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Harrison Elementary Update

Posted on: March 10, 2023

Thanks to all of the students, families, and staff members who participated in our Family Reading Night last evening. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of the event.

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 – Your HELP is NEEDED

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.


Title 1 Yearly Family Survey - Parents please click on link below

The Title One Parent Survey will be used to assist us with future planning for parental involvement activities and events at Harrison Elementary. Your comments and concerns are very important, since they influence the direction programs will take in the future. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.  Please complete one survey per family by Thursday, March 16, 2023.


Transportation Surveys Due back to School 

Just a friendly reminder that transportation intent letters for next school year were sent home this week.  Please mark any necessary changes for next school year and return those forms to the school office as soon as possible so that transportation can start the several month process of routing for next year.  While we understand that some changes may be necessary to transportation requests between now and the start of next school year, this does help our transportation staff get a head start on some of these requested changes, planning and adjusting bus routes, and looking at the potential need for additional bus drivers - which are hard to find right now.  We already have two full-time and one part-time bus driver position open for next school year.  If you know anyone interested in becoming a bus driver, please have them reach out to or for details. 


Joey the Can-Do Kangaroo – Book

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


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 3/13: 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.





Important Items for the Week Ahead

Monday, March 13 – PTO Planning Meeting – 7:00 pm school cafeteria

Tuesday, March 14 – 4 pm. 5th Grade Academic Team VS Faculty

Thursday, March 16 – Pee Wee Penguin banking Day

Friday, March 17 – Teacher Work- Day – No School for Students

Monday, March 20 – Sunday March 26 – Spring Break – 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