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.
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 (southwestfoundation.org), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://myschoolanywhere.com.
Please also consider making a donation to the SWHS PTSA to support the directory.
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The SW PTSA is aiming to erase stigma and raise awareness of mental health issues, and encourage open dialogue about reducing stress, coping with challenges, and maintaining mental health.
We have arranged for a variety of approaches focused on depression, anxiety, social and gender inclusivity, and racial justice.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists "Facts for Families" Facts on Anxiety Disorders, Depression & Eating Disorders
Anywhere Anytime Crisis Text Line: 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (TALK)
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS? TXT4Life: text LIFE to 61222
PACER Bully Prevention
Child Crisis Response: if you or a child/young person you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call the Crisis Response provider in your community.
Evidence-based resources regarding ADHD. Call or email the school clinic for additional resources.
Dr. Russell Barkley
Council for Exceptional Education
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Adler, L (2006) Scattered Minds: Hope and help for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders
Barkley, R.A. (2005). Taking Charge of ADHD: The complete authoritative guide for parents.
Fowler, M. (2002) CHADD Educators Manual
Fowler, Mary Cahill (2001). Maybe you know my teen: A parents guide to adolescents with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J. (2006) Delivered from Distraction: Getting the most out of life with Attention Deficit Disorder