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PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization)

The Leadership Team of the PTSO is poised to act as a group to attend Leadership Council meetings, populate committees, sub-committees, and task-forces. Parents officially have two seats on the council, but the meetings are open, and the more dedicated the Team, the better we can effect positive change at our school. 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. 

From the PTSO President:

We have a unique opportunity to set a high standard for our school governance and provide much needed support to teachers, admin, and staff as Southwest's Leadership Council forms its standard practices and protocols of our Community Partnership School (CPS).

Parent seats on the PTSO Board the Leadership Council were chosen this week. The link to our new Executive Board is HERE along with access to more links to important documents and leadership opportunities. Our PTSO Chair will join the Leadership Council as Parent Representative in 2017, with our co-chair as alternate/sub. ANYONE can attend these meetings. Parents, please attend to understand how our school works!


The 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 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     

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








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 or download the MySchoolAnywhere app on your smartphone.

Please also consider making a donation to the SWHS PTSO to support the directory.


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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