Information for SOM Students

Southwest Middle School (SOM) is committed to guide our students through their journey as 7th and 8th graders.  We understand the achievements, struggles, and changes that middle school students go through.

Check the tabs on the right for more information and resources for student academics, activities, and support!

Non-privileged Rules and Procedures

Board Policy Links

For more information, please refer to SUHSD Board Policy 0410 – Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities/Title IX.

CDE and US Dept of Ed Links

Check out our New Student Handbook!

Make a copy of the handbook to personalize or click on image to view!

Dress Code

Southwest Middle School’s Dress Code Policy for 2022-2023

Política del Código de vestimenta de Southwest Middle School 2022-2023

Need help with your iPad? 

Please visit the library during Nutrition, lunch, before school, and after school!

For all IT issues, submit a help ticket by using this link


Online Resources: 

Algebra McDougal Littell

Math 7 McDougal

U.S. History 8 Holt, Rinehart, Winston

On-line Dictionary

On-line Encyclopedia

Online Academic Enrichment Opportunities: Applications and Websites

Optional academic enrichment activities to help  families during a statewide mandatory social distancing.

If there is an option to “Log in with Google”, please do so with your “…” account.

Achieve3000 (Read and complete 5-step lessons) Check with your ELA Teacher if you have forgotten your log-in info

Subjects: English, ELD, Spanish, Science, History/Social Science, Arts, Health/PE

NewselaNewsELA (read about anything; login in with google)

Subjects: English, ELD, Mathematics,Spanish, Science, History/Social Science, Arts, Health/PE

Duolingo - The world's best way to learn a languageDuolingo

Subjects: English, ELD, Spanish, Science Prodigy Math Game: Appstore for AndroidProdigy

Subjects: Mathematics (Check with your math teacher for class code)

Khan Academy on the App StoreKhan Academy

Subjects: English (Grammar), Mathematics,Science, History/Social Science | Product Reviews | EdSurge (vocabulary and spelling practice)

Subjects: English, ELD, Mathematics,Spanish, Science, History/Social Science, Arts, Health/PE

Get Kahoot! Play - Microsoft Store

Kahoot (choose any subject/topic)

Spray paint stencil | Logotipo de youtube, Imagenes para marcar ...YouTube: Just Dance Subjects: Arts, Health/PE

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (by JFK Center for the Arts) Subjects: Arts - Incident IQ
Code.orgSubjects: Mathematics, Science

Get BrainPOP Featured Movie - Microsoft and

(Username: southwestms  Password: school)

Subjects: English, ELD, Mathematics,Spanish, Science, History/Social Science, Arts



ExploreLearning Planned Outage: Friday, August 24 (begins 9:00 pm ... 

(Username: BarronScience password: Barron)

Subjects: Science, Mathematics 


Working from Home

  • Find a space that is quiet and free of distractions.
  • You will need:
    • Good lighting (lamps, windows)
    • A flat surface to write (desk, table)
    • A spot to sit where you won’t fall asleep (chair)
    • Your materials close by (computer/tablet and charger, notebooks, paper/whiteboard, pencils, pens, headphones)
      • You should not have leave to find your supplies. These should all be kept organized in one spot.
    • Use headphones if you have them. These keep the background noise down while you’re working.


How to Study for a Test

AVOID last minute cramming.  Study each day for 10-20 minutes.

  1. Concentrate on ONE section at a time.
  2. Notice bold, colored, & italics print in the book.  Find those words in your notes & mark with hi-liter.
  3. Look for important facts or details. See how these facts fit together; are they part of a group?   If you are using an organizer they should be in the same section.   Shade the section with a meaningful color.
  4. Say the material ALOUD.   Have someone else say them aloud. Or say them into a cassette recorder for playback that you can listen to over and over.
  5. Make 3 by 5 flash cards.   Write the key word on one side and the details or definition on the back.  Use them to play games like Concentration, Jeopardy, or Quiz Bowl.
  6. Use mnemonic aids, little sayings, or a poem to help you remember a concept.
  7. Study by reviewing information over time.
  8. 20 MINUTES of studying, then a 5 MINUTE BREAK.
  9. After each break, cover again the sections you just studied.   If you really know it, add new material.
  10. Pretend you are giving the exam; what questions would you ask? Now look up the answers.
  11. Have someone make up a practice test.    Now take a practice test.
  12. AFTER you have studied, meet with a STUDY BUDY or GROUP to exchange information.