Advanced Placement Center for Grade 6

 Posted by on February 27, 2015
Feb 272015

For students entering Grade 6 in 2015-16, who did not attend the Elementary Laboratory Center (ELC) in Grade 5, but wish to be considered to enter the Advanced Placement Center (APC) at the Central Middle School, there is an process to follow to request re-evaluation.   Students requesting an appeal must meet the following criteria:  Two advanced scores on their most recent English Language Arts and Mathematics MCAS.  Students meeting the above criteria will be contacted to schedule additional testing during the month of April.   All decisions regarding placement in the APC program will be mailed to Parents and Guardians no later than Friday, May 22, 2015.   Students who meet this criteria may request re-evaluation by clicking this link.


Private school students who may be eligible for the APC program for grade 6 may request an evaluation if they meet the following criteria: Documented evidence of scores at or above the 95thpercentile on standardized assessments such as the Stanford Achievement Test or the Terra Nova.  Students who meet this criteria may request further evaluation to determine eligibility by clicking this link. 

Testing for private school students will occur in April and a date will be posted on the website by the end of March.   Parents and Guardians will be informed of acceptance decisions no later than Friday, May 22, 2015.

School Year Calendar Survey

 Posted by on February 25, 2015
Feb 252015

The Quincy School Committee is requesting parent, student, and staff input into the adjustments to the 2014-2015 school year calendar to make up days cancelled during this winter’s unprecedented snowfall.  In addition, input about considerations for the 2015-2016 school year calendar are being sought as well.  Please click on the appropriate link below to participate in the survey, which will close on Monday, March 2 at 3:00 pm so the data can be reported at the Public Hearing at 6:00 pm in the Coddington Building.

School Year Calendar Survey for Parents

School Year Calendar Survey for Students

School Year Calendar Survey for Staff

Feb 242015

At the Monday, February 23 Policy Subcommittee meeting, the Quincy School Committee voted unanimously to request a waiver  for the 180-day school year requirement from Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester.  The letter, requesting a waiver for the three days that were declared state of emergency days by Governor Baker, was hand-delivered to Commissioner Chester at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) offices in Malden on Wednesday, February 25.  Click here to read the letter.

Also at the Policy Subcommittee meeting, several options for revising this year and next year’s school calendars were reviewed.   An online survey will be posted on Wednesday, February 25 to solicit input from parents, students, staff, and community members on these options.  A Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 2 at 6:00 pm at the Coddington Building on the school year calendar issue.

Feb 242015

Science Fair Flyer

The event features projects from grades 9-12 and span fields of biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, and engineering as students work individually or as a team to investigate topics such as heart rates, solar cells, robotics, and innovative ways to protect the environment. Project scores are tallied and weighting based on scientific approach, creativity, understanding, and presentation.

The in depth projects help Quincy High School students build career and life skills for success in 21st century careers, such as critical and creative thinking, communication, teamwork, and ethical decision-making. Students work one-on-one with teachers and professionals year round to follow their natural curiosity and explore “real world” science and engineering problems.

Much of the science fair’s success is due to the overwhelming support from our community with over 75 volunteers from science and technology fields donating their time to assist in STEM Fair operations and project judging. Each year Quincy High School shows a great diversity of projects and the student’s enthusiasm carries the evening as they get to celebrate their accomplishments with the community.

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Henry Yip, son of Sam and Susan Mei Yip of Quincy, is a student at Quincy High School, where he majors in Information Technology. Henry is a remarkable young man who is a student in the Information Technology program at Quincy High School. He is quiet and unassuming yet charming and witty, and he possesses a character that is respected by peers and faculty alike.

Information Technology students develop and master hard skills, such as computer repair and networking skills but also soft skills related to communication, interpersonal interaction, adaptability, and analysis and processing of information. Henry excels in all areas within the curriculum. Although the courses are taught at an honors level, Henry consistently demonstrates competency and mastery over the material. Henry, who is taking 4 Advanced Placement academics, is number 6 in his class of 352 with a 4.5 GPA, and the top Information Technology student, with a 100% average in his CVTE majors. Henry has never missed a day of school during his high school career.

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Henry is three-year member of our SkillsUSA chapter. As a SkillsUSA member Henry is furthering his technical and leadership skills that prepare him for both career and post-secondary education success. Last year Henry competed in the District 3 SkillsUSA championships in Internetworking. He hopes to compete again this year at the district level and attend the state conference and competition in April. Henry is also an indispensable member of the chapter leadership team. He is self-motivated and has the forethought and drive to see what needs to be done and take initiative to act without being asked or receiving direction.

Besides his academic and technical achievements, Henry is also a well-rounded student with extremely diverse interests. Henry participates in athletics, clubs and civic activities. He is a member the National Honor Society and National Science Honor Society as well as Quincy High School’s varsity volleyball team.

Henry participates in Book Club, Science and Engineering Fair and SkillsUSA. Henry understands the importance of fiscal responsibility and demonstrates this through his work at his part-time job after school.

Henry plans to continue his education in the field of Computer Science and has been accepted to several prestigious institutions, though he has yet to commit to one.

Henry will be attending the 29th annual Vocational Technical Student of the Year Award Ceremony, held at Mechanics Hall, Worcester on April 15, 2015 to receive his honorary distinction. Henry will be accompanied by his family and school personnel.