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WELCOME/BIENVENIDOS/SOO DHAWOW to the 2018-19 School Year!


At Southwest High School the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) helps families connect to each other and to the school. We welcome you-- and our new principal, Dr. Michael Favor-- to the 2018-19 school year. Dr. Favor will need everyone's help to support our students. As he says, "The students are listening and watching us".  Join us to create a community of parents to listen and learn about what all our students and teachers need. This is a time to build a strong school community.



En la High School Southwest la Organización de Padres, Maestros y Estudiantes (PTSO por sus siglas en inglés) ayuda a familias a conectarse unas con las otras y también a la escuela. Le damos la bienvenida- y nuestro nuevo director, Dr. Michael Favor- al año escolar 2018-19. Dr. Favor va a necesitar la ayuda de todos para apoyar nuestros estudiantes. Como él dice, “Los estudiantes están escuchando y mirándonos.” Creamos una comunidad de padres para escuchar y aprender de las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes y maestros. Este es el tiempo para construir una escuela más fuerte. Construimos juntos nuestra comunidad.



Dugsiga sare ee Southwest urrurka iskaashiga waalidiinta ,macalimiinta,ardayda (PTSO) ururkaan waxaa uu caawinayaa isku xirnaanshaha dugsiga. Waxay ku soo dhaweeynayaan dugsiga— Maamulaha cusub, Dr. Michael Favor— sanad dugsiyeedkaan  2018-19. Dr. Favor waxaa uu doonayaa in uu ruux walba ka qeyb qaato sidii loo taageeri lahaa ardaydeena. Sida uu hadalka uu u dhahay, "Ardaydeenu waa ay na dhageysanayaan oo na fiirsanayaan."  Abuurida bulsho ay ka midka yihiin waalidiinta si ay u dhageystaan waxna uga ogaadaan waxa ay ardaydeenu iyo macalimiinteena u baahan yihiin. Waqtigaan hada waa in aqan ka shaqeynaa sidii aan ku dhisi laheyn bulshada dugsigeena. Aynu wada dhisno bulshadeena.

Para aprender más:

Favor de agregar su nombre a la lista de correo del PTSO: Favor de mandar un correo electrónico a con sus preguntas


Búscanos en Facebook:


Southwest Foundation @SouthwestFoundation

Southwest High School @mps.swhs

En el internet:

El sitio web de Southwest:

El sitio web del PTSO:

En Twitter @SWLakersPTSO

Wax badan ka ogoow:
Ku dar magacaaga ururkaan  PTSO si aad u hesho warbixinada:

Ku soo dir wixii su’aalo ah Email

waxaad naga heli kartaa barta. Facebook:


Southwest Foundation @SouthwestFoundation

Southwest High School @mps.swhs

Barta internetka:

Southwest’s Website:

PTSO Website:

On Twitter @SWLakersPTSO

To Learn More:
Add your name to the PTSO mailing list:

Email with your questions

Find us on Facebook:


Southwest Foundation @SouthwestFoundation

Southwest High School @mps.swhs

On the internet:

Southwest’s Website:

PTSO Website:

On Twitter @SWLakersPTSO


The Southwest Foundation (SWF)

The Southwest Foundation supplements school operations by facilitating strategic partnerships and opportunities for students.

Allocation of grant dollars stems directly from requests by administration, teachers and student organizations. We are the only organization fundraising to support academics at Southwest.
Our purpose is to raise money to support academic achievement as well as artistic and athletic opportunities, to provide scholarships to support post-secondary pursuits for graduating seniors, and to build and maintain relationships with alumni and the community.

Learn More:

Facebook page: Southwest High School Foundation


We are a Community Partnership School (CPS)! Southwest High School has a Leadership Council made up of staff, students, parents, and community members. You can get involved! The Committees of the Leadership Council need your help to make sure our school is working for everyone: 1. Calendar - Develop the master calendar for the school year to balance many school needs. 2. Communications - Help SWHS share information efficiently and equitably across diverse groups of people. 3.Curriculum - Make sure we follow IB principles and practices and develop master day-to-day schedule. 4. Positive School Wide Engagement - Maintain and promote a healthy culture in our school also includes Equity, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Beautification sub-committees. 5. Student Activities - Focuses on Athletics, Performing Arts, Student Clubs, Student Council, etc. Three other committees rely less on parents, but are equally as important, Professional Development, Budget LC Task Force, and Data Evaluation LC Task Force. It can be confusing, but we are here to help.  Get in touch with us at


Important Dates:

To meet teachers, find out more about classes, and get your questions answered, come to the 9th Grade Parent Information Night (9/13/18 5pm) followed by the 9-12th Grade Open House (also 9/13/18 6-8pm).


Join the PTSO in supporting student led initiatives on November 15th at a Multicultural Meal (yum!) and Student Speaker Event. 6:30 - 8:30 in the Commons.

Join teachers, students, and fellow parents at monthly BREAKFASTS on Thursday late starts (Committee Days!)

Do you have questions about how things work? Do you want to find out more about the school community? Do you enjoy pastries and coffee and easy parking?


October 11th is the first Community Breakfast at 7:30 am in the commons, committee meetings follow.

Volunteers needed:

Picture day    9/7 7:30-3:00  

Open house   9/13  6-8:30

Homecoming dance  9/22  

Picture day retakes   10/15  

PSAT test proctors    10/10

Teacher conference meal  10/16

IB orals   Week of 12/17

Teacher conference meal   2/14

IB testing proctor May dates TBA

Prom chaperones    5/3

Graduation cap and gown hand out 5/30

Find out more by adding your name to the SW Directory and PTSO mailing list:


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 is ongoing. Want to get involved? email


The PTSO board member list is HERE, along with access to important documents and leadership opportunities.

Our PTSO Chairs attend Leadership Council Meetings. 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 looking for new leadership. 
The Wellness team traditionally hosts Bread & Jam, music and snacks every Friday morning before school, occasionally also with reading/therapy dogs attending.

If you would like to be involved in any of our Wellness Events throughout the year or to join the Wellness Committee, let us know.

If you know of a guest speaker relevant to teen interests/parenting teens, please also contact us.

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!