NEWS FOR WINTER & SPRING 2020

NEWS FOR WINTER & SPRING 2020

SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY’S 96th SCHOOL YEAR is proving to be full of excitement for our boys and girls at both campuses.  We’ve held our informative ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR in December and are wrapping up the basketball season with improving teams.  We now look forward to a promising Spring season for our coed baseball and boys’ volleyball teams.  Along with academics, boys and girls at both campuses enjoy educational field trips during the week, as well as volunteering, social & hiking trips on the weekends.

MANY WONDERFUL NIGHTS of student choreographed shows and prepared dinners are scheduled. We hope you can join us in San Marino’s Lincoln Hall for the upcoming International Nights.  Students are have presented JAPANESE & KOREAN show & dinner on October 16th and EUROPEAN CABARET on November 13th.  Plan ahead for  CHINESE NEW YEARS celebration & dinner on January 27th, AFRICAN-AFRICAN AMERICAN show & dinner on February 12th, SOUTHEAST ASIAN show & dinner on March 4th, SEDER DINNER on April 15th, MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN show & dinner on May 5th, culminating with our world-famous CARNIVAL/LUAU on May 13th, hosted by International Club. We do ask that guests sign up in advance so students may prepare enough food for all. Sign-up sheets are posted on the general bulletin board the week prior to the event.

FIRST SEMESTER REVIEW WEEK is January 20 – 24.  SEMESTER EXAMINATION WEEK begins Monday, January 27th, and is completed Thursday, January 30th.  We ask that you not schedule any appointments for your student during these important days of testing.  A Post Exam break is Friday, January 31st.  SECOND SEMESTER begins Monday, February 3rd.  REPORT CARDS will be emailed to parents and contacts Friday, February 7th.  Presidents’ Day is observed Monday, February 17th, no classes held.

THIRD QUARTER REVIEW WEEK is March 23 – 27. QUARTER EXAMINATION WEEK begins Monday, March 30th, and is completed Friday, April 3rd.  We ask that you not schedule any appointments for your student during these important days of testing.  FOURTH QUARTER will begin Tuesday, April 14th.  REPORT CARDS will be emailed to parents and contacts Friday, April 17th.

PLAN AHEAD!  SPRING BREAK begins after exams on Friday, APRIL 3rd.  Students may leave after exams on Friday, APRIL 3, after 4:30 p.m., or on Saturday, APRIL 4th.  Students should return to their dorms on Monday, APRIL 13, by 8:00 p.m.  Classes resume Tuesday morning, April 14th.  Please help remind your student of vacation homework that is due upon their return from all breaks throughout the school year. Class assignments will be posted on our website’s “CURRENT STUDENTS” section located here at the start of vacation breaks.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO ARTSFEST 2020, on Thursday, April 23rd, 3:00-8:00 p.m., San Marino campus.  ArtsFest is our annual celebration and presentation of all visual and performing art students’ work throughout the year.  We invite you to take in all the sights, sounds and yes, even smells … Student Government alongside our Economics classes will offer popcorn and fresh-squeezed orange juice for sale.

SECOND SEMESTER REVIEW WEEK is May 26 – May 28.  SEMESTER EXAMS begin Friday, May 29th, and are completed Wednesday, June 3rd.  We ask that you not schedule any appointments for your student during these important days of testing.  REPORT CARDS will be emailed to parents and contacts Friday, June 12th.

PLAN AHEAD!  GRADUATION and the Last Day of School is Thursday, June 4th.  SUMMER BREAK begins and students may leave after graduation and award ceremonies on Thursday, JUNE 4th, at about 2:30 p.m.  Students attending SUMMER school should refer to their schedule on when to return to dorms.  The 2020-21 school year Opening Day is Tuesday, September 8th, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Look for the annual calendar for the 2020-21 school year in your email inbox in the Summer.

ALL RESIDENT STUDENTS are reminded to send information on their vacation travel plans to the Student Office: students@southwesternacademy.edu.

STUDENT AND PARENT HANDBOOKS are posted on line at the school’s web page.  The easiest way to find them is to go to the “DOWNLOAD CENTER” at the top right of the home page, where the handbooks are posted.  To keep up with our events, you may also look up the Annual Calendar and Holiday Travel Dates to book early for the school year.  Please check here for important dates and answers for questions, but please don’t hesitate to email or call however we can help you.

HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SEE ‘SUNSPOTS’ – THE STUDENTS’ HOMEMADE NEWSCAST? It is on line fresh each week. We hope you take five minutes every week and hear the student reports on activities, athletics, and opinions. You’ll see some familiar faces too – including your own boy or girl. From wherever you are, go to our home page – www.southwesternacademy.edu – and see the ‘YouTube’ video link at the bottom. Or to link directly to the latest ‘SUN SPOTS,” go to our Southwestern Videos YouTube page here. Great fun!