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Parents & Students,
Welcome to my 6th grade math and science web site. I am excited that you found your way here. I will be using my web site as one of my primary communication tools. Here you will be able to locate most if not all of your child’s assignments as well as classroom lecture notes and presentations. I am looking forward to getting to know all of my students.
Getting to Know Mr. Quinn
Teaching The 2017-2018 school year begins my 23rd year as a teacher. I began my teaching career in the Poway Unified School District, where I taught kindergarten for two years. In 1998 I moved to Canyon Lake and began teaching in the Perris Union School District. I spent two years as a 6th grade before going back for one last year teaching kindergarten. After I became a teacher, I thought that someday it would be nice to teach in my local community school, so I transferred my career to LEUSD and took a job teaching 4th grade at Tuscany Hills Elementary. The very next year both Cottonwood Elementary and Canyon Lake Middle School opened and created an enrollment drop at Tuscany Hills Elementary, so I needed to relocate. Fortunately I choose to come to CLMS, where I have been teaching math and science since the school opened its doors over 16 years ago. Personal I currently live in Canyon Lake with my wife and two daughters. Both my daughters attend Temescal High School. My oldest daughter Ally is a junior and my youngest daughter Tori is a freshman. Both Ally and Tori are also members of the TCHS Dance Team and they both dance competitively at JDI. My wife is completing her 25th year as a Farmer’s Insurance claims representative and is fortunate enough to be able to work from home. When I am not teaching I enjoy riding motocross, surfing, snowboarding/snow-skiing, tennis, and I am passionate about water-skiing.  A couple years ago I finally realized a life-long dream of qualifying and competing in the Western Regional Water-ski Championships. However now my girl's dance schedule has taken a huge chunk out of my personal hobbies. :-)
Contact Information:
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at any time.
**cell/text: (909)576-2025 (Yes, I do accept text messages and phone calls from both parents and students. However, please limit your text messages to simple questions or concerns. :-) )
Thank you,
Mr. Quinn


Recent Posts

Grading Policy Change

Hello I made some adjustments to my grading policy.  I now have three categories of grades, Classwork (CW), Homework (HW), and Tests/Quizzes. The breakdown is listed below.

Grades are on a category percentage basis


* Test and Quizzes = 60%


    **NOTE: a minimum score of 50% on all tests and quizzes will be given to any student that receives a score of less than 50%.  Ex: If a student takes a test with 20 questions and only correctly answers 8, then he/she will be given a score of 10 entered into for overall grade calculations.  Also note that the original test score will be noted in the comments section.

NOTE: Changes to Grading Policy for CW and HW (8/30/18)


*Classwork (Cool-Downs)and Lesson participation (Notebooks) = 35%

  - Cool-Downs will be graded on a 10 point scale.

    * 5 points for performance and 5 points for effort.

   > Note: Some Cool-Downs may only be given an effort score.


*Homework = 5%

New Homework Procedures

Notice: February 26th, 2018

Starting on February 26th, 2018 and with Illustrative Mathematics Unit 2, Lesson 2 all the Homework Practice Problems "should be" able to be submitting online. You will find the assignments in your JupiterGrades account listed under "Tests & Lessons".  

All assignments listed on in your "Tests & Lessons" will be expected to be posted online before the due date to receive credit.  Please see me if this is an issue about arranging an alternate solution. 

Late/Absent Work

Please be aware that any work turned into the "Late" bin does get last priority on my list of things to do.  It also takes at least ten times longer to deal with a late assignment then an assignment that is turned in on time.  Therefore "LATE" work may take some time for me to get to so please be patient.  However, I will attend to all "LATE" work before posting final grades.  

Regarding Math Homework

 ****Regarding Math Homework*****

As both a parent and a teacher I want both my own children as well as my students to love math. I do not want to EVER create a situation that causes any of my students to feel overwhelmed to the point of complete frustration and tears.  I don't want parents to have to fight with students over any mathematical concepts.  As a parent of one middle school student and one high school student, I know what this looks and feels like.  It is my wish therefore that any student that reaches this point please just STOP and bring the problem to me.  However, I don't want this to allow students to miss the opportunity for productive struggle.  It is through productive struggle where our brains grow the most.  I have a "30 min." policy.  If math homework is taking more than 30 minutes (+/-) then just stop and write a letter stating that your child worked (not just during the commercials :-)) on homework diligently for 30 minutes and still could not finish and I will give them full credit.
This notice is not meant as a "copout" for doing or attempting to complete their homework.