Points of Pride
The cheerleaders and cheerleading coach have worked with student, Alyssa, to allow her to participate as a cheerleader. The homecoming pep rally was her first time cheering! Not sure if you could use this, or the pictures, but it was a big moment for a student in Special Ed (LINC) and I think for the cheerleading squad to show such inclusion and support...a wonderful team moment! So happy to be a part of this campus!
Over the summer AMP students placed 4th in the nation in the SkillsUSA Broadcast News Production Contest.
This fall, AMP students have shot video at the following district events, College Expo, Career Fair, State of Education and prepared videos for the upcoming November principal’s meeting.
These students have shot video at volleyball games, football games and produced the homecoming pep rally show.
The Southwest HS JROTC program competed in the Mansfield ISD Drill Meet on Saturday October 8, 2016 with the following results.
Male Physical Training Team Placed 3rd.
Team Members: Mivon Asita, Christopher Erving, Jaylan Wilson and Noah Castro.
The team also took 3d place in the Push up event
Mivon Asita took first place individual in the Push Up event.
The Female Physical Training team took 3d place in the 100 yard dash
Team Members: Asia King, ShaMya Matthews, Cortney Weeks, and Daissy Oluoch
Female top Color Guard Commander Aisa King.
The Unarmed Drill Team Placed 2nd
Team Members: Mivon Asita, Daissy Oluoch, Sophia Cantu, McKenzie Williams, Julian Davis, Aisa King, Taylor Penx, Elanor Martinez , Mikaela Gonzalez, Lizeteh Sanchez.
Many of our German students and participants in our World Cultures/Languages Club organized and ran the family activities during the Fort Worth Oktoberfest on September 22, 23, 24, at Panther Island Pavilion. Oktoberfest organizers and participants were full of compliments for our students' work. World Cultures/Languages club meets Wednesdays after school in room 311.
A group of French I and II students will participate in the annual Journée d'immersion (French Immersion Day) at Argyle High School on Saturday, November 12, from 8:30 to 12:30. Students will participate in numerous fun activities to learn more about French language and culture.
The German classes and the World Cultures/Languages clubs will host a group of students from the IGS (Integrierte Gesamthauptschule) high school in Trier, Germany, on April 4, 5 or 6. They will attend German and several other classes in the company of student hosts selected from German classes and the World Cultures/Languages Club.
Sister Cities International
An organizing meeting for Sister Cities international travel opportunities occurred Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 PM, Several students from our school have submitted applications to travel to cities such as Nagaoka, Japan; Toluca, Mexico, and Trier, Germany.
We have an active GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) that meets weekly after school. Students did a great job decking one the halls with circus images for Homecoming week, and have participated in Fort Worth Pride and Youth Pride events.
National Honor Society has 96 inductees, the highest number ever! Last year we had 84, which was our previous high. The NHS tradition at SHS is growing.
The incoming freshmen participated in a leadership camp before school started on Monday, August 8, 2016. The students enthusiastically participated in activities coordinated by Leadership on the Move and enjoyed a pizza lunch supported by the IPAA/PESA Education Center. All of the ninth graders were given a t-shirt recognizing the event that was designed by our own 10th grade IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy student, Luis Tinoco. Some senior academy students also participated to welcome the incoming freshmen.
Southwest High School’s Gold Seal Program of Choice, the IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy at Southwest High School (IPAS) participated in the Trinity Trash Bash in mid-September. An essential part of preparing students for the field of engineering is to also teach them how to be leaders in the community. Academy students participate in several service projects as a team and individually, as well as have opportunities to participate in field trips, competitions and listen to guest speakers.
The IPAA/PESA Petroleum Academy at Southwest High School (IPAS) freshmen students earned first place in the Shell STEM Showdown at the University of Houston on September 23, 2016. This competition is a nationally acclaimed Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education awareness program, powered by Great Minds in STEM™. The students completed a full day of hands-on STEM-related activities alongside college students from the University of St. Thomas. Exciting activities included building two cranes that could physically transfer cargo from one crane to another, and a rover challenge where students optimized code and designed a rover robot to autonomously navigate a specified course. Southwest High School’s Academy was awarded $3,500 and a trophy. A medal was given to each student for their overall outstanding performance on the two challenges, as well as on their ability to work well with their mentor students from the university. The first place winners are Nicholas Farr, Daniel Martinez, Carlos Martinez, Jacob Vitela, Kei’shon Hawkins, Tung Pi, Daniel Kombe, Jailen Guptin, Dedrick Legan, Reymundo Lopez, Jacobey Watson, Martin Rangel, Ja’don Tate, Jalen Clayton, Kody Bounds, Brett Walters, Esau Luna Rendon, Waylin Fogarty, Kaliyia Boyd, Jaqueline Yohana Estrada, Isabella Diaz, Jatieya Davis, Jillian Norrell and Esther Feld.
The IPAS seniors in the business strand participated in Ignite the Spark Kick-Off Event at Tarrant County College on Wednesday, September 28th for the Junior Achievement (JA) Company Program. The event begins 13 week long sessions this fall, followed by extensive preparation for competition and liquidation in the spring semester. It is computer based and business volunteers will serve as consultants to the students, as they work through the program to develop their business venture. The student team will use creativity, planning, marketing, sales, organizational and leadership skills to start an actual business. They will make decisions and answer questions about funding, management and teamwork. Major benefits of participating in the JA Company Program are networking with local executives, learning from entrepreneurs and developing professional skills. Qualified students who complete a JA program can also apply for a local JA Scholarship.