MPSHome Alumni Calendar Contact MyMPS
SWHS Weekly Update

Leadership Council Update

Southwest's official governing body as a Community Partnership School, the Leadership Council (made up of Parents, Teachers, Students, and Admin), started its committee formation process with SW staff on the morning of our first late-start day, October 12. 

Parents and students are now welcome to attend any committees they are interested in beginning next month during the morning of late start day, November 9, 7:30 - 10:00 am. For more information on Leadership Council and its committees, see Leadership Council Information here.


"Once Upon a Mattress"

Get your tickets now or at the door for the SWHS Footlight Musical.  This fun filled Main Stage performance runs October 12-14, 7:00pm. 

Click this link for tickets to Once Upon a Mattress


Early College Application Deadlines Looming

Seniors, October 15 and November 1, 2017 college application deadlines are fast approaching.  Please be mindful of this information as you are completing and submitting your college applications.  If you have questions, please email your counselor and/or stop by the Career and College center.


Southwest Baseball Fall Meeting

When: Sunday, October 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Harriet United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 4901 Chowen Ave S.

Who: Southwest H.S. baseball players and anyone who is interested in playing baseball for SWHS, plus parents/guardians

Please join players and coaches to hear exciting updates for the year, connect with fellow baseball players and fans, have dinner and hear about our fall fundraiser and Baseball Booster opportunities.


Lakers Wrestling Team Informational Meeting for New & Returning Wrestlers

Monday, October 16 at 3:15 in the wrestling room

All Levels of experience are welcome- beginner, JV, Varsity.  Meet the team members, captains and coaches. Info about the team, the 2017-18 schedule, registration and preseason training. First practice is November 20. Coach Paul Porter


Band/Jazz Concert! Tuesday October 17, 2017 - 7pm in the Auditorium!
Come hear our amazing kids play their instruments


The Southwest International Club will meet after school next Tuesday, October 17, in Room 306.  In addition, a dinner, to include host families, is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, at the Indian restaurant Gandhi Mahal.  Additional details to follow.


Senior Siblings Photos for the Yearbook. 

Calling all siblings!  If you have a senior who has a sibling in SWHS, we want to include you on the Yearbook sibling page!  Please email a photo of both siblings, together one photo, to  Be sure to include both(or all if more than 2 siblings) names and grades in the body of the email.


Our Southwest PTSO thanks everyone who contributed food, time or made a donation to our Staff Appreciation Meals!  Our teachers and staff enjoyed 2 wonderful meals where they relaxed with their peers because of your generosity.  We hope you will consider helping again during our next conferences in February!


IB Exam Registration is open from now until October 27th.

Here is the link:


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 Mountain Biking

Congratulations to the mountain biking team for another great weekend at White Tail Ridge trails in River Falls, WI. Sudie Hall (9th grader) finished FIRST in the JV3 division, Jack Brondvold and Stas Bednarski (both 9th graders) finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the FRESHMAN division. Zoe Camp (10th grader) and Kasia Bednarski (11th) finished 3rd and 5th respectively, along with Henry Hall (11th) who finished 7th in the VARSITY division, and Esther Mullen (11th) finished 5th in the JV2 division. Also congratulate the following riders: Will Krueger, Luke Gilbertson, Eddie Rittler (9th graders). Isaac Trockman, Natasha Levy (10th graders). Sanjay Sharma (11th grader) and Simon Levy (12th). Southwest came in Second place, and it is currently FOURTH overall with two races to go.


Laker Volleyball--Join us for the Home Games.
FREE with athletic pass. Fun for all--Help Us Get Our CHEER ON!  



Learn to Code at Walker Library!

Saturday, October 21 from 3-4:30 pm. Free event for kids ages 11-18. No experience necessary. Register online to reserve your spot and remember to bring your laptop. Event sponsored by Southwest Coder Dojo.


Free Multicutural Meal, Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-8 pm

Please come for a FREE multicultural meal and student-led workshop on racism:  Thursday, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m., in the Commons.  Childcare and transportation help available.

Questions?: please e-mail June Thiemann (

Sponsored by the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)


The registration for the 2018 Southwest Close-Up trip to Washington D.C. is approaching.
The trip is February 11-16. Close Up is a fast paced and interactive program offering exciting, challenging and unforgettable activities.  From famous landmarks to meeting government officials, Close Up not only allows you to see your government, but to also experience it. Washington D.C. is the backdrop for Close Up as students participate in small group workshops of 15-20, come face-to-face with leading policy experts, members of Congress and influential lobbyists. Participants have the opportunity to debate current issues, spend a day on Capitol Hill and interact with students from across the country representing diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. For more information or to register email Caroline Hooper.


  The Life Skills program is in need of a stackable WASHER/DRYER SET!

We have students who are homeless/highly mobile who need to have free access to washing clothes. Laundry machines would give us the tools to teach independent living skills of sorting, reading labels, measuring detergents, and matching water temperatures to loads.    Used is fine!  Dents are fine!  Scratches are fine!  

Please contact Jean Robinson, a Life Skills teacher if you are able to make the laundry dream come true! 668-3030 (Room E20)


Prices Increasing in October! London, France, and Spain Trip Summer 2018

Lock in the current pricing before it goes up in October! College credit is available! 13 students have already enrolled. $95 deposit to secure your place for the London, France, and Spain Trip. I am looking forward to Southwest students having the chance to travel through England, France, and Spain in the summer of 2018. There are incentives for signing up early so if you are interested in the tour, please let me know at Additional information can be found at: or by stopping by room E102. Click here for Video Information


Costa Rica Tour – Enrollment closes at the end of October for our spring break 2018 trip

Enroll while you still can! 14 folks have already enrolled. $95 deposit to secure your place for the trip across Costa Rica.  Enrollment closes at the end of October.  I am looking forward to Southwest students having the chance to travel through the broad variety of ecosystems of Costa Rica and doing some amazing activities over spring break 2018. College credit is available! For information about the Costa Rica tour email , also, information about our tour can be found at: or by stopping by room E101.  A fun video of the tour can be found at this link.


Do you have a child involved in theatre, band, choir, orchestra, guitar, and/or dance?

Please sign up for the PAC’s (Performing Arts Council) weekly updates to get the latest information from our SWHS Performing Arts community. Questions?

You can sign up by clicking the following link:

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!


Southwest Scuba Club

The Southwest Scuba Club meets every other Tuesday from 3:15 to 4:00 in the Media Center.  If you are interested in Marine Ecology and scuba diving,  please join us!  Visit our Southwest ScubaClub website or see Becca Kristofitz in the Media Center for more information.


Spanish Club

Meets every other Friday thereafter.  All are welcome! See Ms. Woebke or (student) Mia Naselaris-Custis for more information.


Southwest Math Team

Join us in our quest to earn our 12th consecutive Division Title and State Tournament Berth. We practice after school on Mondays and before school on Thursdays. Anyone is welcome to join. Please contact David McMayer at for further information.

Supplies Donation

The Volunteer Office at Southwest maintains a free supply store for our teachers and for our students-in-need.   We accept supplies and financial contributions from our generous parents and friends which allows us to continue this service.  The link which lists our current needs is but we gladly accept other items as well.  Please contact Janice Peterson at 612-668-3072 or with any questions.  Items may be dropped off at the Main Office.  Southwest teachers and students thank you for your support!


Senior Pictures for Yearbook are due November 15th!

You can upload your senior photo to the 2018 yearbook by going to

You will need to enter the project number 803379  Senior Photos being submitted must include the senior’s name.  More information on specifics of photos can be found here.

Senior photos must be recognizable.  No props. There is no “Password” required for the submission of a photo.


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.


The Ultimate Burrito

·         Is a fundraiser to support  MÜS Southwest Ultimate Frisbee Team. Eat at Chipotle @ Calhoun Commons  (3040 Excelsior Blvd.) Monday Nov. 6th between 5:00 pm and  9:00 pm. Bring the attached flyer (, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure 50% of the proceeds are donated to MÜS.  Thank you for supporting the growing sport of Ultimate @ SWHS.   

·         Also  U of M Mixed Ultimate Clinic: In partnership with Minnesota Ultimate and Acceleration North, the University of Minnesota Grey Duck and Ninjas are hosting a mixed high school clinic on Saturday, December 2, 2017 (indoors). This is something extra that MÜS players may register for if they wish. Get some friends and go together!


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:

Fall Drivers Education Sessions are Full, we will be offering classes again in the winter.


ACT Prep:

Course ACT-74000-F17-SW-2 on Nov. 6 – Dec. 4 (Mondays) from 5:45-8:45pm

Cost is $140 for (4) 3 hour sessions.