Oct 312014

evan_grade_12As Club Leader of Quincy High School’s new Environmental & Sustainability Club, Science Teacher Evaline Hsu will be leading The Green Team, in partnership with the Planning & Community Development Department (PCD), in hosting the City’s 3rd annual participation in Green Apple Day of Service – a global green initiative sponsored by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Green Apple Day of Service projects are student sponsored events within which students, teachers, parents, and citizens come together to support healthy schools and communities, while increasing awareness of the meaningful, lasting local and global impacts of sustainable living practices through individual actions.

This year’s event, “HELP SAVE THE BEACH!!!” Wollaston Beach Clean Up will take place at Wollaston Beach on Quincy Shore Drive from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday, November 1st  2014.

With its 27 miles of beautiful coastline, the event is aimed at demonstrating the importance of celebrating and maintaining the ecological health of Quincy’s most prized amenity, as well as showing the importance of recycling. Why is recycling important? – because it conserves our natural resources, protects and preserves wildlife habitats, prevents the pollution of soil, sea, and sky, mitigates global climate change by reducing carbon emissions, supports public health, creates green jobs, and diverts thousands of tons of reusable trash from ending up in landfills.

Best of all, recycling saves money and energy – and it’s as easy as a day at the beach!

One person can make a difference!

 Please join The Green Team & PCD in making a difference in Quincy!!!

Oct 242014

Extended Educational Programs ~ PW Learning Beyond the BellEver curious about how to see learning after school in action? If so, be sure to check out the Quincy Education Station on Channel 22. Slides provide important district wide information along with initiatives and events that take place at individual schools. Extended Educational Programs regularly posts a “Learning Beyond the Bell” series slide. These slides are way to view QPS students enjoying one of the many opportunities for students offered beyond the school day. Check out the slide that was posted this week. It showcases Point-Webster students at a Cross Country meet. Athletics is a great way for students to develop their self-discipline, work ethic, and approach to team work that can often yield great results in the classroom.

Oct 242014

At the Monday, October 20, 2014 City Council meeting, funding for the Sterling Middle School Feasibility Study was unanimously approved.  With this vote for appropriation, the City of Quincy will now be able to execute the Feasibility Study Agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the final step in the Eligibility Phase that is scheduled to be completed on October 30.

The next step in the process is the November 19, 2014 MSBA Board meeting, where Sterling Middle School will hopefully be invited into the next phase to form the project team by selecting an Owner’s Project Manager and Designer and to then begin the Feasibility Study.

Click here for the July 2014 Update.

Click here for the May 2014 Update.

Click here for the April 2014 Update.

For more information on the process of working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority on school projects, their website can be found here:  http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/

Oct 232014

City of Presidents Check Presentation



Pictured left to right: School Committee members Barbara Isola, Dave McCarthy, Kathryn Hubley, Tara McDonagh (Blue Cross Blue Shield), David Murphy (Quincy Parks Conservancy), Mayor Thomas Koch, Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, School Committee members Paul Bregoli, Noel DiBona, Anne Mahoney.  
Photo courtesy of Lisa Aimola.

Prior to the October 22, 2014 School Committee meeting, Quincy Parks Conservancy Board President David Murphy and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Director of Public Affairs, Corporate Communications Tara McDonagh presented Mayor Thomas Koch, the members of the Quincy School Committee, and Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro with a donation of $10,000 for the Quincy Public Schools Health & Wellness programs.  This donation is a portion of the proceeds from last month’s City of Presidents 5K Run/Walk, which was a collaboration of staff from the Mayor’s Office, Parks, Recreation, Public Works, Fire, and Police departments, QATV, and the Quincy Public Schools.   Volunteers from the Quincy community, schools, local businesses and lead sponsorship from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and sponsors CVS/Pharmacy, Eastern Bank, Granite Medical Group, Quincy College, Quincy Medical Center, Stop & Shop, TD Bank, and the Quincy Parks Conservancy all were integral to the success of the inaugural City of Presidents 5K Run/Walk.

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Oct 152014

COW_Quincy[1]Quincy High School’s Bill Reardon has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team’s 12-7 victory over host Plymouth North High School on Friday, Oct. 10. The Presidents are now 5-0 and tied for first place in the Patriot League’s Keenan Division. Quincy used a powerful running game to capitalize on four Plymouth North turnovers and recovered an onside kick attempt at the end of the game to preserve the victory. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Quincy High School’s football program in Reardon’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.


Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Turner and his team on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Quincy High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs live tonight at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.


 This is the 19th year in which the Patriots join the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives.


 “Congratulations to Quincy High School, Coach Bill Reardon and his players on a win at Plymouth North this week,” Tippett said.  “A 5-0 start is a great way to keep their advantage atop the Patriot League standings. Defense played a huge role – forcing three fumbles and an interception – not to mention a key onside kick recovery. I enjoyed visiting Tuesday’s practice and am pleased to present Quincy High School and Coach Bill Reardon this week’s Coach of the Week award.”


 At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.


 This is the fourth year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program. This year is also the fourth year the Patriots will accept nominations for High School Coach of the Week. Anyone who knows a high school football coach in New England who has a great week or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to submit a nomination to nominatecoach@patriots.com.


 The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.



Photos and press release courtesy of the New England Patriots.

ASPEN PUBLICATION #13 September 26, 2014

 Posted by on October 14, 2014
Oct 142014



Quincy Public Schools Information Technology Team continues its goal of improving and increasing HOME to SCHOOL CONNECTIONS by providing effective communications among our schools, teachers, students, and parents. Aspen, Quincy’s Student Information System is assisting us with this endeavor.  Both high schools successfully published 2014-2015 student schedules prior to the start of the new school year allowing students and parents to view their schedule in Aspen. We also successfully completed state reporting requirements utilizing various Aspen modules.

Quincy Public Schools will commence its second year of our Aspen implementation, all the while, providing a positive impact on the day-to-day operations (i.e. attendance, scheduling, gradebook: interim/grades, student portal, state reporting, etc.) within the district. As we do with all our QPS Teams, we plan, implement, and reflect/evaluate team goals and action steps. This summer was no exception as planning took place.  Our 2014-2015 implementation plan is as follows:

~ FALL 2014 ~

48 new QPS Professional Staff recently participated in Aspen Training, including fundamentals, attendance, and gradebook (optional for staff).

QPS Information Technology Team will continue to offer optional Aspen Trainings for Educators and have developed a three tier training model:  Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced. Training offerings include:

Aspen Beginners ~ Basic Gradebook: Teachers will learn aspects of using the Aspen Gradebook.  Basic Training begins with basic fundamentals,

Navigation, and managing student attendance.

Aspen Intermediate GradebookTeachers will learn Advanced features of the Aspen Gradebook, including importing categories/assignments from last year.

Aspen Advanced ~ Aspen Teacher Pages:  Aspen Teacher Pages helps staff members share information and ideas.  It allows teachers to create their own webpage in Aspen.  Aspen Teacher Pages promotes real time student collaboration outside the classroom.

In addition, training offerings will continue for individual QPS teams, including principals, secretaries, and student support services, etc…

Bernazzani, Parker, and Wollaston Elementary Schools as well as Atlantic and Sterling Middle Schools will participate in the Aspen Staff Attendance Pilot Program to accommodate new state reporting requirements.

Quincy Public Schools will continue to promote Aspen’s Student Portal, which provides teachers, parents, and students with the opportunity for direct communication.  Families can use the Student Portal to view academic progress, daily attendance records, schedules, Interim Reports, and End of Term Grades for their Quincy Public Schools students, along with the ability to contact teachers with questions or concerns.

QPS IT Team will continue the practice of publishing student reports (i.e. Interim reports, report cards) to the Student Portal.

Middle Schools are introducing their new transition students to the Aspen Student Portal in technology lab settings.  As we did last year, IT Team members will be available Parent Information Nights for navigation overview and login assistance for new Aspen Parents.


After a successful implementation of the 2014-2015 High School Online Course Requests, both high schools will continue this process late winter preparing for school year 2015-2016.

The IT Team in collaboration with the Special Education Team will be reviewing the requirements, training, and setup necessary for 2015-2016 Special Education Module Implementation. Aspen Special Education Module provides a case management system and simplifies collaboration between general education and special education teachers.

QPS Middle and High Scheduling Teams consisting of the QPS Information Technology Team, principals/assistant principals, and student support services staff will again, begin the scheduling process to produce and/or publish student schedules for 2015-2016.

Aspen Support and Resources

FOR TEACHERS ~ Within Aspen under help Follett provides a variety of User Guides, Quick References Cards, and Short “How to Videos.” The videos are explicit and offer step by step help using various features and tools in the Aspen gradebook.

FOR STUDENTS and PARENTS ~TheQuincy Public Schools website (quincypublicschools.com) provides parent links that you will find useful and guides that will help navigate various features of the Aspen Student Portal.

Communication *Collaboration *Connection

Oct 142014
With every school offering a variety of fun and creative extended day programs it is easy to say that QPS students have plenty of great opportunities to get involved, have a blast, and learn a ton. Student involvement with extended educational programs can truly reward a student as programs often provide a place for students to socialize in a healthy and effective way beyond the school day all while adding value to the topics they learn in the classroom during the school day. Below is a list of just some of the many programs offered in one or more of the Quincy Public Schools. Contact your principal if you’d like to learn more about the specific programs at your school.
  • Lego Robotics
  • Shakespeareans
  • Debate Club
  • Space Camp
  • Math Club
  • Fit Kids
  • Art Club
  • Read Naturally
  • Music Theater
  • Yoga
  • ELL Tutoring
  • Community Leaders
  • Student Council
  • and many more…
Oct 132014

At the September 16, 2014 Policy Subcommitte meeting, School Committee met to review the existing CORI policy for employees (File 7.2) and volunteers (File 9.9.6) and discussed updating them to reflect the requirements for the National Background Check for employees and volunteers.  (Click here for the Policy Subcommittee meeting minutes.)  The Policy Subcommittee requested that Deputy Superintendent Mulvey draft a policy for review at the October 8, 2014 School Committee Meeting.  (Click here for the draft policy.) 

The draft policy is posted here for public review; comments may be sent to School Committee’s attention at:  lauraowens@quincypublicschools.com.

School Committee will vote on adopting this revised Policy at the October 22, 2014 meeting as a formalization of the National Background Check process begun last spring.

Spring 2014 MCAS Results

 Posted by on October 2, 2014
Oct 022014

District, school, and individual student achievement reports for the Spring 2014 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 2014 MCAS tests were fully focused on the Common Core State Standards. At the time of test administration, our students were completing their second year of instruction under these standards.  Last June, the Quincy School Committee unanimously voted to accept Superintendent DeCristofaro’s recommendation to administer the MCAS assessments in Spring 2015.

Individual student reports were mailed to families on Wednesday, October 1.  Additional information about district and school achievement, proficiency, and growth can be found on the DESE website.

Oct 012014

extracurricularactivities1In addition to a variety of QPS district wide programs, each school offers their own set of programs that promotes fun-filled learning beyond the school day. You can find information for each school by visiting www.quincypublicschools.com/schools. This link will bring you to a page where you will see a list of schools towards the left hand side. Click on the appropriate school and you’ll be brought to that particular school’s homepage. There you will have a wide range of options including the school’s news page which often has posts of important and helpful school specific information. You also have the option of clicking the “Contact School” link, doing so will bring you to contact information enabling you to ask any questions you may have. If you would like to learn more about the district wide programs please visit the Quincy Public Schools Extended Educational Programs webpage.