It is hard to believe that we have already finished our fifth week of Winter Session 2014. To learn more about the program please click here.
At the February 25, 2014 Policy Subcommittee Meeting, there was review and discussion of revising the criteria for Athletic Eligibility. The proposed revised high school athletic eligibility policy is found below.
Proposed Revised Athletic Eligibility Policy – School Committee Policy 9.8.5
During the last ranking period preceding the contest, a student must secure at least 25 credits and may not receive more than one failing grade. To be eligible for fall sports, a student must secure at least 25 credits and not have more than one failing grade on the previous academic year final report card. All grade 9 students are eligible for fall sports. The academic eligibility of all students shall be considered as official and determining only on the date when the report cards for that ranking period have been issued.
School Committee will vote on this revised policy at the April 9, 2014 School Committee meeting and the revised policy will go into effect in September 2014, with final grades from the 2013-2014 school year used as criteria for fall sports eligibility for Grades 10-12 students.
Comments for School Committee on the proposed revised policy can be sent care of firstname.lastname@example.org
At the March 18, 2014 Facilities & Security Subcommittee Meeting, Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro presented an analysis of current and past enrollment for the elementary, middle, and high school levels of the Quincy Public Schools. In preparation for the Enrollment Certification phase of the new Sterling Middle School project, the Massachusetts School Building Authority requires this analysis and Dr. DeCristofaro shared the work done to date with the School Committee. The analysis showed a growing elementary school population across the city and space concerns at six of eleven elementary school buildings. In future years, these larger enrollments will move up to the middle and high school levels, so further discussion will take place at Facilities & Security Subcommittee and full School Committee meetings.
The next meeting of the Facilities & Security Subcommittee will be held on Wednesday, April 2 at 5:00 pm in the 2nd floor conference room of the NAGE Building, 159 Burgin Parkway. An agenda will be posted by the end of the day on Monday, March 31.
Our Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Programs serve 3- and 4-year old children with special needs and their typically developing peers. Classes are half-day sessions held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Children must be 3 years old before August 31, 2014 to be considered for the program. Priority is given to 4-year olds, followed by children who are 3 1/2 or older.
Pre-Kindergarten Screenings will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Please call the school which meets your eligibility requirements below to provide preliminary information. You will be contacted to set up a screening appointment for one of the two dates.
Title I Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Program – Children who reside in the following school districts are eligible for these classes, which are held at the Snug Harbor Pre-School (617-984-8951): Clifford Marshall, Parker, and Snug Harbor.
Children who reside in the Lincoln-Hancock and Clifford Marshall districts can attend Pre-Kindergarten classes at the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center (617-984-8777).
City Wide Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Program – Children who reside in a non-Title I school district are eligible for this program: Atherton Hough, Beechwood Knoll, Bernazzani, Merrymount, Montclair, Squantum and Wollaston Schools. There is a tuition fee for this pre-kindergarten program, held at the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center (617-984-8777).
Special Education Screening – Consistent with the Special Education Act, Quincy Public Schools conducts a screening for three- and four-year old children in order to identify those who have special needs. Please call the Snug Harbor Pre-School at 617-984-8951 to make a Special Education screening appointment.
儿童必须在2014年8月31日之前年满三到四足岁，以四岁的孩童优先考虑 。上课时间是每周一, 周三，周四和周五的半天班。
想进入学前班必须经过筛选 （Screening)。今年的筛选时间將於 2014年4月1日，和4月8日举行，两天都是星期二。请参考以下资料到适当的学校预约。请一定在2014年3月14日之前致电学校预约。如果想了解 更多信息，请到我们的网站查詢：
TITLE 1 综合学前班课程—符合此类班级的学童必须是以下学校／学区的学生：
Snug Harbor 617-984-8951
F. W. Parker 617-984-8710 (这所学校的学前班在 Snug Harbor学校上课)
Clifford Marshall 617-984-8951 (这所学校的学前班在 Snug Harbor学校上课)
Della Chiesa E.C.C. 617-984-8777
Atherton Hough, Beechwood Knoll, Bernazzani, Merrymount, Montclair, Squantum, 和 Wollaston. 因为这些学校／学区都不是Title 1 学校，家长必须付费。
Snug Harbor 617-984-8951
特殊教育筛检—为遵守“特殊教育法”，昆西公立学校会对三岁和四岁的儿童进行筛检，以确认有特殊需要的儿童。 如果您 觉得您的孩子可能需要筛检， 请打以下电话预约。
Snug Harbor 617-984-8951
An unexpected system reset for the Student Portal on the Aspen Student Information System has reverted all middle and high school student passwords to the default “quincy123” password. Please log into the Aspen Student website: http://aspen.quincypublicschools.com/aspen/home.do to reset your password. Previously set preferences and course selection information were not affected by this reset. If you need further assistance, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.
Student musicians of Quincy Public Schools have been hard at work since the start of the school year. Between Honor Band, Concert Band, Abigail Adams Orchestra, John Adams Orchestra, and the After-School String Lesson Program over 160 students are actively developing their musical abilities beyond the school day. The combination of all the musical opportunities during the school day and beyond the school day for QPS students makes it obvious why top tier concerts and performances occur year after year. To view the Extended Educational Music Programs Newsletter please click here.
I am pleased to announce the following administrative appointments:
- Dr. John Franceschini has been named Principal of Sterling Middle School. Dr. Franceschini was the Sterling Middle School Assistant Principal for three years, and prior to that, was the Citywide Physical Education and Health Department Chair.
- Ms. Margaret MacNeil will become the Principal of the Snug Harbor Community School. Ms. MacNeil was the Assistant Principal at Snug Harbor for three years and was previously Assistant Principal at Atherton Hough, and a Special Education and Literacy teacher.
- Mr. Michael Marani is now Assistant Principal at the Snug Harbor Community School. Mr. Marani is also the Extended Educational Programs coordinator and was previously a Math Teacher at the Point Webster Middle Schoool.
- Ms. Courtney Mitchell has been named Assistant Principal of the Sterling Middle School. Ms. Mitchell was previously a Guidance Counselor at the Sterling Middle School and a teacher at the Lincoln Hancock Community School.
Please join me in congratulating these four talented educators on their new roles in the Quincy Public Schools.
The Quincy Parents Advisory Council to Special Education (QPAC) Come To Think Of It support meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm. at Quincy High School in the QPAC Resource Room.
Quincy Public Schools Extended Educational Programs is proud to announce the dates of Innovative Engineers and Lego Robotics. Each program will be held on Saturdays and the specific dates are April 5, April 12, May 3, May 10, and May 17 at Beechwood Knoll Elementary School. Please note that all QPS students in grades 3 through 5 are invited to join. Please click here for more detailed registration information.
Quincy Public Schools’ Kindergarten Registration for the 2014–2015 school year is now underway. Children who will be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2014 should be registered at their home schools. Please call your home school to make an appointment to register as soon as possible. Children do not need to attend registration.
If you are not sure which school is your home school, click here for the street directory. 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.
There has been some recent publicity about social media issues that pose a potential risk to students that we wanted to call to the attention of all Quincy Public Schools parents. A popular app called Yik Yak is being used nationwide by high school, middle school and even some elementary students to post inappropriate and hateful posts. Yik Yak use is growing as it appears to students that their posts cannot be traced back to them. Students hide behind the perceived anonymity and post content involving nudity, profanity, and references to drug and alcohol abuse. Students have been using Yik Yak as a vehicle for cyberbullying and the material has been so cruel that some school districts have changed their phone policies. Users believe that there is no way to trace the source of messages but police have made arrests with the assistance of Yik Yak. As they have in other cities, Yik Yak is in the process of enabling a “geofence” around all Quincy Public Schools so that the app cannot be used within our buildings.
We would like to remind parents and students that once a post is made on any social media site, the poster loses all control of where that information is sent so their message or photo is never private. Parents can support their students in the following ways:
- Share with your student your expectations of appropriate social media and internet use.
- Check your students’ Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Vine, Ask, Tumblr, Reddit, and other social media accounts and text messages.
- Remind your student of the consequences of inappropriate and threatening messages.
- Report inappropriate content to the social media provider. For Yik Yak, click on the comment button and select the report inappropriate button or e-mail a screen shot of offensive content to email@example.com.
The second issue is specific to Facebook. The MIAA is advising that a person using the name of “Manny Whelan” is contacting local student-athletes offering money to “compete in an underground wrestling club” held in local hotels. If you know someone who has been contacted or have any information regarding this issue, please contact your school principal for assistance in making a formal report.
Additional information to assist parents in assessing the appropriateness of social media sites can be found at:
Boston Scientific Corporation, a leading member of the Quincy School~Community Partnership has generously donated sixteen Microsoft Surface 2 Tablets and accessories to selected grades 3 and 4 Quincy Public Schools classrooms. The goal of this donation is to provide our dedicated staff with technology tools to assist them in integrating the most up-to-date STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) content into their classroom instruction. At the kickoff meeting held on Tuesday, March 4, the teachers received their tablets and learned the fundamentals to begin using the tablets in their classrooms. Further professional development sessions will be scheduled in collaboration with the Education Technology and Curriculum & Assessment Teams as the teachers begin to integrate additional technology-based STEM content into their lessons.