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CHANGE TO FRIDAY HALF-DAY SCHEDULE

STORY HIGHLIGHTS: FULL DAY FRIDAYS | 1ST FRIDAY EVERY MONTH 1/2 DAY | NEW SCHEDULE TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for a great school start. Despite the
devastating events of the past few weeks and the issues that families might have endured
during Harvey, students were present and excited about starting the new school year. We are
so glad to have your family in our Southwest Schools’ community. Together we will make this a
great year for our students!

As you may know, we lost nine school days as a result of the recent storm. Although the Texas
Educational Agency (TEA) is not requiring us to make up any of that lost instructional time, we
feel that it is in the best interest of our students to add instructional time back into the school
calendar. We are adding back the instructional time to provide the educational benefits our
students deserve.

To that end, we will transition to full day Fridays with one early release Friday each month. The
early release Friday will be the first Friday of each month. The change will begin in October.
I strongly feel that this is the right decision for our students. I believe that this will benefit
Southwest Schools’ students this year and in years to come. Recognizing that this represents a
significant change from past years of practice, we are asking for your support—both with the
school and with your children—with these changes.

You will receive additional correspondence regarding the changes and schedule for early release
days from your child’s campus. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
your child’s campus principal.

Thank you for your continued support of Southwest Schools and for allowing us to be your
child’s school of choice.

All the best,

Janelle James,

Superintendent / CEO of Schools




Hurricane Harvey Donations & Relief : A Message from the Superintendent

Southwest Cares

The Southwest Schools family pledges to support one another in the aftermath of the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. Join with us to help the student families and staff members  impacted by this terrible disaster. 


Dear Southwest Schools Community,

As we transition from the impact of such an historic event as Hurricane Harvey to creating a new normalcy in our district for our staff, students, and parents, my thoughts continue to be with you for peace, safety and strength. The recovery from such a devastating weather event is never easy, yet I am comforted by the compassion and humanity of people like our Southwest community.

The next few weeks and the ongoing recovery of our region will be long and difficult. As is our culture, the Southwest Schools family will support one another and we’ll get through this together.

We invite you to donate to the relief effort that will directly aid our student families and staff members who have been impacted by this terrible disaster.

Please continue to check the districts website at http://www.swschools.org, Facebook, and Twitter to obtain important updates regarding the start of school and information and resources to support you and your family during this unexpected transitional time. If you have any questions or need to leave a message for your campus you can respond by email to info@swschools.org.

These recent bright skies give us a renewed sense of hope and are a reminder that our community is full of light and love; let’s continue to lean on each other!

All the best,

Janelle James, Superintendent/CEO of Schools

and

Dr. Spyros Catechis, Founder/CEO


Donate Now

FINANCIAL DONATIONS

http://www.swschools.org/harveyrelief

All donations will go directly to Southwest Schools Hurricane victims.

Donate Online: Select “Other” and enter “Hurricane Relief” in the text box

Donate by Check: Make checks payable to Southwest Schools and include Hurricane Relief in the memo line

FOOD, SUPPLIES & CLOTHING

September 5th – 8th

Any Southwest Schools Campus

8:00AM – 3:30PM

  • School Supplies
  • First Aid Items
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Baby Diapers, Baby Formula
  • Clothing (all sizes)
  • Cleaning Supplies




WEATHER UPDATE: Southwest Schools Closed Until September 11th

Southwest Schools campuses will reopen for students on Monday September 11th due to widespread damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Administrative and non-instructional staff are set to return to work on Tuesday, September 5th and teachers are scheduled to return to work on Wednesday, September 6th.

 The safety of our staff, our students and their families is our top priority. The storms and heavy rains that affected parts of the city make conditions too dangerous for school to begin any sooner.




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!




New Career and Technology Center

Southwest Schools is pleased to announce the expansion of Southwest Middle School and Southwest High School with the addition of the new Career and Technology Center to serve the District’s secondary students.

The STEAM facility, located within the Middle School and High School complex, will introduce more than 17,500 square feet of space for math, science, fine arts, and technology courses. Features will include flexible and collaborative spaces, state-of-the-art computer systems, industrial learning equipment, a performance hall, and more.

Known for its safe, innovative and intimate campuses, Southwest Schools will be able to accommodate an additional 60 high school and 110 middle school students from across the Houston area. “We planned this expansion as part of Southwest Schools strategic plan to provide more space for innovative teaching and learning, with a focus on enhancing 21st Century career and college readiness”, says Dr. Brenda Arteaga, Superintendent.

The Center that was designed by local Houston architect, Kay Macias, is being constructed by Longevity Realty Partners (LRP) and is scheduled to open for the 2017-2018 school year.

For enrollment information, to learn more about Southwest Schools or to become a community partner, please visit www.swschools.org.

 




Now Enrolling for the 2017-2018 School Year

Welcome New Students!

 Enrollment applications are now being accepted at all Southwest Schools campuses for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to apply.

 About Southwest Schools

Southwest Schools is a premier school district open to students in the Greater Houston Area.  Small, safe campuses provide the perfect setting to help kids Pre-K through 12th grade learn, grow and prepare for their futures!




Mangum Elementary Welcomes New School Principal

Maryury Fernandez M.Ed. – Principal

Southwest Mangum Elementary is pleased to welcome Maryury Fernandez as our new Principal and wish Dr. Olivares good luck in her new role as Chief Operations, Accountability, & Compliance Officer at Southwest Schools district headquarters.

About Ms. Fernandez:

Maryury Fernandez began her career in education in 1988.  Ms. Fernandez has served as a bilingual teacher, Bilingual/ESL Instructional Supervisor, Assistant Principal, and Multilingual & Assessment Director, mostly in Houston Independent School District and Southwest Schools. She has held positions in both the elementary and secondary settings and is deeply committed to improving academic achievement and lifelong learning skills for all students.  Maryury came to Southwest Schools in 2012, and proudly served as the Multilingual & Assessment Director for four years.  Maryury Fernandez is an advocate for all students, and she appreciates the challenges that students from low income families face.  Ms. Fernandez believes that all children can succeed when provided the right support.

She sets high expectations and supports a rigorous academic program at Mangum Elementary School.  Her number one goal is that students receive the foundation to be college and career ready and achieve lifelong success.




Delayed Start (10:00 AM) – Wednesday January 18

Due to weather conditions in the Houston area, all Southwest Schools will have a delayed start of 10:00am, today, Wednesday January 18, 2017. Schools will close at normally scheduled times.



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