PTSA 2014-15: another year of excellence at Southwest
Please read the President's letter to PTSA Members to learn more about what we do!
The Southwest Mental Health Brainstorm Committee
Will be hosting a parent gathering on St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) in order to have fun and share resources.  7-ish-8:30 at 5153 Beard Ave. S. All parents welcome, but please let us know you're coming!
Please bring your tips, experiences, and questions as we explore the topic of:
“What can we do to make an impact?”   
Refreshments provided. R.S.V.P. to June Thiemann at 612-928-0639 or


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  • Done: October 28, 2014-- Project Success Director of Curriculum Jason Brown on Motivation, Study Skills and Self EsteemSee this recent article: Project Success Finds Academics and Soft Skills are not Either Or and see the link to the night's power point presentation "southwest_parent_night..." at the bottom of this webpage.
  • Done: January 13, 2015-- Make Good Choices: Respectful Guidance & Engagement on topics of Substance Use, Sexuality, & Impulse Control. Parenting adolescents can be an incredible experience. The pleasure of co-starring in one of the most memorable periods of their lives can bring about a sense of purpose and pride as well as be intimidating and cause one to feel like an innocent bystander. While there is no handbook for parenting, there are some strategies that can be used to maintain the parent-child relationship during this fragile time as well as enable a parent to use their own experiences to demonstrate real life consequences of decisions. Please join us for an open dialogue about the up’s and down’s of parenting a teen and how both parties can come out closer and stronger than ever! See also the Southwest student newspaper "The Anchor" for the November 4th article on mental health resources at Southwest.
  • Done: 2014-2015 PTSA SPEAKER SERIES 7:00 p.m. in the Black Box 

    Come join us for the SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL PTSA SPEAKER EVENT featuring


    Making the Most of Summer:  Productive Fun through Volunteerism, Community Engagement and Service Learning
    Presented by: Zeeda Magnusson and Rose Maanum from HandsOn Twin Cities

    Date:                              Tuesday, March 10

    Time:                              7:00 PM

    Location:                         SWHS Black Box Theater

    About HandsOn Twin Cities (

    HOTC is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and facilitating meaningful volunteerism, education and leadership development in the Twin Cities Metro Area.  This effort is continuing the outstanding volunteerism in Minneapolis and St. Paul; which has again ranked #1 in the nation for volunteerism.  Building on 95 years of experience as the Nation’s first Volunteer Center, HandsOn Twin Cities and 300 plus affiliates give communities the opportunities to Be the Change. 

*************Past dates and speaker content*************

PDF Parent Meetings 2014-15   --  Informational meetings held throughout the year and sponsored by Administration, Counseling, IB and PTSA.
PDF Parent Speaker Series provided by PTSA 2013-14   --  Guest speakers on parenting teen issues supported by PTSA funds. Open to all parents, students and staff.
PDF Dr. Anne Gearity - Developing Self Reliance and Resiliency in Teens   --  Power point of the Jan 14, 2014 presentation made by Dr. Gearity to parents and staff at SWHS PTSA meeting
PDF 14Jan2014SecretaryNotesPresentation   --  Notes of Dr. Anne Gearity's presentation, taken by Mark Peterson, PTSA secretary 2013-2014.
PDF PTSA Guest Speaker Series 2012-13   --  Flyer re: PTSA meetings and guest speakers for 2012-13. Speaker titles and descriptions of talk