Mar 302015

In the Sunday, March 29 Boston Globe, high school student-athletes from across Eastern Massachusetts were recognized as All-Stars, including a number of our own Quincy High School and North Quincy High School students:

Basketball:  Remy Aucoin, Jen Butka, Jackie Chen, Matt Gerakis (North Quincy); J.T. Bain, Colin Evans, Gabriela Jerehian, Nicole Jorgensen*, James Lam, Drew Myers (Quincy)

Hockey: Brandon Beal, Kelly Donahue, Julia Donovan, Pat Freeman, Brian O’Callaghan (Quincy); Mike Finn (North Quincy)

Indoor Track:  Julia Bryson, Emily Bryson, Jimmy Cannon, Demoy Holding (North Quincy); Mike Munroe (Quincy )

Swimming:  Bailee Carey, Sabrina Rauch, Grace Scuzzarella, Thomas Tran (Quincy); Randall Kwang, Jian Kung Zhang (North Quincy)

Wrestling:  Marcello Toscanini (North Quincy); Kenny Garcia-Rosario, Peter Orseno (Quincy)

*Quincy High School Junior Nicole Jorgensen was also designated as a Girls Basketball All-Scholastic, one of 10 players in Eastern Massachusetts to receive this honor.

Congratulations to all of the students, their families, and coaches!


Support the QHS Tennis Team!

 Posted by on March 28, 2015
Mar 282015

Stop by Quincy High School Tennis Team Car Wash on Saturday, March 28 between 10 am and 3 pm in the back parking lot.   Banish winter from your car for a $5 donation that supports the boys and girls teams!!

Open Enrollment Advisory ~ March 23, 2015

 Posted by on March 23, 2015
Mar 232015

In preparation for creating the FY2016 budget, Quincy Public Schools is tracking preliminary enrollment projections for the 2015-2016 school year.  These enrollment projections have a direct impact on our budget planning in terms of class sizes, building capacities, and the Open Enrollment process.

To keep parents informed, QPS will issue periodic updates using a color code to indicate each school’s Open Enrollment status, as this may change as registration continues throughout the spring.

Red = Open Enrollment likely to be limited to siblings of students already enrolled for 2015-2016 in all grades

Yellow = Open Enrollment may be limited to siblings of students already enrolled for 2015-2016  in certain grades

Green =  Open Enrollment will not be limited to siblings

For elementary schools, enrollment projections strongly suggest that the Beechwood Knoll, Clifford Marshall, and Merrymount Elementary Schools will be limited to accepting sibling Open Enrollment requests at all grades.   Parents who have requested non-sibling Open Enrollment to one of these schools should plan on having their students attend their home school.

Current Open Enrollment status for all elementary schools is below:

Atherton Hough

Beechwood Knoll 


Lincoln Hancock

Clifford Marshall 




Snug Harbor



The timeline for notification of elementary school Open Enrollment is late June.

At the middle school level, preliminary projections strongly suggest that Open Enrollment at Central Middle School will be limited to siblings only in all grades.   Parents who have requested non-sibling Open Enrollment to Central should plan that their students will attend their home school.  


Broad Meadows


Point Webster


The timeline for notification of middle school Open Enrollment is late June.


For both North Quincy High School and Quincy High School, preliminary enrollment projections are favorable towards granting Open Enrollment requests.  The timeline for notification of high school Open Enrollment request approval is early May.

North Quincy High School

Quincy High School


While high school Open Enrollment requests are pending, Grade 8 students and parents will be asked to complete a course selection form for their student’s home school in March.   In addition, families may request to complete the course selection form for their Open Enrollment request school through their middle school Guidance department.   (Atlantic:  Leah Markarian, 617.984.8739; Broad Meadows:  Joe Boss, 617.984.8723; Central:  Colleen Connerty, 617.376.5205; Point Webster:  Dave Bogan, 617.984.6600; Sterling:   Shane Abboud, 617.984.8959)


If you have questions about the Open Enrollment process or specific schools, please contact:  Maura Papile (617.984.8898), Rita Ranalli (617.984.8891), or Laura Owens (617.984.8702) or by email at

The Quincy School Committee has a policy of granting Open Enrollment on a space-available basis.  When making the decision to admit open enrollment students, the Superintendent must consider the capacity of the school building to accommodate Open Enrollment students both for the present school year and future years.   Click here to access the Open Enrollment link on the QPS website.

Mar 182015

At the Wednesday, March 18 meeting, School Committee recognized:

  • Outstanding Career & Technical Education Student of the Year, Henry Yip
  • Quincy High School’s Skills USA district-level competition medalists: Jessica Siders, Silver Medal, Advertising Design; Brianna McCombs, Silver Medal, Criminal Justice; Leanne Gough, Gold Medal, Criminal Justice; Hanson Le, Bronze Medal, Electrical Construction Wiring; Ryan Foy, Silver Medal, Electronics Technology; James Hagborg, Gold Medal, Electronics Technology; Cristian Peguero, Silver Medal, Internetworking; Bernardo Teixeira, Bronze Medal, Technical Computer Applications; Joseph McMahon, Silver Medal, Technical Computer Applications; David Pham, Bronze Medal, Telecommunications Cabling.  
  • Kiwanis of Quincy, represented by President Michelle Stenberg was recognized for their gifts to Quincy Public Schools programs, both in donations totaling $25,000 and in volunteering efforts;
  • Quincy Band Boosters, represented by President Lori Hagborg, announced the donation of percussion instruments to the Sterling Middle School Band.

School Committee re-opened the discussion of the 2014-2015 School Year Calendar.  Given information from DESE about a project-based learning experience option to make up cancelled school days, School Committee revised the calendar to eliminate the extended days voted on at Monday’s Special Meeting.  The calendar approved on March 18 retains the early release day scheduled for Friday, April 3 and the last day of school on Friday, June 26.  Click here for the approved calendar.  An Ad Hoc Committee will be appointed to develop and publish the project-based learning experience and updates will be shared as they are available.

The Elementary Report Card team presented on the development of the updated report card which will be implemented in Fall 2015.  Grade-level teams of elementary teachers have been collaborating on this standards-based report card which will be delivered electronically through the Aspen Student Information System.  Click here for the Elementary Report Card presentation.  A Parent Academy event for elementary school parents is planned for Thursday, April 2.  Click here for the Parent Academy flyer.

In addition, School Committee appointed a new school nurse for the Wollaston Elementary School, Elizabeth Jordan and approved out of state student travel for Sterling Middle School to Canobie Lake Park and overnight student travel for Quincy High School SkillsUSA students to attend the SkillsUSA Leadership Conference.











Quincy Public Schools ~ School Tube

 Posted by on March 18, 2015
Mar 182015

Quincy Public Schools


Quincy Public Schools Information Technology Team continues its goal of providing effective communications and connections among our schools, teachers, students, and parents. Quincy Public Schools Website, Aspen, Channel 22, and Instant Alert, are all examples of these communication tools. School Tube is another mechanism for communication. School Tube is a video sharing platform that allows members of the Quincy Public Schools community the ability to share and enjoy programs that highlight many wonderful and exciting initiatives and events that take place daily in Quincy Public Schools. Currently you can view numerous videos, including Inspire Quincy, American Education Week, and Parent Academy to name a few…You will find School Tube on this page under District Information. You may watch 13-15 minute system-wide and/or site based videos based on events and initiatives happening daily within Quincy Public Schools.

Mar 162015

Once Upon a Mattress PosterThe Quincy High School Drama Club is very proud to present “Once Upon a Mattress”, a musical tale adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea.

The original production opened on May 11, 1959 on Broadway for a total of 244 performances.  It had also received several Tony nominations and was adapted to television in 1964, 1972 and 2005.  It is the story of life in a fictional medieval kingdom ruled by the devious Queen Aggravain and the mute King Sextimus the Silent.  They are looking for a princess for their son, Prince Dauntless and have ruled that no one else in the kingdom may marry until he does.  The Queen makes it difficult for any would-be princesses to pass her tests.  When Princess Winnifred arrives by swimming the moat, she is put to the test of being sensitive enough to not be able to sleep on 20 downy mattresses because there is a pea beneath the pile.  Many more twists and turns ensue as “Once Upon a Mattress” is a delight for audiences of all ages.

The Quincy High School Drama Club and children’s ensemble have been rehearsing since January and look forward to performing this comedy/musical.  The cast includes: Erin McMillen, Maura MacDonald, Grace Austen, Rachael Zisk, Amanda Burke, Lydia Culp, Kate Stevenson, Kelsey Dyer, Emily Crosta, Christina Haley, Leanne Gough, Courtney Smith, Emily Barker, Nora DeBonis, Julia Doyle, Cailyn Halley, Shelby Maze, Terry McMillen, Sammy Pendleton, Kelly Donahue, Chrissy Broderick, Brianna Cristiani, Kelsey Dunn, Julia Ford, Angela Grasso, Julia Larkin, Alexis Marshall, Rachel Knight, Kendall Kelleher, Shaheen Soto, Brooke McCarthy, Allie MacPherson, Joe Scott, Raymond McCarthy, Austen Kimmell, Jack Donnell, Rob Smith, Billy Maier, Joe Cristiani, Noah Culp, Curtis Ajavon, Jake Louzan, Jake Morse, Nick Warner, Aidan Dennis, Bryan Hanly, Lezly Acevedo, Tess Louzan, Isabelle Assaf, Grace Healy, Grace Cunniff, Adam Maier, Joey Dyer, Bobby Stevenson, Cady Kelly, Paige Maze, Sarah Gorham, Lucy Lynch, Jennifer Small, Megan Lyons, Kate Lyons, Jeff Burke, Shane Cunniff, Maeve Lehan, Lilly Hanly, Abby Hanly, Olivia Herman, Aisling Mannion and Isabelle Hanley.

Margaret Spencer (Director) performed with Fontbonne Children’s Theatre from the age of 10-17.  After performing with the ESP Playhouse at M.I.T.’s Kresge Theatre, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Drama and Speech at Northeastern University and studied voice at The New England Conservatory of Music.  She co-founded the improvisational comedy troupe, The Three Penny Company and appeared on several episodes of Channel 5’s “Jabberwocky.”  As a senior, with a concentration in acting and directing, she took an independent study course in theatre Education and the rest is history.  After receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston College in 1975, she began her career in QPS and has been writing and producing shows with Quincy’s children ever since.  Mrs. Spencer was one of the founders of Raise the Curtain and served as its director and administrator for over 20 years.  She is a recipient of the Outstanding Arts Educator of the Year Award from the MA Alliance for Arts Ed.  Although she retired in 2010, she continues to teach an acting class for the talented and beloved performers of Quincy High.  This year, Ms. Spencer has been nominated by the Tony’s for Excellence in Theatre Education Award. It is the first year this award will be given to celebrate the educators who have transformed lives through the power of the arts.  The recipient will receive a cash prize for his or her school of $10,000.  The ceremony will be held in New York City on June 7, 2015.

 Many people along with Ms. Spencer make these quality shows possible: Michael Murray, Musical Director; Thomas Doucette, Fine Arts Educator at Quincy High, Technical Director and Scenic Designer; Mr. Cheney and his carpentry class; Renee Smith for Costumes along with many behind the scenes and the support of Principal Larry Taglieri.

Performances will be held Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the Lloyd Hill Performing Arts Center at Quincy High School, 100 Coddington Street, Quincy.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Deb Dyer at 617-593-1056 and at the school store from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and in the auditorium from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  They are $12 for general admission and $5 for students under 18.

Aspen Publication #15

 Posted by on March 15, 2015
Mar 152015

aspen publication 15

Quincy Public Schools Information Technology Team continues its goal of improving and enhancing HOME to SCHOOL CONNECTIONS. Aspen, Quincy’s Student Information System provides effective communications and connections among our schools, teachers, students, and parents.

Despite the unprecedented inclement weather this past winter, Quincy Public Schools continues its successful implementation of Aspen. Numerous Quincy Public Schools Teams, including Principals, Student Support Services, Cabinet Council, Curriculum, Assessment and Management, Digital Learning (Middle/High), Personnel, Program of Studies and Scheduling, Secretaries, Special Education, and Information Technology are assisting with the execution of various modules, action steps, and tasks associated with Quincy’s Aspen Implementation Timeline. Below we would like to share our Aspen planning and implementation process.

Elementary Report Card ~ Quincy Public Schools Superintendent’s Leadership Team and Principal Teams continue the planning, design, and development of a new electronic standards based elementary report card. Quincy Public Schools Information Technology Team are collaboratively working with Teacher Team members to design the Elementary Report Card standards in Aspen. Currently, standards from grades 1-5 have been entered into Aspen and Elementary Report Card team members have been reviewing the selected standards to ensure that they meet the Aspen Report Card configuration and print requirements. Training for elementary teachers will begin in the Spring 2015 and continue into the Fall with implementation scheduled to begin in the Fall 2015.

High School Course Selection Information Nights ~ During the week of March 23, both high schools will hold Course Selection Information Nights for Parents ~ North Quincy High March 23 and Quincy High March 26 to introduce the course request process. Immediately following the Information Night presentation, technology labs will be available to assist parents with the login process, course request questions, and navigation of the Aspen Student Portal. Student Support Services and QPS Information Technology Team members will be on hand for support.

Scheduling ~ Quincy Public Schools continues its implementation plan and is currently focusing on the various scheduling tools Aspen provides in preparing for the 2015-2016 school year. Teachers are currently completing Online Course Request Recommendations for grades 8-11 utilizing their Aspen Gradebook. Teachers will have the ability to communicate utilizing the “Notes Section” attached to their recommendation for parents and/or the student’s guidance counselor.  Following the teacher recommendation period, the Aspen Student Portal will be open for Student Online Course Requests (March 23 – April 6) during which students will have the opportunity to view the teacher recommendations. Students can then select an elective or Foreign Language and/or request a modification to any core academic recommendation.

Both Middle and High School Program of Studies and Student Support Services Teams have begun the Prepare to Build process for Springtime Build Workshops to effectively generate student schedules utilizing the Aspen scheduling tools. Once again our goal is to make 2015-2016 Student Schedules available on Aspen Student Portal mid-August.

Special Education Module Implementation ~ The Information Technology Team in collaboration with the Special Education Team reviewed the requirements, training, and design necessary for a 2015-2016 Special Education Module Implementation. Administrative Training to review configuration of the Aspen Special Education module was held on March 6, this training was attended by Special Education Administrators and QPS Information Technology Team members. The QPS Information Technology Team is currently configuring the necessary logins, security, and tables for final review and approval by the Special Education Team prior to the end-user training which is scheduled for early May.

Curriculum and Learning Module ~ High School Cabinet Council Team members, consisting of superintendent’s leadership, principals, assistant principals, and department chairs continue the curriculum mapping design process, which includes a focus on units of study, unit lengths, content, core resources, instructional strategies, assessments, and standards. The Aspen Curriculum and Learning Module will support this endeavor and will improve teacher/parent communication.

Gradebook Trainings ~ Middle/High school professional staff members will have the opportunity to once again participate in voluntary Aspen Gradebook Trainings during the week of May 4-8. Gradebook Trainings include:

Aspen Intermediate Gradebook: Teachers are learning advanced features of the Aspen Gradebook, including importing categories/ assignments from prior terms, setting up student assignment submission and creating online tests/quizzes.

Aspen Advanced ~ Aspen Teacher Pages: Aspen Teacher Pages allow staff to create their own webpage in Aspen. Aspen Teacher Pages will assist teachers to share information and ideas. Aspen Teacher Pages promotes real time student collaboration outside the classroom.

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 ~ The Quincy Public Schools website ( provides student/parent links that you will find useful and guides that will help navigate various features of our Aspen Student Portal.

If you should have questions or need additional information please feel free and contact the QPS Information Technology Office at (617) 984-8785.

Communication * Collaboration * Connection

Click here to view the entire document of the ASPEN PUBLICATION #15

Mar 122015

At the Monday, March 9 Citywide Parents Council Meeting, Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro and Director of Business James Mullaney presented an overview of the Quincy Public Schools budget development process, detailing funding sources, review and discussion of School Committee priorities, and a historical perspective of the budget by category.

Click here to review the full presentation.  

Click here for the FY2015 Budget.

Click here for the FY2015 Grants Booklet.