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Congratulations to Nordic

Thursday was a very exciting day for the Southwest Nordic Teams. Both the Boys and the Girls teams won the Section 2 Championships and are off to State! The boys will be racing for a three-peat title and the girls will be seeking their first state title. Join the Nordic team Thursday, February 15th at 7:45 a.m., in the Commons, for their send-off to State.


Art Shanty

Southwest High School has representation at the art shanty projects on Lake Harriet.  The Revolution 180 team of 12th graders has created the Revolution Shanty, which is the culmination of the work done in Creative Writing and Art in the Community classes. The Revolution Shanty looks at the concept of revolution through art, photography, and poetry.  Students looked at Revolution in terms of Personal, Local, and National terms.   Come write your own revolution poems and look at  the Minnesota Revolutionary walls of Fame. 


February Music Concert Series

Monday February 12th at 7pm - Band Concert featuring the Lake Harriet and Anthony 8th Grade Bands

Tuesday February 13th at 7pm - Orchestra Concert featuring the Lake Harriet MS Orchestra

Saturday February 24th  The All-State Choirs, Bands, and Orchestra will feature over 15 Southwest music students on Saturday February 24th at Orchestra Hall


Saturday, February 10th is a Student & Family Workshop

Starting at 9am at SWHS, families can choose from academic & college planning sessions including: IB Diploma and Career-Related programmes, academic planning, course registration information, and college search/selective colleges information. All are invited and there will be Spanish and Somali interpretation available, too. Info here:

Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will be registering (completing cards) during the school day with counselors the week of February 12- 15.


Southwest Baseball Agra Culture Fundraiser

Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.  at Agra Culture, 3717 West 50th St, Mpls

Join the Southwest Baseball team at our favorite neighborhood restaurant to enjoy Agra Culture's fresh and unique take on breakfast, lunch, and dinner! A portion of all sales goes to support the players and coaches of the Southwest Baseball team.


Boys Basketball Fundraiser at Chipotle on Excelsior Blvd.

Show your team spirit by dining at Chipotle for a fundraiser to support Southwest’s boys basketball.  Come in to the Chipotle at 3040 Excelsior Blvd. in Minneapolis on Monday February 12th between 5-9pBring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Southwest High School Basketball Boosters.  Thank you!  Go Lakers!


Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) Meeting moved ONE WEEK LATER than planned: 2/20/18

     The next PTSO sponsored Multicultural Meal is rescheduled for Tuesday February 20th in the Commons, 6 - 8 pm. Great food, great people, and a great way to spend an evening! 

     Students will present recent EQUITY developments, which include the new gender neutral bathrooms at SW. Please come join the fun!

     We changed our meeting because the original date, Tuesday February 13th, is the School Board Meeting addressing the budget.  Board meetings are held in the Assembly Room at the Educational Services Center, 1250 W. Broadway Ave.


Please help us feed our teachers and staff before the conference next Thursday, Feb. 15th. 
Drop off any food donations during the day anytime before 2 pm and leave in the office conference room.  Thank you.  Financial donations are welcome as well, checks to SWHS PTSO.


Wallin Education Partners Scholarship is Open (deadline February 15, 2018)!
The Wallin Education Partners Scholarship is a 4-year renewable, $4000/year scholarship. Eligible students  must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; 19 ACT; plan to attend a 4-yr, not-for-profit in MN, IA, SD, ND, WI or any Historically Black College or University (HBCUs) immediately after high school (no gap year); and have a family taxable income of $75,000 or less, low-to-moderate assets, and have financial need with regard to financial aid. Apply here.


Men’s Tennis Captain’s Practice

Southwest Men's Tennis captains practices have begun. They are held Sunday evenings at Inner City Tennis on 40th and Nicollet. Times vary slightly based on court availability, so please contact captain Strom Keehn at for specific times. 


Southwest Math Department to host American Mathematics Competition

Thanks to a generous grant from the Southwest Foundation, the Southwest Math Department (represented by David McMayer for this competition) will offer opportunities for students to complete the American Mathematics Competition Exam. We will run the exam from 3:15 – 4:30 on two days; Wednesday February 7, and Thursday February 15. Most students who are interested opt to take the exam on one of those two available times, but it is possible to sign up for both dates.

The AMC 10/12 Exams are the first round of a national competition. The top 2.5% of all AMC 10 scorers and the top 5% of all AMC 12 scorers qualify for the second round of the competition. The competition eventually goes through a few more rounds, eventually deciding which students will represent the United States in the International Olympiads for Mathematics.

At Southwest, we also honor top scorers each year from our school. Their record of achievements are immortalized on a plaque on the wall outside of the math office! Go Lakers!

Contact David McMayer at if you are interested. We only have a few spots remaining for each of the dates, so don’t delay.


Learn to Code at Walker Library

Saturday, February 17 from 3-4:30 pm.  Free event for kids ages 11-18. No experience necessary. Register online to reserve your spot and bring your laptop and charger. Event sponsored by Southwest Coder Dojo.


REMINDER: AP Test Registration is now open until Monday, February 19th

To register your student for an AP test online go to Total Registration. For more information about AP tests go to:

The college board has more information online on their website: If you have any questions please contact: Lisa Ledman at


Join MUS Ultimate!  Everyone is welcome. Learn to throw. Have fun!

Spring Season Information and Forms avail. on SWHS website (under Activities- Ultimate Frisbee) or email Indoor Practice Thurs. Feb. 15, 7:15-9:15, West Gym / Thurs., Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m., East Gym. Everyone is welcome on MÜS, and everyone plays.


The Nation’s Report Card:
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

A select group of Seniors have been invited to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
The NAEP provides us invaluable information regarding how you and your peers are doing compared to other students across the nation. When you participate, you are helping to inform decisions about how to improve the U.S. education system. Your participation can and often does lead to change.
Those selected for NAEP can test themselves and answer real assessment questions for different subject areas. Southwest Seniors who participate will be rewarded with a special Pizza Party Luncheon to be held at a later date.

Follow the links for more info about the NAEP.


Southwest Math Team Update

The Southwest Math Team is now ranked 12th in the entire state, up from 16th place before our last competition. Way to go, Lakers!  
There are 172 teams in the state.  The team has their last regular season competition at Southwest on February 12.  At the end of the season, the Southwest Math Team will participate in the State Tournament held at South St. Paul High School on March 12. This will be the twelfth consecutive state tournament appearance for Southwest.


Tuesday, Feb 27 OFFICIAL ACT with Writing for Juniors
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, juniors will take an official ACT Test at Southwest during the school day. Students and families do not need to register for this test; juniors are automatically registered.  Juniors will meet with school counselors on Tuesday, February 6th during their social studies class to complete the pre-test forms. This is the date (2/6) when juniors can select 4 colleges to receive their official 2/27 ACT scores for FREE. (Sending ACT scores after the 2/27 test date will cost approximately $13 for each college or scholarship program that needs to receive test scores.) More information here:  (hyperlink:


Get Ready for the ACT!  Excellent online Practice exams!

·         ACT and other Test Preparation (LearningExpress)



Find out what’s happening behind the scenes at SW!
Follow SW Leadership Council’s Committees’ Progress on our new Summary Here


Southwest Baseball Fundraiser - a benefit concert by Tim Mahoney

     Please join the Southwest Baseball Boosters at our spring fundraiser - a benefit concert by Minnesota musician, Tim Mahoney, along with dinner and silent auction - on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

     The baseball program relies on this fundraiser to pay for important things like equipment and coach salaries (we wouldn't be able to have a C team without Baseball Booster funds). Join us to support Southwest Baseball - and enjoy the company of other SW parents, great music and great food.

Please visit for details and to purchase tickets.


Drug and Alcohol Parent Information Night - March 8th

Andria Botzet from the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry will be conducting a workshop for parents on March 8, 2018 from 5-6:30.  This will be a parent info night about high school student drug and alcohol use trends.


2018 Yearbook

·      Absolute last Call for Senior Photos

·      Order your book Now!  It's the only way to guarantee you will get a copy!

·      Parents, if you wish to purchase and Ad for Grads, are created online.  If you want to honor your graduate with special message


CityWide Student Leadership Board

The Community Engagement Committee is hoping to plan a districtwide event form 9th-12th grade MPS students in spring of 2018. Please give us your feedback!!  MPS CityWide Event Survey


Power of You (POY) application now available (deadline March 28, 2018)!
The POY program is both a scholarship that covers up to 72 credits as well as an advising/support program. Eligible students will enroll directly in Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) in the fall following graduation, meet the criteria to and apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA), have a family (students and parents) adjusted gross income cap of $75,000. Apply now at (Note: the POY program is also available at St. Paul College. More info can be found at:


The KENDAMA is club finally here.

We will meet every Wednesday after school in Mr. Fresco’s room, W-319. Bring your kendama if you have one, or just come. We have kendamas for you to start. No experience necessary. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Fresco or Mrs. Rittler.


Complete Your FAFSA NOW!!!

ALL seniors are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opened on October 1st. Nearly all colleges will use this information to determine eligibility for grants, low-interest loans, and work study. Sooner is better!


Do you need to complete the CSS Profile?

Seniors, in addition to the FAFSA, around 200 institutions also require the CSS profile, an additional financial aid form typically used by private liberal arts institutions. The CSS profile is often do at or around the time of the application, so be sure to check! MN institutions:  Carleton, Gustavus, Macalester, and St. Olaf. The list of participating schools and the application.


Southwest DJ Club

The SW DJ Club meets after school on Thursdays in room N152. The Club DJ’d the home volleyball games and the 9th-grade Dance this year so far.

Advisors: Paul Porter & Gabriel Pass


Japanese Culture Club

The Japanese Culture Club meets Wednesdays from 3:10 to 4:30 in Room W322.  If you are interested in Japanese Culture, Japanese Food, Japanese movies/amine, or J-Quiz (Japanese language competition for high school students), please join us!


Drivers Ed, ACT Prep & College Financial Planning with Southwest Community Education:

We are pleased to offer the following courses for Southwest students!

The following courses are open for enrollment at or by visiting our office (room 101) or calling 612-668-3100:

Drivers Ed:

FULL - Course DRE-74000-W18-SW on Feb 5 - Feb 22 (M-Th) from 3:15-6:15pm -FULL

Course DRE-74000-S18-SW on Apr 10 - Apr 26 (M-Th) from 3:15-6:15pm

Cost is $125 for 30 hours (10) 3 hour courses of classroom instruction.


College Financial Planning for Families

Course AE-71000-W18-SW Monday Feb 5 from 7-8:30pm



 SWHS Student and Family Directory

The PTSO uses a secure online system for the student and family directory. Note that this is independent of the SWHS/MPS registration system, and your data needs to be updated annually. The directory is available on your computer and/or mobile device and has many convenient features such as searching, creating a favorites list, showing maps, and printing custom versions.

This directory is ONLY available to current SWHS families who have opted in to the system and have confirmed their data. YOU MUST CLICK THIS LINK TO CONFIRM YOUR DATA IF YOU WANT ACCESS TO THE DIRECTORY FOR 2017-2018:

Once your membership is confirmed, you should receive an email message with login information.  

If you’ve already signed up for the directory, log in at or download the MySchoolAnywhere app on your smartphone. You can update your information at any time during the year to keep it current.

Email with any questions.