When marathon runners are lined up getting ready to begin the race, the only ones who need to be nervous are the ones who are starting to think about the training runs that they cut short or skipped altogether to spend their time doing something else. At the time, the alternative likely seemed important to them, but the sight of the challenge in front of them has them rethinking their previous priorities. The last month of school has a similar feel. With only three and a half weeks left until final exams, the building is filled with a mix of excitement and anxiety. I remind students all of the time that, as long as they have been adhering to the “training regimen” that their teachers have laid out for them, they have nothing to worry about as final exams approach. If you sense your student getting anxious about the projects, presentations and exams that make up the capstone work in their courses, encourage them to reach out to their teachers to get some extra help, additional feedback or access to additional resources to help them prepare.
Spring is often full of opportunities to celebrate, and I want to give a shout out to the LSW Science Olympiad team who kicked off the spring championship season by winning their 8th straight state championship this past month! This year’s performance also ties the record for the most individual state titles in one competition with Silver Hawks earning 14 individual state titles out of twenty-three total events. It was another impressive showing for our Silver Hawks as they continue to raise the bar when it comes to excellence.
Finally, I want congratulate Keri Applebee and Marco Pedroza on their new roles as principals, beginning next August. Keri Applebee will become the new principal at Lincoln Northeast High School and Marco Pedroza will serve as the new principal at Scott Middle School beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. They have both been instrumental in making Southwest the school it is today. We are all grateful for having had the opportunity to work alongside them and wish them well in their new roles.
Thank you for all you do for our Silver Hawks.
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.
To promote the safety of students, staff, and visitors that are allergic to latex products, we do not allow latex balloons in our building.