Dragon Newsletter

November 3-9

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Survey Says!!

It's finally here! It took two years, but Mrs. Peterson (English 3/Yearbook Teacher at Southwest High School) and her family are appearing on Family Feud, 11/7 and 11/8 at 5:00 pm on the FOX29.

If you are wondering how my family and I ended up on Family Feud, it began during the height of COVID-19. My oldest son, Dorian Peterson, who lived in Florida at the time, called and said his wife Derricka said Family Feud was looking for San Antonio families to try out for the show. He wanted to know if we were interested. I said sure! I submitted an application which required you to answer a question and submit a video.

In November of 2020, I received an email stating the we were moving on to the next step in auditioning for Family Feud. This consisted of a Zoom interview and we played a round of Family Feud. After this, they informed us they would let us know by February 2021, if we were advancing to the next phase.

A few months later, I received an email informing us that we were moving on to the next phase which was selecting dates. They sent us three months worth of dates and I selected the dates we were available. Unfortunately, we weren't contacted that year, so my family had pretty much given up hope. However, I didn't because they informed us that potential contestant names stay in the system for three year.

I contacted Family Feud again in October and they stated they would send out new dates in Feberuary of 2022. I watched my email like a hawk, waiting for an email from Family Feud. Finally, I received an email with the available dates. This time, I said I was available any time they wanted us!

One evening in April, I was sitting in my kitchen eating a snack and the phone rang. It was from a number I didn't recognized so I didn't answer it. However, they left a message so I listened to it and that's when I realized it was Family Feud! I immediately called back and they wanted to know if my family was available May 24, 25 & 26! Of course I said yes and the rest is history!

To find out what happened next, you can catch us on Great Day SA (KENS 5) on November 7th between 9:00 am and 10:30 am. Also, you can read about our experience on Family Feud in the San Antonio Express News on Sunday, November 6th in the Features section.

I'll like to give a shout out to my Juniors (c/o 2023) from last year who practiced with me and have been with me since the beginning of this journey! GO DRAGONS!

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Volleyball Play Off Game

SW Lady Dragon Volleyball playoff game is tonight at 7pm vs Rouse High School @ Johnson High School in Buda, Texas. Come out and support the Lady Dragons!
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Compact and Parent Involvement

Dear Parents!

We need your help! Do you have ideas that will help SWHS run smoother?! Do you want a voice in what's happening on SWHS campus and the students? If so, we need you! We are looking for 4 to 5 parent volunteers.

Parents, members of the community, and school staff will meet to discuss the design and implementation of the Parent & Family Engagement Policy.

Please contact Sharri Peterson at speterson@swisd.net, if interested.

Lady Dragons Varsity vs Wimberley

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 11:30am

11914 Dragon Lane

San Antonio, TX

Junior Varsity @ 10:00 am

Lady Dradons Junior Varsity vs Wimberley

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 10am

11914 Dragon Lane

San Antonio, TX

JV Dragons vs JV Titans

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 5:30pm

11914 Dragon Lane

San Antonio, TX

Freshman Green Dragons vs Titans

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6:30pm

4495 Verano Parkway

Von Ormy, TX

Freshman White Dragons vs Titans

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 5pm

4495 Verano Parkway

Von Ormy, TX


Varsity Dragons vs Titans

Friday, Nov. 4th, 7pm

4495 Verano Parkway

Von Ormy, TX

JV-5:30 @ Legacy High School
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Fire and Armor Bowl Shirts

On sale at the Block in room 215 for 20 dollars! You can purchase them before and after school and during passing periods!
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Cap and gown pictures are 11/14 and 11/15. A-L is on 11/14 and M-Z is on 11/15 The cap and half gown for the picture is provided by Lifetouch.

SCHOLARSHIPS by Leiah Bodden


Attention Seniors,

Many scholarships have opened up this summer to the graduating class of 2023 and are now available for applicants. When looking at these scholarships, check for eligibility to ensure that you qualify before applying. Some of these scholarships have deadlines that are approaching sooner than others, so it’s important to start looking into them and taking up these opportunities. This is a list of a few scholarships from Cafe College:

Terry Foundation Scholarship- Financial Need

Deadline: December 1, 2022


Baumberger Endowment

Deadline: February 15, 2022


Alamo Promise

Priority Guarantee Date: February 28, 2023


Dr.Pepper Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2023


SAEP (San Antonio Education Partnership) Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2023


Yearbooks On Sale!

Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com or use the link above!

Use Yearbook ID Code: 13358723

Early Bird Special $50

Jan. 1st price increase to $55

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Congratulations to Mrs. Castaneda for being chosen as Southwest High School (SWHS) 2022-23 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Castaneda has been teaching for 20 years and teaching at SWHS for the past 11 years.

This year the student body had input on the selection of the Teacher of the Year so she felt extra honored. She was surprised that so many students had nominated her as Teacher of the Year. Once the selection was narrowed down to three teachers, the faculty, staff and student body voted a second time and Mrs. Castaneda was selected. "I am truly honored to receive this recognition from my incredible students and from my outstanding colleagues at the high school. So many of you over the years have provided invaluable guidance, advice, support and friendship, I am indebted to you all," said Mrs. Castaneda.

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Please send any information, or upcoming events you would like to see featured in the Dragons Newsletter to Mrs. Peterson at speterson@swisd.net.

Yearbook Sponsor- Mrs. Peterson

Instagram- yearbookswhs

Ana Urias: social media manager