1.21.2022 Letter from Central MS Principal

1.21.2022 Letter from Central Middle School Principal DeCristofaro
Posted on 01/21/2022

Dear Central Middle School Community,

I am extremely disappointed to share that this afternoon a swastika was drawn in the 3rd floor boy’s restroom.  This is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated by our school community as this image was disturbing and extremely hurtful.  Please be assured that this incident is being taken very seriously and a full investigation is underway.  If identified, the person or persons responsible will face appropriate consequences and serious discipline.  We will also be looking at ways to more effectively monitor the student restrooms.

Additionally, we will be immediately providing opportunities for social and emotional learning that specifically address bias and hate.  This Thursday, we have planned across all grade levels activities in social studies classes in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The activities are designed to educate students on the Holocaust and how anti-Semitic symbols such as swastikas represent hatred and the atrocities that have been committed against humanity. 

We conducted community circles with students that specifically addressed anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic graffiti prior to winter break.  We will continue this work with our students and I would encourage students and parents to participate in the February 8, 2022 virtual Parent Academy hosted by QPS and Dr. Elizabeth Englander from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University focusing on the influences of social media and bias.

Our goal is clear: we will establish a safe, welcoming and respectful environment for everyone.  This goal can only be reached through collaboration with the entire school community.  Therefore, I ask that you please remind your students that this type of hateful act is not appropriate, is totally unacceptable, and has no place at Central Middle School or any community.

If you or your student have concerns about this incident, please feel free to reach out to me at 617-984-8725 or via email at richarddecristofarojr@quincypublicschools.com.  Acting Assistant Principal Kathy Mahoney (kathleenmahoney@quincypublicschools.com) and Guidance Counselors Taylor Ward (taylorward@quincypublicschools.com) Matt Ramponi (matthewramponi@quincypublicschools.com),  and Lili Moy (lilimoy@quincypublicschools.com) are available to speak with you or your student as well. 

Sincerely,

 

Rick DeCristofaro, Jr.

Principal, Central Middle School