Friday, December 30, 2011

To Say Nothing of the Dog Recommendation

If you liked Three Men in a Boat, and especially if you enjoy time-travel stories, check out To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Willis's characters jump in time between the not-too-distant future and the era of Three Men in a Boat. They don't meet up with the Three, but they do spend a lot of time both on and in the river.

You'll get more of the jokes if you read Three Men in a Boat first, but it's not strictly necessary.

From a Catch the Wave Reader

Southwest Graduate in Circus Juventas New Year

Friday morning KARE-11's morning show did a spot on a Circus Juventas New Year's Eve event, and they highlighted SW alum Gabe Hilden-Reid doing a performance on the silks.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winter Break Reading Fun

No snow and ice a bit thin so why not enjoy a good book. How about a humorous one from 1889 and still in print?

From Wikipedia:
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford.

The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history along the route, but the humorous elements took over to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages seem a distraction to the comic novel. One of the most praised things about Three Men in a Boat is how undated it appears to modern readers — the jokes seem fresh and witty even today.

A nice, fun read. Nothing too serious yet interesting. Over 100 years old but still able to relate to modern experience. Enjoy the time.

Did you find a fun read this past week? About sharing? Email me the title, author and a brief recommendation.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Southwest Junior Jackson Hurst Stars in Holiday Musical



Jackson Hurst, a Southwest Junior is starring in the hit musical Always and Forever being performed at the Illusion Theater In downtown Minneapolis.

The music filled fun evening is at the Illusion Theater from December 22 through January 8, 2012.

email www.illusiontheater.org or call 612-339-4944 for tickets and more information.

Hurst and his fellow actor/singers produce a great sound and a fun evening for the entire family of familiar songs and lots of dance.

Hairspray (Behind the Beehive!)

Hairspray (Behind the Beehive!)

Students interested in behind the scenes work for Hairspray, Southwest's mainstage spotlight musical, should attend an informational meeting Wednesday Jan 11 at 3:15pm in the auditorium.

Opportunities exist in costuming, scenery & painting, props, lighting & sound, hair & make-up, stage management and marketing/publicity.

Questions should be directed to swtechtheatre@gmail.com

Auditions for Hot Notes on a Cold Night

Auditions for “Hot Notes on a Cold Night” will be Friday, January 13, 2012, after school in the Choir room.

All instrumentalists interested in playing in the Pit Orchestra for Hairspray should attend a meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 3:15 in the Band room (111).

There are parts for woodwinds, strings and rhythm section still open.

Southwest and SMILE Over the TOP!

The Southwest students and community friends reach the financial goal and went over the top!

Working the SMILE NETWORK Southwest Student Council led a fantastic month of activities informing the students and community of the issues, raising funds and having fun together.

The campaign raise over $30,000 for SMILE. This will be 60 surgeries that will benefit these young people and their families for the rest of their lives.

Congratulations and thank you. Fantastic achievement!

Hot Notes on a Cold Night coming January 28th

Hot Notes on a Cold Night coming January 28th

7th Annual Benefit for the Music and Dance Programs of Southwest High School!
• Entertainment by talented Southwest musicians, singers, dancers, and actors
• Delicious hor d'oeuvres catered by Chow Girls with tasty contributions from Southwest parents

• Bid at our "Off the Wall" Dutch auction (buy when you think the price is right) of hot restaurant and event tickets

• Buy tickets to "Great Gatherings" — fundraising events like wine tasting parties, golf games, outings with local luminaries, and more!

Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Children's Theatre, Cargill Stage

The NHS Induction Ceremony Jan. 19

The NHS Induction Ceremony will be held in the Southwest Auditorium on Thursday, January 19, at 7 PM.

Light refreshments will be served as newly inducted Southwest juniors and second-semester seniors are inducted into the school NHS chapter.

Parents and siblings are welcome to attend.

Juniors, please watch for mail! All accepted applicants will receive a letter between January 11th and January 18th.

Financial Aid Information Night Jan. 12

Financial Aid Information Night

We invite you to attend our Financial Aid Information Night on Thursday, January 12, from 6:30-8:30 at Southwest's Auditorium.

The evening's events:
6:30-7:00: Informational booths, including representatives from The Page Education Foundation, Step Up Summer Jobs, Power of You

7:05-7:55: Financial Aid Overview by Kathy Ruby, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment
and Dean of Student Financial Aid at St. Olaf College

8:00-8:30: Understanding your Financial Aid Package

Friday, December 23, 2011

BLAST activities off and running

Moving into period two. The day appears to moving smoothly. The choirs which are this morning's set of activities sound great as always. The audience seem appreciative and respectful. Best knock of wood but the day is moving along.

Just a few light flakes in the air. The break is promising to be mild weather-wise.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

1983 Southwest Alumni Ken Rizer At Vikings Football

This Saturday, December 24, the Minnesota Vikings football team is playing the Washington Redskins in Washington. The game starts at noon.



Tossing the coin at the beginning of the game will be Wing Commander Ken Rizer, Southwest 1983 Graduate. He is the Wing Commander at Andrews Air Force Base and will be honored at the game.


Ken's mother Margie Anderson Rizer is a 1959 Southwest Graduate




COLONEL KENNETH R RIZER

Col. Kenneth R. Rizer is the Commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews, MD. The 11th Wing is the host wing for Joint Base Andrews providing security, personnel, contracting, finance and infrastructure support for 6 Wings, 2 Headquarters and over 50 tenant organizations, as well as 60,000 Airmen and families in the national capital region and around the world. The 11th Wing supports contingency operations in our nation's capital with immediate response rotary-assets.

It also provides security for the world's highest visibility flight line and is responsible for ceremonial support with the United States Air Force Band, Honor Guard and Air Force Arlington Chaplaincy. Colonel Rizer earned his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987. He has flown the RF-4 (including an assignment with the Air National Guard) and F-16, and recently transitioned to the UH-1.

Col. Rizer an Operation DESERT STORM and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH combat veteran. Selected as an Olmsted Scholar, he completed Swedish language training prior to studying National Security at Stockholm University, Sweden and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has commanded at the squadron and group levels, and is a command pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours.



Congratulations COLONEL KENNETH R RIZER






Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tax Time - Check Out Your end-of-the-year Totals

Have you looked at your total for charitable contributions for the 2011 tax year? Is there a balance that would do tons of good for lots of kids?

The Southwest Education Fund is a financial supporter of the outstanding program offered at Southwest High School. All donated funds support the educational needs of students. Contrary to rumors, Southwest receives the smallest amount of funding per student of any of the Minneapolis high schools. Your financial support is critical.

Over the past five years community support has updated badly needed textbooks, purchased science consumable equipment, provided support for teacher training, supported the theater, music program and purchased art supplies. Almost all the textbooks used in special education were originally purchased with donated monetary support.

Without continuing financial support it will be impossible to maintain the outstanding high quality educational program for all students at Southwest. You make a difference.

Swimming Pool Bleachers



Southwest Swimming Pool nearing completion!

This is a couple bad pictures of the bleachers. They are above the pool deck and out of the road of the swimmers and officials.


Entrance for visitors is off of the main floor. Visitors will arrive in door 17 and then go upstairs to gain entrance to the seating.

Pool is filled and systems are being tested. Should be ready to go by the first of the new year.

Student Council and SMILE Thank you

Thank you to all who attended the Silent Auction this past Saturday sponsered by the Southwest Student Council and SMILE. The campaign continues through Friday.

Becuase of your tremendous support $2,500 was collected to add the totals for the work SMILE is doing.

Thank you

James Dundon
Student Council Advisor
Student Council Officers

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Math Team Victorius

The Southwest High School Math Team had their best meet of the year on Monday. Five of the Minneapolis high schools and one charter school met up at Edison High School for the third Math Team meet of the year. I’m very proud of how much some of these students studied the extra material necessary to do well on the event questions.

Some statistics from the meet:
• 139 total students from six schools in the Minneapolis division participated.
• 64 Southwest students participated individually at the meet.
• 60 of the Southwest students scored at least one point. The questions are getting difficult, so this is a remarkable achievement level.
• Four of the top five scores at the meet were Southwest students.
• Seven students from Minneapolis earned at least 10 points…six of those students were from Southwest.
• The varsity team (official scoring team) earned 95 of a possible 136 points, finishing in first place within the division. We started the day in 21th place out of 170 teams in the state. We should move up in the rankings a bit.
• The junior varsity team earned 57 of a possible 136 points. That is good enough to unofficially finish third in the division. They would have finished first, but one team member took the wrong event. Oops.
Official state rankings can be viewed at http://mnmathleague.org/
The cumulative rankings are located by clicking on the meets and standings tab on the top of the page.

David McMayer
Math Team Coach

Monday, December 19, 2011

BLAST Day Student Council & SMILE NETWORK

Dear Parents,
As you may or may not have heard from your students, this year’s Student Council Blast Day fundraiser is through Smile Network International. We are working to provide 50 children who have a cleft lip or palate with a life changing surgery.

How many of you can remember a child being born in your lifetime-nieces and nephews, family friends, or your own child? Can you remember the happiness you had and how much you wanted to share with them? Now imagine someone being so disgusted by this little person, they want to destroy and abandon this incredible life.

Without your support, children who suffer from the cleft palate and lip will not be welcomed into their communities, get married, truly taste fresh fruit, and support themselves or any of the things that we take for granted.

As a member of the IB and global community, we at Southwest want every human being to live and learn with compassion and dignity. We encourage you to continue to support Smile Network and give 50 children a brighter future.

We would like to encourage you to talk with your kids about bringing in $15 by this Friday the 23rd; this will help us reach our goal of $25,000.

Thank you,
Southwest Student Council

Chuck Aoki going to Paralympic Games!

Southwest Alumni Chuck Aoki (class of 2009) was just named to the 2012 USA Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team.

Congratulations Chuck and the games are in London.

Swimming Pool Nearing Completion



The Southwest/City Pool has been remodeled this past year. The diving well has been made deeper. Complete Locker room renovation, new deck area and different flooring.

The filtering systems was changed and new ventilation and controls. The system is more efficient and effective.

The scheduled date for opening is January 9th. Water is starting to fill the pool and post construction cleaning is happening now. The systems will need tested and final check made prior to declaring the construction completed.

Last Friday we experienced some paint smells but in general the renovation went well.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mid Term Reports Mailed Home

Second quarter mid-terms were sent to homes this past week. Only families of struggling students were suppose to receive a mid-term. But many families received confusing blank information.

If your child is receiving a D or F in a class you received the mid- term report with that letter grade clearly indicated on the report.

However, many families received a report with a class and/or teacher's name and no letter grade or some letter grade other than D or F. If there is a grade that grade is correct but it could be blank which would indicate that your child is not earning a D or F in that class. Some families did not receive a mid-term report which also indicates that the child is not earning a D or F in any class.

We are seeking the reasons for this error and we have determined ha few. The bottom line is that it was a mistake. But the families with children earning a D or F did receive the correct information.

If you have question, please contact the teacher or your student's counselor.

Hot Notes on a Cold Night Save the Date Jan. 28

Hot Notes on a Cold Night coming January 28th
7th Annual Benefit for the Music and Dance Programs of Southwest High School!
Entertainment by talented Southwest musicians, singers, dancers, and actors
Delicious hor d'oeuvres catered by Chow Girls with tasty contributions from Southwest parents
Bid at our "Off the Wall" Dutch auction (buy when you think the price is right) of hot restaurant and event tickets
Buy tickets to "Great Gatherings" — fundraising events like wine tasting parties, golf games, outings with local luminaries, and more!
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Children's Theatre, Cargill Stage

Welcome back Brooke

Hi all,
Brooke Dugdale, our permanent Spanish Bilingual AE, is coming home today from India where she and her husband have traveled and studied alongside a group of college students. 
 
On Monday she will be picking up where Mario left off, sharing rich stories of her experiences...garment factories, taj mahal, food industry, social injustices, festivals, an indigenous settlement, watching big agriculture demolish farmers and their livelihoods....at first in passing, but hopefully, at some point, in the form of a presentation.  She's a talented photographer and storyteller.
 
Welcome home, Brooke!
 
Mario continue his work with student at Roosevelt High School. Well wishes and thank you, Mario.
 
 
Linnea Valdez
ELL Teacher and Coordinator
Southwest High School

Friday, December 16, 2011

Silent Auction for SMILE! Saturday Dec 17

Southwest students are raising funds for the Smile Network as part of the BLAST days tradition.

This fall, SW teacher Stephanie Wegner & seniors Emma Keiski & Becca Mattson were in Puebla, Mexico working with the smile network. Onsite coordinator is Alita Wilson, SW alumna class of 1996.

A silent auction this Saturday Dec 17th in the west gym will help our students raise funds for this great charity.

The Silent Auction for Smile Campaign is in the West Gym this Saturday, December 17th, 2011 from 7:00 - 9:00. There will be musical entertainment and snacks and drinks provided. - please come!

Winter Dance Concert

You and your family should attend this wonderful Winter Dance Concert. Tonight, Friday the 16th is the final night. It is a complete celebration of a tremendous dance program at Southwest. There are about 200 performers presenting a delightful, serious and beautiful show.

We are priviledged to have Colleen Callahan Russell, a National recognized dance educator, as our lead. She provides opportunities for our students to dance and learn from the professional dancers in the area and nation. She promotes expression and sense of self and respect. The dance program at Southwest is outstanding and as an educational community we all benefit from its work.

Friday night with opening curtain at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

National honor Society Applications DUE Dec. 23

The deadline for applications to Southwest NHS is Friday, December 23.

Application forms can be picked up in Room 113 and Room E115 or downloaded at http://southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/nhs_application.pdf

Trip to Japan June 2012

Trip to Japan in June, 2012

There will be an evening meeting on Tuesday, December 20th 2011 for all who are interested in discussing the Japan trip details using last year’s material.

We will discuss an affordable budget.

The tentative dates for travel are from June 12th to June 25th, 2012. It could be shorter depending on what the group decides for cost-cutting measures.

If you know of a friend who is interested in going to Japan, please bring him/her along. At present the trip is open to all students. The more students who attend the trip, the cheaper the costs will be on the average per person.

Please come to room 219 for more details.

Become a Member of the Chess Team

The chess club meets in room E101 Wednesday afternoons at 3:15pm until 4:30pm.

You may bring a chess set if you wish.

Holiday Gift Idea

Order that special student in your life a 2012 Southwest Yearbook.

Buy your 2012 Southwest Yearbook!

Only $70 if you pre-order by January 31st! To order go to the Southwest Web site.

Thursday and Friday 7 pm Dance

Southwest Winter Dance PerformanceThursday and Friday Dec. 15th and 16th 7:00 p.m. in the SW Auditorium

The end of the semester brings SW dance students onto the SW stage with their dance work.

Student choreography as well as guest works by Kenna Camara Cottman , Dario and Giselle Mejia and dance instructor Colleen Callahan.

Join us in this festive event! Tickets are $10-Adults $5-Students

Rain, Ice and Snow

Busy time of the year and now more winter temperatures but rain. Be careful of ice. The morning could be interesting.

It is that time of year that any given morning could be an adventure. This morning some of our schools were without electricity. There are happenings each day. Listen to the early morning radio, Wear warm clothing and adjust to the conditions.

The building is open at 6:00 am. Thus, there is a warm place if you get caught in between for some reason. Walking and parking are always problems but on ice and snow days the conditions get even more intense. Pay attention to parking restrictions on all the surrounding streets. Plan ahead for walking conditions. Be safe.

We try to deal with the various conditions but there are numerous city streets around us and the hill in front of the east building and coming up from the park. Safety is important and you need to plan for cold and slippery conditions. We want you in school safely.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SWHS Student Broadway Reviewers in Print

This is Southwest's second year participating in the Hennepin Theatre Trust's Critical View Program. In the program, selected students from area high schools get complimentary tickets to all the Broadway touring shows on opening night and learn how to review productions.

Reviews from Sophomores Zoe Makila and Elizabeth Rinde for Les Miserables, which the students saw last Tuesday at the Orpheum opening, were published in the Twin Cities Daily Planet! Links to the reviews are below.

As the SW adviser for the program, I ask that you join me in congratulating Zoe & Elizabeth on a job well done!

-Dave Premack
Club Advisor

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/dudleyvoigt/dream-dream-les-mis-rables-minneapolis

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/dudleyvoigt/dream-night-remember

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holidazzle Dec 17 and 18 Featuring Southwest Band

The Target Holidazzle is a series of parades that take place at Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis and kickoffs always the day after Thanksgiving. In 1992 the first parade drew crowds that were estimated to be over 300,000 and have become a popular destination for friends and family to congregate together during the busiest time of the year.

The thrilling and exciting spectacles are free and open to the public, which runs along Nicollet Mall (between 12th and 4th St.). The schedule has four remaining parades for this week starting Thursday Dec. 15 and runs all the way through Sunday Dec. 18.

During these events spectators will be able to enjoy appearances by high profile figures and great performances from different marching bands to energize the holiday spirit. Starting this Thursday the Marching band will be the Lean Mean Performance Machine (Hopkins High School) and the next day a great performance by the Bleep Drum Corps (the self-proclaimed group of skilled performers from the Montevideo, MN.)

Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 16-17) will feature Southwest High School Marching Band and they will wrap up the Holidazzle with the Minnesota Chorale choir on the last day.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Busy week ahead

The end of the calendar year carries variety of feelings for people. It is both a happy and sad time. Lots of memories and regrets happen during this time of the year.

We are trying to keep it together. Lots of holiday concerts. Busy time of school year with the approaching end of semester. College applications are due for many seniors. Early acceptance letters are coming in daily. The weeks are ones of stress and celebration.

But we need to stay up with the homework and projects. Even with cold weather we need to study for tests and pay attention to what is happening in class. School and learning continue to move forward.

Expect some mood changes and a bit of impatience as the number of days until the break decreases. For teens this is a very confusing time of year. Friends believe all kinds of things. Families have different obligations. Teens are too big for the typical toys and yet like the mystery of the season. Too big and yet not big enough.

Friday, December 9, 2011

National Honor Society Application Deadline

The deadline for applications to Southwest NHS is Friday, December 23.

Application forms can be picked up in Room 113 and Room E115 or downloaded at http://southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/nhs_application.pdf

Forever Remember Senior Yearbook

ADS FOR GRADS
Honor your Southwest High School graduate with a Senior Recognition advertisement in this year’s SWHS yearbook!

The Southwest High School Yearbook Staff is now accepting orders for Senior Recognition advertisements for the 2011-2012 Yearbook.

Now is the time to choose a photo and start working on your message of congratulations, pride and love!

Send a personalized message to your graduating senior by purchasing a full-color ad space in the 2012 Southwest yearbook. Submit 1 photo with a message of up to 40 words and we will reserve your ad space for everyone to enjoy.

The cost for an ad is just $37.00

Music Concert at the Basilica of St. Mary on Dec 12th



The Southwest High School Music Department presents it's annual Holiday Concert on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, 7pm at the Basilica of St Mary, 16th & Hennepin Ave.


The Concert will feature four choirs, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra.



Please join us for this free public performance of music to celebrate the season.


All donations will be gratefully accepted to support the Music programs at Southwest.

Dance Concert - Dec 15 and 16

Southwest Winter Dance Performance


Thursday and Friday Dec. 15th and 16th 7:00 p.m.
SW Auditorium

The end of the semester brings SW dance students onto the SW stage with their dance work.

Student choreography as well as guest works by Kenna Camara Cottman , Dario and Giselle Mejia and dance instructor Colleen Callahan. Join us in this festive event!

Suggested donation: $10 Adults $5 Students

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Southwest Winter Sports' Team Grade Point Averages

We are extremely proud of our athletes! We continue to win championships each year. Winning and awards are important. However, we believe the grade point average (GPA) also is a must.

Listed below are the GPA's of the Winter Sports Varsity and entire teams

SPORT Varsity Total
Boys Basketball 2.717 2.551
Wrestling 2.958 3.295
Boys Nordic Skiing 3.462 3.394
Boys Alpine Skiing 3.477 3.394
Boys Hockey 3.245 2.985
Boys Swim and Dive 3.224 3.462
Girls Basketball 2.794 3.371
Gymnastics 3.419 3.727
Girls Nordic Skiing 3.760 3.838
Girls Alpine Skiing 3.704 3.715
Girls Hockey 3.284 3.352
Dance Team 3.332 3.419

Congratulations to all the Winter Athletes! Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bight Sunny Cold

Wonderful sun and warm through the windows. But that wind is cold. Please bundle up in the morning. Those walks from the car to school and return at the end of the day can be quite cold.

Still slippery in spots and on side streets. Be careful when you park and walk. Don't be one of those accidents.

Coats may not be in fashion but they do add heat to the body. And it is not really the cold winter weather yet. Have a chat about common sense and wearing a coat when it is this cold out.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Help Think About Dances at Southwest Thurs. Dec. 8

This Thursday, December 8th, there will be a meeting in the Media Center at 5:30 about the new Southwest High School Dance Policy.

The meeting will address changes to the policy and then the floor will be open to any questions parents have. All parents are welcome to attend!

Thank you for your help,
Natalie Dolphin
Southwest Student Council

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Southwest Debate Second in State Tournment.


The Southwest Debate Team competed in the Minnesota State Debate Tournament this weekend. With over 138 teams beginning the Laker Debaters finished the season in great form by earning the distinction of being number two in the state. This is the first major state title for the Southwest Debate Team in the history of the school.

In the novice division Taylor Leighton and Noah Rothman maxed it to the state rounds and finished 5th in the state.

Two teams into the state rounds in the junior varsity division. Kia Okuma and Sirene Benjaafar finished 5th in the state. Sophia Deady and Sowda Mohamed finished number 2 in the state.

For the first time, Southwest two debaters entered the varsity state rounds. Avi Gori and Mariah Oxley finished the season earning the title of 5th in the state.

Based on total points the Southwest Debate Team earned the title of number 2 in the state. Eastview High School was number one in the state.

Congratulations to the Southwest Debate Team!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Back into the Swing

Basketball is off and running. Wrestlers are up early on the weekend for their scrimmage. Smokers are waiting on the snow. Music department is getting ready for big concert. Math and Debate teams continue their winning ways. Student Council is busy working with charitable service project and a sense able dance policy. Clubs and student activities fill the afternoon. In addition to all the extra-curricular, students go to school, study, take tests, finish projects and hopefully learn like enriching skills.

The high school experience is a constant flow of things and friends and happenings. Finding an identity and place in the greater society is trial and error. Mistakes happen. Some friends are just not worth it. What looked like fun evolved into it's own disaster. Over the years of school not much has changed. Teenagers advance one day at a time. But they are precious days and none can be repeated.

Pay attention to the moods and temperaments. Listen to what is not being said. Watch the circle of "friends.". Were is the money going?

Keep them safe. Hug frequently.

STEP-UP Applications available

STEP-UP
Applications are are now available in the Career and College Cetner, located in Room 104.
Step-Up is a City of Minneapolis Summer Jobs Program that will train thousands of students the skills you need to be successful and then place students in a paid, professional summer job.
 
The Benefits?
Explore a career that interests you
Earn up to $2,000 over the summer
Build professional career skills
Meet people who can help you with your college and career goals.
 
Step-up is open to Minneapolis residents age 14-21 who meet income guidelines and are not enrolled in college.  If you are not sure or are close to meeting the free/reduced lunch guidelines, you are encourages to submit an application.

National Honor Society Applications Due

 The deadline for applications to Southwest NHS is Friday, December 23. 
Application forms can be picked up in Room 113 and Room E115 or downloaded at http://southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/nhs_application.pdf

Costumers for Hairspray Needed

Calling all Costumers!! 
Every Monday and Wednesday after school from 3:15-4:30 or 5:00, we will be working on the Costume Plot for Hairspray! 

This is going to be a really fun and creative show to be a part of.  It’s really important that you become a part of ‘building’ the show with us if you want to be involved in running the show come performance time.  You will be learning how to sew, how to pattern, how to re-design, embellish and alter existing clothing.

  Hair and Make-up design is significant to the show and we will be learning how to teach and assist actors with creating the Hairspray ‘look’.

  If you have any questions see Tory Quiggle (room 127) and I hope to see you there!!!

Parents needed for Dance Policy

Student Council Dance Policy Meeting Scheduled for December 8 at 5:30 in the Media Center.

Parents and students will meet to discuss the new Southwest Dance Policy.

Parents who are interested in chaperoning should attend so they know the policies and procedures that will be followed for this year's dances.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

BULLIED -- Film and Discussion Dec 1, at 7:00 pm

A screening of the film -- BULLIED -- will be followed by a discussion with Jamie Nabozny, the inspiration of the documentary.

The film and presentation is presented by the Conflict Resolution Center.

The screening will be in the Southwest High School Auditorium starting at 7:00 pm. A $25.00 donation is requested. No students with ID will be turn-ed away.

For more information call 612-822-9883

Snow again - finally

Well it really wasn't much of a snow. Light of the walks maybe and a little on side streets. But it is snow.

Remember the walks or long waits for buses. Even this little snow can be slick and be careful walking and parking. Being careless causes more accidents than the weather conditions.

The building is warm and we continue through. This is the 61st student day so the time marches quickly on.

Girls Basketball starts tonight with an away game. So the winter sports are off and running as well. Check the athletic calendar and come out and support your favorite Laker team.

Monday, November 28, 2011

SW Girls Basketball & Chipotle Dec. 5, 5-8 pm

The Southwest Girls Basketball program is hosting a Chiptole Fundraiser on

Monday, Dec. 5th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The location is the Calhoun Chipotle Mexican Grill, located on the NW corner of Lake Calhoun.

Pick up your identification flyer in order for Southwest Girls Basketball to get credit for the purchase.

Building opens during the week at 6 am

Make sure you son or daughter checks with the coach. The doors are open at 6 am on weekdays and 6;30 am on Saturday.

The first doors open are doors 5, 6 and 7. Then the custodians work around and normally the rest are open by 6 am as well.

If you are having trouble getting into the building by 6 am, please tell you coach and we can determine what is the problem.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

SW Alumni Mike Snavely Macalester Renaissance Man



In the three years since Mike Snavely arrived at Macalester from Southwest High School, he has conducted research with a professor, worked in a University of Minnesota lab, and studied abroad in Botswana where he volunteered at a pediatric HIV clinic and organized a charity soccer tournament. he was also part of
Macalester's first winning football season in 24 years.

Not surprisingly, wide receiver Snavely chose Macalester largely because it made his juggling act possible. "I knew I'd have the chance to balance a varsity sport with unique academic and extracurricular opportunities." he says. "Mac has prepared me for success in all aspects of life, from being a scholar to working with teammates."

Snavely, a biology and chemistry major with a Community and Global Health concentration, worked with a Mac biochemistry lab he summer before his sophomore year. That's when the balancing act kicked into high gear. "I was cloning bacteria by day and lifting weights by night." he says.

Last summer, Snavely was part of a new applied health research program, where he was paired with a mentor at a University of Minnesota infectious disease center. He worked in the lab and shadowed his mentor, who is both a microbiologist and a physician -- a path Snavely plans to pursue after graduation. "It was a perfect fit," he says, "My mentor's speciality is HIV, which was my focus in Botswana, but I had never before observed the doctor-patient dynamics of the disease. It was a powerful experience."

"Mike is the epitome of what a student-athlete should be," Head coach Tony Johnson says. "He truly strives for excellence in everything he does. He is a gifted leader, a trusted friend and a tremendous teammate."

-- copy for Macalester publication --

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Southwest Marches in Holidazzle Parade

A free family event now celebrating its 20th season!

Once again it's time to bundle up the kids, pick up the grandparents and head to the Target Holidazzle Parade. Every year since 1992, when the first parade marched down Nicollet Mall, over 300,000 spectators converge on downtown Minneapolis to join the sparkling fun.

Southwest Marching Band will be part of the show with music and lights and fun. Come to the parade on December 17th and 18th.

This year's parade begins Friday, November 25, at 6:30 pm

Thrilling the crowds on Nicollet Mall from 12th Street to 4th Street, Target Holidazzle continues Thursdays through Sundays until December 18.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dangers in Bullying

I really don't like to continue writing about this. According to this morning's newspaper a college band member was found dead from the antics of his band members' hazzing. This is not a drug deal gone bad. This is not a careless vehicle accident. It is not the irresponsible drinking death. This is friends killing friends.

Having fun, playing a little joke, breaking in the new kid, being part of the crowd are no reasons to die. There are lots of names for what is happening to someone else, but it usually is humiliating, crewl and degrading. "Well, they did it to me. I had to go through it when I was a freshman." These are extremely weak excuses for bullying a friend, team mate, fellow band member or class mate.

When did the value of life become so meaningless? When did the concept of friendship become so fraile? When did we stop caring?

Talk to your kids. Thing about the examples you see and how you deal with it as an individual, a family. We must take care of one another.

Be thankful and generate actions for which we can be thankful.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Five Days of Energy in Two

Big break prior to the holiday. Two days of school to get settled whatever the issue. A family holiday that for too many is not the most pleasant thought and not too family oriented.

We were full of energy and enthsiasm. We made it through. Most periods went well Monday and Teusday. Tuesday afternoon was a bit more ragged than we would like. But we are now off for the next three week days and the regular weekend -- long break.

For many of our stduents that is a trip to Grandma's or the event of the weekend with bunches of family gathered around. But that is not all our children.

For too many in our school, city and country, this weekend is a reminder of what they do not have. It is not a social gathering with too much to eat and complaints of great aunt somebody pinching the cheek. It is a reminder that there is poverty and too little. It is a reminder of what is missing in the home or life. It is a reminder of what is bad and missing.

Take a moment to be thankful. Take a moment and review what you can do to make a difference. Take a moment, hug your kids, family members and friends.

First Snow

The first snow school day went rather well. All buses were out and running and reasonablly on time. The ice on the side streets did not cause too many problems. The hill in front of school wasn't a problem this time.

Remember that cold and snowy weather may cause buses to run a little late. Leave home earlier than normal to be to school on time if you bring your students or let them drive. Parking gets continuing terrible and snow builds throughout the winter. Plan on longer walks.

Dress accordingly. Many of the students are still not wearing coats -- but really nice boots. It does get cold in Minneapolis and standing in the cold waiting on a bus or walking an extra block from the car probably should trump fashion.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Area C Parent Meeting - Thursday December 1, 2011

Thursday December 1,, 2011
AREA C Parent Advisory Meeting
Where:
Emerson Dual Spanish Immersion Learning Center, 1421 Spruce Place

When:6:00 – 8:00pm
*dinner – La Loma Tamales
childcare available ages 3 & up all children welcome ~

Spanish & Somali interpreters available

Agenda
 Welcome and Introductions – Chris Rigert – DPAC co-chair, parent
 DPAC report/ meet the reps & alternates for 2011-12
 Enrollment IncreasesUpdate
 Go-To Cards Update
 “Planning for Successful Academic Programs”
 Q&A –Theresa Battle, associate superintendent

Next Meeting
Thursday January 12, 2012
Hale Community School

ANCHOR - SW student newspaper

The Anchor Student Newspaper is Back!

The Print Edition is available in school.

The online editions is available at http://anchornews.net/

The staff meets every Monday after school and all it takes is a little time and effort to write an article for inclusion on the online version from which we will draw articles for our next print edition.

Hopefully you have seen printed copy. Nice edition from the entire ANCHOR staff.

STEP-UP appication for summer work available

STEP-UP
Applications are are now available in the Career and College Center, located in Room 104.
Step-Up is a City of Minneapolis Summer Jobs Program that will train thousands of students the skills you need to be successful and then place students in a paid, professional summer job.

The Benefits?
• Explore a career that interests you
• Earn up to $2,000 over the summer
• Build professional career skills
• Meet people who can help you with your college and career goals.

Step-up is open to Minneapolis residents age 14-21 who meet income guidelines and are not enrolled in college. If you are not sure or are close to meeting the free/reduced lunch guidelines, you are encourages to submit an application.

Debate Victorius!

Debate! Debate! Debate!

Out of forty six experienced novice teams at Century High School in Rochester, Henry Aoki and Joe Hanson earned 2nd place and Taylor Leighton and Noah Rothman earned 3rd place. Both teams went undefeated.

Madelaine Foster and Vince Puzack earned 11th place in the novice B division.

Varisty team Mariah Oxley and Sophia Deady earned 8th place.

Congratulate these wonderful students. Today's practice is the Media Center after school for debate.

-Mr. Hoselton,
Debate Coach

Doing Nothing is not a Good Excuse

One of the problems with bullying is that there are too many people standing around doing nothing. The joy for the bully is the audience. There is no point in being powerful if no one knows. Doing nothing is not a good excuse.

As individuals and groups of people we need to stand for what we believe. Being silent provides a quiet acceptance that some people deserve to be beat or hassled or killed. I do not believe that any of us what that to be true. But doing nothing is a harmful action that permits the continuation of these practices.

Take a stand and let your friend know that humiliation of others is not permitted. Make sure your classmates know that taking advantage of someone is not going to be tolerated by you and or your friends. Immediately report any behavior that intimidates or humiliates another person.

You do make a difference. Make sure that is a positive one!

BULLIED: THE STORY OF JAMIE NABOZNY Dec 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email: youthprograms@crcminnesota.org

BULLIED: THE STORY OF JAMIE NABOZNY

“A student, a school, and a case that made history”

On December 1st, 2011 at 7 pm, there will be a community education forum featuring Jamie Nabozny , a former Ashland, Wisconsin student who was tormented by bullies for years while his schools did nothing to protect him. Jamie will show the documentary Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History and will speak about his experience.

The film chronicles Jamie’s story and the lawsuit that led to a landmark decision that held school officials accountable for not stopping anti-gay bullying. The Southern Poverty Law Center produced the film.

WHAT: Community Education Forum and showing of : A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, featuring Jamie Nabozny, sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Center. Jamie will also speak about comprehensive approaches to deal with bullying, prevention, and the legal and societal environment that needs to be addressed.

WHEN: 7:00-8:30 pm 
 Thursday December 1st, 2011

WHERE: Southwest High school auditorium 3414 W 47th Street Minneapolis, MN 55410

COST: $25 Person

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dance Improvements and Self Respect

Student Council student leadership is addressing the issues surrounding dances and the perceptions. It trying to work with both the reality and the misconceptions, student leadership is putting together some guidelines that might provide a format for fun and entertainment without the problems associated with inappropriate behaviors or actions.

Each decade produces its own music, moods of expression, styles, words and dances. For those of us remembering our own childhood and high school years, the conflict between child and parent was usually a line of constant push and pull. In the 50s most adults thought that Elvis was going to ruin free society. And maybe he did. But even that was surpassed by the heavy metal and "free love" and the flower people. So the conversation today about what is too much is only to be expected.

The good side is that student leadership wants to be respectful and supportive. Having fun and enjoying the evening is important. Inappropriate behavior and degrading activities do not have to be part of the events. The point is that the students understand what is happening and are working toward solution.

This might be an opportunity to talk with your children and get their views on what behaviors really are inappropriate and how we can support other students who want to have fun without the nonsense.

Facebook and Bullying

Morning newspaper front page news. Not exactly sure that is the major story of the day but at least it catches attention to a continuing problem. Kids are not nice to one another when they are face to face. They can be very horrible to one another when they are sitting in front of a computer screen or laughing at their cell phone.

Young people need to be responsible for their actions. You pay the bill. That makes you partly responsible. Then there is that whole thing about being a parent. Facebook is not the evil party here. It is a great social networking system - and there are many others - it is the user. Calling one another names and make cruel and crude comments is not new. The scope and endlessness of it all has changed. Kids forget and move on every few minutes. The Internet is timeless and spaceless. What gets put out there stays forever.

Please remind your sons and daughters that we need to be respectful of ourselves and others. Bullying is not a cute childish behavior. It is cruel and mean.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

SWHS and SMILE in Mexico





Emiliano, one of the children

The medical and SMILE team at dinner


Pictures from Puebla, Mexico

Southwest High School and

SMILE NETWORK


The cleft palate/harelip conditions are often heredity, which is observed by seeing so many of the parents with repaired lips. Also, there is a heavy concentration of the conditions here in the Puebla area, which some on the team are talking about researching. We also learned that in really tiny infants (we have seen three 1-month-olds), the lip can be repaired but it is not advisable to do the palate surgery, as the tissues are too tender; they prefer to wait some months until the tissues are stronger. So if a tiny one ONLY needs the harelip repair he is a candidate for surgery, but if the palate is involved he is deferred until later.

Some of these families travel many hours or days to get here. And occasionally someone wanders into the clinic with an issue that we can't help. One lady asked me for help with her young son who had a very large abdominal tumor. She had she had been coming to the hospital many times, but no one seemed willing to help her. I was able to put her in contact with the local doctor who is doing all of our medical histories. Hopefully something good can come for this youngster.

We are working in a children's hospital (Puebla Children's I suppose you could call it), and the place can be cold. There is a sign in the main lobby (I photographed it) asking for donations of blankets, sweaters, socks, jackets, etc. for the parents waiting for so many hours in the lobby while their children are in intensive care or therapy.


SMILE NETWORK

and

Southwest High School


skype between

SHS and Puebla, Mexico



Becca and Emma on the screen at Southwest speaking live from Puebla, Mexico

Ms. Wegner in pre-op on the screen at SWHS and live in Puebla


Emma Keiski, Becca Mattson and I are in Puebla, Mexico with the SMILE NETWORK, assisting a strong medical team as they repair cleft palates and harelips on about 50 children.


There is a heavy incidence of this condition in the Puebla area, and several cases are hereditary.


Our team includes two plastic surgeons from Montana, one anesthesiologist, two anesthetists, one general nurse, two medical records keepers (all from MN), one local doctor, and a group of volunteer students from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico. A wonderful group of people.


As of this writing (only one day in), Emma has been weighing and measuring the children for the local doctor taking their medical histories, and Becca has been writing the biographies of the children, all of which will help in determining exactly which children are operated on during this trip (the surgeries begin Monday). The girls started the day giving out the order numbers to the children, so they could be called up in a designated order. I'm doing some interpretation for the doctors and nurses.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fifty-Two Days and Still Counting

Today was the first program that really marks the beginning of the end. It was an all-senior (Class of 2012) assembly announcing the sale of graduation materials.

30% of the senior year is now behind them. College applications, military suggestions, early apps, what do I do now ... are all part of these months. And it gets worse.

It is an exciting time but also painful. We work so hard to get here and then what. Does it really start all over? Graduation is the first mark of maturity and a definite mile stone. Independence, responsibility, bills and debt are all still out there.

Well we have 120 days left before we have to face that cold, hard world. Let's make the best of every moment!

Southwest Student Council and SMILE

Student Council is embarking on a bold campaign with Smile Network to fund 50 surgeries for cleft lip patients in Puebla, Mexico. In order to educate the staff and student body about the campaign, student council representatives, Becca Mattson and Emma Keiski and faculty member, Stephanie Wegner, traveled to Puebla to participate in the identification of the patients and the actual surgeries.

On Monday, the student body observed the event on a live skype broadcast. At the presentation the students saw Alita Watson, SW alum '87 and Smile Network representative, provide background information about the occurence of cleft lip deformity and she provided translation services.

The students met 2 patients: Nellie who had a bi-lateral cleft lip and Sebastian who had a cleft palette and was also deaf in one ear. Southwest students were able to meet the familles and ask them questions. The parents were able to explain to us exactly what the surgeries meant to their families.

The stories were powerful and the students and faculty were astounded by the magnitude of the positive effect these surgeries provide for these people. Next, the students met doctors Raj Sarpal from the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Eseduro from Mexico City.

The students asked the doctors about the surgeries and why they volunteer their time to the Smile Network campaign. Finally, the students spoke to Becca, Emma, and Ms. Wegner. This portion of the broadcast had an astounding effect on the students as they heard from their peers stories about meeting patients, observing surgeries. and other realities about the life changing surgeries.

Monday, November 14, 2011

More from Mexico and SW student council

This was an incredible day. It began with the girls banding the children for surgery. There is constant attention paid to make sure that we have the right child. There was one child today whose chart I caught with her name misspelled three times and then identifying her as male; lucky catch. Then we moved to preparing the children for surgery, everything from a perfectly cheerful 4-month-old to a 4-year-old who screamed in terror for almost an hour. His mother broke down in tears and we had to lead her away and let someone else try to comfort this child.

The girls observed a bit of surgery today and I moved into the recovery room. One of the little boys I had "prepped" for surgery woke up from the anesthesia and stood up almost immediately screaming for dear life. Took a very long time to comfort him. Then other people tried to relieve me of him, but he would not go to them. Finally I transferred him to the ward in an ambulance and waited with him till his mom got there.

You can just imagine how much these kids hurt. The palate surgery causes a lot of blood, and I now have a SW purple shirt stained a bit on the collar. Most of these kids came out of the anesthesia in horrific pain and crying for long periods of time, often having to be sedated a bit again.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to attend surgery. Someone actually suggested that I do some translating in the OR, but I'm not sure just how good an idea that might be. I do have very good medical terminology in English which translates well in to Spanish, but translating as to exactly which forceps or knife is to be handed over might be a bit dicey. We'll see....

So, it's been quite the day, and a good one. And tomorrow's the last one. We so enjoy this wonderful team we are working with, both American and Mexican. Most of the team is from MSP. There are two individuals from IA and two surgeons and one anesthesiologist from Billings MT.

See you on Thursday.
Stephanie

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Southwest Marching Band at Bachman's on Lyndale

SANTA TAKES THE STAGE

Santa and his trusted sidekick Albert the Elf arrive in style next week via a reindeer-drawn sleigh. Welcomed by music from the Southwest High School Marching Band, families are invited to sample gourmet goodies, participate in activities and see the reindeer up close.

A short production, "The North Pole Goes Green," tells about an elf who misunderstands Santa's initiative to make the North Pole ecologically friendly.
There will also be caroling and photos with Santa. (10:30 a.m. Sat. Play performances at 11 a.m., 12:20 & 2 p.m. Sat.-next Sun. Free. Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. 612-861-7600. bachmans.com.)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nov 12 in Mexico with SMILE

Today was very special for me.  I spent the day at the side of one of the surgeons, interpreting for him as he screened each individual surgical candidate.  He was so kind and took time to explain to me the nature of each problem, what could/could not be done in each case, and at times had me even look at the anomaly.  Quite the education!  And I just loved the challenge of instant medical interpretation.  This was one of the most memorable days of my entire life.

Have a good weekend, everyone.
Stephanie

College Week Nov. 14 - 18 at Southwest

MN College Application Week Nov 14-18

As part of a national initiative, Governor Mark Dayton will be proclaiming the week of November 14th-18th 2011, Minnesota College Application Week. The main goal of this initiative at the high school site is to increase the number of all students completing a college application with a special focus on first generation college goers (and also on underrepresented populations including students of color and low-income students) about the college application process and to highlight college and career readiness efforts occurring throughout the state.

SW is focusing on having every senior submit a college application. We are hosting College Application/Essay workshops in the CCC during the following times:

Nov 1st 2:30-4:00
§ Nov 7th 3:00-4:00
§ Nov 15th 2:30-4:00

Counselors are hosting “office hours” where they will be available to answer questions and work with students. Teachers will have discretion as to whether students can be released from class to meet with their counselor.
Tuesday, November 15, during 3rd hour:
Wednesday, November 16, during 6th hour
Counselors can be found in the following locations:
o Morseth (A-E) in CCC
o Sherwood (F-K) in Media
o Mountin (L-Q) in Media
o Kreisher (R-Z) in 40

Fall One Acts 17 th, 18th and 19th

One Acts – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Odds Are

At the Southwest High School Auditorium...Thursday, November 17, Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19
All shows at 7pm

Come see the one acts (a radically edited version of A Midsummer's Night Dream and Odds Are). It's going to be a lot of fun and laughter.
These plays are directed by Southwest Faculty, David West and Technical Support Director David Premack

Donations to the theater department at collected at the door

College Info Night 15th

Network/Home.html
Juniors and families:  College Information Night – Tuesday, November 15th
The Counseling Department and the Career and College Center will be presenting the College Search 1 Workshop.

Topics to be covered include an introduction to the college search process, the student profile, primary admission factors and testing calendar. 

Juniors have had a brief introduction to this information during the week of 10/24, but are STRONGLY encouraged to attend with their families.

Tuesday, Nov 15
7:00 pm
SW Auditorium

Parent Portal down morning hours

Attention All Parent Portal Users!
We will be moving the database server on Saturday, November 12th, during the morning hours.  This means that both the Student & Parent Portals, as well as the Teacher’s gradebook, will be down during that time.  Thanks in advance for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

SMILE Network story from Puebla

OK, here goes:

Emma Keiski, Becca Mattson and I are in Puebla, Mexico with the SMILE NETWORK, assisting a strong medical team as they repair cleft palates and harelips on about 50 children.  There is a heavy incidence of this condition in the Puebla area, and several cases are hereditary.  Our team includes two plastic surgeons from Montana, one anesthesiologist, two anesthetists, one general nurse, two medical records keepers (all from MN), one local doctor, and a group of volunteer students from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico.  A wonderful group of people.  As of this writing (only one day in), Emma has been weighing and measuring the children for the local doctor taking their medical histories, and Becca has been writing the biographies of the children, all of which will help in determining exactly which children are operated on during this trip (the surgeries begin Monday).  The girls started the day giving out the order numbers to the children, so they could be called up in a designated order.  I'm doing some interpretation for the doctors and nurses.

We learned some interesting things yesterday.  The cleft palate/harelip conditions are often heredity, which is observed by seeing so many of the parents with repaired lips.  Also, there is a heavy concentration of the conditions here in the Puebla area, which some on the team are talking about researching.  We also learned that in really tiny infants (we have seen three 1-month-olds), the lip can be repaired but it is not advisable to do the palate surgery, as the tissues are too tender; they prefer to wait some months until the tissues are stronger.  So if a tiny one ONLY needs the harelip repair he is a candidate for surgery, but if the palate is involved he is deferred until later.

Some of these families travel many hours or days to get here.  And occasionally someone wanders into the clinic with an issue that we can't help.  One lady asked me for help with her young son who had a very large abdominal tumor.  She had she had been coming to the hospital many times, but no one seemed willing to help her.  I was able to put her in contact with the local doctor who is doing all of our medical histories.  Hopefully something good can come for this youngster.

We are working in a children's hospital (Puebla Children's I suppose you could call it), and the place can be cold.  There is a sign in the main lobby (I photographed it) asking for donations of blankets, sweaters, socks, jackets, etc. for the parents waiting for so many hours in the lobby while their children are in intensive care or therapy.

More later.  Have a good weekend, everyone.  Yes, I'll print some pix for the front gallery when I get back.

Stephanie Wegner

Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11-11-11

So a couple classes celebrated when we hit the magical number. Any reason to celebrate is a good one. As you might expect, these were math classes and a senior social studies. It had to be a sign of the time.

Veterans Day

There are numerous times for reflection. In these days of pain and suffering throughout the world it is necessary to remember those who gave their time and lives for others. Hunger, poverty, unemployment, needless death are also many of our current enemies. Like our heroes of the past, we must remember their deeds and scarifice.

What am I doing to make this a better place?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Study Help and Hints

Ten Traps of Studying

1."I Don't Know Where To Begin"
Take Control. Make a list of all the things you have to do. Break your workload down into manageable chunks. Prioritize! Schedule your time realistically. Don't skip classes near an exam -- you may miss a review session. Use that hour in between classes to review notes. Interrupt study time with planned study breaks. Begin studying early, with an hour or two per day, and slowly build as the exam approaches.


2. "I've Got So Much To Study . . . And So Little Time"
Preview. Survey your syllabus, reading material, and notes. Identify the most important topics emphasized, and areas still not understood. Previewing saves time, especially with non-fiction reading, by helping you organize and focus in on the main topics. Adapt this method to your own style and study material, but remember, previewing is not an effective substitute for reading.

3. "This Stuff Is So Dry, I Can't Even Stay Awake Reading It"
Attack! Get actively involved with the text as you read. Ask yourself, "What is important to remember about this section?" Take notes or underline key concepts. Discuss the material with others in your class. Study together. Stay on the offensive, e specially with material that you don't find interesting, rather than reading passively and missing important points.

4. "I Read It. I Understand It. But I Just Can't Get It To Sink In"
Elaborate. We remember best the things that are most meaningful to us. As you are reading, try to elaborate upon new information with your own examples. Try to integrate what you're studying with what you already know. You will be able to remember new material better if you can link it to something that's already meaningful to you. Some techniques include:

■Chunking: An effective way to simplify and make information more meaningful. For example, suppose you wanted to remember the colors in the visible spectrum (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet); you would have to memorize seven "chunks" of information in order. But if you take the first letter of each color, you can spell the name "Roy G. Biv", and reduce the information the three "chunks".

■Mnemonics: Any memory-assisting technique that helps us to associate new information with something familiar. For example, to remember a formula or equation, we may use letters of the alphabet to represent certain numbers. Then we can change an abstract formula into a more meaningful word or phrase, so we'll be able to remember it better. Sound-alike associations can be very effective, too, especially while trying to learn a new language. The key is to create your own links, then you won't forget them.


5. "I Guess I Understand It"
Test yourself. Make up questions about key sections in notes or reading. Keep in mind what the professor has stressed in the course. Examine the relationships between concepts and sections. Often, simply by changing section headings you can generate many effective questions. For example, a section entitled "Bystander Apathy" might be changed into questions such as: "What is bystander apathy?", "What are the causes of bystander apathy?", and "What are some examples of bystander apathy?"

6. "There's Too Much To Remember"
Organize. Information is recalled better if it is represented in an organized framework that will make retrieval more systematic. There are many techniques that can help you organize new information, including:

■Write chapter outlines or summaries; emphasize relationships between sections.

■Group information into categories or hierarchies, where possible.

■Information Mapping. Draw up a matrix to organize and interrelate material. For example, if you were trying to understand the causes of World War I, you could make a chart listing all the major countries involved across the top, and then list the important issues and events down the side. Next, in the boxes in between, you could describe the impact each issue had on each country to help you understand these complex historical developments.


7. "I Knew It A Minute Ago"
Review. After reading a section, try to recall the information contained in it. Try answering the questions you made up for that section. If you cannot recall enough, re-read portions you had trouble remembering. The more time you spend studying, the more you tend to recall. Even after the point where information can be perfectly recalled, further study makes the material less likely to be forgotten entirely. In other words, you can't overstudy. However, how you organize and integrate new information is still more important than how much time you spend studying.

8. "But I Like To Study In Bed"
Context. Recall is better when study context (physical location, as well as mental, emotional, and physical state) are similar to the test context. The greater the similarity between the study setting and the test setting, the greater the likelihood that material studied will be recalled during the test.

9. "Cramming Before A Test Helps Keep It Fresh In My Mind"
Spacing: Start studying now. Keep studying as you go along. Begin with an hour or two a day about one week before the exam, and then increase study time as the exam approaches. Recall increases as study time gets spread out over time.

10. "I'm Gonna Stay Up All Night 'til I Get This"
Avoid Mental Exhaustion. Take short breaks often when studying. Before a test, have a rested mind. When you take a study break, and just before you go to sleep at night, don't think about academics. Relax and unwind, mentally and physically. Otherwise, your break won't refresh you and you'll find yourself lying awake at night. It's more important than ever to take care of yourself before an exam! Eat well, sleep, and get enough exercise.

Winter Temperatures

Well it is either too hot or too cold. As usual we are attempting to get the building balanced. Some of the rooms are too cold and some too hot and some just right. Makes for a good fairy tale setting but not for serious academic work.

We have all kinds of people working on it and expect resolution soon. Today is the first day of somewhat nasty weather but we know it will get worse. Layers are the answer which is true of all parts of Minnesota.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

First Southwest Math Team Results

The Southwest High School Math Team was well represented at Meet #1.

On Monday, November 7, five of the Minneapolis high schools and one charter school met up at Patrick Henry High School for the first meet of the year.

Some statistics from the meet.
164 total students from six schools in the Minneapolis division participated
80 Southwest students participated individually at the meet
78 of the Southwest students scored at least one point. This is one of our highest success ratios ever.

One student from Southwest had the second highest individual point total at the meet.

The varsity team (official scoring team) earned 62 of a possible 136 points, finishing in first place within the division. It was not our all-time best effort, but still respectable. Official state rankings are unknown at this point.

Official state rankings can be viewed at http://mnmathleague.org/

The cumulative rankings are located by clicking on the meets and standings tab on the top of the page.

Monday, November 7, 2011

McLean and Powell Soccer All-Stars

Ryan Mclean and Garrett Powell will be representing Southwest in the senior classic all-star game. This will be 8pm Wednesday, Nov 9 at the Metrodome.

Come out and support Laker Soccer Seniors Wed. 8 pm at the Dome.

Debate Winners!

Debate! Debate! Debate!

At the Benilde St. Margaret's tournament Southwest had a strong showing. Avi Gori and Mariah Oxley earned 1st place in the varsity division.

In Novice A Taylor Leighton and Noah Rothman earned 9th place and Henry Aokia and Joe Hanson earned 14th out of 36 teams.

In Novice B Russell Pakala and Ben Stevens earned 13th place out of 35 teams.

Congratulations Laker Debators!

Join the debate team by showing up to Mr. Hoselton's room E116 Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

At State Champion Cross Country robin winner!

Robin Fassett-Carmen 26th at cc state.

Congratulation Robin!

New Debate Topic First Tournament

Twenty members of the Debate Team moved off into the mornings hours for a debate tournament using the second topic dealing with foreign policy. The chill of the morning air did not dampen the spirit of the teams. With parent volunteers gathering, bringing food, and dropping off the debaters the thrill of the upcoming event heightened.

The Debate Team has done well so far this year and is moving into the second half of the season. State tournament is the first weekend in December. Several more weeks for the teams to earn the hardware and enjoy the moments of victory.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Senior Pictures Due

Senior pictures Due by November 19, 2011

There are two different methods to submit pictures:

1. Submit on-line directly to Jostens.

Log in is : 400133989

Password: lakers

Link: https://images.jostens.com

2. Drop off a hard copy 2X3 or larger in the red box in the mail office. If on a CD - 300dpi and 1.75h x 1.5w inches

Place the picture in an envelope with the student’s name and ID.

What senior pictures? If you need to get Senior picture taken, check this out!

Juniors and families: College Information Night – Tuesday, November 15th

Juniors and families: College Information Night – Tuesday, November 15th

The Counseling Department and the Career and College Center will be presenting the College Search 1 Workshop.

Topics to be covered include an introduction to the college search process, the student profile, primary admission factors and testing calendar.

Juniors have had a brief introduction to this information during the week of 10/24, but are STRONGLY encouraged to attend with their families.

Tuesday, Nov 15
7:00 pm
SW Auditorium

Chipotle Fundraiser for Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team

Chipotle Fundraiser for Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team
What: A fundraiser for the Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team--MAST
When: Thursday evening, November 10th, 5pm to 9pm
Where: Chipotle near Lake Calhoun at Lake and Excelsior

Show the Chipotle flyer and 50% of the proceeds will go to MAST—where Southwest skiers lead one of the best teams in the state! Just mention “MAST” or download this flyer and bring it with you.
Support MAST and bring your friends with you for some great food at Chipotle on Thursday, November 10th, at Lake and Excelsior!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

End of Quarter Number One

Where did the school year go? It is now one-quarter completed. Times just flies by. For the most part it has been exciting and a great beginning.

On the other hand, it has been study and strange weather and Runaways musical and lights on Friday night and state playoffs. Those are all good things but also busy.

Grades are due tomorrow and that means next week we will know the academic results of these 45 days. Some have remained focused. Others have struggled and bounced around. Regardless it is the end of the first 9 weeks and we need to move forward.

It really doesn't get any easier or slower from this point on. Before we know it the halfway point will be here and then graduation and we will again say where did it all go?

State Tournament Winners!



2011 Men's Soccer Third in the State


Southwest Lakers!

Final Score 3-1 Southwest Number 3 in the State!

Congratulations Men's Southwest Soccer Team. Final score in this morning's game was 3 - 1. Southwest Lakers finish a great and successful season as Third in the State!

First half score 2-0 Southwest

Early Metrodome results during first half -- Southwest leading 2-0.

Go Lakers!

No School for Students on Friday, Nov. 4

No School for Students on Friday, November 4th.

This is the end of the first quarter and Friday is a teacher work day.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, November 7 is the first day of the second quarter.

Thursday Soccer Game 8 am

The state Soccer Game is at the Metrodome starting at 8:00 am on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011.

Students are expected to return to Southwest at a reasonable time after the conclusion of the game this morning. Please telephone your permission for your son/daughter to attend and/or return to school late. Please include student ID number.

Remember there is no school for students on Friday Nov. 4.