2018-2019 Outstanding Career Vocational Technical Education

Members of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership from left to right:  Steve Wessling, Wessling Architects; Lauren Pedretti, Quincy Credit Union; Mary Kate Paris, South Shore Workforce Development Board; Phil Gay, South Shore YMCA; Phil Dinan, Callahan Construction; Brian Cadogan, Quincy Mutual Group; Jennifer Buchannan, Boston Scientific; Rebecca McInnis, Quincy High School CVTE Department Chair, and Keith Segalla, Executive Director of Career Vocational Technical Education

Special thanks to members of the  Quincy School ~ Community Partnership who volunteered their expertise, knowledge and time to interview and select the Quincy Public Schools 2018-2019 Outstanding Career Vocational Technical Education Student-of-the-Year.  Ten students from both North Quincy High School and Quincy High School, nominated by their vocational teachers, were asked about their career majors, skills learned, credentials earned, community service and school contributions, team work, post-graduation plans and why they should be selected as the Outstanding Career Vocational Technical Student-of-the-Year.  Students also had to share and describe a project pertaining to their major.  The Outstanding Career Vocational Technical Education Student-of-the-Year and their family is invited to attend an awards ceremony in Mechanics Hall, Worcester on April 11, 2019.

Congratulations to Maggie Zheng, a Quincy High School Health Care Technology student, for being selected Quincy’s 33rd Outstanding Vocational and Technical Education Student-of-the-Year.

4,200 Backpacks!

The 2018-2019 school year kicked off with the delivery of 4,200 backpacks to the Quincy Public Schools, thanks to the generosity of our community business partners! The annual Backpack and School Supply Distribution event was held at Atherton Hough Elementary School, Clifford Marshall Elementary School, Lincoln Hancock Elementary School, Montclair Elementary School, Parker Elementary School and Snug Harbor Elementary School. On hand to distribute backpacks was Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, School Committee members Paul Bregoli and Kathryn Hubley, Principals, Assistant Principals and members of the business community who sponsored the backpack initiative. Special thanks to NAGE and WB Mason (Atherton Hough backpack sponsors), Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Cradles to Crayons (Montclair and Lincoln Hancock backpack sponsors), Quincy Credit Union and Brewster Ambulance (Clifford Marshall backpack sponsors), Mass Bay Credit Union (Parker backpack sponsor) and Granite Telecommunications (Snug Harbor backpack sponsor)! Partners make it possible!

45 New Professional Staff Members!

Quincy Public Schools welcomed 45 new professional staff members in September 2018, who participated in a two day New Professional Staff Orientation. The Orientation provided staff the opportunity to learn about such topics as Quincy Public Schools Expectations, Responsibilities of Professional Staff, Student Records Confidentiality, the Educator Evaluation Process, and Safety and Security. Members of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team introduced new staff to the many Academic and Student Support Teams. Special thanks to members of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership who sponsored both breakfast and lunch to the new professional staff as well as presenters/speakers during the Orientation. Those members are Baystate Financial Services, Montilio’s Bakery, Quincy Education Association, and Quincy Credit Union. Partners make it possible!

Thank you South Shore YMCA!

47 Swimmers!

Parker School second grade students are participating in Swim Safe, a pilot program being offered by the South Shore YMCA, which stresses safety around water. The goals of the program include Having Fun, Being Confident, and Staying Safe. Students attend the program, which is held at the YMCA pool, once a week for six weeks. Certified lifeguards are the program instructors. Transportation is provided by Quincy Public Schools. Special thanks to the South Shore YMCA, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership for its continued support of Quincy Public Schools students! Partners make it possible!

100 Teacher Mini-Grant Awards!

This fall, 191 mini-grant proposals, written by 221 teachers, were submitted for a piece of $37,000.00 in mini-grant funding. Grant categories included The George G. Burke Teacher Team Grants, The David Ezickson Excellence in Education Grants, and the Quincy School Community Partnership Grants. Grants were read and scored and 100 were selected for funding. Mini-grant funds were used to purchase such things as a Document Camera, a kidney shaped marker board for small group instruction, 6 Soil Quality Testing Kits, a Breakout EDU Class Bundle Kit, iPads, flexible seating including Kids Stay-N-Play Balance Ball, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, and Wobble Cushions, LittleBits Code Kit and LittleBits Invention Kit for Science Instruction and Math Toolkits 4 Success. Grant funds were handed out by Quincy School ~ Community Partners at the annual Teacher Mini-Grant Reception held at the Neighborhood Club on November 1, 2018. Special thanks to the following partners who participated in the reception: George Burke, Callahan Construction, Brewster Ambulance, Baystate Financial, Quincy Credit Union, Wessling Architects, Granite Telecommunications, NAGE, MountainOne Bank, Quincy Mutual Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Quincy Education Association, Quirk Auto Dealers, Boston Scientific and Quincy Retired Teachers Association. Partners make it possible!

10 Teachers, 10 Projects!

Donors Choose is an exciting online charity that “connects the public to public schools” and “makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom.” This program has assisted many Quincy Public Schools teachers, students and their classrooms. Special thanks to Horace Mann, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership for donating approximately $5,000.00 to 10 Donors Choose projects, designed and submitted by 10 Quincy Public Schools teachers. Horace Mann donated to the following projects: Build the Next Engineers in Society, The Rug is a Place Where We Learn and Share Together!, Chromebooks and Fishhooks, Book Clubs are for Kids, Too!, Gimme a Break!, Schedules, Schedules, Schedules!, Trust Your Captain, and Take a Seat!, Book Shelf Organization, Technology Accessories and Oh, the More We Get Together, the Happier We’ll Be. Partners make it possible!

Financial Literacy

200 Students!

High school students are learning about Financial Literacy at both North Quincy High School and Quincy High School thanks to the Bank of Canton (a Gold Level Sponsor), and the Quincy Credit Union (a Platinum Level Sponsor) of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership. Students are learning about such topics as Understanding Credit Scores, Checking Accounts, Managing Money/Budgets and Payroll Taxes. Partners make it possible!

Tis the Season…Symphony & Song!

800 Guests

The amazing Quincy Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Quincy Public Schools John Adams Orchestra and High School Choral Group, performed in front of 800 guests at the annual ’Tis the Season…Symphony & Song holiday concert, sponsored by Mayor Thomas P. Koch. Also performing, to the delight of the 250 students attending the event, were the Merry Minstrels, a wonderful gathering of talented Quincy Public Schools Music Teachers. The evening closed with an audience sing-a-long, which included such songs as Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Student tickets were generously sponsored by platinum level sponsors of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership. Partners make it possible!

Thank you Brewster Ambulance Service!

Special thanks to Brewster Ambulance Service, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership, who once again participated in the Quincy Public Schools “Matter of Heart” initiative. During the months of January and February, eighth grade students learned about Heart Health from their Health Teachers and School Nurses in preparation for this event. The CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) initiative, for eighth grade students, took place at Atlantic, Broad Meadows, Central, Point Webster and Sterling Middle Schools January 5, 2018 – February 10, 2018. The initiative concluded on Saturday, February 10, 2018 with a FREE Full CPR/ AED American Heart Association certification for all Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians. Approximately 150 people participated.

Thank you Harvard Pilgrim Health Care!

Special thanks to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School Community Partnership, for celebrating Read Across America/Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Atherton Hough Elementary School. HPHC employees visited each classroom and read to students.

Thank you Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts!

Special thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School Community Partnership, for sponsoring the 21st Annual Community Service Learning Celebration. This event was held on May 30, 2018 at the Tirrell Room. The Community Service Learning Celebration acknowledges and celebrates the countless acts of kindness and community service learning initiatives that take place throughout Quincy Public Schools every day and thanks the students for being active and responsible citizens, who are committed to making the world a better place. Students from each middle school shared their community service learning initiatives during “Bits of Good for Bob,” in memory of beloved middle school teacher and community service advocate, Bob McGillicudy.

Thank you South Shore YMCA!

Special thanks to the South Shore YMCA, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School Community Partnership, for sponsoring the 6th Annual Student Athlete Summit on June 1, 2018 at Granite Links Golf Course and the 5th Grade Student Council Leadership Summit on June 4, 2018 at the Tirrell Room. The Student Athlete Summit provided our students the opportunity to participate in workshops that directly affect them. Workshops included Sports Injury Prevention, Nutrition, and Team Leadership. Student athletes were invited to this event because of their leadership role and qualities displayed in their respective high schools.

The 5th Grade Student Council Leadership Summit provided a series of engaging and challenging Leadership Workshops for Grade 5 student leaders from each school. Workshops included Communication, Leading by Example and Decision Making. Students rotated through each activity. Both North Quincy and Quincy High School Senior Class Officers assisted the YMCA staff throughout the morning.

QSCP 16th Annual Recognition Breakfast

The 16th Annual Recognition Breakfast was held on March 29, 2018 at the Tirrell Room. The event provided the perfect opportunity to thank the QSCP Community Business Partners for their continued commitment, generosity and dependability. This year, three new Community Business Partners were welcomed into the Partnership. They were Peak Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, Quincy After School Child Care, Inc. and South Shore Hospital. Partnership Recognitions 2018 included the Quincy Education Association, Quincy Retired Teachers Association, Wessling Architects and The Quincy Sun for their longstanding commitment to the Quincy School Community Partnership and the students of Quincy Public Schools.

10th Annual Credit for Life Fair

Thank you Quincy Credit Union, Colonial Federal Savings Bank, Bank of Canton, Morganthaler, South Shore YMCA, TD Bank, Quincy Rotary, South Shore Bank, Century Bank, Baystate Financial, Coastal Heritage Bank, Quirk Auto Dealers, Hajjars Men’s Clothing, Caryn’s Corner, Success Realty, AXA Equitable, Century 21 Abigail Adams, MountainOne Bank, Eastern Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, David Donaghue Insurance, State Street, Quincy College, Rotary Club, and the South Shore Workforce Development Board for supporting Quincy Public School’s 10th Annual Credit for Life Fair on April 26, 2018 at the Tirrell Room. Their participation made it a fun-filled and rewarding experience for 200 North Quincy and Quincy High School Seniors. Partners made it possible!!

Quincy School ~ Community Partnership 17th Annual Recognition Breakfast

The Quincy School ~ Community Partnership’s 17th Annual Recognition Breakfast was held on March 29, 2018 at the Tirrell Room in Quincy.   The Breakfast, held annually, honors and thanks the generosity and support of the QSCP Community Business Partners, who support Quincy Public Schools staff and students throughout the year in a variety of ways including Financial Support, Student Support, Site Support and Career Connections.

Approximately 190 guests, including Mayor Thomas Koch, Quincy School Committee Members, Quincy Public Schools administrators and staff and Quincy School Community Business Partners attended the event.  Three new Community Business Partners were welcomed to the Quincy School Community Partnership including PEAK Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, Quincy Afterschool Child Care, Inc. and South Shore Hospital.  As well, four additional partners recognized for their extraordinary contributions to Quincy Public Schools.  They were the Quincy Education Association, Quincy Retired Teachers, Wessling Architects, and the Quincy Sun.  Each was presented a plaque of appreciation from Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro.

Throughout the breakfast, many Quincy School Community Partnership Traditions that take place year after year were highlighted and shared.  Initiatives included the Backpack and School Supplies Distribution Event, the QSCP Welcome Back Reception, the Teacher Mini-Grant Reception, Tis the Season…Symphony and Song, and the Credit for Life Fair.  These events would not be possible without the generosity and support of our Business Community Partners. (more…)