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The Last of School for Southwest Students is June 6

Please note other MPS schools may have different last days depending on their individual status.

All staff (licensed & non-licensed) will participate in on site professional development on June 7&8, 2018.  Grading day (last day) for teachers is June 11, 2018.

Spring Concerts Galore!

·         Monday May 21st - Dance at the Lake Harriet Bandshell - 7pm

·         Tuesday May 22nd - Guitar at Southwest - 7pm

·         Wednesday May 23rd - Choir at the Lake Harriet Bandshell - 7pm

·         Thursday May 24th - Band and Orchestra Pops Concert Picnic at Lake Harriet Bandshell - 7pm

·         Wednesday May 30th - Jazz Ensembles at Lake Harriet Bandshell - 7pm


Visitor and Student Parking

Parking at Southwest is available on the streets around Southwest. All parking lots surrounding Southwest are school permit parking only (including CenturyLink). Please be aware of city-posted parking restrictions on 47th Street, Abbott, Beard, Chowen and Drew Avenues. Beard Avenue and Beard Circle to 46th Street are also restricted (read the signs for specific times). And remember, please respect our neighbors,


Safety Corner

On 5/9/18 we had a brief magnetic lock outage that was resolved by the electrical department.


Hello Southwest Students!

Spring has finally arrived! Please be sure to adhere to our dress code which is outlined in your student planner.

Appropriate Dress:

We expect our students to dress in a manner that exudes academic scholarship and is aligned with goals of career and college readiness which will prepare them for their future as a professional.  We believe one of the skills that will prepare students for professionalism is the skill of personal presentation and appearance.  We strive for students to always present themselves as academic scholars and we want them to make wise decisions as we make every effort to be the best high school and expect our students to look and act the part.


Learn to Code at Walker Library!

Saturday, May 19 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.


Online Credit Recovery Spring Deadlines

ALL STUDENTS: credit recovery courses must be completed by May 31st to earn credit.

SENIORS: if you are still working on online ALC Credit recovery courses, you may continue to work until the 31st deadline but these courses may not count toward the 20.75 needed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Email your counselor if you have any questions about your graduation status/credit count!

Contact your credit recovery teacher or Sarah Sandgren right away with any questions.



Please be aware of the following dates:

·         May 25, 2018 - MPS Online Classes END 

·         May 29 & 30, 2018 - Senior Finals

·         May 31, 2018  - Graduation Rehearsal  (9:30am @SWHS Auditorium)

·         June 2, 2018 - Graduation  (4:30 P.M. @Mariucci Arena-U of Minnesota)


Parents and Students Needed!
We need ALL students and parents to help shape our school community and practices. If you have a passion for change, a vision for our school, or if you feel underrepresented, underappreciated, or don’t have a voice, then make yours heard!

Please email with your name, best contact info, and a list of interests/passions/or suggestions.


Student Rep needed for Leadership Council – Deadline Extended!!!

Students are now able to apply to serve as Student Representative on the Leadership Council. Please visit the Southwest webpage for a description of the position and details about applying. The application will be due May 25. Please reach out to outgoing Student Representative Isaac Van Wert with any questions


Palmisano Presents: Community Meeting May 23
Community Long Range Planning Meeting 7pm in the Commons Area


Southwest Math Team

Congratulations to Mark Pekala and Rachel Springer. They have both earned a spot on the 2018 MN All-State Math Team  They will travel to the University of Iowa to take part in a National Competition on June 2. 

With over 3800 students involved in the math league activities in Minnesota, it is quite an accomplishment to be selected to be part of the top sixty students in the state. We are very proud of both of them!

Summer School – It’s Time to Register!

The registration deadline for Summer School 2018 is Friday, May 25. If you need to recover credits for graduation, you need to register for summer school! 

·      Summer School is offered at 3 locations this summer: South, Edison, or Wilder (Wilder only for EL students and TAPPP students)

·      There are two Summer School sessions: June 18 – July 3 and July 9 – July 26

·      Summer School runs Mondays – Thursdays (no Fridays), from 8:30am – 12:40pm

Students can recover up to 2 quarters of credit per Summer School session (to total up to 0.5 credit each session, or 1.0 credit if a student attends both sessions). Courses are offered in face-to-face format, or online/computer-based (online option only for 11th and 12th grade students). There are also additional experiential, field trip Summer School options that students needing Science or English credit recovery can choose to participate in. Contact your Counselor for more information.


2018 MCA Testing is going on now!

Subject areas and grade levels are as follows (click on the class link for student tutorials):

·      Reading      10th Grade

·      Math           11th Grade

·      Science       Any students who need to complete instruction in Life Science

Student tutorials must be viewed prior to test day. A login is not required.

Further details regarding MCA scheduling are being worked out.

Contact Jamez Smith, School Assessment Coordinator with any questions or concerns - 612.668.3110


Your Senior doesn’t want to miss the party. Register them today

     You may be wondering, “Where is this overnight ‘Anchors Away’ graduation party? And is it safe?” Good questions. This year the party is at the Chaska Community Center. All graduates MUST use the bus transportation to and from SWHS. Before boarding the busses, students check in using their student ID. No drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or e-cigs allowed. Parents chaperone the buses and party venue all night long (We need you. See info below.)and medical personnel and life guards will be on hand. This plan keeps our kids off the roads and safe in a secure and chaperoned environment. All they have to do is focus on having fun all night long with their classmates. 

     Tickets are $60 and can be purchases on line ( or with cash or check with the paper registration form (also available in Spanish and Somali). Forms were mailed with graduation information in April. They are also available in the main office, on the SW web page, at this link, or by emailing are available; contact May 25. 


Parent volunteers REALLY needed for the “Anchors Away” Graduation Party

This SWHS annual tradition is planned, hosted, run, and chaperoned by SW parents. We need YOU to get involved to make this year’s party another great one for our graduating seniors. All parents and guardians are welcome. Parents of younger students, this is your chance to pay it forward! It’s fun and the night goes quickly. Shifts are generally from 10:30-2:00 and 2:00-4:30. Duties include serving food to appreciative graduates and chaperoning game and activity areas. Not a night owl? Help with bus check-in at the school or set up at the venue. Sign up today at This year’s party is at the Chaska Community Center from 10:30pm to 4:30am. (Note that all students MUST use the transportation to and from SWHS for security reasons.)


Sailing Team Update
Due to a record late Ice-Out on Bde Maka Ska, the Southwest Sailing Team finally had their first regatta of the season on May 5th at the Minneapolis Sailing Center.  3 teams of Southwest Sailors competed against 14 other teams from schools around the Twin Cities.  Under sunny skies and warm weather, the Southwest teams started the day slow and showed some rust after the long winter.  As the day went on, the teams found their groove and finished strong with two of the three teams finishing in the Top 7. 


The Southwest Sailing Team competes in both the spring and fall seasons.  Interested students can participate in either (or both) seasons.  More information.


Travel to Iceland!

Students have a great opportunity to learn and grow as global citizens through this fantastic travel opportunity for 7 days in August of 2019.  Geysers, glaciers, geology and waterfalls.  Sound interesting?  Come to an informational meeting at 6:00pm on May 17th, in room E101 here at Southwest High School.  Contact Mr. Linne at to RSVP or to find out more about this amazing trip or meeting.


Come To Code Day!  May 26 and 27th!

Anyone who enjoys coding and making apps or is interested in learning how should come to the annual Code Day event hosted by SPS commerce, May 26th-27th. The Southwest Code Club will be sending an informal "team" of people to go and make something cool together, so if you're interested in tagging along (no experience necessary) contact us at More information about the event and registration can be found at their website,


Girls and Swimming and Diving Meeting May 30th

The girls swimming and diving team will be having a team meeting in room E115 at 3:30 on Wednesday May 30th.  Any girl interested in being part of the Southwest Swimming and Diving Team for the fall 2018 season should plan to attend. 


Robotics Day with Minnesota United FC - Saturday, July 14 - 7:00

Come join the rest of the Robotics community at a Minnesota United FC Match! FIRST Lego League Jr, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Robotics Competition, along with college teams will be in attendance. All are welcome.

Reserve your discounted tickets by June 30.


Are you a teen interested in health?
The Minneapolis School Based Clinics are looking for students to serve on the Teen Health Empowerment Council next school year. Learn about different health topics, become a peer educator, and develop your leadership and communication skills while earning service hours!  We are currently accepting applications online at: Target gift cards and dinner are provided at each meeting. For more information, e-mail


Australia and New Zealand Trip: Summer 2019

I am pleased to announce a trip of a lifetime opportunity for students and parents to travel to Australia and New Zealand next summer. If you are interested in the tour, please contact Robert Kohnert at For tour details or to enroll, please go to:


The KENDAMA is club finally here.

We meet every MONDAY, (NOT Wednesdays anymore) 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.


Southwest Ed Community Ed is pleased to offer the following to our Laker Students:

Drivers Education Classroom Instruction ($125):

·      June 16 to June 29, 8:45am - 11:45am

·      June 16 to June 29, 12:45pm to 3:45pm

·      July 9 to July 20, 8:45am - 11:45am

·      July 9 to July 20, 12:45pm to 3:45pm



AUDITION for Minneapolis Community Education’s “The Wizard of Oz”

Open to students entering 11th grade and older,  college students and adults of all ages.


·      “This is not your grandmother’s Wizard of Oz! Step off the 1939 MGM studio lot and join us as we travel the yellow brick road through a dystopian adventure of Orwellian proportions.”

·      Audition Tues, May 29 or Wed, May 30 from 5-8:15 pm

·      Callbacks Thurs, May 31 from 6-9 pm held at Justice Page Middle School, 1 West 49th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Please prepare a short song to sing without accompaniment.

Be prepared to move and do a cold reading.   Rehearsals are Mon-Thurs, 6-9pm at Justice Page.


Performances are held at Southwest High School’s Auditorium

July 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm and July 15 & 21 at 2:00 pm