Tuesday, July 19

2015-2016 SWCSEF Grant!

BalletMet Performs Sleeping Beauty

Students read and watched Sleeping Beauty before the field trip, so during the performance the students were asked to pay attention to the different scenes to compare and contrast the different renditions.

Several students commented that they had never been to downtown Columbus, so I knew they would be in for a treat. ! As we entered the theater, the excitement turned into pure joy as the majestic theater captured their attention. The ornately decorated walls and ceilings were the focal points as we walked up the stairs to our seats.

Students had many questions and we were lucky enough to schedule a Skype call with BalletMet’s educational director, Ambre Emory-Maier. Ms. Emory-Maier actually was one of two ‘hosts’ who greeted the audience before the performance began and helped explain pantomime to the crowd. 


For about twenty minutes, the students fired questions at Ms. Emory-Maier about the behind-the-scenes workers, the dancers, the performance, the connection to other versions of Sleeping Beauty, and ballet in general. I’m sure the call could have lasted much longer because when we said goodbye many students still had questions they wanted answered!

Sunday, July 17

August 5 - 7 @016 Sales Tax Holiday!

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, it’s a sales tax holiday! 

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7 at 11:59 p.m. Ohio will be offering no sales tax on various items. This will apply to all clothing purchases $75 or less, and school supplies and school instructional purchases $20 or less.

Thursday, July 14

2015 - 2016 Grant Recipient!

"Once a home instruction student with significant cognitive and/or physical disabilities can master activities that demonstrate understanding of cause and effect they can move on to be taught other life enriching skills. All students need experiences interacting with their world with an expectation that they have choices and control."

Friday, July 8

MSG Shawn T. Hannon Memorial Golf Tournament

Please join us in celebrating the life of MSG Shawn T. Hannon at the fifth annual MSG Shawn T. Hannon Memorial Golf Tournament held at Foxfire Golf Club on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 1 pm. All proceeds go to the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation (SWCSEF) for scholarships in Shawn’s name to deserving students.

Thursday, July 7

2015 - 2016 Grant Recipient!

For several years now, JMS 8th grade science has had a culminating physics project where students are required to design and build a working catapult that is able to throw a golf ball over a 1 meter high wall. 

Catapults must be less than 50 cm in length, width and height. Learning is focused on following energy transfers throughout the system of the catapult. 

The last 2 years, we have been doing whole class ongoing investigations into how the catapult came into existence by looking at the trebuchet.

Tuesday, July 5

SWCSEF Grants Available!

The South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation is pleased to again be able to provide grants in support of innovative educational opportunities for students in the South-Western City School District.

Did you know?

  • SWCSEF has been supporting innovative educational grants in SWCS since 1988;
  • More than $255,000 has been awarded since inception; and
  • The total grant award per year averages $20,000?

The timeline for educational grant applications is as follows:

    • May 2016, Educational-grant applications to SWCS staff
    • September 7, 2016, Educational-grant application deadline
    • September - Grant Committee meets to review grant applications
    • October - SWCSEF approves recommendations
    • October 17, 2016, Notification