Southwest PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association)

The SW PTSA is considering the advisability of dissolving its charter with the state and national PTA and becoming an independent organization. If you were a member during the 2014-15 school year and continue to be a member, we need your vote. If you are not a member, but are interested in being involved in informing the parent mission at Southwest, we need your input!

Again, we are postponing this meeting due to lack of interest and limited availability of officers. We will try again to hold an official membership vote on dissolution on Tuesday, November 10th (5:00-6:30) in accordance with article V of the bylaws. (This date was changed from October to November.)

Parent / Student Directory

The Southwest High School PTSA is pleased to announce that we're moving to a secure online system for the SWHS Student and Family directory this 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 in to 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.

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


Please read the President's letter to PTSA Members to learn more about what we do!
The Southwest Mental Health Committee leader is June Thiemann. Please contact June if you would like to be involved in our Wellness Fair in December (or in the committee in general) at 612-928-0639 or        _____________________________________
We need your membership! Join the PTSA for $25. SIGN UP Here
  • 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: March 10, 2015 Making the Most of Summer (see below)
  • Done: 2014-2015 PTSA SPEAKER SERIES 7:00 p.m.


    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