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Olympic Inspired Creativity at Swanson

The spirit of the winter olympics was felt all through Swanson’s halls as staff and students decorated each “pod” with a different country theme.  The vote came in and everyone was a winner!  The prize?  Staff get to take turns parking a little closer in the visitor parking lot!  Thank you to Principal Harr for that!


Demoine Adams Speaks to Swanson Teachers

On Presidents Day, Swanson teachers participated in many professional learning activities.  To end the day,  Swanson came together with Loveland and Oakdale to hear from Demoine Adams, a motivational speaker who  was a three-year starting Blackshirt Defensive End for the Nebraska Cornhuskers under Coach Tom Osborne and played professional football, as well.  Mr. Adams spoke to the teachers about doing “Heart” work as well as hard work.  His talk was engaging and motivational and he…


Super Science!

With help from the Douglas County Extension Office, Mrs. Hall’s fourth graders looked at chemical interactions with Oobleck.  Oobleck behaves like a solid or a liquid depending on the pressure exerted upon it.  Press it together and it feels solid, let it sit in your hand and it drips like a liquid.


Great Kindness Challenge

During the week of January 22-26, Swanson students participated in the “Great Kindness Challenge.”  All through the week we talked about kindness in our classrooms and brought home a kindness activity with 25 possible acts of kindness.  Please encourage your child to fill in the checklist and send it back to school on Monday, January 29th. At Swanson School, KINDNESS MATTERS everyday! For more information, please go to


Swanson Geography Bee

A Geography Bee took place at Swanson Elementary on December 6th, and 6th grader Leo K. was the winner!  The Swanson Bee was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee.  Leo’s next step is to take a qualifying…



Swanson Elementary families, past and present students, and current and former teachers, are all invited to take one last look at the school before the historic building closes. Westside Community Schools will host an Open House at Swanson, 8601 Harney Street, on Saturday November 25 from 1:00-3:00pm. Swanson will close at the end of this semester and is slated for demolition in the spring. A new Swanson Elementary will be built at the same site…


Swanson Spelling Bee Qualifiers

Congratulations to the following spellers who qualified for the Swanson Spelling Bee.  The Bee will take place on Monday, November 6 at 10:30 am.  Way to go Superstar Spellers!!   Asher H. Luke P. Leo K. Josh N. Weston S. Ria V. Charlie Y. Jake N. Evan K. Josh L.


Parent/Teacher Conferences-NWEA Growth Reports and NeSA Student Parent Reports

During Parent/Teacher Conferences, parent(s) will receive his/her child’s Fall NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) Growth Report (Grades 3-8) and NeSA Student Report (Students who were in Grades 3-8 in the 2016/2017 school year.)   Additional information regarding the NWEA MAP assessment, along with parent resources can be found at and


Halloween Party Volunteers Still Needed!!!

Please consider signing up to volunteer in your child’s classroom for the Halloween Party.  Please use the Sign-Up Genius link below.  Thank you!   Halloween and Valentine’s Party Sign ups 2017-2018


NWEA Map Information

Westside Community Schools NWEA MAP Information Third – Ninth Grade Students to Take the Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) tests. During the 2017/2018 school year, your child will take tests called NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) Growth Tests.  This assessment tool is used to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year and from year-to-year in the areas of reading and math.   MAP® assessments are untimed, but…

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