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Harrison Elementary Update

Posted on: May 23, 2024

It’s hard to believe that today is the end of another school year. On behalf of the staff at Harrison Elementary School – Thank YOU for a GREAT Year!!! Have a safe summer and we will see everyone back in August.

Don’t forget the PTO Skatin Place Party taking place TONIGHT (May 23rd) from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. $22 per person which includes unlimited skating rental, laser tag, bumper cars, clip-in-climb ropes course OR $10 per skater which includes skating and skate rental.  Special Offer at Concessions: $5 for two slices of pizza and a medium drink.

A huge thanks to the Harrison PTO for their financial support sponsoring the 5th Grade Celebration. A special thanks goes out to Phoeba Kellough for her countless hours of planning and organizing the event along with all of her parents volunteers.

As we enter summer break, please remember to pay your child’s school fees. Those students whose fees are not paid by the end of the school year will not have their names posted on class lists in August. Reminders have gone home (most recently last week). If you have any questions, please call the school office.

If you still would like to purchase a yearbook for your child there are still about 5 yearbooks left and will be sold for $15.00 – first come, first sold. Please feel free to come to the office or send your child to school with the money.

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 at school.  

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The students continue to demonstrate our Four Core Values – Trust, Respect, Ownership and Leadership – throughout the day.

Have a great summer. See you in August

Ron Mangus



Katie Conley

Dean of Students

Southwest Local Schools Parent Survey 2023: Elementary Schools

In the Southwest Local School District, we strive for excellence through the relationships we build with all our stakeholders.  Partnering with parents is crucial for the success of our students and our school community.  We value your input and would like to know your thoughts on our school climate and services.  This information will help to inform our decision-making as we work to continuously meet the needs of all our students and provide an excellent educational experience for our families.  Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.  Your feedback is very important to us.

Survey Link - Click Here or paste the following URL into your web browser


Southwest Local School District Mind Peace Parent Survey different from above

Southwest Local School District is partnered with MindPeace to help your school community improve mental health and wellness support and access to mental health treatment. Your confidential input will be invaluable, so thank you for taking this short survey. Please click on the link below to access the brief survey.


School Office Hours

The school office summer hours are 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. The school office will be open most days. A list of days will be posted on the front doors. Please feel free to call the school office prior to coming up. Schedule is subject to change throughout the summer.


Needing to Speak with Mr. Kinnett, our School Counselor?

Mr. Kinnett does not work at school during the summer. If your family has specific needs or need to speak with him, please email him at


2024 – 2025 School Supply Kits

Would you like to let someone else do all the shopping for your child’s school supplies for next year? Click on the link below to purchase next year’s classroom supplies. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. The supplies will be boxed and delivered to your child’s next year classroom in August and ready for you to pick up at Open House.

Link to Brite School Kits - Click Here 


Did You Know…..

Last week, we continued our five-part video series about how school finance works at SLSD. In the first video, we discussed the history of past levies here at Southwest, and how SLSD utilizes your tax dollars to ensure a quality education and opportunities for every student. 

If you missed last week’s video or the previous parts in our school finance series, you can view them by clicking below:

Video #1:

Video #2:

Video #3:

This week, our finance series continues with a focus on how enrollment and inflation impact expenditures at SLSD. 

You can watch this new video here:

The big takeaway is that, as enrollment increases at SLSD, the amount of money being spent also increases. Ensuring that every student gets the the education they deserve in every building is critical, and spending increases as enrollment increases. Additionally, economic inflation plays a role in how much the district spends. As costs for services, maintenance and more increase, so do the budgets associated with those expenditures.

We continue to provide the information that we’ve been hearing the community ask for throughout our efforts to engage more directly with residents, parents, and students.

Stay tuned for Part 5 of our series, which will provide more information on how new residential developments impact school finance.


Super Ollie’s Sidekicks Blood Drive – June 4th – Slots still Available

Save lives in memory of Ollie. Ollie was a second-grade student at Harrison Elementary who had multiple hospital stays and needed many blood infusions. A Blood Drive in support of Ollie will be held at Harrison Elementary School, on Tuesday, June 4th from noon to 2pm and 3:30 – 6 pm, in the school gymnasium. See attached flyer for a registration QR Code or by calling Hoxworth at (513) 451-0910. Spots are limited and your help is needed. See you on June 4th.


Gear up for a summer of learning and fun! 

Have you signed up for Summer Camp yet? If not, now is the time! Some camps begin next week! We are pleased to offer a wide range of summer camps tailored to a variety of interests, and are eagerly anticipating a summer filled with exciting activities and opportunities for growth. From athletics, to fine arts, to robotics - we have something for everyone!

Click HERE for more details and to register!


World’s Finest Chocolates

We have roughly 8 boxes of chocolates still available to sell. To make some money on the remaining boxes we are going to sell them for $35 each versus the normal $60. There are only a few almonds boxes with the remaining boxes mixed. If you are interested in purchasing one of the remining boxes for $35 please call or stop by the office. Money is needed at the time you pick up the chocolates and are sales are final.


Food Services

Southwest Schools prides itself on offering the lowest school lunch prices in the area, while still covering all operational costs associated with our food service program.  With that in mind, we do not anticipate raising prices for the 2024-25 school year.  As a reminder, if you feel like your family may be eligible for free or reduced lunch prices based on your household income, then you should apply online via the “Food Service” tab of the district website (  Applications for the 2024-25 school year will be open in early- to mid-July.  Acceptance into the free or reduced lunch program could also provide other benefits that may include academic fee waivers, holiday church help, or summer EBT program benefits.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sue Toelke or Adam Lohbeck at (513) 367-4139.


Progress Book and Abre

Parents – if you are having trouble accessing ProgressBook or the Abre Parent Portal email for help.


Kindergarten Registration – 2024 – 2025 – Don’t let time run out!!!

The Southwest Local School District will begin kindergarten registration for the 2024 - 2025 school year Feb 1 beginning at 6 am. 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. When your 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 documents have been received and are acceptable to complete your registration. See the district page for age requirements and immunization requirements.


PTO Planning Meetings

Please click on the link below for the meeting minutes. The next PTO Meeting will take place in August. Have a Great Summer

April PTO Minutes -  Click Here 

Hope to see you soon!

Harrison PTO



Super Ollie Blood Drive Flyer – Click Here 


Important Items for the Week Ahead

Thursday, May 23 – PTO Skatin Place Event 5:30 – 8:30 pm - TONIGHT

Tuesday, August 13 – Open House

Thursday, August 15 – First Day of School for Students

Monday, September 2 – Labor Day – No School for Students and Staff


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