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Southwest is able to provide opportunities and assistance for our students because of YOU, Our dedicated and generous VOLUNTEERS! 

THANK YOU for your continued support for our southwest students and staff.


Safety Corner:

Please have your ID visible upon entrance and exit of the building. 

See the Media Center for lost or missing cards.


VOLUNTEERS are needed at Southwest to Proctor IB/AP Exams being given from April 27th through May 25th.

This is an IMPORTANT opportunity to volunteer at SW and NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!  Proctors help with disbursing/collecting tests and assist the Exam Administrator with monitoring the exam room.

The exams will be given at Southwest High School or at Lake Harriet Methodist Church (4901 Chowen Avenue South).   PLEASE consider helping with these exams!

We're using to organize our upcoming SignUps.

  • Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
    1. Click this link to see our SignUp on
    2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
    3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

If you have any questions, please contact me at or 612-668-3072.  THANK YOU!


Test Administrators Needed for May IB and AP Exams

We are in need of parent volunteers who would be interested in helping to administrate May IB and AP exams. You will be provided training. If you are interested please contact: Ms. Ledman at:  or Volunteer Coordinator Janice Peterson


The IB and AP Exam Schedule is posted

Please review the IB and AP Exam schedule posted on the website: May IB and AP Exams on the right hand side.


Senior IB Diploma Candidates

Tuesday, April 24th from 6 – 8 pm in the Diploma Candidate Banquet please RSVP to Lisa Ledman at  with how many people will be attending including yourself. Also send me a picture and complete the following google form (log into your school account first) – this is due Friday, April 19th! :


9th Grade Registration April 28th

Families are required to attend the upcoming Southwest registration on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The first letter of your student’s last name determines your assigned registration time, as follows:

  • Last names A-K          9:30 a.m. Auditorium -  Academic Overview
  • Last Names L-Z          10:30 a.m. Auditorium -  Academic Overview

Full information here             


Juniors and Seniors:  Prom Guest?
If you are planning to bring a guest from another high school to Southwest’s Prom on May 4, the Guest Registration form is now available in the office.  It must be completed entirely and signed appropriately.  The deadline to get it turned in to the school secretary is TUESDAY, MAY 1 before 3 pm. 


PROM 2018

 Juniors and Seniors prepare for Prom 2018:  Prom in Bloom

Dance to DJ Digie at the beautiful Nicollet Island Pavilion, with view of the Mississippi Riverbank and the city skyline.

  • Friday, May 4th, from 7-10:00.
  • Appetizers and Hors D ’Oeuvres will be served.

The Photo Booth Group will be available for you to capture this special event.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, ticket cost $65.00 for a single. $120.00 for a  couple.

Please note:

  • Only 11th and 12th grade students are allowed to attend.
  • See full Guest rules here


4th Annual ASL Silent Night!

 May 2nd 6:30-8:00pm, ASL Story telling, Games and snacks.  No talking allowed. All communication will be in American Sign Language. Location: Southwest High School, commons.  Free to Southwest students!  All are welcome to come!


The Southwest Film Fest

7pm Wednesday May 9th in the SW Auditorium. Students interested in submitting videos should do so before 3pm April 30th. Talk to Mr. West for more information. The film festival is a rollicking good time showcasing the best student made films of the year with Masters of Ceremonies Liv Schmidt (senior) and Tony Horn (senior), a SW Jazz Combo and presentations and acceptance speeches by our very own filmmakers. Support Southwest Film and Media


Student Representatives Needed for Leadership Council

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 15. Please reach out to outgoing Student Representative Isaac Van Wert with any questions


Support Southwest Tennis!

Spring Tennis has started and now you can follow along! Find out what the guys are up to, how to get them to wash your car, see where they’re playing next and how you can cheer them on by following the Lakers on Facebook: or on Instagram: @swhstennis 🎾


2018 MCA Testing is going on now!

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

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


Online ALC Credit Recovery Spring Deadlines Approaching
Students working to complete credit recovery courses through ALC online should be making progress toward completing 100% of their coursework.

SENIORS: all credit recovery courses must be completed BY MAY 16TH  to count for your graduation requirements.

9th-11th GRADERS: all credit recovery courses must be completed by May 31st for you to earn credit.

Come to the lab in Mr. Ali’s classroom (N151) after school Monday-Thursday, 3:05-5:00pm, for a quiet place to work, help getting set up, checking progress, or to get in touch with your teacher for support.

Contact your school counselor, credit recovery teacher, Mr. Mountain (,or Sarah Sandgren ( right away with any questions.


Southwest Senior Graduation Party tickets available at

Parents, make sure your senior doesn't miss out on the party of the year! This is an annual Southwest High School tradition that your student will want to be a part of. Tickets are $60 and include roundtrip transportation from SWHS to the event center as well as activities and food all night long. The event is the night of graduation; Saturday, June 2 (9:45pm) to Sunday, June 3 (5:00am). Scholarships are available. Contact This is a chaperoned event sponsored and hosted by SW parents. To get involved or ask any questions contact More information can be found on our Facebook page


PTSO Plant Sale extended one more week.
SWHS PTSO is holding a Spring plant sale.  Get beautiful kits from Wagner's, perennials, hanging baskets and patio pots from Bachman's, or gift cards from either. 

Steps to place your order: 

Review the plant sale brochure, (note: Wagner's Combo Kits:  My Radiant Sun, My Inspiring Sun, and My Vivid Sun. are sold out!)

  1.  make your selections and fill out the order form on page 6 .
  2. Send your order form to Jill DeSanto, PTSO Treasurer at: (take a photo and send or cut and paste into an e-mail).  If you'd like, you can also send in a hard copy with your payment to the office.
  3. Send in check or cash to the SWHS PTSO to the office with a note saying it's for the plant sale.
  4. Or, make payment via Venmo (no fees) to user:  @Jill-Desanto.  All funds will be moved to the PTSO BMO Bank account.
  5. Place your order by April 16th. 

Orders will be ready to pick up at the school on May 2nd and 3rd between 1-6 pm.


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. There will be an information session on April 24th in room E102 at 6pm. If you are interested in the tour or plan to attend the information session, please contact Robert Kohnert at For tour details or to enroll, please go to:


Senior Awards Program-Mark Your Calendar

Please join us in recognizing the class of 2018 at the annual Senior Awards Program to be held on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the SWHS auditorium.  These awards include academic recognition and scholarships made possible by the generosity of our donors.  Letters of invitation identifying specific student recognition will be mailed to seniors and their families in late April-early May.  All students and families are invited to witness this celebration of the achievements of the class of 2018.


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.


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

Thank you to all the parents and teachers who volunteered and helped to make Winter Formal a successful event. 

  • The SW DJ Club meets after school on Thursdays in room N152. So far this year, the Club has DJ’d the home volleyball games, 9th-grade Dance, Sadie Hawkins Dance, and Winter Formal.
  • The Club is currently making plans for events in the spring, purchasing new equipment, and collaborating with other student organizations.

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!


 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.


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


ACT Prep classes ($140)

4 Mondays, April 30- May 21, 5:45-8:45pm


College Financial Planning Strategies (Free):

May 14, 7-8:30pm


Community Education Aquatics Offers Diving and Swim Team Prep classes.

To register go to and search the class course number stated below. 

  • YE-47016-S18-SW - Swim Team Prep (9-18yrs) - 4/18/2018-5/23/2018 6 Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm - Swimmers will experience in-depth coaching of competitive strokes, competitive turns, and diving off starting blocks. Swimmers must be able to swim at least 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke without any difficulty; understand the basic movements of butterfly and breaststroke (specifically the dolphin kick and breaststroke kick).
  • YE-47017-S18-SW Diving (10-14yrs) - 4/18/2018-5/23/2018  6 Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:15pm - This diving course will introduce basic competitive diving skills.
  • YE-47018-S18-SW Diving (15-18 yrs) - 4/18/2018- 5/23/2018  6 Wednesdays 7:15pm-8:30pm  $65 - This Diving course will teach basic diving skills and help fine tune skills for those who have some experience. All levels welcome.