Andronico Announcements: June 2018

Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the Andronico Announcements! I hope you had a great school year and you're looking forward to celebrating Independence Day next week. In this month's edition we look at our High School Graduations, discuss the name change possibilities for the new Sterling Middle School, announce a new principal for Beechwood Knoll, and much 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!



Congratulations to our QHS and NQHS 2018 Graduates

I am incredibly proud of our most recent graduates of the Quincy public school system. I'm looking froward to hearing all of the good things the class of 2018 does in the coming years. To our graduates, remember that you will always be a part of the Quincy community!


Celebrating 100 Years of the Fore River Clubhouse

I had a wonderful time at the 100th anniversary of the Fore River Clubhouse and official opening of the City of Quincy’s first inclusive playground celebration! The Ward 2 Civic Association put in a lot of work to make sure the day was a success. There was a bouncy house, face painting, Dave the Clown, and an awesome photo booth. Stop & Shop provided the food and the local band SUPER - FLY was rockin'. I also had the opportunity to talk with Brad Croall, Ward 2 Councilor, about the years of planning and community effort it took to get the park and clubhouse to where they are today. I know the neighborhood appreciates it!


Point Webster Middle School Hosts Clean Energy Activity Day

On June 5th, Point Webster Middle School hosted a Clean Energy Activity Day thanks to an $8,000 grant awarded to them by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The event was intended to promote innovations and careers aligned to clean energy and  featured science, technology and engineering activities for 200 seventh- and eighth-graders. Boston Solar and Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset participated.

Shelly Dein, the city’s director of energy and sustainability, gave a presentation on clean energy. In preparation for the day, Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) education specialist, Meg Tabacsko visited with all students on May 14th and discussed the wastewater treatment process and how sludge is now processed into fertilizer pellets for gardening and landscaping.


Quincy Hosts Their First Ever Pride Parade

The first ever Quincy Pride Day, hosted at Pageant Field in early June, was a success! A big round of applause goes to the organizing committee for ensuring everything ran smoothly — their months of hard work certainly paid off. It was nice to see friends, family, and neighbors showing their support.


Quincy Band Boosters Drive 4 Ur School Fundraiser

I had a fun time supporting the Quincy Band Boosters at the Drive 4 Ur School fundraiser sponsored by Quirk Ford! For every free test drive, Ford donated $20 to support the band boosters. I got to test drive a Ford F-350 Super Duty that had all of the bells and whistles. Looking forward to attending this event again next year.


Flag Day in Quincy

No one does Flag Day like Quincy! I had a great time marching in the City of Quincy’s 67th Annual Flag Day Parade. A quote by Ronald Reagan and our flag stood out to me before the parade: “When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation – freedom, equality, justice, and hope.” For more photos of the event you can click here

Porchfest Quincy 2018 

Thank you to all of the musicians, hosts, volunteers, organizers, and music lovers for making this year's PorchFest a tremendous success! This event not only features amazing talent from our community, but it provides a fun opportunity to spend time with our neighbors and friends. This event shines a light on what makes The City of Quincy so amazing - beautiful neighborhoods and the amazing people who live here. Below is a photo of my Father, also named Anthony, playing in Squantum and another great band playing near by.


New Beechwood Knoll Elementary School Principal Announced

Janet Loftus has been appointed as the new Principal of the Beechwood Knoll Elementary School. Janet brings fourteen years of Quincy Public School experience to this new position, most recently as Assistant Principal of the Lincoln Hancock Community School for the last five years. In addition, Janet was the Coordinator for Extended Education programs for all elementary schools this past school year. Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, Janet taught English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Reading at Point Webster Middle School for nine years, as well as coordinating after school programming there for many of those years. Janet will assume this role on July 1st and we know she will do a wonderful job. Congratulations Janet!


Name Proposal For New School Being Built On Sterling Middle School Site 

Recently, discussions have taken place at school committee meetings surrounding the idea of renaming the new middle school being built to replace the current Sterling Middle School. The reasoning behind the name change is so that all middle school's in Quincy are named after geographic locations across the city. Originally a vote was set to take place at a subcommittee meeting making the recommendation that we rename the school and dedicate the library to Reay Sterling instead. However, after some discussion, the committee felt that we need more public input before we make such a change. In the weeks since the administration has put a plan together to reach out to parents, students, and teachers to get a better idea of how they feel about the change. There's nothing wrong with getting more community input and it is our job as school committee members to ensure that we are representing the true feelings of those that we represent. For background information, the school was originally named South Junior High School when it opened in 1924 and was renamed in 1963 after the sudden passing of Principal Reay Sterling.


Geoff Hennessy, Quincy Track Coach of 40 Years, Inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame

A big congratulation goes to Coach Hennessy, who runs the Quincy/North Quincy cross country, indoor and outdoor track co-op programs, for his induction into the MSTCA Hall of Fame! Geoff initially started his coaching career in 1976 at Sterling Junior High in Quincy. After stops at Atlantic Middle School and a two-year stint at North Quincy, he joined the staff at UMass Boston, where he helped lead the Beacons to four NCAA Division III championships while coaching 20 All-Americans. He returned to North Quincy in the fall of 1988 and hasn’t looked back. The program has been a co-op for some years now, with Quincy and North Quincy athletes combining forces.


Free Summer Lunch Program

The summer food service program ensures that kids still receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Every balanced meal consists of milk, fruit/vegetable, whole grain, and protein. The program is open to all kids and teens up to 18 years old. Meals are free at sites throughout Quincy all summer long and they must be consumed on site. The sites for 2018 are at Snug Harbor, Lincoln Hancock, Parker, Montclair, Ward 2 Community Center, and Broad Meadows. Lunch is served between 11am-1pm. Click here for more details or click here to find the summer menu.


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.


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