A message from your Principal

Welcome to December, a very upbeat and busy month of the school year, here at SWHS! I have the great opportunity of observing the high energy and enthusiasm in our students and staff members as they work each and every day here at school. The pace certainly picks up as we all recognize we have only three weeks left in this first semester. Nevertheless, getting all things accomplished (finals, vocal and instrumental music concerts, the play, class papers and projects, and then finals) takes a huge amount of focus, energy, and determination on everyone’s part. As parents, you continue to be the beacons of support for your student, making sure he or she gets the necessary nutrition and rest needed, as well as words of encouragement for this very busy and sometimes hectic time.

We were pleased to learn last week that our graduation rate continues to improve (95.6%) for 2014, up from 94% the previous two years, but we are not satisfied with those results. Our efforts, with your help and support are to grow even closer to that 100% graduation rate from SWHS! We will continue to work as a staff with all our students to keep asking ourselves in our daily work, “what else? What else can we do to assist every student in reaching his/her goal of graduating from high school?”

Check out the enclosed calendar of events for December and January and please plan to come support your students’ efforts in so many of these great summative performances. Remember also to check the SWHS activities calendar on our website as we begin our winter athletic competitions. We wish all our parents, students, and staff members the very best over this holiday season and we begin to prepare for term three and the new year of 2015!

Hugh McDermott, 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.


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