•     It is hard for me to believe that this is the beginning of my 23rd year of teaching.    Even harder to believe, is the fact that I’ve been at CRMS the entire time. I am married and have two children and a dog.  My husband is also a teacher at Ramsey Elementary.  Makayla is 19 and is attending college. Emma is 17 and in 12th grade.   Cisco, our dog, just turned ten and is a Chihuahua/ Papillion mix.  I’m sure you will hear plenty of stories about my family throughout the year.  When I’m not spending time with my family I like to attend group fitness classes like yoga, read, play word games, watch TV (that is when I’m not reading) and go for walks.  
       I grew up in White Bear Lake, MN. In 1993 I graduated with my teaching degree from Bemidji State University and received my master's degree from Saint Mary's University in 2000.  I feel that I am a very flexible, fair, and firm teacher.  I love spending my days with kids and helping them learn and feel successful.  I will do my best to make this year a wonderful year.  I look forward to getting to know you.
    6th Grade ELA Information
    Grading Practices
    "A" Range = Advanced Level of Understanding
    "B" Range = Beyond Basic Level of Understanding
    "C" Range = Basic Level of Understanding
    "D" Range = Not Yet Achieved a Basic Level of Understanding
    "I"  = Incomplete Evidence of Learning
    "I/GRADE" = Incomplete Evidence and Current Grade
    "F" = Failed to Show an Understanding of Most Learning Targets
     I use standards-based grading, which means you will see many "not for grading" assignments in the gradebook. This means the scores/grades are entered so that students and families can track individual progress, but do not count against the cumulative class grade. 

    All students are expected to participate through listening, reading, writing, offering ideas and note taking.
    All students are expected to read for 20 minutes per night.  Most assignments are completed in class however, if the assignment is not completed it is homework.
    Late Work
    All work is expected to be turned in on time.  If for some reason a student is not able to finish work by the assigned due date, they should make arrangements with me to get it completed.  Even ungraded formatives are important, as they provide the practice students need to do well on assessments. Students who repeatedly forget their work may be asked to call home, or may result in a referral.  When absent, the students should be sure to check in with me to see what needs to be made up.
    When to Talk to the Teacher
    Parents: Email is the best and fastest way for me to communicate with you.  If this is not available, a phone call is always welcome.  If you call, please leave me a voicemail message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  If you would like to talk with me, in person, please arrange ahead of time for a before of after school appointment. 
    Students:  If you would like to talk with me you should see me before or after class, or before school.  Please arrange a before-school time with me ahead of time to ensure I am available.
    Grade Posting
    Grades will be posted automatically as they are entered.

    Grade Weighting
    80% assessments (test, quizzes, projects, final assignments)
    10% independent reading 
    10% District Common Summative Assessments (CSAs--these are trimester finals)
    Also included in the gradebook but NOT weighted are categories for formative assessments (practices, classwork, homework, etc.), and personal responsibility. Even though these "grades" do not count toward your final ELA grade, they are important communicators of student progress, participation, and citizenship. 
    Cindy Quist
    ELA grade 6
    Coon Rapids Middle School
    11600 Raven Street NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
  • Teaching Schedule:
      Day 1   Day 2
     Period 1 ELA block 1/2 ELA block 1/2 
     Period 2 ELA block 1/2 ELA block 1/2 
     Period 3 Prep Prep 
     Period 4 ELA (shared block with Mrs. Simon) ELA (shared block with Mrs. Simon)
     Period 5 Lunch Supervision  CT meeting
     Period 6 ELA block 6/7 ELA block 6/7 
     Period 7 ELA block 6/7 ELA block 6/7