Swanson Weekly Update

September 16, 2022

Lockdown Drill

Dear Families,

This afternoon our students participated in a Lockdown Drill at Swanson.

Each year we are asked to participate in a number of emergency drills that are designed to help staff and students respond in the case of an emergency. Included in the list of emergency drills are: fire drills, severe weather drills, evacuation drills, and lockdown drills.

A "Lockdown drill" is conducted to prepare students and staff in the event there is a threat in or near the school. During the drill, an all-school announcement is made over the intercom informing the staff that lockdown procedures should be initiated. Those procedures include, but are not limited to: locking doors, turning off lights, and moving away from windows. We are confident we conducted a successful drill today.


Mrs. Harr

Parent-Teacher Communication

Parent-Teacher Communication Meetings will be held on Thursday, October 12th and 13th. Teachers will communicate with parents via a Webex meeting or in-person.

Please look for an email message from your child's teacher on the afternoon of September 19th for a parent conference sign-up for Parent-Teacher Communication/Conferences.

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Sept 30 - Movie in the Park

Come enjoy an outdoor movie and concessions on the grassy hill behind Swanson. Bring your whole family and a blanket or chairs to sit on! Concessions open at 6:30, Movie begins at 7:00 pm. Sign up to help here: https://swanson community club.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/97924

Oct 3 - Community Club Meeting

We hope you can join us for socializing and a smidge of fun activity planning at Casual Pint (8718 Countryside Plaza) on Oct 3rd from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

Oct 7 - Homecoming Parade

We look forward to adding a float for Swanson this year! The Homecoming theme is "Rock & Roll". Kim Pape & Christy Havens are leading the charge for Swanson. Please sign up here if you would like to participate by decorating the float or marching/riding in the parade: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0545a8a82ba75-swanson

Be sure to visit our Swanson Community Club website for easy access to the:

  • Family Directory
  • Activities Calendar
  • Spirit Wear Store
  • And More!


Oct 13 - Conference Dinner Provided to Teachers

We are looking for a parent willing to help organize dinner this year for our wonderful Swanson teachers and staff while they work late for conferences. You get to work with a veteran parent who's been doing it many years now. Email or text Jacque Torson (afjacque@gmail.com or 719-332-5009) if you'd like to help!

Oct 28 - Halloween Parade

We are looking for a parent willing to help organize volunteers to decorate tables and hand out candy during the school Halloween Parade on Oct 28 at 2:30pm. Email or text Jacque Torson (afjacque@gmail.com or 719-332-5009) if you'd like to help!

Be sure to visit our Swanson Community Club website for easy access to the:

  • Activities Calendar
  • Spirit Wear Store
  • And More!


Last Day to Order Swanson School Apparel on Sale Now!

Last day to order Swanson apparel is today, September 16th. Don't miss your chance! Orders will be delivered to the school for your child to bring home. Whether you're new to Swanson or need a new size, be sure to place your order so you can show your Swanson Superstar Pride!
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We hope that you'll consider joining on Saturday, September 24th for Unified Fishing at Towl Park. The WE-SIDE Unified program promotes opportunities for acceptance, inclusion, and friendship between students with and without intellectual disabilities. Click the image below for more details about this fun event!

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Westside Football Games

While we welcome all students at our Westside High Football Games, we want to ensure families and students know the rules, to ensure the safety of all involved.

  • All elementary students attending the game will need to attend the game with a parent and sit with a parent.
  • No footballs or other balls allowed in the stadium.
  • Middle school students will sit in the bleachers in the SE corner of the end zone. Middle school students will buy a ticket at main gate and enter from the student game. We are asking middle school students to show ID at the game.
  • Middle school students will use the upper concession stand and portable restrooms in the South east corner of the stadium.
  • · Elementary school students must sit with their families or chaperones in the bleachers at games this year.

    o Children will not be permitted to run around unsupervised, play football, jump off retaining walls, play tag near large crowds, etc.

Students who do not follow these rules will be asked to leave. Thank you for your help to make sure our game atmosphere is positive for all who attend!

Westside Homecoming Parade


  • Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 (lunch will be served before dismissal)
  • Westside MIDDLE School will dismiss at 1:00 (lunch will be served)
  • Westside High School and West Campus will dismiss at 1:10 (lunch will be served)
  • The Homecoming Parade will begin at 1:30 using a route throughout the neighborhood by Westside High School.
    • Exit East/Main Parking Lot (turning right) and proceeding south on 85th Avenue to Hickory Street; turn right (west) on Hickory Street and head West to 88th Street; turn right on to 88th Street and head North to William Street. Parade Ends at 88th and William Street (entry to South Student Parking Lot).
  • The Pep Rally and a special district-wide celebration will take place at the football field at approximately 2:30 after the parade ends back on campus.
  • Club 66 will be open from this early dismissal time through normal operational hours at all sites.
  • Buses will run accordingly at the adjusted dismissal time. There will be no activity buses that run at a later time after the parade/pep rally.

Battle of the Books

Mark your calendars to join us for the 2022 Battle of the Books on March 25, 2023 at Westside Middle School!

This annual Westside district tradition provides an opportunity for teams of 3-5 students in 4th-6th grade to participate in a quiz bowl-style competition where they answer questions based on content from the 2022-2023 Golden Sower nominees.

Visit our FAQ or rules page for more information about the event. Team registration begins October 7!

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


Sample: harr.jennifer@westside66.net




Office - 402-390-6485

(Available 24 hours a day)

You are welcome to leave a message with your child’s name and reason for the absence

Calendar Reminders

September 30 Movie in the Park Night

October 3 Community Club Mtg., 6:30 pm

October 7 Early Dismissal K-6th 12:30pm

October 13 Parent/Teacher Communication Conferences

October 13-17 No School for students

October 28 Halloween Parade and Parties 2:30

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.

Swanson's Expectations

  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible