SOUTHWEST LEARNING CENTERS
Southwest Primary Learning Center (SPLC) offers activities that augment the social and academic objectives of the school. All SPLC students have the opportunity to work in the Smart Lab, a computer lab where students collaborate with each other on technology-based projects including such activities as robotics programming and art programs. Numerous field trips are arranged during the school year including the Natural History Museum, symphony, plays, Albuquerque Art Museum, Explora, the zoo and the Isotopes. All field trips are paid for by the school. Students can participate in the Spelling Bee. Sixth grade students can participate in the English Expo. SPLC students are exposed to additional knowledge and experiences through assemblies that demonstrate physical or academic skills from around the world. Students also participate in various community service projects such as food, school supplies, and clothing drives.
Southwest Intermediate Learning Center (SILC) offers activities that augment the social and academic objectives of the school. All SILC students participate in a Community-Based Activity (CBA) biweekly during which they incorporate their four core subject areas into real-world experiences. SILC students are also welcomed and encouraged to participate in both yearbook activities and student council where students can develop independence, responsibility, and leadership skills. Spelling and geography bees allow students with those specific gifts to receive recognition. Another opportunity for SILC students is the English Expo. at which students can demonstrate their skills in the language arts, such as speaking, various types of writing, listening, in competition with others from around the state. In the area of science, an annual science fair is held allowing students to showcase their scientific knowledge and understanding. Additionally, SILC students are exposed to knowledge and experiences through assemblies that demonstrate physical or academic skills from around the world. Finally, to help our students develop socially, two annual dances are provided under closely supervised circumstances.
Southwest Secondary Learning Center (SSLC) offers activities that augment the social and academic objectives of the school. SSLC students are encouraged to participate in both yearbook club and student council in which they can develop independence, responsibility and leadership skills. Students can also participate in English Expo, NaNoWriMo, Youth & Government, Poetry Out Loud, and a Photo Walk. Students may take part in the Flight School and work towards earning a private pilot’s license. There is a bible club and an annual fall and spring dance.
English Expo provides students with the opportunity to let their talents shine with competitions ranging from poetry writing, to photo essays, to storytelling. Some of the entries are prepared before the event and some competitions are held "on-the-spot." Southwest Learning Center participates in the Middle School and High School categories and has won many medals in a variety of categories including several “State Champs.” Students are selected for participation based on interest and teacher recommendation.
Youth & Government Sponsored by the YMCA, Youth & Government promotes an educational opportunity for students to learn how the New Mexico Legislature works. Students participate in a Model Legislature run by students from across the state. Activities replicate a number of aspects related to our democratic process; the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches responsibilities and procedures as well as media coverage which includes a daily newspaper and a video summary of the session..
Poetry Out Loud The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the State Arts Agencies of the United States to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Participants compete at the classroom level, school level, regional, and state level with the state winner competing at the finals in Washington D.C.
Photo Walk The Photo Walk provides students with the opportunity to improve their photography skills as well as take a closer look at something in the community (State Fair). Prior to the walk, students receive instruction in various techniques and skills. Following a walk, students prepare slide shows of their assignment photos and present to the group.
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee. We invite our 7th- and 8th-grade students to participate in our school-wide Geography Bee. This year it will be held in December. Geography Bee participants are asked a variety of questions about the world, designed to test their knowledge of physical, economic, political, and human geography. From our school-wide Geography Bee, one winner will be determined who will have the opportunity to compete in the state-wide Geography Bee held every year at UNM. Last year, Southwest Learning Centers had two students place in the top eight at the state bee. The winner at the State Geography Bee is invited to compete in the National Geographic Bee held in Washington, D.C.
Southwest Learning Centers holds a Spelling Bee each year for all three schools. The top two winners from each school go on to compete in the county cluster. Location, date, and time are posted on our calendar.
Each year Southwest Intermediate holds a Science Fair. The Science Fair is a hands-on approach to allow students to practice what they have learned in the classroom. The science Fair is their opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of science and the scientific method. The students have the opportunity to select a project that demonstrates their understanding of the scientific principles that influence their everyday lives. The ultimate goal of the science fair is to encourage students to see how science works outside the classroom.
The Yearbook allows students from Southwest Intermediate and Southwest Secondary to put their creative talents to use. In the yearbook class, students act as photographers, designers, and editors. They capture memories from the school year and compile them into a fantastic book of memories. Students use their innovative abilities to create an everlasting memory for their fellow classmates to cherish.
All 7th and 8th grade Southwest Intermediate students participate in a Biweekly Community-Based Activity (CBA) to explore New Mexico State History and interdisciplinary connections to curriculum within the community.
Southwest Secondary Learning Center’s Student Council exists to help create a more community-based environment taking pride in itself and its neighborhoods, to change preconceptions about student council, and to break out of the “normal” student council activities in an attempt to serve our school and community. Our student council is in charge of coordinating dances and assemblies as well as collections for charities. We believe in breaking out of the box. We hope to participate and be involved in community and charity activities. We want to develop team-skills as well as empower students to always try to achieve their best by not only being a part of the team but also giving students leadership opportunities.
Bible Club at Southwest Learning Center
Bible Club is a non-denominational student-led gathering of Southwest Secondary Learning Center and Southwest Intermediate students, and adults, who share an interest in religion and prayer. Attendance and active participation are completely by individual choice. Gatherings are informal and anyone is welcome regardless of your religious orientation. The only requirement is civility and tolerance of each others’ point of view. Meetings are held at lunch on Thursdays after the morning session. Weather permitting, the meetings will be held outside at the picnic tables north of the building and will move into the Smart Lab during inclement weather.