Sept. 27, 2017 School Committee Meeting


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:30 pm
Coddington Building

I. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting Minutes for September 13, 2017

II. Open Forum: An opportunity for community input regarding the Quincy Public Schools. After giving his or her name and address, each speaker may make a presentation of no more than four minutes to the School Committee. An individual may not exchange their time or yield to others.

III. Superintendent’s Report:

A. Inspire Quincy

B. School~Community Partnership Spotlight

C. City of Quincy ArtsFest

D. City of Presidents 5K Run/Walk

E. Nobel Laureates Initiative

F. BOKS 2017-2018

G. Preliminary Enrollment

H. Partnership Welcome Back Reception, Thursday, September 28

I. SPLASH Learn to Swim Initiative

J. Administrative Appointments

* Curriculum Team Administrators
* Athletic Directors

K. Fall Open Houses

IV. Old Business:

V. New Business:

A. Program Improvement Plan Presentations:

1. Health Services Mrs. Bailey
2. Student Support Services Mrs. Papile

B. Out of State Travel (One Day): QHS/NQHS Robotics to the FRS Robotics Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire on October 14, 2017.

VI. Additional Business:

VII. Communications:

A. Upcoming School Committee Meetings ( Coddington Building, 6:30 pm, except where noted): October 11, 2017; October 25, 2017 (Point Webster Middle School)

B. Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings (Coddington Building, 5:00 pm except where noted):

1. Budget & Finance: Thursday, October 19, 2017
2. Facilities & Security: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 5:30 pm
3. Policy: Wednesday, October 19, 2017, 6:00 pm

VIII. Reports of Subcommittees: None

IX. Executive Session: None  

X. Adjournment:

Subcommittees of the School Committee


  1. Evaluation of Coaches Referred at the September 6, 2017 Special School Committee Organizational Meeting. Requesting further discussion of process of formal review of coaches by the Athletic Directors.

Budget & Finance

Facilities and Security

  1. School Playgrounds Referred at the September 14, 2016 Special Meeting. Requesting an update from the Park Department on recent equipment and safety fiber upgrades and projects in planning.

  2. New Sterling Middle School project Referred at the September 14, 2016 Special Meeting. Schedule updates to be provided as the planning phase moves into construction.

  3. Water Testing Results & Repair Referred at the December 7, 2016 School Committee meeting to monitor the schedule for fixture repair or replacement.

Health, Transportation & Safety

  1. Farm to School Referred at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee Meeting. Monitoring the Implementation Grant rollout, a collaboration of QPS and the Planning Department.

  2. Before School Exercise Programs Referred at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee meeting. Monitoring the implementation of these programs across QPS.

  3. Substance Use Education & Prevention Referred at the September 6, 2017 Special School Committee Organizational Meeting. Monitoring of the system-wide initiatives for students and families and the collaboration with outside agencies.

  4. Wellness Programs Referred at the September 6, 2017 Special School Committee Organizational Meeting. Monitoring of the school-based and system-wide initiatives related to student and staff wellness.


  1. Graduation Requirements Referred to Subcommittee at the September 7, 2011 School Committee Meeting and discussed at the October 11, 2011 School Policy Subcommittee. The discussion centered around adding a fourth year of Math as a graduation requirement; the issue is tabled until more is known about the impact of the new Common Core Standards on the Massachusetts frameworks.

  2. Middle School Grading System Referred at the December 10, 2014 School Committee meeting for review and discussion.

  3. Voter Registration at the High Schools Referred at the September 16, 2015 School Committee meeting for discussion of implementation with the City Clerk’s Office.

  4. School Committee Policy Book Referred at the January 13, 2016 School Committee meeting for review and updating as needed.

  5. QPS Employment Opportunities Referred at the May 18, 2016 School Committee meeting for further discussion on the advertising and hiring process for open positions.

  6. NQHS Mascot Referred at the November 9, 2016 School Committee meeting.

Rules, Post Audit & Oversight

Special Education

Teaching and Learning

  1. Advanced Program Pathways Referred at the May 20, 2015 School Committee Meeting to review opportunities to challenge above-level students at all grades.

  2. Enrollment Data/Class Size: Referred at the October 14, 2015 School Committee meeting for further review and discussion.

  3. Superintendent Evaluation Referred at the September 7, 2016 School Committee meeting for preparation and procedure review.

  4. Choral Music Program Review Referred at the March 15, 2017 School Committee meeting for further review and discussion of K-12 sequential/standards-based program.

  5. High School Mid-Term Examinations Referred at the June 14, 2017 School Committee meeting for further review and discussion.

Ad Hoc Committees:

Sterling Building Committee

Sterling/Point Webster Grade 5

Created at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee meeting to review issues related to Grade 5 being located in middle school buildings.

School District Maps

Created at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee meeting to review issues related to school district maps.


Quincy, Massachusetts – September 27, 2017
Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Coddington Building at 6:30 p.m. The Superintendent called the roll and present were School Committee Chairman Mayor Thomas Koch, Mr. James DeAmicis, Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Ms. Barbara Isola, Mrs. Emily Lebo, Mrs. Anne Mahoney, and Mr. Paul Bregoli, Vice Chair.

Vice Chair Presiding

Also present were: Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Secretary; Mrs. Rita Bailey, Mr. Michael Draicchio, Dr. Beth Hallett, Mr. Kevin Mahoney, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Mr. Jean-Jacques Niamkey, Mrs. Maura Papile, Mrs. Erin Perkins, Mrs. Caitlin Plaskisovitis, Ms. Madeline Roy, Mr. Keith Segalla, Mr. Robert Shaw, Mr. Edward Smith, Georgina Sullivan, Mr. Lawrence Taglieri; Quincy Education Association President Allison Cox; Citywide Parents Council Co-Presidents Scott Alessandro and Courtney Perdios; and North Quincy High School Student Representative Luke Molloy.

School Committee Clerk Laura Owens was absent and the minutes were generated from the School Committee meeting video.


There was a moment of silence in memory of former Principal Daniel Malvesta, a Quincy Public Schools teacher and administrator for over forty years.


Regular Meeting Minutes Approved 9.13.2017

Mr. DeAmicis made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Hubley to approve the Regular Meeting minutes for September 13, 2017. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Open Forum

Mr. Scott Alessandro, Citywide Parent Council Co-President, expressed concerns about growing enrollment in Quincy Public Schools, especially the potential impact of new construction. Also would like to see options discussed including returning Grade 5 at Point Webster and Sterling to their respective elementary schools.


Superintendent's Report

Dr. DeCristofaro opened the Superintendent’s Report with a Quincy School~Community Partnership update; upcoming events include the Welcome Back Reception on Thursday, September 28 at the Common Market; SPLASH, a learn to swim program for Grade 2 students in partnership with the South Shore YMCA; and the Teacher Mini-Grants Reception on Thursday, November 2. Executive Director Keith Segalla introduced Boston Scientific, who have supported Quincy Public Schools through generous donations of office and classroom furniture, technology, and cafeteria equipment. Boston Scientific has donated Surface tablets for an elementary school STEM initiative over the last few years and provided career shadowing and internship opportunities for high school students. Diana Rose represented Boston Scientific, giving an overview of their involvement in the greater Quincy Community.

Quincy High School Principal Larry Taglieri thanked Mayor Koch and the School Committee for the funding to expand the Athletic Director positions to be full time; the wellness component of these new positions will have an impact on all students beyond those involved in Athletics. Mr. Taglieri then introduced Kevin Mahoney, the new Quincy High School Athletic Director and North Quincy High School Principal Robert Shaw introduced Jean-Jacques (J.J.) Niamkey as the new North Quincy High School Athletic Director.

Senior Director of Curriculum Madeline Roy introduced the new Curriculum Team Administrator for STEM, Edward Smith. Mr. Smith has been a teacher at Quincy High School for seventeen years, the Quincy High School Science department chair for the last seven years, and has been the Robotics program coordinator for both middle and high school.

The City of Presidents 5K Run/Walk was held on Sunday, September 24, over 750 participants walked and ran the course, and enjoyed the cookout and family events afterward on Adams Field. Many volunteers from both high schools, including Community Service and Culinary students, assisted staff from the Parks, Recreation, Mayor's Office, and Quincy Public Schools in organizing this event held once again in memory of Emily Zarnoch.

City of Quincy ArtsFest was held on September 16-17, Quincy Public Schools had seventeen award winners and one best of show from North Quincy High School student Iris Xie among the student entries. Fifteen art teachers coordinated the student entries, working with Dr. Hallett and the Quincy Arts Association.

Senior Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile met with the BOKS trainers and representatives from Reebok on September 19 to launch the Fall BOKS program beginning Monday, October 2 and running 12 weeks through December 22. The BOKS program is made possible by a generous donation from Reebok in memory of Emily Zarnoch.

Dr. DeCristofaro noted that this school year, the 100th anniversary of two Quincy Public Schools buildings will be celebrated: Point Webster Middle School on Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 pm and Parker Elementary School on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Thanks to Director of Safety & Security Michael Draicchio for coordinating the Fall Safety drills at all Quincy Public Schools locations. The building evacuation, lockdown, and bus evacuation drills are a collaboration with the Quincy Police and Fire Departments.

The Nobel Laureates Initiative will continue this school year with a visit from Physics Nobel Laureate Dr. Jerome Friedman from MIT on October 26 at North Quincy High School. On October 12, Quincy High School Class of 1952 Alum Dr. Arthur Gossard (grandson of former Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Paul Gossard), National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient.

Dr. DeCristofaro announced that preliminary enrollment is around 9,600 students, an increase of 164 students from last school year. The largest growth is at the high school level, where there is an additional 100 students, split between the two schools. At this time, 90% of elementary classes are at 21 students or below; 89% of middle school classes are at 24 students or below; and 85% of high school classes are at 25 students or below. The official October 1 enrollment will be shared at the October 11 School Committee meeting.

Thanks to Mayor Koch and the Quincy City Council for the recent $4 million appropriation under the Capital Improvement Plan which will benefit Quincy Public Schools in many ways. Dr. DeCristofaro is looking forward to collaborating with the Public Buildings department on the projects planned for winter and spring completion.

Harvest Festivals are planned at several schools in October: Wollaston School on October 14; Snug Harbor Community School on October 21; and Beechwood Knoll on October 28.

Dr. DeCristofaro thanked the Principals, Assistant Principals, and Teachers for planning the Fall Open Houses held at all school locations, many success

Dr. DeCristofaro concluded the Superintendent's Report with the Inspire Quincy video, featuring highlights from the Band Instrument Demonstrations for Grades 4 and 5 students, interviews with Fall Athletics Soccer captains and new Quincy Public Schools Professional staff members.


Old Business

There was no Old Business on the Agenda.


New Business

Program Improvement Plan Presentation: Health Services

Heath Services Coordinator Rita Bailey presented the Health Services Program Improvement Plan, beginning with a reflection on the goals from 2016-2017. Each school continued their wellness initiatives based on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools program. The second goal was to improve communication between the Health Office and the school community. School nurses worked together to create a Health Services page on Aspen, accessible to all students and parents through the Student Portal. Commonly used forms are found here and information and updates on health topics posted as well. School nurses are also integral to the Substance Use Education and Prevention efforts, including the many presentations and activities throughout the school year.

Looking forward to 2017-2018, Health Services goals are to continue wellness initiatives and collaboration with the site-based Wellness Teams and continue to expand communication opportunities on health and wellness issues. In addition, the Health, Nutrition, and Wellness Advisory Council will continue to meet quarterly, and utilize community resources to support school Wellness Teams. School nurse professional development will focus on increasing nursing skills and knowledge and coordinating the Health & Wellness Symposium and the Matter of Heart Initiative, in collaboration with Brewster Ambulance.

86,881 student encounters with School Nurses annually, with a 93% rate for students returned to classes. 2,530 students with ongoing healthcare needs were cared for, and 62 students with head injuries incurred in school-related and outside school activities were monitored. Annual screenings are completed for hearing and vision and through the Department of Public Health, oral health is maintained through optional screening. School Nurse Georgina Sullivan reviewed the Big Smiles Dental Program, piloted at Clifford Marshall Elementary School for students without dental insurance. A portable dental unit was set up on the auditorium stage for privacy and 75 students were seen over five days, including filling cavities, sealants completed, and several extractions. This mobile model also has the advantage of taking less time away from the school day, as students were absent from class around 30 minutes. The Big Smiles program will return to Clifford Marshall in March 2018.

Mrs. Bailey announced a new partnership with the South Shore Hospital and Dana Farber/Brigham & Women's Cancer Center. The partnership will provide opportunities for student support through onsite training opportunities and Career & Technical Education Program Advisory membership

Mr. Bregoli asked about the mobile optometrist and eye glasses initiative reviewed during last year's Program Improvement Presentation. Mrs. Bailey said that unfortunately, that service is no longer available, but she is looking into other options to provide this service to students.


New Business

Program Impovement Plan Presentation: Student Support Services

Senior Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile presented the Student Support Services Program Improvement Plan. Student Support Services consists of Guidance Counselors at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels, School Psychologists, Middle School Health Educators, High School Health Interventionists, Physical Education teachers, Supervisors of Attendance, and Homeless Coordinator. Mrs. Papile presented the program review in the framework of Student Support initiatives and professional development, including support for PBIS (Positive Behavioral Initiatives and Supports), a framework for systems to assist schools to teach children appropriate behavior, identify needs for additional support, develop strategies, and evaluate practice toward success. For middle and high school, staff are working directly with students on developing life skills, peer to peer education, and support for appropriate decision-making. Quincy Police DARE Officer Don Sautter presented on the Grades 5 and 7 Substance Use Education and Prevention curriculum, family events to strengthen community connections, and the DARE Summer program for Grade 5 students citywide with high school peer leader support. Health Educator Caitlin Plaskasovitis spoke about professional development on the Life Skills curriculum being utilized at all middle schools; the development of the adolescent brain and the impact of substance use; and substance use and addiction. A recent professional development on the impact of the legalization of marijuana.

Another component of the PBIS framework is the Diversity & Respect initiative. Supported by Visions, Inc., the goal is to equip students and staff with the tools needed to communicate and engage in a diverse world and create strategies for inclusion that allows for the engagement of all students. Substance Use Education & Prevention support provided through the CEASAR Program with Boston Children’s Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Mayor’s Office. This event was focused on development of Science-based Substance Use Prevention curriculum planning, using the background of public health and medicine to address the factors of the opioid crisis.

High School Guidance Counselors and School Psychologists are focusing on ensuring student success with earlier interventions and addressing barriers for students with anxiety or other transitional issues. The Year Up program, a collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and State Street, which assists in getting students who have delayed entry to college into the workforce while still keeping higher education as a goal. Physical Education teams are focused on the Wellness initiatives and promoting the benefits of exercise and activity; there are measurable connections to educational and emotional success.

In summary, the Student Support team has started off the school year with goalsetting, professional development for executive functioning, collaborated on freshman student orientation, mentor program launch, and back to school nights at each high school. Mrs. Papile thanked the Mayor’s Office, Thompson Family, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Rural Masonic Lodge for funding support for all of this programming and curriculum.

Mrs. Lebo thanked Mrs. Papile for the incredible presentation, so many great initiatives across the city and collaboration with the Quincy Police and other departments. Mrs. Lebo asked about the high school guidance counselors and their goal of educating students about the

For credit recovery, Mrs. Lebo asked if professional staff are involved with supervising students

Mrs. Lebo asked for a presentation at an upcoming meeting on the Supervisors of Attendance on attendance statistics. In the District Profile, would like to include AP and SAT scores and the Chapter 74 Core Indicators.

Mrs. Mahoney agreed about seeing the SAT and AP scores at a future meeting. Mrs. Mahoney said the presentation encompassed a large amount of information and asked whether the Dental program is supported through MassHealth. Mrs. Bailey said it is a grant and a pilot program at Clifford Marshall this week. Mrs. Mahoney said it is an incredible opportunity to support student health. Mrs. Mahoney said that it is good to see all of the Substance Use Prevention & Education initiatives, through the Mayor’s Office, Quincy Public Schools has made so much progress in having open conversation with students, threaded through everything we do. Mrs. Mahoney asked about parent participation, we need to provide the tools for them to continue the conversations with their students.

Mrs. Hubley thanked the presenters and noted that there are 180 homeless students and unaccompanied youth in the Quincy Public Schools. Mrs. Hubley asked for a breakdown by elementary, middle, and high school levels. Mrs. Hubley asked about the level relative to previous years, Mrs. Papile said it is about the same at this time last year, but families will experience stress in this area over the course of the year.

Mayor Koch thanked Mrs. Papile for her leadership, in his ten years as Mayor, has seen the importance of education as a prevention tool.

Ms. Isola said that in reviewing the Program Improvement Plans, she was struck by how many departments Health and Student Support Services interact with. So much work goes into ensuring that students have multiple caring adults to connect with in their lives. Ms. Isola said that she is always amazed by the number of student interactions with nurses and the chronic conditions monitored by the school nurses and the security that provides for families. Thanks to both Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Papile for their continued research to find programs that will benefit

North Quincy High School Student Representative Luke Molloy thanked Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Papile for the programming available to Quincy Public Schools students. Mr. Molloy participates in a DESE Student Council panel, students from other school systems are impressed by the resources of Quincy Public Schools.

Dr. DeCristofaro thanked both Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Papile, this is truly a citywide collaboration. Thanks are also due to the School Committee for their support through the budget in funding the additional school nurse position. All of the work done here is instrumental in providing surround care for students.


New Business

Out of State Travel

Mrs. Hubley made a motion to approve the Out of State Travel of the North Quincy & Quincy High School Robotics Team to the FRS Robotics Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire on October 14, 2017. Ms. Isola seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Additional Business

Mrs. Mahoney asked about the impact of new construction on enrollment. Mrs. Mahoney asked about the purchase of the St. Mary’s School land, which was approved at City Council last week and suggested that there be further discussion about Quincy Public Schools siting an elementary school there.



Upcoming meetings were announced: October 11, 2017 at the Coddington Building at 6:30 p.m. and October 25, 2017 at Point Webster Middle School at 6:30 p.m..

Subcommittee Meetings will be held on October 19, 2017 (Budget & Finance at 5:00 p.m.; Facilities & Security at 5:30 p.m.; and Policy at 6:00 pm).


Reports of Subcommittees

Mr. Bregoli noted that all School Committee and Subcommittee meeting minutes are posted online at There were no Subcommittee Meetings for review on the Agenda.


Executive Session

There was no Executive Session.



Mayor Koch made a motion to adjourn for the evening at 8:20 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Hubley and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.