Happy Thanksgiving from Quincy Public Schools!
Thanksgiving Recess will begin with an early release from all schools on Wednesday as follows:
- 10:15 am Pre-Schools: ECC and Snug Harbor
- 11:25 am Elementary Schools: Atherton Hough, Bernazzani, Lincoln Hancock, Merrymount, Wollaston
- 11:55 am Elementary Schools: Beechwood Knoll, Clifford Marshall, Montclair, Parker, Snug Harbor, Squantum
- 10:55 am Middle Schools: Atlantic, Broad Meadows, Central, Point Webster, Sterling
- After rally North Quincy High School, Quincy High School
Classes will resume on the regular schedule at all schools on Monday, December 1.
In October 2014, over 150 Quincy Public Schools seniors were notified that they were the recipients of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship that provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. In order to be eligible for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, students must have scores of Advanced and Proficient on grade 10 MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (at least one score must be Advanced) and have combined scores on MCAS ELA and Mathematics tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.
Receptions were held at each of the high schools for the students and their families in recognition of this achievement.
North Quincy High School: Matthew Alexander, Ingrid Andrade, Cheuk Yin Au, Michael Au-Duong, Ashley Beers, Marguerite Belcher, Aicha Belkhedim, Emily Bryson, Julia Bryson, Courtney Campo, Darren Chan, Sunny Chan, Wai Ki Chan, Cindy Chau, Alex Chen, Alicia Chen, Carmen Chen, Donna Chen, Emily Chen, Gui Ying Chen, Jin Cheng Chen, Jordan Chen, Lisa Chi, Emily Chin, Kin Wah Chu, Kiera Clifford, Zachary Dangora, Jessica Diep, Rachel Dunphy, Dong Duong, Mostafa Elhashash, Esterina Elqeni, Jessica Eynatian, Tony Fan, Cassandra Feeney, Xhona Ferro, Paolo Filippi, Gabrielle Flaherty, Ciara Forde, Clint Galac, Matthew Gerakis, Jason Gong, Alexander Greeley, Madison Hally, Mu Han, Phyu Han, Rosanna He, Amanda Huang, Huabao Huang, Kevin Huang, Karen Huynh, Victoria Jiang, Cornelius Koch, Jenny Kung, Nicole Larkin, Samantha Lee, Deanna Leung, Stella Li, Shi Qing Liang, Sophie Liang, Alan Lin, Hui Hui Liu, Tak Kwan Lo, Jiayin Luo, Kelly Luo, Emily Luu, Nadia Lymswan, Calvin Ma, Michael Macrae, Christopher Mak, Sumire Maki, Tiana Masters, Olivia McEvoy, Patrick Mei, Victoria Mele, Julia Mendros, Sarah Molloy, Eirene Moutsopoulos, Michael Mullaney, Ciara Murphy, Hannah Naili, Hailey Naistadt, Brian Ng, Cindy Nguyen, Vena Nguyen, Fiona O’Connor, Rachel O’Driscoll, Ryan Parekh, Andrew Pham, Jennifer Pham, Rose Roper, Evlyn Scuzzarella, Eliza Song-Givens, Rebecca Tham, Kyi Thwin, David Tran, Vincent Tran. Samuel Truong, Bryan Turner, Stephanie Vasquez, Paul Vu, Ashleigh Wilson, Li Wong Fang, Junwen Wu, Shanshan Wu, Xian Feng Wu, Johanna Yu, Brandon Zeng, Casey Zheng, Emily Zheng, Shi Zheng, Yuheng Zhou, Yu Xuan Zhu, Xue Ling Zou
Quincy High School: Marisa Abundis, Matthew Adams, Martin Aliberti, Kimberly Andrews, Ahmed Basabrain, Ralph Besid, Ursula Biba, Bailey Brann, Carly Brilliant, Benjamin Brownlow, Christopher Buzzell, Meghan Caggiano, Marina Chafa, Michelle Chen, Jeanne Chin, Kelly Chow, Isabella Cobble, Lydia Culp, Griffin Curran, Madison Davis, Justina Dearden, Katy Deng, Kassandra Dineen, Christopher Doyle, Nolan Flynn, Aaron Ha, James Hagborg, Mark Hajjar, Ryan Harty, Gianni Hill, Thanh Hoang, Jennifer Hong, Maxwell Hurley, Andrew Johnson, Emma Kelly, Emma Kimmell, Aurelie Lafontant, James Lam, Zachary Latini, Michelle Le, Curtis Lee, Kunyi Li, Jerod Lin, Valerie Lioudinouskov, Emily Lo, Phat Luc, Maryanne Ly, Mary Kathleen Lynch, Colleen Madden, Steven Marstjepovic, Angela McDonald, Joseph McMahon, Erin McMillen, Shu Mei, Anna Nguyen, Michael Nguyen, Toan Nguyen, Daniel O’Hara, Emma Papile, Noreen Plabutong, Suhail Purkar, Zachary Roos, Steven Ross, Robert Salvucci, Jessika Santos, Hiba Senhaj, Andrew Spada, Leonard Strauss, Christine Tam, Jenny Thi, Nikki Tran, John Traynor, Paul Trubiano, Emily Vantassell, Lily Vo, Nicole Welliver, Joseph Yacano, Henry Yip
At the November 19, 2014 Massachusetts School Building Authority Board meeting, the City of Quincy’s Sterling Middle School project was invited into the next phase to form the project team by selecting an Owner’s Project Manager and Designer and to collaborate on the Feasibility Study. The Feasibility Study Agreement is scheduled to be executed by December 9, 2014.
The MSBA’s press release is below:
State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA Executive Director, announced today that the MSBA Board voted to invite the City of Quincy to collaborate on a Feasibility Study to look at possible solutions to the deficiencies identified at the Sterling Middle School.
“We are committed to working with Quincy officials to find the best alternative for Sterling Middle School,” said Treasurer Grossman. “This collaboration will develop a cost-effective solution that ensures Quincy students can develop and flourish in a state-of-the art, 21st century learning environment.”
Sterling Middle School is a 73,880 square foot facility and was built in 1926. The District has identified deficiencies in major building systems including boilers, plumbing and electrical.
“This Feasibility Study will carefully examine all potential solutions to help us develop the most effective plan,” stated Executive Director McCarthy. “We look forward to partnering with the District to move this potential project forward.”
The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its 2004 inception, the Authority has made over 1,450 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.
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/
The Massachusetts Family Literacy Coalition, in collaboration with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), has designated November as Massachusetts Family Literacy Month. The Family Literacy Coalition promotes family engagement as it is a strong predictor of children’s reading and academic success. Family literacy programs help parents improve their literacy skills and the literacy skills of their children. Parents are often said to be their children’s first and most influential teachers. Family literacy seeks to make sure all parents are successful in this role for the benefit of families, schools, and communities.
Please click on the links below for additional resources for parents and families:
DESE website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/familylit/parents/
First observed in 1921, American Education Week presents the community with the opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. One of the ways that Quincy Public Schools celebrates American Education Week is to sponsor an annual poster/essay contest for Kindergarten through Grade 10 students. Posters and essays are reviewed by a panel of retired Quincy Public Schools teachers and the top three for each grade are invited to attend the December School Committee meeting, where they are recognized for their achievements. The topic for this year’s contest is “The Importance of Teamwork in Education.”
Quincy Public Schools is proud of the over 1,400 professional and support staff members who make a difference every day for our students and families.
At the November 12, 2014 School Committee meeting, member Barbara Isola presented School Committee’s evaluation of Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro. Using the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) rubrics and forms, Superintendent DeCristofaro was evaluated on five specific district-level goals approved in October 2013 and was deemed to have Met both the Professional Practice and Student Learning Goals and Exceeded the District Improvement Goals. Dr. DeCristofaro was also evaluated on four standards of performance: Instructional Leadership (Proficient), Management & Operations (Proficient), Family & Community Engagement (Exemplary), and Professional Culture (Proficient). School Committee gave Dr. DeCristofaro an overall rating of Proficient, defined by DESE as the rigorous expected level of performance.
The evalution summative comments are below:
This evaluation of Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro comes at the end of a challenging school year, 2013-2014. Following the retirement of several senior administrators in June 2013, the first challenge was to oversee the re-organization of the Superintendent’s Leadership and Principal Teams during the summer of 2013. In addition to being the educational leader of the Quincy Public Schools and its almost 9,500 students and focusing on the goals specified within this document, Superintendent DeCristofaro mentored new leadership and guided them and more veteran administrators through many initiatives and projects during the course of the school year. The new Educator Evaluation System, District-Determined Measures, NEASC and NAEYC, implementation of the new Aspen Student Information System, and the administrative move to the Coddington Building were a few of accomplishments of 2013-2014.
Superintendent DeCristofaro collaborated or directed collaboration with City of Quincy Departments including the Mayor’s Office, City Council, Parks, Recreation, Information Technology, Public Buildings, Public Works, Planning & Community Development, Police, Fire; state agencies such as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts School Building Authority; and a host of community business partners and agencies. He engaged with parents and the general public on issues large and small. Dr. DeCristofaro collaborated with the School Committee on 50+ regular and subcommittee meetings and numerous individual meetings and communications in order to share information and ensure that the School Committee’s priorities were addressed, especially in terms of the budget development.
As one School Committee member said in their summary comments, Dr. DeCristofaro is a “[t]rue leader for Quincy Public Schools…Teacher, mentor, and inspiration to Quincy Public Schools. Professional and respectful to all. We will not know how good he was until he is gone. Great person and academic leader.”
Following the Superintendent Summative Evaluation presentation, Dr. DeCristofaro reviewed his draft goals for 2014-2016. These goals will be discussed and voted on at the December 10, 2014 School Committee meeting.
It is hard to believe we are in the month of November, nonetheless the school year is flying by and students are learning during the school day and beyond. If you’re interested in seeing all the different forms of learning opportunities please check out Quincy’s Educational Channel (Ch. 22) which includes a series of slides titled Learning Beyond the Bell. In addition, feel free to click here to view a video series titled Inspire Quincy. Often times these videos contain footage of students in action as they participate in the variety of clubs and programs offered throughout Quincy Public Schools.
On Tuesday, November 4, 110 Quincy Public Schools educators were awarded a total of $30,000 in mini-grants funding provided by Boston University, George G. Burke, Esq., David Ezickson, the Fund for Excellence in Teaching, Arbella Insurance Group, Quincy Education Association, Granite Telecommunications, Bluefin Robotics, Boston Scientific Corp, MountainOne Bank, Quincy Medical Center / Steward Health Care, Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Quincy Retired Teachers Association, Quirk Auto Dealers, Quincy Credit Union, Cerebral Palsy of Mass., and Wessling Architects. Mini-grant funding will provide additional classroom instructional materials, technology, equipment, and a range of special projects that will enhance the learning and extra-curricular opportunities for students across Quincy Public Schools.
This year’s mini-grant recipients were: Shane Aboud, Hallie Acton, Becky Adams, Sarah Ahearn, Cathy Aho, Kimberly Allen, Laura Anderson, Carol Austin, Diane Babcock, Deborah Baird, Joseph Barry, Rita Barry, Sheila Bell, Erin Benner, Rachel Bloom, Robert Bradley, Lori Cahill, Julie Campbell, Meghan Carthas, Diana Cavallo, Mark Chella, Kerri Connell, Katie Connolly, Rebecca Cordero, Ricardo Cordero, Al Costa, Michelle Cunniff, Kathryn Daly, Casey Deaguero, Taylor Dennehey, Beth Donovan, Marcy Edge Eaton, Matt Edgerly, Jessica Falbo, June Feeney, Jackie Fitzpatrick, Marcia Forrester, Joanne Fox, Christina Gilman, Elizabeth Good, Cynthia Grabke, John Green, Nicole Tierney Griffin, Jill Griffith, Paul Griffith, Kelli Guarino, Lori Hammerstrom, Wendy Hanlon, Amanda Harris, Patrice Healy, Tiffany Helling, Laurel Hendrickson, Stephanie Hunt, Lauren Jensen, Kim Jones, Melanie Kelly, Sarah Kerns, Sarah Kiley, Julie Krieger, Mera Kriz, Jill Kyranis, Danielle LaRose, Jennifer Leary, Michael Lenane, Richard Leonard, Katie Lynch, Laureen Macgillivray, Tara MacLeod, Leah Markarian, Helen Mastico, Kathleen Matthews, Stacey Maydak, Kristen McCarthy, Helen McLaughlin, Meghan McLean, Christine McNeil, Mike McNiece, Colleen Meskell, Kerry Monaco, Alison Moreau, Gracia Morrell, Janelle Morris, Mary Beth Mulcahy, Clare Murphy, Trista Murray, Lisa Nasanofsky, Anne Northridge, Susan Norwood, Alyse Olivieri, MaryEllen Phillips, Nicole Pitre, Marisa Qualter, Clair Quinlan, Mary Quinn, William Regan, Sara Riley, John Rogan, Kellie Scott, Jessica Sikora, Kathleen Smith, Georgina Sullivan, Trish Sullivan, Colleen Tempesta, Erin Twomey, Dorinda Vale, Bridget Vaughn, Ellen Wallace, Kenneth Walsh, Sharon Walsh, Eileen Wilson