New Professional Staff Orientation

 Posted by on August 30, 2013
Aug 302013
 

Forty-four new teachers and other professional staff participated in the Quincy Public Schools New Professional Staff Orientation Seminar held August 28-29 at Quincy High School.  This two-day event opened with welcoming messages from Mayor Thomas P. Koch, School Committee member David McCarthy, and Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro.

Quincy School~Community Partnership members AXA Equitable Financial Services, MetLife Financial Services, Montilio’s Bakery, and the Quincy Education Association provided refreshments before and after seminars  on topics such as mentoring, expectations and responsibilities, along with opportunities to meet with members of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team.  Platinum Partner Quincy Credit Union also sponsored a trolley tour of Quincy’s historic sites for all of  the event’s participants.

For more information about the Quincy School~Community Partnership, see the new website at:  http://qscp.org/.

Superintendent’s Back to School Message

 Posted by on August 28, 2013
Aug 282013
 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Quincy Public Schools Students:

 It is an honor to welcome back our students and their families for the start of another school year.  As September quickly approaches, the administrators and 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 26.  In our eighth year of offering Full-Day Kindergarten, we are pleased to welcome over 750 new students and their families to the Quincy Public Schools.

The dedicated professional staff of the Quincy Public Schools is looking forward to a year filled with a variety of learning experiences and accomplishments for your students. Over the summer, more than 400 elementary, middle, and high school 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.  This week alone, over 225 middle school and high school educators volunteered to attend optional training on our new Student Information System, Aspen X2.  Aspen X2 will offer exciting opportunities for home-school connections through the Student/Parent Portal; look for more information on this feature later in the fall. 

Last spring, Mayor Koch and the School Committee collaborated with the Superintendent’s Leadership and Principal Teams to fund additional academic classroom and academic program teacher positions to maintain average class sizes well below the School Committee Policy guidelines.  In addition, professional positions were added to restore library services at the middle school level and funding was provided for teacher support staff for elementary school book borrowing and technology.  Along with the creation of part-time Athletic Director positions at each high school, this year’s budget restored the Freshman Athletic program at both high schools. 

 This year, Quincy Public Schools will continue the transition to the Massachusetts Frameworks for Common Core State Standards.  After being piloted at selected schools, new Common Core-aligned textbooks and technology tools will be implemented at all elementary schools with the Journeys Reading program for Kindergarten through Grade 5 and Grades 4 and 5 of Go Math!  At the middle school and high school levels, there will be new Common Core-aligned textbooks and technology tools for Mathematics.  Middle and high school Language Arts instruction will continue to reflect the strong Common Core emphasis on non-fiction content area texts.  Beginning in 2014, MCAS testing will begin to assess this transition to the Common Core State Standards, with test items based on the standards for both English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Many techology upgrades have been completed this summer, including the installation of wireless access at all school buildings with separate guest network capabilities.  New technology labs were completed at the Parker and Clifford Marshall Elementary Schools, and twenty-five iPads were purchased for each high school, along with a number of laptops, document cameras, projectors, educational software, operating system upgrades, and ongoing technology professional development throughout the school system. 

Along with staffing, curriculum, and technology enhancements, we are working on many initiatives across the school system.  At North Quincy and Quincy High Schools, Grades 11 and 12 students will make a difference in their schools and communities through volunteering in the second year of our Community Service pilot.  Extended day opportunities will be available for students at all levels and include chorus, orchestra, theater, Robotics, and middle school athletics.  Our partners in the Quincy School~Community Partnership continue to enhance our students’ educational opportunities through providing backpacks and school supplies for a number of elementary school students, real-work experiences to high school Career and Technical Education students, and funding the Mentoring program for new professional educators.

Our school buildings will be ready for the new school year, with improvements such as newly retiled floors and new carpeting, repainted classrooms, refinished gym floors in five buildings, and repairs to building mechanicals including addressing electrical, plumbing, and heating issues.  Custodians across the school system have worked diligently all summer to prepare classrooms and offices for the new school year.  Through funding appropriated last spring by Mayor Koch and the City Council, many security upgrades have been completed, including video intercom systems, electronic building entry systems, staff identification, classroom door locks, and new lighting and cameras in all buildings.  We are also grateful for the support of the Park Department in maintaining and improving the landscaping at our school buildings.  We are continuing to work with the Massachusetts School Building Authority and the Public Buildings department on the construction of the new Central Middle School, which will open later this fall and are in the planning stages of window replacement projects for the Merrymount and Wollaston Elementary Schools and North Quincy High Schools with anticipated completion in Summer 2014.

Please remember that 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 about your child’s school and all of Quincy Public Schools 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 the calendar for the opening days of school below.  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 4. 
  • Grades 10-12 will begin school on Thursday, September 5.
  • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will attend an Orientation at their individual schools on Friday, September 6; each family will receive a postcard with information on this event.
  • The first day of school for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten is Monday, September 9. 

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,

Richard DeCristofaro, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Aug 262013
 

Construction is continuing at a rapid pace on the new Central Middle School building with new details being completed each day.  Click on the image to see the latest photos.

Aug 162013
 

Welcome to Quincy Public Schools!  New students can register for school at the elementary, middle, or high school they will be attending.  Eligibility to attend Quincy’s eleven elementary schools, five middle schools, and two high schools is determined by street address.  To confirm the school district for your address, click here for the street directory.

Further information about registration, including downloadable forms, can be found at this link

High School offices are open all summer for registration.  Contact North Quincy High School at 617-984-8745 or Quincy High School at 617-376-3364 to make an appointment for registration.

Elementary and Middle School offices are closed and will re-open on Monday, August 26, 2013.  Once the school offices have re-opened, please call the school your child will be attending to make an appointment for registration.  Click here for school contact information.

Central Registration is for students whose first language is not English.  Please call 617-984-6620 after August 19, 2013 to make an appointment for registration.

Please call 617-984-8702 if you need further information about registration.

New Central Middle School Update

 Posted by on August 12, 2013
Aug 122013
 

As we enter the second week of August, I wanted to share an update with you regarding the new Central Middle School building.  As of today, substantial completion of the Central Middle School building is on schedule for Thursday, September 5.  After consultation with the contractors, architects, project manager and careful analysis of the work still to be completed, it is clear that the best choice for our staff and students is to begin the school year at the existing Central Middle School building.  This plan will ensure that the school’s administrative, teaching, student support, custodial, and food services staffs have training and preparation time in the new facility in order to confidently welcome the students to this wonderful new educational setting.

The existing Central Middle School facility has remained undisturbed this summer with all classroom and office furniture and technology still in place.  All curriculum materials are still located in classrooms and Central’s teachers were asked to organize their packing with their start of school materials easily accessible in case this contingency came to pass.

The new Central Middle School represents the collaborative efforts of many talented people from across the city and state.  I am confident that the finished school facility will be an educational landmark for decades to come.  Further updates will be shared as we move closer to completion and the facility’s opening date.

Richard DeCristofaro, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Summer Scene 2013 ~ Program Update

 Posted by on August 12, 2013
Aug 122013
 

With only two Summer Scene programs still running through the rest of this week, this is the perfect time to view the fun and exciting learning that has been taking place this summer. Please click here to start enjoying the many Summer Scene program highlights.

 

 

Summer Institute 2013

 Posted by on August 1, 2013
Aug 012013
 

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During the second week of July many of Quincy’s elementary school students enjoyed Summer Institute at Beechwood Knoll Elementary School. The program provided children with the perfect opportunity to participate in courses that focused on special areas of interest. Whether your child loves to create exciting art projects, build and program robots, or wants to learn about computers, there was a course for them! Students are active learners and they spent their time engaged in innovative, hands-on learning activities throughout the morning. Please click on the image above to view only a glimpse of the innovative learning that took place at Summer Institute.

Snug Harbor Summer School 2013

 Posted by on August 1, 2013
Aug 012013
 

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During the month of July Snug Harbor Summer School provided students with hours of summertime learning opportunities. Students participated in exciting hands-on activities designed to engage children of all ages. Small class sizes allowed teachers to work individually with students and respond to their many questions. Please click on the image above to view the exciting learning that took place this summer at Snug Harbor Elementary school.