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Harrison Elementary Update

Posted on: March 31, 2023

I hope everyone had a great Spring Break. We are currently into State Testing mode and are excited to have the students show “all they have learned” throughout the year. Please make sure your child is here each and every day.

We are 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. The second part of this engagement is to attend one of three Town Hall meetings. The meeting taking place at Harrison Elementary School will be on April 19th from 6 pm – 8 pm. Your attendance is greatly appreciated. More information about registering for this event is listed below.

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.

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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.


Summer Camps

Attached to the bottom of this email is a PDF file of athletic summer camps sponsored through the Athletic Boosters. Contact information for each of the clubs are also listed if you have questions.


Progress Book

The Frontline ProgressBook Parent & Student Mobile App v1.0.2 is now available in both app stores. 

This release will now support the ability to receive push notifications for Missing Assignment and Low Mark alerts once upgraded. Once upgraded, the app will prompt parents and students to enable push notifications on their device if they wish to receive them. This update also contains enhancements to the calendar view which allows users to further filter and collapse the calendar to see more assignments for a chosen day.

Parents and students will be prompted to update their app on their device.

Here is a video on how to set up Missing Assignment and Low Assignment Marks Notifications in the Frontline Parent and Student mobile app v1.0.2.


State Testing Schedule

Monday, April 3 – 5th Grade Reading Part 1

Tuesday, April 4 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading Part 1 & 5th Grade Reading Part 2

Wednesday, April 5 – 3rd and 4th Grade Reading Part 2

Wednesday, April 19 – 5th Grade Science Part 1

Thursday, April 20 – 5th Grade Science Part 2

Tuesday, April 25 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math Part 1

Wednesday, April 26 – 3rd and 4th Grade Math Part 2 & 5th Grade Math Part 1

Thursday, April 27 – 5th Grade Math Part 2


Transportation Surveys – Third Request

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. 


Super Ollie’s Sidekicks Blood Drive

Save lives in support of Ollie. Ollie is a first-grade student at Harrison Elementary who has recently had multiple hospital stays and has needed many blood infusions. A Blood Drive in support of Ollie will be held at Harrison Elementary School, on Tuesday, June 6 from noon to 6pm, in the gymnasium. See attached flyer or by calling Hoxworth at (513) 451-0910. Spots are limited and your help is needed. See you on June 6th.


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

March Minutes - Click Here 

Next PTO meeting will be MONDAY, April 17, 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.

Please make sure you are calling in your student’s absence when out. This way they will be marked excused versus unexcused. You can begin calling the school office at 7:45 am or leave a message on the attendance message line.


Building Character

April’s Monthly Character Trait is Empathy

  1. The ability to understand and share the feelings of another
  2. See things from their point of view
  3. Imagine yourself in their place
  4. It is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they must be feeling

Character Effect Strengths:

Week of April 3-Kindness is being helpful and nice to others.

Week of April 10th-Curiosity is defined as, I explore the world around me with an open mind and ask questions often

Week of April 17th-Perspective is defined as, I can see other people’s points of view and offer good advice.

Week of April 24th- Mindfulness means being present and fully engaged in each moment

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



Athletic Booster Summer Camps Flyer – Click Here 

Super Ollie’s Blood Drive Flyer – Click Here 


Important Items for the Week Ahead

Monday, April 3 – Dance Catz Recital Rehearsal at the High School

Tuesday, April 4 Dance Catz Recital – 7 pm

Wednesday, April 5 – Marching Kittens Recital Rehearsal at Jr School

Thursday, April 6 – Marching Kittens Baton Recital – 7 pm @ Harrison Jr School

Friday, April 7 – Good Friday – No School for Students and Staff

Monday, April 10 – Easter Monday – 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