Apr 302013

On Wednesday, April 24, students from Quincy High School’s Electrical Technology 2 class were invited to participate in Boston Scientific Corporation’s dedication of the solar power conversion of their Quincy facility.  Boston Scientific, who recently re-established their partnership with the Quincy Public Schools, distributes manufactured medical devices across the United States and to 40 countries worldwide.  The students toured the facility and attended a seminar where they learned about the green advantages that Boston Scientific will receive as a result of the conversion.  Mayor Thomas Koch and other state and local officials were on hand to welcome the students and participate in the dedication ceremony.  Follow this link to the Patriot Ledger website to learn more about Boston Scientific’s green initiative:  http://www.patriotledger.com/features/x1506798916/Boston-Scientific-unveils-massive-rooftop-solar-panel-array-in-Squantum

Apr 242013





Quincy Public Schools was recently awarded a $20,000 Financial Literacy Grant to create a pilot program on Financial Literacy for high school students in the 2013-2014 school year.  Quincy was one of ten Gateway City school districts awarded the grant by the Treasurer’s Office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to “equip high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become self-supporting and make critical decisions regarding personal finances.”

Quincy Public Schools also recently held the fifth annual Credit For Life Fair, which is focused on providing our high school seniors with the knowledge to make informed choices as they move into career and college pathways.  Approximately 200 students chose a future career and with the accompanying salary information, created a budget by making decisions on spending for transportation, housing, food, entertainment, and clothing, as well as savings, planning for retirement, and handling unexpected expenses.

 The Credit for Life Fair was presented through the assistance and generosity of numerous School~Community Partners, including Quincy Credit Union, South Coastal Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Eastern Bank, Quincy College, Quincy Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Workforce Investment Board, S Bank, Century 21~Abigail Adams, Quincy Rotary Club, South Shore YMCA, Donahue Insurance, State Street Corporation, MetLife Insurance, AXA Equitable, Rockland Trust, Bank of Canton, Morganthaler, Toyota of Braintree, and many others.

 This event was also featured in a recent edition of the Boston Globe  http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/04/17/quincy-schools-give-lessons-real-life-budgeting/YACzTymU47WGgFFkRGe1fJ/story.html

A Message from the Superintendent

 Posted by on April 21, 2013
Apr 212013

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we prepare to return to school, I wanted to acknowledge the tragic events of last week that have affected all of us in many ways.  Whether you have personal knowledge of a victim, family members or friends who are first responders or live in the neighborhoods involved, we are all engaged in this still-unfolding drama and its after-effects.

During the last week, you may have struggled to make sense of these events and how to communicate with your own children about them.  Helpful information for assisting students and families to process last week’s events can be found in the resources from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the National Association of School Psychologists that are listed below.

Please know that the many dedicated Quincy Public Schools teachers, support staff, and administrators are focused on providing your children with the highest level of caring and supportive learning environments.  If your family would benefit from further assistance, please contact your school’s principal, Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile at 617.984.8891, or my office at 617.984.8700.


Richard DeCristofaro, Ed.D.

President’s Cup 2013 May 18th

 Posted by on April 16, 2013
Apr 162013

Click here to view the full flier

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:15 Welcome/Opening Ceremonies
9:15-12:00 Competition Rounds & Academic Judging
12:00-12:30 Break for Lunch**
12:30-1:00 Semi-Final & Championship Round
1:00-1:30 Raffle Drawings & Awards Ceremony
**Note: Food and beverage sold from 10:00am to 12:45PM
Location: Quincy High School Gymnasium
100 Coddington Street
Quincy MA 02169

Apr 112013





At the Wollaston and Snug Harbor Elementary Schools, the first Tuesday of every month is a special day for Kindergarten students and their families:  Parent-Child Day, when parents and guardians are invited into the classroom to work on a special project with their children.  This is a wonderful way to bring parents, teachers, and students together and an opportunity to begin building the important school-home partnership that is critical to educational success.   Kindergarteners and their parentsat both schools look forward to this special day each month.  

Pre-Kindergarten Programs 2013-2014

 Posted by on April 11, 2013
Apr 112013

Our Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Programs serve children with special needs and their typically-developing peers who are three and four years old, with priority given to four year olds.  (Children must be three years old before August 31, 2013 to be eligible for these programs.)  Classes are half-day sessions held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at the Snug Harbor Community School and the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center. 

Pre-Kindergarten Screenings have been held for the 2013-2014 school year and invited students will be notified in May.  If you are interested in learning more about the program or adding your child’s name to the waiting list, please call the school which meets your eligibility requirements to set up an appointment.

To determine which program your child is eligible for, see below.

Title I Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Program – Children who reside in the Lincoln-Hancock, Clifford Marshall, F.W. Parker, and Snug Harbor school districts are eligible for these tuition-free classes.

Snug Harbor, Clifford Marshall, Parker districts:  call 617-984-8951 (Snug Harbor Pre-School)

Lincoln-Hancock district: call 617-984-8777 (Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center)

Citywide Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Program – Children who reside in a non-Title I school district are eligible for this program. These schools are: Atherton Hough, Beechwood Knoll, Bernazzani, Merrymount, Montclair, Squantum, and Wollaston. There is a tuition fee for this pre-kindergarten program.  Please contact the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center at 617-984-8777

Special Education Screening – Consistent with the Special Education Act,  Quincy Public Schools conducts a screening for three- and four-year old children in order to identify those who have special needs.  Please contact the Snug Harbor Pre-School at 617-984-8951 to make a screening appointment.

Apr 092013

The Middle School Swimming Championship was held on Saturday, April 6 from at the Lincoln-Hancock Community School pool.  Students from Atlantic, Broad Meadows, Central, Point Webster, and Sterling competed in the 100-Yard Medley Relay, the 25- and 50-Yard Freestyle, the 25- and 50-Yard Backstroke, the 25- and 50-Yard Breaststroke, the 25-Yard Butterfly, the 50- and 100-Yard Freestyle,  and the 100-Yard Freestyle Relay.  Central Middle School was the overall winner for the boys and girls events; click here for individual event results.   Congratulations to all the swimmers and coaches!


New Central Middle School Project Update

 Posted by on April 4, 2013
Apr 042013

With the arrival of spring, construction continues on the new Central Middle School.  Exterior masonry work is ongoing and interior work is underway with walls beginning to define classroom and office spaces.  Click here or on the image to see new exterior and interior photographs.