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Harrison Elementary Update

Posted on: March 3, 2023

Thanks to all of the students, families, community members and staff members who participated in our Acceptance Week programs. Our school committee and community members really came together to provide a lot of information. I have posted A LOT of pictures throughout the week on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Listed below is a link for the book our students heard on Wednesday from our visiting author. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please click on the link.

Last week you should have received an email asking you to participate in a public engagement campaign to be better understand the wants, needs and opinions of every member of the community when it comes to our school district. The first step in this process is a districtwide survey. Please see the link below to participate. Everybody’s voice and opinions are needed.

Don’t forget you can now follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Please make sure you are members of the correct sites. There were several “unofficial” sites created and we are trying to inactivate them. I have been posting a lot of pictures of events happening at Harrison Elementary. Feel free to send them out to family and friends. This is a great way to keep up on events in the school. New pictures have been added this week.

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We have had a great start to the new school year. The students are demonstrating our Four Core Values – Trust, Respect, Ownership and Leadership – throughout the day.

Have a great weekend!

Ron Mangus


Rachel Miller

Dean of Students


Community Engagement Survey

In the Southwest Local School District, we work hard to engage with parents and staff to better understand the needs of the district.  We strive to give your children the best possible educational experience - and to do that we need feedback from you.

Last week, we launched a public engagement campaign to better understand the wants, needs, and opinions of every member of the community when it comes to our school district.  We are beginning this effort with a districtwide survey.  Your participation will assist us in making critical decisions and will guide our planning moving forward.

You can participate in our survey by clicking HERE - it should only take you a few minutes.

Once you have completed the survey yourself, we highly encourage you to share it with others in our community - the more feedback we get the more effectively we can serve you.

Find out more about our Community Engagement process, including our upcoming series of Town Hall Meetings, by visiting  If you are interested in attending one or more of the town halls, you can RSVP by clicking HERE.

Thank you in advance for participating in this process - it truly is important for the future of our district.


 Joey the Can-Do Kangaroo – Book

Several students, after attending the author visit on Wednesday, have asked about purchasing a copy of Joey the Can-Do Kangaroo. Listed below is a link for the book.


Title 1 Reading Night – A Learning Adventure

Learning is an adventure and like any adventure, there will be highs and low, moments for students to shine, and times when they may struggle. This is part of the normal ebb and flow of any journey. Through this learning journey, we do not want to lose sight of the fact that learning should be fun and exciting! Join us for a night of laughs and discovery as we address learning through games, activities, and problem solving! We will also explore using your child’s strengths to fuel their learning! More information will be sent home shortly.

Who: K-5 Harrison Elementary Students & Families

When: Thursday, March 9, 2023, 5:30-7:00pm

Where: Harrison Elementary School 


Mother-Son & Daddy-Daughter Dances

Save the date for the upcoming Mother – Son Dance Saturday, April 1 and Daddy – Daughter Dance Friday, March 31. The theme this year is Around the World. The dances will be held from 7 pm – 9 pm. The cost will be $20 per couple/$5 for extra student. More information and a link to purchase tickets will be sent home in the coming weeks. 


Kindergarten Registration – 2023-2024 – Spots are FILLING UP!!!

The Southwest Local School District will begin kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year Feb 1. Registration can be completed online from any computer. Detailed instructions regarding the online application will be available on the district's website ( under New Student Registration Tab at midnight on February 1st. When you online forms are completed and all required documents have been uploaded, call the district registrar at district office at 513-728-8401 to make sure the document shave been received and are acceptable to complete your registration. See the district page for age requirements and immunization requirements. Spots are filling up quickly. Please get your kindergarten students registered now before classes close.


PTO Planning Meetings

February Minutes -  Click Here 

Next PTO meeting will be MONDAY, March 13, 2023, at 7 pm

Hope to see you soon!

Harrison PTO


Absences and Tardies

Lately we have experienced a lot of tardies and student absences. It is that time of the year, but our State Truancy Laws do not account for seasonal absences. Letters and court referrals are computer generated after key number of hours missed. Please follow up with Ms. Miller, our Dean of Students, with any questions or concerns.


Building Character

March’s Monthly Character Trait is Compassion – Compassion is helping and being kind to people who are sad or struggling.

Character Effect:

Week 3/6: Hope- Hope is defined as feeling positive when you think about the future.

Week 3/13: Forgiveness- Forgiveness is defined as, I believe that everyone deserves a second chance. I can let things go.

Week 3/20: No School

Week 3/28: Friendship- Friendship is getting along well with others and your friends can count on you.

Please reinforce these weekly strengths at home and throughout the month. 


Help Wanted – Crossing Guard – THIS IS A PAID POSITION!!!!!

Harrison Elementary School is looking for a Crossing Guard starting immediately.  This Crossing Guard position location is in front of the school building helping to cross students and parents along with traffic control.  The Crossing Guard will be needed one hour in the morning (8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.); and one hour in the afternoon at dismissal (3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.). We would be open to anybody who might be interested in just one of the hours. Call Mr. Mangus and ask any questions.

All interested parties please send an email to Ron Mangus, Principal, at . Person offered this position will need to get fingerprinted and pass a background check.


Bus Passes

Due to the number of children riding the bus this year, NO bus passes will be written for students wishing to go home with another student. Please decide for transportation once the students have arrived home. If bus situations change throughout the year, please complete a new bus route information sheet, and submit it to our office to be processed at District Office.



Reading Learning Adventure Flyer - Click Here 

 Harrison Job Fair Flyer - Click Here 


Important Items for the Week Ahead

Tuesday, March 7 – Kindergarten Grandparents’ Day

            -           9:30 – AM Kindergarten and Full Day

            -           2:00 – PM Kindergarten

Wednesday, March 8 – Spring Pictures

Thursday, March 9 – Title 1 Family Reading Night – 5:30 – 7 pm


DISTRICT MISSION: "Academic and Social Growth for ALL students, EVERY DAY!"

DISTRICT MOTTO: "Excellence through Relationships"

HARRISON ELEMENTARY MOTTO: "Where Children Come First"

DISTRICT CORE VALUES: Trust, Respect, Ownership and Leadership