Back to School Bash – August 15

We would like to invite all of our parents and students to come celebrate back-to-school with us on Tuesday, August 15th from 3:00 – 4:30.   Come have fun with us!




Meet the Teacher – August 24

We invite parents and students to stop by the campus on Thursday, August 24th between 2:00 and 5:00pm to meet the teachers, tour the campus and check out your classroom.

We look forward to seeing you.




August 28 – First Day of School

Welcome to another wonderful school year! It’s so hard to believe we’re getting ready for 2017-2018 to begin. It’s our hope that all our Southwest Schools families had a safe summer and are ready to begin an exciting school year.  The teachers and staff are looking forward to seeing everyone again and are eager to meet our new families in the community.

We’ll see you on the 28th!




August 19th is the Mangum Open House, Health Fair & Food Bank Distribution

Parents and students are invited to visit our campus on Friday August 19th for our annual Open House.  Events include Meet the Teacher, Health Fair with free screenings & immunizations, and the return of our Food Bank distribution.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Meet the Teacher  2:00 – 5:00

Food Bank Distribution  1:00 – 4:00

Health Fair:  1:00-4:00




Congratulations to Southwest Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to all of our campus Teachers of the Year and our District Teacher of the Year, John Tano.  Their respective nominations are a result of their support of their students, teamwork with their peers and overall commitment to education.

Pictured right to left: John Tano (High School),  Shawn Ceppi (Phoenix School), Katrina Wilson (Mangum Elementary); Dr. Brenda Arteaga (Superintendent); Prathea Walker (Middle School); Claudia Celis(Young Learners); and Jose DeLeon (Bissonnet Elementary.

 

 




Annual Cupid’s Strike Bowling Bash Fundraiser to be Held February 2016 

We are shining our bowling balls and buffing our bowling shoes in preparation for Southwest Schools 4th Annual “Cupid’s Strike Bowling Bash” Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 PM at Palace Lanes (4191 Bellaire Blvd. Houston TX, 77025).

Last year, we raised over $10,000, with all proceeds going directly to student scholarships. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000 which includes payment of students’ college application fees as wells as traditional scholarships.

As a Sponsor, you will have a lifelong impact on the education of children and the lives of their families.  Sponsorship is tax deductible and includes two hours of bowling, food, raffles and more! We invite you to join us and support our efforts to continue providing scholarships to deserving students.

On behalf of our students, I thank you for what you’ve already done for them.  And I thank you in advance for your continued support.   If you have any questions, please call Marcus Brewer at 713-784-6345. Looking forward to seeing you at the bowling alley.  (click here to learn more and to register)  

 

Angela Murphy                                              

Board Member/Event Chair

 

Dr. Spyros Catechis

Founder/CEO & Event Co-Chair




School Starts August 24th – We’re Excited for A New Year!

All Southwest Schools campuses officially begin the 2015-2016 school year on August 24th.  While our teachers and staff are busy getting the classrooms ready, there are a few things you can do to help your child prepare to transition back to a school schedule.

 

  • Bedtime Routine: Going back to school means an end to staying up late. To help your child transition back to waking up early, try going to bed one hour earlier every night and waking up earlier…start this routine several weeks before school starts, not the night before.

The National Sleep Foundation provides guidelines for the amount of sleep children should get at different ages. They suggest kids between the ages of 3 and 5 get 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night; ages 6 to 13 need 9 to 11 hours of sleep; and teens 14 and older should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.

  • Annual Checkup (Dental and Eye exams too)  Annual checkups should be done by a pediatrician before the start of each new school year to ensure that your child’s medical records and vaccinations are up to date. (You might need to provide this information to the school.)
  • Nutrition and Mealtime:  The majority of kids spend the summer eating differently, with less rules and more tasty treats, now’s the time to change that. Summertime snacks should not go in the brown bag. Before the new school year starts, get your child back into the habit of eating three regular meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also good to check with your child’s school to find out about lunch options and meal schedules before the start of the new school year.

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved tips.

  • Meet the teacher: For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school bash. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face.
  • Take a tour: If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with his/her school and classroom will help avoid first day jitters. Together you can meet her teacher, find her desk, or explore the cafeteria and playground.
  • Shop for supplies: Get a copy of the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help his/her feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.
  • Ease into the routine: Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.

 

 




Southwest Schools District Meets Standard of Texas Education Agency

 

Southwest Schools is pleased to announce that the District (and all schools therein) earned “Met Standard” rating for the state for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) established the standards to encompass four primary criteria:

  • Index 1: Student Achievement—Based on the percentage of test scores at or above the satisfactory level. (All students)
  • Index 2: Student Progress—A weighted composite based on the percentage of test scores that met or exceeded progress measures on reading, writing and math. Growth is evaluated by subject and by student group. 
(All students; student groups by race/ethnicity; English language learners; special education)
  • Index 3: Closing Performance Gaps—Based on improving academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students and the two lowest performing ethnic groups at each campus or district. (All economically disadvantaged students; student groups by race/ethnicity)
  • Index 4: Postsecondary Readiness—Based on high school completion rates and the percentage of students graduating on the Recommended or Distinguished plans. This measure only applies to districts and high school campuses. 
(All students; student groups by race/ethnicity; English language learners; special education)
  • According to TEA Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, “Under the new accountability system, these designations recognize outstanding work at the campus level that would not be acknowledged in previous years.”