Good Afternoon Parents, students, and staff,
    This is Joycelyn Cassidy, Principal of SWMS with your Colt Call for the week of Jan 20 to Jan 31.  

    Parents, this is just a reminder that there is no school for students on Monday, Jan 20 for the MLK Holiday and Tuesday and Wednesday for TWD.  Students return to school on Thursday, Jan 23 and will receive a copy of any new schedules. 
    Good luck to the following students that will be representing SWM in the OC All-County Band: Noah Phaneuf, Diana Hernandez; Isabella Bitseley-Romo; and Douglas Freeman.  We are proud of their accomplishments.

    The last day to turn in a request for an encore schedule change is Wednesday Feb 5.  Forms are in the office and must be returned with a parent signature. Changes will be based on first come first serve and space availability.

    The end of the marking period was Friday, Jan 17.  Report cards will be distributed on Jan 29th.  The 7th and 8th grade have been offering opportunities for students to work on pulling up grades through either SMART Lunch or COLTS lunch.  Again, please encourage your child to take advantage of these opportunities.  If you have questions, just reach out to your child’s HR teacher.

    6th and 7th grade parents it is not too early to start thinking about the possibility and opportunity for your child to take HS credit classes as an 8th grader.  Information regarding the requirements, opportunities and selection process will be going home with report cards for the 2nd grading period.  Please take the time to review and discuss with your child.  EOG performance is a leading indicator of the selection process.

    As a reminder, please take advantage of our Military and Family Life Counselor here at Southwest Middle School. Mrs. Vega is here to provide extra support for our students with an active duty parent or guardian. These students may want someone to talk to regarding the recent events in the Middle East. She is here all-day Thursdays and Friday afternoons. Just stop by the front office or the Guidance Department to pick up a sign-up form.

    Parents, yearbooks are still available online at Balfour.com.  The price is $30.00 plus any additional cost for personalization’s.  A yearbook is a great way to hold on to those memories. 

    Mark Your Calendar: 

    •    We have a home basketball game on Thursday, 1/23 against NBMS and during the following week, we compete against DMS on 1/28 and on 1/30 we compete against TMS.  Both games are played at home.   
    •    We will be giving our ELA and Grade 8 Science benchmark on Jan 27 and Jan 28.
    •    Our Semester Academic Awards recognition is scheduled for Feb 4 at 8:15. Invitations will be sent home prior to the event. 

    This ends our Colt Call for this week. 

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, goodbye!