From the Principal's Desk...(Mike Gillotti)

In education, the breaks from school always seem to arrive at just the right time and this past fall break was no exception. A few days away from the pace of school followed by a new beginning in term two classes helps break up the calendar in a way that allows our staff and our students to mitigate some of the fatigue factors that can add up over the course of a semester. After a brief adjustment period we are all back in the swing of school with term two well underway.

As we prepare to switch from fall to winter season I would like to highlight two important school dates and one community event for your planning purposes.

On November 7th we will administer the Pre-ACT exam to all 10th and 11th grade students. By administering the Pre-ACT exam, we are able to provide our students with an opportunity to participate in a testing environment nearly identical to the one they will be in during the ACT exam in their future. The results will also provide students and counselors feedback that will be used to help guide future course work as they engage in post-secondary planning. Please note that school will NOT be in session for 9th and 12th graders on this day.

On November 9th we will host first round matches for the Nebraska state volleyball tournament in our building. We host these matches each year and we will run a shortened day of school for students to accommodate this event. Our school day will start at our regularly scheduled time but we will dismiss students for the day at 11:30 a.m. School lunch will be available until noon and then the building will need to be cleared so we will remind students to please plan accordingly as we get closer to this date.

Finally, I would like to share some information on this year’s community awareness series. Lincoln Public Schools is partnering with School Community Intervention and Prevention (SCIP), Bryan Independence Center and the Lancaster Prevention Coalition to put on a series of valuable presentations about how to support the health and well being of our community’s youth. The latest session in the community awareness series, Digital Citizenship: Safely Navigating the Information Superhighway, will be held on November 16th at Southeast High School at 6:30 p.m. in the commons area. Parents, students and community members are all welcome to learn more on this topic. For more information on upcoming events in this series, please visit this link:

It has been an exciting and fast paced first term and term two is sure to be no exception.

Thanks 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.