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Looking at the Week Ahead

Posted on: January 26, 2024

Wednesday began our annual World’s Finest Chocolate sale. Money raised from this fundraiser will be used to pay for the Natural History Museum Science on Wheels two-day building-wide assemblies. 900 boxes of chocolates arrived on Monday. Permission slips were distributed this past week. Students must have a signed permission slip to sell. Additional permission slips are available in the school office. If you have any questions, please call Dawn in the school office. We will also have full boxes of only almond and caramel available to sell. Please help us out and sell at least one box (60 bars) of chocolates. So far 250 boxes of chocolates have been distributed.

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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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



Katie Conley

Dean of Students


World’s Finest Chocolates – Off to a Good Start but need more sellers

On Wednesday, January 24th we began our annual World’s Finest Chocolates fundraiser. The funds raised from this sale will be used to bring in more assemblies and programs for your children. In the past we were able to furnish each classroom (over a 4-year period of sales) a classroom set of computers to use throughout the day. Our goal this year is to sell 800 cases of chocolates. If every child could sell at least one box of chocolates, we will achieve this goal. Permission slips will be sent home next week with students to participate. By signing and returning this permission slip you agree and understand that the school CANNOT accept any boxes or partial boxes back once they have been given to a student, left the building and the sale has ended. If you have any questions, please call the school office.


April 8th Total Solar Eclipse - reminder

On April 8, 2024, Ohio will experience a once-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse event.  The last total solar eclipse in Ohio happened 217 years ago in 1806.  Many parts of the state, ours included, will be in total darkness for a brief period in the late afternoon.  The rest of the state will see the sun at least 95% blocked by the moon during that time. 

The timing of the total eclipse has created a tricky situation for school districts in the totality zone, as it is supposed to occur right around our dismissal time.  The issue will not be the darkness, but instead, the amount of traffic in our area, as the Ohio Emergency Management Team anticipates an extremely large number of visitors to our area to view this historic event.  It is estimated that an additional 139,000-556,000 travelers will be coming to this part of Ohio, creating gridlocked traffic conditions and travelers stopped all along our roadways.  More information and guidance from the Ohio Emergency Management team can be found here:

Due to the safety concerns regarding travel conditions, Southwest Local Schools have decided to close on Monday, April 8, 2024.  Several other districts in our area have already done the same:

The school district will be providing solar eclipse glasses to all our students and staff members so they may view the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse safely.  Those will be sent home with students during the previous week.  School will resume as normal on Tuesday, April 9th.


5th Grade Parents

Parents of all 5th graders! On May 22 we will be hosting the 5th grade celebration. This event will be held at the school from 10:30AM to 2:00PM. Phoeba Hughes is the lead planner for the celebration, and she is looking for other parents who would be interested in meeting to discuss activities, food, drinks, etc. She is also looking for volunteers who can be present before, during, and after the celebration to help with set up, activities, and clean up. If you are interested in helping with the celebration, please email Phoeba at or send her a text at 513-765-0136. The meeting is planned for January 31st at 6:30PM and should last anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour. This meeting will be held at Harrison Elementary in the cafeteria.


5th Grade Transition Parent Meeting

The 5th to 6th Grade Transition Meeting for Parents is scheduled for Tue. Feb. 6 at 6:00.  We have decided to split that up by alphabet like we did last year to mitigate crowd size, parking, etc.

Last names A-L will go at 6:00.  Last names M-Z will go at 7:00.  Tue. Feb. 6 in the JS Commons.

Parents can park on either side of the JS (main east lot, or the west lot between the JS and MWE), but please park in a marked parking space and not on the grass.


Remider from the School Nurse, Mrs. Kinnett

District Policy states that the student must be fever free, not experiencing diarrhea and/or vomiting for 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to school. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse.


Inclement Weather

As winter progresses and the chances for winter weather increase, please make sure your contact information is current in Final Forms.  If you are already getting emails, texts and phone calls from your child’s school via the School Messenger Mass Notification system, you should be all set to receive weather-related information.  You can also check the District website ( and the official District social media accounts for the most up-to-date, accurate information.


Save the Date

As part of the school district’s strategic plan, our next step will be getting families and community members out and touring the buildings. The following date has been scheduled:

Feb. 22, 6 PM @ Harrison High School


Kindergarten Registration – 2024 - 2025

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.


Update Regarding Ohio’s New Law for Dyslexia Screening

All students in grades K-3 at Southwest Local School District will undergo dyslexia screening as part of Ohio law requirements. This non-intrusive process aims to identify early signs of dyslexia, and if your child is flagged, they may be given a Tier 2 Screener for further assessment and tailored support. This is not a comprehensive dyslexia assessment designed to diagnose your child with dyslexia. The screener is designed to identify areas of concern in specific components of reading that identify your child as being below or well below grade level expectations. 

Students in SLSD will receive an initial screening through Aimsweb Plus. K-3 students are already taking this assessment three times a year (fall, winter, spring).  Students who score in the 25th percentile or below on the winter administration of Aimsweb Plus, will then be given an additional assessment called the RAN. If your child scores in an at-risk range on the RAN, they will be given the PAST assessment to target areas for intervention. We will notify you if your child will be receiving interventions based on these screenings.

Timeline for Dyslexia Assessments 2023-2024

Week of December 11: 1st-3rd AIMSWEB Benchmark 

Week of January 8: Kindergarten AIMSWEB Benchmark

Week of February 5: RAN administered to any K-3rd grade student who scored in the 25th percentile or below on AIMSWEB

February 20-29: PAST assessment administered for any K-3rd grade student who took the RAN and scored at-risk

Week of March 4: Data Analysis (ID Areas of Concern and Interventions that Align)

Week of March 11: Begin Intervention

March 11-April 26: 6-8 Week Intervention Window

Week of April 29: Re-administer PAST to this target group of students

During May data meetings, all students will be placed in MTSS groups for the following Fall based on areas of need. 


Cold Weather

Please make sure that your children are not arriving to school before 8:40 am each morning. The doors open at 8:40 am and students are permitted and are supervised in the building at that time. Several students this week are walking to school 30-40 minutes ahead of that time and waiting outside. We will also being having outside recess when the temperatures are at or above 32 degrees. Please make sure that proper coats, hats, and gloves are being worn. We are also suggesting that your child’s name be written inside coats to keep our Lost and Found items to a bare minimum.


January’s Character Traits:

Week 23 1/29/24 Mindfulness-Mindfulness is defined as, I am present and fully engaged in the moment.

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


PTO Planning Meetings

PTO meetings this school year will take place on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria. The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 26th, 2024.

You can always join PTO. Just your small membership fee of $10 helps us provide services for the kids! This does not require you to volunteer or attend meetings. It is all up to you how much you would like to be involved. If you have any questions, please reach out to a board member.

Joining the PTO is not a huge commitment and often looks like 1-3 service hours a year with opportunities in the evenings, during the school day or can be as simple as signing up to send in cookies for an event.  Everyone doing a little adds up to a LOT for our kids.

Please click on the link below for the meeting minutes. 

January PTO Minutes -  Click Here 

Hope to see you soon!

Harrison PTO





Important Items for the Week Ahead

Tuesday, January 30 – Fifth Grade Students meeting with Buddy Rogers about playing an instrument

Wednesday, January 31 – 6:30 pm – 5th Grade Celebration Parent Meeting – cafeteria

Thursday, February 1 – Pee Wee Penguin Banking deposit day

Tuesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 8 – Parent-Teacher Conferences


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