Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Southwest Families - We Want to Hear From YOU


Southwest High School just finished its 17th day of all grades instruction.  Just finished two days of Class of 2020 orientation.  Just finished 9th grade parent orientation.  Just finished Open House.

We have been talking to you and your students all this time.  Attempting to make a smooth and successful transition.  Trying to demonstrate who and what is Southwest.  Challenging all of us to another exciting year of education, fun and rewarding experiences.

Now it is your turn.  We need to hear from YOU.

  • What did you expect to hear and did not?
  • What do you now know you needed to hear or know earlier?
  • How is/was your child's first 17 days?
  • What questions do you have?
  • What additional information does the school need to provide you/ your child?
  • The start met your expectations? exceeded? was below your expectations?
  • How can we improve for next year?

With a slightly different topic...
  • what is the best method to communicate with you?
    • email
    • telephone - robo calls
    • memos home with the student
    • other
  • what type of information do you want to receive on a regular basis?
  • do you receive and read the Weekly Bulletin?
  • do you use the parent portal to receive information about your child's grades & attendance?
Send you responses to bill.smith@mpls.k12.mn.us

In advance, Thank you!

Southwest Grand Opening October 8, 1:30 -4:30 pm


Community Grand Opening, Open House, and Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 8, 1:30 - 4:30

Southwest's Grand Opening, Open House, and Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony--all a part of the first 75th Anniversary celebration--will take place on Saturday afternoon, October 8. Join alumni, students, parents, teachers (past and present), and community members for a great afternoon of touring the new construction and remodelling projects, enjoying refreshments baked in Southwest's new kitchen, and learning more about Southwest's history through displays. The Southwest Band will also play. All are welcome! 

The Open House will be from 1:30 - 4:30 and the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony will be at 2:00. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Thank you to everyone who nominated alumni for the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Committee was pleased with the outstanding candidates it had to consider. All the nominations received for alumni who did not receive the award this year will be retained and considered again next year. Congratulations to the inaugural class of Distinguished Alumni awardees: Cora Jane Blanchard '52 (deceased), Burton D. Cohen '48, Harvey Feldman '61, Libby Larsen '68, Tracy McMillan '82, Dr. Mark Ptashne '57, and Robert C. Rishovd '59.  


Vote November 8




It’s election season! Here’s the information you need related to your ballot and Minneapolis Public Schools. Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district’s current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. Learn more here: www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016.

Did you know you can vote before Election Day by absentee ballot for any reason? Early voting began on Sept. 23 and runs through Nov. 7. To locate early voting in-person sites or get information about voting by mail, visit vote.minneapolismn.gov.


¡Es época de elecciones! Aquí está la información que usted necesita en relación a su boleta de elección y Minneapolis Public Schools.  Se solicitará a los votantes de Minneapolis renovar  la autorización del referéndum operativo actual del distrito escolar, la cual expira al finalizar el año escolar 2016 -17.  Si es aprobada, los fondos del referéndum ayudarían a  Minneapolis Public Schools a manejar el tamaño de las clases y proporcionar servicios de apoyo y actividades para los alumnos. No se proyecta el incremento del impuesto a la propiedad si es que la renovación del referéndum es aprobada.

Para mayor información, por favor visite: www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016.
¿Sabía que por cualquier motivo puede votar antes de Día de las Elecciones por medio de la boleta de votante ausente? La votación anticipada comenzó el 23 de septiembre y dura hasta el 7 de noviembre. Para localizar los lugares de votación anticipada en persona o para obtener información sobre la votación por correo, visite la página de internet vote.minneapolismn.gov.


17Waa xiliga doorashada! Halkaan ayaad ka helaysaa wixii macluumaad ee la xiriirra Codbixinta iyo dugsiyada dadweynaha Minneapolis. Codbixiyaasha Minneapolis ayaa la weydiin Doonaa in la cusbooneysiiyo ogolaanshaha aftida iyo howgalda haatan ee dugsiyada degmada, Kaasoo hada dhacaya sanad dugsiyeedkaan 2016-17ka. Hadii lagu guuleysto, maalgalintaan Waxay caawinaysaa Dugsiyada Dadweynaha Minneapolis oo lagu maareyndoono tirada fasalda iyo adeegyada howlaha loogu talo galay ardayda. Codsigaan waxaa uu awood siinayaa mudo Sagaal sano ah in lagu dhowro sicir bararka. Canshuuraha hantida aan la saadaalin in la kordhiyo Hadii ay aftida cusbooneysiinta baasto. Booqo shabakada in badan ka ogow:  www.mpls.k12.mn.us/referendum2016.

 Ma ogtahay inaad codeyn kartid, maalinta codeynta ka hor, adigoo buuxinaya cod bixinta Maqan sabab kasta? Codbixinda hore waxay bilaabanayaan bisha sitembar. 23eeda ilaa iyo Nov. 7eeda. Si aad u heshid shaqsi ahaan codbixinta hore. Waa inaad heshaa macluumaadka Warbixinada boostadaada ama booqo goobta codeynta ama booqo vote.minneapolismn.gov. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Southwest Community Education

Southwest Community Education
Southwest Community Education is pleased to offer the following programs for your Laker!. You can register online at www.mplscommunityed.com, by calling 612-668-3100 or stopping in our office located in the new commons.
DRIVERS EDUCATION Classroom Instruction: 
Section 2: Nov 28-Dec 14, 3:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., $125
ACT PREP course:
#124 Thursdays, Sept 22-Oct 13, 5:45 - 8:45 p.m.  $140
#224 Thursdays, Oct 27-Nov 17, 5:45 - 8:45 p. m.  $140

TOM NEIMAN RETIRES
Join us on Oct 1 from 11am-1pm for a free Community Ice Cream Social at Southwest.  We're celebrating Southwest Community Education creator, Tom Neiman, and the 43 years of programming and community work he's accomplished. 

Full more information about his time at Southwest, please link to this Star Tribune article:
http://m.startribune.com/creator-of-southwest-community-education-program-to-retire/392798581/

Wellness at Southwest

Dear Wellness/Caafimaad/Salud Advocates:
From surveys conducted on First Friday, 118 out of a total of 125 students named “stress management” as their top interest for Wellness Day.  The Wellness Committee will be working on this and in the meantime here are 4 possible resources:
·         
Quiet Time on many days after school in Rm. 110 with mindfulness facilitator, Emily Meyer.  Learn how to drop your stress levels, activate deep thought, gain self-awareness and practice ancient human traditions.  Stop in even if you're not sure and have your questions answered. For more info: emily.meyer@mpls.k12.mn.us

·         Tangible Thursdays:  1 touch of Oliver, the therapy dog=instant cortisol drop?  Main door before school.

·         Bread & Jam in the Commons this Friday, Sept. 23, from 7:30-7:50 a.m--musical therapy (compliments of Riley Swain and a new SWHS combo called Papa and the Lake Sharks) plus a variety of breads donated by Breadsmith!  This will hopefully become a weekly event!

·         OPEN! House on Tuesday, Sept. 27th.  Please stop by the PUERTAS ABIERTAS table in the Commons from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where parents, staff, and students will be sharing their wellness resources.  


Feel free to bring the names and numbers of your favorite dental health, mental health, academic, sports, voice lesson, etc. professionals (compliments of PTSO and Southwest Foundation).

Southwest Club and Activities Information

Japanese Culture Club

The Japanese Culture Club meets Wednesdays from 3:10 to 4:30 in Room W322.  If you are interested in Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Japanese movies/amine, or J-Quiz (Japanese language competition for high school students), please join us!

MUS Ultimate Fall season is Underway.
Fall is "development league" play- Practices are at MLK Jr. Park @Nicollet and 42nd on Tues. /Weds. /Thurs. 3:30-5:30.   Overcome that reluctance and come to practice- learn to throw and play! Part timers are welcome.  Games are on Saturdays if you want to participate in them, you need forms finished- see the Ultimate website on the SWHS webpage

Fandom club will meet Tuesdays in room W109 after school.
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Anime club will meet Thursdays in room W109 after school.
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Comic Book Club
Every other Tuesday starting on October 4th. We meet from 3:15-4:30 in Mr. Jagusch’s room (N132). Be ready to discuss your favorite characters from comics, tv shows, and movies. We have comics to read and more to check out from the Media Center! All are welcome.
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The Mountain Bike team won the Division 2 title in Austin on Saturday!
With the top finishers being:  Sudi Hall - Freshman champion, Zoe Camp - JV champion, Kasia Bednarski - Varsity 2nd, Issac Trockman - Freshman 7th, and Foss Kerker - Varsity 6th. The team is heading to St. Cloud this weekend to improve upon their individual performances and plan to win the team title again.

College Information Available

MN National College FairThe National College Fair is fast approaching. One of the largest in the country, hundreds of college representatives will descend upon the Mpls Convention Center, eager to share information and meet potential applicants.  The event is free, but students are encouraged to pre-register to remove the need fill out endless contact cards. Complete information, including the list of schools attending, can be found here. Please note that many schools will also visit SW that week, and students are encouraged to take advantage of those in-house visits. Students and families are STRONGLY encouraged to attend the evening session to avoid the masses of humanity bussed in during the day sessions.
Location:   Minneapolis Convention Center Halls D – E1301 Second Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN
Fair Hours: Tuesday, October 4, 20169 a.m. – noon5 p.m. – 8 p.m.   Wednesday, October 5, 20169 a.m. – noon
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MN Performing & Visual Arts College FairThe National Performing & Visual Arts (PVA) College Fair is being held on Saturday, October 8. This event is a FANTASTIC resource for students interested in either performing or visual arts, and students are encouraged to pre-register to attend this free event. A Portfolio/Audition Readiness for PVA schools will be available prior to the event. Additional information, including a list of schools attending, can be found here.
Location:  Concordia University, St. Paul Gangelhoff Center 235 Hamline Ave North, St Paul, MN 55104
 Fair Hours:  Saturday, October 8, 2016 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 Workshop: Portfolio/Audition Readiness for PVA Schools11:45 a.m – 12:45 p.m.Gangelhoff Center
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15th Annual Groves Academy College FairGeared exclusively toward students who have learning disabilities or attention disorders, this is the only college fair of its kind in Minnesota and the five-state area. Representatives from over 50 schools and organizations will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. Additional information, including student registration, can be found here.
LocationEarle Brown Heritage Center 6155 Earle Brown Drive Minneapolis, MN 55430

Fair Hours: Thursday, October 6, 2016 6 p.m.