Spring 2013 MCAS Results

 Posted by on September 26, 2013
Sep 262013
 

District, school, and individual student achievement reports for the Spring 2013 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science  have been released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  The MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests are administered to students in Grades 3 through 8 and Grade 10; the Science test is administered to Grades 5, 8, and 10. 

Spring 2013 MCAS tests were the last year of the transition to the new Common Core State Standards.  The Spring 2014 MCAS Tests will be fully focused on the Common Core State Standards; at the time of test administration, our students will be completing their second year of instruction under these standards.

Individual student reports were mailed to families on Thursday, September 26.  Additional information about district and school achievement, proficiency, and growth can be found on the DESE website.

Fall High School Athletics Schedules

 Posted by on September 26, 2013
Sep 262013
 

Upcoming Fall High School Athletics Events:

  • NQHS Cross Country:  Tuesday, 10/1 vs. Silver Lake @ Pageant Field, 3:30 pm
  • QHS Cross Country:  Tuesday, 10/1 vs. Silver Lake @ Pageant Field, 3:30 pm
  • NQHS Football:  Friday, 10/4 @ Hanover HS, 7:00 pm
  • QHS Football:  Friday, 9/27 vs. Whitman-Hanson HS @ Veterans Stadium, 7:00 pm
  • NQHS Boys Golf:  Tuesday, 10/1 vs. Scituate HS @ Presidents Golf Course, 3;30 pm
  • QHS Boys Golf: Thursday, 9/26 vs. Whitman-Hanson HS @ Furnace Brook Club, 3:30 pm
  • NQHS Boys Soccer:  Saturday, 9/28 vs. QHS @ Veterans Stadium, 7 pm
  • QHS Boys Soccer:  Saturday, 9/28 vs. NQHS @ Veterans Stadium, 7 pm
  • NQHS Girls Soccer:  Saturday, 9/28 vs. QHS @ Veterans Stadium, 5 pm
  • QHS Girls Soccer:  Saturday, 9/28 vs. NQHS @ Veterans Stadium, 5 pm
  • NQHS Girls Volleyball:  Monday, 9/30 vs. QHS @ NQHS Gym, 5:30 pm
  • QHS Girls Volleyball:  Monday, 9/30 @ NQHS, 5:30 pm

Click here for the complete Fall High School Athletics Schedules:

NQHS:  http://quincypublicschools.com/nqhsathletics/schedulesscores/

QHS:  http://quincypublicschools.com/qhsathletics/schedulesscores/

New Central Middle School Announcement

 Posted by on September 24, 2013
Sep 242013
 

An announcement was released from the Mayor’s Office today confirming that the opening day for staff and students at the new Central Middle School will be Monday, October 21.  Please see below for the text of the Mayor’s announcement:

Mayor Thomas Koch and School Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro announced today that the new Central Middle School, first discussed by City leaders nearly a half-century ago, will welcome its first students on Monday, October 21.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 20, and the public is invited to attend to see the $32 million state-of-the-art new building for the first time.  Mayor Koch and Superintendent DeCristofaro are also planning a special event to welcome students on the following Monday, and will be announcing those plans in the near future.

“This is a moment a long time coming, and a great testament to what can be accomplished when we come together as a community for a common goal. I am profoundly grateful and proud of the work of our City Council, our School Committee and Dr. DeCristofaro’s team, our Building Committee and the construction team, and our State leadership past and present whose commitment to our future and our young people has made this first-class school possible,” said Mayor Koch.

Technology equipment — including interactive smart-boards — and classroom furniture has been set up, and teachers and staff will have ample time to learn the ins and outs of the new building in the next few weeks prior to the opening, Dr. DeCristofaro said. Construction fencing is starting to be removed, revealing the full breadth of the new school’s most prominent architectural feature, the media center rotunda overlooking Merrymount Park.

“The great progress being made every day is now revealing a truly exceptional school building and a truly exceptional learning environment for our students for many years to come,” said Dr. DeCristofaro. “The teachers and staff are thrilled to be getting in the building and getting it fully ready for students on the 21st.”  

The original Central was built in 1894 as Quincy’s first high school, but was converted to a junior high in the 1920s when a new Quincy High opened. The building has been discussed for replacement since the early 1970s. In the 1980s a steel beam was installed to shore up the building’s roof as a temporary measure, and the building’s condition was the prime motivator for a citywide school siting process in the mid-1990s that ultimately led first to the construction of a new Quincy High School.

At the request of Mayor Koch, contractors have removed a portion of an original granite portico from the current building, and it is now being incorporated into the new Central.

The new school is being built with 80 percent reimbursement from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the highest state reimbursement rate possible after the Koch administration worked with the MSBA to involve the project in the state’s Model School Program. Central will be the first middle school in the state to be built under the model school program. 

 

Sep 162013
 

Impact Quincy, a Bay State Community Services program, is a community coalition consisting of educational, health, law enforcement, religious, professional and business organizations dedicated to the reduction of substance abuse.  Impact Quincy collaborates with Quincy Public Schools’ middle and high schools on reducing underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, and other substance abuse.

Impact Quincy’s newest program is Partnership for Success II, focused on  educating parents and guardians about the issue of non-medical use of prescription drugs.  Parent involvement is encouraged through the Partnership’s Parent Advisory Group.  Please contact Barbara Edmondson, Program Coordinator at bedmondson@baystatecs.org or 617.471.8400 x189. 

For additional information about Impact Quincy, please contact Annelie Stavis at astavis@baystatecs.org or 617.471.8400 x209 or Arlene Goldstein agoldstein@baystatecs.org or 617.471.8400 x155.  The website can be found at:  http://baystatecs.org/impact-quincy.

 

 

High School Fall Open House Dates

 Posted by on September 15, 2013
Sep 152013
 

Quincy High School:  Thursday, September 19 from 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm

North Quincy High School: 

  • New and Freshman Parents, Thursday, September 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Back to School Night (all grades), Thursday, September 26 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Central Middle School Update — September 2013

 Posted by on September 14, 2013
Sep 142013
 

Construction continues in the administrative area, library, student dining area, gymnasium, and auditorium at the new Central Middle School site.  In the classroom  wing, furniture and technology are being installed and outside, paving work and landscaping is underway.  Click on the image to see the most recent photos.

Fall Elementary School Open House Dates

 Posted by on September 11, 2013
Sep 112013
 

Each elementary school is hosting an Open House for parents and students in the next couple of weeks.  See below for the dates:

Atherton Hough  Wednesday, September 18 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Beechwood Knoll  Tuesday, September 24 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Bernazzani  Thursday, September 12 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Lincoln Hancock  Thursday, September 19 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Clifford Marshall  Thursday, September 26 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Merrymount   Thursday, September 19th from  4:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Montclair  Tuesday, September 17th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Parker  Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Snug Harbor  Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Squantum  Tuesday, September 17 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wollaston  Thursday, September 12 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

 

 

ASPEN IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

 Posted by on September 10, 2013
Sep 102013
 

That’s right, we are LIVE!!!  After months of collaborative planning and preparation, Quincy Public Schools Information Technology Team is pleased to announce the successful implementation and transition to Aspen ~ our new Student Information System.

Having completed three important implementation phases, Data Conversion/Validations, Configurations, and Customizations ~ Phase Four: Training concludes a significant component of the Aspen Implementation Process.  QPS Professional Staff training began the week of August 5, when 8 staff members participated in a 15 hour Aspen Master Training Program to become facilitators of the QPS “teachers teaching teachers initiative.”  QPS IT would like to recognize and thank them for their participation in the Aspen Implementation and the district wide professional staff training.

We are pleased to announce the completed training of 425 middle and high professional staff members, of which 225 took advantage of optional training on a volunteer basis during the week of August 26-29.  We appreciate that 52% participated in the Aspen Fundamentals, Attendance, and Gradebook Training prior to the pressure of the new school year to help insure a smooth transition.  We would like to acknowledge their commitment to Quincy Public Schools.

Other teams and QPS support staff 190 have also been successful trained, including, Principals, Assistant Principals, Guidance, Deans, Nurses, Secretaries, and Office Paraprofessionals. Training included Fundamentals, Attendance, Gradebook, Single Student Scheduling and Conduct Management, modules appropriate to the training audience.

In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll continue Aspen implementation and share additional communication of the various other Aspen modules consisting of Elementary Attendance, Student/Parent Portal, Curriculum & Learning, and Special Education.

This implementation process required the collaboration of multiple personnel from principals to professional staff to secretaries to aides.  This project could not have been accomplished without each and everyone of you ~ WE THANK YOU!!!