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SW thrives with your help. If you can volunteer, please contact the SW Volunteer Coordinator.

Please join us! Committees meet early mornings of every "late-start" 7:45-9:45 am (2nd Thursdays of each month.)

If you can't make a morning meeting, you can learn more about all committees online HERE!


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 have two voting seats on the LC and up to three alternates (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.

Recruitment for all Family/Parent Leadership within the school begins in March! Want to get involved? email


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.

The SW Leadership Council page is HERE.
You will find basic information about the Leadership Council plus up-to-date links to agenda, minutes, members, and committees
Make sure to check all the tabs! (found at the bottom of Google spreadsheets).

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.

Our Mental Health and Wellness Committee leader is June Thiemann. 
Our big 2018 Wellness event was Thursday, March 8, a late start day, from 7:45-9:30 am. Wellness also hosts Bread & Jam, music and snacks every Friday morning before school!

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

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

Parent / Student Directory

The Southwest High School PTSO hosts 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 or download the MySchoolAnywhere app on your smartphone.

Please also consider making a donation to the SW PTSO to support directory costs. (a donation can be made on the myschoolanywhere directory website, or you can send a check to the school with a memo noting "for SW PTSO." Thank you!


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