Sunday, April 23, 2017

On The Road with Music in Nashville

On The Road in Nashville

Today with local professional conductors. Dr Greg Wolynek with the orchestra and Dr Steve Rhodes with the band. 

They were both awesome with our (Southwest) students and had great things to say about our kids and our program. 

Our kids have been great ambassador to the Nashville community. Thanks,

Friday, April 21, 2017

On the Road with Joint Concert

Great day at the JPII High School. We rehearsed together and then performed together.  

Bookended by some ice breakers and all eating a picnic together mixed up by sections - ex the clarinets all ate together. Such an amazing experience for all!

from On the Road with Southwest
Reid Wixson

Minneapolis Schools Capital Planning Open House May 1 at Davis Service Center

We invite the school community to attend the capital planning open house on Monday, May 1, from 6–8 p.m. at the Davis Center. 

At this meeting, we will provide information about construction projects in many of our schools that the district will begin to work on designing next year. These projects are prioritized based on immediate safety and security needs of our buildings and are remaining projects from our previous five-year plan. 

Most of the work will include completing necessary improvements to our heating, ventilation, cooling, and air conditioning systems, maintaining the physical structures (such as roofing, electricity, and other painting), and updating kitchens and other facilities to meet state requirements.

This one-year plan has been established based on a set of criteria that we will explain at the open house.  Because we engaged in significant community engagement in building the previous five-year plan and we will not be adding or changing projects for this one-year plan, we are not seeking public feedback. 

We will have several community engagement sessions and committees comprised of multiple stakeholders of students, staff and parents who will inform the next one - year capital plan for FY 19 bonding and the five-year capital improvement plan starting in the 2020-24 school year.

We hope to see you at the open house to learn more! Attached is a flier you can post in your school (translations to follow), and below is some e-newsletter content you can use to share information about the event.

Please contact Candee Lovell (612.668.0395) if you have any questions.


Karen DeVet
Chief Operations Officer

Minneapolis Public Schools

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Road Trip and First Concert

... had our first concert today. All three groups played for about 75 seniors in their chapel. Very appreciative audience and we spent time mingling with the residents. Two of them asked me and several of the students to sign their programs. Super fun.

Reid Wixson
On the Road

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Southwest May Term Guidelines

May Term Common Understandings for Students in Grades 11 – 12
·         All AP/DP Curriculum should be covered by Friday, April 14th in preparation for the exams starting on Friday, April 28th
·         No new homework or large projects will be assigned during May Term in AP/IB courses. This time is for review and studying for exams.
·         Students who are excused from class for exams will be exempt from classwork assigned for those dates during excused periods or days.
·         Students will not be released from examinations until the official time is over to ensure that all students do their personal best on each exam.

Who is excused when?
·         Diploma Candidates and 12th grade students with a large number of tests will be excused from class and assignments on the days they are testing. The lists of who these students are will be coming out soon.
·         Students in Grade 11 will only be excused for the days and times of their exams since they do not typically have more than 2 or 3 exams total.

Assassins Common Understandings
·         Teachers please speak to student leaders regarding the Assassins game which was initially designed to reduce the stress of students; yet had resulted in increasing the anxiety of students during exams which may impact successful results.
·         A plea for students to not play the Assassin Game during May Term or at all will be made through:
§  Discussions with student leaders
§  Email/letter to communication from administration to parents/students
§  Remind student council and student leaders of the reasons why this game is not appropriate on school grounds, at or near examination sites, or during May term.
·         Possibly explore an alternative option for students to participate in such in an activity in a safe way and during an appropriate timeframe
·         Do not release students from examinations until the official time is over to ensure that all students do their personal best on each exam and do not give up for ulterior reasons such as peer group or due to the assassin game.
·         Resources on the Assasin game:
Thank you,
Lisa Ledman
Advanced Academics Coordinator
IB DP, AP, and Concurrent Enrollment

Southwest High School

Grace Abbott, Southwest Senior Selected as 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. 

In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

From nearly 3.5 million graduating seniors, over 5,100 students were identified as candidates in the program.  From that group of outstanding seniors, 723 semifinalists have been selected from across the country.  For a list of all the 2017 Semifinalists, please visit: and click on "2017 Semifinalists."

Southwest senior Grace Abbott is selected as one of the 723 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition.

Southwest Junior and Senior Prom May 19

PROM 2017 
Diamonds in the Sky
 Nicollet Island Pavilion
   Friday, May 19th.  7-10:00 pm
Nicollet Island Pavilion

Dance to the must of “DJ Digie” under glittering diamonds and experience spectacular views of Minneapolis downtown skyline, Stone Arch Bridge, and the Mississippi River.  

Tired of dancing?  

Stroll the walkway along the Mississippi River or have a seat and enjoy scrumptious desserts from raspberry brownie pops, mousse filled cream puffs, double chocolate crunch brownies, and the list continues.  

Or, text guest your prom photo  and personalized message using the photo booth at no additional costs.

Free parking available. 

Tickets: $65.00 for a single: $120.00 for a double