Health Screenings

 Posted by on January 31, 2012
Jan 312012

The following screenings are mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and are completed yearly as part of the QPS school health program:

  • Vision: Grade  PK – 5, 7 and 9
  • Hearing: Grade  PK – 3, 6 and 10
  • Height and weight (Body Mass Index or BMI ):  in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 with parent notification
  • Postural (Scoliosis): Grade 5 – 9

All screenings will take place unless the school nurse is notified directly in writing by a parent/guardian.  Screening schedules vary from school-to-school and are done respectfully and discreetly. The data from screenings is not shared with the students. Parents will be notified if their child deviates from the normal. School nurses are happy to assist parents in obtaining a referral for follow up treatment.  Health screenings are an important component in maintaining the health and wellness of your child.

Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

Elementary Laboratory Center Information

 Posted by on January 31, 2012
Jan 312012

Dear Parents/Guardians of 4th grade students:

There are many definitions for giftedness. They all have one element in common: A gifted person is someone who shows, or has the potential for showing, an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression. Quincy Public Schools provides educational experiences appropriate to the needs of all children, including those who are gifted learners. Some of the needs of gifted students can be met in the regular classroom setting, while others may be met in separate programs with students who share their abilities.

Our Elementary Laboratory Center (ELC) gives identified gifted grade 5 students a one-day-per-week academic and enrichment program designed to broaden and deepen their academic experience. Quincy Public Schools identifies students who may qualify for the ELC using the following criteria:

  • Ability Assessment:  Otis-Lennon SAI:  120 or higher
  • Achievement Assessment:  Advanced scores on MCAS test (Gr. 3) on at least one (or both) tests, ELA and/or Math

Students who are initially identified using the above criteria, will receive a letter on or before February 4, 2012 to let them know that they will need permission to go to the next step of the screening process. These identified students will take the SAGES-2 test (Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students) the week of February 13 at their school.  The SAGES-2 helps identify gifted students by measuring both aptitude and achievement.

If your child does not receive a letter, but you feel they are indeed academically gifted and talented, you may complete a Referral for Screening packet.  This packet may be picked up at your child’s school or can be downloaded from the QPS website:  Elementary Laboratory Center Information Packet and must be returned to your child’s school by February 10, 2012.  Supportive evidence (i.e. writing samples, fluency levels, description of specific projects or creative endeavors, etc.) must also be provided.

The ELC and APC programs are designed for a specific population of gifted students.  Please see the attached description of a bright child versus a gifted child.  If your child is not eligible for this program, be assured that our teachers address the needs of all students through differentiated instruction, curriculum compacting, tiered lessons and flexible grouping.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s referral, please contact your school guidance counselor or principal.  To learn more about these programs or about gifted students, please look on the QPS website: or contact Colleen Roberts, Assistant Superintendent either by phone, at 617-984-8760 or via email at