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!