Sam Quincy - Social Studies

Hi I'm Sam Quincy and I am the Social Studies teacher for 7th and 8th grade here at Jefferson Community School! I am so excited to be able to work with our middle grades students on developing critical thinking, encouraging civic engagement, and building a love for questioning the world around them. My teaching philosophy is student centered and I want to always encourage students to bring their best to the classroom. Whether dissecting our thinking, questioning and creating knowledge, or becoming a better citizen—our class will work on developing community and individuality that will serve students in their educational goals and beyond.

I am also ecstatic about being the AVID teacher for 7th and 8th grade here at Jefferson. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and is a great opportunity for our students to develop motivation and the skills needed for high school and beyond. AVID is especially important for our 7th and 8th grade scholars, being so close to the transition to high school. AVID s a college preparatory program that supports students’ access to college. The process for becoming a part of AVID includes applying, interviewing, and signing an AVID contract. Feel free to reach out to 6th Grade AVID Teacher Maari Anderson or myself to learn more!

I have attended Minneapolis Public Schools my entire life and I am dedicated to our district, our city, and our students. I went to Hale Elementary and Field Middle School in south Minneapolis through eighth grade, then went on to attend South High School. I then attended the University of Minnesota and earned a BA in History with a minor in Native American Studies. I received my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota.

I love traveling and lived and taught abroad for a year in the Middle East in the country of Bahrain. Being in the Middle East allowed me to travel throughout the Middle East and parts of Europe, experiencing new cultures and meeting lots of new people. Students bringing their own heritage, culture, and experiences into the classroom is an essential part of our social studies classes, so get ready to share!

In my spare time I love to watch our local teams: Twins, Wild, Vikings, Timberwolves and Lynx.

Class Communication:

Website / Google Classroom:  I will be posting activities and assignments on our class website located on Google Classrooms. Be sure that you can access this with your student at home. You will need your student’s MPS email and password to access Google Classroom.

Student Planner:  Planners should be filled out daily.  Students are to write the Daily Learning Target as well as any homework or other notes home. Please check your student’s planner for assignments and learning targets.

Parent and Student Portal:  I will update Gradebook weekly (by Tuesday nights). This will provide students and families the opportunity to track progress and follow up on missing assignments.  Re-Dos: Students will always have the chance to make up missing work or re-do a final assessment. Re-Dos must be completed no later than one week after the end of a unit.

Contact Information:

Jefferson Phone Number: 612.668.2720      My extension: 41340




document U.S Studies Syllabus   --  This is the course syllabus for U.S. Studies. It includes the description, goals, expectations, History Day info, and communication information.