Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fourth Generation and Philanthropy - 2009 Southwest Graduate Clair Eisenberg

Fourth Generation members Clare Eisenberg. A group of around 60 people in their early 20s to late 40s research charities in a chosen area, pool their money and make grants.
Clare Eisenberg.

That kind of passive giving doesn’t appeal to 25-year-old do-gooder Clare Eisenberg, who earmarks $50 from each paycheck for good causes. She wants to know more about where her money is going, and she wants to amplify its effect.

So she joined Fourth Generation, a group organized through the Minneapolis Foundation that’s designed to create some middle ground for younger, often middle-class philanthropists.

“It adds up and I am able to have an impact,” said Eisenberg, a development manager for the Minnesota State Fair Foundation.

Great idea and giving back to the community. Read the entire article

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Southwest Families - We Want to Hear From YOU

Southwest High School just finished its 17th day of all grades instruction.  Just finished two days of Class of 2020 orientation.  Just finished 9th grade parent orientation.  Just finished Open House.

We have been talking to you and your students all this time.  Attempting to make a smooth and successful transition.  Trying to demonstrate who and what is Southwest.  Challenging all of us to another exciting year of education, fun and rewarding experiences.

Now it is your turn.  We need to hear from YOU.

  • What did you expect to hear and did not?
  • What do you now know you needed to hear or know earlier?
  • How is/was your child's first 17 days?
  • What questions do you have?
  • What additional information does the school need to provide you/ your child?
  • The start met your expectations? exceeded? was below your expectations?
  • How can we improve for next year?

With a slightly different topic...
  • what is the best method to communicate with you?
    • email
    • telephone - robo calls
    • memos home with the student
    • other
  • what type of information do you want to receive on a regular basis?
  • do you receive and read the Weekly Bulletin?
  • do you use the parent portal to receive information about your child's grades & attendance?
Send you responses to

In advance, Thank you!

Southwest Grand Opening October 8, 1:30 -4:30 pm

Community Grand Opening, Open House, and Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 8, 1:30 - 4:30

Southwest's Grand Opening, Open House, and Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony--all a part of the first 75th Anniversary celebration--will take place on Saturday afternoon, October 8. Join alumni, students, parents, teachers (past and present), and community members for a great afternoon of touring the new construction and remodelling projects, enjoying refreshments baked in Southwest's new kitchen, and learning more about Southwest's history through displays. The Southwest Band will also play. All are welcome! 

The Open House will be from 1:30 - 4:30 and the Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony will be at 2:00. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Thank you to everyone who nominated alumni for the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Committee was pleased with the outstanding candidates it had to consider. All the nominations received for alumni who did not receive the award this year will be retained and considered again next year. Congratulations to the inaugural class of Distinguished Alumni awardees: Cora Jane Blanchard '52 (deceased), Burton D. Cohen '48, Harvey Feldman '61, Libby Larsen '68, Tracy McMillan '82, Dr. Mark Ptashne '57, and Robert C. Rishovd '59.  

Vote November 8

It’s election season! Here’s the information you need related to your ballot and Minneapolis Public Schools. Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district’s current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. Learn more here:

Did you know you can vote before Election Day by absentee ballot for any reason? Early voting began on Sept. 23 and runs through Nov. 7. To locate early voting in-person sites or get information about voting by mail, visit

¡Es época de elecciones! Aquí está la información que usted necesita en relación a su boleta de elección y Minneapolis Public Schools.  Se solicitará a los votantes de Minneapolis renovar  la autorización del referéndum operativo actual del distrito escolar, la cual expira al finalizar el año escolar 2016 -17.  Si es aprobada, los fondos del referéndum ayudarían a  Minneapolis Public Schools a manejar el tamaño de las clases y proporcionar servicios de apoyo y actividades para los alumnos. No se proyecta el incremento del impuesto a la propiedad si es que la renovación del referéndum es aprobada.

Para mayor información, por favor visite:
¿Sabía que por cualquier motivo puede votar antes de Día de las Elecciones por medio de la boleta de votante ausente? La votación anticipada comenzó el 23 de septiembre y dura hasta el 7 de noviembre. Para localizar los lugares de votación anticipada en persona o para obtener información sobre la votación por correo, visite la página de internet

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Southwest Community Education

Southwest Community Education
Southwest Community Education is pleased to offer the following programs for your Laker!. You can register online at, by calling 612-668-3100 or stopping in our office located in the new commons.
DRIVERS EDUCATION Classroom Instruction: 
Section 2: Nov 28-Dec 14, 3:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., $125
ACT PREP course:
#124 Thursdays, Sept 22-Oct 13, 5:45 - 8:45 p.m.  $140
#224 Thursdays, Oct 27-Nov 17, 5:45 - 8:45 p. m.  $140

Join us on Oct 1 from 11am-1pm for a free Community Ice Cream Social at Southwest.  We're celebrating Southwest Community Education creator, Tom Neiman, and the 43 years of programming and community work he's accomplished. 

Full more information about his time at Southwest, please link to this Star Tribune article:

Wellness at Southwest

Dear Wellness/Caafimaad/Salud Advocates:
From surveys conducted on First Friday, 118 out of a total of 125 students named “stress management” as their top interest for Wellness Day.  The Wellness Committee will be working on this and in the meantime here are 4 possible resources:
Quiet Time on many days after school in Rm. 110 with mindfulness facilitator, Emily Meyer.  Learn how to drop your stress levels, activate deep thought, gain self-awareness and practice ancient human traditions.  Stop in even if you're not sure and have your questions answered. For more info:

·         Tangible Thursdays:  1 touch of Oliver, the therapy dog=instant cortisol drop?  Main door before school.

·         Bread & Jam in the Commons this Friday, Sept. 23, from 7:30-7:50 a.m--musical therapy (compliments of Riley Swain and a new SWHS combo called Papa and the Lake Sharks) plus a variety of breads donated by Breadsmith!  This will hopefully become a weekly event!

·         OPEN! House on Tuesday, Sept. 27th.  Please stop by the PUERTAS ABIERTAS table in the Commons from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where parents, staff, and students will be sharing their wellness resources.  

Feel free to bring the names and numbers of your favorite dental health, mental health, academic, sports, voice lesson, etc. professionals (compliments of PTSO and Southwest Foundation).

Southwest Club and Activities Information

Japanese Culture Club

The Japanese Culture Club meets Wednesdays from 3:10 to 4:30 in Room W322.  If you are interested in Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Japanese movies/amine, or J-Quiz (Japanese language competition for high school students), please join us!

MUS Ultimate Fall season is Underway.
Fall is "development league" play- Practices are at MLK Jr. Park @Nicollet and 42nd on Tues. /Weds. /Thurs. 3:30-5:30.   Overcome that reluctance and come to practice- learn to throw and play! Part timers are welcome.  Games are on Saturdays if you want to participate in them, you need forms finished- see the Ultimate website on the SWHS webpage

Fandom club will meet Tuesdays in room W109 after school.

Anime club will meet Thursdays in room W109 after school.

Comic Book Club
Every other Tuesday starting on October 4th. We meet from 3:15-4:30 in Mr. Jagusch’s room (N132). Be ready to discuss your favorite characters from comics, tv shows, and movies. We have comics to read and more to check out from the Media Center! All are welcome.

The Mountain Bike team won the Division 2 title in Austin on Saturday!
With the top finishers being:  Sudi Hall - Freshman champion, Zoe Camp - JV champion, Kasia Bednarski - Varsity 2nd, Issac Trockman - Freshman 7th, and Foss Kerker - Varsity 6th. The team is heading to St. Cloud this weekend to improve upon their individual performances and plan to win the team title again.

College Information Available

MN National College FairThe National College Fair is fast approaching. One of the largest in the country, hundreds of college representatives will descend upon the Mpls Convention Center, eager to share information and meet potential applicants.  The event is free, but students are encouraged to pre-register to remove the need fill out endless contact cards. Complete information, including the list of schools attending, can be found here. Please note that many schools will also visit SW that week, and students are encouraged to take advantage of those in-house visits. Students and families are STRONGLY encouraged to attend the evening session to avoid the masses of humanity bussed in during the day sessions.
Location:   Minneapolis Convention Center Halls D – E1301 Second Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN
Fair Hours: Tuesday, October 4, 20169 a.m. – noon5 p.m. – 8 p.m.   Wednesday, October 5, 20169 a.m. – noon

MN Performing & Visual Arts College FairThe National Performing & Visual Arts (PVA) College Fair is being held on Saturday, October 8. This event is a FANTASTIC resource for students interested in either performing or visual arts, and students are encouraged to pre-register to attend this free event. A Portfolio/Audition Readiness for PVA schools will be available prior to the event. Additional information, including a list of schools attending, can be found here.
Location:  Concordia University, St. Paul Gangelhoff Center 235 Hamline Ave North, St Paul, MN 55104
 Fair Hours:  Saturday, October 8, 2016 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 Workshop: Portfolio/Audition Readiness for PVA Schools11:45 a.m – 12:45 p.m.Gangelhoff Center

15th Annual Groves Academy College FairGeared exclusively toward students who have learning disabilities or attention disorders, this is the only college fair of its kind in Minnesota and the five-state area. Representatives from over 50 schools and organizations will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. Additional information, including student registration, can be found here.
LocationEarle Brown Heritage Center 6155 Earle Brown Drive Minneapolis, MN 55430

Fair Hours: Thursday, October 6, 2016 6 p.m.

Seeking Student Volunteer

The Southwest Foundation is looking 
for student volunteers for two projects:
The first is a data entry project, helping alumni researchers present their work on the faculty history at Southwest. We need a student who has access to a computer and likes to enter data into Word documents. We estimate the project will take about 4 hours.

·         The second project is delivering invitations to the October 8th Open House to our neighbors around Southwest. It will be an after school project on Friday, September 30. Pizza is included! The project will take about 2 hours. 

Booster groups, if your team would like to volunteer as a group to do the invitation delivery, we have a donor willing to make a contribution to your Booster Club!

We can find a convenient time the weekend of the 30th, 1st, or 2nd. If you or your student can help with either of these projects, please email

For all families: please join us at the Grand Opening and Open House on October 8th, 1:30 - 4:30!

Looking Toward Graduation

Need to make up some missing Credits?
After school Credit Recovery is now up and running in W102 computer lab Monday-Thursday starting at 3:10pm

See or email Mr. Jared Mountain ALC Coordinator for more details: (room W107D)

Super Soccer Saturday - South at Southwest - Oct. 1

The excitement starts at 9:00 a.m.  Join the fun, and GO LAKERS!

Cost:  $6.00 - Adults $4.00 - Students (K - 12)Children under 7 - FREEYouth (K-8th grade) 

Anyone wearing a youth jersey such as Minneapolis United, Westside, Southeast, or Kelix get in for free!  

Full schedule and details are available here!

Southwest National Honor Society Applications Due September 30

National Honor Society Applications due September 30

Friday, September 30th is the deadline for NHS applications. 

Applications should be turned in to Room 306 or E124. 

There will be a spring application period in mid-May. 

NHS applications are now available and can be picked up from the rooms of Greg Denysenko (E116) or Robert Rees (306).

Picture Day at Southwest Friday September 30

We do require ALL students to have their photo taken for ID/Yearbook purposes.  

You are welcome to order photos, but it is not required. Flyers/order envelopes were in the first day packets your student brought home.  

Please complete the form, choose a photo package and enclose your check made payable to LIFETOUCH; this envelope should be given to the photographer at the time your student goes to the west gym for pictures.  OR you can order online at MYLIFETOUCH.COM.  

Picture Day ID is MI206140Y0.  

Do not return the order form if you’ve ordered online.  

Student photos will be taken during English classes.  

Make up day is Friday, October 28.

SW Counseling - Get the Dates

Sign up to receive notifications/reminders from the SW Counseling Team about dates, deadlines, or other important information focused on college and career information for your grade level! More information can be found at

College Information Sessions for students and families to be held Saturday, Oct. 1!
The Southwest Counseling Team is hosting informational sessions for students and families on Saturday, Oct 1. Join us for information on financial aid, the college search process, testing, CSS profile, the Dream Act, NCAA, essays, interviews, and more! Please note—this event replaces the 2 evenings typically held in October. This information is targeted at 11th and 12th grade students and their parents/guardians, but all are welcome.
Saturday, Oct 1
9 am – 12 pm
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Quoting Mark Twain

Mark Twain

“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

Mark Twain

"It was on TV, it must be real.  I read it in the newspaper it must be a fact."  If that is what you believe I have some swamp land I would like to not show you for sale.

High School is an exciting four years full of adventure, emotions, hormones, love, hate, boredom, and changes.  That has been true for all the years high school have existed.

For those that have a personal experience with those four years, I am sure the memories are full of great success and horrible disappointments.  There were people you enjoyed and those you did not.  You dated some and others you only dreamed about.  You were full of passion and emotions.  All of that has not changed.

Southwest is committed to providing the educational opportunities that empower each student to be his/her personal best.  The dedication to excellence in academics, arts and athletics is both a tradition and a constant.  That was true 74 years ago as families found it necessary to send their children from overcrowded West to the newly built Southwest.  That is true today.  An education at Southwest is personal and full of options and opportunities.  Regardless of where your travels take you throughout the world, a Southwest diploma is recognized as quality and meaningful.

After watching the latest TV news or reading the newspaper stop over to school and experience the truth.

Get the facts:
and numerous sites for sports and clubs

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Safe in Our Schools


Over the next three months, the Office of Operational & Security Services (OSS) will be hosting school and community stakeholders in conversations about ways to improve school climate and culture as a part of the Safe in Our Schools Initiative (SIOS). This will be a continuation of the work that began in June and is summarized in the attachment.  The information gathered will be used to inform the MPS leadership conversation in January about policies and budget regarding school safety, School Resource Officers and magnetic locks. In an effort to engage community stakeholders in this process, we'll be forming five community action teams in five regions of the city (North, Northeast, Downtown, South and Southwest). I am seeking your help in recruiting twenty-five action team members who will develop SIOS' community outreach plans for each region.

Ideally, action team members will have the following qualities:
  • Knowledgeable about their community and experience being engaged in their community 
  • Vested interest and experience with MPS schools (i.e., parent, student, educator/staff member, resident, business owner, etc.)
  • Available to meet three times (90 minutes each) between Sept-Nov. 

Action teams will work with a facilitator to design and implement an outreach plan for recruiting community members to participate in focus groups. They will then continue to work with OSS over time in order to maintain connection to the needs of the community.  We are exploring ways we may be able to provide a small financial incentive to each action team member for their participation.  Regardless of that, we hope involvement will be a rewarding experience for all and we will work together to formulate solutions and incorporate the community voice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

If you'd like to recommend someone to be an action team member, please send me their name and contact information (i.e., email address or phone number). We'll be reaching out to people next week. Thank you.



Jason Matlock, MPA
Operational & Security Services

Vote November 8

On Nov. 8, Minneapolis voters will be asked to renew the school district’s current operating referendum authorization, which expires after the 2016-17 school year. 

If passed, funding would help Minneapolis Public Schools manage class sizes and provide supportive services and activities for students. 

The request would authorize the referendum for nine years and be annually adjusted for inflation. 
Property taxes are not projected to increase if the referendum renewal passes. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Students Supporting One Another and Being Safe

I sent a "robo" call home today to all the families of our students.  It is one of those types we don't like to make - "we had a fight at school today."  Staff handled it quickly, no weapons involved and no harm to persons.

Always easy to jump to conclusions but the important part is that over 99.5 percent of our student were NOT involved and moved through the morning and the rest of the day in the manner we expect.  They had fun, talked to their friends, went to class and behaved in a manner that who impress you.

Teens make mistakes,  They make choices that are not appropriate.  We need to continue to support and guide them through they tough years into adulthood.  Those that cannot handle the responsibilities of being in high school will not be tolerated and will not be in school.

We work on safety very day.  The safety of every child and person in the building is very important.  Today, for a brief bit of time, our focus was not book or our future or success.  But as quickly as possible we made the environment secure and proceeded with the educational objectives.

Iman and Khadijhah Siferllah Griffin, Southwest Seniors Sage Awards for Dance

The SAGE  AWARDS (named after Sage Cowles and represent the Twin City Dance Awards for the year) have nominated our very own Iman and Khadijah Siferllah Griffin for best "Dance Ensemble" this year .  

As 9th Graders these two got a performance award for "I'm Muslim; Don't Panic" and now as seniors their newly started company S.H.E. was nominated for "Ninth Inning".  

This is a high compliment and unprecedented when it comes to awarding teenagers in the company of adult dance companies and dancers.  

The Awards will be at the Cowles Center on Tuesday Oct. 18th at 7:00 p.m.  Congratulations Iman and Khadijah. You inspire us all.

Monday, September 19, 2016

National Merit Announces Southwest Commended Students.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today the names of Commended Students in the 2017 program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporate (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to each of the talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition.

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

2016 Commended Students:
Aidan R. Berg
Virginia G. Culhane
Giselle C. Durand
Olivia F. Foster
Samuel K. Hillyer
Cole T. Hummel
Weston Lowry
Daniel Opdahl
Claire L. Pince

In addition to the Commended Students Southwest recognizes the eight Semi-finalists announced earlier this month::
William F. Fitch
Royce Hill
Mitchell J. Hockenberry
John C. Lazur
Henry C. Meeker
Simon S, Rothman
Emma W. Spurgat
Claire E. Weil

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Southwest Alumni Jessica Enwesi Names Iowa State Ambassador

  • Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences names Jessica Enwesi ambassador for 2016-2017 academic year

    The Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is proud to announce the 2016-2017 student ambassadors who will be representing the college at recruitment events like Experience Iowa State, Open Option visits, and other student-centered activities throughout the year. Jessica Enwesi, Minneapolis, MN was selected to represent the college.
    The purpose of the ambassador program is to have current students share their firsthand experiences with people who are considering attending Iowa State University. The firsthand experience that students offer is valuable to the College of LAS and through this role, students have the opportunity to work with a broad variety of people while developing confidence and skills in public speaking and initiating conversations.
    "From my perspective it's really fun to see students grow in leadership and in their confidence. Their comfort level of how they interact with other people grows and they often take on other leadership in organizations like becoming Cyclone Aides or tour guides," Recruitment Coordinator Kathy Houseman said.

2012 Southwest alumni Ruthie Baker Graduates from Bates College

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Southwest Alumni and Gold Metal Champion Chuck Aoki

At the Paralympic Games in Rio, an overtime victory for Team USA on a Hail Mary pass caught and scored by Southwest alum Chuck Aoki

Go to 1:34 and see a great finish and a win! For Team USA

Friday, September 16, 2016

Freshman Friday Fun at Southwest

The 9th grade party.  Laker Freshman making their own legends through their own journeys.

The Class of 2020 is off to a great beginning - Orientation, First Friday and now the First Fun.

We are Southwest!

Southwest Math Team

Southwest Math Team

We will begin our quest for our eleventh consecutive division title on Monday, September 19, after school. 

The location of the practice will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Contact coach David McMayer at to sign up or to simply ask questions. 

Join math team

UNCF Empower Me Tour Coming 9/27 – Permission by slips due 9/19!

UNCF Empower Me Tour Coming 9/27 – Permission by slips due 9/19!

The United Negro College Fund’s Empower Me Tour is stopping in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Sept. 27.  

Students interested in attending can pick up a permission slip from Ms. Jastrow or download. 

In addition to programming around college funding, success, and completion, there will be over 15 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) reps there to answer questions. 

Seniors can participate in onsite admissions and register to win one of six $5000 from Target. 

All students are welcome, though juniors and seniors will find this most relevant. 

See Jastrow or Mountin for more information. Permission slips must be turned in by 3:15 pm on Monday, Sept. 19th

National Honor Society Applications Open

National Honor Society Applications Open

NHS applications are now available and can be picked up from the rooms of:

 Greg Denysenko (E116) or Robert Rees (306).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Southwest Performing Arts Newsletter

Welcome to the 2016/2017 school year!

SWHS Performing Arts students and teachers are off to a great start! Auditions and productions are underway and performances are just around the corner. Bring your family and friends out to support these amazing programs at SWHS! Also, be sure and "like" us on Facebook
To see the entire Performing Arts Calendar, click here.
10/4-6, 3pm     Barefoot in the Park, Unhinged Student Theatre Co. auditions
10/25-27, 3pm Up the Down Staircase, Main Stage play auditions
10/26-29, 7pm The Miss Firecracker Contest, Unhinged Student Theatre Co.

New Space
The NEW Black Box Theatre is now open and FABULOUS! We are super excited about it, as well as the new costume room! There is also new lobby space near the auditorium with a box office and concession area. We are hoping someone might be willing to donate a refrigerator that we could use to store flowers and other concession items. Please contact us here, if you can help.

New Course!
Ms. Michel and Ms. Meyer are offering a technical theatre class after school! Students will dive deeper into the experience of technical theatre to learn about and participate in the design process. This course is student-driven; we build our curriculum based on the interests of our students, while focusing on the basic production design elements. For more information, please contact Ms. Michel here.

Tech Tuesday
We will also continue our Tech Tuesday program. Students interested in learning about and doing technical theatre can join us every Tuesday (and other days!) to get involved in the tech production process.

Alumni News
For more exciting SWHS Performing Arts alumni news - click here!

Be sure to check out our theatre website for all the SWHS theatre news!

10/13, 7pm      Choir Concert

Choir is off to a great start already this year, with a record quick turn-around between the week later start of school and the concert coming two weeks earlier than usual. Music is being prepared and students are excited for their debut performance (and so is Mr. Fisher!)

Varsity Choir (9th grade choir) is essentially two choirs. New this year: the men and women of Varsity Choir are rehearsing the same period. Ms. Stanke is directing the women while Mr. Fisher directs the men. They will perform separately as usual, but will also come together to do some combined selections.

Men's Chorus (10-12th grade men) is preparing some fantastic music for their first concert. They are looking forward to their premier performance with Mr. Fisher and Ms. Stanke.

Donne Voce (10-12th grade women) is already hard at work on some new and exciting music, and Ms. LeMay is joining the group as co-director.

Southwest Singers (11-12th grade Mixed) fills every chair in the choir room with a huge enrollment of 110 students and sounds, well, amazing.

Chamber Singers auditions and call backs will wrap up on September 20th, with their first rehearsal starting shortly thereafter.

Mr. Fisher is tremendously excited to be at Southwest and is looking forward to making great choral music this year and for many years to come!

10/17, 7pm      Band/Jazz Concert
10/18, 7pm      Orchestra/Guitar Concert

Band Camp and Marching Band
After a two-week Band Camp, we celebrated the beginning of the school year with Labor Day weekend parades at the State Fair and in the ECCO Neighborhood. The Marching Band also played for the Fulton Neighborhood Festival. It was great marching weather!

New Music
In orchestral news, the bows are being restrung and we’ll be reading new music - fun times!  

10/18, 7pm      Orchestra/Guitar Concert

Program Growth
The Guitar Program is growing by leaps and bounds! New music and more instruments are on order and will arrive soon, thanks to funding from the Performing Arts Council. Small bands will be forming in the weeks ahead and will perform on a regular basis on the new cafeteria stage.  It is exciting to have students auditioning for jazz ensembles with the band as well as Pit Orchestra with the theater.

Guitar Orchestra
The first guitar concert this year is a combined orchestra concert with the SWHS orchestras. The Guitar Orchestra will present Eric Satie's Gymnopedie #1, originally written for solo piano. Please join us for this classical guitar orchestra kick-off concert!

Adaptive Guitar
The Three Strings, our Adaptive Guitar class, also has many new members this year. Guitar teacher, Ruth LeMay, will be a guest lecturer at UW-River Falls on 9/19 for a hands-on workshop on the Adapted Methodology she has created for special needs learners. This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate to young teachers how they can reach non-traditional learners, so all students that want to make music together can enjoy this life-changing experience.

North by Southwest
The Southwest Dance Company 2 will be collaborating with North High Dance this year. They will share dance artists that will culminate in a final dance piece at the Viva City performance in March. Collaboration meetings will begin in September. Stay tuned!

Teacher/Student Duet
Senior Atiya Mansfield and dance teacher, Ms. Callahan, will be performing a call and response tap dance entitled " Be Seated" choreographed by Bill Evans. They will perform at the Winter Dance Concert at Southwest on Thursday, December 15th at 7 pm. Come and see!

Dance Field trips
All dance classes will attend a performance of the Brazilian dance company " Grupo Corpo" on Monday, October 3rd at Northrup Auditorium. Thanks to Northrup and its business partners, transportation is provided and tickets are only $3.00.

TU Dance takes the SW Stage
The phenemonal St. Paul based and New York inspired  " Tu Dance" modern dance company will perform for Southwest students on Thursday September 22nd at 10 am in the Auditorium. Thanks to our partnership, the performance is free to all students when accompanied by their 3rd hour teacher .

Stop by and visit with the Performing Arts teachers on Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30-8:30pm during the SWHS Open House. Get more information on ALL these exciting programs and how you can become involved!

We are seeking volunteers! If you have an interest in supporting the SWHS Performing Arts programs with your time and talents, please contact us. Our current needs are -
  • Communications Coordinator - Website, Social Media Content, Newsletters
  • Ushers/Concessions
  • Grant Writer/Researcher
  • Musical instruments (cellos, violins, guitars, etc.) for every student who needs one
  • Refrigerator (see theatre section above)
  • Matching grant funders - corporate or personal funders to match donations
Please contact us here to find out about how to fulfill any of these wishes.

The SWHS Performing Arts Council welcomes your ideas, your energy, your financial support, and YOU! Thank you for making SWHS such a great place for students to learn and grow in the performing arts!

SWHS Performing Arts Council
Leandra Peak, President

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Our mailing address is:
SWHS Performing Arts Council
c/o Southwest High School
3414 W 47th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410

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