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Welcome to Mrs. Simacek's 5th Grade Class 

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A few dates to remember to save: 

  • October 10th - Cherrydale Fundraiser envelopes, forms, and payment due

  • October 19th MPQ student flu shots

  • October 26th MPQ Hearing and Vision  8-12

  • November 8 - Cherrydale Fundraiser pick up items 3:15 - 5:15 PM

  • Thursday, December 14th-3:30-7:30 Conferences

  • Thursday, March 15th 3:30-7:30 Conferences

  • PROJECT SHOWCASE NIGHTS: Thur. Oct. 19; Thur. Feb. 1; Thur. May 17

  • Wednesday, December 20 MP/Quest Sing-A-Long 2:00 MP/Quest Gymnasium
  • Science Fair - March 1 -  2:00 3:00 PM
  • MP/Q Student Council Family Fun Night Thursday, March 8th   5:30- 7 PM
  • 5/14/18  (Monday) - 5th Grade Choir Community Tour (afternoon)
  • 5/15/18(Tuesday) - 5th Grade Choir Concert @ 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
  • End of Trimesters:

    12/8/17; 3/8/18; 6/7/18

**Since we are having “pre-school” conferences, we will not be doing open house night or the other district conference days. (October 5th, February 8th, and January 15th)

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2017-18 School Supply List - 5th grade Quest


PLEASE NOTE: some may be used as community supplies.  We will label all supplies in the classroom.


  • 3 bound composition notebooks (wide lined)

  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 plastic supply box (no metal boxes please - they scratch our desks)

  • 10 glue sticks

  • 12 chisel tip dry-erase Expo markers

  • 1 package of 8 broadline markers

  • 10 packs of sticky notes

  • 5 pocket folders with prongs to hold 3-hole paper  

  • 5 red pens

  • 48 pencils (prefer pre-sharpened-no mechanical pencils, please)

  • 1 larbe (rectangular) box of tissues)

  • 1 large eraser

  • (2) 1” 3-ring binders

  • 3 boxes of crackers

  • Earbuds or headphones

  • 1 package of paper bowls

  • 1 box 100 count fold top or zip sandwich size baggies

  • 1 package of 8 (or more) colored pencils

  • 1 pair of gym shoes to be kept at school (please avoid the purchase of black sole shoes)

  • 1 art smock


Supplies needed for Music Class:
1 plain green 2-pocket folder with prongs to hold paper (for choir members)
1 plain yellow 2-pocket folder with fasteners
4 skinny/narrow dry erase markers

Optional - if your budget allows:  

  • pencil top erasers

  • Hot glue guns for the classroom

  • Hot glue gun refills for the classroom

  • colored tagboard 2-3 sheets

  • colored clay

  • styrofoam balls - many sizes

  • Sharpie markers

  • plastic spoons

  • 2" x 15 yard Scotch book tape



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 an 18 year year old daughter, Jenna.  She will be a freshman at UW-Stevens Point pursuing a degree in elementary education and having fun on the sidelines of the Pointers football games as a member of the UWSP Cheerleading team.  We live in the country near Princeton. This summer, I enjoyed a vacation to New York, 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 24th 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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