Join Southwest and the PTSA in making 2014-15 another year of excellence, connection and growth!
Hello from the Southwest Parent Teacher Student Association, and welcome to the second half of Southwest's 2014-2015 high school year!
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 have provided us! Thanks to the generosity of our Southwest Community, this year we have:
  • outfitted highly mobile students with the cold weather gear, backpacks, school supplies, and sports equipment they needed to participate fully in school activities-- we even raised special funds for a laptop computer.
  • stocked our in-school "free store," continuously outfitting classrooms and study hall with tissues, cleansing wipes, and other basic needs.
  • provided meals for teachers on long conference days (one more coming up February 12th), and hosted guest speakers on topics relevant to parenting teens (also one more, scheduled for March 10).
Whether you are already a member or are interested in the work we do, THANK YOU. We rely solely on membership dues and generous 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 2014-15


2014-2015 PTSA SPEAKER SERIES 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.

  • Done: October 28-- 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-- 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.

  • Next up: March 10-- Making the Most of Summer: Productive Fun through Volunteerism, Community Engagement, and Service Learning.

We need your membership! Join the PTSA for $25. SIGN UP Here

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