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  Parent/teen communication
At the January PTSA meeting, Kathleen McCartin offered five easy suggestions toimprove communication with your teenager. Follow the link on the Parent Page at

Want to keep up to date with advocacy efforts and opportunities to have your
concerns voiced? Join the web-based discussion group “Southwest High School
Advocacy Updates” at
or go to the Southwest Parent Page and click on Advocacy.

 Education committee meeting—you’re invited
Want to experience a state House of Representatives session in a neighborhood?
Attend the K-12 Education Committee meeting at the Minneapolis Urban League office next Tuesday night, January 30th. Sign up for Southwest High School Advocacy Updates above to receive up-to-date information about meeting times and locations.

The district wants your input
Parents, you can help the District understand future technology needs for the 2008-2011
 District Technology Plan. Go to to complete a simple but helpful survey.

 Thank you parents!
Several parents have stepped in to help support the newly created “Supply Store” for teachers.
 Our volunteer coordinator, Karen Spirov, identified the classroom supplies that teachers most frequently purchase with their own funds: white board markers, pencils, pens, paper, tissues, etc.With the help of parent donations and PTSA funds, Karen is stocking these supplies for teachersin the volunteer center. Many teachers have already been “shopping” and have expressed their appreciation for this support. To find out more, follow the Supply Store link on the Volunteering section of the Parent Page at

 PTSA asks you
We would like to know what you think about Governor Pawlenty’s proposal for Minnesota high schools. Check out the “PTSA Asks You” link on the Parent Page at

 March PTSA Meeting
PTSA Meeting Tuesday March 20 at 7PM. This meeting will be co-hosted by the Reduce the Use Committee. SWHS parents will showcase new initiatives designed to support families regarding teen substance use.

Thanks to So Many!