Swanson Weekly Update

April 21, 2023


Please help me congratulate Mrs. Cheryl Houser on her retirement! She has served the staff, students, parents and community of the Westside Community School for the past three decades! Mrs. Houser began her career as a Special Educator at Westgate Elementary. She worked at Underwood and Westbrook Elementaries where she was a 5th grade teacher until joining the Superstar Family in 2018 as a 4th grade teacher. We will miss her bright smile, great laugh and tremendous experience at Swanson, and we wish her well in the next chapter of her life.

Please join us to celebrate her years of service to Swanson on Monday, May 15th at 3:45 pm in Swanson School's Library. Congratulations Mrs. Houser!

2023-24 Staffing Announcements

We have several staffing announcements along with Mrs. Houser's retirement to make regarding our 2023-24 school year.

Miss Maddie Hurley, 2nd Grade Teacher, will be moving to Des Moines, IA where she will continue teaching in the primary year classrooms. We wish her all the best in her move and for many years to come.

Mrs. Maggie Person, 1st Grade Teacher, will be transitioning to Paddock Road Elementary to teach first grade and to work with the school's leadership and primary teams. Thank you Mrs. Person for your nine years of service to our Swanson Community and wish you all the best at Paddock Road!

Miss Megan Hellem will be transitioning from 3rd grade to 4th grade next year. Miss Kerigan Ohl will be moving from 2nd grade to 3rd grade. Lastly, Mrs. Dede Marshall will be leaving kindergarten and moving to 2nd grade. These changes in grade levels will assist in continuing our strong commitment to collaboration, teamwork and excellence!

Please welcome the following staff members to Swanson:

Mr. Daniel Elliott will be our new kindergarten teacher. Mr. Elliott has worked for many years in early childhood programs at Morningstar, Creighton University and most recently as a student teacher at Sunset Hills. We are excited for Mr. Elliott to work with our youngest Superstars!

Dr. Chirstine Olsen will be joining our Primary Team as a first grade teacher. Dr. Olson has over 20 years of teaching experience with the Omaha Public Schools. Her doctorate is in mathematics and math equity for students. Welcome, Dr. Oslen!

Mrs. Alyssa Herold will be joining Swanson as a second grade teacher. Mrs. Herold has taught early childhood, kindergarten and most recently 2nd grade in the Millard Public Schools for the past three years. She is also a graduate of Westside High School and looks forward to returning to Westside!

Next year, Swanson will receive a half-time counselor to our staff. Mrs. Katie Boyle will be joining the staff at Swanson and Sunset Hills. Mrs. Boyle comes with many years of experience with the Papillion-LaVista Schools. We look forward to having Mrs. Boyle working and supporting all of our students!

As evidenced by the many moves that are coming to Swanson next year, the staff and administration have already begun the process of preparing for these transitions. There will be tremendous guidance, teamwork and excitement given to these new Superstars, and we look forward to you meeting our new educators to Swanson this August! To our dedicated, caring and fantastic teachers that are leaving Swanson, we thank them for their years of service and wish them all the best! Remember: Once a Superstar, always a Superstar!


If your child will not be coming back to Swanson next fall because you are moving or transferring to another school, please let our office know as soon as possible. This is information is important to us as we prepare for fall classes.


Remember to pick up any medications you have in the health office before the end of school. All medications left will be disposed of on the last day of school.


The end of school is near! Please check your student’s lunch account to make sure there is enough money until the end of the year. There will be NO CHARGING during the last week of school. Thanks for your very prompt attention to this matter.


  • All lost library books MUST be found and turned in to the library before the end of the year.

  • Last library check-out day will be May 12th.

  • All library books must be returned to the library by May 17th.

Back to School Supplies

Hey parents!

I am happy to announce our continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies. If there were ever a year to order your school supplies early, this is it! With all the supply chain issues, it makes back-to-school shopping easy and hassle free. Plus they have guaranteed our school the high quality brands you know & trust like Crayola, Ticonderoga, Elmers, Purell and Clorox. Your child's school supply box will be delivered directly to the school and will be waiting in their classroom on their first day, eliminating the need for you to shop and haul everything in. Click here to pre-order your box today!

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Swanson Fun Run - May 5th

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EY News


The Excellence in Youth (EY) Program at Westside Community Schools provides expanded learning opportunities for students with high ability, in addition to fostering and encouraging talent development in all students.


Email is a great way to communicate with your child’s teacher. The Westside format is as follows:


Sample: harr.jennifer@westside66.net


Swanson Web Page

Visit our web page for current information on school happenings and activities during the year. Go to www.westside66.org and click on schools and then the Swanson link.

Calendar Reminders

April 24-25 6th Gr. Outdoor Ed

April 27 2023/24 Kindergarten Round Up

May 1 No School - Teacher Work Day

May 2 6 Gr. Band Solo/Ensemble Concert @ WHS, 7 pm

May 5 Fun Run

May 6 District Big Band Dance, 4:30p 6th grade practice, 5:30p concert

May 26 Last day of school, 12:00 pm DISMISSAL

Welcome to Swanson! Home of the Superstars!


The Mission of Swanson School, as a dynamic community alliance and model of innovative education, is to support and empower all learners to achieve academic excellence.

School Improvement

Swanson's school improvement goal is all students will increase reading comprehension.

Swanson's Expectations

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible