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All About Southwestern Fifth Grade:


  • Homework is an important part of your child’s learning experience.

  • Fifth graders will have nightly homework.

  • Assignment notebooks are required and will be filled out each day.

  • If your child has an assignment that he/she fails to turn in, a Late Slip will be sent home to be signed by a parent. The completed assignment and the signed Late Slip must be returned to school the next day. If your child does not return the late assignment and the signed Late Slip, he/she will receive no credit for the assignment.1. For the first quarter, grades on late assignments are reduced by 20%.2. Beginning with the sixth late assignment in a nine week period, NO CREDIT will be given.

  • Grading Scale: A = 90% – 100%; B = 80% – 89%; C = 70 – 79% D = 60 – 69%; F = 59% and below.

  • Grades are weighted. 75% – Assignments; 25% – Tests

  • At the teacher’s discretion, an assignment may be redone. The original grade and the redone grade will be averaged.


  • Graded work will be sent home in the Friday Folder.

  • Please sign and comment on the Weekly Evaluation.

  • Signed Friday Folders are due back by Tuesday the following week.

  • This is an assignment.


  • Textbook covers are required.


  • Your child is expected to read 20 minutes daily during the week, or 100 minutes total per week at home.

  •  A Reading Record Calendar will be sent home at the beginning of each month to record the daily minutes and the monthly total.

  • At the end of the month the Reading Record Calendar should be signed by a parent and the student, and then returned to school.

  • This is an assignment.

Molly Heiar

Fifth Grade Teacher

  • I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UW-Platteville.

  • I have many family members in the profession and enjoy spending my days at school with the kids.

  • In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, good humor, being outdoors, cooking, and getting together with family and friends. 

Ellen Burkholder

Fifth Grade Teacher

  • I have been teaching at Southwestern School District since 1995.

  • This is my third year as a fifth grade teacher.

  • I am married and my husband and I live in the district.

  • I have three adult children who are all graduates of SW, and I also have one granddaughter.

  •  In my free time, I enjoy reading and walking.

  • I am looking forward to an exciting year with my new teacher partner, Ms. Pearce, and the new students!

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