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

Welcome back as we get 2018 started off with the beginning of a new term! I hope all of you were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation over the break so that you are refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things here at school.

The big news over the course of this past month was the release of annual high school graduation rates for the state of Nebraska. For the class of 2017 the graduation rate here at LSW was 93.9% for the 411 students served. By comparison, the graduation rate for the class of 2016 was 93.3%. As always, we are digging deeper into the data to evaluate what has worked well for us so that we can continue to expand those strategies while also identifying strategies that may not be providing us with the desired results, so that we may adjust accordingly.

We always take time to celebrate success and we are pleased to see that our numbers have inched in right direction. We also know how important it is to use the information available to us as a tool that can help guide our work going forward. Complacency is dangerous and we are fortunate to have a staff of lifelong learners who understand the importance of engaging in purposeful reflection. Doing so allows us to explore innovative ways to engage learners who are in need of additional supports in order to experience success in the classroom. Our focus is always to strive for excellence in our craft.

On another note, we have started the process of having the interior of our building repainted. Having the inside of our building repainted will take approximately 18 months. To begin, the hallways in the instructional wing will be painted, starting on the second floor. The work is being done by a two person crew, and they are off to a great start. Any time projects are being done throughout the building, our focus is always to minimize any disruption to the learning environment as much as possible. Just as we did during the installation of new projectors and the audio enhancement systems last year, we have a plan in place to help us move through the building to make sure everything gets a new coat of paint.

In closing, if you happen to see any of our custodial staff during a visit to our building, please take a moment to congratulate them on receiving a superior rating on their most recent evaluation by the district. This is the highest rating that they can receive and it comes as no surprise to those of us who have seen the tremendous work they do, day in and day out. If you have a chance, please take a moment to thank them for keeping our building looking brand new every day.

Thank you all for supporting our Silver Hawks during first semester. We look forward to carrying our momentum forward into second semester.

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.