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Facilities

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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: July 20, 2021
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The beginning of a new school year is coming up fast! We have been busy planning for the return of our students in August. Construction at the high school is moving steadily along and is on track to be complete by the beginning of school. Inside the building

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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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Graduation / Senior Video DVD Ordering Information

Posted on: May 25, 2021
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Class of 2021:  Preserve your memories of your senior year by purchasing the Senior DVD Package, a double-DVD set containing the Senior Video and both Graduation ceremonies The Senior Video includes bonus segments not seen at the Senior Banquet,

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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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DECA Finalists Among Top U.S. Business Students

Posted on: May 12, 2021
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More than 10,000 of the top business and marketing high school students in the world gathered virtually in April to match skills and talent at the DECA International Career Development Conference.  When the competitions were done, four students from the

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Veterinary Assisting Students Excel in FFA

Posted on: May 11, 2021
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Veterinary Assisting students from Harrison High School and Diamond Oaks Career campus showed that they’re among the best in the state during Ohio FFA competition this year. Students took comprehensive online tests to show their knowledge and skill

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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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Parents' Guide to Graduation

Posted on: April 21, 2021
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The final few weeks of school for seniors always comes so quickly, and before we know it, graduation is here!  As we approach the end of the school year, thoughts and questions about graduation become very important to both seniors and their

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Vaccine Clinic Being Offered for Students

Posted on: April 20, 2021
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The Southwest Local School District is pleased to partner with Hamilton County Public Health to offer an on-site vaccine clinic for students age 16 and older whose parents would like for them to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.  Dose 1 will take

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HOSA Students Qualify for National Healthcare Competition

Posted on: April 19, 2021
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Congratulations to the following students who advanced at the HOSA State Leadership Conference to the national level of competition this summer: Josh Evanson and Judah Hannon - 2nd in Forensic Science Team, Jacob Snyder - 2nd in Extemporaneous

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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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WHHHS Update

Posted on: April 13, 2021
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As we look to the end of the year, our calendar is full of exciting activities and events. We are glad to finish up a stressful but rewarding year at Harrison High School and are ready to celebrate our academic successes and graduating seniors. We continue to

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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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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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AIR Testing Information

Posted on: March 26, 2021
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Dear Parents/Guardians,                We hope you are enjoying the Spring Season thus far.  Along with the better weather, comes End-Of-Course State Testing.  This testing (AIR)

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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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Playground

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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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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WHHHS Update

Posted on: March 10, 2021
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WHHHS Parents and Students, As it starts to warm up outside and we head into 4th quarter, we are looking for a strong finish for all of our students, especially our seniors. As we plan for the end of the year, we are looking at prom, concerts, academic

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Order Your Yearbook Before the Price Increases!

Posted on: March 10, 2021
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Have you ordered your 2020-2021 VISTA Yearbook yet?  Place your order by clicking HERE.  The price of the book goes up to $75 after March 12, so make sure to order your copy

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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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Seniors: We Need Your Pictures!

Posted on: March 7, 2021
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In mid-February, all seniors received information in the mail regarding the Baby Picture / Senior Picture section in both the Yearbook and the Senior Video. This is a very popular feature in both, and we want to make sure everyone received the

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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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DECA

DECA Students Bound for State

Posted on: March 3, 2021
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Harrison/Great Oaks students are headed to state competition after placing among the top students in virtual regional business and marketing events sponsored by DECA, an international business student organization. The students are part of the Marketing

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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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Class of 2020 Commencement Information

Posted on: February 28, 2021
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Greetings, Class of 2020, We hope that your first year away from Harrison High School has been healthy and successful.  We are thrilled to announce that we will finally be able to offer an in-person Commencement ceremony to members of the Class of

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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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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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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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Yearbooks

Yearbook Information

Posted on: February 22, 2021
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The 2020 yearbooks have arrived!  Distribution for students in grades 10-12 will be out of Room 111 during A, B, and C lunches beginning Monday, February 22.  For 2020 graduates, books can be picked up between 8:30-3:00 (M-F) in the Guidance

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HOSA

HOSA Students Headed to State Healthcare Competition

Posted on: February 21, 2021
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Twenty-eight Harrison High School/Great Oaks students are headed to state HOSA—Future Healthcare Professionals competition after showing their skills and knowledge in regional events.  The competitive events were either individual or team

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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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Registration

Course Registration Information

Posted on: February 20, 2021
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The Course Registration process for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway.  Students received registration material and information about next year's classes in an assembly on Friday, February 19.  If you would like to look at our class

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Conferences

Sign Up for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted on: February 19, 2021
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William Henry Harrison High School is pleased to offer parents the opportunity to meet with their child's teachers to discuss academic progress thus far, and map out plans for success throughout the school year.  Parent-Teacher Conferences will take

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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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WHHHS Update

Posted on: February 18, 2021
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Junior ACT Testing Next Tuesday, February 23rd, all of our junior students will report to the high school at our regular start time to take the ACT test.  Please arrive by 7:40 AM and report to your assigned testing room with a number two pencil and an

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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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Remote Learning Day Information

Posted on: February 5, 2021
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Thursday, February 11th will be a Remote Learning Day for all students.  On Thursday, our staff will be receiving their COVID vaccine, the first of two series of shots.  Teachers will be sharing the remote learning expectations with their

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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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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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"Shower With Kindness" Drive This Week

Posted on: January 24, 2021
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Student Council, Student Leadership, and HOSA are teaming up to sponsor the "Shower with Kindness" drive that will collect items for a local homeless shelter. Did you know over half a million people in the United States go home without a place to stay every

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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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WHHHS Update

Posted on: January 22, 2021
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We would like to thank all of you for your continued support. This has been a year full of challenges, and your support through all the requirements, protocols and quarantines has been fantastic. We were able to stay face-to-face with students for all but one

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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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Great Oaks Career Center Tours and Applications

Posted on: January 12, 2021
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This message is for all Harrison High School Sophomores that are interested in attending Great Oaks Career Center. In the past, we have had all of our sophomores visit Great Oaks during the month of January.  Due to COVID, that process has

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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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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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Meningococcal Vaccine Required for Incoming Seniors

Posted on: July 11, 2021
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Dear Parents and upcoming Seniors of the Class of 2022, All Students entering grades 7 and 12 will be required to be vaccinated against the meningococcal disease (MCV4 or Menactra). One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 7th

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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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Class of 2022: Senior Portrait Information

Posted on: June 9, 2021
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING WHHHS SENIOR PORTRAITS (CLASS OF 2022) Executive Studios / Ritchie Photography is our official school photographer. For your convenience, they will have photography sessions at Harrison High School June 21-24,

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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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