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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.  

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Student Mindset article

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Dr. Robert Brooks website

 

John L. Boyd

Superintendent

Quincy School District

 

DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR - 2014

Two Quincy School District employees were honored at the Grant County Excellence Banquet in Moses Lake on April 22. This event is sponsored each year by North Central Educational Service District to recognize one Classified Employee and one Certificated Employee from each of the participating school districts in our region. This year, Peggy Hinkins, District Executive Assistant/AESOP Coordinator (pictured on left below), and Claudia Wiggins, Student Support and Behavior Specialistl (pictured on right) were selected by our district for this award. 

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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.

   

QHS Students Exhibit Art throughout Washington!

The artwork of several Quincy High students was displayed at the State Superintendent's office in Olympia, from December through February.  This work is now exhibited at the Quincy Public Library, in addition to other artwork from the high school.  Please stop by the lovely Quincy Library and see our students' work!

The work of sixteen Quincy High students is on display at the regional ESD show in Wenatchee!  The show opens this Tuesday, March 18th, and runs until April 4th at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.  This show consists of work from high schools throughout the North Central ESD, and finalists will move on to the Annual State Superintendent's Art Show.  An awards reception will take place on Saturday, March 22nd, from 12-3pm.  The show will also be a featured stop on the Wenatchee First Friday event on April 4th from 5-8pm.  Please make an effort to see this fantastic show in Wenatchee and celebrate the amazing work of our regional high school artists!

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QHS Wrestlers League and District Champs!

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Congratulations to the Jackrabbit Wrestlers, 2014 Undefeated (2 years in a row) CTL League and District Champions.  The Jackrabbits defended their district title by winning in a dominating fashion, scoring 315 team points to the second place team's 237.5 points.  There were 6 finalists with 3 Champions and 9 other wrestlers qualifying for regionals.

Champions - Raul Barajas, Isias Jimenez and  Antonio Melendez.  Other wrestlers moving on to regionals include: Victor Salgado, Ismael Guerrero, John Lindquist, Ricardo Estrada, Andy Vargas, Steven Gomez, Iche Ramirez, Cade Wallace, Austin Morris, Emilio Ybarra, Jose Solorio, Rey Rubio and Alternates Mario Mercado and Jesus Guzman.

   

QJHS Sends Team to Chess Tournament

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On Saturday, February 1, 11 Quincy Junior High Students attended the Waypoint Chess Tournament in Ephrata, Washington.   This is the 3rd year that QJH has taken a team to the competition.  This year our top player, Juan Bustos, won 4 out 5 matches, followed by Josue Navarro, Zac Reynolds and Gregory Berndt with 3 out of 5 matches.  Other students who did well were Leo Hernandez, Max Molina, Devon Salcedo, Daniel Gamiz, Ricky Ruesgo,  Guadalupe Calixto and Francisco Guzman.  Also at the meet were Gustavo Guzman from Monument Elementary and Titus Berndt, Cyril Berndt, Austin  Manly  and Jesus Sanchez from the high school. 

The Chess tournament is a local event, open to Moses Lake, Soap Lake, Ephrata and Quincy students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade.  This year Quincy School District is excited because Titus Berndt from the high school won the 1st place and earned a $500 college scholarship.    Way to go Quincy!

   

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Quincy School District

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Quincy, WA 98848

Phone: 509-787-4571

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