Welcome to the July 2018 edition of the Andronico Announcements! I hope you're enjoying your summer thus far and are making sure your kids are keeping up to date with their summer reading lists. In this month's edition we look at some of the updates to various school buildings, provide an update on school security, look at some of the accomplishments of the QPS Staff, and more. Remember to encourage your friends to sign-up for the newsletter so they can stay updated as well. As always, if you have a comment, question, or concern about our school system please reach out!
Merrymount Teacher Lori Hammerstrom Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Merrymount Elementary School Teacher Lori Hammerstrom was recently recognized with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), one of 108 teachers recognized nationwide from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Ms. Hammerstrom received the honor at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. and also received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Since 1983, more than 4,700 teachers have been recognized by the PAEMST.
QHS Culinary Scholarship
As part of the partnership between the City of Quincy and the city of Cork, Ireland, Quincy High School hosted visitors from the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) this past school year. In recognition of Quincy High School’s outstanding Culinary program, CIT and the Cork County Council will provide a two-year scholarship, including fees and living expenses to Cassidy Griffin, QHS Class of 2018. The two year program at CIT is for a Certificate of Culinary Studies. For more information about the certificate program and the Cork Institute of Technology, please go to the website at www.cit.ie.
First Responder Training in QPS School Buildings
As part of the ongoing collaboration on issues related to school security between Quincy Public Schools, the Quincy Police Department, and Brewster Ambulance, training opportunities were provided at the Atlantic Middle School, Merrymount, and Atherton Hough Elementary Schools this month. Despite the hot and humid weather, police and EMTs enthusiastically practiced responses to a variety of simulated situations. Quincy Public Schools is grateful to our first responders for their willingness to participate in these trainings and looks forward to scheduling additional dates for August and vacation weeks throughout the school year.
Massachusetts School Building Authority & Public Building Project Updates
- New Window & Door installation at Beechwood Knoll on schedule
- New Roof & bathroom renovation at NQHS on schedule
- Food Services administrative office move to NQHS completed.
- New Pre-Kindergarten classroom construction at Point Webster underway
- Broad Meadows gymnasium floor sanding and auditorium work ongoing
- Installation of new corridor flooring at Parker and Wollaston underway
- Paving projects Broad Meadows, Bernazzani, Merrymount, Wollaston, and Snug Harbor on schedule.
- New Middle School project is on schedule, see below for update
Park Department Projects and Quincy Schools
- Wollaston and Lincoln Hancock Elementary School Playground refurbishment projects are underway.
- Della Chiesa ECC and Clifford Marshall playground refurbishment projects will follow.
- At Veterans Memorial Stadium, new turf is being installed and will be ready for the fall Athletic season.
New Middle School for Southwest Quincy
Tasks Completed this month
- Rooftop equipment all hoisted and installed.
- New electric and gas service connections completed.
- Interior wall framing is complete on the upper and main levels.
Tasks - in - Progress
- Interior wall framing is ongoing at the lower level.
- The exterior envelope of the building is continuing to advance with the installation of the blue weather barrier and the wood look cement board siding. Windows are being installed all around the building and soon the building will be fully weather tight.
- The mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection trades are busy at work on the interior putting in all of the rough-in work of the systems that will be above the ceiling or contained within walls.
- Masonry exterior base is being installed all along the lower part of the perimeter.
- The exterior site work has resumed, the lower level parking areas and walkways will quickly become to take shape.
1 Month Look Ahead
- Site work will be on-going throughout the summer, the exterior envelope of the building will begin to take its final form over the next few months.
- Project is progressing on schedule.
QPS New Student Pre-Registration Pilot Online
In order to assist the elementary, middle school, and Central Registration offices schedule new student registration for August, QPS is piloting an online Pre-Registration Student Information form for students entering Kindergarten through Grade 8 in September. Parents enter basic information including student name, last grade level completed, home language, and parent contact information. This information will be filtered by language, with all families with a home language other than English shared with Central Registration (office opens August 13) and the remaining families shared with their neighborhood district school. Central Registration and the school offices will contact families to schedule registration appointments.
Since the high school offices are open all summer, families of students entering Grades 9-12 are directed to contact the schools directly to schedule an appointment to register for school. Links to the online Pre-Registration Student Information form can be found on the QPS website on the main page and on each school’s page. (http://quincypublicschools.com/blog/2018/07/11/qps-summer-office-hours-new-student-registration/)
Squantum Assistant Principal Honored At State House
Squantum Elementary School Assistant Principal & Grade 5 Teacher Dr. RachelBloom was recently recognized as an Unsung Heroine by the Commission on the Status of Women. Representative Bruce Ayers nominated Dr.Bloom, who was presented with a citation from the at a ceremony held at the State House in late June.
Update on the Technology Initiative
With the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, the contracts to purchase Chromebooks, charging stations, and laptops for Atlantic, Broad Meadows, Central, and Point Webster Middle Schools have been executed. These additional devices will provide a 3:1 student to computer ratio at these four middle schools. As all-new technology will be purchased for the city’s newest middle school, all devices currently at Sterling Middle School will be shared across Quincy Public Schools for the 2019-20 school year.
Summer Reading Lists
Just because school is out for summer doesn't mean that the learning stops! One of the best ways to keep your child's mind growing during the summer months is to continue to read. Click here for the full summer reading lists for all grade levels.