We are pleased to announce the date for our 7th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser.
Join us on February 22, 2019 for the Southwest Schools Bowling Bash – a terrific evening of fun to raise funds for college scholarships for graduating seniors and scholarships for our younger students to attend local summer enrichment camps.
A guest speaker at this year’s Texas Charter Schools Association Conference was our very own Nigemi Ogundele, a 5th grader at Bissonnet Elementary. He had the opportunity to speak in front of over 600 educators at this year’s conference held this week in Houston, TX. Check out his speech on “Why I Love My Charter School”!
The Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs Summer Manufacturing Camp held this June provided 4th-9th grade students an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math through exciting hands-on activities. Campers learned how to think link inventors, problem-solve, collaborate, and create using a 3D printer. At the end of each week students went on a field trip where they were able to make real-life connections to what they were learning in the camp. Check out the photos…
Southwest Schools’ campuses and administrative office will be CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd to allow our families and staff to enjoy the parade to celebrate our Would Series Champions #HoustonAstros!
“Our district is in agreeance with HISD: We are very proud to celebrate our champions with the rest of the city. We are also basing this decision on the congestions and heavy traffic that the parade can potentially cause around Houston.” – Janelle James, CEO/Superintendent of Schools.
Celebrate and be safe!
We will resume back to our regular schedule on Monday, November 6th.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS: FULL DAY FRIDAYS | 1ST FRIDAY EVERY MONTH 1/2 DAY | NEW SCHEDULE TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER
Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for a great school start. Despite the
devastating events of the past few weeks and the issues that families might have endured
during Harvey, students were present and excited about starting the new school year. We are
so glad to have your family in our Southwest Schools’ community. Together we will make this a
great year for our students!
As you may know, we lost nine school days as a result of the recent storm. Although the Texas
Educational Agency (TEA) is not requiring us to make up any of that lost instructional time, we
feel that it is in the best interest of our students to add instructional time back into the school
calendar. We are adding back the instructional time to provide the educational benefits our
To that end, we will transition to full day Fridays with one early release Friday each month. The
early release Friday will be the first Friday of each month. The change will begin in October.
I strongly feel that this is the right decision for our students. I believe that this will benefit
Southwest Schools’ students this year and in years to come. Recognizing that this represents a
significant change from past years of practice, we are asking for your support—both with the
school and with your children—with these changes.
You will receive additional correspondence regarding the changes and schedule for early release
days from your child’s campus. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
your child’s campus principal.
Thank you for your continued support of Southwest Schools and for allowing us to be your
child’s school of choice.
Jackie Riquelme is a brand new Bissonnet teacher. Although she tried every possible route, she was unable to make it to school Fri, Sept 1st due to Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. Undaunted, Jackie set up a table at an event in her neighborhood and collected supplies for Southwest Schools. “I don’t know why I’m so lucky in finding the best staff, but I sure am grateful that I do.”