Harrison Junior School News

Blog Entries - 2019


Help Preserve History Through "Pride Walls"

Posted on: December 28, 2019

An important piece to our new schools (and renovated High School) is telling our story through our Pride Wall project. Connecting our rich history with the future is extremely powerful.  Each building will have a Pride Wall installed near the entrance; a

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Miami Whitewater Elementary

Introducing "Miami Whitewater Elementary"

Posted on: December 27, 2019

Acting on a recommendation by the School Naming Committee, the Southwest Local School District Board of Education has officially named the new elementary school located on the central campus, "Miami Whitewater Elementary".   The committee was led

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Annual Food & Clothing Drive Dec. 9-13

Posted on: December 2, 2019

SLSD Service Project Benefits Those in Need This Holiday Season Again this year, the Southwest Local School District is proud to partner with the Harrison Mayor’s Fund, This City His City, Christ’s Loving Hands, and JTM Food Group to provide for

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Den Hours

Shop Special Holiday Hours at "The Den"

Posted on: November 29, 2019

Check everyone off your holiday shopping list with Harrison Wildcats gear from "The Den" Spirit Shop!  In addition to our normal operating hours, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM on school days, we are pleased to offer special evening hours leading up to

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Stop Bullying

Author Brings Anti-Bullying Message to SLSD

Posted on: November 27, 2019

The Southwest Local School District is proud to present a visit by an author and guest speaker to focus on bullying.  Michele Eich is a teacher, author, speaker, and encourager – and she is offering her message free of charge to parents from

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Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Ups

Posted on: November 12, 2019

Below is the link for the November Conference Signups.  If you have any questions, please call our office directly at

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Important Information

Opt-In Text for Emergency Notifications

Posted on: October 29, 2019

On Tuesday, October 29 after 3:00 PM, School Messenger (our mass notification platform) is supposed be sending a test text message to all high school and junior school STUDENT cell numbers who were newly registered or updated this fall.  This would have

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Peter Pan

"Peter Pan" Landing in Harrison Nov. 15 & 16

Posted on: October 28, 2019

Harrison Drama is FLYING through the air! Bring the family to our Creative Arts Theater production of Disney’s Classic, Peter Pan, on November 15 & 16! Tickets are now on sale at southwestschools.org/tickets and from the cast members. Student and

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Veterans Day

Annual Veterans' Day Ceremony Set for Nov. 8

Posted on: October 25, 2019

Harrison High School and Harrison Junior School will again join forces to headline the Southwest Local School District's efforts to honor our Veterans and Active Duty military.  Our annual Veteran’s Breakfast and Assembly will take place Friday,

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Art Show Flyer

Visual Art Showcase at Harrison Library

Posted on: October 24, 2019

Mark your calendars! The Visual Art departments of Harrison High School and Harrison Junior School will be having a showcase of their talented student artists this fall at the Harrison Public Library. The Opening Reception will be on Thursday, November 7

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Open House

7th & 8th Grade Open School Family Night

Posted on: October 22, 2019

Dear Parents, We are incredibly excited about our Open School Family Night for 7th and 8th Grade families coming up this Thursday. This event will take place from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and run throughout Harrison Junior School. This is a great opportunity

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Construction Begins on New Schools!

Posted on: October 11, 2019

Months of planning and preparation have lead up to the start of construction on our new school buildings!  Early site work began in earnest in early October.  This included removing current obstacles, earth moving, and site

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Chorus Kicks Off Season on Oct. 8

Posted on: October 3, 2019

This Tuesday, October 8th, our Choral Department will present their first concert of the school year! At 6:00 PM in the Martin Marietta Theater you will experience outstanding music from our Junior School Choirs; the 6th Grade Chorus, Chorale, and Symphonic

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Early Dismissal

Early Dismissals Due to Heat Monday-Wednesday

Posted on: September 29, 2019

Due to the extreme heat, Southwest Local Schools will dismiss elementary and junior school students two hours early on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - September 30, October 1, and October 2.  In addition, there will be no PM Kindergarten, PM Pre School,

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Quality Profile Provides Comprehensive Look at SLSD

Posted on: September 24, 2019

SLSD one of 85 districts across the State to release Quality Profile, used in conjunction with state report card In Southwest Local Schools, we take pride in the outstanding opportunities that we make available to our students. We live our mission of helping

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Parent-Teacher Conference Information

Posted on: September 22, 2019

Dear Parents,   We are excited about the start of the school year, and this week we will host our First Parent Teacher Conference Night of the year.  This will take place on Thursday, September 26th.  Our 6th Grade students are still place in

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Early Dismissal for Grades K-8 on Thursday and Friday

Posted on: September 11, 2019

SLSD Parents / Guardians,   The heat is not letting up. Throw in temps in the 70’s at night with 90% humidity to start the day and you’ve got sauna like conditions in our K – 8 classrooms, before the sun comes up. Temps are going jump

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Final Reminder - Meningococcal Vaccine Required

Posted on: September 10, 2019

Parents of Harrison Junior School 7th grade Students,  See the attached letter as a reminder that proof of the TDAP Booster and Meningitis vaccine was due August 31, 2019.  We are extending the deadline to Friday, September 13, 2019. 

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Acceptance Week

"Acceptance Week" Seeks to Raise Awareness and Inclusivity

Posted on: September 10, 2019

For the second consecutive year, Harrison High School junior Raileigh Legner has spear-headed a district-wide campaign called “Acceptance Week”, taking place September 16-20.  A volunteer with Special Olympics since she was in the 6th grade,

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Day of Service

Second Annual "Day of Service" Set for Sep. 14

Posted on: September 9, 2019

Students throughout the Southwest Local School District will unite to make a difference in our community at the second annual "Day of Service" on Saturday, September 14.  Every athletic team, along with many service groups/clubs, churches, schools,

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Not in Our Town

Food Drive for "Not In Our Town" Mobile Food Pantry

Posted on: September 5, 2019

We believe it’s our job to care for one another.  That means stepping in to help our neighbor when they have a need.  Our second annual Day of Service is coming up on Saturday, September 14.  In advance of this community-wide event, we

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Ground Breaking

Ground Breakings Kick Off Next Phase of Facilities Project

Posted on: September 4, 2019

On Friday, August 23, 2019 the Southwest Local School District broke ground on three new elementary schools and one new middle school that, when complete, will provide a modern learning environment for students in grades pre-K through

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Ground Breaking Set for New Schools

Posted on: August 17, 2019

On Friday, August 23, the Southwest Local School District will break ground on three new elementary schools and one new middle school that, when complete, will provide a modern learning environment for students in grades pre-K through 8.  Combined with

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Updated Bus Route Information

Posted on: August 16, 2019

We are very excited to get started with the new school year!  There have been HUNDREDS of adjustments to the routes, stops, and times since our mailing in early August due to all of the new students entering our district and requested

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State of the Schools Presentation

Posted on: August 14, 2019

The Southwest Local School District held its annual "State of the Schools" night on August 7.  The evening provided a wrap up of last school year and a preview of the year to come.  Extensive updates were presented on curriculum, finances, district

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Important Information

Vaccines Required for Incoming 7th Graders

Posted on: August 5, 2019

A reminder to parents of incoming 7th graders - all students entering grades 7 and 12 are required to be vaccinated against the meningococcal disease. One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 7th grade. A second dose of

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Brains and Beauty Converge Over Breakfast

Posted on: August 4, 2019

Harrison Jr/Sr High School’s 1st Annual Brains and Beauty Breakfast that was held July 31st from 9:00 – 11:00. Four graduates from the PLTW Engineering and/or BioMed programs, and one local biomedical engineer spoke to thirteen of our young

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Join Us for "State of the Schools" Wednesday Night

Posted on: August 1, 2019

Get ready for the 2019-2020 school year by joining us for the State of the Schools Night on Wednesday, August 7.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:00 PM in the Martin Marietta Performing Arts Theater at the Activity

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Three Embark on New Leadership Roles in SLSD

Posted on: July 21, 2019

Three veteran educators will be taking on new leadership roles in the Southwest Local School District this year.


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Harrison H

6th Grade "Camp Junior Wildcat" Information

Posted on: July 10, 2019

Welcome to Harrison Junior School!  Here you will come together with students from around the district and create the Class of 2026.  The next three years will be the most exciting of your school career and we cannot wait to share the wonderful

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Cross Country

Cross Country Information

Posted on: June 14, 2019

Cross Country Optional summer conditioning Start:  July 1st Time:  8-9:00 a.m. When:  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Where: Miami Whitewater Park – Tanager Meadows Picnic Shelter Official practice starts August 1st, 8-10:00 a.m. in

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Football Information

Posted on: June 14, 2019

Football Optional summer conditioning Start: July 22, 24, 29, 31 Time: 9-10:00 a.m. Where: Practice fields behind the school Official practice starts August 1st, 9-11:30 a.m.   Please contact the coaches with any questions, or call the junior

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Town Hall Update on School Facilities

Posted on: June 13, 2019

The Southwest Local School District is pleased to present our third Town Hall Meeting, designed to provide a comprehensive update on the design of our new schools!  Our project includes three new elementary schools, one new middle school, and a renovated

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Summer Camps

Summer Camp Central!

Posted on: May 31, 2019

Opportunities abound in the Southwest Local School District this summer!  From athletics to STEAM to robotics, there are camps available for your children to keep them active, engaged and off their

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STEAM Summer Camp Returns!

Posted on: May 23, 2019

STEAM Summer Camp will take place from June 24-28.  Two sessions will be held, with multiple course offerings available during each session.  The morning session will run from 9:00-11:00 AM and the afternoon session will follow from 12:00-2:00

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Reds Camp

Reds Baseball & Softball Camp Returns to Harrison This Summer

Posted on: May 7, 2019

The Reds Baseball/Softball Camps presented by UnitedHealthcare are back for an eighth season in 2019.  The camp will again be returning to Harrison High School from June 24-28.  The camps are open to boys and girls ages 6 to 14.  Each camp

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Inspired by Excellence

Community Town Hall on Athletic Facilities

Posted on: May 6, 2019

Attention ALL Harrison residents, alumni and Wildcat fans:  Please join the Harrison Athletic Boosters Community Information Night on Tuesday, May 28th at 7 PM in the Activity Center Theater. This night will outline the upcoming “Inspired by

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Summer School

Summer School Information

Posted on: May 2, 2019

Registration for Summer School is now open.  Opportunities are available for both high school and junior school students.   Click HERE for the booklet describing course offerings, policies, costs, and the registration process. Questions

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Gabby and Dalton

Brock Earns Special Olympics Athlete of the Year Honors

Posted on: April 23, 2019

Congratulations to the Girls' Special Olympic Athlete of the Year, Gabby Brock.  Gabby was recognized at the Cincinnati.com Sports Awards Ceremony this past weekend, where she got to meet Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton (pictured).  The

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GABP Flyer

All School and Community Organizations Invited to GABP

Posted on: April 14, 2019

This is an invitation for ALL Harrison groups and activities, K to 12, to take part in the pregame parade for Harrison night at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, April 23.  If you have a group, club or organization that is interested, please contact

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VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics Club Applications Now Available

Posted on: April 14, 2019

Applications for the HJS VEX Robotics Club are now available in the office, from Mrs. Elsasser, and by clicking HERE.  If you are in 6th or 7th grade, and you want to be in robotics club next year, pick up and application and get it turned into Mrs.

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Track & Field

Youth Track & Field Registration This Week

Posted on: April 7, 2019

We are pleased to present information for the 2019 season of Harrison's Youth Track & Field program that is available to the entire community.  The design of this program is to introduce the sport of track & field to kids in our area. 

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Wedding Singer

"The Wedding Singer" Prepares to Take the Stage

Posted on: April 3, 2019

The year is 1985. The place is New Jersey. A wannabe rockstar (Wedding Singer) is left at the altar and finally changes his tune.   The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, music was loud and a wedding singer might

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Track & Field

Track & Field Picture Info

Posted on: March 30, 2019

Picture Day for JS Track is Friday, April 5. Order your picture packages at this

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

SLSD Raises Over $25K for LLS

Posted on: March 30, 2019

The Southwest Local School District teamed up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for our third district-wide fundraiser of the year, following the Day of Service in the fall and the Food and Clothing Drive at holiday time. Students were encouraged to

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Thermo Fisher STEM Challenge

Junior School Students Excel at STEM Challenge

Posted on: March 29, 2019

The 2019 Southwest Ohio Thermo Fisher Scientific STEM Design Challenge was held at the Activity Center on Friday, February 22nd. For the second consecutive year, Harrison Junior School had four teams out of 28 total competing in the challenge. In addition to

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Help Design "Pride Walls" in New Schools

Posted on: March 10, 2019

The Southwest Local School District invites you to leave your mark on the design of the new school facilities by joining the Pride Wall committee.  Each of the three new elementary schools will have a Pride Wall, along with the new middle school and the

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Lockdown Drill at Harrison Junior School

Posted on: February 27, 2019

On February 27, Harrison High School and Harrison Junior School were placed on a soft lockdown to bring multiple K-9 units in to do a sweep of our secondary campus.  A “soft lockdown” means that all exterior doors are double-checked for

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Winter Weather

Two-Hour Delay 02/20/19

Posted on: February 20, 2019

Wednesday, February 20:  Southwest Local Schools are on a Two-Hour Delay, with no morning kindergarten, preschool, or head start.

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

HJS Raising Money to Battle Blood Cancer

Posted on: February 14, 2019

Harrison Junior School is in the midst of our fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Our school is joining over 28,000 other schools across the nation to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  We are encouraging students to bring in

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Box Tops

PTA Needs Box Tops!

Posted on: February 7, 2019

Hello Junior High School parents!  It is time again for a Box Top collection!  Any student who turns in the attached Valentine Box Top Collection Sheet  (does not have to be full just as many as you can!) or a baggie with their name on it by

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Snow Day

CLOSED 02/01/19

Posted on: February 1, 2019

Friday, February 1: Southwest Local Schools are CLOSED.

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Community Update

Community Provided with Update on Progress of New Schools

Posted on: January 27, 2019

On Thursday, January 24 the Southwest Local School District presented the second Town Hall meeting, updating the community on the design process of the new school facilities. The presentations were led by our architecture firm, SHP Leading Design, and our

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The Belairs

"The Belairs" Return to the Martin Marietta Theater

Posted on: January 25, 2019

The Harrison High School Creative Arts Theatre is proud to present the 50's and 60's rock and roll band, "The Belairs" in concert on Saturday, January 26. Formerly known as "Hot Wax", The Belairs Show is dedicated to those who can appreciate the memorable

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TONIGHT: Town Hall Meeting to Update School Design Progress

Posted on: January 24, 2019

The Southwest Local School District is pleased to present our second Town Hall Meeting, designed to provide a comprehensive update on the design of our new schools!  Our project includes three new elementary schools, one new middle school, and a

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Parent Meeting

Important 5th Grade Parent Meeting Regarding Junior School Transition

Posted on: January 18, 2019

Dear Incoming 6th Grade Parents, It is hard to believe, just a few years ago your students were starting their first day of Kindergarten.  Nervous children and nervous parents were watching their children walk into our great Elementary Schools, stomachs

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Class Registration

Registration Information for Upcoming 7th & 8th Graders

Posted on: January 17, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians of Upcoming 7th & 8th Graders, The Harrison Junior School Counseling Office would like to introduce you to the scheduling process for the 2019-2020 year! We are looking forward to making the transition to the next grade level

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Parent Meeting

8th Grade Parent Meeting Regarding High School Transition

Posted on: January 8, 2019

Dear 8th Grade Parents,   It seems like just yesterday you’re standing at the bus stop, biting your nails and looking down at your baby.  You’re thinking “I can’t believe they are old enough to go to

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Mercy Health

SLSD Partners with Mercy Health for School-Based Health Center

Posted on: January 6, 2019

Mercy Health has a long history of partnering with area schools to help students, teachers and staff be well. Today, Mercy Health announces that it has partnered with the Southwest Local School District to promote the health and wellness of the school’s

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Scam Alert

Scam Targets Business Owners, Hurts Student Athletes

Posted on: January 4, 2019

Harrison Wildcats Athletics is warning business owners about a scam where a company calling themselves "Sports Media" purports to be soliciting advertising dollars on behalf of the school.     To verify the legitimacy of any fundraising

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