Upcoming Events

March 29
  • JV Volleyball Game vs. Rio Hondo at 2:30 p.m. HOME
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Rio Hondo at 5:30 p.m. HOME
  • I-Club Ethnic Dinner (off-campus by sign-up)
March 31: ARTS FEST 3:30-7:30 p.m.
  • ARTS FEST at Southwestern Academy is FREE and open to ALL -- the community, prospective students, current families, and alumni -- and will showcase student artwork, music, poetry, drama, and more! Dinner will be served. See you there!
April 1:
  • April Fools Day
  • Baseball vs. Pacific at 3:30 p.m. HOME
April 2: Island Camping Trip
April 4-8: Review Week

Southwestern Students Excel at Magic Mountain Physics Day Competition

This past Saturday, March 19th, seventy-one students went to Six Flags Magic Mountain for the annual Physics Day event.  Thirty-six of these students participated in the Physics Olympics sponsored each year by Six Flags.  There were 5 different competitions in which 1st and 2nd place were awarded in each.  We are very happy to report that our students placed in each event.  We won a total of 5 out of the 10 awards. Congratulations go to:

Benjamin Wu2nd Place, Paper Airplane Contest for Accuracy
Henry Lopez1st Place, Paper Airplane Contest for Distance

Nick Broihier, Henry Lopez, and Manu Kern2nd Place Paper Tower (130 cm)

Masamichi Makino -- 2nd Place Projectile Motion

Nick Chung -- 1st Place Constant Acceleration

An estimated 100 students participated in each competition. Congratulations to our winners and to all who participated!

JAPAN UPDATE from Students, Families, and Alumni

Picture of a tsunami flooding a road after the Japan earthquake
Photograph by Mainichi Shimbun, Reuters
Our current students from Japan have all reported that their families are safe, however, we have not heard back from all of our alumni in Japan. Please contact Lou Pulgencio ASAP if you are an alum who we haven't heard from yet. We care, and we want to know if you are okay. Mr. Pulgencio can be reached at:

All of the alumni we have heard from so far are physically alright, although the earthquake and tsunami has emotionally devastated all. The following are some of the responses we are hearing from Japan:
"It was very terrifying not to have been able to talk to my family for two whole days. Phone lines were cut due to the earthquake. Not even email would go through. I cannot believe how cruel the force of nature is..."
"Transportation stopped. Not easy for any contact by phone. Hard to get fuel. Black out. Getting short of food..."
"I have never felt how small Japan is. One thing happens, and there is nowhere to run..."
"About 10,000 people died..."
"[Our family hotel] is receiving evacuees from the ocean side and supplying food...we are preparing for even more evacuees..."
 Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you. Please let us know if you need anything, and again, please contact us if we haven't heard from you already.

Upcoming Events

March 8:
  • Cup Cake Day by Student Government
  • 3:45 Boys’ Volleyball, HOME v. Mesrobian
March 10:
  • 2:45 Baseball, HOME v. St. Monica
  • I-Club Foods
  • 3:30 Boys’ Volleyball, HOME v. Emerson
March 11:
  • 3:00 Boys’ Volleyball at Pilibos

Warner Bros. Studios Field Trip

Through an invitation by Ron Jones, who works on the music for the TV show Family Guy, Southwestern Academy students were able to tour the Warner Bros. Studios. 

The students were able to watch a voice recording for the show, see how they synced the music to the animation, see their advanced sound equipment, and meet the sound engineers. It was a wonderful opportunity, especially for our students preparing to pursue film in college, to see first-hand how this facet of the entertainment industry works. 

Sunspot News: Episode 14

The Sunspot News is a student-lead news broadcast about current events at Southwestern Academy. Students gain valuable communication skills, as well as, video editing experience in a fun, engaging, and creative way through the Sunspot News. New videos are posted weekly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/SUNSPOTNEWS.