Message from Mayor Thomas Koch

 Posted by on June 29, 2015
Jun 292015
 

Dear Friend,

With another school year ending, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone whose work continues to make the Quincy Public Schools among the best school systems in our entire Commonwealth. From the Superintendent and his leadership team to the School Committee, our classroom teachers and staff, administrators and volunteers: our children are enriched and energized because of such dedicated, supportive professionals and staff.

While our young people are out of school enjoying the summer, it gives us a great opportunity to continue our comprehensive program of major upgrades to school buildings citywide. Over the next several weeks new windows and doors will be installed at North Quincy High, Merrymount, Wollaston, Parker, and Lincoln Hancock – a project with nearly 70 percent reimbursement through the Massachusetts School Building Authority. At the same time, an architect is now designing a new Sterling Middle School, which is eligible for up to 80 percent reimbursement from the state. Solar panel commissioning, heating system upgrades, new roofs, flooring and other improvements will continue throughout the system until school reopens in September. The city remains committed to improving upon and preserving our schools for the future.

Most importantly, I would like to wish you and your family a safe and relaxing summer. Over the years, I’ve always been incredibly proud of the broad range of summer activities available to families and our young people, which I believe are rarely matched anywhere in our area. Please be sure to check out the programs offered through the Quincy Recreation Department (www.quincyrec.com) as well as the array of activities at the Thomas Crane Public Library (www.thomascranelibrary.org).

 Best wishes for a wonderful summer! As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly if I can be of assistance in any matter.

 Thomas P. Koch, Mayor

Jun 232015
 

Quincy Public Schools’ Kindergarten Registration is now open for the 2015–2016 school yearChildren who will be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2015 should be registered at their home schools.  Please call your home school to make an appointment to register as soon as possible.  Children do not need to attend registration.

If you are not sure which school is your home school, click here for the street directory  Please note that parents of students seeking open enrollment must register the student at their home school.    

If your child presently attends the Pre-Kindergarten programs at either the Snug Harbor School or the Amelio Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center, it is not necessary to register your child for Kindergarten.

The following documents must be produced in order for a student to be registered:

a.    Child’s birth certificate (with a raised seal)

b.   Proof that the child resides in the home school district  (any two: tax bill, utility bill, mortgage statement, 1099 or w-4 form)

c.   Photo I.D.  of the adult seeking to enroll the student

d.    Copy of a recent (within one year) physical examination by a physician

e.     Written records of immunizations

Click here for the updated Kindergarten Registration Packet

Questions regarding the kindergarten program may be directed to your home school principal.  If you do not feel comfortable filling out the necessary forms, please feel free to bring someone that could assist you.

We look forward to having your child enter our Kindergarten program in the fall.

Fall High School Athletics Meetings

 Posted by on June 22, 2015
Jun 222015
 

Fall Athletics information meetings for students and parents will be held for both high schools as follows:

  • Quincy High School:  Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 pm
  • North Quincy High School:  Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 pm

Incoming Grade 9 students, as well as returning students for Grades 10-12, are invited to attend to learn about fall sports, summer conditioning, tryouts, and practice schedules.

Quincy School Committee/Year in Review

 Posted by on June 15, 2015
Jun 152015
 

The following is a review of School Committee’s many accomplishments of this past school year.  School Committee convened at fifty Regular and Subcommittee Meetings. Budget and Finance (Mrs. Hubley, Chair) Monitored the FY2015 Budget through Quarterly Report presentations including adherence to class size guidelines and the re-allocation of professional staff as needed. Monitored Revolving Accounts for [Read More...]

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Open Enrollment Advisory ~ June 15, 2015

 Posted by on June 15, 2015
Jun 152015
 

Quincy Public Schools is continuing to track preliminary enrollment projections for the 2015-2016 school year.  These enrollment projections have a direct impact on 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 will be limited to siblings of students already enrolled for 2015-2016 in all grades

Yellow = Open Enrollment will 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, Lincoln Hancock, 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 

Bernazzani

Lincoln Hancock

Clifford Marshall 

Merrymount

Montclair

Parker

Snug Harbor

Squantum

Wollaston

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

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At the middle school level, Open Enrollment at Atlantic and Central Middle School will be limited to siblings only in all grades.   Parents have been notified of Open Enrollment decisions for requests received through May 31.

Atlantic

Broad Meadows

Central

Point Webster

Sterling

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For both North Quincy High School and Quincy High School, all Open Enrollment requests received to date have been granted.

North Quincy High School

Quincy High School

Students who have been granted Open Enrollment may finalize their course schedules 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)

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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 openenrollment@quincypublicschools.com.

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.

School Committee Update ~ June 10 Meeting

 Posted by on June 11, 2015
Jun 112015
 

Peter Thompson2At the June 10  School Committee Meeting, Mr. Peter Thompson was recognized for his generous donation to enhance substance abuse awareness and education in the Quincy Public Schools.  Mr. Thompson and his wife Heather made the donation in memory of their son Ryan and the donation funded appearances by former professional athlete Chris Herren, author Michael Patrick MacDonald, and mentoring programs that extended the message of healthy choices to Grade 8 students across the city.  Mr. Thompson thanked Mayor Thomas Koch, the School Committee, Superintendent DeCristofaro, and Senior Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile for having the vision to address the substance abuse awareness directly with QPS students and families.

Sterling Middle School Building Committee Chair/City Solicitor James Timmins introduced representatives from the Owner’s Project Manager, Joslin Lesser Associates and the Design firm selected last month, Ai3.  Ai3 was the design firm for the Central Middle School project and representatives presented a concept for a new Sterling Middle School building sited behind the existing building.  The Design Phase will “kickoff”in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) at a meeting scheduled for June 18th.

Executive Director of Career & Technical Education and Information Technology Keith Segalla, CTE Department Chair Rebecca McInnis, and CTE Advisory Board Chair Tara Anderson from Josten’s Printing and Publishing updated on the work of the CTE Advisory Board and the dispersal of Perkins grant funding for FY2015.

The FY2016 Quincy Public Schools Budget was unanimously approved by School Committee, as were end-of-year transfers for the FY2015 Budget.

Mr. Bregoli requested to add High School Student Voter Registration to a Fall School Committee Agenda for referral to Policy Subcommittee.

Dr. DeCristofaro reviewed the Beyond the Bell initiative, which is coming to a conclusion this week.  Hundreds of teachers created enrichment programs that benefitted thousands of Quincy Public Schools students, supported by their Principals and the Superintendent’s Leadership Team.  Highlights are being shared on Channel 22, the Quincy Public Schools website and social media, and will be featured in next week’s Quincy Sun.

Dr. DeCristofaro concluded his Superintendent’s Report by thanking School Committee for their many hours of work, just under fifty regular and subcommittee meetings this year.

Fall High School Athletics Meetings

 Posted by on June 9, 2015
Jun 092015
 

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Fall Athletics information meetings for students and parents will be held for both high schools as follows:

  • Quincy High School:  Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 pm
  • North Quincy High School:  Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 pm

Incoming Grade 9 students, as well as returning students for Grades 10-12, are invited to attend to learn about fall sports, summer conditioning, tryouts, and practice schedules.