• Bikes for Books Gold Medal Awards 5/12

    Monday, May 12th we will be celebrating our "Bikes for Books" gold medal reading awards ceremony. One lucky girl and boy from each grade level will be drawn for a brand new bike! Students who turned in an assigned number of reading logs will be awarded a reading medal by Mrs. Moore, our school Librarian. KDG will be 12:45-1:05 p.m., 2nd will be 1:10-1:35 p.m., and 1st will be 1:40-2:05 p.m.

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  • Teacher Observations!

    April 24th & April 25th are the only days our school will be allowing teacher observations. Check our website for grade level recess & lunch breaks as this is not normally a good time to observe classrooms. Also, our teacher request forms will available in the front office during this time and will be accepted no later than Friday, May 2nd. No late forms will be taken after this date. Only 1 choice will be allowed on the forms. Call our front office with any questions at 861-5300.

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  • ALASKA MIDDLE COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

    AMCS will be hosting a series of open houses whereby interested students and families will learn more about this unique opportunity for junior and senior students of the Mat-Su Borough School District. Photo: Charlotte Forrest, a current student. Read more...

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  • MSBSD 2014 SBA/HSGQE THIS WEEK

    It is time! Standards Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams beginning Tuesday, April 1. Every child in third through tenth grades in our District as well as the State of Alaska will be assessed through the state tests. Testing will conclude on Thursday for all but 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students. Children in these grades will test on science on Friday. Students will demonstrate their knowledge in reading, language arts, and math. Read for tips....

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  • MSBSD TOURS NEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SITES

    Opening in the fall of 2014 are two new permanent facilities for two schools: Mat-Su Day School and Valley Pathways, both special mission schools in the Mat-Su Borough School District. Shown here is Valley Pathways principal, Jim Wanser, with MSB Project Manager, Robert Scott. MSB and MSBSD School Board/Administration toured both sites.

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  • MSBSD SPRING BREAK--MARCH 10-14

    Going to the beach? Wait, that's snow. American Charter Academy students get a head start on Spring Break. If your child attends a non-traditional school, please check your calendar.

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  • MSBSD HONORS SCHOOL BOARD

    MSBDS students say, "Thank you" to our School Board--new lockers at PJMS and HMS, along with playgrounds, technology equipment, and more.

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  • PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES MON/TUES FEB. 17 AND 18

    No school for students at most MSBSD schools on Monday and Tuesday. Parents, please check with your school for times for P/T Conferences. Students at Big Lake, Houston Middle, and Houston High will attend school Tuesday as a make-up day.

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  • MSBSD 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR REVISIONS

    Inclement weather required a school closure on January 23, 2014 at Big Lake Elem, Houston Middle, and Houston High schools. This was the second school closure and exceeds the one snow day built into the calendar. February 18th is a school day for students at these three schools. Please read more by clicking "view full story"...

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  • MSBSD PRELIMINARY BUDGET AND LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

    Get a first look at the FY15 Preliminary Budget and School Board Legislative Priorities. Also, come and join the budget conversation at one of our Budget Open Houses. Download a flyer and more information....

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  • MSBSD: "BUILDING MAGICAL FUTURES"

    February 3-7 is National School Counseling Week, "focusing public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors with U.S. school systems."

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  • MSBSD TO CONDUCT AASB SCHOOL CLIMATE AND CONNECTEDNESS SURVEY: IN SCHOOLS FEB. 3-14

    For MSBSD students in grades 5-12 and staff, we will participate in the survey sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Boards. You may read more in Mr. Gene Stone's letter, download a brochure, and more. MSBSD Superintedent, Dr. Deena Paramo, says, "In Mat-Su, we put the data to good use. Through the survey data, we learn more about our schools to help inform our decisions."

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  • MSBSD ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013

    The MSBSD Annual Report is a look back at the success of our District, a snapshot of students and staff. Read or download and print....

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  • ASBO AWARDS MSBSD ITS MERITORIOUS BUDGET AWARD

    For excellence in budget presentation, the Association of School Business Officials Internaional recognizes the MSBSD. Earning this award, the District submitted its 2013-2014 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. Read more....

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  • JOE REDINGTON, SR., JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL FORUM

    Hosted by the Mat-Su Borough, the community had an opportunity to hear first-hand about the newest high school, slated to open in the fall of 2015. Attending the meeting was Caleb, a student at Iditarod Elementary, who made his own drawing of the new school. He hopes to enroll when the new school opens.

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  • MSBSD MOBILE APP!

    Connect to us on the go..."Our student worker, Sterling Maffee, has developed an app with an online utility that is both useful and relevant," said CIO Justin Michaud. Read more and download a Fact Sheet...

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY

    The MSBSD School Board has a vacancy and is accepting applications for School Board Seat E. Click on "View Full Story" or the headline to read or download instructions for applying.

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        Welcome to Our School

         
         
        2014-15 Registration Opens June 2, 2014
         
        Welcome to Swanson Elementary!
          
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        Swanson Elementary - Home of the Squirrels
        "Planting the Seeds of Learning"
        Grades K-2 / School Hours: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
         
        Mary Kate Mayer - Principal
        email us at swe@matsuk12.us
        Rebecca Hardy - Administrative Secretary
        Carrie Toro - Secretary/Registrar
        Theresa Wilde - Records Specialist/Registrar
         
        609 N. Gulkana St.
        Palmer, Alaska 99645
        Office 907-861-5300 / Fax 907-861-5380     
         
        NEWSLETTER NEWS!  CLICK THE LINK BELOW THE SQUIRREL
         
         
         Swanson T-shirts $13
         
        Get Your Squirrel On" TODAY!
        Available for sale in our Office - sizes Youth S, M, L
         
         
         

        Swanson Announcements

        • SWANSON ACTIVITIES, INCENTIVES AND FUNDRAISERS!
           
          "RESPECT" Tickets:  Every Friday, we celebrate those who are caught exhibiting good behavior and excellent choices by drawing names from each classroom for either a prize, an elevator ride or lunch with the Principal!
           
          Popcorn Fridays!  After lunch, the office begins selling a hot yummy bag of popcorn for .75 cents.  it's a great treat and a wonderful way to support our school!
           
          Box Tops - We collect General Mills Box Tops all year round.  We have two collection bins in the foyer and Box Top Bucks collection sheets on the wall outside the office door.  Every time a student brings a completed "buck" they will receive a prize from the office!
           
          EScrip - We do escrip registration drives throughout the school year with special incentive drawings for those students that participate.  Escrip is a fabulously easy way for our school to benefit every time you buy groceries at Carrs/Safeway!  Each time a registered user makes a purchase, up to 4% of their monthly purchases will automatically be contributed to their designated school.  Don't forget Swanson, the best part is it's FREE!
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        District News

        • Arrow 2014 GRADUATION AND PROM DATES
          Click here for a complete listing of the school proms and all graduation  dates, available for downloading or printing. A PDF of the information is available: Click here.
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        • Arrow MSBSD GOES MOBILE!
          Click here for more information on the MSBSD mobile app, how to get started, and downloading the app. You may also download and read a mobile Fact Sheet or print it for easy reference.Go mobile with the MSBSD! at www.matsuk12.us/mobile.
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        • Arrow SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
          Click here for 2013-2014 School Supply Listsl
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        • Arrow MSBSD START TIMES - 2013-2014!
          School start and end times will remain the same for the 2013-2014 school year. Elementary schools time is 9:15 to 3:45, and middle/secondary schools time is 7:45 to 2:15. There are exceptions for northern schools: Willow start time is 8:20 and dismissal at 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri, and dismissal at 1:40 on Wed. Talkeetna begins at 8:30 with dismissal at 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri, and dismissal on Wednesdays at 1:40. Trapper Creek begins at 8:30 and dismissal at 3:00. Su Valley Jr/Sr High School begins at 8:30 and dismissal is at 2:54. Also, if your child attends one of our six charter schools, confirm the time with your school.
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        • Arrow 2013-2014 SCHOOL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
          For information on School Registration visit MSBSD iEnroll
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        • Arrow MSBSD EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS ON TECHNOLOGY!
          All MSBSD Employees can take advantage of the Dell MPP program, Apple Employee Purchase Program and Microsoft Home Use Program.  Click here to find out more! 
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        • Arrow ONLINE ABSENCE REPORTING AVAILABLE ON iPARENT
          Parents—Online Absence Reporting. Parents now have a method to report online student absences. A written note or telephone call is still acceptable, but online reporting is easy through iParent.
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