May 312013

Last week, over 50 Wollaston Elementary School Grade 4 students shared their State research projects at the third annual State Fair.  Proud students displayed their projects for parents, siblings, students from other grades, and special guest Superintendent DeCristofaro.  Thanks to Wollaston Grade 4 teachers Deirdre Murphy and Holly Golden, these students have learned foundational organizing, research, writing, and presentation skills that will be used throughout their academic life and careers.


Photos courtesy of Jim Hennessy and Deirdre Murphy.
May 292013

Approximately 165 senior Career and Technical Education students participated this spring in a Mock Interview and Dress for Success Initiative at Quincy High School.  This experience gave the students an opportunity to practice interviewing skills in preparation for their pursuit of future employment.

 Prior to the interviews, students received classroom instruction focusing on interviewing skills and dressing for success and also attended an “Interview to Succeed” presentation in March by Sharon Evans of ITT Technical Institute.

Many of these interviews were conducted by community representatives in industries that matched the students’ major area of technical study.  Quincy High School Career and Technical Education is very grateful to those who gave up time from their busy work schedules to participate in this project.  Thanks go to the following:

 Lt. Daniel Minton – Quincy Police Department

Captain Anthony DiBona – Quincy Police Department

Lynne Courtney – South Coastal Workforce Investment Board

Joan Costello – Wessling Architects

Patrick McKelvey – Wessling Architects

Maralin Manning – Quincy Chamber of Commerce

James Phinney – J. A. Plumbing

Ethan Gottleib – Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

John Rydings – Quirk Ford

Jerry Chan – Quirk Nissan

Kathy McNeice – American Red Cross

Mr. Scott Novak – AXA Equitable

Merry Perry – Merry Perry Design

Laura Zientek – Future Chefs of America

Angela Blanchard – Colonial Federal Savings Bank

Rita Loud – Quincy College

John Burke – Retired Bank Regulator

Keith Segalla – Quincy Public Schools

Ellen Hunter – Quincy Public Schools

Jane Kisielius – Quincy Public Schools

John Fagerlund – Quincy Public Schools

Kathleen Torraco – Quincy Public Schools

Sheila McGrath – Quincy Public Schools

Jennifer O’Brien – Quincy Public Schools

Brian Smith – Quincy Public Schools

May 282013

In the interest of continuing to provide a secure learning environment for all staff and students,  Mayor Thomas Koch, the City Council, the School Committee, and Quincy Public Schools have collaborated to implement a number of important security initiatives for all of our school buildings.  Beginning the last week of May and continuing throughout the summer, you may notice contractors or maintenance staff members at school buildings working on installation of:

  • New locks for all classroom, office, and exit doors
  • Video intercom systems for main entrances
  • Additional internal and external security cameras
  • Additional exterior lighting
  • Access control for staff entry
  • Rapid entry systems for emergency responders

Quincy High School, our newest school building, already has many of these security features, as will the new Central Middle School when it opens next fall.  Lincoln Hancock and the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center will have their unique building layout issues addressed through customized security upgrades.

In addition, all Quincy Public Schools staff, along with staff from other departments who provide services in school buildings, will be issued photo identification. 

These security upgrades will be completed for all schools by the time classes resume in September.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school principal, Director of Safety and Security Michael Draicchio at 617.984.8897, or me at 617.984.8701.


Richard DeCristofaro, Ed.D.                                                                      


May 272013

Students from the Snug Harbor Community School honored those soldiers from Germantown who lost their lives during the Korean, Belgium, Lebannon and Vietnam conflicts during its annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  Joined by many representatives from the American Legion, Veteran Affairs and the Sons of the American Legion this ceremony focuses on paying tribute to those soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to their families.  This ceremony features poems, songs and recitations by each grade level and has become a community event which has been held annually for the past 29 years. 

May 242013

The following video shows some of the wonderful activities that occur all the time in the Quincy Public Schools. Click into the post to watch the video below:


May 232013

At the May 8 School Committee meeting, students from all five middle schools and both high schools were honored for winning the annual Foreign Language Poster, Essay, and Public Service Announcement Contest on the topic of Languages in Quincy: Creating Global Links.

Middle School Poster Contest Winners: Broad Meadows:  Stephanie Stalder and Riley McLaughlin (pictured); Central:  Magdalena Wierzbowski and Casey Kelliher; Sterling:  Nicole Salvatore, Hillary Valenzuela and Kyla Ware;  Atlantic:  Samantha Marshall and Shayla Le; Point Webster:  Judy Luu.

High School Essay Contest Winners:  Nisreen Abo-Sido from North Quincy High School and Lindsay Schrier from Quincy High School.  Click on the student’s names to read their essays.

Public Service Announcement Winner:   North Quincy High School students Kelly Kung, Enea Milo, Cynthia Vu.  Click below to view the winning PSA Video [schooltube][/schooltube]

From L-R: Sterling Middle School Spanish Teacher Kendelle Ingram, Hillary Valenzuela, Nicole Salvatore, Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Kyla Ware and Principal Christine Barrett

Water Safety with Josh the Otter

 Posted by on May 22, 2013
May 222013





Through the generosity of the Quincy Rotary Club, Kindergarten students at all eleven elementary schools received a lesson on water safety from Josh the Otter.  During the visit, Josh was accompanied by volunteers from the Quincy Rotary who read the story to the students.  Each student received a copy of the book Josh the Baby Otter to reinforce the lessons of water safety.  Josh the Otter’s visit and book distribution is project of the Joshua Collingsworth Foundation.

Photo credits:  (top row left to right) Clifford Marshall students; Dr. DeCristofaro with Wollaston students; Quincy Rotary Volunteer; (bottom row left to right) Bernazzani students, Squantum students, Snug Harbor students

Check Out Our New SchoolTube Channel

 Posted by on May 21, 2013
May 212013

Quincy Public Schools is proud to introduce our new SchoolTube Channel. is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform, specifically designed for educators.  Quincy Public Schools will be using SchoolTube to share educational videos, school concerts  and other special presentations.  Our goal is to empower students, parents and teachers through the use of video with a safe, informative, and fun video sharing experience.  Below you will find the Go Math! Presentation.  

Go Math! Presentation Click below to view Part 1 of 4

Go Math! Presentation Click below to view Part 2 of 4

Go Math! Presentation Click below Part 3 of 4

Go Math! Presentation Click below to view Part 4 of 4


Cookies for Peace Fundraiser

 Posted by on May 15, 2013
May 152013

In response to the Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15, Squantum Elementary School fourth-grade students Ciara O’Connor, Mary Loney, Bridgid Norris, and Lauren Manning decided to have a lemondade stand to raise money for the Richard Family Fund.  After a very successful first day, they expanded to baked goods and as word spread about their efforts, they have raised over $6,500.00.  The girls are now partnering with Ginger Betty’s Bakery to promote the “Cookies for Peace” fundraiser to benefit the Richard Family Fund; cookies are $5 each and $3 per cookie is donated to the fund.  If you are interested in purchasing cookies or making a contribution, click here to reach the Squantum School PTO website.

Teacher Appreciation Week

 Posted by on May 9, 2013
May 092013

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Quincy Public Schools is celebrating the dedicated teachers and support staff at all of our schools who challenge their students to set high goals and inspire them to develop a lifelong love of learning.  From the youngest students in preschool to high school students preparing to graduate to college or careers, our students grow and learn because of  these nurturing and caring professionals.