Buccaneer Newsletter

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Buccaneer Newsletter for the week of May 23rd


COVID Testing

Thank you in advance for helping reduce the spread of the virus by practicing risk mitigation: masking (which is highly recommended), hand sanitizing; and testing. Please do not forget:

  • If your child is sick, experiencing any symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please arrange to have them tested and contact one of our administrators. Please DO NOT come to campus.
  • If you need to arrange testing options for your student, please review the list of testing sites we have available within our district.
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, contact an administrator immediately, begin self isolation, and contact your healthcare provider.

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Southwest Middle School (SOM) is built upon over 90 years of tradition and experience. SOM offers award winning STEAM, Dual Immersion, AVID and Music programs, preparing students for a successful future beyond middle School.

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Buccaneers in the News! Congratulations Dania Meling!

8th grader, Dania Meling, with her award for her scientific experiment studying Bernoulli’s Equation Photo-Courtesy Horacio Renteria / El Latino San Diego.

Southwest Middle’s own SUHSD STEM-Research Fair Winner, Dania Meling, was featured in El Latino’s March 17th Article highlighting her winning project and passion for pursuing a future career with NASA. Congratulations Dania, we are all so very proud of you and your achievements! Keep up the amazing work! Read the full article here


At Home COVID-19 Rapid Test Kit Distribution Information

Testing is a critical part of keeping schools open and mitigating the transmission of COVID-19. In order to ensure accurate testing results, we ask that students take the test twice between now and the start of school (January 11, 2022). Tests (each kit includes two tests), are to be administered by each student on Saturday, January 8, 2022 and Monday, January 10, 2022.

-Dr. Moises G. Aguirre, Superintendent SUHSDCOVID-19 At Home Distribution kitCOVID-19 At Home Distribution Kit

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Pioneering Educators of the Dual Language Program at Southwest Middle School

Southwest Middle School’s own, Ms. Norma Pérez-Uriarte, is featured in El Latino’s December 22nd article highlighting our award winning Dual Language program. Congratulations to Ms. Pérez-Uriarte and our Dual Immersion team for their incredible efforts, we are so proud of all you do! Read about our amazing program and see the full article here.

Teacher Norma Pérez-Uriarte, Coordinator (and pioneer) of the Dual Immersion Program at Southwest Middle School. Photo: Horacio Renteria / El Latino San Diego.


STEAM Challenge #2 – Engineering a Mars Lander

Congratulations Buccaneers on an Excellent STEAM Challenge #2!

The Results are in! In real life, only 40% of all missions to Mars have been successful, but at Southwest Middle School, our survivability was much higher. Based on 18 advisory classes reporting, the survivability rate for our school was 69.26%, and each group, on average spent $1,676,622.22 of the allotted $2M budget.  Congratulations to Ms. Alcanero, Mrs. Barrón, Mr. Fuentez Jr., Ms. Jaime and Ms. Perez’s Advisory Classes for landing 100% of your rovers safely!

Congratulations Ms. Jaime’s Advisory for having the 2nd lowest average budget, at $1.3M,  with 100% of your rovers making it safely; Ms. Robinson with a budget of $1,282,500 and a 75% survivability rate; and Mrs. Barrón’s Advisory for keeping your average budget at less than $1.5M. Great job Engineers, you should feel proud!

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