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Southwestern High School earns the Silver Medal from US News & World Report.   
            
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Southwestern High School will strive to graduate every student college/career ready and prepared for the 21st  century.
 
District Announcements
Pulaski County Schools Top 2%
PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOLS RANKED IN TOP 2% OF DISTRICTS IN THE STATE
Again earn “distinguished district” designation

The recent release of the state assessment scores finds the Pulaski County School System continuing to make their mark statewide.  After an impressive top 7% ranking last year, the county school system moves to the top 2% of districts in the state according to this week’s release of Kentucky’s assessment scores.  This has earned the Pulaski County School System a distinguished district designation, the highest level under Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning system.
 
“To be where we are doesn’t come by accident. It takes a lot of focus and a lot of work from everyone at all levels. Being in the top 2% in the state is validation that our resources and efforts have been in the right places
,” said Superintendent Steve Butcher.  Read More
School Announcements
Drama
Southwestern's Drama Department will present "Fairy Tale Salad-A Hand Tossed Mix Up of Fairy Tales and Children's Stories"  October 23rd at 7:00pm in the auditorium.  Be sure to bring your family and friends!  Admission is free however donations will be accepted.
Choir Concert
SWHS Choir Concert will be held October 30th at 6:30pm.  Please note this event will take place at Southern Middle School's cafeteria.  Admission is free.
The Craft Academy
The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students. The Academy will be housed on the campus of Morehead State University, consistently ranked as one of the safest campuses in the Commonwealth.  Scheduled to open in August 2015, the Craft Academy will meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. A college-level curriculum will allow students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy will challenge students to excel at the highest level. They will be focused on a core of math and science courses while engaging in electives in arts and humanities. In addition, the Craft Academy will offer unique STEM+X courses that will enrich educational experiences and develop competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.  The residential college experience and environment promotes excellence, innovation and creativity while developing the full potential of the state’s brightest minds and most promising future leaders. Students will live on campus in a newly renovated residence hall designed for high school-aged students. The facility will have meeting and social space and bestaffed 24/7. Counselors and advisors will also be available. For more information, email craftacademy@moreheadstate.edu or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/craft-academy.
Lindsey Wilson College Preview Days
Oct 4, Nov 15, Feb 21 (also Begley Scholars Day), and Mar 28 (Talent Showcase). Schedule your campus visit by calling 800-264-0138 or 270-384-8100. You can also email to schedule a visit at admissions@lindsey.edu.
University of Cumberlands Patriot Days
The University of Cumberlands will have their patriot days ont he following Saturdays: Oct 11, Nov 15, & Feb 28. These are days to get acquainted with the Cumberlands. Learn about academic departments, campus activities, student sercies,and hosing options. Register online at ucumberlands.edu/previewday.
SCC Pre-Administration Conference for Physical Therapy Assistant Program
Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is currently conducting Pre-Admission Conferences for students interested in applying to the program in 2015.  The program typically admits sixteen students annually with an application deadline of April 1, 2015 for students to be admitted the following summer.  Students must pre-register for this conference by contacting the program by contacting the program director ron.meade@kctcs.edu or by telephone at 606-451-6823 by 5 p.m. on November 19.  If you have any questions, please contact Ron Meade
Murray State Racer Days
Murray State will have their Racer Days on the following dates:  September 27, October 22, March 11.  Meet with people who can help you in the beginning of your college career, such as professors, student organization representatives, and recruitment staff.  There will also be financial aid representatives to help you with financial aid.  For a complete schedule of each Racer Day or to make reservations, go online at www.murraystate.edu/racerdays
The Warrior Nation showed up strong to help the football team defeat the Briar Jumpers 38-7 Friday night at Ray Correll Bowl.  You can always count on the Blue & Orange to show its Warrior Pride!
2014-2015 ACT Dates
  • September 13th--Registration Deadline August 8th
  • October 25th--Registration Deadline September 19th
  • December 13th--Registration Deadline November 7th
  • February 7th--Registration Deadline January 9th
  • April 18th--Registration Deadline March 13th
  • June 13th--Registration Deadline May 8th
Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs
The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) is a college and career ready program giving Kentucky high school students a hands-on, experiential immersion into innovation and entrepreneurship in order to empower them to make a positive impact on their communities through innovation and to become business leaders of tomorrow. GSE is a 3-week residential summer program where creative, free-thinking teens are empowered to share and develop their ideas for innovative products and services in an exploratory learning environment.  GSE exposes young aspiring entrepreneurs to the mindset, culture, innovative thinking and skills necessary to start a company.  GSE is a unique entrepreneurship program which places a strong emphasis on innovation and design as elements of creating a sustainable business model. GSE teaches students critical life and work skills of problem-solving, teamwork and iteration in an environment where it is safe to fail.  Students learn about such things as: company-start-up and growth, product development and design, customer validation, business models, marketing and sales, production, investment capital and long-range strategy. Teams learn triple bottom line approach — caring about profitability, social equity and environmental conservation. GSE students live on the Georgetown College campus in dormitories with separate quarters for males and females. They learn a great deal about themselves and others as they live in a community and develop long-lasting friendships. A select group of supportive high school and college teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, business leaders, experienced entrepreneurs and other experts works closely with the students in experiential learning sessions, hands-on design sessions and co-curricular activities. Well-known guest speakers and mentors, field trips to startup companies and other businesses, movies, special events, and a wide range of recreational opportunities offer an array of stimulating activities.
The following colleges will offer scholarships and other incentives to students who complete the GSE summer program.  Georgetown College, Union College, Brescia University, Campbsllsville University, St. Catharine College, Transylvania University, and Western Kentucky University.

Students interested in finding out more about the GSE program may visit online at www.kentuckygse.com.  Applications will be available on line beginning November 1.  Deadline for applying is December 12.
WKU CHERRY PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
  Western Kentucky University’s online admissions application for Fall 2015, has a new deadline and process in applying for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.  The new admission application deadline is November 15, 2014 for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship ONLY.  The deadline for all other scholarships will continue to be January 15, 2015.  The Cherry Presidential Scholarship covers in-state tuition, $4090 for on-campus housing, a $2,274 meal allowance, and $1,000 book allowance.  Participation in the Honors College is required.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.8 unweighted GPA and ACT composite of 31 (1360 SAT).  Applicants who meet these requirements have a deadline for application of November 15, and the Honors College application by December 1.  Finalists for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship will be invited to WKU on February 6, 2015 for an on-campus interview.  Recipients of the scholarship will be selected and notified the following week.  For more information, visit http://www.wku.edu/scholarship/incoming.php.  To admissions application, visit http://www.wku.edu/admisions/ or by clicking on the “Apply Now” link on the WKU homepage at www.wku.edu.

University Of Kentucky
There are some important changes in the admission process starting with the Class of 2015.  A copy of these updates which encompass the application tracks and all important deadlines can be found on the UK website at
UK Admission Updates.   Here are some of the highlights:

  • UK is adding an early action track
  • December 1 is the new deadline for competitive academic scholarships, competitive diversity scholarships, the Honors Program, and early action admissions
  • We’ve also added an early action track to apply for housing and living learning programs with a deadline of February 15
  • We will have an enrollment deposit that will be due by May 1 (more details will be available on this in the fall)

 If students choose to apply through the early action track, they will hear decisions about scholarship and housing much earlier in the process allowing them to have more information to make the best decision possible in their college process. For more information, visit http://www.uky.edu/Admission/freshmen.


Southwestern High School AGAIN EARN “DISTINGUISHED”

Ranked # 14 out of 230 High Schools in Kentucky

Round two of the completely redesigned state assessment system finds SWHS continuing to make their mark statewide.  After an impressive top 10% ranking last year, SWHS moves from Top 25 to Top 15 out of the 230 high schools in the state of Kentucky.  SWHS is currently ranked # 14 in the state according to this week’s release of Kentucky’s assessment scores.  This has earned Southwestern a distinguished designation, the highest level under Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning system.

This does not happen by accident—it takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance by every member of the student body, parent body, faculty, and staff.  Congratulations, SWHS!  We are extremely proud and looking forward to working on the 3-peat!

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