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2017-18 PTSO
We get great returns with just a small investment from many of you. If you can volunteer, please contact the SW Volunteer Coordinator.

Your generous donations and volunteer time enable us to work toward our mission to:

  • promote the well-being of Southwest students at school and at home;

  • bring parents, teachers and staff together to support students;

  • advocate for excellence at Southwest;

  • promote our value to the SW community and attract local partnerships and support.

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Parents have a newly unique opportunity, not only to volunteer/donate, but to set a high standard for our school governance and provide much needed support to teachers, admin, and staff as Southwest's still-developing Leadership Council (LC) forms its standard practices and protocols of our Community Partnership School (CPS).

Please join us!
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PTSO encourages parents to attend Leadership Council meetings to stay informed and to populate committees, sub-committees, and task-forces which make important decisions for our school.

Parents officially have two seats on the LC (Parent seats on the PTSO Board and on the Leadership Council are chosen each May), but meetings are open, and the more dedicated the team of parents attending, the better we can effect positive change at our school.
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The PTSO board member list is HERE, along with access to important documents and leadership opportunities.

Our PTSO Chair is also a Leadership Council Parent Representative, with our co-chair as alternate/sub. ANYONE can attend PTSO & Leadership Council meetings.

Parents, please attend a meeting to understand how our school works!
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The SW Leadership Council page is HERE.
You will find basic information about the Leadership Council plus up-to-date links to agenda, minutes, and members.

The Leadership Council (LC) is the governing body of the school under the Community Partnership School (CPS) agreement with the district and teachers union. It decides the basics, like budget, calendar, curricula, and also the more ephemeral like school culture and equity work.
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Our Mental Health and Wellness Committee leader is June Thiemann. Please contact June if you would like to be involved in any of our Wellness Events throughout the year or to join the Wellness Committee. 612-928-0639 or june@visi.com

If you are interested in helping us find or arrange a guest speaker relevant to parenting teens, please contact June!
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Parent / Student Directory

The Southwest High School PTSO is pleased to announce that we have moved to a secure online system for the SWHS Student and Family directory.  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.  If you are returning to SW, 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 or download the MySchoolAnywhere app on your smartphone.

Please also consider making a donation to the SW PTSO to support directory costs.
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*************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