Murphy Message Newsletter

Awesome first week!  Thank you, parents, grandparents, and siblings, for coming out to Southwest Elementary Meet the Teacher Night.  What an amazing turnout. In all my years of teaching, I have never had so many in attendance.  Everyone was excited and anxious to get started on their 2019-2019 school year at Southwest.  You are the foundation to your child’s academic success…. We > Me.                                                                                

Math Minute:

5th Grade

Cluster 1: Creating Classroom Community through Data and Graphing

  1. We will work to collect data and organize the data into a graph.The students will begin collecting data for weather.
  2. Continue to review previous skills already taught.

4th Grade

Cluster 1: Build a Math Community through Math Data

  1. The students have been working to master some math vocabulary associated with Cluster 1 (e.g., table, horizontal, vertical, column, rows).
  2. Continuing with review for multiplication skills.




Life Science

4th & 5th are working with Ecosystems for the next several weeks. A major emphasis will be on vocabulary associated with this standard. The students have been developing a deeper understanding for various vocabulary terms associated with Ecosystems.



Our ClassDojo is up and running.  A letter went home on 8/29/18 with your child’s access code.


Please return your child’s blue contact sheet and other forms if you have not already done so. 


“The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher, and reading is the child’s first subject.” Barbara Bush