Principal's Message

+Mr. Yockel with Sammy the Sea Lion

Dear Southwest Middle School Families,

Monday was Presidents' Day and a student and teacher holiday.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful three-day weekend.  I would like to start my newsletter by recognizing Avery Kaak.  Avery was our school's Reflections Contest winner for a musical composition piece titled "Soulstep."  Avery will now move on to the state competition after winning an Award of Merit at the County level.  Congratulations Avery! 

Progress reports were published on Skyward Parent Access this week.  Please be sure to check your child's progress if you haven't already.  If you need to set up a parent and teacher(s) conference, please call the front office. 

We are having our third intramural volleyball match next Wednesday, starting at 3:30 PM.  Our volleyball teams are having a wonderful time competing with each other!  Our first track meet is on Wednesday, February 24th. It will start at 3:30 PM.  I am looking forward to seeing our track stars competing! 

Our next Emotional/Mental Health lessons will be on Thursday during an extended fifth period.  We are also having picture day on February 22nd!  More information will be coming early next week through a Connect Orange phone message regarding LaunchEd students and pictures. 

Thank you for your continued support of Southwest Middle School, and remember, GO SEA LIONS!

Chuck Yockel

Updated February 16th, 2020

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100% of the Class of 2020 entered college - MIT, Harvard, William and Mary, Dartmouth, Duke, most Florida universities, and smaller local colleges

While students enter universities with the plan to major in a wide variety of subjects, many indicate majors in International Business, International Affairs, Political Science, Art Programs, and Urban Studies, with career plans that include the Foreign Service, diplomacy, teaching abroad, and working for the UN.

CIS students outperform district and state results by an average of 40% for reading scores and over 50% for math scores.

Six of our school's top 10 Highest Ranked Students for the Class of 2019 were CIS students.

Over 3 million dollars in scholarship money was offered to CIS 2019 graduating seniors, including four CIS students who received athletic scholarships.