Greetings Silver Hawks

Welcome to the 15-16 School Year!

We are officially off and running for the 2015-2016 school year, and we’ve had a wonderful start to the year! There’s a lot that goes into the process of transitioning from summer to school mode for both students and staff. The return of school provides us with new opportunities to develop our strengths, explore new interests, and build relationships. We hope that all of our students will find a way to connect to Southwest beyond the classroom

I have spent a lot of time listening and learning as I have transitioned into my new role as Principal. I have heard wonderful stories of celebrations, student achievements, and felt a strong sense of community. Southwest has a history of being a great school and that will not be taken for granted. A history of success does not guarantee a successful future. We are striving for more than just success. Author John Gordon reminds us that, “Success is often measured by comparison to others. Excellence, on the other hand, is all about being the best we can be and maximizing our gifts, talents, and abilities to perform at our highest potential." The pursuit of excellence, as individuals, and as a community of learners, is where we have set our sights. My message to students and staff is that Southwest high school is a place where success is a goal, but excellence is an expectation.

We have received our latest ACT results, and we are pleased to see that we have continued to exceed the statewide averages. We will continue to challenge ourselves as instructional leaders to ensure that students are well prepared for the type of rigorous coursework that leads to increased college readiness levels among our students. Here are our results compared to the rest of the state over the past three years:

Year TotalTested

English  LSW/State

Mathematics  LSW/State

Reading  LSW/State

Science  LSW/State

Composite  LSW/State



















Things will begin to move very fast now that we are a few weeks in. Homework, deadlines, and due dates will all begin to arrive. Please continue to use Synergy ParentVue to stay informed of students’ progress in their classes. Students can also use StudentVue to stay organized and on top of important grading deadlines.

I hope the school year is off to a great start for you as well.

Mike Gillott – 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.