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Southwest PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association)

Hello from the Southwest Parent Teacher Student Association, and welcome to 1st semester 2016-17! If you are a member of the PTSA or have donated money, time, or goods, we want you to know that we have done some great things with what you provide to us:

Thanks to the generosity of our Southwest Community, we have outfitted highly mobile students with cold weather gear, backpacks, school supplies, and sports equipment that they needed to participate fully in school activities-- we raised special funds for a laptop computer, continuously stock our in-school free store, outfit classrooms and study hall with tissues, cleansing wipes, and other basic needs; provide meals for teachers on long conference days, and host guest speakers on topics relevant to parenting teens.

Whether you are already a member or are interested in the work we do, THANK YOU. We rely on your ongoing donations of time, money, and goods. Southwest High School's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is grateful to be doing good works thanks to you and all you do.

~Kirsten Mair, PTSA Chair 2016 & SW Foundation Board Member


The SW PTSA plans to dissolve its charter with the state and national PTA and becoming an independent organization (PTSO) at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. If you are a member and want to continue to support the MN and National PTA, please see their webpages for more information.

If you would like to participate in the vote to drop our charter with the PTA, the board will be meeting on Tuesday, October 11 in the Commons after school.

To continue to support Parents, Teachers and Students at Southwest, please donate to the Southwest Foundation (, on our SW Directory page (link below), or through the SW Volunteer Coordinator, Janice Peterson. We will be focusing our efforts on "WELLNESS @SOUTHWEST" with parent June Thiemann leading various programs throughout the coming year.


The Southwest Mental Health and Wellness Committee leader is June Thiemann.
Please contact June if you would like to be involved in any of our Wellness Fair Events throughout the year or on the Wellness Committee at 612-928-0639 or


Parent / Student Directory

The Southwest High School PTSA is pleased to announce that we moved to a secure online system for the SWHS Student and Family directory last year.  The directory is available online and has many convenient features such as mobile access, searching, creating a favorites list, showing maps, and printing custom versions.

This directory is ONLY available to current SWHS families who have opted into the system.  Your data has been imported from last year's directory, but you'll need to confirm that it's accurate and make any changes necessary (you can update your information at any time during the year to keep it current).  Please confirm your information ASAP. 

Simply click on this link to create an an account and review your family's data. Make any changes and save to update.  Within a few days you should receive an email confirmation with login information.  You can then access the directory by logging in at or download the MySchoolAnywhere app on your smartphone.

Please also consider making a donation to the SWHS PTSA to support the directory.


*************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