Superintendent’s Back to School Message

 Posted by on August 24, 2012
Aug 242012
 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Quincy Public Schools Students:

It is an honor to welcome back our students and their families as we start another school year.  As September quickly approaches, the staff of the Quincy Public Schools are busy with preparations.  At each of our schools, the Principals and their office staffs will be ready to assist your families with registration, transfers, and any other concerns when the school offices reopen on Monday, August 27. 

The dedicated and talented professional staff of the Quincy Public Schools are excited about new challenges and are confident of a year filled with accomplishments. Over the summer, more than 200 teachers availed themselves of Professional Development opportunities to learn about new instructional strategies, technology for their classrooms, and curriculum aligned to the new Common Core State Standards.  Major technology upgrades courtesy of Comcast funding have been completed at Atlantic, Broad Meadows, Sterling, and Point Webster Middle Schools, plus North Quincy High School.  These purchases include three hundred new computers (including the creation of six new computer labs), printers, seventy interactive whiteboards, eighty document cameras, eighty projectors, educational software, infrastructure upgrades for a new email system, website improvements, and ongoing technology professional development.

 Our school buildings will be ready for the new school year, with upgrades completed in many buildings including newly retiled floors, repainted classrooms, refinished gym floors in six buildings, and repairs to building mechanicals including addressing electrical, plumbing, and heating issues.  Security audits have been conducted at all buildings and new lighting and cameras installed where needed.  Through the City’s Capital Improvement Plan, fifteen buildings have had roofs replaced and masonry repairs completed and new windows will be installed at the Montclair Elementary School in time for the school’s 100th anniversary this October.  In addition to all of the preparation for this school year, construction is underway on the new Central Middle School, which is scheduled to open for the 2013-2014 school year.  

 The most meaningful factor in assisting students to have a successful school experience is the concern, participation, and involvement of their parents.  In order to help your children attain their goals, we need your involvement, whether it be through attending parent-teacher conferences, volunteering in your child’s school, and most importantly, reinforcing the importance of on-time school attendance, appropriate behavior and class participation, and completion of schoolwork.  You can also stay informed through our website www.quincypublicschools.com or by following us on Facebook or Twitter (@QuincyPS).

 As you enjoy the last few days of summer vacation, please note that the calendar for the opening week of school is different than in previous years.  Your principal will be happy to answer any questions you might have related to the opening of school or feel free to contact my office at 617-984-8700.

  • The first day of school for Grades 1-9 is Wednesday, September 5. 
  • Due to the state primary election, schools are closed on Thursday, September 6.  This will be a day of Professional Development for all Quincy Public Schools staff at their schools.
  • School resumes on Friday, September 7 for Grades 1 through 12.  Kindergarten students will attend an Orientation at their individual schools; each family will receive a postcard with information on this event.
  • The first day of school for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten is Monday, September 10. 

On behalf of all of the staff at the Quincy Public Schools, best wishes for a successful school year to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, Ed.D.