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

Term three is only four weeks old and while there’s still plenty of work to do this year, it’s time to start thinking ahead and planning for next year. For seniors, that can mean making sure deadlines are met and recommendation letters are secured for those planning on continuing their education next year. For the rest of our students, term three means it’s time to make sure registration for next year is complete. The registration window was open throughout the month of January for students and parents to register for courses next year. This year, in an effort to help provide an additional resource for ninth and tenth grade students still learning about our course offerings and pathways, the counseling center provided them with a planning guide to reference during registration, which can be found in their grade level google classroom online.

We hosted our annual Future Hawk Night last month to showcase all of the wonderful academic and extracurricular activities that we have to offer incoming ninth graders as over 400 current 8th grader students and their families braved the cold weather to check out LSW. It was great to see so many future Silver Hawks introduce themselves to our staff members and ask them questions about what they can pursue once they begin high school. As usual, our current students were excellent ambassadors as they gave tours and helped answer questions about their current experience as Silver Hawks.

Finally, I would like to take a moment to share some of the wonderful honors and recognition that members of our staff have received over the course of the past semester. We really work to celebrate the achievements of our students and we also want to celebrate when our staff are honored for their work by their students and peers. Some notable honors from first semester include:

Alison Kelley (Social Studies) - Named a prestigious Mentor for the 2017-18 American Geographical Society. Alison was also recognized by the LPS Board of Education for receiving this honor.

Josh Hinrichs (Business) - 2017, WISE: Working in Support of Education, Gold Star Teacher in Financial Literacy

Sherry McCranie (Family & Consumer Sciences) - 2017, National Pro Start, Educator of Excellence (Family and Consumer Science teacher)

Dr. Simpson Kirkland (Counseling) recognized as 2017, Nebraska State College System - Counseling Excellence Award

Greg Cooper (Science) - 2017, Outstanding Nebraska High School Chemistry Teacher.

Jeff Devries (Math) – Received a “Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students” from the Division of Student Affairs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teaching Council and the Parents Association.

Two of our activities that were also recently recognized for their work were our Unified Bowling team, who shared their experience during a presentation to the Board of Education and our annual literary magazine Uncaged, which was recently honor to receive the rank of EXCELLENT from the National Council of Teachers of English Programs.

As always, there are a lot of good things happening at LSW to be proud of!

Thanks for all your support.

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.