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Welcome to Mrs. Simacek's 5th Grade Class 
Welcome to 5th grade 2014-15!  

I am VERY proud to present the 5S LEADERSHIP VIDEO to be shared during the all 5th grade meeting next Friday, March 6th. Way to go, 5S!


If you haven't seen it yet, please enjoy this awesome Quest video - Thanks to Nate Lehner Here is the Quest Testimonial video.  

PICTURES WILL NOW BE POSTED ON THE CLASS FACEBOOK PAGE:  


2-12-15 - Thanks to our awesome Valentine's Day Party Committee for our fun party :).

2015-02-13



2-10-15 Thanks to everyone who was able to support the Quest students at Project Showcase!

2015-02-11


2-9-15 Sharing Geography & Engineering Projects for peer feedback

2015-02-10



2-6-15 Students are busy preparing for Project Showcase on Tuesday!  Looking forward to seeing you all there :)  Raffles 5:30-7:00.  Presentations 6-7:30 PM.  

2015-02-06



2-5-15 - Students did a great job giving the Quest guests from Berlin and Princeton a great day as part of our Dissemination Grant.

2015-02-05



2-2-15 - Thanks Mrs. Messitte for teaching our class about Renoir and showing us his artwork.  

2015-02-03



2-2-15 - FACETIMING MR. DAVID SPIEGELBERG OF THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

2015-02-02



1-29-15 OPINION WRITING

2015-01-29



1-28-15 - AWESOME SLEDDING PARTY!!

2015-01-28




1-23-15 - 5th Grade Quest Geography Projects - collaboration on the BIG 6 step 1 - Task Definition before conferencing with Mrs. Simacek 

2015-01-23


1-22-15 - 5S is working hard to prepare for the BADGER state assessment this spring. 

2015-01-22


1-21-15 - CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENT WHO WON THE SPELLING BEE!  


1-16-15 Congratulations to the students in the school Spelling Bee!  Good luck next Thursday to our finalists!!

2015-01-16



1-6-15 - 5S SPELLING BEE WINNERS!  Good luck at the School Spelling Bee in a few weeks!!


January, 2015 - Students published biographies on a famous American Colonial leader

2015-02-11



12-23-14 - 5S Winter Party & Q/MP Sing-Along

5S Winter Party & Q/MP Sing-Along



12-22-14 - Students have published their biographies and received feedback from their peers.

2014-12-23



12-5-14 - Students are busy taking notes on their colonial leader for their biography.  They are using linoit.com or Google Docs.  They have 15 notes by today.

2014-12-05



11-26-14 Thanks to Mrs. Messitte, our art presenter, sharing the Escher artwork today.

2014-11-26



11-25-14 - Nate and Andy of ClearView Productions llc (Oshkosh, WI) were in our room video recording for a Quest promotional video. 

2014-11-26



11-24-14 - Peer editing the Westward Expansion reports.  Also, some students brainstorming with other Quest students how tomorrow's video will go.  

2014-11-24



11-21-14 - DR. JESSICA DAVIS SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT AFRICA - THANK YOU SO MUCH!

2014-11-21



11-20-14 - KEYBOARDING DRAFTS

2014-11-21


11-20-14 BRAVE YOUNG EINSTEINS CLASS

2014-11-20 BRAVE


11-18-14 - WRITING WESTWARD EXPANSION REPORTS - LOOK AT THE PROGRESS

2014-11-21



11-11-14 - WRITING WESTWARD EXPANSION "FLASH DRAFT" - WRITING FAST & FURIOUS 

2014-11-12


11-11-14 VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM - GREAT JOB 5TH GRADE CHOIR, STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS, AND MR. BOCK!

2014-11-11



11-6-14 - COMPOST PRESENTATIONS

2014-11-06



11-5-14 - Awesome collaborating on the composting to other classrooms presentations!

2014-11-05



11-3-14 Thanks to Mrs. Messitte, our art presenter, sharing the Constable artwork today.

2014-11-03



10-31-14 Thanks to our awesome party committee for planning such a fun party and bringing such tasty treats!!  

2014-11-03



10-30-14 - Students are working together in collaborative groups learning about Cells using the National Geographic Themed Sets.

2014-10-30


10-29-14 - Students are promoting proper composting methods here at Quest/Murray Park.  They are collaborating on posters for around the building, the salad line, and the PVC pipe sign holder in the cafeteria.

2014-10-29



10-24-14 - Students enjoying collaboration fun with Mrs. Ernst's class in celebration of an outstanding Project Showcase

2014-10-27



10-24-14 WHAT AN AMAZING TURNOUT AT PROJECT SHOWCASE!!  THANK YOU EVERYONE!  If you didn't have time (or space) to leave your child positive feedback, please email him/her and cc: me today.  Thank you so much!!

2014-10-24




10-20-14 Your children met with the whole Quest school for a Morning Meeting on Monday.  The students made us so proud sharing with the 3rd graders and students who were new to Quest what Project Showcase looks like and how it goes.

2014-10-24



10-17-14 - WE HAD AN AWESOME DAY AT THE STATE CAPITOL AND VETERANS MUSEUM!!  Thanks Brexden's mom & Caleb's mom for chaperoning.  Special thanks to Colette with Representative Joan Ballweg's office and Michelle with Senator Luther Olsen's office for getting the whole class photo from above in the rotunda!!

2014-10-17



10-16-14 - Students enjoyed putting all of their ideas from their storyboards into their Habits of Mind videos on Persistence, Striving for Accuracy, or Managing Impulsivity.

2014-10-17

 

10-16-14 - Students finished their storyboards for the Habits of Mind video project.  Great job, 5S!

2014-10-16



10-16-14 - We really enjoyed eating lunch while Chief Lukoski visited.  He told us about himself, his job, and he answered any questions we asked.  Thanks, Chief Lukoski!!

2014-10-16



10-16-14 - We helped prepare the Habits of Mind bulletin board you will see at Showcase by showing pictures of Managing Impulsivity, Striving for Accuracy, or Persistence.  Which habit do you think is shown in each picture?

2014-10-16




10-14-14 - Great Comma Corral Jingles, 5S!  Parents, you are going to LOVE these at Project Showcase NEXT THURSDAY - 10-23 6-7:30 pm

2014-10-14



10-9-14 - GREAT trip to the Ripon Public Library

2014-10-09


10-9-14 - The students did a SUPER job looking through microscopes at volvox, blepharisma, and vinegar eels.

2014-10-09



10-8-14 - Your children made me very proud today by creating these beautiful cards for US Navy Korean War veteran, Mr. John Paul Jones, heading on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. next month!  GREAT JOB, KIDS!

2014-10-08



10/6/14 - Compost brainstorming with Mrs. Ernst's class - then a fun, "Happy" dance

2014-10-06



10/6/14 - Working on Comma Corral Google Presentations

2014-10-06



10/6/14 - Choosing iMovie trailer themes for Group Habits of Mind projects 

2014-10-06


10/3/14 - Thanks for sharing root beer floats celebrating the twins' birthday!

2014-10-08



9/26/14 - HOMECOMING TAILGATING PARTY DURING LUNCH - THANKS MURRAY PARK/QUEST STUDENT COUNCIL SPIRIT COMMITTEE, ADVISORS MR. FEIDT & MRS. WEIR

2014-09-26



9/26/14 - COMPOST WORMS with Mrs. Johnson

2014-09-26



9/25/14 - Preparing our container for the worm farm

2014-09-26



9/24/14 - Reading-to-self, quizzing, KidBlogging while making connections

2014-09-24



9/8/14 - 1st day of Math Flipped Lessons.  Wow!  This is cool!

2014-09-08



9/5/14 - LOOK AT OUR CLASS MAKING THEIR OWN RULES TODAY & THE WHOLE QUEST SCHOOL IN OUR AWESOME TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS :)

2014-09-05



WEAR YOUR QUEST TIE-DYE T-SHIRT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH :)

2014-09-04

 

9-2-14 Thanks to the parent/grandparent helpers today!  We had fun tie-dying our Quest t-shirts.  

2014-09-02



 Project Showcase Nights 6:00-7:30 PM on:
- Thursday, October 23, 2014
- Tuesday, February 10, 2015
- Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Science Fair - Thursday, March 5, 2015.  




2-2-15 All Quest Morning Meeting

2015-02-02



from Mr. Hatlen's monthly newsletter:  Ripon Middle School & Catalyst 5th grade Informational Opportunities

A questionnaire/application will be sent home on Friday, January 23rd with all 5th grade students in Murray Park and Quest. This needs to be returned with your choice for enrollment 
for your child for the 2015-16 school year. All students must return this application. The 
following dates are opportunities for you and your child to learn about Ripon Middle School and Catalyst. These sessions are to provide you information about each school. The information is to help you make an informed decision as you choose a learning style that best fits the needs of your child.

Tues Jan 27 – Middle School Media Center 6:00 - 7:00

Tues Feb 10 – Quest Showcase 6:00 – 7:30 Question & Answer table with information and 

Feb. 12 – Catalyst Showcase Night 6:00 – 7:00 all 5th grade parents are invited to attend

Tues Feb. 17 – Middle School Media Center 6:00 - 7:00

If these times and dates don’t work in your schedule and you would like to schedule a meeting with Mr. Hoh, please call Diane at 748-4655 to schedule an appointment.


VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL WELCOME TO MAKE JOLLY RANCHER SUCKERS - PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR DIRECTIONS IF YOU'RE WILLING TO HELP WITH THIS QUEST FUNDRAISER.  Students may support this fundraiser by bringing $1 to buy a Jolly Rancher sucker!  THANK YOU!  simacekk@ripon.k12.wi.us

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 fifteen year old daughter, Jenna.  She is a sophomore at Lumen Charter High School where she enjoys choir, one-act play, cheer & stunt, and band.  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 21st 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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