The annual 5th Grade Student Council Leadership Summit, hosted by the South Shore YMCA, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership, was held at the Tirrell Room on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Approximately 70 fifth grade student leaders, representing each elementary school, attended the event. Students participated in a series of interactive Leadership Workshops including Communication Skills, Decision Making, and Teamwork, led by Phil Gay from the South Shore YMCA. Special thanks to the North Quincy High School and Quincy High School senior class officers for assisting students throughout the morning. Following the workshops, Community Leaders, including Quincy’s Mayor Thomas P. Koch and Ms. Janelle Woods-McNish from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, spoke to the students about their leadership roles in business and the community. Special thanks to the South Shore YMCA for sponsoring this exciting event!
Congratulations to Richard DeCristofaro, Ed.D. on his appointment as <strong>President of Quincy College. The Quincy School ~ Community Partnership</strong> is grateful to Dr. DeCristofaro for his continued advocacy of the QSCP throughout his tenure as Superintendent of Quincy Public Schools. For 19 years, Dr. DeCristofaro was the mainstay of the Partnership. He helped design Partnership Pathways, which continues to be the successful model used by the Quincy School Community Partnership today. Dr. DeCristofaro was honored to be supported by the business community of Quincy. We wish him well!
Special thanks to the wonderful partners of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership who visited our schools in celebration of Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Birthday, February 4, 2020 – March 6, 2020. Those partners included Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Bank of Canton, Bridgewater Credit Union, the Shiner Group, Quincy Retired Teachers Association, National Fire Protection Association, and the Quincy Credit Union. A special shout out to Mayor Thomas Koch, Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, School Committee Vice Chair Anthony Andronico, members Kathryn Hubley, Frank Santoro, Paul Bregoli and Emily Lebo for celebrating Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Birthday with the students in Quincy Public Schools.
February is Heart Month! Special thanks to QSCP Partner Brewster Ambulance Service, School Nurses, Health Education and Physical Education teachers for participating in “Matter of Heart,” a wellness initiative for Grade 8 students. This year’s “Matter of Heart ~ a Middle School Initiative” took place February 3, 2020 – February 7, 2020 in each of Quincy’s 5 middle schools – Atlantic, Broad Meadows, Central, Point Webster and South~West. A full CPR/AED AHA Certification for Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians was held at Central Middle School, February 8, 2020, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon. Thank you to everyone who participated in this exciting event!
Quincy Public Schools’ 12th annual Credit for Life Fair, scheduled for March 19, 2020, was yet another victim of COVID-19. Special thanks to members of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership who were prepared to participate in this highly-active one day seminar designed to instruct 400 high school seniors (200 from North Quincy High/200 from Quincy High) about the basics of credit and the role credit plays in all aspects of personal finance. THANK YOU AXA Equitable, Bank of Canton (Platinum Level Sponsor), Bridgewater Credit Union, Century Bank, Century 21 North East, Coastal Heritage Bank, David J. Donaghue Insurance (Platinum Level Sponsor), Eastern Bank, Hajjar’s Men’s Clothing, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Platinum Level Sponsor), Mass Bay Credit Union, MASSHIRE South Shore Career Center, MASSHIRE South Shore Workforce Board, Merrimack Valley Credit Union, Michael Rothberg (Platinum Level Sponsor), Morgenthaler, MountainOne Bank, QPS Food Services, Quincy College, Quincy Credit Union (Platinum Level Sponsor), Quirk Auto Dealers, Rotary Club of Quincy (Platinum Level Sponsor), South Shore Bank (Platinum Level Sponsor), South Shore YMCA, State Street Corporation,and TD Bank.
Planning for our high school students’ financial and professional future is a priority in the Quincy Public Schools. With the cancellation of the 12th Annual Credit for Life Fair, this year’s Fair became an interactive virtual experience/simulation for high school students from both North Quincy High School and Quincy High School. Prior to the Fair, each student selected a career and was provided its financial profile. The financial profile listed income and expenses, including loans and credit card balances. Students were required to visit 15 educational stations learning about Savings & Retirement, Housing, Health, Luxury, Clothing, Transportation, Insurance, Nutrition, Community Service, Job Search, Education, Reality Check, Credit & Lending, Furniture and Credit Counseling. Each station represents an expense or financial decision scenario. The goal of the students is to balance their budget by the conclusion of the Fair. Special thanks to Diana Cavallo, Marianne Collins, and Matt Gibbons from North Quincy High School for making this virtual experience possible!
The Masonic Lodge of Quincy donated $10,000.00 for professional development and provided student and parent presentations by Charles Appelstein, M.S.W. author of No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach. This generous donation allowed Quincy Public Schools teachers, administrators, and student support staff to receive professional development sessions and a copy of the book. Schools were able to build upon their positive, strength-based approach through this support. This funding had a direct impact on school climate and fostering the positive relationships between students and educators.
The Thompson Family sponsored Mentoring Programs at each high school called Roots and Wings. This comprehensive training for students and staff taught skills to bolster peer mentors in leadership and peer support. About 75 students from each high school participated in the training, which resulted in a more positive and inclusive school climate, where every student is valued and engaged.
Mike Falco, originally from Quincy, maintains his Quincy connection with generous donations to Quincy Public Schools throughout the school year. This past December, Mike ensured that families needing holiday assistance received gifts, food and clothing. During the school closure, Mike reached out to QPS Homeless Coordinator Leslie Bridson to donate Stop & Shop gift cards to families struggling with food insecurity. Through his network of generous donors, Mike has donated over $5,000.00 in Stop & Shop gift cards. Mike is with Santa’s Helpers.
The Quincy Rotary Club has generously donated $2,000.00 to assist Quincy Public Schools families with food insecurity. Quincy Public Schools purchased Stop & Shop gift cards that were delivered directly to families in need. Families were identified by Student Support Teams and Leslie Bridson, Homeless Coordinator.