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Southwest PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization)

Hello from the Southwest Parent Teacher Student Organization: Welcome to 2nd Quarter of 2016-17!

This year, we opted to drop our charter with the state and national PTA, and have become an independent PTSO.

Whether you were a member of the SW PTSA, or have donated money, time, or goods, we want you to know that we have done some great things with what you provide to us:

Thanks to the generosity of our Southwest Community, we have outfitted highly mobile students with cold weather gear, backpacks, school supplies, and sports equipment they needed to participate fully in school activities. We raised special funds for a laptop computer, continuously stock our in-school free store, outfit classrooms and study hall with tissues, cleansing wipes, and other basic needs; provide meals for teachers on long conference days, and hosted guest speakers on topics relevant to parenting teens.

Whether you were a member of our former PTSA or are interested in the work we do now, THANK YOU. We rely on your ongoing donations of time, money, and goods. Southwest High School's newly unaffiliated Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is able to continue to do good works thanks to you and all you do.

~Kirsten Mair, PTSA Chair 2016 & SW Foundation Board Member


The SW PTSA is now an independent PTSO.  On October 11 2016, we dissolved our charter with the state and national PTA and became an independent organization (PTSO). If you were a member of the SW PTSA and want to continue to support the MN and National PTA, please see their webpages for more information.

To continue to support Parents, Teachers and Students at Southwest, please donate to the Southwest Foundation (, on our SW Directory page (link below), or directly through the SW Volunteer Coordinator, Janice Peterson. We will be focusing our efforts on "WELLNESS @SOUTHWEST" with parent June Thiemann leading various programs throughout the coming year.

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


The Southwest Mental Health and Wellness Committee leader is June Thiemann.
Please contact June if you would like to be involved in any of our Wellness Fair Events throughout the year or on the Wellness Committee at 612-928-0639 or


Parent / Student Directory

The Southwest High School PTSO is pleased to announce that we moved to a secure online system for the SWHS Student and Family directory last 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 into 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.  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 SWHS PTSO to support the directory.


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