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CSCS in the Media

Go on a Geology Quest!

As featured in the South Waterfront Community Newsletter, E-Current, May 2016 Edition

geology questThe 4th and 5th graders of Southwest Charter School have worked hard to create a unique guide to downtown Portland, dubbed the Downtown Portland Geology Quest. This self-guided tour of fourteen downtown Portland buildings is intended to teach curious folks of all ages about the kinds of rock our city’s buildings are made of.

Complete with original artwork drawn by the students, the Quest is more than just a clever educational tool to learn about our fair city’s buildings; if you are a fan of geocaching or scavenger hunts, you will love filling out the clue boxes until you have a complete clue that will lead you to a hidden treasure box!

View and/or print the Geology Quest here!

7th and 8th Graders and Project Citizen Featured on FM News 101 KXL

Monday, April 25, 2016
A group of 7th and 8th graders and Fieldwork Coordinator, Sarah Anderson, are interviewed by Jim Ferretti. Students talk about their current Project Citizen project, the unique process they go through in the classroom, and the overall success of the program in our school.
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Portland Tribune Story: School Notes: Outdoor School funding rally; Portland kids’ geology quest

Tuesday, 01 March 2016, Written by Shasta Kearns Moore
Read the article here.

Student Comic Book: SWCS’s Hunt For History

In Spring 2015, Know Your City partnered with SW Charter School to offer a comics workshop that supported their term-long study of the history of civil rights movement and local African American history.
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Alliance Formed With Mirabella and Southwest Charter School

Kids decorating cookies in Willamette Hall a couple months back was just the beginning. Mirabella is now forming a partnership with Southwest Charter School, bringing the wisdom and experience of older folks to the energy and enthusiasm of youngsters.
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SW Charter School’s Naturalization Ceremony Welcomes 10 New Citizens

A March 12 event will culminate 48 students’ research into civics, immigration and countries of origin. Southwest Charter School is planning the party of a lifetime for 10 people from 10 countries who will become U.S. citizens at 11 a.m. March 12.
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Seventh graders write letters, start petition to ban smoking in public parks

The 7th grade students in Sarah Anderson’s class are participating in a class room assignment called Project Citizen where students work together to identify a public policy issue in their community and develop an action plan for local government leaders to use in addressing the issue. The work culminates with a class portfolio that can be part of a state and national showcase.

Their class project focuses on a formal push for a citywide smoking ban in Portland public parks. According to Anderson, the students have the support of State Rep. Mitch Greenlick and have contacted the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The class started an online petition as well. (, May 21, 2014)


Southwest Portland students present smoking ban proposal to Commissioner Amanda Fritz (


Our 8th Graders Finished Their Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Civil War Quest

To check it out in person, go to 9002 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Portland, OR 97219 [map], just west if Riverside Cemetery in Southwest Portland. Park in the small dirt parking lot in Greenwood Hill Cemetery, off of Boones Ferry Road. You will see the GAR Cemetery to the left and down the hill – start at the original gate. For the completed work and a hand-drawn map, click the link below!

Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Civil War Quest [PDF]

Students take a journey into Civil War history (Metro May 1, 2014)


Student Suggestions for South Waterfront Safety (Portland Tribune, July 2013)

As part of Project Citizen, two students from teacher Sarah Anderson’s class have letters published outlining traffic and public safety issues in the South Waterfront area.


Southwest Charter School Learns from Johnson Creek Watershed Council, June 2013

As part of Southwest Charter School’s School Internship Program, two 8th grade students came to learn from and help the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) weekly over the course of eight weeks. JCWC wanted to learn what students their age really wanted to know about Johnson Creek. What questions did they have while they explored and played in the water? Read more to find out.


Students from School in Portland’s South Waterfront Say Raise Poop Scoop Fines (The Oregonian, June 2011)

Southwest Charter middle-schoolers launched a research and policy project that resulted in a first-place finish last month at the state competition for Project Citizen, a program of the Center for Civic Education. They presented their project, entitled “Poop Problem in Portland,” at Portland City Hall.


Southwest Charter School Audio Reports (Metro, 2010)

Using the Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement as a launching point, students of Southwest Charter School produced a series of streaming audio reports through the school year, learning and sharing the technical and artistic skills needed for audio program development and production.


Service Learning and Community-Based Projects from the article “Learning By Doing: All About Experiential Learning” (Metro Parent, February 2010, Page 18)

Teacher Sarah Anderson is interviewed about place-based education.


Just For Fun

Southwest Charter School has made the Portland Streetcar the focus of their creative genius. We love what they came up with and wanted to share it with you.