Feb 272012

Quincy Public Schools has been informed by the District Attorney’s office that Quincy area students may be at risk of an internet crime.  There is information to suggest that an area youth has been targeted already.  Apparently, a person who appears on Facebook as “Sarah John” friended this student on Facebook.  Sarah John has a photo that makes her appear to be a teenage girl.  The real identity of “Sarah John” has not been confirmed.  After a few months as a passive friend, this Sarah John initiated conversations that led to the student sharing personal information.  Sarah John is now trying to extort money from the student and has threatened to make this very personal information public online.  We have learned this person has also friended other area high school students.

There is information that would lead one to believe that Sarah John is communicating from outside the United States and is unlikely to be who she claims to be.  We are sending this information in an attempt to protect all students.  We are recommending the following steps to protect your child:

  • Parents/Guardians should have a conversation with your student about online safety.
  • If your students use Facebook or other social networking sites, please remind them not to accept friend requests from people they do not know.
  • Guardians/Parents should check the Facebook account.  If this “Sarah John” has friended their child or contacted them, please make sure they unfriend her or block her. 
  • Parents should be advised if something disturbing should appear from Sarah John or someone else, please contact your local police.
  • Parents may contact Jeanmarie Carrol, First Assistant District Attorney at 781-830-4800 with any immediate concerns.

We hope this information is helpful in protecting your child from internet crime.  Thank you.

Credit for Life Fair

 Posted by on February 24, 2012
Feb 242012

Quincy Public Schools Career & Technical Education Business Educators to host 2012 Credit for Life Fair at The Tirrell Room, 254 Quarry Street.

Quincy Public Schools Career and Technical Education Educators is pleased to announce its  4th annual “Credit for Life” Fair.  This event will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Tirrell Room.  The goal of the “Credit for Life” Fair is to provide high school seniors with the ability to be independent adult consumers and have the knowledge of personal finance to survive in today’s global economy.

Approximately 200 students from Quincy and North Quincy High School will participate in the third annual fair. Fifteen booths will be displayed throughout the Tirrell Room and students will have to spend from a budget based on the future jobs they foresee themselves employed in. Students will make decisions on how much money they want to spend on transportation, housing, food, clothing, savings, and several other areas.

The Credit for Life Fair is being implemented with the assistance and generosity of numerous Quincy School ~ Community Partners and local business volunteers from the across the south shore, including Quincy Credit Union, South Coastal Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Eastern Bank, Quincy College, Quirk Auto Dealerships, Quincy Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Workforce Investment Board, S Bank, Century 21~Abagail Adams, Quincy Rotary Club, South Shore YMCA, Donahue Insurance, State Street Corporation, MetLife Insurance, AXA Equitable, Rockland Trust, Bank of Canton, Morgenthaler, and many others.

Several distinguished guests will be returning to attend the event and offer their support for such a worthwhile cause.  Mayor Thomas Koch, Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, and other community leaders are excited to help students learn more about budgeting their money after high school. With the state of our economy today it is more important than ever to educate students about managing money and being financially responsible.

For questions or additional information, please contact Keith P. Segalla, Executive Director Career & Technical Education and Instructional Technology at 617-984-8731.

School Committee Meeting Dates 2012-2013

 Posted by on February 9, 2012
Feb 092012

At the January 25, 2012 School Committee meeting, the dates for the 2012-2013 School Committee Meetings were approved.  Most of the meetings are scheduled to be held in the Temporary City Hall Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall.  Click here for the full listing of meeting dates and locations.

Feb 082012

The Department of Public Works is offering grant money to local schools, civic organizations and Quincy residents to participate in National Public Works Week Community Beautification Projects. Chosen projects will be awarded up to $500 in grant money gift cards redeemable at local retailers to complete the proposed project. Volunteer labor must be performed by the group/applicant.

National Public Works week provides Public Works Departments with the opportunity to showcase their services. Many people are not aware of the critical services provided by the DPW. The Quincy DPW is a triad of Highway, Water/Sewer, and Waste Management. The workforce is made up of approximately 100 men and women who keep traffic flowing, water/sewer running and waste collected on a daily basis for over 90,000 residents.

The deadline for the grant application is March 1, 2012. Written proposals and photos should be sent to DPW Commissioner Daniel G. Raymondi, 55 Sea St., Quincy, MA 01269. Applications are available at the DPW or you can download by clicking here.

The proposed projects will be evaluated and applicants will be notified in April of their award for the project to be completed by Cleaner Greener Day Saturday, May 5, 2012. In addition, prize money will be awarded to first, second and third place winners to be used for future projects. For more information call 617-376-1957.

Feb 012012

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Placement Center (APC).  To determine eligibility, Quincy Public Schools assesses students with the SAGES-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students) test.  The SAGES-2 helps identify gifted students by measuring their aptitude and achievement.  Aptitude is measured via the reasoning subtest.  The other two subtests (language arts/social studies and mathematics/science) assess achievement.

The SAGES-2 will be administered to private school students on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM at Central Middle School, 1012 Hancock Street, Quincy.  This assessment takes approximately ninety minutes to administer.  Please call 617-984-8725 to confirm that your child will be tested.  Students should be dropped off at 8:45 AM and picked up at 10:30 AM in Central’s main office.  There is no need to study for this test.

To be considered for APC, parents/guardians of private school students must complete and provide the following:

  • Student Referral for Screening form
  • Standardized test scores (ex. Terra Nova)
  • Recent report card
  • SAGES-2 permission slip

Click here to access the Advanced Placement Center Information Packet

You may mail these forms to Central Middle School, 1012 Hancock Street, Quincy MA  02169 Attention: Jennifer Fay-Beers, or send them with your child on February 28, 2012.

We are confident that this process will provide all qualified candidates an opportunity to participate in the screening process.  Notification of acceptance into the program will be mailed during the week of April 21, 2012.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 617-984-8725 or via email, jfay@quincy.k12.ma.us.  Thank you!