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 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

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


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.


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
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 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

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

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

Forever Remember Senior Yearbook

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

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

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.