Thursday, November 29, 2012

Purple Journal Video News

We’ve posted our inaugural edition of the Purple Journal on the website.

To maintain a doable schedule, we’re planning on doing a new episode every two weeks.

The Purple Journal is the video broadcast team for Southwest High school.  Informing students about sporting events, fine arts, and more. We will broadcast every two weeks on Fridays. The Purple Journal is a great opportunity for students who are interested in journalism and video news to take part in a variety of tasks such as camera work, interviewing, and investigating all sorts of events occurring at Southwest High school. We will always be willing to take suggestions for topics and if you would like a segment in our news cast.

Michael Ries
Media Specialist
Southwest High School

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sadies Dance Postponed

The dance scheduled for Friday November 30 sponsored by National Honor Society is postponed.

A new date has not been schedule at this time. 

Science 9th Grade Cell Scavenger Hunt

Today was the annual 9th grade science cell scavenger hunt.  The 9th graders went sent out on a search throughout the building for clues about cells.  --The kind in your body - not the kind attached to your ear.

Each class was divided into teams.  Each team followed the clues to find the next piece of the cell puzzle.  Great opportunity for the students to work together and learn about a complex system.

The clues were scattered throughout the building.  I read many as I walked the halls today.  Glad I am out of the 9th grade.  I would have some difficulty spelling those thinks let alone defining and describing and explaining purposes and differences.

Yes, there were kids in the halls today learning about cells.  I am certain some of the conversation was not exactly about science but I also know they were developing new acquaintances and hopefully friends.

Math Team With Great Statistics

The Southwest High School Math Team performed admirably at the second math team meet of the school year. On Monday, November 26, six of the Minneapolis high schools and one charter school met up at South High School for some competitive mathematics.
Some statistics from the meet:
  • 131 total students from six schools in the Minneapolis division participated
  • 53 Southwest students participated individually at the meet
  • Of the 53 Southwest students, 51 scored at least one point. The questions are already becoming more challenging this year. I’m pleased that we had over a 96% success ratio.
  • Two students from Southwest tied for the highest individual point total at the meet.
  • The varsity team (official scoring team) earned 90 of a possible 136 points, finishing in first place within the division. That point total should put us in with the top 10 teams in the state, based on past history.
  • The varsity team scored a perfect team event. They got lucky on one question, but had clear solution methods for the other five questions.
  • The junior varsity team earned 46 of a possible 136 points, unofficially finishing in second place within the division for the second consecutive meet.
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.
Past events and solutions can be found at the math team website

The following is a list of top performing students from Southwest.

First Name
Last Name
Meet 2 Events
Meet 2 point total
A and D
A and D
A and B
B and C
A and B
A and B
B and D
A and C
A and B
A and C
B and D
C and D
A and C


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak at SW

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak spoke to the 9th grade class today after their future and being the "promise for the future.". He noted the diversity of the school and the city as a strength as we continue to build a global economy.

Mayor Rybak is pictured during interview at the conclusion of the assembly by Southwest Broadcast News Repoter David Krug.  Krug repots for the newly created "Purple Journal."

The Mayor stressed the importance of being in school and being college and career ready.  He encouraged the learning of languages and cultures.

District Chess Tournament December 15 - 8:30 am

           Student Activities Department
Minneapolis Public Schools               



District Chess Tournament


December 15, 2012


North High School

1500 James Avenue North

(enter on Knox Avenue side of building)


Sign in is at 8:30 a.m.  


Students should pre-register through their schools which helps us plan for the tournament.


Open to Minneapolis Public School students in grades K – 12.  All skill levels are invited to attend. Competition has 7 rounds and ends at 3:45 p.m.  Lunch is provided.


Volunteers are welcome.


For additional information and to register:

Call Derek Emery at (612) 668-0167


Kelly Neiber at (612) 668-0157


Animal Tracks Volunters - The Foster Family

Senior Madeline Foster and her family are featured in the Animal Humane Society's magazine "Animal Tracks" because of the work they do as a volunteer foster family.
According to the article, the Fosters have been fostering kittens for the past four years - so cool.
If anyone wants to read the article, or see the pictures of her holding two adorable kittens, it will be in room 209.
Holli Hoffman
IB MYP Coordinator/Title One Coordinator

Sunday, November 25, 2012

School Dances Should Be Fun

Always a question about why do schools have dances?   I suppose the same question is why do they have sports and other non-academic activities ?  In many countries those other activities are outside the school structure and part of a club or social organization.

I am a strong believer in the worth of sports, clubs, the arts and other activities as a part of the school experience.  Those activities are leadership opportunities, the builders of community and examples of hard work and effort within a team environment with common cause.

However, these are school activities. They reflect the mission and purpose of the school.  Regardless of the school I am going to assume that the school's purpose is to empower young people to become leaders and productive adults.  To learn to be responsible one has to be given responsibility.  In order to learn leadership one has to have the opportunity to be a leader.  I think school and the various activities can do that.

However, the school still controls the activities.   There are reasonable and responsible behaviors that are all part of the activity.  If students - male or female- are uncomfortable with some behaviors, those behaviors need to be corrected and/or eliminated.  The bump and grind does not have a place in a high school event.

Southwest National Honor Society is the sponsor of this Friday's dance.  In keeping with character and leadership, NHS is making it clear early that the dance will be fun for all who are interested in demonstrating appropriate behaviors.   I suggest you have a conversation with your son/daughter.  Is she/he going to support NHS and fun dances?  What behaviors does your son/daughter expect at school dances?

School events should be fun for students. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lincoln -- Worth the Time

If you have some time to spare this holiday season, the movie Lincoln is worth the time.  A great reminder of the American spirit and the challenges of being a diverse nation.

Team of Rivals is the foundation for the movie.  If you have read the book you will appreciate the book even more.  The  various supporting characters surrounding Lincoln are better developed in the book.

No need to read the book first. It is a powerful movie by itself.  Definitely worth the time.

Happy Holiday and a Wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Just a few days to be pay attention to all we have to be thankful for..........

There are many who do not share in the abundance.  Give a moment to think of those in the path of Sandy this past month.  How about those who went to bed hungry just last night?  There are million across the globe who continue to be in wars and conflicts.  The deaths from hunger and illness continue to mount.

Not everyone traveled to grandma's yesterday. Because we did or at least able to we need to be thankful.  In the midst of plenty it is its own shame that some are starving and do not have adequate shelter.  So many illnesses go untreated and lives are lost.  The myth of the overflowing table of food makes for good time-out football commercials.  Only if this were true in this land.

Have a wonderful break and great times with family and friends.  We do have much for which to be thankful.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Remember Target Red Card Donates a Portion to Southwest

If you are out shopping this Holiday Weekend, remember to use your Target Red Card.

Hopefully you have designated Southwest as your charitable contribution.   Target donates a portion of each purchase to your chosen organization.

Go to the Target Red Card web site to determine your chosen organization.  Consider making Southwest High School your favorite.

Southwest does not endorse Target stores but definitely will accept the check from your purchases!

School Closed Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun Nov 22-25

Southwest High School and the Minneapolis School District is CLOSED for the holiday break.

School is CLOSED Thursday November 22 through Sunday November 25, 2012.

The school will open at regular hours on Monday November 26.

Have a great long weekend.

Sadies Hawkins Dance Friday Nov. 30

Sadie Hawkins Dance -- Friday Nvember 30 -- 7 - 10pm

Sadie Hawkins dance is next Friday! It starts at 7p.m. in the East Gym! Tickets are only $10 this year!

There will be a Fiesta Celebration! Buy your tickets during lunch!

Sadie Hawkins will be held this year at Southwest, in the East Gym, on Friday, November 30, from 7-10 PM. Parent volunteers are needed:

Please contact parent liaison Joan Leverenz. (668-3072)

Theme of the dance: Siesta! There will be instructional Salsa Dancing in addition to other dance music. Food and beverages will on on sale in the school.

School participants who leave the school during the dance will not be allowed re-entry.

Join Speech Team

All parents are invited Nov. 29, 6:00 pm in E103.

Speech Team will meet on Mondays and Thursdays in room E103, immediately after school.

If you are interested in joining Speech, talk to Mr. Ferris in room E114.

IB Parent Meeting Nov 27

The November 27 IB Parent Meeting

will feature students displaying and discussing their work from various IB courses and other areas of IB (CAS, Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay).

The meeting is at 7 PM in the Southwest Media Center

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

9th Grade Advancing the Program

Lake Harriet 9th grade on the move!

All 9th graders - in their one of three teams - Lake of the Isles, Lake Cedar or Lake Harriet -- experienced a full day of getting it all together.  What does it mean to be successful in school?  What are your dreams and how are we going to work together to reach those dreams?  Why each student is special and has talents and worth?  What does it mean to work together?

This full day experience was in cooperation with Project Success.  The team teachers worked hard to put together and exciting, fun and worthwhile program with their students.  With two weeks into the second quarter, there is time to change, there is time to make the moves to be successful.

Wednesday is a School Day but NOT Thurs. or Friday

This year's school calendar has Wednesday, November 21 as a full, regular school day.  If you are removing your student from school, please call the attendance hotline, 612-668-3088 and leave that message.

There is no school on Thursday, the 22 and no school on Friday, the 23th.

Have a safe and happy long holiday weekend with family and friends.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dance Time and What is Appropriate Behavior?

It is that time again and the question resurfaces.  Parents are questioning their children.  Children provide answers that are sometimes scary.  What do you think.

Now is the time to voice your opinion.  High School dances - what is appropriate   What is the role of the supervisors and chaperons?

Student Council continues to lead the way.  Our student leadership continues to address this issue and what the discussion to be positive and supportive.  Leadership Council will have brief conversation this afternoon.

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Southwest and Holidazzle starts Nov. 23

2012 Target Holidazzle Schedule with Southwest
start 6:30pm
Nicollet Mall between 12th and 4th streets

Friday, November 23 -- Southwest Marching Band
Thursday, November 29 -- Southwest Marching Band
Friday, November 30 -- Southwest Marching Band
Thursday, December 6 --Southwest Chamber Singers

Come and enjoy the parade and see the Southwest students in lights!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Club and Events News

Speech Team will meet on Mondays and Thursdays in room E103, immediately after school.If you are interested in joining Speech, talk to Mr. Ferris in room e114 as soon as possible.
Southwest Math Team
The Southwest Math Team turned in a dominating performance at the first divisional meet of the year. Our score leaves us tied for 17th place in the entire state. We are among about 10 very tightly bunched teams all around 80 - 90 points on the season. Check out the standings at
The next Math Team meet is at South High School on Monday, November 26.

The Math Team has some extra t-shirts for sale. All sizes (including some for little kids) are available. Shirts are $15 each.
Contact David McMayer if interested.

CHINA - a really BIG country, a major player in the world economy, and, a partner with Southwest!
This year Southwest is hosting four students from the iNECS China exhcnage program. Stay tuned for information about hosting a Chinese student in the 2013-2014 academic year and an upcoming event wherein you can meet our four students.

Yoga Club
Yoga club will meet Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15, Starting Nov. 21st it will be at Kula Yoga on 44th and France next to Caribou Coffee. It is free and meets every Wednesday that school is in session. Bring a mat if you have one.
After School Credit Make-up is running!
Please see your counselor for details if you are missing credits in Science, Math, Social Studies, Phy-ed, or Health!

After School Study Center - tutoring and homework help
Who - Any SWHS student - all levels and courses
When - Tuesday and Thursdays after school 3:15-4:30
Where - Room E105
What - Help with homework in any subject, writing papers, essays, reports, help studying for tests, tutoring available in math and other subjects.
Staffed by:   University graduates, parent and community volunteers.
Contact: Joan Leverenz 612 668 3072
Want to help? Volunteers needed to work one on one and in small groups. Contact Joan 612 668 3072

The Break Dance Club spreads B-boy culture with new and advanced dancers alike through practice, performance and teaching. We meet Mondays3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio/Aux. Gym AND Wednesdays same time in the Commons Area. See Ms. Valdez in 109 with any questions or see you there!

Anime Club
Anime fans of Southwest High, Anime club meets each meeting will be on Mondays from 3:05-5:00 pm in room E100, you are allowed to bring snacks for yourself or for everybody. So if you love anime come on down.
If you are needing help in Spanish, one-on-one help will be given to you. Tutoring will occur every Tuesday in room 107 after school till the end of school year.
Chess Team
The chess team is meeting every Wednesday after school in Room E101 until 4:30 pm.  Anyone interested is welcome to stop by and learn how to play chess or get better.  Mr. Fresco.  See you there.