Andronico Announcements: January 2018; Kindergarten Registration, Winter Storm Repairs, Fun Community Events

Kindergarten Registration, Winter Storm Repairs, Fun Community Events

January Digest

Welcome to the inaugural edition of my monthly newsletter! As part of my campaign for School Committee I promised to keep the public informed and I think a newsletter is a great tool to help me follow through on that promise. This newsletter will look back at the past month and look forward to what lies ahead over the next month. Have a suggestion on how to improve the newsletter? Send me an email at anthonyandronico@quincypublicschools.com

This Month’s School Committee Meetings

Regular Meetings

Jan 10: Meeting Minutes Found Here­­

Jan 24: Meeting Agenda Found Here (Minutes not yet approved)

Subcommittee Meetings

Jan 17: Policy Meeting Minutes

Jan 17: Special Education Meeting Minutes

Jan 31: Budget & Finance Meeting Agenda (Minutes not yet approved)

Jan 31: Teaching & Learning Meeting Agenda (Minutes not yet approved)

*Click here for a full listing of all current meeting minutes and agendas

Upcoming School Committee Meetings

Regular Meetings

Feb 7: Regular School Committee Meeting 6:30pm, Coddington Building

Subcommittee Meetings

Feb 28: Teaching & Learning 6pm, Coddington Building

 

Broad Meadows Up And Running After Major Flooding

Earlier this month winter storms caused significant flood damage at the Broad Meadows Middle School. There was significant damage to a basement level mechanical room that caused the power and heat in the building to be knocked out. Luckily students only lost one day of additional classes. Paul Hines, Public Buildings Commissioner, and city workers worked around the clock to get everything back up and running. A sincere thanks to all of the staff that pitched in to get the school back up and running properly!

Upcoming Community Events

Check out the upcoming events happening around Quincy! Open gym nights at Central Middle School, Panera fundraisers for the Swim team, Trivia nights, Family Nutrition Night, South Shore Children’s Chorus sign-ups, and much more. For the full list of upcoming events follow this link!

2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year will be held on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 between the hours of 9am-2pm at all elementary schools. Children to do not need to attend registration; a screening date will be scheduled for May as part of the process. Children who will be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2018 are eligible to attend. For full details on where to register and which documents must be provided at time of registration follow this link.

Atherton Hough Polar Plunge Event Raises $1,000

The Houghs Neck community came together again this past Saturday at the Public Landing to participate in the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for the Atherton Hough Elementary School. PTO officials said they are hoping to buy alternative seating for the School’s Classrooms. The goal is to have two alternative seats in each classroom (18 classrooms total). The seats are specifically designed to help hyperactive students. If you’d like to get involved with the Atherton Hough PTO you can reach out to them on their Facebook Page here.

To get this newsletter directly in your inbox every month, and to receive other updates, you can sign-up on my website at www.VoteAndronico.com. Have any comments, questions, or concerns about Quincy Public Schools? Please reach out to me via email at anthonyandronico@quincypublicschools.com.

Quincy Education Association Endorses Anthony Andronico for Quincy School Committee

On October 4th, the Quincy Education Association (QEA) announced via their Facebook page their three endorsements for Quincy School Committee. QEA’s 930 members include teachers, nurses, and assistant principals of the Quincy Public Schools, as well as faculty and professional staff of Quincy College.

“Anthony Andronico, himself a product of Quincy public schools, is a new voice in Quincy politics. He impresses QEA as a thoughtful and intelligent man with a passionate interest in giving back to the community and school system in which he was raised.”

Said Andronico of the endorsement, “ Having experienced and benefited from the dedication of our teachers I am truly humbled to have the support of the Quincy Education Association.”

How To Handle Your Child’s School Transition

In May I had the opportunity to attend a citywide PTO meeting that focused on students transitioning schools (Pre-K to K; Elementary to Middle; and Middle to High School). We heard from principals at elementary, middle, and high schools across the city discuss how QPS helps students transition from one school to the next. Below is a comprehensive breakdown of the meeting.

Kindergarten:

Full Day Kindergarten is available all across the city and classrooms are staffed with one teacher and a full-time aide. Your child must be 5 years of age by August 31st in order to enter Kindergarten in the Fall.

  • In Kindergarten we teach students how to value and respect one another and we start to build strong relationships between the school system and families.
  • The teachers and aides are able to individually tailor their approach with students depending on their needs.
  • Kindergarten registration for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year began in March.
  • On May 23rd there is a Welcome To Kindergarten Night at Central Middle School to get parents more acquainted with the system and what to expect.
  • Orientation for students is September 8th so they can meet their teacher and become familiar with their surroundings for the first day of class on September 11th.

Helpful tips to prepare your child for Kindergarten:

  • Talk to your child about the transition
  • Visit the school together. Go to the playground and find the door they’ll use
  • Connect with other students prior to entry
  • Have them write about how they think school will be
  • Read, Read, Read.
  • Play around with numbers and get them more familiar with how they work (No calculus just yet!)

Elementary to Middle School:

  • Fly up day for 4/5th graders (depending on school) to their new middle school to get them acquainted
  • Parent and Child open house and informational packets sent home in June
  • Back to school night in September
  • Parents register for the Aspen Student Portal where you can email a teacher, check progress reports & report cards, and find more classroom resouces.

Helpful tips to prepare your child for Middle School:

  • Reinforce positive peer connections
  • Try and get them involved in extracurricular as the “social scene” becomes increasingly more important. Whether it be sports, drama club, debate team, or volunteering try to get them involved.
  • Push them to be their own “self-advocate” – this means having them go to the teacher for help instead of having the parent go to the teacher.

Middle School to High School:

  • Grade 8 Open House night is in October
  • High School Guidance Counselors visit Middle Schools for course selections and host a night for parents to understand the process. All course selection is done on Aspen (online student portal).
  • In May/June:
    • Fly Up Day to visit the High School
    • Guidance Counselors in the middle schools and high schools check-in with each other to ensure a smooth transition
    • Coaches visit the middle schools to recruit athletes.
  • 1st day of High School is only freshmen so they can get a fin 1th eel for their day.
  • Freshmen have 1:1 meeting with guidance counselors

Helpful tips to prepare your child for High School:

  • Try and talk to them about how they feel about the transition
  • Be positive about the transition yourself
  • Continue to push them to join new clubs

High School to “Real World”:

  • Freshman: Start using Naviance, a career planning and evaluation site, to start thinking about what they may like to do after high school
  • Sophomore: Take the MCASs, PSAT, attend career day, and continue to meet with their guidance counselor
  • Junior: Take the PSAT, the actual SAT, attend the college fair, and write a resume
  • Senior: Take the SAT again, attend a scholarship/financial aid info night, attend an alumni reception, and attend the college fair.

Helpful tips to prepare your child for Post-High School:

  • Talk to them about your own experience
  • Discuss all of their options with them: 2 year/4 year college, gap year, entering the workforce, volunteering, military
  • Be supportive of their choices and the path they select

 

Andronico Announces Run For Quincy School Committee

A FIRST-TIME CANDIDATE appears ready to make a run for one of the three school committee seats up this fall.

Anthony Andronico, a lifelong Quincy resident who attended Quincy Public Schools, tells us he will be a candidate for school committee in the municipal election. Three school committee seats will be on the ballot: those currently held by incumbents Anne Mahoney, Barbara Isola, and Emily Lebo. It’s unclear at this point whether any of the seats held by the incumbents will be open this fall.

 

Andronico is a 2011 graduate of North Quincy High School. He also attended Central Middle School and the Wollaston School. He graduated from Emmanuel College in 2015 and was the class vice president. He currently works in the business and information technology sector.

He says he is running for school committee “to build a strong educational system that prepares students for the challenges they will face tomorrow.”

Having graduated from QPS less than a decade ago, he says he has a unique perspective into the challenges face now and in the near future. He says his campaign will focus on “career and technical education, smart and responsible spending, and community engagement.”

“My career has focused on bringing people together from business, academia, and government in order to overcome challenges in education, financial services, and business technology. I believe that strong collaboration leads to positive change and can drive innovation.”

“I want to get to work for Quincy and build a top-notch educational system for all of the city’s students”, Andronico says.

 

Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone that came out last night (Monday, May 15th) at Cagney’s to support me for School Committee! The overwhelming level of support last night serves as a reminder that the people of Quincy are ready for some new perspectives on the school committee. Over the next six months I’ll continue to need your support as we work to get me elected.

If you were unable to attend be sure to make a contribution online by clicking here.

I’m hoping to leverage my experiences as a life-long Quincy resident and QPS graduate to bring positive change to our school system. As I said in my speech “what the School Committee needs is someone that has recently and successfully overcome the challenges our students face today and will face tomorrow.”

Check out the  great photos below!

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