Upcoming Events





December 17, 2014
1st Semester Finals
December 18, 2014
1st semester Finals
2 PM Dismissal
Bowling vs. Roxana @ home alley--3:45 PM
Girls' Basketball vs. Litchfield @ home--6 PM
December 19, 2014
Ugly Sweater Day
1st semester Finals
2 PM Dismissal
1st Semester Ends
Boys' Basketball @ Jerseyville--6 PM
December 20, 2014
Christmas break starts
Boys' Basketball @ Illinois College Shootout vs. Payson Seymour--12:30 PM
Girls' Basketball vs. Pleasant Plains @ home--5 PM
December 26, 2014
Girls' Basketball @ Jerseyville Christmas Tournament--TBA
Boys' Basketball @ Freeburg Christmas Tournament--TBA
December 27, 2014
Girls' Basketball @ Jerseyville Christmas Tournament--TBA
Boys' Basketball @ Freeburg Christmas Tournament--TBA
December 29, 2014
Girls' Basketball @ Jerseyville Christmas Tournament--TBA
Boys' Basketball @ Freeburg Christmas Tournament--TBA
December 30, 2014
Boys' Basketball @ Freeburg Christmas Tournament--TBA
January 5, 2015
No school--Teacher Institute
January 6, 2015
Students return to school
Girls' Basketball vs. Greenville @ home--6 PM
Boys' Basketball @ Greenville--6 PM
January 9, 2015
1st semester Report Cards go home
January 10, 2015
Varsity Scholastic Bowl @ Macomb--8:30 AM
Girls' Basketball @ Wesclin--2 PM
January 12, 2015
Girls' Basketball vs. Carlinville @ home--6 PM
January 13, 2015
Bowling vs. Civic Memorial @ home--3:45 PM
Boys' Basketball @ Breese Mater Dei--6 PM
January 17, 2015
Scholastic Bowl @ Springfield--8:30 AM
Boys' Bowling Sectional--TBA
Girls' Basketball @ Gillespie (Macoupin County Tournament)--TBA
Boys' Basketball @ Gillespie (Macoupin County Tournament)--TBA
January 19, 2015
No school in honor of MLK Day
F/S Scholastic Bowl @ home--9 AM
January 20, 2015
Practice ACT
Scholastic Bowl @ Gillespie--4:30 PM
January 24, 2015
Varsity Scholastic Bowl @ Porta--8:30 AM
January 26, 2015
Girls' Basketball vs. Staunton @ home--6 PM
January 27, 2015
Bowling @ Metro East Lutheran--4 PM
Scholastic Bowl @ Vandalia--4:30 PM
Boys' Basketball vs. Gillespie @ home--6 PM
January 29, 2015
Girls' Basketball vs. Hillsboro @ home (Senior night)--6 PM
January 31, 2015
F/S Scholastic Bowl @ Cumberland--8:30 AM


"Southwestern Students Succeed"

We have several students out with illness ..
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness is through frequent hand washing and proper
technique. Proper hand washing technique, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), includes:
• Use soap and running water.
• Rub your hands vigorously as you wash them for 20 seconds.
• Wash all surfaces (including backs of hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails).
• Rinse well
• Dryhands.
If soap and rmming water are not available, use of an EPA approved hand sanitizer is recommended when
hands are not visibly dirty.
It is important to wash your hands frequently, including:
• Before and after eating.
• After using the bathroom.
• After contact with body fluids or changing diapers.
• After blowing your nose.
• After coughing or sneezing.
• Before you touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
• After being in a crowded public space.
Other good habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, engaging in physical activity, managing stress,
drinking water, and eating good food, will help you stay healthy all year.
If you or your child, have symptoms of an illness (e.g. fever, coughing, body aches, vomiting, dianhea,
sore throat, rash, or inflammation ofthe eyes or eye lids), we recommend:
• Staying home from work or school to reduce the risk of exposing others.
• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue whenever you cough or sneeze. Put the used tissue in
the waste basket.
• If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.
Students that have been ill should be fever free and off fever reducing medications for 24 hours, before
returning to school.
Mark Bearley

"Southwestern Students Succeed"

After speaking with the drug task force and local law enforcement agencies, we want to inform
parents and guardians that one of the biggest growing concerns in the area is the abuse of
prescription drugs, marijuana, and heroin by young adults. As a result of this information, the high
school and middle school are having the drug task force present to students about the dangers and
consequences of these drugs. We encourage parents to also talk to their children about the dangers
and consequences of using these drugs.

The drug task force also wants parents to be aware that children in the area are selling and/or
trading their prescription medication for other drugs. Please pay careful attention to the
prescription medications that you have in your house. Children taking prescription medications that
are not their own can cause serious injuries and even death.

Students in both the high school and middle school will be closely monitored due to the recent
trends in illegal use of drugs in rural Illinois. We are doing our best to educate and inform students,
and we also want to inform parents that these activities are unfortunately taking place in our area. A
combined effort between home and school will help ensure we take another step forward in
keeping our school system and communities a safe environment.

We encourage parents to contact our school resource officer, Deputy Dan Mathis, if you have any
questions or concerns. His number is 618-729-3211 ext. 1105.

Scott Hopkins

Middle School Principal


Mark Bearley
High School Principal