Quincy School Committee Year in Review

 Posted by on June 26, 2013
Jun 262013

  The following is a review of School Committee’s many accomplishments of this past school year.  School Committee convened at fifty Regular and Subcommittee Meetings, plus individual members participated in many negotiation sessions with members of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team. Memorandums of Agreement were negotiated with every Quincy Public Schools bargaining unit, including: Teamsters Local [Read More...]

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Summer Lunch Program for Kids

 Posted by on June 25, 2013
Jun 252013

With summer vacation right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out.  The USDA funded Summer Food Service Program for Children sponsored by the Quincy Public Schools provides free lunches during the summer months to all children without charge, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Lunches are served Monday through Friday

From 11 am to 1 pm

July 1, 2013 through August 23, 2013

The program will be closed on July 4 and 5.

  • Only kids who are age 18 years old and under may have lunch.
  • Kids can go to any one of five locations across Quincy.
  • There are no registration or income requirements to participate.
  • All sites have outdoor recreation and playground activities nearby.

Lunches must be eaten at the sites which include:

  • The Snug Harbor School in German town at the outdoor covered shelter area.
  • The Ward II Community Center at the Fore River Club House in Quincy Point
  •  The Lincoln Hancock Elementary School cafeteria in Quincy Center
  • The Parker Elementary School cafeteria in North Quincy
  • And a new location this summer,

The Montclair Elementary School gym in North Quincy

Jun 252013

With the upcoming retirement of Point Webster Middle School Principal James McGuire and the recent appointment of Broad Meadows Middle School Principal Lawrence Taglieri as the new Quincy High School Principal, there are two important roles to be filled in the Quincy Public Schools at the Middle School level.  After careful consideration of different options, I am pleased to announce the following appointments:

  • Ms. Christine Barrett will become the Principal of Point Webster Middle School.  Ms. Barrett has been the Sterling Middle School Principal for five years and prior to that, was Assistant Principal at Sterling and a Dean at Quincy High School.
  • Dr. John Franceschini will be appointed Acting Principal of Sterling Middle School.  Dr. Franceschini has been the Sterling Middle School Assistant Principal for three years, and prior to that, was the Citywide Physical Education and Health Department Chair.
  • Mr. Daniel Gilbert will become Broad Meadows Middle School Principal.  Mr. Gilbert has been Principal at Snug Harbor for five years and was previously Assistant Principal at the Lincoln Hancock Community School and a teacher at Point Webster Middle School.
  • Ms. Margaret MacNeil will become Acting Principal at the Snug Harbor Community School.  Ms. MacNeil has been Assistant Principal at Snug Harbor for three years, and was previously a teaching Assistant Principal at the Atherton Hough Elementary School and a Literacy and Special Education teacher.

Please join me in congratulating these four talented educators on their new roles in the Quincy Public Schools. 

Richard DeCristofaro, Ed.D.


Spring Sports All-Scholastic Honors

 Posted by on June 25, 2013
Jun 252013

The Boston Globe recently recognized the following Quincy Public Schools student-athletes as Spring All-Scholastic All Stars: 

  • Gabby Zorkers, Lacrosse, Quincy High School
  • Pat Verhault, Baseball, North Quincy High School
  • Robbie Munroe, Baseball, Quincy High School
  • Liz Kelly, Softball, North Quincy High School
  • Angelina Avitabile, Saxon Bresnahan, Devon Varmahmoodi, Softball, Quincy High School
  • Tiffany Leung, Tennis, North Quincy High School
  • Emily Sato, Tennis, Quincy High School
  • Emily Bryson, Maya Umoren, Track, North Quincy High School
  • Felix Mann, Matt McVeil, Mike Tran, Volleyball, North Quincy High School
  • Jackson Le, Volleyball, Quincy High School

Congratulations to these student-athletes, their coaches, parents, and retiring Athletic Director Jim Rendle for a great spring sports season!

Jun 212013

The Squantum Elementary School community is pround to announce the upcoming construction of an outdoor classroom space in back of the school.  Groundbreaking for the outdoor classroom is scheduled to be held over the summer and the outdoor classroom will be a resource for the school’s teachers, students, and members of the Squantum community.  The project is being funded by a variety of community sources, anchored by grants from the city’s Community Preservation Commission and the Squantum School PTO.  In addition, a number of Squantum School parents are donating their time and skills  to the project.  The Squantum Elementary School is looking for support to help fund the outdoor classroom; click on the image for further information about purchasing a commemorative brick.

2013 Summer Scene Programs

 Posted by on June 19, 2013
Jun 192013

Quincy Public Schools is proud to offer a variety of academic and enrichment programs to keep students at all grade levels engaged in learning during the summer recess.  Click here for our Summer Scene 2013 brochure to learn more about the offerings and schedule.  To enroll in a Summer Scene program, please download the registration form, fill in the appropriate information, and mail the completed form to:  Quincy Public Schools, Extended Educational Programs, 159 Burgin Parkway, Quincy, MA 02169.

Payment in full must be included with your registration.  Acceptable forms of payment are money order, credit card, or via the UniPay Gold website.  (No personal checks will be accepted.)  If you use the UniPay Gold online payment option, please include your confirmation number on your Registration Form. 

Please note: some of our programs are by-invitation only; these students will receive separate registration information and other registrations will not be accepted.

Jun 182013

Click on the post to view interviews with retiring QPS Administrators: Athletic Director Jim Rendle, Principal Jim McGuire, Principal Frank Santoro, and Assistant Superintendent Colleen Roberts:



Snug Harbor Community School Art Show

 Posted by on June 18, 2013
Jun 182013

The talented students of the Snug Harbor Community School proudly displayed their amazing artwork at the school’s recent Art Show.  Through the instruction of teacher Mr. Ken Walsh, this year the students explored a variety of mediums of artistic expression, a sampling of which are shown here.  The Snug Harbor Community School is also the home of the winning entry from the recent Department of Public Works banner contest.





Photos courtesy of Snug Harbor Principal Daniel Gilbert.

Athletic Director Appointments

 Posted by on June 14, 2013
Jun 142013

In conjunction with North Quincy High School Principal Robert Shaw and Quincy High School Principal Lawrence Taglieri, it is an honor to announce that Quincy Public Schools has appointed two new Athletic Directors for our high schools.  These experienced educators will assume the Athletic Director responsibilities at their respective high schools in addition to teaching three sections in their subject area.  They will also work together to facilitate athletics programs at the middle school level.

At North Quincy High School, Mr. Michael Joyce, an English teacher, Boys Lacrosse coach, and Site Supervisor for both Boys and Girls Basketball, has been appointed to the Athletic Director position.  Mr. Joyce is a graduate of Stonehill College and Northeastern University.

At Quincy High School, Mr. Patrick Lane, a Math teacher and the Wrestling Coach since 2004, has been appointed to the Athletic Director position.  Mr. Lane is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Loyola University.

Through their roles as teachers and coaches, both Mr. Joyce and Mr. Lane have developed a rapport with students and staff throughout the high schools.  During the selection process, where each Principal facilitated a site-based interview team that included retiring Athletic Director James Rendle, these two candidates were impressive in presenting their ideas for growing athletic participation, supporting student athletes, and working with coaching staff and parents.   Mr. Shaw, Mr. Taglieri, and I are confident that these new Athletic Directors will be successful at working collaboratively to enhance athletic opportunities for all of our middle and high school students.

Richard DeCristofaro, Ed.D.


Jun 142013

The Clifford Marshall Elementary School community celebrated Flag Day with an assembly featuring patriotic songs, poems, readings, and a performance by the Grade 4 band.  Principal Nicholas Ahearn welcomed students, families, and special guests, including Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, Assistant Superintendent Colleen Roberts, and Mr. Kevin Doyle, Special Assistant to the President of the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE).  NAGE has once again donated new American flags to be flown outside each Quincy Public Schools building. 

Jun 102013

Click into the post to view NQHS Principal Rob Shaw and QHS Principal Frank Santoro Class of 2013 Graduation Speeches.



Jun 062013





At their June 5 Board Meeting, the Massachusetts School Building Authority invited Merrymount Elementary School, North Quincy High School, and Wollaston Elementary School into the Accelerated Repair Program for their proposed window replacement projects.  Under this program, the funding availability is expedited through the pairing of each school district with pre-qualified Owners’ Project Managers and Designers, so the schedule is much shorter than with new construction.  Quincy was one of 25 communities statewide whose projects were invited into the program, with a total of 43 projects funded.  See the full MSBA press release here:  http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/news_events/6.5.13Board/ARP

Quincy High School Principal Appointment

 Posted by on June 5, 2013
Jun 052013

It is an honor to appoint Mr. Lawrence Taglieri as the new Principal of Quincy High School.  Mr. Taglieri’s appointment comes as we congratulate Mr. Frank Santoro on his retirement.

Mr. Taglieri is a life-long member of the Quincy Public Schools family, graduating from Quincy High School before attending St. Edward’s University in Texas.  From his early years as a member of the North Quincy High School security staff, to his positions as Physical Education teacher at Central Middle School and North Quincy High School, and Dean at North Quincy High School, Mr. Taglieri established a rapport with students, staff, and families.  His ability to work collaboratively with the entire school community was a key to his appointment as Assistant Principal of the Broad Meadows Middle School in 2002, following his earning a Masters in Educational Administration from Eastern Nazarene College.  After serving as Assistant Principal at Broad Meadows for three years, Mr. Taglieri was appointed Principal in 2006. 

During his tenure at Broad Meadows, Mr. Taglieri and the staff have successfully undertaken many initiatives, including coordinating the teaching of research skills through the grades, integrating literacy skills across all curriculum areas, modeling innovative use of educational technology, redesigning the school auditorium with enhanced lighting and sound, instituting an Art Show to accompany the Spring Concert, and continuing the Broad Meadows tradition of community service through the Operation Days’ Work program.  Mr. Taglieri was also instrumental in the development and facilitation of a unique and successful Middle School Summer School academic program.  Under Mr. Taglieri’s leadership the percentage of students who received proficient or advanced scores on the MCAS tests increased by 15% for ELA, by 9% for Math, and by 19% for Science.  All of this was accomplished while maintaining a positive and supportive school and community culture.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Taglieri on his new position at Quincy High School.  I look forward to his becoming a part of Quincy High School’s well-established professional learning community and facilitating and leading many innovations to come.

Richard DeCristofaro Ed.D.