5th Grade Student Council Leadership Summit

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.

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!

Read Across America ~ Dr. Seuss Birthday

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.

A Matter of Heart ~ a Middle School Initiative

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!

Credit for Life Fair

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.

Credit for Life Fair, a Virtual Experience

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!

Thank you Rural Masonic Lodge of Quincy!

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.

Thank you Peter and Heather Thompson!

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.

Thank you Mike Falco!

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.

Thank you Quincy Rotary Club!

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.

Enriching Academic, Social and Vocational Success!

Congratulations to the Quincy Public Schools 2019 – 2020 new professional staff, who were welcomed at the New Professional Staff Orientation, prior to the start of school in September. Approximately 50 new staff participated in a two-day Orientation where members of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team presented district-wide information and services available to Quincy Public Schools students and staff. Special thanks to the following Quincy School Community Partners for funding this event: Quincy Education Association, Quincy Credit Union, Mike Rothberg/Baystate Financial, Montilio’s Bakery, and AXA Equitable.

Thank You South Shore YMCA

THANK YOU South Shore YMCA, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership, for sponsoring two exciting swim programs for Quincy Public Schools students. The newest program, Swim Safe, is a six-week program for second grade students, which takes place in the YMCA pool on Tuesday mornings. Students and their teachers are bussed to and from their school to participate in the program. Swim Safe stresses safety around water. SPLASH (Swim Play Learn Aquatic Safety Habits) is a six-week program for third grade students who have not yet learned to swim. SPLASH takes place on Tuesday afternoons. Both swim programs are led by Certified Lifeguards/Swim Instructors from the YMCA.

2019-2020 Teacher Mini- Grant Awards

Congratulations to the 128 Quincy Public Schools teachers who received 2019-2020 Teacher Mini- Grant Awards at the annual Teacher Mini-Grant Awards Ceremony on October 29, 2019. Platinum Level Sponsors of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership were on hand to present the awards. THANK YOU George Burke, Quincy Mutual Group, South Shore YMCA, Quincy Education Association, Callahan Construction, Wessling Architects, NAGE, Granite Telecommunications, Boston Scientific, Quincy Retired Teachers Association, Quincy Credit Union, Baystate Financial Services, Brewster Ambulance Service, Quirk Auto Dealers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Arbella Insurance Foundation, and MountainOne Bank for your time and financial support of this initiative.

Thank You Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

THANK YOU Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Brewster Ambulance Service and Quincy College, Platinum Level Sponsors of the Quincy School Community Partnership for being Lead Sponsors of Mayor Koch’s City of Presidents 5K Road Race/Walk! Proceeds of the race will support Health & Wellness programs for the Quincy Public Schools students.

THANK YOU Quincy Credit Union, Mass Bay Credit Union, Granite Telecommunications, NAGE and WB Mason

THANK YOU Quincy Credit Union, Mass Bay Credit Union, Granite Telecommunications, NAGE and WB Mason for delighting the Quincy Public Schools students at Atherton Hough, Snug Harbor, Parker, and Clifford Marshall elementary schools with supply-filled backpacks to start off the new school year. Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, School Committee members Kathryn Hubley and Paul Bregoli, Principals, Assistant Principals and business representatives presented students with their new backpacks.

’Tis the Season…Symphony & Song

THANK YOU Mayor Thomas Koch for once again sponsoring ’Tis the Season…Symphony & Song. The amazing holiday concert, performed in front of a full house (850 guests), featuring Conductor Yoichi Udagawa and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, did not disappoint! Exceptional performances by the John Adams Orchestra, the Merry Minstrels and the High School Combined Choir were also a big hit. Student conductors, Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro reading ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, and an audience Sing-A-Long closed the perfect evening. Thank you to Holbrow Flowers in Wollaston for the beautiful poinsettias that decorated the stage. Three hundred student tickets to ’Tis the Season…Symphony & Song were generously donated by Platinum and Gold Level sponsors of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership. Partners make it possible!

Thank You Star Market

THANK YOU Star Market for your generous donation to the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership, at Star Market’s Grand Re-Opening. Star Market has been a loyal partner of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership for many years!

Partnership Recognition Breakfast

Partners make a difference!

Each year, the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership celebrates and thanks its community business partners for their dedication, generosity and support at the annual Partnership Recognition Breakfast, which was held on March 28, 2019 at the Tirrell Room, Quincy. Mayor Thomas P. Koch opened the program with his words of thanks to the business community. This year, the 2019 Partnership Recognitions went to five extraordinary partners: The Tirrell Room, State Street Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, South Shore YMCA and Quirk Auto Dealers.

Community Service Learning

A Tradition of Caring, Sharing and Serving!

Quincy Public Schools is grateful and proud of the elementary, middle and high school staff and students for their countless acts of kindness that take place each and every day, in each and every school. Community service empowers students to address the needs of the community and bring about change. Students work in leadership roles with their teachers and local agencies, while sharing the common goal of building a better tomorrow.

The 22nd Annual Community Service Learning Celebration was held on May 30, 2019 at the Tirrell Room, Quincy. Each year, this event acknowledges and celebrates Community Service Learning throughout Quincy Public Schools. Two hundred and twenty-five staff and students attended the event. Special thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Quincy School ~ Community Partnership, for sponsoring this event!