Principal's Message

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Dear Southwest Middle School families,

I would like to congratulate the following track stars for their performances at the District track meet last week-

Grace Gordon came in 4th for the 400
Idriz Musovic came in 7th in the 1600 and earned a personal best time
McHenry Fortilien came in 14th for the long jump
Congrats to these amazing Sea Lions for their accomplishments!
I had the pleasure of attending the West Orange Chamber of Commerce SOAR Award ceremony at West Orange High last Monday with Daniela Hernandez Narino.  Daniela is an amazing student who is one of the most responsible students I have ever met.  I am sad to see her moving on to high school, but I know she is going to find great success there and in life.  


I would like to congratulate our Orchestra and Beginning Band students for their outstanding performances this past week.  It is always heartwarming to see how much our music students have grown.  Next Tuesday (5/17), we have our Band concert at 7PM at Dr. Phillips High School and Chorus concert on Wednesday at 7PM at Dr. Phillips High School.  Please come out to hear our talented Sea Lions!  
State testing has concluded with only make-up testing going on next week for 7th and 8th grade students.  In addition, our Common Final Exams will begin next week.  Next Friday (5/20) is our 8th Grade Grad Venture at Universal Studios.  I know that our 8th graders will have a wonderful time.  

8th grade parents, don’t forget to purchase your graduate’s yard sign at the front office
or online at;!!OJzR9A!ex8MWgTNFD1ijkvTwAoV3Xl-ecoGlepEQN2SUPrl18j31MVRV9CfNDfGUY-6BtSmHi7HHPscF0lepTPN1ObLd6bQK1UsDn8K6YDC$ .  Signs are $10.  Let’s show our Sea Lion Pride!  Your PTSA thanks you for your support.
I'd like to recognize our final Shining Star recipient (where our teachers recognize other teachers for their outstanding work)- 8th grade Pre Algebra teacher, Mr. Jacobs! The previous winner, Mrs. McWhite, wrote the following about her colleague-

 "Mr. Jacobs is a true man of Honor who has served his country and now serving our Sea Lion with mathematical skills that will last them a lifetime. He is always willing to go that extra mile for our sea Lion students. He greets them with a smile that is inviting and says, Come on in and Let's learn Together. He is one of those straight-forward teachers. He doesn't bend until the learning takes place. Mr. Jacobs is a man of Academic Success with a line of students following the successful path of life. Thank you, Mr. Jacobs and know that you are appreciated at SWMS."

All students will be turning in their laptops and chargers (and hotspots if they have them) at the end of the school year this year. Due to the recent testing schedule changes, below is the revised schedule for device check in:

Thursday, May 19th-8th grade students through Social Studies classes that day (3rd & 5th periods only due to the exam schedule) 

Friday, May 20th-7th grade students through Social Studies classes

Monday, May 23-6th grade students through Social Studies classes 

Tuesday, May 24th-8th grade students through Social Studies classes who didn't turn it in on May 20th

If students are not able to turn in their laptop on their designated grade level day, they can turn it in on another day. Students will need to let their social studies teacher know if they can't make it on that day so an alternate day can be scheduled with the Media Center. 

Thank you for your continued support of Southwest Middle School, and remember, Go Sea Lions!


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