Greetings Silver Hawks

Last month I provided a brief overview of how our school improvement process is structured and how our mission statement and student achievement data drives the work that our School Improvement Team does at the building level to help us strengthen our instructional capacity and meet the evolving needs of our students.

We are continuously working to get better and each year we implement a staff development plan based on the work the School Improvement Team does over the summer, which is guided by the following purpose statement:

     “We are focused on achieving our goals through a commitment to establishing a culture for learning and ensuring effective instruction for ALL learners.”

We created this purpose statement as a way to make sure that all our systems support outcomes that are consistent with our mission and bring coherence to the work we’re doing. Establishing a culture for learning and ensuring effective instruction are both supported by specific systems that our students and staff experience on a daily basis. This month, let’s take a closer look at the systems we have in place to support establishing a culture for learning here at Southwest.

We focus our work to establish a culture for learning into two subcategories: Systems of Support and Student Connections.

Systems of support are designed to help set the stage for effective instruction to take place. The goal is to create an environment that is conducive to maximizing the potential for all students to learn while providing a balance of support and accountability based on their needs and actions. Some examples of these systems in place in our building include: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Student Assistance Team, the School Community Intervention Process, and Special Education.

Student Connections is the second subcategory of systems that helps us establish a culture for learning at school. These systems help us strengthen our ability to build positive relationships, they help students develop a strong sense of self-efficacy and connect students to positive experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Some examples of how we are working to support student connections include the following: athletics, activities and clubs, professional development on developing a growth mindset, cultural proficiency staff development, and our SOAR rewards system for recognizing students meeting expectations

Together, these systems work together to help set the stage for a positive learning experience that allows students to maximize their potential as learners.

Next month we’ll take a closer look at the systems that make up the other half of our School Improvement Purpose statement and support our efforts to establish a culture of learning for all learners

Mike Gillotti – Principal

“Southwest High School Mission Statement—Lincoln Southwest High School will inspire an academic, creative, and flexible learning environment.  Students, faculty, staff, and patrons will be challenged as a COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS to reach their maximum potential in a safe, caring, multicultural, and technological environment.


The Lincoln Public Schools District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status or economic status in its programs, activities and employment.