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Welcome to Second Grade!  Second grade is such a magical and important year!  Your child will be making a lot of educational growth, and we will be setting and working towards new goals throughout second grade.


This page is a resource for you as parents to help your child achieve success and to answer questions about our classroom procedures.  Also, as things change throughout the year, we will keep you informed and updated.  If you still have questions or concerns regarding anything, please feel free to contact us.  Together we will work as a team to make second grade a successful learning experience for your child!


How can we keep informed?

We feel communication is a very important key to a successful relationship between parents, teachers, and students.  Reminders will be sent out via email.  Notes will also be sent home, as needed.  PLEASE check your child’s binder or folder for updates, reminders, and notes.  A class newsletter will be sent home with your child every Friday with important updates from the week.



Your child will have homework every night.  This homework consists of reading, practicing their spelling words, along with completing a nightly math homework sheet.  Every Monday the spelling list for the week will be sent home and every Friday we will have a spelling test.  Your child may have other work to complete at home that could not be completed at school.  Notes regarding any changes will be sent home as needed.


We are delighted and honored to be trusted with your child.  We will do our very best to give them fun-filled, happy days of learning.


Ms. Brandt and Ms. Swift

Connie Brandt

Second Grade Teacher

  • I grew up in Kieler, Wisconsin and attended Southwestern High School.

  • I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1990 from UW-Platteville and a master’s degree in 2003 from St. Mary’s, Minnesota.

  • I started teaching at Southwestern in 1991.  

  • I have three daughters.

  • I cheer for the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

  • I enjoy baking, swimming, and spending time with my family.

Pilar Swift

Second Grade Teacher

  • I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from
    UW-Platteville in 1990

  • I have been a Southwestern Wildcat, teaching second grade,
    since 1991

  • My oldest daughter teaches at SW also, Ms. Pearce

  • All three of my sisters are teachers, as were my parents

  • I have two daughters and one son

  • I am a huge football fan; I love the Packers

  • I love my job at SW and am proud to be part of the Southwestern Teaching Team

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