Welcome

Welcome to the Southwest Career and Technical Academy website. We are very proud of the eleven programs we are offering to the high school students in our community. The school is divided into two smaller learning communities – the Design Academy and the Professional Service Academy. Within the smaller learning communities, students share English, math, science, social studies, electives, and program classes with fellow students who share a common career interest. In the classroom, project-based learning activities will simulate real-world experiences, preparing the students for entry into the world of work, post-secondary training, or college and university life.

Infinite Campus

This year the school district is moving to a new Student Management System called Infinite Campus. This system replaces a variety of other programs including Parentlink, which was formally used to access student grades. Student accounts are now active in the system and Parents should be receiving their information in the mail shortly. If any parent does not receive their account information by October 1st they are encouraged to contact the school to help resolve the issue.

The website for the student/parent portal is https://campusportal.ccsd.net . On initial log in students must use the following default settings:

Username = Student number

Password = xxmmddyy

xx = First initial of First name, First Initial of Last Name
mmddyy = (Month, day, year of birth)

On your initial log in, you will be prompted to change your password. The next time you log in you will be asked to set your user preferences. It is highly encouraged to add an email into the system, as that will allow you to retrieve your password in case you forget it.

There is a mobile App available for Apple and Android products. But you must set up your web browser account first before you will be able to log into the mobile app.

Underclassmen School Pictures

School pictures for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade will be taken on September 25th and 26th. Students will be scheduled based on their English class. Photo order forms will be sent home with your child in the upcoming week, or pictures can be ordered in advance online by clicking on the banner below and entering the school code of: LV104685Q0

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Class of 2015 Pictures/Yearbook Ordering

ALL upcoming seniors must make an appointment with Bernhard & Williams to complete their senior portrait session, before September 15th. Failure to complete this session will result in being absent from the yearbook. If you received an appointment time and need to reschedule, please be sure to call as soon as possible.

http://www.bernhardwilliamsgalleries.com/

(702) 251-3040

If you have any questions, please email Mr. LaPorte.

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The 2015 edition of The Howl yearbook is now available for order. The price schedule is as follows for this year:

$90 (August 1 – September 30)
$100 (October 1 – October 31)
$110 (November 1 – December 19)
$125 (December 19 – January 30)
$130 (February 1 – June 5)

Students can pay for their yearbook using credit card online, or pay using check/cash at the school banking office. Payment plans will also be available this year, both online and at school, which will lock in the current lowest price.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Matthew LaPorte.

NEW PRINCIPAL WELCOME

To The Family at Southwest Career and Technical Academy

I am so very pleased to announce that I have been appointed to the position of Principal of Southwest Career and Technical Academy. As you have learned, Ms. Gonzales has been promoted to role of Assistant Chief Student Achievement Officer. She will continue to serve our school as well as all six of the other Career and Tech Academies, Eldorado High School, two middle schools, and seven elementary schools. I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Ms. Gonzales for the last six years; most recently as the Assistant Principal of SWCTA.

I come to you with a strong background in Career and Technical Education as well as educational technology. I hold an Apple Distinguished Educator award, a Google Certified Teacher certificate, and was recently an Adobe Educational Leader. I served on the team that originally planned the Career and Technical Academies instituted throughout CCSD and I have a passion for project-based learning.

I am excited, honored, and humbled, to have been appointed to the role of Principal. I promise each of you that I share the vision of excellence that you have grown to expect under Ms. Gonzales, and I will work to maintain the same level of achievement in academics and superior customer service that you deserve.

I hope that you are able to join me at the Welcome Back Barbecue this coming Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. for new students, noon for returning students.

Sincerely,

Donna Levy

Apple Distinguished School

Southwest CTA has had their Apple Distinguished School designation renewed through 2015. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.