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.
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 (www.handsontwincities.org):
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.
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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 and anxiety.
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