Monday, July 29, 2013

Support Southwest By Using Your Red Card

If you are out shopping for school supplies or groceries or other items this summer, please, 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!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Southwest Student And Alumni Actors

For Your Summer Reading - The Unlikely Spy

Daniel Silva's first novel became a best seller. The son of school teachers, Silva wanted to be a writer and after college became a journalist. For several years that first attempt a author was a secret only his wife knew. "I wanted to preserve the right to fail in private." explains Silva of that first venture.

Once published, The Unlikely Spy rushed to the top of the New York Times best seller charts and each. Of the following novels continue to add to his fame. In this spy thriller Silva introduces his scholarly professor hero, Alfred Vicary. This is a stand alone novel with no sequel for the characters.

His second and third novels introduced another hero but his fourth novel to his most current introduced the famous Gabriel Allon. The first spy thriller is a great introduction to Silva's writing style. The development of hero Alfred Vicary and the evolving into Gabriel Allon is a writer's study.

For the interested new author, this is a great series. Silva is a spy mystery writer. He spins a great story with many twists and turns. The Unlikely Spy is a good summer read and wonderful introduction to Daniel Silva.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Southwest Students Traveled to France

.  I just returned from France with a group of French students.  As a small group, we were grouped with a middle school from a St. Paul charter school, a guide from France and two employees of EF.  
 Camilla Glattly, Southwest French Teacher
Hi Camilla,

Sorry I missed saying goodbye at the end of the tour! It was wonderful traveling with you, and I wish you all the best in the classroom and beyond. I also wanted to reiterate that I was truly impressed by your students, by their maturity and conduct on tour.  They were excellent ambassadors of their school and their country. "

I really could not be more proud of these Lakers.  I attached two photos: one with our Frenchy French guide, and one in Monaco.  As you can see in the second photo, the girls organized a blood drive in Monaco.  Can they get CAS hours for that?

Ciao for now


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Best Seller Summer Read Suggestion - Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen is his current best seller and a good summer read.

Another in his series of detective when good triumphs over evil.  The good guys are not exactly the greatest role models but the evil ones are really evil.

Hiaasen is not exactly belly laughs but loves the use of irony and some of the situations are funny.  Trying to catch a bad guy with a dog attacking your behind that leaves bite marks that current girl friend who is a coroner has to stitch is one example.

If that doesn't sound like your summer reading. -- go to the library.  It is air conditioned and has lots o variety for all people.

Enjoy the summer and continue reading.  Don't forget your grade level book list.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tom Neiman an Super Summer Program at Southwest

Meet Tom Neiman, the brain behind Southwest High's Super Summer Program

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
Hundreds of parents looked at the picture and thought: Oh, sure. That guy!

Southwest Minneapolis parents know drill: You enter the clamorous madhouse of the Super Summer Program at Southwest High School, try to find the meet-up point for the class, entrust your wee one to a cheerful student and leave, thinking, “Now perhaps I can get something done.”
“Parents are kindly requested,” says a voice on the loudspeaker, “not to dance, sing or do cartwheels as they exit.”
That would be Tom, of course, Southwest’s community education coordinator, among other things — the quiet presence in the straw boater behind the name-tag table, smiling to all as they enter, calling out the names of kids. He’s quick to credit the Southwest staff for all they do for the program, but it was his idea.
So how’d this get rolling?
In the summer of 1984, he came up with a new model for summer-school programs, but the pooh-bahs nixed it, opting for “sports-arts,” which was … a combination of sports and arts. Like painting while broad-jumping? No. But he persisted.
“The new model would be something my own children would like,” he said. “Shorter, with a lot of variety. They let me try it in 1985, and in our first year we had 487 children sign up.”
Now it’s thousands — and a lot of the kids who were in the program as tots are back as teachers.
“Probably 80 percent of the staff was once in the program,” Tom said. “It adds tradition. It’s a tradition, to ruin as may lives as we can.” Tom grinned.
The program’s reputation is wide: “We’ve had people who live on the East Coast, they have grandparents who live in the neighborhood, they want their kids to be part of it.” And the reputation is enduring: “I was on a bike trip in Michigan, in a small town, sitting on a curb drinking coffee, wearing a nondescript hat. A kid walks by and starts singing the ice cream song.”
Ah, yes. The song. It’s an old Mickey Mouse Club melody, with lyrics announcing the imminence of free ice cream, and it closes every Thursday session.
Anyone who grew up in Southwest in the last quarter-century probably has a memory of standing in a line a-quiver with anticipation, broiling hot, hoping they still have Push-Ups. “What day is it?” Tom asks over the PA, and the reply can be heard at the airport.
Many parents probably remember it, too. Trying to find your kid in the chaos that makes the evacuation Paris in World War II look like models on a catwalk. But you find them. You hold their sticky hand and walk back to the car. How was it? Fun!
It’s hardly the only thing Tom helps arrange. “We have our full-moon bike trip, Family Halloween Carnival, community cleanup day. It’s hard to imagine not doing it, but time marches on. This has been a 40-year run; I will have to recognize it must come to an end.”
Alas. But how do you feel now, when the week is over and the hallways empty out and it’s done?
He grinned and threw up his hands for joy.

Southwest Students In Japan

About the KAKEHASHI Project
The Japan Foundation presents the “KAKEHASHI Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow” as part of the Youth Exchange Program with North America promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).
The KAKEHASHI Project aims to heighten potential interest in Japan and increase the number of overseas visitors to the country, as well as enhance international understanding of the “Japan brand,”
or the nation’s strengths and attractiveness, such as Japanese-style values and “Cool Japan.” The project is also anticipated to revitalize and boost the Japanese economy. The objective of this youth exchange project is to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States, enable future leaders of Japan-US exchanges to form networks, and help young people develop wider perspectives to encourage active roles at the global level in the future.




Friday, July 12, 2013

Hockey Goalie Camp named After Legndary Southwest Coach Dave Peterson

Fifty of the state’s top high school goalies are set to participate in the 2013 Minnesota Hockey Dave Peterson Reebok High Performance Goalie Camp, July 25-28, at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine.
This invite-only goalie development program, now in its ninth year, is designed to improve the individual skills and techniques of Minnesota’s top male and female goalies in the 15-to 17-year-old age group.
”It’s important we provide high-level development opportunities for boys and girls in this age group,” explained Steve Carroll, camp director, who also serves as USA Hockey’s Minnesota District goalie coach-in-chief. “We are thrilled with how this camp has evolved and it continues to improve each year.”
Goalies who make their district/section teams in the Minnesota Hockey Reebok High Performance 15-16-17 boys and girls programs are invited to participate in the camp. The camp was filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The roster of participants will be posted at prior to the start of camp.
The camp provides Minnesota’s best goalies with an opportunity to learn the latest techniques and strategies from a combination of the state’s most talented college and high school goalie coaches. Current Minnesota goalies from NCAA Division I and Division III teams serve as on-ice counselors/demonstrators.
Goalies receive nine hours of intense on-ice training and more than nine hours of off-ice instruction. Classroom presentations on stretching, equipment, and mental sports performance training, yoga, video analysis are also be part of the program.
About 350 goalies have participated in this Minnesota Hockey program since it started in 2005. Many of the participants continue to have success in high school hockey, while several others have taken their talents on to the college hockey and professional levels.

Dave Peterson was an international hockey coaching legend who served as head coach of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Teams in 1988 and 1992. He also successfully coached several U.S. National teams against International hockey competition.
Dave was also a passionate leader in goalie development not only in Minnesota but throughout the United States. Many of his innovative ideas and concepts are still being used today by USA Hockey. In addition to his International coaching experience, Dave was also a long-time and very successful head hockey coach at Minneapolis Southwest High School.
Dave passed away in 1997. Minnesota Hockey is honored that his family has allowed us to add his name in support of this exciting goalie development program.
For more information about the goalie camp, contact Steve Carroll, director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-869-2719; Tom Peart, general manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 763-442-6465.
from Let's Play

Southwest Alumni Christopher Lee Parker passed away in Colorado

Christopher Lee Parker

 - Fremont County Daily Newspaper - The Ranger

Christopher Lee Parker, formerly of Fremont County, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Howard, Colo. He was 58 years old.

He was born May 7, 1955, at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., the son of Shirley Elizabeth (Groom) Parker and Air Force Officer Howard Witham Parker.

He was only 6 weeks old when he traveled with his family to a new USAF base in Spangdahlem, Germany. In 1958, the family moved to Minneapolis, where he attended Lake Harriet and Fulton Elementary Schools and graduated from Southwest High School with honors.

He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. He worked as a chemist at Geneva Pharmaceuticals before moving to Lander. There he taught for more than 10 years and pursued post-graduate studies in horticulture at the University of Wyoming and microbiology at Central Wyoming College and became a registered environmental health specialist/registered sanitarian.

His family said he was admired for his keen intelligence, and he had a gentle and caring nature and paid attention to the spiritual. They said he enjoyed cycling, hiking, baseball, music and playing guitar.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia (Lee Charlton), of Santa Rosa, Calif.; brother Richard; nephews Harvey and Ian of Hopkins, Minn.; and by a wide network of friends across the nation.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Ducky Summer Reading Experience

I will admit from the start that I have watched and read everything about the Three Stooges.  I watch reruns and laugh as though it was first time.  They are not the first in the absurd art world of slap-stick and definitely not the last.  Yes, the comedy is violent and so was the world at the turn of the century with a great depression and two world wars.  But I stray...

Perhaps you have found Duck Dynasty in your wanderings of summer TV.  If that name is not familiar to you, you owe it to yourself to at least watch one episode.  If nothing else to make loud claims of disgust and indignation.  Now finishing its third season it has the makings of a "classic" in all sense of the art world.

Finishing Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry I was searching new releases on Amazon and found Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robinson.  He is the father of the family of duck call makers and the first "commander" of the Duck Dynasty.  Earlier I posted some comments about Nathan Coulter and commented about Berry's use of environment as a character and its importance to the plot.  Well, maybe I can stretch and comment the same about Robinson.

Years ago there was a short-lived series called Northern Exposure which morphed from a comedy skit located in norther Canada.  Once that ended being a classic comedy and turned into TV series soap opera comedy there was a draught and then came Red Green. 

Red had a long and success run also located in Canada.  Red is still around and does one-man stand up routines almost annually.  Public TV broadcast his episodes from time to time.

If you are searching for the great American novel or elements of human truths I would suggest that Happy, Happy, Happy might be a little disappointing.  If you enjoy Duck Dynasty you will gain information about the history of Phil (the father) and discover his road from drugs and being a mess to a person of faith and a millionaire.  Some funny, some a little preaching.

Yes, it is a summer read.  The filmed episodes are funny if you are into slap stick.  The reading does not compare and is background information only for those committed followers.  The key word there might be committed.

Looking for Experience? Wanting a low pay part-time position?

Southwest High School
Public Relations and Promotions Intern

Responsible to building Principal

The Public Relations intern will assist in the planning, development and implementation of public relation and marketing activities.  The purpose is to promote the numerous student activities occurring throughout the year.  These would include athletics, clubs, special events, theater and the fine arts.

Duties will included but not limited to:
Create media list and contact telephone numbers and email addresses
  • Coordinate with Communications Committee to determine client needs
  • Prepare and distribute news releases
  • Track media coverage
  • Assist with Southwest Marketing to potential students and families
  • Assist with alumni relations
  • Plan and coordinate special marketing events appropriate to season such as:
    • New student orientation
    • Information fair for new families
    • Alumni special gathering
    • Career fair
    • Fine arts event
    • Athletic special events
    • Others as developed
If you are interested in this very part-time position, please email me a resume and contact information,

Bill Smith

Star Crossed Lovers Under the Stars - Linden Hill Park

Romeo and Juliet

In the Linden Hills Park at 43rd and Zenith Ave. S.
Public Dress Rehearsal: Thursday the 11th at 7:30pm.
Performances: Friday and Saturday the 12th and 13th at 7:30pm.

Bring your own picnic blankets and snacks if you like and come enjoy the show. It's free, so bring friends, family, and random strangers off the street!

This show is being put on by recent graduates of and rising seniors at Southwest, looking for an opportunity to continue their involvement in theater during the summer. The company has had a wide range of roles in Southwest theater and have been actors, directors, techies, and even props.

They have worked on a number of Southwest shows, including: Macbeth, Hairspray, Hamlet, The Boor, Arsenic and Old Lace, Much Ado About Nothing, The Odd Couple, Dial M for Murder, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Who's Tommy, Les Miserables, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Take Me Out, The Shape of Things, Runaways, and Do Not Disturb.

The Company: Will Longendyke, Helena Scholz-Carlson, Andrew Vrabel Miles, Aaron Brown, Maddy Stocking, Elliot Granath, Owen Lazur, Pace Winkels, Sam Gaines, Madelaine Foster, Nash Meeker, Josh Kirk, Eric Heltemes, Sam Ramach, and Vicente Fernandez.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Southwest Aum Turns On The Lights

Stadium Lights are a reality.  Thanks to the key efforts of Southwest Alumni Class of 1961 Harvey Feldman, Southwest Foundation, Alumni and community members.  Feldman led the charge and was the lead blocker for the project.  A starting lineman his senior year Feldman remembers the hard work, spirited team and wonderful coaches that made it possible.

Harvey Feldman, Southwest Class of 1961, placed a challenge before his classmates and all the years of Southwest Alumni to join the efforts to improve the physically plant of Southwest High School.  Feldman noted that his high school years were fantastic and we want to give back to his foundation and starting point - Southwest High School and the current students.

For the full story and pictures:

Donations can be made to the Southwest Foundation - write in memo line TOTL!

If you have a reunion party planed or Alumni class newsletter going out, please request information from Southwest and the Foundation.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

SW Foundation Al Crary Golf Outing August 16 Meadowbrook Golf Couse


AL CRARY GOLF OUTING Date: Friday August 16, 2013
Time: 1:00 shotgun start
Location: Meadowbrook Golf Course
Format: 4 person scramble

Fees: $100 if paid before August 1st, $110 if paid after

Includes: Golf, Cart, Prizes, and Dinner (which will be served at the course following the round)

The proceeds from this year’s event fees and hole sponsorships will benefit:
The Turn on The Lights Project

The Turn on the Lights Project includes the installation of permanent lighting to the stadium next to Pershing field to allow for nighttime track, soccer and football meets and games. The stadium will be renamed after two of Southwest’s legendary coaches, Art Frederickson and Dave Peterson. Long-range enhancements to the stadium include an upgraded concession/ticket booth, improved entrance, new scoreboard, turf and more.

An alumnus of SWHS, Harvey Feldman, class of 1961, came forward and offered to provide matching funds for all donations up to $300,000. Mr. Feldman was inspired after attending the homecoming game in 2011 with rented lights. Harvey played football, baseball, and basketball at Southwest. He remembers playing at Parade Stadium and says "I want those kids to have that same feeling I had – playing under the lights with the community there to support them." He knows the power of athletics to motivate some students. He wants all Southwest High School students to feel special and be successful.

* We are looking for businesses, groups or individuals to sponsor a hole ($150) or donate prizes for both the golf event and a raffle.

Please call or e-mail with questions - Paul Roach, 952-835-6514

or Mike Roach, 651-605-5590

You can sign up individually or as a Team. Name


1) ___________________________

3) ___________________________

2) ___________________________

4) ___________________________

Make Check Payable to: Southwest High School Foundation

Please send checks to:

Paul Roach, SW HS Foundation

9325 Hyland Creek Road

Bloomington, MN 55437

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Wendell Berry, Author, a Good Summer Read

 Wendell Berry  wrote Nathan Coulter in 1960 and started a series of books about people and their lives in Port William, Kentucky.   This fictional place of generations living with the land and the work and the people is a voice of quiet life, traditions and the continuing story of family and friends.

Berry was born in 1934 and his writing reflects the Depression, the War to end Wars (number 2) and life away from the city.  The theme is about people and relationships and generations.  He isolates all of this in the country to eliminate the noise of technology and progress.  The pace is slowed sufficiently in order to examine and reflect.

A pleasant summer read for the entire family or a book club.  The environment (the land/ home) is a character as well as a setting.  If you are a writer, it is a quiet study of language and descriptions.  Written in 1960 it is very much from the male perspective and there are few women voices.

Berry remains an activist.  He has written non- fiction as well and poetry.  He is politically active and been jailed because of his stand for issues.  

Monday, July 1, 2013

Southwest Class of 1961 - Sept. 6, 2013 reuinon

Southwest Class of 1961.  September 6, 2013
We’re planning a birthday party for all of us, and we hope you’ll come!
Who: Bring your partner, or come solo; recruit your favorite classmates and make it a mini-reunion.
When: Friday, September 6, 2013 ~ 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: The Lafayette Club (site of our Junior Prom)
We’ll have the lakeside terrace room, with lots of space outside if the weather is nice

What: Hors d’oeuvres buffet with cash bar, coffee and dessert
Cost: To be determined, but not to exceed $45 per person
Registration information will be sent in July, but if you think you might attend, please drop an email to Cathy Gray at

Southwest Class of 1973 Reunion August 9, 2013

Summer 2013 News
 Southwest High School Class of '73
 40th Class Reunion in August 2013 
Friday 8/9/13 at the Richfield Fred Babcock VFW Post 555
6715 Lakeshore Drive (67th Street & Lyndale Avenue South)
7 PM to midnight   $15 per person at the door with cash bar 
Saturday 8/10/13 at the Sofitel Hotel
5601 West 78th Street, Bloomington, MN  55435  (Hwy 100 & 494)
6 PM to 12:30 PM 
6 PM to 8:30 PM Advance Dinner Reservation Required  $60  (It's not too late, mail in reservation(s) by 7/15/2013)
After 8:30 PM (after dinner) to 12:30 PM   $20 per person at the door with cash bar
Sunday 8/11/13 Lunch-time Gathering at Lake Harriet
Beard's Plaisance Picnic Shelter
45th & Upton Avenue South (southwest side of Lake Harriet) 
 11 AM to 3 PM   Bring your own picnic lunch & beverages
  & A Memory Booklet!
With Saturday dinner reservation   $15 each
Without Saturday reservation or if you want Memory Booklet mailed to you   $20 each 
 Send in your completed booklet form (include photo if you'd like) and
your Memory Booklet order form with payment
Don't  Delay!
"We need old friends to help us grow old
and new friends to help us stay young."
Letty Cottin Pogrebin -- American journalist, author and lecturer

Beauty in Places Not Expected -- Like Truth

"I never intended to write a book.  All of this started when I wrote a

"The truth is that the world is what we make it.  What consequences our action bring -- that is truth."

"The only truth that is self-evident is that we determine how truthful we want to be with each other."

Quotations from Chris Kluwe's book Beautifully Unique Sparklepones on Myths, Morons, Free speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities

I am not much in sports books.  Many seem so self serving.  I do recommend reading this one.  Kluwe was the Grand Marshall of the Gay Pride Parade this weekend and was cut by the Viking this spring and will play for Oakland this fall. 

That book is about being human.  You can agree and disagree with what writes - as with any author.  I think it is worth the read.  It moves quickly and there is humor and silliness along with interesting thoughtful points.

Dessa 1999 Southwest Alumni on Morning News

Margaret Wander, SW '99, aka Dessa (that's her rapper name) was featured this morning on KARE-11 Sunrise.  She is making quite a name for herself in the music world.