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Southwest Parent Email

Friday, October 5, 2018


Greetings Southwest Parents,


We hope this weekly email finds you well.  Please review carefully as it includes important dates, friendly reminders, and upcoming events.


Testing Updates

IB Exam Registration 2018


Register Online at

When: October 1 through October 31st

Who:  Juniors and Seniors who are taking IB courses

Cost:  $55.00 per exam (Waivers for lunch eligibility status and financial need scholarships are available)

What:  If you have questions about what exams you should be taking, talk with your teacher, or Lisa Ledman in the counseling office (W107C) or email

More Details Here

AP Registration will be in January.

If there is a conflict between an IB and an AP exam the AP Exam will be moved to the Late or Exception Testing Date.


SW Teams


Mountain Bike Team:


Congratulate the mountain bike team. We had a great weekend again. We finished FIRST ahead of Stillwater and Hopkins, and 23 other teams from across the state, in a very chilly morning in Detroit Lakes. We beat Stillwater by only 40 points (3985 to 3945)…a very close race. Noticed that Stillwater had 38 riders compared to only 16 for Southwest.


Varsity Girls: FIRST place (again) Zoe Camp, THIRD place Kasia Bednarski, EIGHT place Sudie Hall.

Freshman Boys: SECOND Place Cooper Camp (lost first place by 1/10 second to a friend and teammate – from Washburn).

JV3 Boys: SECOND place Stas Bednarski.


Also racing yesterday were: Bergen Thorson, Miguel Fresco Hanlon, Maya Amudson, Natasha Levy, Jack Brandvold, Henry Hall, Luke Gilbertson, Jack Alexander, Saunder Strong, and Eddie Rittler.


More information and photos:

website at Southwest:


The 612 team (southwest, Washburn, south and a south composite):


This is the NICA website where all the info is about the organization and the schools:


And here is where you can get the results:


And here is where you can see and order the pictures:


Upcoming Events:


"Get Hyped! "Rumors" is showing this Wednesday through Saturday (Oct.3- 6) at 7 pm in the black box! Admission is only $5 for students!

Also, don't forget to come audition for "The Canterville Ghost" next Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 9 & 10) after school in the black box! Snacks will be provided!

World Language Proficiency Certificates Wednesday, October 10th  4:30 PM – 6:30 PM  Davis Center Assembly Room 1250 W Broadway Ave Minneapolis, MN 55411 Students, families, teachers, and others are all invited. Please join us in celebrating the multilingual global leaders of Minneapolis Public Schools! Light refreshments will be served. Transportation available for students and families if needed. Please call 612-668- 5333 or email to request.

For questions about Bilingual Seals, please visit



Passport to College - SW Counseling Team, Saturday, October 13th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The SW Counseling Team is putting together a series of information sessions on parts of the college search and application process, including financial aid, selective admissions, essay writing, interviews, and more! Attendees are able to choose three separate sessions where they will hear and learn from experts in the field. These sessions are targeted for Junior and Senior students and families, but all are welcome.


Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16th, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Wednesday, Oct 17th, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity meet and discuss with teachers your child’s grades and academic goals.  Southwest is trying to go paperless if possible parents could access schedule information on mobile devices.  Staff members will be available to look up schedules if needed. 


Flu Clinic offered at Southwest

Southwest will be offering a flu shot clinic sponsored by MVNA (MN Visiting Nurse Association) during fall conferences (October 16th, from 4:00 - 8:00 pm). Set up will be the table near door 15 and adults must provide their medical insurance card. There will be a limited amount of vaccines, please plan accordingly.


SW Nordic Team Kick-Off Meeting - SAVE THE DATE!

Everyone is invited to join a super fun team that also wins championships!  Learn more on October 23 @ 7:00 pm in the SW Commons.  Meet our coaches, learn about the Nordic program and get ready to join a team that works hard and plays hard.  We'll have everything at the meeting that you need to know, along with our calendar for the season with all the practices, races and other activities scheduled.  New skiers are absolutely welcome! Have any questions?  Contact Coach Jon Furlow at 608.852.4506 or

See you on October 23!   Think snow!!!!!  



Upcoming Sporting Events


SW Athletics Daily Schedule click link below for details:


Volleyball FANS: FREE Tickets to the first 20 students at the remaining home matches on (10/9 and 10/15)!! 20 tickets total, per night. Games start at 4:00 with C Squad, 5:30 for JVB and Junior Varsity, and 7:00 for Varsity. Fan games at "half-time" during the Varsity match. Come honor our graduating seniors on 10/15 with special guests, The Pep Band.    Colleen Simmons, vball boosters,




Students/Parents!  (Picture Retake Day is Monday, Oct. 15th)

September 7th WAS Lifetouch Picture Day!  Seniors, it is important to have your picture taken by Lifetouch (PICTURE RETAKE DATE COMING SOON), even if you submit or plan to submit a senior photo for the yearbook. This initial list is what we base the yearbook on!  If you don't have your picture taken with your class, it's possible you could be missed for the yearbook. It happens every year that someone forgets to submit a photo. :-(  We don't like to leave anyone, especially seniors out of the yearbook.

We MUST have written permission to print student photos in the yearbook - it is a district policy. If you don't have a Lifetouch photo taken, you may not be in the yearbook.

Senior Photos are due October 31st!

Upload instructions (ImageShare) click here

You’ll need this year’s School Project Number: 903379 (Leave the password blank!)

Senior photos being submitted must include:

  • The senior’s name.
  • Senior must be identifiable in the photo
  • No props are allowed!

Senior upload instructions:

Photos should be:

  • “Cropped to 8x10 portrait orientation at a minimum of 300 dpi (Should be around 1 meg sized file).
  • DO NOT submit LANDSCAPE (horizontal) oriented photos.

Seniors who do not submit an appropriate photo will have their Lifetouch

photos used. If a senior does not have a Lifetouch photo taken, they risk being left

out of the yearbook.

If you are looking for a Photographer to take senior pictures, here are some who've worked with SWHS Seniors in the past.

Deadline for submitted Senior Photos (for families NOT using Lifetouch photos) is Wednesday, October 31st.

Link to more info here:

Questions: Contact Brittany Spears at



Welcome New Staff to SW


We are delighted to announce that Ms. DeKevia Cole has joined the team as of Oct 1st  as the new program clerk in the counseling office. Ms. Cole is a previous employee of Harrison education Center but is excited and ready to start her new adventure with our team.  


Although my passion is youth work, I  personally work on profession goals to sharpen my skills in new content areas.  My strengths are the willingness to learn new things, take the initiative, and use my creativity to meet the needs of students.  I am excited to work with students to guide them through challenges and have a positive impact their lives.


Please welcome our new school Counselor


Ms. Andrea Baldwin and I am so excited to join the Southwest counseling team. My first day as a team member will be Monday, October 8th.  I lived in the Armatage neighborhood of Minneapolis for some of my childhood and loved going to Southwest's summer camps as a kid.


I received my BSW from the University of St. Thomas majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology, and my masters and license in School Counseling from Adler Graduate School. I've most recently spent time counseling at St. Helena Catholic School and Edina High School. Outside of school, I love traveling with family and friends and rollerblading around Minneapolis lakes. I can't wait to start working with students and families at Southwest soon!  I will work with students with last names E-K.”  






Educational Programming at SW


Math Peer Tutoring -Room E112

Tutoring sessions are available after school on Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm sponsored by the Center for Energy and Environment.


Upward Bound Program at Southwest Info:
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.


Types of Projects

Upward Bound projects provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and programs and activities previously mentioned that are specially designed for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are in foster care or are aging out of foster care system or other disconnected students.
FYI: students must be a US citizen or permanent resident because we funded through a federal grant

  • Weekly tutoring
  • Academic advising & Mentoring
  • ACT prep
  • Field Trips
  • College visits
  • Community service projects
  • Monthly Saturday Academies (Educational workshops, cultural field trips)
    • 6-week academic enrichment program + end-of-the year trip (stay in college dorms, sightseeing, etc.)
  • Help with college applications, FAFSA, scholarships, etc.
  • Students can earn a monetary stipend based on participation (up to $40/month during the academic year and up to $60/month during the summer)



Friendly Reminders to Parents


Educational Benefits

Find your Educational Benefits(formerly Free/Reduced Lunch Application here.   Also, set-up and make payments to your School Lunch Account here!


Need A Bus Card?

If you don’t qualify for a bus card would like to purchase one, you can purchase one for $82.50 a quarter or $330 for entire year.  See Josh Zoucha for information.






Volunteers needed for the PSAT exam Wednesday, October 10th . Two hour shifts between 7 am to 2 pm. Sign up here


Please join us for the first Community Breakfast  Thursday October 11th at 7:30 am in the Commons. These monthly breakfasts take place before Committee Meetings on Late Start days. The Committee Meetings are where staff and parents discuss and make recommendations about different areas of school life such as Calendar, Communications, Curriculum, Positive School Wide Engagement, Professional Development, Student Activities, and Data. These recommendations are voted on by the Leadership Council. Parent participation on the committees is encouraged. The breakfast will be a social event, time to meet with teachers, parents and administrators before the meetings. Even if you cannot stay for the meeting, come to talk about your interests, find out what is happening, and drink your morning coffee (bring your mug and save us the paper!) with a pastry. If you are able to come early to help us set up the food, that would be great!


Parent Teacher Conference Meal - Oct. 16th - SWHS

We will be feeding the teachers and staff at SWHS before Parent Teacher Conferences begin on Tuesday, Oct. 16th.  The meal will be at 3:15 pm, but please drop off food by 2:45 pm.  If needed, you can drop off earlier and leave with the front office staff. Thank you for helping us do this for them so they can have a nice meal together before working another 4 hours.  They so appreciate it. Please follow this link:

Information from Community Education


Earn $10-16 per hour- Get Certified and create an opportunity for a GREAT Summer or seasonal job.

Enroll in Lifeguard Course  Cost:  $225

     Oct 17,18,19 (9am-4pm/9am-4:30pm)

      Northeast Middle School- 2955 Hayes St NE, 55418


  • Must be at least 15 yrs old
  • Swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl and/or breaststroke
  • Tread water 2 minutes using only legs
  • Swim 20 yards
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds
  • Surface dive into 7 to 10 feet deep water; retrieve a 10-pound object; swim on your back with object on chest to your starting point.
  • Exit Water without using a ladder or steps

To Register: call 612.668.3100 or

Discounts applicable to those who also get trained with us to teach swim lessons for Community Education; and who are MPS Staff. Please email or call for discount.



Southwest Community Education is pleased to offer the following classes to your Lakers:

Drivers Education Classroom Instruction: (10 sessions) $125

10/8-10/29, 3:15-6:15 pm

11/26-12/11, 3:25-6:15 pm


ACT Prep Classes: (4 Mondays) $140

10/1-10/22, 5:45-8:45 pm

10/29-11/26, 5:45-8:45 pm


College Planning Strategies

10/1, 7-8:30, FREE


To register or get more info, visit

call 612-668-3100 or stop by the Community Ed office in the lunchroom.


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Nicole Fernandez

Community Relations Coordinator
Southwest High School

Every Student, Every Day!

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