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With September flying by if you’re interested in becoming or improving as a musician, Quincy Public Schools Extended Educational Programs has you covered. Please click here to view the Extended Educational Programs page that will bring you to more information about the John Adams Orchestra, Abigail Adams Orchestra, Strings Small Group Lessons, Honor Band, and Concert Band. If you have specific questions about any or all of the programs please feel free to contact the Extended Educational Music Programs facilitator at 


Quincy Public Schools Enterovirus Health Advisory

 Posted by on September 23, 2014
Sep 232014

Quincy Public Schools Health Services is issuing this enterovirus advisory to provide parents and guardians with information about this health issue.   As you may be aware from recent media coverage, school age children are being impacted by a respiratory enterovirus.  In general, infants, children, and teenagers are most likely to get infected with enteroviruses  because they do not have protection from previous exposures to these viruses.  It appears that children with asthma are at higher risk; parents should be sure that children take their medications and receive the influenza vaccine.  If symptoms of your child’s asthma worsen, contact your pediatrician.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests the following guidelines to prevent being infected by an enterovirus:

• Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

• Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone

in the home is sick.

Quincy Public School nurses and staff are knowledgeable about this health concern and the above suggestions will be reinforced at school.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse.

Additional information from the CDC can be found at:

Click here for a Parents Guide to the Flu.

Sep 232014

The Student Portal for the Aspen Student Information System is now open for middle and high school students and families.  The Student Portal allows students and parents to access schedule information, report card grades, and attendance information.  Some teachers may choose to utilize the Gradebook feature to share individual student grades .  Students also have the ability to upload documents into the cloud-based Student Locker.

The Aspen Student website can be accessed here:  Student user names and initial passwords have been issued by each school; if you have not yet received this information, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Click here for step-by-step directions to log on to the Student Portal and Student Locker.

Sep 162014

Be on the look out for information about upcoming fall programs. As the start of the school year progresses now is the time that QPS staff work together to begin developing and implementing extracurricular activities at all levels. Always feel free and welcome to contact your school’s principal to learn about the specific offerings. There are also a variety of district wide opportunities throughout the school year so please be sure to check back here for updates along with Quincy’s educational station on channel 22. fall_leaves

Lincoln Hancock Community School Update

 Posted by on September 9, 2014
Sep 092014
Earlier today after school dismissal was completed, there was a small fire on the roof of the gymnasium wing of the Lincoln Hancock Community School. The fire was caused by a malfunctioning tool and was confined to the materials being used by construction workers installing a solar array.  Workers pulled the fire alarm and used their fire extinguishers to fight the fire.  The Quincy Fire and Police Departments responded immediately and the building was quickly cleared of all school staff and the students of the Quincy Afterschool Childcare program.
There is no damage to the Lincoln Hancock Community School building or roof.  School will be in session as usual tomorrow and the incident is under investigation by the City of Quincy’s Public Buildings Department and the contractor.  Lincoln Hancock Principal Ruth Witmer released an Instant Alert message to the school’s families alerting them of the incident which stated in part “I am so proud of the quick actions of my staff, the Quincy Fire and Police Departments, Mr. Draicchio, and the staff and children of Quincy Afterschool Childcare.  Everyone did exactly what they were trained to do and Lincoln Hancock is ready for tomorrow!”

Fall Open House Dates

 Posted by on September 9, 2014
Sep 092014

 Elementary Schools:

  • Atherton Hough: Thursday, September 18, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Beechwood Knoll:  Tuesday, September 16, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
  • Bernazzani:  Monday, September 22
  • Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center: Tuesday, September 23, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
  • Lincoln Hancock:  Thursday, September 18, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
  • Clifford Marshall: Thursday, September 18, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
  • Merrymount: Thursday, September 18, 4:45  to 6:15 pm
  • Montclair:  Thursday, September 25, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
  • Parker:  Tuesday, September 16, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
  • Snug Harbor:  Tuesday, September 23, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Squantum:  Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • Wollaston:  Wednesday, September 10, 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Middle Schools:

  • Atlantic:  Tuesday, September 9, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Broad Meadows:  Tuesday, September 9, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Central:  Tuesday, September 9, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Point Webster:  Tuesday, September 9, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Sterling: Tuesday, September 9, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

High Schools:

  • North Quincy Back to School Night  Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 pm
  • Quincy:  Thursday, September 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm


Sep 082014

YouthWorks_Page_1This summer approximately 75 Quincy Public School students were employed and working hard thanks to YouthWorks which is a State appropriated, public-private sector “match” program funded by the South Shore Workforce Investment Board. YouthWorks is designed to provide summer employment opportunities to youth in Massachusetts. Students are eligible to participate in the YouthWorks program if he or she is between the ages of 14 and 21. Click here to learn more about this fantastic program. 

New—Online Resources for Food Services

 Posted by on September 5, 2014
Sep 052014

Apply for Free/Reduced Price School Meals

Parents/guardians can now apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals for their students online!  The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere!  Go to  to complete the online application process.

Paper application forms are sent home with students at the start of school, are available at all school offices and be downloaded at  Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.

Pay for School Meals

This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check.*   You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts.  Go to and register for a free account.

A fee of $1.95 per transaction (payment for one or multiple students) will apply.  You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.Quincy Public Schools will not receive a fee from the use of this site.

Parents can also pre pay for meals by check or cash at the cafeteria.  Prepaying money to student accounts helps the lunch lines move faster, giving students more time to eat and be with friends.

*Beechwood, Bernazanni and Lincoln Hancock will allow online payments early fall.

Open Enrollment for 2019-20 and 2020-21

 Posted by on September 2, 2014
Sep 022014

Open Enrollment requests will be accepted online only.  Please follow the link below to the appropriate form for your student’s grade level in 2020-2021.  Requests will be entered in the order they are submitted online and you will see a message confirming that you have successfully submitted the request form.

Please note that school bus transportation is not available for Open Enrollment students.

Enrollment in the Quincy Public Schools is restricted to Quincy, Massachusetts residents.

Kindergarten  (Students must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2020.)

Grade 1  (Students must be 6 years old on or before August 31, 2020.)

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Students who have moved within Quincy may request to remain at the school they are currently attending.  Click here to submit a Remain at School request.

For Open Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year, please email

Please see below for the Open Enrollment Policy and decision/notification process.

Solar Array Installations

 Posted by on September 2, 2014
Sep 022014

Wollaston RoofThe City of Quincy has entered into a partnership with SolarCity to install solar arrays on city buildings.  SolarCity is the largest solar entity on the United States, with more than 30,000 buildings in 14 states.  SolarCity’s contract with the city requires no installation costs or investment; National Grid will purchase the energy produced at a contracted rate under the purchase power agreement (PPA).

Solar array installation is currently underway at twelve Quincy Public Schools; the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center, Wollaston (pictured here), and Clifford Marshall are close to completion.  Installation takes 4-6 weeks per site and SolarCity and their subcontractors work closely with the principals and custodial staff at each school to develop an installation plan for that site.  By the end of 2014, over twenty schools and city buildings are scheduled to be online.  In addition to managing the energy savings for the City of Quincy, SolarCity will collaborate on educational opportunities for Quincy Public Schools students across all grades.