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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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: December 20, 2023
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Thank you so much for a great first semester!  The first half of the year has gone very quickly, and we’ve had a lot to recognize and celebrate along the way, in terms of both academics and extracurricular activities.  During the first

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: December 15, 2023
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We are down to the last three days of the first semester.  It is hard to believe that we are at the halfway point of the school year; thank you for your help and support in achieving a successful first half of the year!  As the semester ends,

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: December 8, 2023
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Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for Conference Night, as well as our College Credit Plus and Advanced Placement meetings!  We are now down to our last two weeks in the first semester.  Please be sure that you are checking ProgressBook

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Schedule Change

Wednesday, December 13: Two-Hour Delay Schedule

Posted on: December 6, 2023
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On Wednesday, December 13, William Henry Harrison High School will be administering Ohio State Tests in American Government for all students taking American Government or American Government CP in the first semester.  This is primarily sophomores, and

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Parent Meeting

Financial Aid Meeting for Parents

Posted on: December 4, 2023
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William Henry Harrison High School will be sponsoring its annual Financial Aid Meeting for Parents on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023, beginning at 6:30 PM. in the Harrison High School Makerspace.  At this meeting, parents will receive an overview of the

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Parent Meeting

AP & CCP Parent Meetings

Posted on: December 2, 2023
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Families of Students in Grades 9-11, take note of two upcoming important parent meetings:   College Credit Plus Information Session Harrison High School will be holding its College Credit Plus Parent/Student meeting on Thursday, December 7th at 6:00 PM

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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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Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences Dec. 7

Posted on: November 29, 2023
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Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 7th from 4:30 until 8:30 in the evening.  Scheduled Conferences will be IN-PERSON.  If you are unable to attend in-person, and would still like to conference with your child's

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: November 21, 2023
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We have reached Thanksgiving Break and the halfway point of the second quarter!  A big thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend for our production of “Mary Poppins” and congratulations to Mrs. Purdy, Ms. Adams, our cast and crew, and

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Yearbook

2022-2023 Yearbooks Have Arrived!

Posted on: November 20, 2023
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2022-2023 Harrison High School VISTA yearbooks have arrived!   Distribution for current students will be during 5th bell.   Graduates from the Class of 2023, as well as Oaks and CCP students, can pick up their books in the high school office

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: November 17, 2023
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We are at the halfway point of the second quarter!  Our Drama Club is proudly presenting “Mary Poppins” this weekend, our Fall Art Show has kicked off at the Harrison Branch of the Public Library, and our winter sports will begin their

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Class of 24

Senior Portrait Update

Posted on: November 14, 2023
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Senior Portrait session appointments at the high school have all been filled for November 30 and December 1. Any senior who has still not had their Senior Portraits taken by Executive Studios needs to make arrangements to visit Executive-Ritchie at

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Dance

Coronation Tickets On Sale

Posted on: November 13, 2023
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Coronation, the biggest dance of the year, will be held on Tuesday, November 21 from 8-11 PM, at the Activity Center. Students from all four grades will get dressed up, snap tons of pictures, and dance the night away in our jungle-themed venue. The evening

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: November 9, 2023
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We are almost to the halfway point of the second quarter!  We have had a great short week of school, with lots of excitement around our fall signing day, our Class of 2028 Open House and our annual Veterans’ Day Assembly; there is also even more

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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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: November 3, 2023
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We are now into November and we have a lot of great things happening in the next few weeks in terms of school events and extracurricular activities!  Please note that students do not report on Tuesday, November 7 as it is a Teacher Inservice Day, and

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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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Class of 2024

Senior Portrait Sessions Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

Posted on: October 30, 2023
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Executive/Ritchie Photography is our official school photographer.  They will again be in the Makerspace for Senior Portrait sessions on November 30 and (if day 1 fills up) on December 1.   To schedule an appointment, you need to call

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Mary Poppins

"Mary Poppins" Takes the Stage Nov. 17 & 18

Posted on: October 28, 2023
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The Harrison High School Creative Arts Theatre presents "Mary Poppins" on Friday and Saturday, November 17 & 18 in the Martin Marietta Performing Arts Theater. Friday, November 17 at 7:00 PMSaturday, November 18 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM Adult tickets are

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: October 27, 2023
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We have completed the last full week of October and are in the groove of the second quarter. With the days off sprinkled in November, the second quarter will go quickly, so please be sure to check your student’s ProgressBook and reach out with any

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: October 20, 2023
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Dear William Henry Harrison High School Families--  I hope that everyone had a safe and restful Fall Break.  We are now into the second quarter, and it will go quickly, so please be sure to check your student’s ProgressBook and reach out with

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: October 13, 2023
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Thank you for a great first quarter!  It’s hard to believe that we are 25% of the way through the school year, but we are off to a fantastic start and we are set up for a strong school year!  Through the first nine weeks, our staff has

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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

WHHHS Update

Posted on: October 6, 2023
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We have made it to the last week of the first quarter!  Some of our fall sports have concluded their seasons, while others are wrapping up their regular seasons recognizing seniors and preparing for their postseason competition; we had a great Chorus

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: September 22, 2023
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We are down to the last three weeks of the first quarter and our first round of parent-teacher conferences is next week!  As we hit the last week of September, some of our fall sports are hitting the home stretch of their regular season while golf and

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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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Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences Sep. 28

Posted on: September 20, 2023
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Our Fall Conferences will be held on Thursday, September 28th from 3:30 until 8:30 in the evening.  Scheduled Conferences will be IN-PERSON.  If you are unable to attend in-person, and would still like to conference with your child's teacher on

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: September 15, 2023
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We are through the halfway point in the first quarter, Homecoming Week starts this Sunday, and we will have our first round of parent-teacher conferences the week after.  Please be sure that you are checking ProgressBook and reaching out with any

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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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: September 8, 2023
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We are almost to the halfway point in the first quarter, and through the first four weeks of the school year, 238 different students have been recognized through our PBIS program for demonstrating at least one of our core values of Trust, Respect, Ownership

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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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: September 1, 2023
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We are now into September and back in the full swing of school, with all of our academics and extracurricular activities up and running!  Yesterday during our Advisory period, we asked students to go into their grade level’s Microsoft Teams page

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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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: August 25, 2023
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Thank you so much for a great first two weeks!  We have found a rhythm and are establishing routines that will carry us through the 2023-2024 school year!  Please see below for some important information and updates. Final Forms As a school, we

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Spirit Week

Spirit Week This Week!

Posted on: August 20, 2023
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It's #BeatEC week and that means it's our first Spirit Week of the year! Show up and show out, Wildcats!

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: August 18, 2023
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Thank you so much for an amazing first week back with students!  The energy and enthusiasm in the building has been great, and we have enjoyed seeing the students back, with their smiles, engaged in their work!  Thank you also to everyone who came

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Picture Day

Picture Day is Tuesday!

Posted on: August 17, 2023
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School Picture Day is Tuesday, August 22.  We have received a limited number of hard copy order forms, which are available in the office.  Forms are available here to print and send in on Tuesday, or you can order directly online through Ritchie

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Update

First Day Update

Posted on: August 14, 2023
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We are excited to welcome our students back to school tomorrow morning!  I wanted to briefly reach out again around traffic, our Meet-the-Teacher Night, and a few other quick items.    Arrival/Pick-Up/Traffic Our school day is the same as

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Back to School

Important Back to School Information

Posted on: August 11, 2023
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Dear William Henry Harrison High School Families--  I hope this email finds you well.  I wanted to reach out one more time before our students return on Tuesday to remind you of some important information.  Also, due to all-staff training on

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Back to School

WHHHS Update

Posted on: August 7, 2023
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Dear William Henry Harrison High School Families--  I hope this email finds you well.  The new school year is just around the corner, and we could not be more excited to get back to serving your student and your family!  Please take a moment

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Important

Camp Wildcat Follow-Up Information

Posted on: August 4, 2023
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Class of 2027 Families,We wanted to provide you with some brief additional information as we prepare to welcome your students for Camp Wildcat on Tuesday, August 8.  As a reminder, students with last names A – L will report from 9:00 AM –

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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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Class of 27

Freshman Camp Wildcat Information

Posted on: July 5, 2023
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Families of Incoming Freshmen,We are pleased to present the 2023 edition of Camp Wildcat, to be hosted at William Henry Harrison High School on Tuesday, August 8.  Students whose last names begin with the letters A - L will attend the presentation from

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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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Class of 24

Class of 2024: Senior Portrait Information

Posted on: June 6, 2023
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING WHHHS SENIOR PICTURES (CLASS OF 2024)  Executive Studios/Ritchie Photography is our official school photographer.  For your convenience, they will have photography sessions at Harrison High

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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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Parking

Commencement Parking & Live Stream Information

Posted on: May 30, 2023
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Please see the picture below for a map of campus with instructions on where to park, and where not to park, for the Commencement ceremony.  Please be sure to share this information with any friends or family who will be attending.  Parking is

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Class of 23

Graduation / Senior Video DVD Ordering Information

Posted on: May 30, 2023
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Class of 2023:  Preserve your memories of your senior year by purchasing the Class of 2023 Video Package, containing the Senior Video and Graduation ceremony.  It is available as a double-DVD set, or in .MP4 format on a flash drive. The

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: May 26, 2023
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We have reached the end of our last full week of school and we are looking forward to a strong finish to the school year on Tuesday and Wednesday while we celebrate our Class of 2023 at Graduation on Wednesday night! Please see the updates and reminders

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Class of 23

Scholarship Recipients & Military/Academic Signing Slideshows

Posted on: May 24, 2023
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William Henry Harrison High School congratulates the members of the Class of 2023 who have earned scholarships to further their education.  Please click HERE to view the slideshow that was showcased at Senior Academic Awards

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Graduation

Information on Senior Week Activities

Posted on: May 22, 2023
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Here are some important details and reminders regarding the multitude of senior events taking place this week.   SENIOR BANQUET -        Tuesday, May 23. -        Arrive at 6:00 PM

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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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: May 12, 2023
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We are halfway through May!  Students have received their 2023-2024 class schedules, and our seniors are entering their last week at Harrison High School! All of our spring sports are now into their post-season competition, we have a band concert coming

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: May 5, 2023
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The first week of May is in the books and we are halfway through AP testing!  Students will be receiving their 2023-2024 class schedules next week, and staff and students are focused on a strong finish to this school year. Spring sports are either

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: April 28, 2023
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We have finished April and are heading into the final month of school with lots of momentum and many different things to celebrate!  We have finished Ohio State Testing, and we appreciate everyone’s help and support with our adjusted

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Gehner

Gehner Becomes First Harrison Student to Place at DECA ICDC

Posted on: April 27, 2023
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Forty one students recently returned from the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Thirty one competed in a range of events, and 10 attended the Leadership Academy.  All students performed very well and handled

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Mamma Mia

"Mamma Mia" Hits the Stage Apr. 21 & 22

Posted on: April 15, 2023
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Friday & Saturday, April 21 & 22, at 7pm is Harrison High School Creative Arts Theatre’s spring production of "Mamma Mia"! You can purchase tickets HERE at the price of $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults. The QR code to purchase

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: April 14, 2023
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We are at the halfway point in April!  We have a lot of excitement around the building with Prom this weekend, Athletic Signing Day next Thursday, and our spring musical, “Mamma Mia!” next weekend.  We also have three big days of state

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: April 6, 2023
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As we head into the four-day holiday weekend, please see below for some updates and reminders. PROGRESSBOOK REMINDER & MOBILE APP UPDATES Please continue to review your student’s grades in ProgressBook.  You and your student can also set up

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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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Testing

State Testing Information

Posted on: March 24, 2023
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I hope that everyone has had a safe and enjoyable Spring Break!  As you are probably aware, we will begin conducting our state testing this coming week. Our first test will be English/Language Arts II on Wednesday 3/29. One change you may have seen from

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Meningococcal Vaccine Required for Incoming Seniors

Posted on: March 17, 2023
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Dear Parents and upcoming Seniors of the Class of 2024, 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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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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WHHHS Update

Posted on: March 16, 2023
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We have made it to the end of the third quarter and to our Spring Break!  The fourth quarter will go quickly when we return, as we will move into state testing throughout late March and April, followed by AP exams in early May along with end-of-year

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: March 10, 2023
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We are down to the last week of the third quarter.  The third quarter ends next Thursday, the students are off school next Friday, and we have Spring Break the following week.  When we return, we will move into state testing throughout late March

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Class of 2023

Seniors: We Need Your Pictures!

Posted on: March 5, 2023
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In late February, all seniors received information in the mail regarding the Baby-Toddler 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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: March 3, 2023
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It’s hard to believe, but there are only two weeks left in the third quarter! So far this school year, our staff has recognized 1136 different students for demonstrating at least one of our four core values…that is just over 89%!  As

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: February 24, 2023
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FINAL CONFERENCE NIGHT – THURS 3/2 Our final conference night of the year will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 3:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  You may register for conferences at

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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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Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences Mar. 2

Posted on: February 22, 2023
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Our Spring Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 2nd from 3:30 until 8:30 in the evening.  Scheduled Conferences will be IN-PERSON.  If you are unable to attend in-person, and would still like to conference with your child's teacher on

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Dynamix

Dynamix A Cappella Qualifies for Semi-Finals

Posted on: February 21, 2023
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Congratulations to our two a cappella groups, Take Note and DYNAMIX, who competed in Quarterfinals for the International Championship for High School A Cappella. Nine groups from the Midwest came to compete. They announce the top three groups, and the top two

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: February 16, 2023
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We are a month away from the end of the third quarter and the start of Spring Break; When we return from Spring Break, the fourth quarter will go quickly with state testing, AP testing, end-of-year recognitions, and all of the culminating activities for the

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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: February 3, 2023
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We are at the midway point of the third quarter; our winter sports are wrapping up their regular seasons and preparing for their postseason competitions, our band and vocal programs are working toward spring performances, our drama department is rehearsing

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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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HOSA

HOSA Students Qualify for State Conference

Posted on: January 30, 2023
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Congratulations to the following students for qualifying for the State Leadership Conference for HOSA.   2023 HOSA State Qualifiers (22)   – Harrison High School - Great Oaks   1st

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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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Update

WHHHS Update

Posted on: January 20, 2023
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We are through our third week of the third quarter; we have MAP testing for Algebra I, Geometry, and English 9/10 students this coming week and we will also be starting presentations and conversations with our students around scheduling for the 2023-2024

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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

WHHHS Update

Posted on: January 6, 2023
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Welcome to the second semester!  We had a great first semester, with 937 different students (72%) being recognized for demonstrating one of our core values, and we also saw a 10% decline in office referrals in the second quarter versus the second quarter

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