The Raider Newsletter: March 2019

The Raider Newsletter: March 2019
The Raider Newsletter is published monthly to keep you informed of our school and of upcoming events. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Principal’s Message
We are now in the month of March and there are a number of important events taking place. Our Boys Basketball Team has made it to the CIF State Boys Basketball Championships for Division 5! Please root them on as they continue their amazing season under our very own Coach Selland, a proud Southwest High teacher. Spring Break is right around the corner. There will be no school from Monday, March 25 through Friday, April 5. School resumes on Monday, April 8. Please try to schedule any doctors’ visits and family trips during our Spring Break. We begin state testing when we return in April. Do not hesitate to contact us whenever you have a question and/or comment, the administrative team will respond promptly. We are a team when it comes to the education of your child and your children are my priority. We welcome you to visit your school and have lunch with your child, just make sure to check in first in the Main Office. We, the entire Southwest High Staff, look forward to working with you and to continue to move our school forward.
– Mr. Villanueva
Counseling Office News: Counselors are gearing up to meet with all grade levels to select their courses for the following school year. Counselors will be reviewing students’ credits and doing grade level presentations. Parents, we encourage you to review the course selections with your child. The first six-week progress report is coming out Friday, March 1. Please review your students’ academic progress, check Infinite Campus regularly and keep open communication with your students’ teachers/ counselors. Please see the dates below for more information:
Course Selections for the 2019-2020 School Year:
March 11,12 10th Grade Student Course Selection
March 14, 15 9th Grade Student Course Selection
March 18-21 11th Grade Student Course Selection
March 13 Senior Southwestern College CTE Visit…see Mr. Tulao in Counseling
March 16 Adelante Mujer at UCSD…see Ms. Castellanos in Counseling
Senior Deadlines:
FAFSA/Dream Act Application deadline is March 2, 2019
Student Health Center News: The Student Wellness Center is open Monday – Friday from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please note that we are experiencing a higher than usual volume of students with illness due to the cold/flu season. It’s often difficult for parents to know whether their child is too sick to attend school. Here are some general guidelines:
Do not send your child to school if:
• They have a temperature over 100.4° F or 38° C
• They vomited more than once, vomited the evening/night before
• They have frequent, uncontrollable diarrhea
Registration Information for the 2019-20 School Year: New state Immunization laws will be taking effect this upcoming year. Students enrolling in 7th- 12th grades, or transferring to another school campus, will now be required to have 2 varicella shots and 3 Hepatitis B shots, in addition to previous requirements. We encourage all parents to log into Infinite Campus and update their student’s immunizations.
Save the Date! Big Smiles of California, a mobile dental clinic is coming to Southwest High School on Monday, April 15 to provide dental services, to include cleaning, fluoride, sealants, x-rays, and restorative care if
needed. Services are free, and all students are eligible. Registration is required. Look for packet information within the next 2 weeks.
Please contact Ms. Serrano, Health Technician, at 619-628-8369, or Ms. Nuñez, R.N. at 619- 628-3670 for further assistance.
Attendance: Students are placed on the Non-Privileged list when they accumulate 10 or more periods of unexcused absences. To clear these absences students must attend Saturday School. Absences can only be excused within the first 30 days after the absence occurs.
We will be having a Pre-SARB (attendance contract) meeting on 3/13/2019. If your student has excessive attendance, you will be asked to come in on this day to sign a Pre-SARB contract.
For questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Tapia at 619-628-3663 or
Saturday Schools this Month: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16
Athletics: All spring sports have now begun. Below are the coaches contact information. We are still accepting athletes for most sports. For questions or concerns, please contact any of the coaches below or contact Mr. Tapia at 619-628-3663 or
Spring Sports Coaches:
Men’s Track – Coach Buse: Room 907
Women’s Track – Coach Tompkins: Room 209
Baseball – Coach Ski: Room 1105
Softball – Coach Russell:
Men’s Volleyball – Coach Adriana:
Men’s Tennis – Coach Roncoroni: Room 206
Men’s Lacrosse – Coach Garcia:
Women’s Lacrosse – Coach Nestlerode:
Swim and Dive – Coach Carson: Room 705
Men’s Golf – Coach Ruz:
ASB: The Associate Study Body (ASB) office is here to serve you and your students. We are open daily from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm and may assist you with school-related information and payments for all student-related activities and events. Our ASB family focuses on building and maintaining a positive school environment and works collaboratively with our staff and student body in ensuring a successful high school experience for all stakeholders. Our ASB Weekly Updates can be found on our school website and parents/guardians are welcomed to call our office at any time for additional information and support at (619) 628-3650.
Senior Information: We are currently working on finalizing all details for our Second Semester Senior Countdown. Once finalized, copies will be given to all Seniors and the information will also be posted on our school website.
• Grad Nite: Grad Nite is Saturday, May 18th. There are only a handful of seats left. Stop by the ASB for current prices.
• Prom: Prom is Saturday, April 27th. Students can continue making payments at the ASB for Prom tickets. Stop by the ASB for current prices.
• Eligibility: Seniors MUST clear all absences and tardies and pay all debts owed PRIOR to attending any Senior Activity. Students who have already purchased a ticket for Grad Nite or Prom have until the week before the event to be cleared or they will need to sell their ticket to another Senior who is eligible to attend.
• Graduation: Our Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 7th at 3:00 pm, at Southwestern College.
ELAC: The English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) is meeting on Friday, March 8, at 9:00 am in Room 211. We will discuss important issues regarding programs for English Language Learners. We will also recognize students who have improved their English proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing. Students who have not missed any assignments, who have great attendance and citizenship will also be recognized.
The next Raider Newsletter will come out on Friday, April 12, 2019.