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Blog Entries - 2023

Update

First Semester Wrap-Up

Posted on: December 21, 2023
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We have reached the midway point of the 2023-2024 school year.  Please click HERE for a brief message from Superintendent John Hamstra, detailing the state of the school district at the end of the first semester and looking ahead to second semester. We

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Parent Meeting

Parent Meeting Regarding '24-'25 6th Grade Math Curriculum

Posted on: December 4, 2023
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Families of current 5th graders are invited to attend an important meeting regarding a few significant changes to our junior school mathematics curriculum and our revised 6th grade mathematics offerings for the 2024-2025 school year.  We would like to

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: December 1, 2023
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It is December 1st and we are incredibly excited to be closing out the calendar year and celebrating the Holiday season.  We look forward to celebrating with your families and want to share some monthly updates with our HJS Families.   Mission

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Food and Clothing Drive

Holiday Food and Clothing Drive Dec. 4-8

Posted on: November 30, 2023
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Again this year, the Southwest Local School District is proud to partner with the Harrison Mayor’s Community Fund, This City His City, Christ’s Loving Hands, and JTM Food Group to provide for those in need in our community this holiday

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Coffee and Conversation

"What's Brewing With Our Schools" Set for Nov. 17

Posted on: November 3, 2023
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Each month, SLSD Superintendent John Hamstra holds informal “coffee chat” sessions, designed as a way for any parent, guardian or community member to get a better understanding of all aspects of our school district and get answers to any questions

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Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences Nov. 8

Posted on: November 3, 2023
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We are excited about our upcoming conference night on November 8th.  Families can sign up for conferences at our link below: https://southwestlocalschooldistrict.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=80033 In addition, Harrison High School is hosting its

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Holidays

Harrison Mayor's Community Fund Holiday Assistance Sign-Ups

Posted on: November 1, 2023
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The Harrison Mayor's Fund will be reviewing applications for holiday assistance during the month of November. Families that are in need, and who reside in the Southwest Local School District, may be eligible for assistance with food, toys, clothing and winter

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Important

HJS Update

Posted on: October 31, 2023
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Dear Middle School Parents, I hope this message finds you well. As we enter the second quarter of the school year, I wanted to address a few important topics that are vital to the success and well-being of our students. Your support and partnership are

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: October 18, 2023
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Welcome back to 2nd Quarter!  We hope that each of our families had an awesome Fall Break.  It is important for our students to get off to a good start for the 2nd Quarter and there are several ways that we do this.  We would like to share a

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Fall Break

First Quarter Wrap-Up

Posted on: October 13, 2023
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Thank you to everyone for a very successful first quarter of the 2023-2024 school year!  Please click HERE and take a few moments to listen to a first quarter recap and view some highlights from around the District. As a reminder, we are on Fall Break

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Craft Show

Craft & Vendor Show This Saturday

Posted on: October 11, 2023
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The Harrison Jr. Sr. High PTO is hosting its Fourth Annual Craft & Vendor Show this Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Admission is $1, and you get a free raffle ticket!  Please come and shop from over 100 crafters, and a

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: September 29, 2023
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It has been a busy couple of weeks at Harrison Junior School and we wanted to provide our families with an update from HJS.   Our Mission   For our new families (and old families) Harrison Junior School and Southwest Local School District

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Bus Drivers Needed!

Posted on: September 21, 2023
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Southwest Local School District is actively looking for full-time and part-time bus drivers.  Full-time driver hours are generally about 5:45am-9:00am and 2:00pm-4:45pm, with additional hours for athletic and field trips available as well.  Time

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Pay For It

Student Fees Now Posted

Posted on: September 12, 2023
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Student Fees have now been posted to your account in PayForIt. PayForIt is available to pay your student fees, athletic and activity fees. We encourage you to use this easy, convenient and secure way to make payments. You may use either credit or debit cards

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Important

Mass Notification System Test Information

Posted on: September 7, 2023
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On Thursday, September 7 at approximately 4:30 PM, 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

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Help Wanted

Cooks Wanted!

Posted on: September 5, 2023
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If you are looking for a part time job that aligns with your SLSD child's school calendar, we have an opportunity for you!  SLSD Food Service is looking for part time cooks to assist with serving lunch in our kitchens.  Shifts are generally

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Join Us

Town Hall Series Resumes Sep. 14

Posted on: August 31, 2023
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In the spring of 2023, we kicked off an organized districtwide engagement campaign with the purpose of listening to the community. Listening to YOU. We collected hundreds of survey responses and hosted three unique Town Hall events at our elementary schools

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Back to School

Back to School Information

Posted on: August 14, 2023
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We are so excited about school starting tomorrow.  This morning, I wanted to take a moment to share a few important items with families as we begin the school year.   Pack your Patience   The first week is always loaded with new

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Join Us

Reminder: State of the Schools is Tuesday

Posted on: August 4, 2023
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All Southwest Local School District stakeholders are invited to the annual State of the Schools Night on Tuesday, August 8.  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

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Free and Reduced

Fill Out Free & Reduced Lunch Applications Now!

Posted on: August 2, 2023
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Be sure to fill out your Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2023-2024 school year! Find the form on our Food Service page at southwestschools.org/foodservice.

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Back to School

It's Time to Update Final Forms

Posted on: July 17, 2023
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It's time to update your student's FinalForms information for the 2023-2024 school year! This process must be done every school year.  Go to: https://southwestharrison-oh.finalforms.com/ Login as a Parent. Complete all of the

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Important Information

Message to Families of Incoming 7th & 8th Graders

Posted on: July 3, 2023
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Dear 7th and 8th Grade Families, I hope this email finds you enjoying a rejuvenating summer break and making cherished memories with your loved ones. I am excited to extend a warm welcome back to all our returning 7th and 8th-grade students and their

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Important Information

Message to Families of Incoming 6th Graders

Posted on: June 29, 2023
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Dear Parents and Guardians, I hope this email finds you and your families in good health and high spirits. On behalf of the entire staff at Harrison Junior School, I want to extend a warm welcome as your child embarks on an exciting journey into 6th grade,

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Halftime Report

Community Engagement "Halftime Report"

Posted on: June 13, 2023
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It’s hard to believe we’ve just wrapped up another school year in the Southwest Local School District. The 2022-2023 school year was jammed pack with activity and numerous success stories, both on the academic and social growth fronts. We also did

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Summer School

Summer School Details

Posted on: June 8, 2023
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As Summer School will begin June 12th, we would like to try and clear up any confusion you may have.  Below we have listed many of our Summer School options along with the requirements. JS Summer School Students All Junior School students

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Summer School

Summer School Information

Posted on: June 5, 2023
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Registration is now open for Summer School at Harrison High School and Harrison Junior School.  Click HERE for course information and the link to register.

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Thank You

That's a Wrap!

Posted on: May 31, 2023
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Another successful school year comes to a close tonight as nearly 250 students in the Class of 2023 cross the stage, turn their tassel and take their place as graduates of William Henry Harrison High School.  Thank you to our families who partner

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: May 29, 2023
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It is the final week of the 2022-23 School Year and we are excited to close it out strong with QUEST and Grade Level Celebrations. We have several great QUESTs happening tomorrow and we wanted to share what the day will look like. Students will arrive at

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: May 24, 2023
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As we close out the last few days of school, we wanted to share some important and key pieces of information to families and help provide clarifications as we close out the school year.   Student Schedules   Previously, in an email we stated

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Retirees

SLSD Honors Employees, Retirees, Friends of Education

Posted on: May 18, 2023
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On May 18, we had the pleasure of honoring our Certified Employees of the Year, Classified Employees of the Year, Friends of Education, and Retirees. Thank you for living our mission day in and day out. Your dedication to our students, your colleagues, and

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Welcome

5th Grade Visit to HJS

Posted on: May 10, 2023
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We are so excited to have met your children today as part of our transition activities to Harrison Junior School.  Your children were incredible. Today, there were many important things that took place that we wanted to share with each of you. First,

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: May 9, 2023
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Parents, we are quickly closing in on the end of the school year and we have several items that we want to share out with this week.  Please take a few extra minutes to read through this email as it provides some important information that will impact on

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Munoz Young

Young Recognized Amongst Region’s Top Educators

Posted on: May 5, 2023
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Harrison Junior School Guidance Counselor Kelly Young was among twenty-five of Hamilton County’s top public school educators who were recognized on Friday, May 5, 2023, at the 14th Annual Celebrate Excellence Educator Recognition Breakfast. The program,

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Drama Camp

Drama Camp Returns This Summer

Posted on: May 3, 2023
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The Harrison Drama Club is bringing back the Summer Theater Camp!   Theater camp is open to students entering 2nd-8th grade.  Camp runs June 26-29 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Activity Center.  The cost is $75 per camper.  Click

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Summer Camps

Registration Now Open for Athletic Summer Camps

Posted on: April 9, 2023
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Registration is now open for the 2023 Harrison Summer Athletic Camps!  Opportunities are available for students entering grades K-8. Pre-Registration is only available online and payment must be made by credit card.  Click the link

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Alert

HJS Evacuation Update

Posted on: April 4, 2023
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This morning, just after 10:00 AM, we evacuated Harrison Junior School due to reports of the odor of smoke in the building.  Although our fire alarms did not activate, we made the decision to evacuate the building out of an abundance of caution.

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SLSD

Two More Town Halls Coming Up in April

Posted on: April 1, 2023
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Just before we left for break, we hosted our very first town hall event at Crosby Elementary School - and it was a huge success.  We were fortunate to have dozens of participants and received dozens of comments, questions, and ideas from all

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Blood Drive

Hoxworth Blood Drive Coming Up Apr. 5

Posted on: March 27, 2023
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The Harrison High School senior class is once again teaming up with Hoxworth Blood Center to sponsor two blood drives this school year.  The second and final drive will take place on Wednesday, April 5 from 7:45 AM - 1:30 PM in the Harrison High School

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Vaccine clip art

Vaccines Required for Incoming 7th Graders

Posted on: March 17, 2023
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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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Update

Third Quarter Recap

Posted on: March 17, 2023
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As the third quarter draws to a close, we want to thank our families for partnering with us toward our common goal - the academic and social growth of your student.  We hope you have a fun and safe spring break, full of awesome memories made with family

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: March 13, 2023
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As we close out the 3rd Quarter with our families we are excited to share some incredible news with you and some updates going into 4th Quarter.   SLSD Town Hall(s)   Our team at Southwest is looking forward to connecting with not just SLSD

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Registration

5th-6th Grade Transition Meeting Follow-Up

Posted on: February 25, 2023
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Dear 5th Grade Families, I wanted to say thank you for joining us at our recent Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night, held on February 15 at Harrison Junior School.  We were thrilled to have you!  Great news, each of you passed our Pop Quiz!  If

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SLSD

Community Engagement

Posted on: February 23, 2023
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 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

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Moana

HJS Drama Club Presents "Moana" This Weekend!

Posted on: February 20, 2023
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The Harrison Junior School Drama Club presents "Moana" this weekend!  Performances are Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, at 7:00 PM in the Martin Marietta Performing Arts Theater.  Tickets will only be sold online.  No cash sales at the

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Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences Feb. 15

Posted on: February 7, 2023
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It is conference time again!  Harrison Junior School Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, February 15.  Click HERE to register for conferences with your child's

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Parent Meeting

Important 5th Grade Parent Meeting

Posted on: February 7, 2023
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We are incredibly excited to welcome our incoming 6th Grade families to Harrison Junior School.  This is an exciting time for both students and families, but we recognize that it is a big transition - one that can bring out some anxiety for students

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Registration

8th Grade Parent Meeting Recap

Posted on: February 1, 2023
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Families of Current 8th Graders: If you missed the Parent Meeting on January 31 regarding scheduling for their freshman year of high school, you can view the presentation HERE.  To view the "Why Harrison High School" video that is referenced on Slide 3,

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Winter Weather

Two-Hour Delay

Posted on: January 31, 2023
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Tuesday, January 31: Southwest Local Schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY, with no AM Kindergarten or Preschool.

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Snow Day

CLOSED

Posted on: January 24, 2023
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Wednesday, January 25:  Southwest Local Schools are CLOSED.

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Belairs

"The Belairs" Return to the Martin Marietta Theater

Posted on: January 10, 2023
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The Harrison High School and Junior School Vocal Music Program is proud to present the 50's and 60's rock and roll band, "The Belairs" in concert on Saturday, January 28. Formerly known as "Hot Wax", The Belairs Show is dedicated to those who can appreciate

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Update

HJS Update

Posted on: January 2, 2023
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Happy New Year! Harrison Junior School is excited to welcome our students back and get back to school!  This year, we have some exciting things planned for our students and community and we are looking forward to continuing to connect with our parents

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