Welcome to the Categorical Office!

The Categorical Office is responsible for organizing, providing, and maintaining parents, staff, and community with information relevant to the Title I and State Compensatory Education (SCE), which operates at our site under the regulations of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  The funding for these programs (as well as other programs under Southwest Middle School’s Categorical Program) is designed to strengthen our students' skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and to ensure that struggling students have access to the services and opportunities they need to meet or exceed grade-level standards.

Our effort is to evaluate assessment data, and collaborate with staff, parents, and community to develop a comprehensive school site plan designed to raise students' achievement.  We help provide staff, students, and parents with research-based strategies and program designs which have been proven to make a positive impact on student learning.  We work with the support of the Sweetwater Union High School District and Southwest Middle School’s administrative staff to maintain our school’s mission.

The following staff members are housed under Southwest Middle School’s Categorical Department:

Coordinated Intervention Services Coordinator (Categorical Coordinator, EL Advocate, SOS Advisor, Intervention Specialist – Special Ed):  Esther Parreñas

            Parent Coordinator:  Esther Parreñas

            Categorical Assistant:  Gledy Silva

            Student Program Facilitator:  Carlos Ugarte
            Bilingual Tester/EL Instructional Assistant:  Norma Barba

SOM School Calendar

Stuff of Interest

  • SafetyNet Presentations On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, a select group of students learned about ways to keep themselves safe when using the internet.  From cyber-bullying to child predators, students learned what ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2012, 3:44 PM by Esther Parrenas
  • No Place for Hate December 2012 marked the beginning of No Place for Hate at Southwest Middle School.  Students learned about safety when using technology as well as signed a pledge for respecting each ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2012, 3:42 PM by Esther Parrenas
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