Weekly Warrior

Volume 11 Issue 5 December 11th, 2017

Important Dates

Dec 11th-FAFSA Open Lab with Keith Ritchie for Seniors and Parents in Library

Dec 12th-Staff Christmas Luncheon in Mrs. Winget's Room (175)

Dec 12th-Attendance Celebration for November (Grades 9/10 from 1:10 - 1:25 and Grades 11/12 from 1:25-1:40)

Dec 13th-PLC Meetings 3:30 - 4:00

Dec 14th-Clubs 8:20 - 8:40

Dec 14th-Christmas Lunch in the Cafeteria

Dec 15th-Club Photos 1st/2nd

Dec 15th-Blood Drive in Library

Dec 19th-Last Day for Students before Christmas Break

Dec 19th-Talent Show during 5th

Jan 4th-Midterms Posted by 3:30

Jan 9th-Mock ACT for ALL Juniors (In case of snow, test next day back)

Jan 11th-Clubs 8:20 - 8:40

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Mock ACT on January 9th

On Tuesday, January 9th, all juniors will take a mock ACT using the math/science wing of the school. Watch for an email from Mischa Brainard for a schedule of teachers who will be testing, are displaced, and/or need to cover a testing teacher's class.


Reading is a skill, and just like any other skill, it requires practice. Research tells us that most students get very little practice reading. On national testing, students who scored in the top 25% spent 59% more time reading than do students who score in the bottom 25%.

Here are some strategies to improve literacy at SWHS:

  • Teach reading skills in our classrooms
  • Direct vocabulary instruction
  • Sustained Silent Reading
  • Require reading directly related to content area as part of curriculum
  • Provide reading materials in the classroom
  • Promote a culture of reading in our building

Literacy across all contents is part of a basic foundation for a great education. Encourage your students to check out a book to take home and read over the Christmas Break, or better yet, schedule a time with Charity Edwards to take your students to the library before we are out for the break.

Google Classroom--The About Tab

Use the ABOUT tab to add classroom information that everyone enrolled in the Google classroom needs access to. This is where you can add a co-teacher so that they have access to be able to add assignments and view student work. Teachers can also give access to the Google Drive folder that is automatically created when assignments are added to the class. Don't confuse this with your personal Google Drive folders, it is just the folder that Google creates made up of the items and assignments that have been posted to the class.

Teachers can add class resources like their syllabus, links to helpful websites like ACT prep, etc.

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Success With Higher Standards

Southwestern High School will strive to graduate every student college/career ready and prepared for the 21st century.