-Sess (learning session) where girls come together and work on coding labs together to improve their skills. Both were well attended and Geek Girls plans to do more this Spring!

DigitalDivas 2018 welcomed 8 TAG divas. The ladies had a blast solving problems, listening to presentations, and just hanging out and coding together! (photo attached)
Back Row (left to right) Tyra Cole, Katherine King, Anastasia Brooks
Front Row (left to right) Julia Benginow, Caitlin Lambert, Jessie Cheung, Kezia Lopez, Tori Watson


Congratulations to the TAG Debate Team

Congratulations to all participants in the latest DUDA (Dallas Urban Debate Alliance) Tournament on January 27. The results are as follows.

Junior Varsity (32 Teams)
1st Place Team – Alex Sollenne and Emmanuel Mendoza
2nd Place (Maverick) – Avery Lambert (competed solo)
4th Place Team – Dalia Lopez and Noah Pearson (first-time debater)

Varsity (16 Teams)
8th Place Team – Miles Scholten and Karthik Swaminathan (first-time varsity)

Individual Speaker Awards (Top 15 receive awards)
Junior Varsity
4th Place – Dalia Lopez
6th Place – Avery Lambert
11th Place – Noah Pearson
15th Place – Alex Sollenne

Second Annual Mayor’s Cup Public Debate
Hector Hernandez is among the four DISD students selected to participate , sponsored by the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance and Mayor Mike Rawlings. The event will be held at the Debate Chamber at Old Parkland on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Important Dates for Senior TAG Students
Meeting for Parents of TAG Junior Students
Get connected with TAG on Social Media
Resources for DACA Students & Families
Next Newsletter


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Important Dates for Senior TAG Students
Meeting for Parents of TAG Junior Students
Get connected with TAG on Social Media
Resources for DACA Students & Families
Next Newsletter

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Contact Us | Sitemap | Privacy Policy©2014 Copyright info here… Important Dates for Senior TAG Students

  • Main Business: Please help form the Nominating Committee to usher in new leadership for the board and committees. The new board is elected at our May meeting
  • Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Time: 8:00 to 9:30 AM (come and go as you please!)
  • Where: Townview Library
  • Where Do I Enter the School: Parents may park in any of the ‘Visitor’ spaces out front and are more than welcome to come in through the front door of the school where there will be no lines! You may also enter in the student entrances.

Come join us on Friday February 9th for the PTSA Coffee & General Meeting.  The PTSA holds monthly coffees and general meetings at Townview in the Library where parents can mingle with one another, enjoy some coffee and snacks, and talk with Mr. Mackey. The February 9th meeting will have an update of what’s happening at TAG by Mr Mackey and we will be voting by ballot for our Nominating Committee. The nominating committee meets once or twice during the spring to find new leadership for the board and committees. The new board is elected at our May meeting. Please let Brooke Wise know if you are interested in serving on the nominating committee by contacting her at brookeewise@gmail.com. After the PTSA business is completed there will be time to meet and mingle. We hope to see you there! Meeting for Parents of TAG Junior Students multiple dates Please join Ms. Marberry to kick off your student’s college application journey!  This meeting is mandatory unless you’ve had a student graduate from TAG in the past three years. Junior parents will choose only one of the following dates:• Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6 pm to 8 pm
• Wednesday, February 7 (Spanish translator provided), 6 pm to 8 pm
• Thursday, February 15, 6 pm to 8 pm

  • Who: Only one adult from each family needs to attend. This is a meeting for parents only – no students. (This is a correction from the letter that was sent home.)
  • What: Ms. Marberry will talk about the application and financial aid process. She will give out lots of helpful information and answer your questions.
  • Where: TAG, room number to be announced
  • RSVP: Please fill out the Google Form https://tinyurl.com/tagjrparent to RSVP for the session you choose to attend.

We try to split up the sessions as evenly as possible so everyone can have their questions addressed, so please commit to one date and attend on that date.
If you do not plan to attend (because you had a child graduate from TAG in the past three years), you may have your student pick up the file of helpful info from Ms. Marberry any time after January 30. If you are unsure about whether or not you should attend, please email Ms. Marberry.
Unfortunately, because she is meeting individually with the students, Ms. Marberry doesn’t have time to meet with all parents one at a time.Your student will receive additional information during one-on-one meetings with Ms. Marberry in January and during “College Boot Camp” sessions with Dr. Jensen and Ms. Greer in AP Statistics class. If you have questions, please email Ms. Marberry at hmarberry@dallasisd.org or Dr. Jensen at rjensen@dallasisd.org


Resources for DACA Students & Families

Dallas ISD has launched a new webpage with resources for students and families who are impacted by recent developments regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Dallas ISD school board voted unanimously to declare Dallas ISD a welcoming and protective district vowing to do everything it can to provide a welcoming and protective environment in all schools for all students. Please feel free to visit the website, www.dallasisd.org/DACA, for access to these resources and feel free to share the link with anyone you may know who could benefit from it.


Social Media

TAG currently has a presence on social media platforms: GroupMe (Phone Texting), Facebook, Instagram, email and website. These pages are updated by the TAG Volunteer Digital Team, and are the only official pages administered by these Volunteers, representing PTSA and TAG administration. The information is as best represented as accurately and timely as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Elisa Roby
Social Media Manager

Social Media Social Media Type Name/Link
GroupMe (Phone Texting)  From your cell phone:
Download the FREE GroupMe app
Follow the link to “TAG MAGNET”
Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/tagmagnet
eBlast  sign up at manavarro@sbcglobal.net
  Facebook Closed Group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2210089895
  Official Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/School-for-the-Talented-and-Gifted-142658129160615

 Grade Specific Facebook Page
 9th grade Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/126789434636331
 10th grade Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/149841484712466
 11th grade Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1635681053158883
 12th grade Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1639777079398652

Next eBlast Newsletter

The next newsletter will go out on 2/14/18, please send anything that you wish to be published in the newsletter by 2/9/18, to Elisa Roby at edeltat@aol.com.