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12
May
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Art and Ella's

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Congratulations to the following students for having their artwork chosen to be displayed at Ella's Frozen Yogurt on 135.

Philip Meier, Sydni Decastro, Kobe King, Kar'Azia Johnson, Mari Salazar, Lilly Disney, Bella Davis, Norah Wallischeck, Wes McIntyre, Lilah Shay, Ava Taylor, Violet Forester, Claire Bass, Ian Curry, Mariah Pratt, Josiah Buck, Mikah Posey, Reese Kinney, Jasper Chaney, Ashur Green, Melissa Moreno, and Xavier Saucedo

Please visit Ella's Frozen Yogurt and check out our Southwest Student's artwork! 

Thanks to Ms. Wehlacz for her amazing teaching skills and for helping show our community our students' talent! Continue reading
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03
Apr
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Kindergarten Registration

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Check out the attached flyer for information about upcoming Kindergarten Registration on April 19th from 3:30-5:30pm at Southwest Elementary!

registration-flyer-002_20170403-144731_1.pdf
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14
Feb
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Longworth Scholarship

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The Southwest Elementary PTO wishes to honor the memory of Jennifer and Dion Longworth, and as such, has created a special award in the amount of $1,000.00 to carry on her legacy of excellence in education.  It is our hope that the recipients of this honor will carry on the love Jennifer had for learning as they further their education beyond high school.


The Memorial Award will be presented to a graduating Greenwood High School senior seeking continuing education.  For the first 11 years, first consideration will be given to former students of Mrs. Longworth.  Recipients will be selected by a panel of administration and staff at Southwest Elementary based upon application information, teacher recommendation, and a short essay response.


Please email your completed application form, teacher recommendation, short essay, high school transcript, and attendance record to Ms. Beth Guilfoy (bguilfoy@gws.k12.in.us) on or before April 7, 2017.  

Please use the following link to get to this years application form:
Longworth-Memorial-Scholarship-Application-2017.docx
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07
Feb
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Pennies for Patients

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Please Support Pennies for Patients!
 
Southwest students will be taking part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program from NOW until February 24th!

During this program, students will collect money to support LLS’ mission: 
Cureleukemia,lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease andmyeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Students will learn about service, leadership, philanthropy and how they can make a difference by changing patients’ lives.

Southwest has its own online giving page that students, parents and faculty can share with friends and family:
http://events.lls.org/pages/in/SouthwestElementarySchool-2017

Thank you in advance for helping LLS to create a world without blood cancers!
For more information on the Pennies for Patients program, please visit http://www.studentseries.org
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18
Nov
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An ISTEP Message from Dr. D

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ISTEP-PD.pdf

Please take the time to read this letter that Dr. DeKoninck has written about the upcoming release of ISTEP scores and school letter grades. Continue reading
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18
Nov
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Spell Bowl Champions

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Southwest had two first place winners this year! Our Fourth and Fifth grade teams both came home with First Place ribbons after Thursday's nights competition!

Mrs. Habig worked hard with her teams and our school could not be more proud! Congratulations and well done students! Continue reading
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18
Nov
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Southwest Robotics Team Advances to State

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The Southwest team came out with a robot that was ready to play. In their very first performance they scored 121 points, which held as the top score for the day. The received the Robot Game Award at the end of the day!

Congratulations to Mrs. Tracy Havens and the Southwest Robotics Team on becoming one of the two state qualifing teams in the corporation. The Southwest team will join Northeast to compete January 28th in Columbus, Indiana. Continue reading
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20
Oct
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Red Ribbon Week Themes

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October 24th - October 28th is Red Ribbon Week at Southwest Elementary School. Each day will be a different theme as we try to inspire kids to stay DRUG FREE! Please help us spread the word of our theme days...

Monday- “Black Out Drugs” Wear Black

Tuesday- “Team Up Against Drugs” Dress in your favorite sports attire. Football, basketball, softball, gymnastics! Whatever you want!

Wednesday- “Too Smart to Do Drugs” Scientists, teachers, politicians – dress up like your favorite smarty!

Thursday- “Give Drugs the Boot” Wear your cowboy boots and other cowboy accessories.

Friday- “Proud to Be Drug Free” Wear all Red and show you’re Proud to Be Drug Free!  Continue reading
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17
Oct
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Order your Southwest Yearbooks NOW

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Yearbooks are on sale online NOW!

Please go to ybpay.lifetouch.com to place your order today.
Our access code is 7596417.

Yearbooks are $20 each.

You won't want to miss out on this year's yearbook!
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13
Sep
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Share Your Photos!

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We want your photos for the Southwest Yearbook!

We are looking for photos of our Southwest Students participating in community events. If you take any and would like to share them, please upload them at https://community.lifetouch.com/. Our school code is UTTDDJ. 

We would love to see our kids being active in sports, together with friends, and participaitng in community events!

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10
Aug
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Did you know in 2015-2016... Words from Dr. D!

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In 2015-16, in Greenwood Schools, did you know………

-      that our food service program did not raise lunch prices for the 4th year in a row?
-      it was the Year of Google for our district?  Our technology and curriculum departments facilitated the introduction and implementation of Google Apps for Education.
-      the district started $43 million in construction on our new middle school, an activities complex at the high school, renovation of the high school pool, air conditioning in both high school gymnasiums, and new HVAC work at Northeast Elementary?
-      that our transportation department facilitated 197 high school athletic contest trips and 94 middle school athletic contest trips?
-      that our district continued to have teachers collaborate regularly on curriculum alignment at grade level, across grade level, and across schools to ensure consistent instructional practices?
-      that our district focused on evaluating and improving the high ability program both in selection procedures and delivery model?
-      that Westwood Elementary was once again named a Four Star school?
-      that Greenwood High School received a Four Star school rating for the 5th consecutive year?
-      that Isom Elementary added the school district’s first elementary Robotics Club team?
-      that Greenwood Middle School started its first ever alternative school “within the school”?
-      that Northeast Elementary implemented peer observations where teachers observed peers and participated in a debriefing to share “glows” and “grows”?  This process allowed the school to highlight high impact instructional strategies.
-      that the Southwest Elementary 4th grade math bowl team won the state championship?
-      that our food service program served 375,835 lunches and 107,197 breakfasts?
-      that our district added 180 laptops for social studies textbook adoption and 25 Ipads at Westwood?  This is in addition to 400 laptops added in 2014-15 as well as plans in 2016-17 to add 270 Ipads K-1st grade, 120 laptops for 2nd grade, 250 tablets for middle school, and 165 tablets for high school.
-      that our district’s general overall financial health has increased to allow for increased student programming and competitive compensation for staff? 
-      that our school bus drivers drove almost 225,000 miles in transporting students to and from school?
-      that our district has made a financial commitment for more teacher professional development to occur in the summer to avoid teachers being out of the classroom during the school year?
-      that a cohort of teachers K – 6th grade have been trained in the SIOP method to further help our English Language Learner students?
-      that Westwood Elementary was a regional champion in Spell Bowl?
-      that Greenwood High School was an “A” school for the 5th consecutive year?
-      that Isom Elementary had 55 adult volunteers supporting the school in various ways on a regular basis?
-      that the Greenwood Middle school robotics team in its second year of existence qualified for and competed in the state robotics competition?
-      that by state standards, Northeast Elementary excelled in the number of students experiencing significant academic growth?
-      that Southwest Elementary achieved its discipline goal of 95% positive discipline?
-      that our food service program continues to operate with a healthy financial balance?  Many school district programs struggle to be self-supporting.
-      that the district expanded technology in the elementary classrooms to include laptops in K – 2nd grade for 2016-17?
-      that employee health insurance premiums paid by the district did not increase, thus not imposing additional expenses to the general fund?
-      that our students went on 460 field trips, travelling a total of 12,130 miles?
-      that our K – 5th grade writing prompts were coordinated and revised across the district to ensure stronger articulation? 
-      that at the district level, a more articulated K – 12 staff professional development plan has been developed to be more economically efficient, targeted, and equitable to focus on areas to better meet student needs?
-      that Westwood Elementary had a 97% passing rate on the IRead3 state assessment?
-      that Greenwood High started the innovative “Connections program”, aimed at providing a variety of modalities of instruction to nurture a different learning environment for students?
-      that Isom Elementary was the home of the district’s Teacher of the Year, Amber Ploutz?
-      that Greenwood Middle School created and implemented data teams to assist with student academic needs?
-      that Northeast Elementary implemented a before school academic program serving 45 students every morning to allow for an additional 30 minutes of instruction for students?
-      that Southwest Elementary introduced “Muffins with Mom”?
-      that our staff members attended “active shooter” training presented by Jason Grable, our school resource officer? Continue reading
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10
Aug
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Picture Day at Southwest!

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Picture Day is coming up...

Mark your calendars. Fall pictures will take place on Wednesday, August 24th. Look for flyers to be coming home with your child! Continue reading
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09
Jun
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Back to School Nights

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Back to School Nights for Southwest Elementary

  • Kindergarten will be Tuesday, July 26th from 6:15pm-7:30pm.
    • Last Names Starting with A-M:
      • 6:15-6:45 Session 1 in the classroom with your teacher
      • 7:00-7:30 Session 2 in the cafeteria with Ms. Guilfoy, Principal
    • Last Names Starting with N-Z:
      • 6:15-6:45 Session 1 in the cafeteria with Ms. Guilfoy, Principal 
      • 7:00-7:30 Session 2 in the classroom with your teacher 
  • First-Fifth will be Wednesday, July 27th from 6:15pm-7:30pm.
    • Session 1 in the classroom with your teacher 6:15-6:45 
    • Session 2 in the classroom with your teacher 7:00-7:30 (repeat of session 1)

  • What to expect at Back to School Night
    • Bring your school supplies
    • Meet your teacher
    • Learn about your classroom
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11
Apr
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School Calendar Survey

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The 2015-16 school year was the first year that our school district operated under a modified balanced school district calendar. As promised by the school board, stakeholders would be surveyed to gain feedback for future calendars.  The link below contains a short survey to gain feedback for future school district calendars.  A reminder that the 2016-17 calendar has already been approved by the school board.  This feedback will be used as the 2017-18 school district calendar is developed.  The link for the survey is listed below.  The survey window closes April 29th

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KVBFX27
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03
Feb
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Pennies for Patients

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Please help Southwest Raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Soceity. Students are bringing in loose change and/or dollars to school to help fill their classroom donation boxes. Our goal is to raise $1,350! The classroom that brings in the most money will win a pizza party courtesy of our Southwest Student Council.
 
We are also taking online donations. Please visit our Southwest Donation Page and make a contribution this way!
http://events.lls.org/pages/in/SouthwestElementarySchool

Our collections will end on Friday, February 19, 2016. Don't forget that EVERY PENNY COUNTS!
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Jan
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Congrats to our January B.E.S.S.T. Students

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The following students were honored at this month's B.E.S.ST. program. They were chosen for having Self Control! Congrautalions to all of our winners!
 
Lily Bruner                Kimmy Sanchez
Aiyanna Sangster      Wes McIntyre
Allie Nichols               Keyara Johnson
Audrey Ferguson       Isaac O’Neal
Alejandro Moreno      Wendy Amador-Xique
Ty Chaney                 Charlee Mayo
Andrew Vornheder    Dominic Soubeih
Jesse Elmore              Alyssa Hamm
Hank Moseman          Kinsey McIntyre
Kate Boyce                Ella Stivers
Sophia Hignite           Devin Weidner
Hayden White            Gavin Rice
Annika Shaffer           Ellie Irwin
Omri Newsom            Ricky Hanus
Nolan Curtis              Mariah Butler
Noah Shaffer             Maleigha Moreno
Xander Sisson           Caleb Loughmiller
Gavin Allen                Zaleeah Dudley
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