5th Grade Debate Club

'For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument and debate.'      

-Margaret Heffernan, Entrepreneur, CEO, and Author

For the past several weeks, the 5th Grade Debate Club has been building arguments around hot button topics such as fast food in school cafeterias, technology in classrooms, and year-round school.  Teams work together to develop the introductions, reasons with evidence, rebuttals and conclusions of their arguments, then face off following formal debate guidelines. Through this work, students learn the value of substantiating claims by researching, then respectfully debating their positions.  This type of learning extends well beyond the classroom!

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We concluded the Elmbrook District Spelling Bee last week, All three of our Swanson students did very well! We have two Swanson spellers advanced to the regionals.

Swanson 4th Grader Maadhav Karun from Mrs. Leis class was announced as the 2nd place Champion at the district bee and will move on to the next level, the CESA #1 Regional Spelling Bee on February 18!.

Swanson 5th Grader Inika Dwivedi from Mrs. Fatla's class placed 6th among the group of Top Six District Spellers who will also move on to the Regional Spelling Bee.  

Congratulations to Maadhav and Inikia!  Maadhav's championship word was "indelible”.

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Parent Drop Off hours are 8:32 to 8:45 only.

Also, please remember that school begins every day at 8:50.  Parent drop off closes at 8:45, students need to be in their classrooms ready to learn by 8:50.  Students arriving after the 8:50 bell will be marked tardy and parents will need to park in a designated parking spot and sign their student in.  We appreciate your help ensuring that students arrive on time every day.  Students need to be walked in by their adult, not dropped at the sidewalk.  This is to ensure their safety.

To ensure the safety of all in the parent drop off line, please wait for the cars in front of you to unload before exiting the drop off area.  Pulling out around vehicles is prohibited.  Students are expected to get out of the car on the passenger side of the vehicle, but in the event they don't, it's safer for our children if cars do not pass. 

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Middle Grade author and New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth will visit the Milwaukee area and speak to Swanson Elementary's Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders on Friday, February 1, 2019. He is the author of How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth, the second title in his illustrated series about a boy, his wacky family, and an out-of-this-world adventure. 

Paul is originally from Milwaukee, and he attended MPS. When not writing Middle Grade fiction, Paul Noth creates animated films for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and a Google search of his name will turn up the humorous cartoons he pens for the New Yorker

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Elmbrook Schools

By the Numbers

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Significantly Exceeds Rating Score
on WI Report Card


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of 4th & 5th Grade Students in
Band or Orchestra

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Raised for Childhood Cancer Research


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Clubs and Activities Offered


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Items Donated for Hunger Task Force "Stuff The Bus" Drive