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Marysville

October 24, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today there was a school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the Marysville School District.  As soon as I heard about the shooting, I immediately contacted police Chief Bob Heimbach to be sure that there was no imminent threat to our students.  The Chief is asking officers to be present at schools as students are dismissed for the weekend.  In addition, our school administrators and campus safety staff made themselves available to students by being in the hallways in support of students. 

Please know that the safety of our students is our highest priority and the district has a safety and crisis plan for each of our schools.  The school administrators conduct safety/emergency drills regularly that includes lockdown, fire, earthquake and emergencies in general.  We work directly with The Quincy  Police Department as part of our continuing effort to keep you and your children safe.

When a very public tragic event occurs, it’s important to keep your children close, safe, calm and reassured.  To do that, there are important steps you can take.

Additional information can be found at:  http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/parenting/talk-to-kids-media-violence.shtml

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

John Boyd
Superintendent
Quincy School District

 

District SES Website Information

After School Tutoring Available!

Your child may be eligible for free extra tutoring/instruction through Title I Supplemental Education Services!

Applies only to students enrolled at the following schools:

Pioneer Elementary, George Elementary, Monument Elementary, Quincy Jr. High

For more information about tutoring providers please visit:  http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/SES/Statewide.aspx

If you would like more information, please contact your school office. 

Tutoring Applications

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Supplemental Services in Quincy

 

Students Served

Students
Eligible

2009-2010

28

1343

2010-2011

57

1361

2011-2012

64

1361

   

Dr Robert Brooks

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Dr. Robert Brooks’ delivered a key note address to the QSD staff entitled, The Power of Mindsets: Creating a Positive School Climate. He  asked us to “connect the dots backwards” in order to recall the events that have impacted our present lives and he reminded us that even the most successful adults have had at least one “charismatic adult” in their lives without whom they may not have achieved success.   We watched a YouTube video of Pharrell Williams explaining that without the support of his band teacher, he would not be where he is today.   Through his humorous and touching stories, Bob Brooks helped us understand that a basic feature of a positive mindset is “To believe that all children from birth want to learn and be successful.” Instead of believing that students are unmotivated, Bob described how students are often dominated by “avoidance motivation” in order to protect themselves from feeling embarrassed and humiliated.  He suggested that:  If we believe all students are motivated to learn and if we understand and that students practice “avoidance motivation,” it will empower us to create “motivating environments” where students can thrive and achieve at high levels. When students are failing we have to ask ourselves what we can do differently rather than expecting the students to change first.   Finally, Dr. Brooks discussed three basic needs that must be met for students to be motivated to learn. 

  1. The need to belong and feel connected (and let’s add the word welcome): When any member of the school environment feels alienated, learning and achievement will be compromised and anger and resentment will become dominant features
  2. The need for self-determination and autonomy, which are significant features of a sense of ownership and resilience: What input and choices do all members of a school community feel they have?  Do they feel their voice is being heard and respected?
  3. The need to feel competent: To identify and reinforce each child’s “islands of competence”  

I would like to ask that we begin to challenge ourselves by eliminating the words lazy and unmotivated from our vocabulary and to empower each other by asking what we can do differently to help student learn.   I will be looking to highlight examples of staff creating “motivating environments” at different times throughout the school year so please email me if you or your colleagues have examples to share and we will highlight these in on our website and in publications.  I will email these examples to Dr. Brooks and who knows, we just might find our way into Dr. Brooks’ next keynote address.  

Powerpoint presentation

Student Mindset article

Teacher Mindset article

Dr. Robert Brooks website

 

John L. Boyd

Superintendent

Quincy School District

   

Quincy School District Selects John Boyd as Next Superintendent

John Boyd 150Quincy School District’s Board of Directors selected John Boyd from a field of three finalists to serve as the district’s next superintendent. Mr. Boyd currently serves as Executive Director of Instructional Leadership in Highline School District in Burien. Highline School District has a student enrollment of more than 18,000 students.

“The board was impressed with Mr. Boyd’s work in his current position as Executive Director of Instructional Leadership, where he focused on working one-on-one with principals to develop their instructional leadership and help them improve student achievement,” said Board President Tricia Lubach. “His work with principals includes using student data, meaningful professional feedback and ongoing professional development to ensure that every student receives the support and rigorous instruction needed to succeed academically. He has a strong background in ELL (English Language Learners) and is bilingual in English and Spanish, which is a good fit for Quincy School District, where almost 86% of students are Hispanic/Latino and many speak Spanish as their native language.” Mr. Boyd received high ratings from the participants who provided feedback to the board throughout the search process, including parents, community members, students and QSD staff members.

Mr. Boyd has worked in the Seattle and Edmonds School Districts since 1992, including three years in his current position, where he focuses on instructional leadership, school operations and working with the Senior Leadership Team.  Previously, he was Principal of Chief Sealth International High School for seven years and Principal of the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center for four years.  He has teaching and administrative experience at elementary, middle and high school levels, including English Language Learners (ELL) and bilingual instruction. Mr. Boyd is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Current QSD superintendent, Dr. Burton Dickerson, is retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 school year after leading the district for seven years. The board contracted with Northwest Leadership Associates to assist with the superintendent search.

   

Common Core State Standards

Have questions about the new Common Core State Standards? Visit the Common Core information page.

   

 

Quincy School District

119 J Street SW

Quincy, WA 98848

Phone: 509-787-4571

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:00-4:30

Summer Office Hours: Mon. - Thurs.  8:00-4:30 (June 16-August 15, 2014)

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