Southwest Junior High School
2511 Inverness Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66047
vol. 16 no. 5
Orientation Visits for Up-coming 6th and 7th Grade Students
Current 5th graders will visit Southwest with their class on May 2 or 3. Current 6th
graders will visit with their class on May 5 or 6. During those visits, students will learn
about the school day, expectations for conduct and homework, athletics/activities, and
more. They will tour the building, meet some of their grade-level teachers, see what
classes are like, check out the lunch area and procedures, and find out about activities
from student participants.
Parent Orientation Night for Up-coming 6th and 7th Grade Parents
Parents of students who will be Southwest Middle School 6th grade and 7th grade
students next year are invited to an informational program on the evening of May 2.
Topics we will cover will include arrival/dismissal times, the daily schedule, lunch
procedures, the instructional program, athletics/activities, expectations for student
conduct, homework expectations and much more. We will start with general
information in the auditorium, then parents are invited to tour the building, see where
their student's "pod" and classrooms will be, meet some of the 6th and 7th grade teachers,
and learn more about clubs and activities from sponsors and student participants.
The meeting for upcoming 6th grade parents will start at 6:00PM. The meeting for
upcoming 7th grade parents will start at 7:00PM. (Note that this is a change from the
originally-scheduled single meeting.)
Stuco Clothing Sale
Since we have so many new students entering Southwest next year, Student Council
(STUCO) will have clothing for sale the evening of parent meetings on May 2. Shirts are
available for $10 and $15. Shorts will also be sold (for the first time) at $15 and $20.
These are new designs and you'll be able to take the clothes home with you that night.
Do you have a game system you no longer use? Planning for activity nights/dances next
year, we would like to have a greater variety of fun activities for students. If you have a
game console that is no longer used in your house, consider donating it to Southwest's
student council. We would greatly appreciate it! Ms. Stucky or Ms. Coulson
8th Grade: This year the 8th graders have planned an evening barbeque and dance to
celebrate the end of their days at Southwest. This special event will be held at Southwest
(outside, weather permitting) on Tuesday, May 24, from 7:00 to 10:00. Dress is casual
and dinner will be provided.
Parent volunteers would be appreciated for set-up, serving, and clean-up. If interested,
contact Melissa Stucky (email@example.com) or Nicole Coulson
(firstname.lastname@example.org). We will also be collecting donations of canned pop and bottled
water. Please drop off in the office or library during parent-teacher conferences.
9th Grade: The last freshman dance will be held Wednesday, May 25, at Liberty Hall
(644 Massachusetts) from 8:00 to 11:00. To ensure the safety of everyone, please make
arrangements for students to be picked up promptly at 11:00. If they need to leave early,
please send written notice in advance of the date.
Donations of bottled water (mini-bottles are requested) would be greatly appreciated and
can be dropped off in the library or office during parent-teacher conferences.
Rube Goldberg Night
SW’s Rube Goldberg open house is scheduled for Friday, May 13th, from 7:00-8:00 P.M.
A SW tradition, Rube Goldberg Night is a time for eighth grade science students to
display their projects, which perform a function while illustrating principles of physics
they have studied. The projects will be displayed in the 8th grade pod area, room 504,
room 705 and the center part of the West Wing. Be sure to bring younger family
members. This is a great way to get them fascinated with science!
Yearbook sales will continue until the end of school. The cost is $35.00 per yearbook.
You may leave yearbook payments at the office or Room 607. Please direct yearbook
questions to Pat Salvatore or Lisa Koppes—832-5550.
The Bel Canto 2011 Variety Show, "Jump!‖ will be performed Friday, May 6, at 6:30
p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Bel Canto members have been working very hard, perfecting their
music and choreography, designing signs and t-shirts, and getting ready to take the show
on tour to the elementary schools. As in past years, the show will feature additional
auditioned numbers performed by soloists and ensembles. We look forward to seeing you
at one of our two variety shows: Friday, May 6th, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets will
be available in the SW office beginning Thursday, April 28, and are $6 each, general
Auditions for Bel Canto 2011-2012 will be held the first two weeks of school. Bel Canto
is SW Middle School's large performing choir and it meets during "Zero Hour" which is
from 7:00-8:00 a.m. Participation in Bel Canto is determined by audition.
Bel Canto members usually don't come every day of the week; rather, different sections
rehearse on different days. For example, in the past, tenors and basses have generally
rehearsed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with sopranos and altos rehearsing on
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mondays will possibly be used for an 8th grade honors
ensemble, although that has yet to be decided, as of this writing.
Bel Canto auditions are open to all interested 7th and 8th grade students. Students should
sign up for a short, friendly audition: The sign up sheets will be posted outside room 801.
The audition piece is ―Happy Birthday to You (…dear Grandma)‖.
Feel free to email Mrs. Welch with any questions you might have about Bel Canto:
News from the Bulldog Café
On May 2, 2011 the District’s year end policy on secondary school negative balances will
take effect. Beginning, Monday, May 2 all lunch accounts must maintain a positive
balance for all purchases, including lunch. No purchases will be allowed which would
move the account into the negative. No charges will be allowed to accounts with
Congratulations to all of the Lawrence junior high students who prepared for and
competed in the Topeka Model United Nations Conference on March 8th and 9th.
There were close to 800 students at the conference from over 50 schools. These students
worked hard on learning the art of debate, understanding the intricacies of current events
and international relations, and finding ways to solve problems through diplomatic
means! This year’s Southwest Junior High Model UN delegation included:
Evan Barnes, Brooke Braman, Brian Chang, Ellie Dunlap, Alex Ewy, Wynn Feddema,
Katie Gaches, Christopher Greenfield, Alyssa Hicks, Gretchen Hierl, Ian Hierl,
Nikita Imafidon, Kaitlyn Johnson, Hannah Lee, Joo-Young Lee, Sarah Lieberman,
Nila Mandal, Hannah Moran, Josie Myers, Rosemary Newsome, Ben Rajewski,
Grace Rinke, Matt Rood, Amanda Schaller, Randall Schmidt, Tina Schreiber,
Bailey Sullivan, Sarah Whipple and Marlee Yost-Wolff. Special recognition goes to the
following Southwest Junior High Bulldogs:
World Council – Outstanding Delegate – Wynn Feddema, representing Cuba
2nd Place Best Jr. High Delegation – India – Evan Barnes, Brooke Braman,
Brian Chang, Katie Gaches, Joo-Young Lee, Hannah Moran, Randall Schmidt
and Sarah Whipple.
Southwest Engineering News
Bulldogs rocked area engineering competitions this year. A team of eighth graders
including Brian Chang, Jacob DiVilbiss, Wynn Feddema, Christopher Greenfield,
Madison Harrell, Lucas Mackey, Zach Moore and Ellis Springe worked intensely from
August until January on a challenging applied engineering problem for the National
Engineers Week Future City Competition. Representing their comrades, team members
Brian Chang, Ellis Springe, and Wynn Feddema presented the project at the Regional
Future City Competition at K-State on January 15. Their semester of blood, sweat, and
tears culminated in a fourth place award out of over 60 regional teams. Their efforts
also won $250 for future Enrichment Resource activities. Their final project, Dáanaa, is
a futuristic a suburb of Vancouver in which telemedicine, robotics, and neighborhood
planning make life easier for all residents, but especially senior citizens.
Congratulations, Future City team!
In addition, at the KU Engineering Expo in February, several Southwest students took
advantage of the fun and educational displays and contests, competing against other
students in the region. Anish Patel, Jake Rogers and Justin Sorem took 3rd place in the
Gravity Car competition for their age division. A well deserved pat on the back goes to
all students who worked hard and made engineering come to life.
Other Academic Competitions
The SWJH Spelling Bee was held January 14. All 7th and 8th graders competed through
their English classes in order to advance to the Bee. In the end, the talented Naomi Grant
beat out over thirty-five 7th and 8th graders to earn the title of Top Bulldog Speller 2011.
Way to go, Naomi!
In a similar process, all 7th and 8th graders participate in preliminary rounds of the
National Geography Bee through their Social Studies classes. Ten students advance to a
final round here at Southwest, and from that round, 8th grader Evan Williams took first
place in the SWJH Geography Bee. He advanced to the State level and represented
Southwest at the Kansas State Geography Bee at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in
Abilene on April 1st. Clearly, Evan is the guy to pick for your team for Amazing Race!
Langston Bush, Noah Hogan, Adam Strathman and Jack Ziegler participated in the 2011
Kansas Personal Finance Challenge. With over 300 students participating, these
economically-aware Bulldogs took top honors in the Middle School Division.
General Guidance Office Information
It’s hard to believe that this school year is rapidly coming to an end. We are currently
planning end-of-the year activities as well as scheduling dates for the start of our next
The Guidance Office will close for the summer on June 3, 2011. If you are moving
and/or you anticipate needing any information from the guidance office, please give our
registrar, Robyn Garcia, a few days’ notice. We appreciate your cooperation.
The Guidance Office will open for the 2011-2012 school year on August 1, 2011. If
you know of any new families moving to Lawrence please have them contact the
Welcome and Enrollment Center at 785-832-5000.
HYVEE Dollars for Scholars Program
Please save your HyVee receipts and send them to SWJHS. We are collecting receipts
from now until May 20th. We earn money for our school based on a percentage of your
purchases. Receipt collection boxes will be located in each science room and in the front
office. Our Math Club students have stepped up to the challenge of keeping track of our
totals as we turn them in. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Lost and Found
Our lost and found bins are overflowing with items. Students have been reminded to
check for lost items, but we have many coats and other items that haven’t been claimed.
These items have been bagged up in order to give us more room. If you would like to
check for lost items, please stop by the Southwest office. Unclaimed items will be
donated to a local charity at the end of the school year.
According to district policy, all eighth and ninth graders must have all fees paid on or
before May 31st. If a balance remains on your student’s financial records after that date,
the account will be turned over to our district financial office for collections. To avoid
this action, here are some suggestions to make sure your student’s balance is zero at the
end of the school year.
Monthly, quarterly and semester payments are up-to-date.
Check with your student to see if he/she has returned all library books, athletic
uniforms, gym lockers, classroom novels, etc.
Check to see that your student has all the textbooks that have been checked out to
him/her. If your student returns a book belonging to another student, the credit
goes to the other student.
Students are informed by their teachers at the end of the year if items are missing
or damaged. Coaches also inform students of missing items at the end of each
If you have any questions regarding your statement at the end of May, or any other time,
please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Koppes at 832-5550.
Lawrence Public Schools
School Health Services
Summer is a great time to give your children a health “tune-up” to make certain
they are ready to go back to school healthy and ready to learn! The following are
some suggestions from your school nurses that will help guide the “tuning” process.
Physical examinations are required for all children up to age 9 years old and under
and entering school in Kansas for the first time. Also, any student playing
competitive sports in middle school or senior high school is required to have a sports
physical from their doctor each year after May 1st. Schedule a checkup early this
summer to avoid the rush in August!
Immunizations are available at the Health Department, 200 Maine, 843-0721 or
from your child’s doctor. You will be notified if immunizations required by the state
of Kansas are not on your child's record so that they can be obtained before school
starts. If your child is immunized over the summer for any reason (e.g. tetanus given
due to injury), please present the documentation to the school nurse when school
starts in August.
Medical care may be obtained at Health Care Access, 330 Maine Street, if your
child qualifies for free or reduced lunch and does not have health insurance. Please
contact Health Care Access, 841-5760 to initiate the enrollment process so that your
child can receive low cost medical care if needed!
HealthWave is a great program for children in the state of Kansas that have no other
health insurance and live in a family that does not qualify for state employee
insurance. HealthWave provides free or low cost coverage for regular checkups,
immunizations, office visits, dental care, medicines, vision and hearing care, and
mental health/substance abuse services. Call 1-800-792-4884, SRS (832-3700), or
Health Care Access (841-5760) or for more information you may also go to
www.usd497.org go to parents, then health services for an application.
Dental: All children are encouraged to see a dentist on a regular basis for preventive
care. Some members of the Douglas County Dental Society provide dental
inspections to children free of charge each summer. When you make an
appointment, please make sure that your dentist participates in this program. Low
cost dental care may also be obtained at the Douglas County Dental Clinic, 316
Maine St. 312-7770. Whether you choose to have a full dental checkup or the free
inspection, your child will be given a pink dental card explaining the results of the
examination. This card should be turned into the school nurse when school starts.
Head lice are a nuisance that cause missed school days for kids and workdays for
parents. Please take some time before school starts to check your child’s head for
these pesky creatures and/or their eggs (nits) and treat if needed so they are not
carried to school. If you suspect that your child has head lice, the Health Department
will inspect your child for head lice and provide a treatment product.
Medications can be administered to your child at school if the proper forms are
completed and the medication is supplied in the original or prescription container.
Please contact the school nurse if your child will need over-the-counter, prescription,
or self-administered medications during the school day. Stimulant medication may
not be self-administered at school. All medication forms are listed at
www.usd497.org. Go to parents, then health services.
Asthma is the leading cause of school absence due to illness. Effective asthma
management leads to reduced absences, reduced disruption in the classroom, full
student participation in physical activities, supportive learning environment and
appropriate emergency care. If your child has asthma, please send medications to
school and contact your school nurse when school begins to discuss your child’s
current treatment plan and medication needs.
Backpack usage can injure your child's back if it is not properly made and adjusted,
or if its contents weigh more than 10 - 15% of your child's body weight. Buy a
backpack with two wide, padded shoulder straps and that is no wider than the child's
Helmets are required by city ordinance to be worn when riding a bicycle, a
skateboard, rollerblades, or scooters. Lawrence/Douglas County Fire and Medical
personnel distribute free helmets to promote safe practices in the community – just
take your child to any fire station for a fitting!
Health Department- 843-0721 200 Maine
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30-11:30 and 1:00-4:30
Tuesday: Open at 9:30
Monday evening: open until 8:00pm
School entry physical: $45.00 (max) there is also a sliding fee scale on physicals. Will
only do physicals if they do not have any health insurance
NO sports physicals
Immunizations: ALL immunizations given. If the patient is 18 or younger any insurance
is accepted. If the patient is 19 or older they accept BCBS or state insurance.
Insurance: Healthwave and Medicaid accepted and cover 100%. BCBS and some other
If you do not have any insurance the cost for each immunization is $14.00 administration
fee. However, no one is denied for their inability to pay.
Heartland Clinic- 841-7297 1 Riverfront Plaza
Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 9:00-5:00
Tuesday (no medical provider), Thursday and Friday: 9:00-2:00
Monday and Wednesday: See patients all day. Lunch from 12:30-1:30
Thursday and Friday: See patients in the morning only from 9:00-noon
School entry physical: $20.00
Sports physical: $20.00
NO immunizations available
Photo ID required
Insurance: Accepts BCBS and Medicare. Pending approval for Healthwave and
Medicaid. Payment due at time of service.
Healthcare Access- 841-5760 330 Maine Street
Hours: Monday/ Wednesday/Friday: 8:00-4:30
All scheduled appointments, no walk-in appointments. New patients will need to fill out
paperwork. There is a $10.00 clinic fee. Patients must meet federal poverty guidelines.
School entry physicals: $10.00-scheduling these 4-6 weeks out
NO sports physicals
Insurance: Will only see the uninsured residents of Douglas County.
First Med- 865-5300 2323 Ridge Court
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:00-8:00
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 walk-ins only
School entry physical: cost varies depending on the insurance
Sports physical: cost varies depending on the insurance
ALL immunizations given
Insurance: They only accept private insurance. NO Healthwave or Medicaid accepted.
Promptcare- 838-1500 3511 Clinton Place
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00-8:00
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00-4:00
School entry physical: $40.00 Must pay by cash, debit or credit. They do not bill your
insurance for this service.
Sports physical: $40.00 Must pay by cash, debit or credit. They do not bill your
insurance for this service.
Some adult vaccines available. NO childhood vaccines available.
Insurance: They only accept private insurance. NO Healthwave or Medicaid accepted.
Take Care Clinic- 841-9000 In Walgreens at 6th and Kasold
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00-1:00 and 2:00-7:30
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30-1:00 and 1:30-5:00
School entry physical: Special promotional rate of $35.00 until 4/30/11. Must pay by
cash, debit or credit
NO sports physical
Some immunizations: This is the patients cost if they do not have insurance.
Varicella: $136.99 per dose, two doses required for grades K-2 and 7th grade
Hep B: $79.99 per dose, three doses required
Insurance: They accept some insurance. They also accept Medicaid and Children’s
Mercy Family Health Plan-(this is one of the Healthwave plans)
Be sure to check the SW website for updates and added opportunities
Southwest Volleyball Camp will be Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3rd from
9:30-11:30 am. Girls that will be in 4th through 8th grades in the fall of 2011 are
welcome to attend. Registration forms can be picked up in the Southwest Office or will
be available on the Southwest website. Please feel free to contact Patricia Coffey by
email email@example.com or call 832-5550 if you have questions.
Boys Basketball Camp:
Attention all hoopsters! Forget the pool this summer. Coach Dye will be holding the
annual Bulldog Clinic summer boy's basketball camp, June 20-24. Come inside and
enjoy the air conditioning while practicing your skills and participating in competitive,
but fun five-on-five play. Two camps are available: incoming 6, 7, 8 grade boys in the
morning, and 3, 4, 5 grade boys in the afternoon. Applications can be found in the main
office at Southwest, on the Southwest website, or at your student's elementary school.
The Bulldog football camp is open to boys who will be 8th grade students at Southwest
Middle School during the 2011-2012 school year. Camp is designed for both novice and
advanced players. Camp participation is NOT required for inclusion on the Southwest
football team this fall. It is an opportunity to meet the coaching staff, improve skills,
become familiar with our offense, and most of all have fun!
Athletes must receive a physical examination and have the necessary form
completed along with the District Insurance form, which has to be notarized.
These forms can be found on the school website. Both forms must be turned in
to Coach Frink prior to participation in camp.
Physicals for the 2011 football season must be dated after May 1, 2011.
Camp Dates: Monday, July 11 through Thursday July 14
Camp Location: Southwest Middle School (main football field)
Camp Times: 9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. (Check-in starts at 8:30a.m. Monday)
Items to bring: Football cleats
(this is a good time to break in new cleats for the season)
(in case of weather and we move into the gym)
Camp Fee: $50 (payable to James Frink)
If you have any questions about the 2011 Bulldog Summer Football Camp please
contact Coach Frink, (785) 691-7840. You may also contact me by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer.
Do you have Summer plans? Are you looking for something to do? Do you want to
possibly earn a $500 college scholarship? Find out how to make your summer matter by
joining Youth Volunteer Corps in Douglas County today!
Who: Open to ALL Douglas County youth, ages 11-18.
What: By helping serve in a variety of different volunteer projects in and around
(i.e. Praire Park Nature Center, CLO Midnight Farms, Boys and Girls Club, etc.)
When: Sign up for six weeks of service projects! Do one, two, or all of them!
Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm (June-July)
Why: To promote lifelong volunteers and learning to give back to our community.
How: Contact us ASAP for an application! There is limited space this summer so
Contact us to sign up!
Youth Volunteer Corps
Facebook: Youth Volunteer Corps of Lawrence
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9th Gr Band
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5th/6th Grade Parent Night Bel Canto Elem Tour Variety Show 6:30 & 8:30 Fun
Upcoming 6th Grade—6 PM
Upcoming 7th Grade—7 PM
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Orchestra Concert 7:00 8/9 Band Concert 6:00 Drama Banquet 5:30 Rube Goldberg Night 7-8
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7th Gr World Fair 6:30-
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9th Gr Recognition 9:00
Last Day of Classes—1/2 Day AM 9th Gr Dance 8:00-11:00
8th Gr Recognition 1:00
8th Gr Party 7:00-10:00
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*Times and Dates are subject to change