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Welcome to Mrs. Simacek's 5th Grade Class at
Quest Elementary
School
                
        10 AM cast       "History Idol"          2 PM cast
D.A.R.E. Graduation pictures desired.  Please email them to me at simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us  Thank you!

2014-06-03




5-27-14 - 100 point party - free recess at Murray Park

2014-05-30



5-23-14 - Historical Ripon Walking Tour - thanks to the chaperones, Docents, and Ripon Historical Society for teaching us so much about Ripon's amazing history.

2014-05-27



5-21-14 Eagle Scout Dedication of Compost System

2014-05-21



5-16-14 Field Trip to Barlow Planetarium & Weis Earth Science Museum.  The students learned a lot, and a great time was had by all.  Thanks to the chaperones for joining us.  

2014-05-19



WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD & TURNOUT AT LAST NIGHT'S SHOWCASE!!  THANKS TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS! 5-15-14

2014-05-16



Thanks to Dr. Wittler from Ripon College for giving our class feedback on the ecosystems projects.  5-14-14

2014-05-16



CONGRATULATIONS 5S D.A.R.E. SPEECH WINNERS!  5-12-14

2014-05-13


Au revoir!  5-11-14

2014-05-13



Farewell French Tunnel - 5-9-14

2014-05-09



Fun with French students - one last time - using Kahoot - 5-9-14

2014-05-09



Bon voyage French friends!  5-9-14 Goodbye Assembly and Music class fun

2014-05-09



Sharing our U.S. Government Projects, Learning about the French government, and playing Kahoot with the French 5-6-14.

2014-05-06


Getting ready for the French flag photo.  5-6-14

2014-05-06



Thank you Professor John for teaching us about Google Sketchup!! 5-1-14

2014-05-02



Thank you Ripon College reader friends (and Mrs. Schoff for showing us the cool Tellegami app)!! 5-1-14

2014-05-02



Way to go, 5S 2 PM cast of "History Idol"!!  

2014-04-30


Great job, 10 AM cast of "History Idol"!!

2014-04-30



Dancing & Greenhouse fun with French students on their first day 4-29-14.  

2014-04-30



Bienvenue French Students 4-29-14

2014-04-29



4-29-14 Gracias Senorita Klein!

2014-04-29



4-23-14 2 former 5S students & now RMS & Catalyst 6th graders visited to get us comfortable for attending Middle School next year 

2014-04-23



4-22-14 Earth Day composting clean-up, greenhouse fun, and enjoying time with our Ripon College helpers.  

2014-04-23



4-8-14 - GREAT JOB, 5TH GRADE CHOIR!  

2014-04-08



4-2-14 - We had a great time planting today!!  Thanks to Master Gardener, Ms. Herriot

2014-04-02


3-31-14 LAUNCH TO EARTH SCIENCE UNIT - HYDROSPHERE, BIOSPHERE, GEOSPHERE, & ATMOSPHERE - ALL IN ONE MODEL!  FUN DAY!

2014-03-31



3-31-14 - Thanks to our Art Presenter, Mrs. Suits.  She did a wonderful job teaching us about these prints (and other works) this year:  "American Gothic" by Wood; "Reptiles" by Escher; "Luncheon on the Boat Party" by Renoir; Introduction to Architecture with Gothic Cathedrals; The Story of the Parthenon; and "The Hay Wain" by Constable.

2014-03-31

 


Students shared their branches of government projects.  What a great variety:  Prezi, Google Presentation, Tri-Fold Poster, 30-Hands YouTube, and a brochure!  Wow!  3-27-14

2014-03-27



Here, students are working hard on the group branches of government projects. 3-25-14

2014-03-25



AWESOME COLLABORATION ON THE MONUMENT PROJECTS, 5S!

2014-03-24



Did you get to see the biography display at the Ripon Public Library?  Thanks to Mrs. DeCramer for these great photos!

2014-03-20



3-10-14 - We had so much fun at our sledding party today :)  

2014-03-10



3-4-14 - AWESOME TRIP TO MADISON VETERAN'S MUSEUM & STATE CAPITOL!  Wow!  We learned SOOOO much, and it was a GREAT way to begin our U.S. Government unit.  Your children were well behaved and represented Ripon well. Thank you to our chaperones!

2014-03-04



2-28-14 - 5S PRESIDENTS COMPETITION
Congratulations: Brooke, Daniel, Sadie, Sam, & Ella!  They can all name the presidents in order.  Our class champion was Brooke today!  Way to go, everyone for learning more about the U.S. Presidents this month!

2014-02-28



2-27-14 - THE 2 PM SCIENCE FAIR WENT VERY WELL!  Thanks to Dr. Katahira and the Ripon College scientists for discussing projects with our young scientists!!

2014-02-27



2-21-14 - The students enjoyed dancing this afternoon in celebration of Ms. Byng's class sponsored Coats for Kids Dance Party.

2014-02-21


2-21-14 - The students really enjoyed finishing the Models and Designs unit with the go-carts.  

2014-02-21



2-20-14 - Students did a fantastic job sharing their Science Fair projects with our homeroom!  Pictures will come after the 2-27-14 Science Fair (without student names showing up on the posters).

2-13-14 - Students enjoyed sharing biographies and creative writing stories at the Ripon Public Library.  Thanks to Mrs. DeCramer for her help in publicizing this event and displaying the biographies we wrote. 

2014-02-13


2-13-14 We had a great Valentine's Day party!  Thanks to the committee!

2014-02-13


2-13-14 Preparing for the Science Fair

2014-02-13



2-11-14 - SKYPING Mrs. Simacek's guest student from Spain, Irati, with Spanish tutors from Ripon College - Senorita Klein & Sentoria Wilson

2014-02-11



2-5-14 DIGITAL LEARNING DAY - Using KidBlog for reading status; making Leadership video with iMovie & iPads; Kahoot - Presidential Trivia; DuoLingo for foreign language; Qrafter QR code readers; Sock Puppets  - WHAT A GREAT DAY!

2014-02-05


2-4-14 Leadership video collaboration

2014-02-05



Math Team in action 2-3-14


It was fun to FaceTime our former classmate on 2-3-14.

2014-02-03



Thanks for attending the Project Showcase on 1-30-14!!  What a great turnout - especially for having to reschedule.

2014-02-03



Thanks Mrs. Hron's class for giving us feedback on our video projects 1-23-14.

2014-01-24



State video project sharing began today.  Great job!  

2014-01-17



Come to the Ripon Library on February 13th to hear us share our Biography projects!

2014-01-17



Microgreens are planted 1-16-14

2014-01-16



Lunch with the Chief 1-16-14

2014-01-16


Congrats to our 3 Spelling Bee finalists!  1-2-14  The 5th grade Spelling Bee is on Tuesday, January 7th at 12:15 PM in Mrs. Pokorny's room.

2014-01-02



Thanks to the committee for a great party!  We will miss you AA!!  12-20-13

2013-12-20



5S GINGERBREAD HOUSES 12-19-13

2013-12-19



We hope you like your parent gifts!!  12-17-13

2013-12-17



5S Geography Bee Finalists!  Great job!

2013-12-12


Top 10 students from the preliminary Geography Bee include: Brock, Ella, Micah, Sam, Victor, Taylor, McKenzie, Jasmine, Cassidy, & Samantha.  You 10 will want to refer to Mrs. Pokorny's weebly site to review for the Tuesday, December 17th Classroom Geography Bee.  The top 2 (with one alternate in case of an absence) will move on the School Geography Bee with Mrs. Pokorny on Thursday, December 19th. 

12-3 & 4-13 - Making Bread Pudding & Immigration Day pictures

2013-12-06


12-3-13 - Thanks for the donations for our cookie book character celebration.  

2013-12-03


Did you see the new pictures of our class on the newly updated Quest webpage?

Wow!  Testing is done!  Testing is done!  Testing is done!  Our final day of testing was celebrated with "Thankful Thursday"!  Thanks to all who donated treats.  

2013-11-21

 
Mr. O'Brien helped us learn some fun Math card games.  Another great time was had by all for "We Rock Wednesday"! 

2013-11-21



Thanks to Mrs. Davis, our school librarian, for sharing her grandfather's immigration story and picture.

2013-11-20


We had a great time on "Techy Tuesday".  Also, it has been fun to have Marshall here from Ripon College to read with our students. 

2013-11-20


Thank you for the tasty treat donations during testing!  Today was "Munchie Madness Monday".  The students had a blast at the end of the day.  Parents, check your email for supplies needed, and thank you so much!
 

2013-11-18


Our class enjoyed learning about France and Romania from the foreign exchange students - 11-15-13. 

2013-11-18


Thanks Lego League team for sharing on 11-14-13.

2013-11-18


Our class enjoyed learning about Russia from the foreign exchange student - 10-30-13. 

Russian Speaker 10-30-13



The Fall Costume Party on Friday, October 25, 2013 was a great time for all!  Thanks to the great committee for planning such fun activities and providing such yummy treats!

10-25-13 Fall Costume Party



Thank you for the super turnout for the Project Showcase on October 17th.  The students really enjoyed presenting for you.  Watch for the survey from Mr. Hatlen for your feedback on the more formalized audience format.

2013-10-20



Look how great the "Pathway to Success" turned out!  Students are standing on and near the bricks they painted last week.

2013-10-09



Great job, Comma Corral groups!  Fun jingles were created to help classmates remember when to use commas.

2013-10-08



Thank you to Mrs. Nodolf for the tasty afternoon treat today from their orchard.

2013-10-04



Thanks (Diolch) to Professor Williams-Norton for teaching us about Wales, the Welsh language, and especially the delicious Welsh cakes. 

2013-10-04



Tech Projects were shared this week.  The children did a wonderful job.  They are excited to present to the Journey students on Friday afternoon.  Also within this slideshow, you will find photos of the composting worms that arrived this afternoon.

2013-09-25



5S harvested the squash my students planted for them last year. Thanks to Becca's mom, we baked them and enjoyed the tasty treat on Friday afternoon.  

2013-09-23



5S wrote and published a beautiful ABC book about what we can compost.  They used the iPads app called PicCollage to design an attractive page.  Then, we put the book together into a class ABC book.  Great job, 5S!

2013-09-13


Students wrote a complaint letter from the point of view of a school supply.  The voice in the writing was amazing!  They illustrated the page and the page across from it that we published into a class book.  This book was inspired by the book, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  Also, we enjoyed tasty spaghetti sauce made from Quest's own tomatoes! Thanks 4th graders and parents!  It was delicious!

School Supply Complaint Letters 9-13-13




Quest had an AWESOME, WHOLE SCHOOL MORNING MEETING 9/11.  Ask your child what we did.  Here are pictures from this special gathering.

2013-09-11



5S students made their own classroom rules.  First, they brainstormed as a whole group what we need to work on after having three plus days of school in.  Then, they broke into small groups.  Then, we met as a whole group again to see what rules were common and wrote them into rules.  We kept the rules positive.  

2013-09-09



5S had a GREAT first day of school!!  Below are pictures of the students painting their bricks for a path to the greenhouse from the Quest entrance.  "Pathway to Success"

1st Day of School Painting Bricks 9/3/13











2013-09-12



About Me

           I am originally from Richfield, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.  This means I love loons, the Minnesota state bird.  My family still lives there, and I enjoy visiting them.  I have been married since 1994.  We have a fourteen year old daughter, Jenna.  She is a freshman at Lumen Charter High School.  We live in the country near Princeton. This summer, we enjoyed camping, reading, and swimming.

            I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I had experience teaching 1st -5th graders in the Eau Claire Area School District.  I earned a Master's of Science Degree in Education-Reading with a 4.0 GPA in 1998 at UW-Oshkosh. 

            I taught a 4th/5th split during the 1992-93 school year in Princeton.  The following year, I taught Reading to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Princeton Middle School.  This is my 20th year teaching at Quest/Murray Park.  I have also worked with children ages 6-14 in Richfield's summer park program for four summers.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy snorkeling, reading, scrapbooking, watching snowmobile races, and music.

  • Extracurricular Activities: Student Council Advisor; Student Council Memory Book Committee Advisor; Project Madog Assistant Director; Science Fair Co-Director; BRAVE teacher
  • Background/Experience:
    • Master of Science-Reading; UW-Oshkosh
    • Bachelor of Science-Elementary Education, Minor-Language Arts; UW-Eau Claire
    • 5th Grade Quest Teacher in Ripon 2010-present
    • 4th Grade Teacher in Ripon 1994-2010
    • Teacher since 1992
    • Wisconsin Elementary & Middle Level Science Teachers WEST Grant, 2004
    • Promising Practice Award for Project Madog - Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council, 2003
    • Jean I. Caudle Graduate Reading Award, UW-Oshkosh, 1999
    • Wisconsin Elementary & Middle Level Science Teachers - Distinguished Teacher of the Year, 1998
    • UWEC Student Leadership Award, 1992
    • Girl Scout Gold Leadership Award, 1987; Girl Scout Leader-present


    Those of you who have been in our classroom have seen our Responsive Classroom morning meetings.  Click here to learn more about Responsive Classrooms.

    Check out these awesome Quest greenhouse pictures taken by one of the Master Gardeners who has been so helpful here at Quest, Lyn Heriot!

    4-12 Greenhouse


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