At last Saturday’s Citywide Middle School Volleyball Championship held at North Quincy High School, teams from all five middle schools competed in a round-robin tournament. The Broad Meadows girls and Sterling boys teams finished in first place. Congratulations to all of the players, their coaches, advisors, and principals!
Mayor Thomas Koch and Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro met Wednesday with members of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which issued a critical preliminary vote that will begin formal planning for a Sterling Middle School project. The Sterling project will be Quincy’s third major school project in just the last few years and creates the foundation of a broader program of major improvements to schools citywide that include major roof repairs, window replacements, and campus and field upgrades among a litany of other projects.
“There is no more important investment than the ones we make in our young people, and we must continue to move forward with these vital projects. Sterling is another project discussed for years, and we’re going to get it done,” said Koch. “I wish to thank Treasurer Steve Grossman and the MSBA their unbending commitment to investing in educational facilities statewide.”
Added Dr. DeCristofaro, “The Sterling Middle School project will provide unparalleled opportunities to the students and families of Southwest Quincy. A new Sterling Middle School will provide the school’s dedicated staff with a state-of-the-art facility that allows them to enhance educational and extracurricular programs in academics, arts, technology, and athletics. We know from our recent experiences at Quincy High School and Central Middle School that these new facilities transform and enhance a school’s culture and climate in so many ways.”
Ward City Councilor Brian Palmucci, who has lobbied extensively for a Sterling project, said that the SBA vote was “a great first step many years in the making. This is a vital project for our city and especially for this neighborhood.”
The vote by the SBA board essentially qualifies the City to move forward in the coming months with preliminary planning for a Sterling project that will in turn lead to a full feasibility study and then on to design. The ultimate goal is to qualify the building project for state reimbursement, which dramatically lowers the cost of new buildings for City taxpayers.
At its meeting on Wednesday, the School Building Authority also approved the Accelerated Repair Program design schematics for the North Quincy High School, Wollaston and Merrymount Elementary School window and door replacement projects. These projects will now proceed to the next stage, which includes execution of the the Project Funding Agreements and preparation of bid packages. Installation of new windows and doors for all three schools is scheduled for Summer 2014.
Quincy Public Schools’ Kindergarten Registration for the 2014–2015 school year will be held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 4, 2014. Children who will be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2014 should be registered at their home schools. Children do not need to attend registration.
If you are not sure which school is your home school, click here for the street directory. If you are unable to register your child on March 4, please call your home school to make an appointment to register as soon as possible after that date.
Please note that parents of students seeking open enrollment must register the student at their home school.
If your child presently attends the Pre-Kindergarten programs at either the Snug Harbor School or the Amelio Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center, it is not necessary to register your child for Kindergarten.
The following documents must be produced in order for a student to be registered:
a. Child’s birth certificate (with a raised seal)
b. Proof that the child resides in the home school district (any two: tax bill, utility bill, copy of lease, car registration)
c. Photo I.D. of the adult seeking to enroll the student
d. Copy of a recent (within one year) physical examination by a physician
e. Written records of immunizations
Questions regarding the kindergarten program may be directed to your home school principal. If you do not feel comfortable filling out the necessary forms, please feel free to bring someone that could assist you.
We look forward to having your child enter our Kindergarten program in the fall.
On Saturday, January 18, students representing all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts gathered at the State House where Governor Deval Patrick welcomed these ambassadors to their Day of Service. Ambassadors are Grade 8 students nominated by their schools who exemplify leadership with kindness, compassion, humility, and generosity of spirit. Quincy Public Schools once again had three Ambassadors to proudly represent our city and schools at this event: Sydney Shuttlesworth from Broad Meadows, Meleah Chase from Sterling, and Myrna Mathieu from Point Webster. Teachers also volunteered to be part of this service project and Mr. Adams (Broad Meadows) and Ms. Cunniff (Point Webster) worked alongside the students at the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Quincy Parents Advisory Council to Special Education (QPAC) will be holding a workshop on identifying and accessing community supports and services for your child and family, presented by Baystate Associates. The Workshop will be held on Monday, January 27th at 7:00 pm at Quincy High School, 100 Coddington Street.
This workshop is free and open to the public; parents, teachers, and others are invited to attend.
Over 200 middle school students attend the Quincy Public Schools Advanced Placement Center (APC) for Grades 6-8 at Central Middle School. These students attended all eleven of the city’s elementary schools and many completed the Elementary Learning Center (ELC) program for Grade 5 students. Students (including those not currently attending Quincy Public Schools) are also invited to attend the APC program for Grade 6 based on an evaluation of their academic records and recent assessments.
Students may be considered for the APC based on a parent request for evaluation (also called an appeal). At this time, appeals are being accepted for the 2014-2015 school year; click here to download and print the form.
Appeals are reviewed by a team of administrators in the Spring and decisions are shared with families by the end of the school year. An additional assessment tool to assist in the appeal process may be utilized this spring and more information on this will be forthcoming.
The completed form may be submitted to your child’s school principal or mailed to Erin Perkins, Curriculum Coordinator, 159 Burgin Parkway, Quincy, MA 02169. If you have further questions, please contact Erin Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quincy Public Schools’ Food Service Department has a convenient and secure online payment service called mySchoolBucks. This website allows you to deposit money directly into your child’s school meal account and view balance/purchase information for the past ninety days.
To access this service:
- Go to www.myschoolbucks.com.
- From this website, you can create your account and add money to your child’s school meal account. All you need is your child’s name, school, and student ID number or date of birth. The instructions listed below will guide you through the process.
Things to know:
- If you have more than one child in the District you can handle all online prepayments from the same account even if they attend different district schools.
- You may pay for multiple students on a single transaction, up to $120 per child.
- Payments may be made with a Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit or debit card. You may also make a payment using an e-check.
- You will be charged $1.95 per deposit transaction (for one or multiple children). This transaction fee is assessed to cover bank fees. Quincy Public Schools will not receive a fee from the use of this site.
- You can check balances, review transaction history, and receive low balance alerts at no charge.
You may also continue to make advance payments via check, which should be made payable to QPS Food Services. Please remember to write your child’s full name in the memo section of the check. Students may also pay cash for their meals.
If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact the Food Services office at 617 984-8768 or by email at email@example.com
Online School Meals Payment Instructions
Register for a FREE mySchoolBucks Account at www.myschoolbucks.com.
- Click REGISTER FOR A FREE ACCOUNT and enter the required information.
- Click FINISH to complete the initial registration process.
- Adding Students to Your Account:
- Once you are logged into your new account, click MY HOUSEHOLD from the left-side navigation bar.
- Click LOOK UP YOUR STUDENTS.
- Select your child’s school from the drop-down box.
- Enter your child’s first name.
- Enter your child’s last name.
- Enter your child’s student ID number or date of birth
- Click FIND STUDENT.
- Click ADD STUDENT.
- Click ADD ANOTHER STUDENT to repeat the process for additional children
- Click FINISH.
To Make a Deposit:
- From the My Household page, click MAKE A PAYMENT.
- Enter the deposit amount for each student account, and then click ADD TO BASKET.
- Review the amount(s) you have entered and click CHECK OUT NOW. If you need to adjust an amount click CONTINUE SHOPPING.
- Enter your payment information and click CONTINUE.
- If paying with a credit or debit card, enter the three or four digit Verification Code that appears on your card, then click CONTINUE.
- Review your order and make sure all deposits are correct, then click PLACE ORDER.
- Click PRINT ORDER to generate a receipt of your transaction in a new window. We recommend that you keep a copy for records.
- Click FINISH to complete the transaction.