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Update

First Quarter Wrap-Up

Posted on: October 15, 2021
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We have come to the end of the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year.  Thanks to our students and families for partnering with us to achieve our mission of academic and social growth each and every day.  Please enjoy Fall Break and take some

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Bus Drivers Needed

Posted on: October 14, 2021
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Southwest Local Schools is looking for school bus drivers.  Positions will start full-time (with benefits) on January 1st, but will start earlier if training is needed or if there is an availability to sub on bus routes prior to that date.  If you

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COVID

SLSD Health Update

Posted on: October 11, 2021
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Greetings SLSD Parents / Guardians; Please see the attached Health Alert synopsis from last week. Total new cases can be found near the bottom of the page. Our case numbers appear to be following the trend in the community and area. Our number one priority

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HJS Update

Posted on: October 7, 2021
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A big week at Harrison Junior School this week!  We are excited to finish out the first quarter in the coming weeks and we want our students & teachers to finish strong.   Clubs and Activities As promised, we want to share with our families

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: October 4, 2021
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When we see significant numbers of students and / or staff out due to COVID, we will shift to either universal masking or remote instruction. Like last year, we will do this by grade, then building to start. It is important that families are prepared for

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Important

School Messenger Test Information

Posted on: October 1, 2021
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On Friday, October 1, SLSD conducted a test of the School Messenger mass notification system.  School Messenger is used to communicate weather-related delays and closings, and other important information and reminders. The test consisted of three

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: October 1, 2021
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Devious Licks We want to thank our parents for their help in speaking to their children about Devious Licks.  This has been a much smaller issue this week.  On campus, we had 5 different situations where students were involved and disciplined, some

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Job Fair

Job Fair Coming to Activity Center Sep. 30

Posted on: September 28, 2021
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20+ LOCAL COMPANIES RECRUITING AT HARRISON JOB FAIR  WHEN Thursday, Sept. 30, 20213 to 6 p.m. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / ADULTS Some employers will be on site throughout the day to meet with students before the job fair opens to the

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COVID

SLSD Health Update

Posted on: September 27, 2021
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When we see significant numbers of students and / or staff out due to COVID, we will shift to either universal masking or remote instruction. Like last year, we will do this by grade, then building to start. It is important that families are prepared for

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: September 20, 2021
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When we see significant numbers of students and / or staff out due to COVID, we will shift to either universal masking or remote instruction. Like last year, we will do this by building to start. It is important that families are prepared for either

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Important Information for Parents

Posted on: September 17, 2021
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We are already at the halfway point of the 1st Quarter and it has gone quickly.  Our students have done a great job, and we are so proud of them. Just a few items as we close out the week: Devious Licks Challenge I am a little embarrassed to have

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Universal Masking Update for Harrison Junior School

Posted on: September 15, 2021
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Please click HERE for an important update from the Southwest Local School District regarding universal masking at Harrison Junior School. 

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: September 13, 2021
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When we see significant numbers of students and / or staff out due to COVID, we will shift to either universal masking or remote instruction. Like last year, we will do this by building to start. It is important that families are prepared for either

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Help

Substitute Teachers Needed!

Posted on: September 7, 2021
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We are looking for Substitute Teachers in all SLSD buildings! If interested in being a preschool sub, please contact Christina Curcio at 513-887-5503 or curcioc@bcesc.org.   If interested in being a sub in grades K-12, please review the

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: September 6, 2021
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When we see significant numbers of students and / or staff out due to COVID, we will be forced to either universally mask or conduct remote instruction. Like last year, we will do this by building to start. It is important that families are prepared for

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Universal Masking at Harrison Junior School

Posted on: September 2, 2021
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Please click HERE for important information from the Southwest Local School District regarding universal masking at Harrison Junior School beginning Friday, September

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Important Information

Student Fee Information

Posted on: September 1, 2021
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Southwest Local Schools will be waiving all student academic fees for the 2021/2022 school year, thanks to CARES Act funding.  Pay to play fees for sports and band are not included in the waived fees and should be paid HERE.   Free

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: August 30, 2021
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In addition to the weekly data update linked below for the period ending August 29, we had multiple additional positive student cases reported today (August 30) at Crosby Elementary and Harrison Junior School.  These cases will be listed in next week's

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HJS Update

Posted on: August 24, 2021
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We are so excited about the start of the school year!  It is amazing to have our students back and experience learning in our classrooms once again.  Our families have been amazing, and I want to extend a sincere thanks for helping us with new

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: August 23, 2021
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Again this school year, the Southwest Local School District will provide weekly updates on the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases per building, along with the number of students required to quarantine.  The report, released each Monday, will

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Transportation Update

Posted on: August 15, 2021
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Our routing for the start of the 2021-2022 school year was finished this weekend.  We processed nearly 1,000 changes over the past week resulting from new enrollees, parent requests, address changes, and a variety of other reasons.  These changes

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Transportation Update

Posted on: August 8, 2021
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Our initial routing for the 2021-2022 school year was finished this weekend.  Parents can now log into Final Forms to see their child’s bus information for the coming year.  To view this information, please log in via the Online Forms portion

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In This Together

SLSD COVID Mitigation Plan

Posted on: August 3, 2021
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Please click HERE to read the Southwest Local School District’s Back-to-School Plan for COVID Mitigation.  Additionally, the State of Ohio’s guidance document for K-12 schools may be viewed by clicking HERE.  Please know, the situation

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Vaccines Required for Incoming 7th Graders

Posted on: August 1, 2021
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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 meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the

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HJS Update

Posted on: July 30, 2021
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There are an amazing number of things happening at the New Harrison Junior School.  We are completing one of the largest projects ever undertaken in our School Community, and we are incredibly excited to share the new facilities with members of our

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Facilities for the Future Open Aug. 1

Posted on: July 27, 2021
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On Sunday, August 1, the Southwest Local School District will cut the ribbon and officially open three new elementary schools and one new middle school.  The new facilities will provide a modern learning environment for students in grades pre-K through

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Transportation Update

Posted on: July 21, 2021
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Our district recently received some updated guidance regarding transportation for the 2021-2022 school year.  Like many of our parents, we have been eagerly awaiting information on this topic and we were able to discuss this at our most recent Board

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Spirit Wear

HJS Spirit Wear Now on Sale!

Posted on: July 17, 2021
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Harrison Junior School has a new building... and new spirit wear! The Den, the Harrison Athletic Boosters spirit shop, is offering a variety of spirit wear options for HJS students this year!  The packs are being offered by grade level so each

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HJS Update

Posted on: July 14, 2021
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It is hard to believe, but the summer is about halfway complete, and for many of our students they will begin being at Harrison Junior School on a semi-daily basis starting August 1st!  The building is coming along quickly, and while there is still a ton

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Drivers Needed!

Posted on: July 12, 2021
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Southwest Local Schools is looking for School Bus Drivers and Van Drivers for the 2021-2022 school year.  School bus drivers are required to have a CDL with appropriate school bus and passenger endorsements, though paid training to get these is

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SLSD Year-End Wrap-Up / Health Update

Posted on: May 24, 2021
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Thank you to our parents, students and staff for your support of our COVID protocols throughout the school year.  There is no doubt that these measures helped us keep our school doors open, and students in class face-to-face.   Please

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: May 17, 2021
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Remember, for those age 16 and older who received their first vaccination dose on April 29 – your second dose is coming up this Thursday, May 20, between 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon at the Activity Center. We are also working with Hamilton County Public

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Snack Donations Needed for "Grow to Know"

Posted on: May 15, 2021
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This summer, the Southwest Local School District will be offering a Summer Grow to Know intervention program at churches throughout the District. Students will receive intervention and enrichment at each session. During the two-hour period, students will be

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HJS VEX Robotics Competes at World Championships

Posted on: May 13, 2021
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Excitement is in the air as the Harrison Junior School/Great Oaks VEX Robotics Team 1254A prepares for the 2021 World Championship. They are the first team in the school’s history to qualify for world competition after competing at the state

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: May 10, 2021
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Exciting news today, as the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to include people ages 12 and older.  For more information, click HERE to read the Fact Sheet from the FDA, and

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: May 3, 2021
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The calendar has turned to May and the finish line is in sight.  Stay the course, both academically and with our COVID protocols.  They have proven to be effective throughout the school year as we worked to keep our school doors open and our

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: April 26, 2021
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As April wraps up, we enter the home stretch of a school year unlike any other.  Currently, we have no positive cases, district-wide.  We will remain vigilant with mask wearing through the end of this school year, or as long as the Governor’s

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Public COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Activity Center

Posted on: April 24, 2021
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Hamilton County Public Health will be conducting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Harrison Activity Center.  This clinic will be providing the Pfizer vaccine, and is open to anyone age 16 and older who would like to be vaccinated.  (Under 18

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Public COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Activity Center

Posted on: April 24, 2021
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Hamilton County Public Health will be conducting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Harrison Activity Center.  This clinic will be providing the Pfizer vaccine, and is open to anyone age 16 and older who would like to be vaccinated.  (Under

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ODE Special Education Survey

Posted on: April 22, 2021
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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) would like to invite you to participate in a short, 25 question survey about your involvement in your student’s education.  Research suggests that parental involvement is a key predictor of positive

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: April 19, 2021
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Help us finish the year strong.  Our expectations for masking, handwashing, etc. are consistent with what they have been throughout the school year.  The battle is not over! Please click HERE for the latest SLSD Health

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Summer School Information

Posted on: April 14, 2021
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The documents below make up the application for summer school. Please print all documents, fill them out completely, and return them to the Harrison High School office. If you would like to mail them, send them to: Harrison High School, ATTN: Mrs. Sharon

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: April 12, 2021
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The Free Food Truck is gearing up for its summer stops, and our friends at Church on Fire need your help!  Please take a minute to answer a few questions by clicking HERE.  This will help them determine where there is a food need, and how they can

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8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip Update

Posted on: April 7, 2021
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The 8th grade Washington D.C. trip will officially travel May 23-26th! There are a lot of things that must happen before then, so please read the steps below carefully. 1. If you would like to remove your student from the trip, please contact Martin Travel

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HJS Update

Posted on: April 5, 2021
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Welcome Back!It was a wonderful week of Spring Break, and we want to wish each of you a Happy Easter!!!  A few announcements to start the week: 4th Quarter – Academic GrowthWe are 2 weeks into the Fourth Quarter, this is a great checkpoint to get

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: April 5, 2021
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We trust that each of you had a fun and relaxing spring break, and are recharged and ready to tackle these last 8 weeks of school!  While our COVID case numbers continue to look good, it is important to note that masking and handwashing are still the

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Super Chat

April "Super Chat" Podcast Now Posted

Posted on: April 1, 2021
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The April edition of the "Super Chat" podcast is now online at www.southwestschools.org/podcast. In this episode, Superintendent John Hamstra explains the fundraising campaign for the new schools' playgrounds.  Basic playground equipment is

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Notice of 2021-2022 Instructional Plans

Posted on: March 26, 2021
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Greetings Southwest Local Families, This letter is to notify you of our instructional planning for the 2021-2022 school year.  For the 2021-22 school year, we will be providing instruction to students in our traditional face-to-face model.  There

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Help Make the New Elementary Playgrounds ADA Accessible

Posted on: March 25, 2021
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Do you remember what it was like as a child to hear your parents say that you were going to head to the local park or playground on a sunny afternoon to play? There was not a piece of playground equipment you could not enjoy and there were no long lines

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: March 23, 2021
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COVID numbers district-wide remain solid.  It is imperative that we avoid letting up with the masking / distancing - we are getting super close to finishing this year off on a high note!  Spring Break is next week, March 29 – April 2. 

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Kief Appointed to Board of Education

Posted on: March 21, 2021
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The Southwest Local School District welcomes the newest member of the Board of Education.  Robert Kief was sworn in on March 18, 2021.  Kief grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, the son of a fireman and a teacher.  He currently lives in

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HJS Update

Posted on: March 19, 2021
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Happy Friday!!! It is a big week at Harrison Junior School.  There have been a ton of things going on, and the first week of the sprint to Spring Break has been completed.  One more week to go!  We wanted to share several items with our

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: March 15, 2021
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For the first time this school year, we have ZERO cases of COVID-19 district-wide.  We thank our students and families for continuing to push the protocols we have had in place all year – namely masking up, washing/sanitizing hands, and staying

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: March 8, 2021
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A reminder that students will have a Remote Learning Day on Thursday, March 11 in order for our staff members to receive their second / final COVID-19 vaccination.  Also, there is no school for students on Friday, March 12.  This is the End of Third

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Blood Drive

Hoxworth Blood Drive Coming Up Mar. 15

Posted on: March 6, 2021
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The Harrison High School senior class is once again teaming up with Hoxworth Blood Center to sponsor two blood drives at the Activity Center this school year.  The second and final drive will take place on Monday, March 15 from 7:45 AM - 1:30 PM.

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8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip Update

Posted on: March 5, 2021
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Below is an update from our tour company regarding May travel. "From what we are hearing Tourism is supposed to start in DC in April. The mayor has set aside personal budget funds for non profits to begin marketing to bring people back in April. Currently

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Registration

HJS Registration Information

Posted on: March 4, 2021
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It is incredibly hard to believe that we are preparing to complete registration for the upcoming school year.  This is a very important process for our students, our parents, and our school.  This year, there are some important changes that we want

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: March 2, 2021
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A reminder that students will have a Remote Learning Day on Thursday, March 11 in order for SLSD staff members to receive their second / final COVID-19 vaccination.  Also, there is no school for students on Friday, March 12.  This is the End of

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Youth Track

Youth Track & Field Information

Posted on: March 2, 2021
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We are pleased to present information for the 2021 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. Participants will

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Acceptance Week

Annual Acceptance Week Set for March 1-5

Posted on: February 25, 2021
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For the third consecutive year, Harrison High School senior Raileigh Legner has spear-headed a district-wide campaign called “Acceptance Week”, taking place March 1-5.  A volunteer with Special Olympics since she was in the 6th grade,

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Linda Peak

Peak Steps Down from Board, Leaves Legacy of Service

Posted on: February 24, 2021
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A lifelong friend of education has stepped down from the School Board.  Linda Peak, a 13-year member of the Southwest Local School District Board of Education, submitted her resignation, effective February 18, 2021. Prior to her service on the Board,

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8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip Update

Posted on: February 24, 2021
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Hello All, I wanted to give an update for the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip. Our tour company, Martin Travel, receives 30-60 day outlooks on the status for group travel to Washington D.C. Due to COVID reasons March is still not accessible to tour groups.We

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: February 24, 2021
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A reminder that students will have a Remote Learning Day on Thursday, March 11 in order for our staff members to receive their second / final COVID-19 vaccination.  Also, there is no school for students on Friday, March 12.  This is the End of Third

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Polar Plunge

Special Olympians Bring Polar Plunge Home

Posted on: February 21, 2021
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Traditionally, the Polar Plunge consists of dozens of teams jumping into a pool of cold water in Newport, KY.  Like so many things in the past year, “traditional” went out the window thanks to the pandemic.  The Harrison Special Olympics

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Snow Day

CLOSED

Posted on: February 18, 2021
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Thursday, February 18:  Southwest Local Schools are CLOSED.

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: February 17, 2021
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Thursday, March 11 will be a Remote Learning Day, to allow over 350 staff members to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and the accompanying side effects of this phase of the process.  Additionally, students will not have classes on

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Snow Day

CLOSED

Posted on: February 15, 2021
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Tuesday, February 16:  Southwest Local Schools are CLOSED.

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: February 10, 2021
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Remember that we will be having Remote Learning Days, for all grades, TOMORROW (Thursday, February 11) and Thursday, March 11 in order to allow our staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  We are grateful to Mercy Health and the Harrison Fire and

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Snow Day

CLOSED

Posted on: February 9, 2021
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021:  Southwest Local Schools are CLOSED.  Stay safe and enjoy the day!  

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: February 6, 2021
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As previously communicated, we will be having Remote Learning Days, for all grades, on Thursday, February 11 and Thursday, March 11 in order to allow our staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  We are grateful to Mercy Health and the Harrison Fire

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: February 3, 2021
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We are excited to learn that we have confirmed dates for our staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination!  Shot 1 will take place on Thursday, February 11 and shot 2 will take place on Thursday, March 11.  We will be having Remote Learning Days, for

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Winter Weather

Monday, February 1: TWO-HOUR DELAY

Posted on: February 1, 2021
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Monday, February 1:  Southwest Local Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY, with no morning kindergarten, pre-school, or head start. We will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions throughout the district.  Our district covers 68 square miles

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: January 30, 2021
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We appreciate the support we have received, and continue to receive, from families during what can only be described as a school year full of facing the unknown.  With the number of positive student cases currently on the decline, clearing stations that

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Thursday, January 28: TWO-HOUR DELAY

Posted on: January 28, 2021
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Thursday, January 28:  Southwest Local Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY, with no morning kindergarten, pre-school, or head start. 

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Building Farewell Open House Information

Posted on: January 28, 2021
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The Southwest Local School District is anxiously preparing for the grand opening of three new elementary schools and a new junior school in August of 2021.  The new buildings will shape the face of education in our community for the next 50+ years and we

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: January 27, 2021
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SLSD Families, We will be keeping a close eye on the weather overnight, and will be checking back roads, parking lots, and sidewalks early tomorrow morning.  Please stay tuned tomorrow morning in the event a weather announcement becomes necessary. 

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Harrison Junior School Shifts to Remote Learning, Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

Posted on: January 25, 2021
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As we have mentioned from the start of this school year, our goal is to educate students face to face (F2F), and with the remote option for those that choose that route, for as long as possible. We have also spoken to the criteria that would put a

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HJS Remote Learning Details

Posted on: January 25, 2021
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With today’s announcement that we will be going Remote from Tuesday, January 26 through Monday, February 1, we want to share with our students and staff specific expectations that we will have in place to ensure that all of us (students, teachers,

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HJS Update

Posted on: January 24, 2021
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Current 8th Grade Families – A Message from the High School On February 25th, Current 8th grade students will meet for the High School Registration meeting 1st bell in the Activity Center (socially distanced of course). The High School

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: January 23, 2021
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We are currently seeing a spike in cases at Harrison Junior School, particularly among staff members.  Parents should be prepared for the possibility of going remote temporarily if the current trend continues.  We are keeping a close eye on the

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HJS Update

Posted on: January 21, 2021
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Academic GrowthNext week is our MAP Assessment! MAP testing the week of January 25th.   Our teachers have been charged with working to grow our students 1.5 Academic Years during a standard school year.  This is a major checkpoint for us. 

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: January 20, 2021
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Please click HERE for the bi-weekly health update.

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: January 16, 2021
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Please click HERE for the bi-weekly health update.

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: January 13, 2021
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Vaccine distribution for school personnel is now expected to begin in early February, with the exact timing a bit up in the air.  The timing could necessitate us having to utilize remote learning day(s) in order complete staff vaccinations. Time will

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: January 11, 2021
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What an awesome return to school.  It has been incredible to see so many students back from Virtual, as well as our students back from Christmas break.  It has been a big week in the world, but this week has also been a big week for our students as

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: January 9, 2021
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Vaccine distribution for school personnel is now expected to begin in early February, with the exact timing a bit up in the air.  The timing could necessitate us having to utilize remote learning day(s) in order complete staff vaccinations. Time

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SLSD Health Update

Posted on: January 7, 2021
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Vaccine distribution for school personnel is expected to begin in mid-January.  We will more than likely utilize two remote learning days in order for staff who choose to be vaccinated to receive their shots.  (One remote learning day for the first

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Great Oaks

Webinars Offered for Students Interested in Great Oaks

Posted on: January 3, 2021
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Parents of 6th-10th graders: If you feel your student may be interested in Great Oaks, join representatives from Great Oaks Career Campuses & At The Core in January for an interactive discussion for parents about the unique opportunities available to your

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Second Semester Update

Posted on: January 1, 2021
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As we wrap up the winter holiday break, it is our hope that each of you found time to rest, rejuvenate, and build into family.  Thank you to those families who have kept us informed over the break if their child tested positive for COVID-19.  As of

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July "Super Chat" Podcast Now Posted

Posted on: July 1, 2021
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The July edition of the "Super Chat" podcast is now online at www.southwestschools.org/podcast. In this episode, Superintendent John Hamstra provides an update on the home stretch of the new building construction project, including the Ribbon

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SLSD Auctioning Surplus Equipment

Posted on: May 14, 2021
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The Southwest Local School District in Harrison, OH has selected GovDeals, a leading online auction marketplace for government agencies and educational institutions to offer their surplus equipment for sale. The district joins more than 14,000

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