Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Southwest High School Students Grades 10-12 Start Tuesday September 6 - -9th grade starts September 1

Southwest High School
2016-17 School Year

9th Grade - Class of 2020 -- Start School
        Thursday Sept. 1 - 8:05 to 2:00 pm
         Friday Sept. 2 - 8:05 to 2:00 pm

All Grades 9-12, Tuesday, Sept 6  Regular Hours 8:05 am - 3:00 pm

A robo call was made to all the homes in the district announcing the start of school for this coming Monday, August 29. 


Southwest made a robo call after hearing the district call to ONLY Southwest stduents and families attempting to clarify that the message was incorrect.

Southwest High School 9th graders begin school Thursday, September 1.

All grades 9-12 will be in school on Tuesday, September 6

Sorry for any confusion.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Southwest 2016-17 School Year Starts for 9-12 on Tuesday September 6. 9th Grade Orientation Sept 1 and 2

Southwest High School
2016-17 School Year

9th Grade - Class of 2020 -- Orientation
        Thursday Sept. 1 - 8:05 to 2:00 pm
         Friday Sept. 2 - 8:05 to 2:00 pm

All Grades 9-12, Tuesday, Sept 6

Southwest High School is following a different calendar than the rest of the Minneapolis Schools due to construction.  9th grade orientation is Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2.

All Grades - 9-12 - start the school year on Tuesday, September 6, 2016  with start time the same as last year.  Zero hour starts at 7:10 and First period starts at 8:05.  Dismissal is 3:00 pm and there are three lunch periods.

Student Schedule will be on-line through the parent portal starting the 29th.  There may be changes after that date to balance classes and make necessary adjustments.

9th graders - Class of 2020 - will receive their schedules during orientation.

10-12 graders can pick up their printed schedule starting at 7:40 am, Tuesday, September 6 in the West Gym..

Check on line for a DRAFT of student schedules through the parent portal.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How Being Late To School Impacts Your Child

How Being Late To School Impacts Your Child

By Vicki Little  from The Mother List

It is a familiar sight at schools everywhere. A car screeches into the parking lot just as the late bell rings. A parent and child jump out and run to the front door, frantically zipping up the child’s backpack and giving a quick goodbye kiss. The child goes into school, and the parent heads back to the car, looking like they just finished working a 12-hour shift. Yep, they were late. As parents, we know how those simple five minutes can throw us off for the rest of our day, but what about the kids? How does being late to school really impact a child? Is everything OK once he or she gets settled in the classroom? Probably not.

If you have ever volunteered in a classroom and seen the late students come in, your heart can’t help but break for them. Their faces are sweaty from rushing and red from the embarrassment of disrupting class. Those children might also be wondering how they are supposed to “hurry to class” while at the same time not run in the hallways. With morning messages blaring overhead, they shove their coats and backpacks into their lockers or cubbies. In their haste, they might drop their notebook on the floor. They quietly put homework where it belongs and their lunch into the bin. With all eyes on them, they finally settle at their desk, 20 minutes after the teacher started instructing. They have missed important announcements and discussions about last night’s homework. The rest of the class will sit quietly while the teacher brings the late student up to date on what was missed. That child didn’t mean to be late. Maybe they were just really tired. But Mom might be mad. And everyone is irritating them, and now they don’t understand the assignment. They never quite catch up, and they are on edge. Who wouldn’t be with that start to the day?

It may seem like 10 minutes isn’t really that much, but for the typical school day of 6.5 hours, a student who is only 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of school time that year. If a child is 10 minutes late getting to school, it is more like 20 minutes until they are actually learning. The impact on the class as a whole is even larger. If two kids are late, one by 5 minutes and one by 10 minutes, then the class schedule might get pushed back. That means the teacher will need to alter something else during the day to account for time the class lost helping a late student catch up.
The occasional tardy is nearly inevitable. Things happen to all of us. Coffee spills and shoes get lost. Conversations need to happen. There are a million things that can cause people to run behind. Ideally our daily routines would include time to account for mishaps to minimize tardiness. If you are finding that your child is late one or more times per week, though, you may need to change your routine to ensure a successful start to your day. Here are a few suggestions that may help.

1) Pack backpacks/lunchboxes the night before. The last thing you want to be doing as you are rushing out the door is trying to find lost homework. Make sure everyone’s backpacks are ready to go and prepare home lunches as much as you can. Also fill their water bottles ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.

2) Lay clothes out. Seems too simple to make a difference, but hunting down matching socks or pants without holes in the knees is quite the time consumer. Not only that, but you won’t have to worry that you didn’t notice your child was wearing shorts in negative degree weather until after you arrived at school.

3) Set up a “last stop” area. Pick any available area near the door you typically leave through and put everything there for the day: backpacks, phones, homework, and especially coats and shoes. There are no last-minute distractions this way.

4) Play a family favorite music list. Music can get people moving and can even turn a mood around. Pick upbeat songs that everyone enjoys. Play the same set each day so that everyone starts to recognize the cues and where they should be. For example, when the second song ends, breakfast is over. The third song ending means teeth should be brushed, and when the last song starts, they should be heading to get their coats and backpacks on.

5) If all else fails, wake up earlier. Not the most enjoyable solution, but sometimes drastic measures are needed.

Vicki Little is a work-at-home mom with two young kids. A Colorado native, she is the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Aurora and Downtown Denver. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, camping, or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends.

Friday, August 19, 2016

20 Important Benefits of Music in Our Schools

20 Important Benefits of Music in Our Schools

This article original appeared oBachelors Degree.

Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are having to do away with their music education programs. This is a mistake, with schools losing not only an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich students' lives and education. Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits even beyond itself.

1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.
2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.
3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.
4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.
6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.
7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children's intellectual development as well.
8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.
9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.
10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.
11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby's cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.
12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child's imagination.
13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.
14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.
16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.
20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.

Dates for Southwest Students to Pick Up Go-To-Cards


Go To cards will be available for pick-up by students

 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 

on August 29th, 30th, 31st, and September 1st. 

Also from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on September 2nd. 

Southwest Students and Families ONLY Start Times

The start dates for Southwest High School ONLY:

2016-17 School Year
Orientation for 9th grade – Class of 2020 – Thursday, September 1 --  8:05 am - 2:00 pm
               Orientation for 9th grade – Class of 2020 – Friday, September 2 – 8:05 am - 2:00 pm

Starting date for all classes  9-12 grades:
– Class or 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 - grades 9-12 – Tuesday, September 6 – 8:05 am

Go To cards will be available for pick-up by students from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on the 29th, 30th, 31st, and 1st. Also from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on the 2nd.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A New Look For a New School Year at Southwest

A new look for the main entrance to Southwest High School

Southwest High School Main Entrance

The two-year renovation and addition project to Southwest High School is nearing completion.  The two by one block structure has been an important part of the community since 1938 when the construction started on the original building.

To insure a safe and positive start Southwest students grades 9-12 will start the 2016-17 school year on Tuesday, September 6.

9th graders will report for orientation both Thursday and Friday, September 1 and 2.

SWHS Main entrance looking west
An important part of the project was improved green spaces, cleaner and more efficient temperature control, flexibility and opportunity for learning and safe teaching/ learning environment for students, families and staff.

Over 300 bike racks are installed to accommodate the numerous students and staff who ride bicycles to school.  Green areas are established surrounding parking lots and all four sides of the building.  Green space includes more open grass areas and numerous planted areas.

Inside the building there is more open space and various spaces constructed for projects, groups and learning.  Grand Opening for the building will be October 8, Saturday 1;30 to 4:00 pm.