October 2018

+ Taste of Linden Hills Partnership

The Southwest Foundation was a proud sponsor of the Linden Hill Neighborhood Council's third annual Taste of Linden Hills. This event brought together our talented local chefs and 200 neighbors to help raise money that will be invested back into our community.

This year's event featured food and drinks from: This year, Taste of Linden Hills will feature food and drinks from:

  • Clancey’s
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Great Harvest
  • Harriet Brasserie
  • Martina
  • Naviya’s Thai Brasserie
  • Old Southern BBQ
  • Rose Street Patisserie
  • Tilia
  • Wedge & Linden Hills Co-op
  • Zumbro Cafe

Find more details on the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council site

+ Coding Club Hackathon

The Southwest Foundation was proud to award a grant to the Code Club to host the first ever hackathon at Southwest. This group of 20 "motivated students who make cool stuff" learned about coding in Python, Javascript and Scratch.

The Code Club reported: "Unlike the primary membership of Code Club last year, at HACKSW we had participants that came from a variety of different backgrounds. We believe we successfully attracted a group of students that was representative of the diverse cultures that exist in Southwest. The money that we received from the Southwest Foundation was crucial to making this event happen. We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to host an event like this for the first time in the history of Southwest, and we believe we’ve been able to make in difference in the lives of Southwest’s students. We’ve launched Code Club off on a good trajectory, and with a larger more diverse group of students we’ll easily be able to build on all the successes we had last year.

For more details, visit the Code Club site.

+ New Principal at Southwest High School

If you walk the halls of Southwest you’ll encounter new Principal, Dr. Michael Favor. He greets students as they arrive and spends much of his day in the halls. A big part of his philosophy to building community is being visible and accessible. It is a familiar concept that was shared by beloved former Principal Bill Smith, who suddenly retired before the 2017-2018 school year.

Favor arrives after last year’s interim leadership faced several challenges within the school and the community. He has a tall task in leading the districts largest and most recognizable school, but staff are confident he is the right man for the job.

He believes in the power of shared leadership and is excited to build on the excellence already in place at SW.

About his new role he says “Together, we can make sure Southwest remains a world-class school where every student has the opportunity to thrive.”

Favor most recently was interim superintendent for Monticello Schools and was principal of North and Cooper H.S.

He is also a member of the College Football HoF.

+ Friday Night Lights at Southwest High School

As proud supporters of athletics at Southwest High School, we were proud to see the Southwest Journal feature our beloved football and cheerleading choaches, Josh and Stephanie Zoucha.

Josh has been the Lakers head coach since 2013, while leading his student-athletes to success on and off the field. Stephanie brought back the cheer team after a 12 year absence and had 20 students join the team this year. Thank you to Josh and Stephanie for their tireless committment our school and our community.