Thursday, June 30, 2016

Southwest Class of 2019 and 2020 - This is Your Show

Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrices by Lynn Ahrens and music by
Stephen Flaherty.  The original Broadway production ran from 1990 to 1991, and the West End production opened in 1994, where it won the 1995 Oliver Award for Best New Musical.

The Footlights Musical is a fantastic production reserved exclusively for 9th and 10th grade students.  Auditions start September 8 and 9 right after school.  Start warming up those vocal cords and get ready with the wrist and elbows for painting sets.  The show has a large cast and there is need for a great tech crew.

The start of school is a hectic so plan now to be prepared for auditions on September 8th.

Southwest & Its New Look - North Lot

Pictures are through the fence from the corner of 46th and Chowen
The work continues fast and furious inside Southwest to complete classes prior to the start of school in a couple short months.  Outside renovation is also underway as part of the addition and renovation project at Southwest High School.

The hill in the corner in the west side of the north lot is gone.  In its place is a blocked and multi-level terrace.  All along edges of the north and west parking lot a green space is created and will be planted in the next weeks.

In addition to being a more attractive appearance for neighbors and guest, the improvements in and around the parking lots is also a Minneapolis city code requirement.

Construction started one year ago March and the anticipated completion is August 25 of this year.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Helping Kids Cope With Tragedy

Helping Kids Cope With Tragedy

The details of the Orlando attack (and countless others) are just beginning to unfold and this violent high profile event will likely dominate news headlines for weeks. Though few of us were there during the shooting, the event may cause children to fear that an event like this could happen to them or their parents. All of us, including our children, are dealing with sadness, anger and other strong emotions. As we try to return to normal, our emotional reactions will continue to evolve.

This is a good time to remind ourselves of ways that we can help our kids manage their stress and emotions as they process tragedy. Here are a few tips for different age groups that can help you move forward:

Early Childhood

Even though very young babies and toddlers may not know what is going on, they may pick up a parent’s worry and anxiety with their “sixth sense.”
  • Try to stay calm around babies and toddlers.
  • Maintain normal routines as much as possible. Routines are reassuring for babies.
  • Shield babies and toddlers from media coverage as much as possible.
  • Look for non-verbal signs that your toddler may be anxious. This might include being scared to go outside or to daycare, extra weepy, clingy, or irritable. Provide extra reassurance and time together.
  • Take the lead from your toddler. Don't bring it up yourself unless they show signs of distress or ask questions.


Preschoolers will be more tuned in to what is happening. They may have questions about guns, violence, and death.
  • Safety is a primary concern for this age group. Reassure them that adults are in charge and will keep them safe.
  • Preschoolers are also concerned about the safety of parents, relatives, and friends. Reassure them. Let them know your whereabouts and keep your commitments to them.
  • Preschoolers are not always able to distinguish fantasy and reality. Limit media exposure.
  • Look for non-verbal signs that your preschooler may be anxious. This might include being scared to go to preschool, extra weepy, clingy, or irritable.
  • Bedtimes are very important. Stories, books and tuck-ins are crucial.
  • Try to maintain your children’s normal routines.
  • Give them lots of hugs and physical reassurance.
  • Take the lead from your preschooler. Don't bring it up yourself unless they show signs of distress or ask questions.

Elementary School

School age children will be more aware of what is going on. They have probably had discussions at school and with friends.
  • Talk to your elementary age children. Explain what happened while reassuring them that you and your child's teachers will do everything to keep them safe.
  • Children this age are also concerned about their own safety, as well as that of family and friends. Try to spend extra time together. This will provide extra reassurance.
  • Ask them if they have any questions. If they do, tell them what you know without exaggerating or overreacting.
  • Don’t be surprised if they are more irritable and touchy. Be extra patient.
  • Limit TV coverage.
  • Try to continue normal routines, especially at bedtime.
  • If fear persists, point out all the things adults are doing to help. Children like to be helpful and feel like they can do something. Children can write a letter or send a package to those suffering.

Middle School

Children this age will be very aware of what is going on. They have probably seen many of the tragic images on TV and online. They may have already discussed the event at school or with friends.
  • Talk to your middle school children and answer any questions. This will help you determine how much they know and may help you correct any misinformation they might have.
  • Acknowledge any feelings of fear, horror, and anger.
  • Provide comfort and reassurance.
  • Children this age will be more interested in what might happen in the future. Don’t burden them with fears that you might have and provide reassurance that they are safe.
  • Some children may act out scary feelings through misbehavior. Others may become more withdrawn. Pay attention to these cues and ask them to tell you about their feelings.
  • Some kids might want to take action in some way and be helpful. Get your kids connected to positive responses in their school or community.
  • Talk to your kids about what they see on TV or read online.
  • LGBTQ or questioning youth and/or children of LGBTQ parents may be especially upset by this event and need extra love and space to process.
  • This event may trigger existing anxiety, anger or fears about personal and community safety, especially for youth who have experienced bullying or violence. Listen to your child. Listen listen listen. And assure your child that you are working hard alongside them to make sure all people feel safe and respected.
  • Publicly mention your horror at the crime so that there is no doubt about where you stand on violence against the LGBTQ and Latinx* communities.
  • Seek out positive media - watch, read, and share stories of resilience, advocacy, and support with your child.
High School
High school students have probably had conversations with their peers and teachers. They might have fears about what this will mean for their own safety and or have questions about larger related issues including terrorism, hate crimes, gun control, or Islamaphobia.
  • Questions about safety are all legitimate issues for this age group. It is important to discuss these topics with them.
  • Acknowledge any fear, sadness, and anger they have.
  • Some teens may want to block out the whole thing. It may appear that they do not care. This often masks real fears and feelings of being overwhelmed.
  • Some teens may make jokes. Humor can be a way to help them cope, but discourage them from humor that disregards the importance of taking the tragedy seriously.
  • Talk to your kids about what they see on TV or read online.
  • Some teens may be very interested in discussing the policy and/or political issues involved. Be willing to engage them in serious discussions about related issues included public safety, terrorism, media coverage and stereotyping, and gun control.
  • Be careful to avoid placing blame on a whole group of people or targeting particular groups.
  • LGBTQ or questioning youth and/or children of LGBTQ parents may be especially upset by this event and need extra love and space to process.
  • This event may trigger existing anxiety, anger or fears about personal and community safety, especially for youth who have experienced bullying or violence. Listen to your child. Listen listen listen. And assure your child that you are working hard alongside them to make sure all people feel safe and respected.
  • Publicly mention your horror at the crime so that there is no doubt about where you stand on violence against the LGBTQ and Latinx communities.
  • Seek out positive media - watch, read, and share stories of resilience, advocacy, and support with your child.
Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh - Mind Positive Parenting

Southwest Coffee Shop Certificated Staff of Students

First group of Southwest students completing and passing the SafeServ Food Handler training course and earned their certificate. 

These students are the workers and managers of the Southwest Coffee Shop

Thank you for all of your support.

Southwest Students in Japan and Pictures

16 Southwest students went to Japan from June 8 to 21st.  They had a wonderful time at Kasugaoka High School, Izumo Hokuryo High School, touring and with host families.  You can see our pictures and comments by clicking the site below. So far I can see more than 1400 views of the link below.  I hope you can enjoy them.

Thank you.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Southwest Class of 2016 and Future Plans

Here’s the list of the colleges (and associated numbers) of our Class  of 2016 indicating that they will attend in the fall.
Also other outcome data:

·         4 year college:  65%
·         2 year college:  21%
·         Gap year:  6.5%
·         Employed:  2%
·         Apprenticeship/career program:  .5 %
·         Military:  .5%
·         Continuing education:  4.6%

Amherst College
Arizona State University
The University of Arizona
Augsburg College
Becker College
Beloit College
Bethany Lutheran College
Bethel University-MN
Bethune-Cookman University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
University of British Columbia
California College of the Arts (San Francisco)
Carleton College
Chapman University
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
Columbia College Chicago
Cornell University
Creighton University
University of Dayton
University of Denver
DePaul University
Drake University
University of Dubuque
Dunwoody College of Technology
Eckerd College
Elmira College
Fashion Institute of Technology
Fort Lewis College
Georgetown University
Grand Canyon University
Grinnell College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamline University
Harvard University
Hennepin Technical College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Iowa State University
University of Kansas
Kent State University
University of Kentucky
Kenyon College
Lawrence University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Luther College
Macalester College
University of Manitoba
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
McGill University
Metropolitan State University
Middlebury College
Mills College
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
University of Minnesota, Duluth
University of Minnesota, Morris
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Montana State University, Bozeman
Morehouse College
Mount Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
Neosho County Community College
NGO Riedberg
Normandale Community College
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Central University
North Dakota State College of Science
University of North Dakota
North Hennepin Community College
North Iowa Area Community College
Northeastern University
University of Northern Colorado
Northland College
Northwestern College - Current & Former Traditional Undergraduates
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Rollins College
Saint John's University
Saint Louis University
Saint Paul College
University of San Francisco
Santa Monica College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Simmons College
University of South Dakota
University of Southern Maine
Southern Methodist University
St. Catherine University - St. Paul
St. Cloud State University
St. John's College
St. Olaf College
University of St. Thomas
Stanford University
Temple University
Tennessee State University
The University of Texas, Austin
The New School - All Divisions
Tufts University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
University of Vermont
University of Washington
Winona State University
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin, Platteville
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
University of Wisconsin, Stout

Southwest Performing Arts 2016-17 Calendar

Southwest Theater has a beautiful website that is being well maintained. 

It has a Performing Arts calendar too, that will be updated with changes when they arise.

Take a look!

Volunteer and Become a Graduation Coach

The single most important factor in a young person’s success is a consistent relationship with a caring, supportive adult. But one in three young people grow up without a mentor.

You can make a transformative difference in the life of a Minneapolis high school student by becoming an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach during the 2016-17 academic year. Through six hours of volunteer time per month, you can offer personalized support to help students stay on track, graduate on time and make a great plan for life after high school.

We provide the curriculum, structure and training. You bring the wisdom, encouragement and support!

Here’s what one student participant said: “My Graduation Coach helped me with college applications, understand the FAFSA, find possible job opportunities, and even talked about prom ideas. I think the best part overall was helping me discuss my career choice and talking about business classes and connections. I think I’ll be a success because of her.”

Apply by June 30 at For more information, contact Amy Shapiro at or 612.455.1550.


Kaylie Burns Gahagan

MPS Volunteer Coordinator

Support a Teenager Who's Exploring Sexual Identity

How Best to Support a Teenager Who’s Exploring Sexual Identity?

Dear Your Teen:

I am a heterosexual man in my 40s with no previous knowledge that all the different sexual orientations existed! Please forgive my ignorance. I got a call from my 12-year-old-daughter’s school counselor. I was told that my daughter has been experiencing “overwhelming anxiety” and some depression for a few months. After some discussion, my daughter opened to tell me to me that she had “dated a girl.” She is currently “dating” a boy (dating being defined by spending time together only at school and talking via text/phone). She explained that she believes that she is pansexual and that telling me and/or my wife was the cause of the anxiety and depression.
Please help me with some ideas or tips to ensure she feels comfortable sharing anything.
I love my daughter unconditionally and support her no matter what! I’m learning all about pansexuality so that I understand and can be available to her. Please help me with some ideas or tips to ensure she feels comfortable sharing anything. The second part is more of a conceptual question. My daughter did state that she has only “dated” one girl and one boy. My question is: being that she is only 12 years old, without much life experience, is it possible that she is confusing the emotional connection with her female friend as romantic or sexual attraction? I am not minimizing or judging—I knew before I was 12 that I was attracted to girls, so I don’t question who she is attracted to—I just want to understand as best I can. Any information you can share is appreciated.


This father is doing everything right when it comes to addressing his daughter’s sexual identity. But before getting into the specifics of the question, I want to commend him (and all of the parents who contribute, comment, and read this magazine) for his pursuit of information about parenting. I read recently that there’s no such thing as a “parent,” only a “parent-in-training.”
No parent has all the answers and parenting is a lifelong endeavor in an ever-shifting landscape.
 This resonated with me because it communicated that no parent has all the answers and that parenting is a lifelong endeavor in an ever-shifting landscape. In my clinical practice, I so appreciate those parents who are reflective, sometimes questioning their own responses, and always seeking out better tools. I believe that kind of self-examination and willingness to adapt leads to better and better parenting practices, which can only lead to better lives for the children. This father’s advice-seeking is a reflection of that positive parenting mindset.

Exploring Sexual Identity

1. It’s Still Hard to Come Out in Our Culture

This parent expresses some guilt about his daughter’s hesitation in approaching him about her sexual identity. Given the openness of communication he writes about, my guess is that her anxiety has less to do with anything he did or said and more to do with our societal messages about sexual identity. Most people are not aware of the messages that are subtly communicated on a daily basis about sexual identities that differ from the norm. Negative depictions of sexual minorities in the media; the lack of representation of diverse sexual identities in visible places like movies, sports, and politics; and the default assumption of heterosexuality that permeates social interactions all convey the message that an alternative sexual identify is something to be ashamed of. That’s a lot for any parent to overcome, no matter how supportive and accepting. In short, don’t beat yourself up for something that is truly beyond your control.

2. Your Teen May Still Be Hesitant to Talk

I do want to give a word of slight caution. As parents, you can and should do everything you can to create a warm, nurturing environment of acceptance. However, as the ‘you can lead a horse to water’ adage says, it won’t always translate into your teens opening up to you about everything. As teens develop they look to their friends more and more, and to their parents less and less, for support and advice. This is completely normal. Keep the door open for communication, but resist the urge to push or pry. It will only have the opposite effect of the one you intend.

3. Non-Judgmental Acceptance is Best

Finally, regarding his daughter’s stated sexual identity, the best approach is one of non-judgmental acceptance. It’s true that a 12 year-old may not understand the complexities of romantic attractions versus friendship attractions. She may not identify as pansexual for the rest of her life. However, it’s her journey of self-discovery and not for anyone else to dictate. I imagine it may be tempting to ask questions like, “Are you sure you’re pansexual?” or “How do you know what you are until you’re sexually active?” However, those questions communicate subtle disapproval. Let her take the lead on how she wants to talk about her developing sexual identity, withholding any impulse that comes up to set her straight (pun intended).

Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW, is a clinical psychologist with the Child Mind Institute in New York City.

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Southwest "Guys and Dolls" Receives Spotlight Awards

"Guys and Dolls" Receives Spotlight Awards

Southwest High School's production of Guys and Dolls garnered several Spotlight awards this year including Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Overall Performance! Hennepin Theatre Trust's annual showcase ceremony was held Sunday, June 12 where the production members performed a medley and Claire McPartland was honored as a female Top 10 Triple Threat Finalist. Read on for the full list of awards. Congratulations to all involved!

Spotlight 2015-2016 Honors Announcement

Southwest High School for their production of Guys and Dolls

Outstanding Overall Production
Outstanding Overall Performance
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Outstanding Vocal Performance by an Ensemble
Honorable Mention Acting Performance by an Ensemble
Oustanding Movement/Dance Performance by and Ensemble
Outstanding Student Orchestra
Outstanding Overall Technical Team
Outstanding Technical Crew
Honorable Mention A/V Board Operators
Individual Awards
Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Claire McPartland, Top 10 Triple Threat Finalist
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role: Paul Heltemes and Tryg Johnson
Honorable Mention for Performance in a Leading Role: Ben Murphy
Honorable Mention for a Performance in a Supporting Role: Kassra Taghizadeh and Mohamed Mohamed
Technical Leadership Nomination: Arden Hegberg
Evaluator Shout-Outs: Emma Thvedt, Jonah Edelman, and Eli Damman

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Southwest English Teacher on Summer and the Screens

School's out. Now, for a summer before a mind-dimming smartphone.

Kids will spend more time interacting with electronic devices than on any other activity besides sleep, and they'll be the worse for it — and they won't let go unless you make them.

I’m calling on all parents to do four things:
• Confiscate phones and laptops at, ideally, 9 p.m., but certainly no later than 10 p.m. Nighttime is the most dangerous time for kids and their use of electronics. If they tell you they don’t use them at night, they are lying. Be firm. Do not back down. I am psychically sending you strength right now, because kids who are especially addicted to electronics will fight you on this. Be prepared for this to be a siege that may take a few days. Have a plan to outsmart them before you take your stand.
• Have an electronics-free period of every day.
• Model restraint with your own electronics usage. I only use my smartphone as a tool. Unless we are FaceTiming with grandma or getting driving directions, for instance, I put the device away.
• Have an electronics vacation. Just spend some designated time — three days, a week, whatever — without electronics. It is liberating.

Sunday Star Tribune June 19, 2016
Thomas Johnson
English Teacher, Southwest High School

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Cleaning Is Important Part of Summer

The halls are full of furniture in the East and Central sections of Southwest High School.  The summer for the building is a time of dusting and waxing and washing.  The facility is getting ready for the next batch of Southwest Lakers.

The Offices are closed from June 16 through August 12.  If there is an emergency, leave an email for me.  We do check emails throughout the summer.  Most school business cannot be completed until after offices reopen in the fall.

The Main front door of the building is CLOSED (door 1).  For summer entrance to the building, please use door 19 and follow the signs.

Have a great and refreshing summer!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer Track Opportunities

Last Friday we had the opportunity to watch 3 of our Lakers at State Track, what a great day.  Although nobody made finals we watched some of the best Laker performances in history.  

Alison and Caitlan in the 400, and Kiley in the 100, all were great to watch.  While Alison and Caitlan ran what was a great heat for the circumstances, Kiley got stuck in the fastest heat of all time in the 100.  We want to congratulate them all on their performances.

While they were just getting warmed up, next year is going to be the key to each.  While Kiley is going off to College to impress new coaches with his speed.   The girls will be coming back, to show the state-what another year of training can do. Fall-Soccer, winter( nordic and hoops), and Awesomeness in the spring!

Well it is summer and we have many opportunities for Laker track athletes, 
1:  weight room is open from 6:30-8:30 with Duffy- if you have not gotten stronger, this is the way.  This is at the shed at the track
2:  Track is form 8-10 and 3:30-5:00 at the Track, Distance and training in the morning, skill and technique in the afternoon
3: Vaulting with Robbie: You know when and where. Mostly Fridays at 10!!!

Twin Cities Track Club All-Comers Meet, we need helpers, and participants- You can all participate and help out:  Captains:—
            We need help with Jumps- Both Horizontal and Vertical
            We need help with Throws
            We need help with Timers
            We need help with Concessions!!!

Who They Are  1st is this week, 2nd in July, 3rd in August:

Last years video-highlights-

Other things the Twin City’s Track Club Does:

We have also been asked to help out with 5k/10k events company that has a run in Bloomington on July 17th at Normandale Lake Park. 
The run will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation and is a great way for your kids to get community service hours.
All hours will lead to a donation to the SW Track and Field Team:

We need a number of helpers for this!  If interested email Carl or myself directly;
Thanks for everything, see you Wednesday-

Ryan Lamberty

Athletic Director
Head Track & Field Coach

Southwest High School 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Southwest Track Trio Advances to State

Southwest High School
State Track Meet

Alison Rosengren, Caitlan Smyth, and Kiley Demery

Southwest Parking Lots CLOSED

The three parking lots located next to the Southwest High School are CLOSED.  Construction is happening on all three lots or there is equipment or there are construction materials.

There are no activities scheduled at the high school except registrations.  There should be limited needed for many cars to be parking around the school this summer.  The school office is closed from June 16 through August 12.

There is parking on the streets and with no competing school staff and students there should be many open spots on non-permit sides of the streets.

Please remember that there are no parking signs throughout the neighborhood and permit only parking signs.  Please be respectful of the neighbors and be careful around driveways and corners.

Construction is moving along and the anticipated date of completion is the end of August.  In the meantime, please remember that the school parking lots are CLOSED.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Southwest Main Office Summer Hours - CLOSED Starting June 16 and OPENS August 12

Southwest High School Main Office Summer Hours

CLOSED starting June 16, 2016

Southwest High School Main Office

OPENS August 12, 2016

BMX Show and They Jump Ms. Mortensen

We are fortunate to welcome AGA Nation (Adrenalin Games Alliance) and their “Bring Your ‘A Game’ to School” BMX Bike show to Southwest this past Tuesday, May 31st.  

About the show:
AGA Nation Professional BMX bike riders present the keys to success at school in an engaging and exciting format.
Bring Your 'A Game' to School core A's of Success:
Alliance - Forging the right friendships; Run with the right crowd
Attitude - Bring a positive mental attitude every day to family, friends, work and school
Authentic - Never sell out; be your own person
Ability - Maximize your ability to the fullest. Be well rounded
Active - Keep fit; exercise, stay off the couch!
Anti-Bullying - Treat others as you would like to be treated. Establish an environment of acceptance
Achieve - Reaching your goals everyday in life, school and family.

And they jump over Ms. Mortensen!

Check out the video from today’s BMX exhibition in the West Gym:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

BestPrep Partners with Southwest Business Students

BestPrep is grateful that you had your class involved in eMentors with EY. I hope you enjoyed your first experience with eMentors. It was really fun to see the mentors and students connect over at EY. Below are the results of the eMentors connection. Without your support, the Southwest High School students would not have had this experience and wouldn’t have gained the skills and information shared. Your involvement is so appreciated.

100% had a good to excellent experience with eMentors.
85% feel more comfortable writing emails.
71% gained knowledge and skills that can be used in a professional career.

Mentors commented
64% believe their student gained knowledge and skills that can be used in a professional career.

“Meeting the student in person! It was great to put a face to the name and talk through our previous emails. I also think the student gained a lot from our visit.”

“It makes me take a step back and think through my approach as well as the stage in life the student is in.”

“Experience in how to be a helpful/effective mentor, as well as connecting with students who have large school/career decisions ahead of them”

We appreciate your involvement and hope you will engage another class soon. If you have a class to be involved next term, please contact Bonnie Vagasky at

BestPrep is also growing its other programs, learn more online. One program is the Technology Integration Workshop – a 4 day workshop for teachers to learn new technology skills and create a unit plan based on Understanding by Design. Teachers will also earn 28 CEUs.

Crane Blocks 47th in Front of Southwest

The work continues at Southwest High School.  The huge crane blocked 47th in front of the school today.  Moving air handling equipment to the roof required the larger crane..

Construction and renovation is expected to consume all summer .  The project on the inside of the buildings is projected to be completed at the end of August

Friday, June 3, 2016

Southwest Multilingual Department Honors Students Exiting ESL

The Southwest Multilingual Department is proud to announce the following list of students who have met the criteria for exiting ESL services this spring.

These students will be recognized at our ESL Exit Celebration during 1st hour, Friday, June 3rd.

Thank you to parents and families of  their support.  Thank you and congratulations to the students.

Southwest Track and Field - On To STATE!

Proud to recognize the following track and field athletes after todays Section Finals Meet accomplishments today.

Advancing to the state meet next week at Hamline University:
10th Grader, Caitlin Smyth 1st place in the 400 meter dash
10th Grader , Alison Rosengren 2nd place in the 400 meter dash
12th Grader, Kiley Demery, 4th place in the 100 meter dash, but in one of the fastest races in section history, 7 of the runners made qualifying times and advance to state.  
Kiley ran a 11.06 today, and set a new school record with an 11.04 on Tuesday to qualify for todays finals.

Also placing in the meet today:
Cameron Ramnarine- 9th place Triple Jump
Alison Rosengren- 6th place Pole Vault
Alison Rosengren- 6th place 200 Meter Dash
4*800 Team of Michal Carlsen, William Munnich, Cyrus Kian, Will Tieleman, 8th Place
Kiley Demery 4th Place 400 Meter dash
Kiley Demery 7th Place 200 Meter dash

Congratulate them if you see them around.

Ryan Lamberty

Athletic Director

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sectional Baseball Information

Saturday, 10:00 am Southwest Baseball Sectional Play

Please advise your parents/fans/players, etc that parking will be very limited on Saturday on the University campus.  There is literally no parking near Siebert due to the construction of "athlete village" so most will need to park in the ramp over by Baseline Tennis Center/Ridder Arena.  They can enter Siebert in the right field corner ticket area, as well as the main ticket area at home plate.  

Southwest 4th Quarter Finals Schedule

Southwest High School 4th Quarter Finals Schedule
Southwest students are expected to be in class on time for the assigned 4th Quarter Finals.  Students not scheduled for a final have that period of time released.

Students are expected to be in the assigned final at the assigned time or - with parent permission - released for the period.

There is an assigned study hall.  Students not in assigned Final are expected to be in the study hall.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Community Meeting Positive School Climate

Attend upcoming meetings to help support positive school climate
Students, families, staff and community members are invited to attend one of three community meetings. We are using your feedback to support a positive school climate. Together we can ensure students are secure, supported and successful.

Upcoming community meetings:
Monday, June 6
Sheridan Middle School
5-8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8
Anne Sullivan Elementary
5-8 p.m.

Thursday, June 9
Washburn High School
5-8 p.m.

Child care, translation services and dinner will be available at the meetings. Dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. RSVP here: