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At the December 12, 2012 School Committee Meeting, the winners of the American Education Week Poster and Essay Contest were recognized by the School Committee.  Each Quincy Public School submitted posters and essays on the topic “How My Education Can Influence My Future?” and a panel of retired teachers evaluated the submissions and selected the winners.

First, second, and third place winners were invited to attend the School Committee meeting, along with their teachers, principals, and assistant principals.   Students were presented with certificates of achievement and a gift certificate.  The first place winners presented their poster or read their essays.  Congratulations to all of the winners and their teachers!

  • Kindergarten-Grade 1
    • 1st Place:  Snug Harbor Ms. Smith’s Ms. Carr’s Grade 1 classes
    • 2nd Place:  Thomas Plonowski, Atherton Hough Kindergarten,
    • 3rd Place:  Ameliya Khadzhen, Clifford Marshall, Grade 1
  • Grades 2-3
    • 1st Place:  Sophie Saint Marc, Lincoln Hancock Grade 3
    • 2nd Place: Aishwarya Rajaram, Clifford Marshall Grade 3
    • 3rd Place (tie):  Cinneide Santoro, Atherton Hough Grade 3; Mahdi Almosawi, Snug Harbor Grade 3
  • Grades 4-5
    • 1st Place:  Liana Gao, Wollaston Grade 4
    • 2nd Place:  Brendan Kilcommons, Merrymount Grade 5
    • 3rd Place:  Lydia Chan, Montclair Grade 5
  • Grades 6-8
    • 1st Place:  Dalia Sadaka, Atlantic Grade 8
    • 2nd Place:  Vanessa Ly, Broad Meadows Grade 8
    • 3rd Place:  Tianettie McKee, Atlantic Grade 8
  • Grades 9-12
    • 1st Place:  Vicky Chan, North Quincy High School Grade 10
    • 2nd Place:  Kerry Phelan, Quincy High School Grade 10
    • 3rd Place:  Matthew Gerakis, North Quincy High School Grade 10
Dec 062012

Quincy School ~ Community Partnership’s 10th annual ‘Tis the Season…Symphony and Song concert was held Tuesday December 4th at Quincy High School in the Lloyd Hill Performing Arts Center. This event is sponsored by State Street Corporation. Over 300 elementary school students, their parents, teachers and principals attended as a result of the generous contributions by the following QSCP Platinum Sponsors: Quincy Education Association, Arbella Insurance Group, Quincy Medical Center-Steward Health Care, NAGE (National Association of Government Employees), Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance, Quincy Credit Union, Street-Works, Wessling Architects, Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts, Quirk Auto Dealers, Harvard Pilgrim Health, and Bluefin Robotics. In total, an audience of 750 guests was treated to a delightful evening of holiday music and song.

The evening was highlighted by the performance of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yoichi Udagawa along with the QPS John Adams Orchestra and the Combined High School Choral Group.


Dec 062012

North Quincy High’s Business Economics Class participated in the annual “Stock Market Challenge” presented by Junior Achievement. The Event was held at 1 Lincoln Street, Boston MA On Thursday, November 29. Key sponsors to the event included State Street Bank and Robert Half Employment Firm.

This year there were 35 Teams of High School participants from across Greater Boston in attendance, all with hopes of finishing number one.
The format of the Stock Market Challenge included: four member teams. The stock game itself is a software program created by one of the supporters of the event. Publically traded stocks with a real life stock trading atmosphere enhanced the simulation. The simulation included ticker tapes and charts indicating daily trades modeling the New York Stock Exchange.Each group of Students received an initial capital investment of $500,000 to invest and manage. Students were required to make initial investments before the stock market bell sounded. Once the bell sounded trading began with students yelling “trader.” Business volunteers for the event with palm pilots in hand logged in “buy” and “sell” trades for the participants.The total simulation period was 60 minutes, with each minute representing a day of trading. This created a fast and furious atmosphere, In addition the students were given “news releases” and “hot tips” about stocks in adding to the excitement.

When the bell rang at the end of the last day (after 60 minutes) all students had an outstanding and rewarding hands-on learning experience. North Quincy had four teams participating. One of the teams moved up into the top 10 near the end and finished a very respectable seventh place.

Congratulations for a great learning experience.

Submitted by

Richard M. Green

Business/Career Technology Instructor

North Quincy High School

Dec 052012

North Quincy High School took “First Place” at the Bryant

University “Bull Dog” Annual Harvard Business School Case Study Competition, held in Smithfield R.I. on Saturday, December 1.

Bryant University has been holding the Case Study Competition for the past 10 years. The competition allows high school students to participate in real case studies similar to those presented to Harvard Business School students for analysis. This analysis visits many issues companies face including: losing market share, threats from competition, lack of strong management, poor sales forecasting, and not staying current in technology. SWOT analysis is used in determining companies internal Strengths and Weaknesses and external Opportunities and Threats. In addition, students also identify optimum business solutions for the company that the case study identifies. 15 Teams from a Tri-State Area including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut sent their strongest business students to compete. North Quincy High under the direction of Mr. Green sent a strong four person team including Jen Chau, Senior, Tom Marshall, Junior, Rory O’Connor, Senior, and Lisa Yang, Senior.

(from left Rory O’Connor Grade 12, Lisa Yang Grade 12, Jen Chau Grade 12, and Thomas Marshall Grade 11)

The competition rules included a timed presentation using PowerPoint illustrating key elements of each team’s presentation. Each team member is also required actively participate in the presentation.

North Quincy first made it to the semi-finals, and then before a stringent judging panel showed their analytical and public speaking skills. The team captured key elements in substance, providing a strong analysis and solution to the case study. In the discussion with the judging panel they defended their positions with strong valid marketing strategies and won the panel over. According to one of the judges “the difference, provided by North, was their conviction in their solutions to the case study.”

Submitted by:

Richard Green

Business/Career Tech Instructor

North Quincy High School


LEGO Robotics Competition

 Posted by on December 3, 2012
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On Saturday December 1st a middle school LEGO robotics competition was held at the North Quincy High School gymnasium hosted by Quincy Public Schools HYPER Robotics.  Bluefin Robotics of Quincy sponsored the event.

The event was hosted by the Quincy Public Schools HYPER Robotics team – a combined Quincy High School and North Quincy High School robotics team and drew more than 900 people from all over the state.  48 middle school teams (5 from Quincy) competed in the robotics event entitled “Senior Solutions”.

The highly interactive event featured 6 playing fields and audio/visual professionals with 4 large projection screens, music, and entertainment that got all participants excited for competition. The event continued its tradition of being the most energetic middle school event in the state. Volunteer students were incredibly kind, helpful, and supportive of all teams. Teams of approximately ten middle school students moved through the venue from the pit area, field play, and the judging area. Robot game play was judged including robot design and teamwork. Enthusiasm was a factor as well.  Teams were judged both technically and academically on the intentions of their design and how their designs could help the community. The event was such a huge success due largely to the over 100 community volunteers involved who served as judges, referees, audio-visual technicians, etc. Over 30 alumni of the high school robotics team were present and helped as volunteers; many of which are now in school or hold engineering degrees.

Quincy’s team from Atlantic Middle Schools won the 2012 Presentation Award.

Christopher Johnson, NQHS Alumni, received the 2012 “Volunteer of the Year Award” for his year round dedication to the team and serving as the head judge for the event.  Chris currently works for Massa Products Corporation in Hingham as an acoustics engineer.

Twelve winning teams from Saturday’s eastern Massachusetts qualifier will move on to the state finals at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on December 15th