Oct. 11, 2017 School Committee Meeting


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:30 pm
Coddington Building

I. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting Minutes for September 27, 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. October 1 Enrollment

C. Grade 8 Open Houses

D. Sterling Building Committee Meeting, October 17

E. Quincy School~Community Partnership Events

F. Point Webster 100th Anniversary, November 18

G. Harvest Festivals: Wollaston School, October 14

H. Pre-Kindergarten Parent Academy, October 24 at Central

I. NQHS Technology Engineering Grant

J. Health & Wellness Symposium, October 18

IV. Old Business:

V. New Business:

A. Program Improvement Plan Presentations:

1. Literacy Ms. Baglione, Ms. Vaughan
2. Early Childhood Ms. Connolly, Ms. Graham

B. MASC Conference Delegate (Motion & Vote) Mrs. Hubley

C. Energy Efficient Vehicle Policy Mr. Bregoli
    (for referral to Policy Subcommittee)

VI. Additional Business:

VII. Communications:

A. Upcoming School Committee Meetings (Coddington Building, 6:30 pm, except where noted): October 25, 2017 (Point Webster Middle School); November 15, 2017 (Executive Session at 6:00 pm); December 6, 2017 (Central Middle School at 6:00 pm)

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: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 2017, 6:00 pm
4. Athletics: Monday, November 13, 2017
5. Teaching & Learning: Monday, November 13, 2017 (5:30 pm); Tuesday, November 14, 2017; Monday, November 20, 2017; Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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 – October 11, 2017
Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, October 11, 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, and Mr. Paul Bregoli, Vice Chair.

Vice Chair Presiding

Also present were: Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Secretary; Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk; Ms. Janet Baglione, Ms. Lori Cahill, Ms. Kerri Connolly, Mr. Michael Draicchio, Ms. Julie Graham, Dr. Beth Hallett, Mr. James Mullaney, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Mrs. Maura Papile, Mrs. Erin Perkins, Ms. Madeline Roy, Mr. Keith Segalla, Ms. Jessica Sikora, Ms. Bridget Vaughan; Quincy Education Association President Allison Cox; Citywide Parents Council Co-President Courtney Perdios; Quincy High School Student Representative Timothy Nguyen and North Quincy High School Student Representative Luke Molloy. Mrs. Mahoney was absent.


There was a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Las Vegas tragedy and also for former employee Wayne Mirick, Quincy Public Schools employee for thirty five years, most recently as an Attendance Officer.


Regular Meeting Minutes Approved 9.27.2017

Mr. DeAmicis made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Hubley to approve the Regular Meeting minutes for September 27, 2017. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Open Forum

John Rodephele requested coordination of next year’s meeting calendar so that Planning Board and Conservation board meetings don’t overlap with School Committee meetings.


Superintendent's Report

Dr. DeCristofaro opened the Superintendent’s Report with a review of the October 10 Professional Development afternoon for elementary and high school teachers. Over 500 Academic Classroom and Program Teachers, plus Academic Support Staff members participated. Staff were able to choose from professional development opportunities for enhancing technical skills, classroom instruction, and supporting social emotional learning.

Upcoming Quincy Public Schools events include the Open House events for Grade 8 Students and Families at Quincy High School on Monday, October 23 and North Quincy High school on Tuesday, October 24, both at 6:30 pm. The Point Webster 100th Anniversary will be held on November 18 at 2:00 pm. The Wollaston School Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. A Pre-Kindergarten Parent Academy will be held on October 24 at 6:00 pm at Central Middle School, in partnership with QPAC to Special Education.

North Quincy High School is the recipient of a Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Award of $138,000 Grant for the Engineering Program, thanks to Keith Segalla, Principal Robert Shaw, and teacher Jessica Flaherty for their efforts in securing this grant.

The Quincy Public Schools Health & Wellness Symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at the Tirrell Room at 3:00 pm. Principals, School Nurses, and site-based Health & Wellness Team members will meet to share best practices and set school wellness goals. This system-wide collaboration opportunity is thanks to Rita Bailey and Maura Papile.

Quincy School~Community Partnership Events: SPLASH Learn to Swim with the South Shore YMCA, which began this week and the upcoming Teacher Mini-Grants Reception on November 2 at the Neighborhood Club. On October 13 at 3:30 pm, representatives from TD Bank and Boston Celtics will be at Lincoln Hancock Elementary School for the opening of the recently renovated Music Room, a project that was completed in partnership with QCARE.

Due to the delayed release of MCAS 2.0 data by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, School and Program Improvement Plan presentations have been rescheduled into mid-November. A revised calendar of meeting dates was shared with School Committee.

At the annual Professional Teacher Status reception, 50 teachers will be recognized at the Bradford Library at Quincy High School on Thursday, October 12 at 3:00 pm. Thanks to Kevin Mulvey and the Human Resources staff.

Dr. DeCristofaro shared the October 1 Enrollment overview, highlights include enrollment increased by 155 students this year, 99 of this increase are split between the two high schools. No significant increases or decreases at the elementary level, where class sizes are favorable with an average of 19-20 students per grade. At the middle school level, Atlantic, Point Webster, and Sterling have increases of 20+ students. 89% of middle school classes are at 24 or fewer students. At the high school level, 84% of sections have 25 or fewer students. Science and foreign language class sizes are at 26 students or below, so no issues with equipment or materials. Opportunities and Challenges based on enrollment projections and building capacity overviews will be presented at the February Facilities & Security Subcommittee meeting.


Old Business

There was no Old Business on the Agenda.


New Business

Program Improvement Plan Presentation: Literacy

Coordinator of English Language Arts Bridget Vaughan and Literacy Teacher Janet Baglione presented the Literacy Program Improvement Plan, reviewing the program goal of identifying and supporting students who struggle to acquire foundational literacy skills. Students are identified at the Integrated Learning Team meetings at each elementary school based on assessment results and overall reading performance. Literacy teachers provide interventions to struggling readers in Kindergarten through Grade 4, also known as Tier III students, who are currently at risk for low reading achievement and require reading interventions to accelerate student growth. Literacy teachers have a menu of instructional interventions in the areas of Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.

In reflecting on last year’s goals, the first goal focused on reducing the number of students requiring Tier 3 interventions. This goal was met for Grades 1 and 2, but technically not for Kindergarten. Part of the issues is the number of different subtests for DIBELS Next in Kindergarten. In Grade 3, the focus shifts from learning to read and reading to learn and the DIBELS Next assessment only measures reading fluency rate. The MAP Assessment is now in place to assist in supporting the second goal, to increase the RIT scores by 10 points for both Grades 2 and 3, which was met. The third goal was to create a uniform protocol for the Integrated Learning Team Meeting and the team created a document in collaboration with the Special Education and Student Support departments and revised the Individual Accommodation Plan (ICAP).

For 2017-2018, the goal of decreasing Tier 3 students by 3% will be continued for Grades K-2. The second goal is to increase the RIT scores on the MAP Assessments through the implementation of Guided Reading and Close Reading Strategies by 10 points. Professional Development to support these initiatives will be provided in intervals throughout the year. The third goal is to continue to collaborate with grade-level teachers, Special Education, and English Learner teachers on more effective use of data and implementing mini-ILTs as needed during the school year. The Literacy Team meets monthly to collaborate on achievement of these goals and refine action steps.

Mrs. Lebo thanked the presenters, all of her questions were answered during the presentation. Ms. Isola thanked the presenters as well, noting she is always struck by the communication between the Literacy team, the classroom teachers, and the other academic supports within each school, setting up our students for success. The Literacy Team has been expanded far beyond the reductions of the lean budget years and this is great to see.

Mr. Molloy asked what the range of the RIT scale is. Mrs. Baglione said the range is normed for each grade level and are different for different times of the year.

Mr. Bregoli noted that the Literacy program has assisted with early interventions, Mrs. Baglione said the goal is to close the literacy skills gap before Grade 2. At the Kindergarten level, there is some push-in to the classroom, including all students in an effort to identify students needing supports as soon as possible. Mr. Bregoli asked if there are fewer Resource Room referrals as a result. Mrs. Baglione said this varies from year to year, but the early Literacy supports assist with furthering Resource Room interventions.

Dr. DeCristofaro thanked the presenters, the communication ensures that all teachers are on the same instructional wavelength, providing the targeted assistance to ensure success for all students.


New Business

Program Improvement Plan Presentation: Early Childhood

Team Administrators Julie Graham and Kerri Connolly presented the Early Childhood Program Improvement Plan, in service of the program’s mission of providing enriching programs for young children identified with special needs as well as their typically-developing peers. The curriculum meets the social, emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of our young children, the foundation for life-long learning. Pre-Kindergarten classes range from 10 to 15 students, depending on whether they are integrated or Special Education programs. In addition, Early Childhood encompasses the 755 Kindergarten students in general education and special education classrooms. This is the 12th year of free-Full-Day Kindergarten for Quincy Public Schools. All Kindergarten classes are supported by a full-time Paraprofessional staff member and both curriculum and assessments are common among all school sites.

Ms. Connolly presented a reflection on last year’s goals. The Kindergarten team successfully implemented an electronic standards-based report card utilizing ASPEN. The Pre-Kindergarten team was successful in their implementation of a Developmental Checklist. In addition, the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten teams worked to align components of the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum within their current classroom practices and the Pre-Kindergarten team participated in training for the administration of PreLAS, to assist with identifying students with English Learner Education needs.

For 2017-2018, goals include training in the implementation of PBIS and Calm Classroom in the Pre-Kindergarten setting and integrating this with current classroom practices based on the MA Standards for Social and Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play and Learning. Standards include self-awareness, selfmanagement, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsive decisionmaking. Goal 2 is for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten teachers to utilize strategies and materials from Foundations in Mathematics course to further support student success in the content area of mathematics.

Pre-Kindergarten teacher Lori Cahill spoke about the continuity provided by the common curriculum, which allows for maximum student support. The scope and sequence ensures that students are prepared for Kindergarten at their neighborhood schools. Collaboration among the staff at Della Chiesa ECC and Snug Harbor ensures for fluidity; if students change schools or programs, they will be able to transition into a familiar classroom routine and curriculum. The third goal is for the Pre-Kindergarten team to provide opportunities to further develop the collaboration between the home and school environments.

Ms. Isola asked if there is a correlation between the math manipulatives and concept development. Ms. Graham said the kinesthetic connection is very important in conceptual development. Ms. Isola enjoyed the Calm Classroom video, mindfulness is very important, learning it young is wonderful.

Mr. Bregoli asked if the Pre-Kindergarten schedule has changed. Ms. Graham said there is one classroom at each site that are full days Monday-Thursday or Wednesday-Friday. All other integrated Pre-Kindergarten classes are half-day on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Mr. Molloy noted that he is a member of the first Full-Day Kindergarten cohort who entered in 2006. He would like to see Calm Classroom at the high school level and complimented having the video clips to support the program evidence.

Dr. DeCristofaro thanked both the presenters, their extraordinary collaboration and professional development ensure that staff have an investment in the goals and action steps. Dr. DeCristofaro thanked Public Buildings for the work in creating the two new classrooms at Della Chiesa.


New Business

MASC Conference Delegate

Mrs. Hubley made a motion that she will represent the Quincy School Committee at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. The motion was seconded by Ms. Isola and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.


New Business

Fuel Efficient Fleet Policy (Revision)

Mr. Bregoli made a motion to refer the revision of the Fuel Efficient Fleet Policy to the Policy Subcommittee. Mrs. Hubley seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Additional Business

Mrs. Lebo announced that on September 5, 2017, the Joint Committee on Education met at the State House to discuss a pending bill would allow for 100 minutes per week of recess to be counted as scheduled time on learning (20 minutes per day). House Bill H.235 and Senate Bill S.308; Ms. Owens will send copies to all School Committee members.



Upcoming meetings were announced: October 25, 2017 at Point Webster Middle School at 6:30 p.m.; November 15, 2017 at the Coddington Building (Executive Session at 6:00 pm, followed by the Regular Meeting at 6:30 pm); and December 6, 2017 at Central Middle School at 6:00 pm.

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); November 13, 2017 (Athletics at 5:00 pm and Teaching & Learning at 5:30 pm); November 14, 20, and 21, 2017 (Teaching & Learning, all at 5:00 pm).


Reports of Subcommittees

Mr. Bregoli noted that all School Committee and Subcommittee meeting minutes are posted online at www.quincypublicschools.com. 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 7:45 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Hubley and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.