Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 29 - Dance at Intermedia Arts 2822 Lyndale South

Southwest Intermedia Arts Show 
Tuesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m.

Come join Southwest" Dance Company Two" for their Fall evening of Duets entitled "Deuces".  

38 Students translating ideas into motion dealing with Social issues such as Domestic Abuse, Friendship, Cultural Exchange, and much more. 

Our community partner, Intermedia Arts is located at 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., Mn 

$10 Adults, $5 Students     Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Colleen Callahan ( for 

additional information  

Up the Down Staircase - Curtain at 7 pm with Shows Dec. 1-3 and a 2 pm Matinee on the 4th

Up the Down Staircase

Any piece of literature that has a High School Principal has to be a good story - extreme tragedy or hilarious comedy.  I will let you be the judge on this one.

Tickets are still available for this Main Stage production with opening night December 1, 2 and 3 with curtain at 7 pm.  There will be a Sunday matinee with curtain at 2:00 pm.

An exciting drama with meaning for its time and today.  Come out and enjoy the play and fun entertainment for the entire family.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hot Notes January 21 Tickets Available

We are thankful that...

Tickets are now available online for
Hot Notes on a Cold Night Cabaret

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 7 p.m.

St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue South, Minneapolis

Don't miss the best party of the year in support of Southwest High School's exceptional performing arts programs. Hot Notes features student and alumni entertainers, fun with friends old and new, and dancing to our award-winning Jazz Big Band!

Back by Popular Demand:
  • Joyful performances, tasty food and lovely decor!
  • The option of enjoying the show from the comfort of a private table!
  • Awesome Great Gathering offerings! Sign up for parties, tours, and events with your friends!
  • Fabulous Live Auction items including vacation homes and private chefs' dinners! 
  • On-line bidding system before the event!
  • Ending the evening with Swing Dancing to the SWHS Jazz Band!

Buy your tickets today! $37.50 in advance, $50 at the door.

Choose one of two ways to register:

Click here to register online. 

This method will streamline your check-in and check-out at the event. 

Or, to order your tickets by check or credit card, download and complete this form, and pop it in the mail.

Thank you for your support of SWHS's beloved programs—and for fostering appreciation for arts and culture in our community. We welcome our entire Southwest community to the party and look forward to seeing you on January 21st!
Register for Hot Notes!

Southwest BLAST Partner Avenues for Homeless Youths

BLAST (Being Loving and Sharing Together) Days: Month of December
Sponsored by Southwest Student Council
AVENUES for Homeless Youth:  Helping Homeless Youth Move from SURVIVING TO THRIVING

Since 1994, Avenues has been helping homeless youth.  Over 4,000 youth are homeless and on their own every night in MN.  Avenues operates six programs in the Twin Cities that support more than 300 youth every year with shelter, transitional housing, jobs, education, and other services.  Avenues’ has a committed and caring staff and volunteers to support the youth 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Each youth works with a team of case managers, mental health therapists, nurses, education specialists, youth counselors and community partners.  Avenues, also, sponsors host home programs which match youth to live with host families in their homes throughout Mpls and the suburbs. 

We can help support Avenues through financial support and the donation of supplies. Donations can be brought to Southwest or given to your student to bring to SW.  Please see a wish list of supplies and further information on Avenues webpage:

Robtics Move on to State

Dr Smith,

I thought you might be interested that the "Rubies", a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics team consisting of six 9th and 10th grade Southwest students, had a tremendous showing at a qualifying tournament in Eden Prairie this past Saturday.

The team's robot went undefeated in preliminary rounds, giving them the opportunity to lead an alliance into the playoffs. Their alliance then defeated all comers in the playoffs to become tournament champions.

The Rubies also won the first place "Inspire" award, given to the top overall team based on outreach, design, build, their engineering notebook, and judging interviews. It's rare for the same team to win both the Inspire and robot rounds.

Based on this result they'll compete at the State tournament in February (after another preliminary tournament in North Branch in January).

The Rubies consist of 10th graders Izzy Mack, Ava Kian, Isabella Kemling, Adelaide Fanner and 9th graders Rachel Springer and Mitra Kian.

For photos or to see what they've been up to check out their Twitter feed,



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Southwest Is OPEN and Driving & Walking is Slow and Slippery

Be Careful Around Southwest

The school is open on Wednesday.

Driving and walking conditions are passable but caution is advised.  The side streets and walkways are wet, slippy and slush covered.  Be careful driving, parking and walking.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Southwest Swim and Dive Finishes at State

The Southwest Girls Swim and Dive team wrapped up their season at the state meet on Friday evening.  Coming into the meet the team  was sitting at 18th place with 37.5 points based on seed times from the sectional meet. After the weekend the team cracked the top ten with an 8th place finish and 96 points.

In the process many school records along with multiple MPS All-Time records were broken. The 200 Medley Relay (Amelia Baxley 11th, Maya Knutson 12th, Peyton D'Emanuele 9th, Elle Niebuhr 9th) broke the all-time MPS record with a time of 1:47.73 coming in at 7th place earning all state honors. 

In the 50 freestyle Peyton D'Emanuele went 23.99 for a new all-time MPS record finishing 11th. Peyton also won the consolation heat at 9th place in the 100 butterfly, :57.66, with a new SW record. 

Senior Maya Knutson came in at :52.47 in the 100 freestyle, a new all-time MPS record, good for 14th place. 

The 200 freestyle relay team of Eve Biederman 11th, Madeline Peak 12th, Maya Knutson 12th, Elle Niebuhr finished 11th with a new all-time MPS record of 1:38.77. 

Junior Amelia Baxley swam her way into the finals finishing 7th in the 100 backstroke earning all state honors. 

To cap off the evening the 400 Freestyle Relay of Maya Knutson, Amelia Baxley, Elle Niebuhr, 

Peyton D'Emanuele finished 4th with a new all-time MPs record of 3:32.20.

These girls and their teammates worked extremely hard throughout the year while focused on their schoolwork as well. The section team GPA was 3.70, academic silver standard as denoted by the coaches association.

While our season is complete and we will dearly miss our seniors, we are very excited to see what next season brings. The team is really a positive example of what goes right in high school athletics for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Christopher Aarseth, Coach

Increase In Bike Thefts City Wide

Increase In Bike Thefts City Wide 

While using a quality lock is the best prevention, a good way to help recover a stolen bike and prosecute the thieves  is to register the bike.  

Bicycle registration can be done in 2 ways in the City of Minneapolis
1.  The bike owner can call 311 with your contact information, bicycle serial number (located on bottom of crank shaft or on the fork supporting the handle bars), and other basic information. 

You only need to register once unless you need to update contact information or bicycle details or

2. Go on line to   to register.

YoungArts Finalist Announced

YoungArts Finalist Announced

Grace Abbot of Southwest High School is a YoungArts Finalist in Visual Arts and will Participate in 36th Annual National YoungArts Week in Miami, January 8 – 15, 2017.  

Abbot Joins 691 Outstanding Teenage Artists from 40 States and will receive awards, mentorship and professional development opportunities.  

Congratulations Grace!

Southwest High School is OPEN Wednesday, November 23.

Southwest High School


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This is for Southwest High School ONLY.  The other schools in the Minneapolis School District will be closed on this day.

This is a make-up day for starting one-week later due to construction.

SW Grad Enrolled In Kent State University

Kent State, Ohio

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Southwest Debate Team on a Roll with Winning Ways

Southwest Debate Wins Again!

Cole Mitchell-Graber and Madhav Singh

Cougar Mankato Invitational Debate Tournament

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Southwest Foundation Give to the MAX oday and Thank You

Give to the Max to Southwest!

Today is Give to the Max Day! 

Please help Southwest High School with a gift to the Southwest Foundation's 2015-16 Annual Campaign.

The Southwest Foundation's Annual Campaign goal this year is $111,000, and we need the help of every family, alum, and friend of Southwest High School to reach it. We are hoping to raise $25,000 toward our goal on Give to the Max Day. Your gift will support academics, athletics, and the arts for every student at Southwest.  

Your gift today can help us meet a challenge match, too. A generous group of families of Seniors at Southwest has pledged a $1325 match--if we can get 40 new donors on Give to the Max Day! 

If you are a new donor, give now!

If you are already a supporter, give again this year and your donation may win us a Golden Ticket worth $1,000. 

GiveMN's hourly random Golden Ticket drawings will add $1,000 to the winning individual donation! If you really want to increase our odds, give more than once! Two years ago, we won a Golden Ticket with a gift in the last hour of the day.

This year there will also be two $10,000 Golden Tickets! Please consider giving often on Give to the Max Day to increase our chances of winning a Golden Ticket!

Whether you are a new supporter or a longtime one, we truly appreciate your contribution and your help in meeting our match and our goal to support Southwest! Please forward this email to friends and family!

Help us meet the match and give Southwest's students the educational experiences, equipment, and supplies they need! 
How Your Contribution Will Help Southwest High School:
The Southwest Foundation funds academics, athletics and the arts at Southwest. In athletics, it gives grants for equipment and programs that will benefit all athletes. Go Lakers!
The Southwest Foundation supports athletics -- here, a great catch vs. Washburn!

Your donation will also provide:
  • math equipment and supplies and exam fees
  • books and curriculum
  • school clubs and activities
  • support for a new athletic first aid cart to better help injured athletes on the field
  • ACT preparation classes
  • 9th and 10th grade play, guest artists, guest actors
  • field trips, classroom supplies, and all supplies for homeless students
  • the Link Crew student mentorship program
  • the 9th Grade Academy to promote community and school spirit
  • equipment and supplies for the student-run coffee shop, run by special education students
  • Project Success to help students dream and plan for their futures 
  • technical personnel to support assemblies, classes, rehearsals, and performances in the Auditorium
  • a Wellness Day and activities throughout the year to focus on student mental and emotional well being

Every kid counts, every dream counts, every dollar counts.   
Click here to donate right now!

Thank you for supporting academics, the arts and athletics at Southwest High School--and, most of all, our great kids.

Give to the Max!