Dear Quincy School District Staff,
In the aftermath of the most recent shooting at Majority Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, I am still struggling to find words that describe my feelings about the tragedy. I have gone through a range of emotions from disbelief to sorrow, rage and quiet introspection. As someone who has spent his whole life in the service of helping students, I find myself in a state of disbelief that we are unable as a society to ensure that our youth are safe in public places such as movie theaters, malls and schools.
These are difficult times that challenge us to know how to support students and families when events like the Florida shooting happen. I have included two resources to help you talk to your students about Trauma. I attached a one-page document that provides guidance for you to have conversations about trauma. The second resource is a more elaborate resource for classroom teachers and counselors. Click Here for a resource from the NY Times for teachers and counselors to help plan conversations about the shooting in Florida.
Even though there is no way to guarantee that every student is 100% safe all the time, I can assure you that the Quincy School district continues to do everything possible to make school a safe and healthy place. The Quincy School District partners with the Quincy Police to staff a full-time armed school resource officer whose job is to be in schools every day. In addition, we are adding more security cameras and providing single point entrances in which guests have to be buzzed in. Our school and district administrators recently engaged in full day active shooter exercise that trained school leaders in how to help students and staff in the event of an active shooter situation. In August, a team of six Quincy School District leaders, along with our new police chief and assistant fire chief, will attend a national training to review and update our district’s safety plan. We will continue to engage in activities that help us respond to emergencies in the most effective and efficient ways.
The Quincy School District is also working to support students to be physically and emotionally healthy. As mental health issues increase in society, we are ramping up how we support our students and families. Every Quincy School has at least one certificated counselor to help our student’s manage socially and emotionally. Two years ago, we hired a social worker to help families who live in the most extreme circumstances connect with local resources to improve the lives of their kids. The Quincy School District is a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) district. Not only does this behavior management philosophy encourage positive behavior, it also creates a culture of student support. Through our Whole Child (social-emotional) Initiative, we continue exploring innovative ways to collaborate with the community to support the well-being of our students.
I want to end with a quote from a Facebook post from Jon Lake, the gentleman who disarmed the Moses Lake School shooter in 1996.
“Be a friend to the homeless, the sick and the elderly. Reach out to young people who need mentors, teachers and the confidants helping to make the world a better place. Every day we need to make a difference. Thank a teacher, offer to help them, shake the hand of a first responder, and pray for our military , local and national leaders. School violence can happen anywhere. Love and caring about each other can happen everywhere. Don’t wait until it is too late. Make a difference every day with everyone you meet. We must replace evil with good.”
Thank you loving and caring for our students during this very difficult time!
John L. Boyd
Quincy School District #144
We are the Quincy School District. Our district covers approximately 450 square miles. Located in Central Washington at the heart of the Columbia Basin situated 150 miles equally between Seattle and Spokane.
The Columbia Basin was created with the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. Not only does the dam provide power for Central Washington, it pumps gallons of water into Banks Lake for irrigation purposes throughout the Columbia Basin.
We are an agricultural community incorporated in 1907 with a city population of 5100 and a school district population of 2500.
District Office Address:
119 J Street SW
Quincy, WA. 98848
The Quincy School District services a far-flung geographic area covering approximately 450 square miles. Before there even was a Grant County, this area was served by many one-room schools. Wherever settlers homesteaded, schools sprang up: Trinidad, Winchester, Frenchman Hills, Burke, and in every compass direction around the present site of Quincy.
During the summer of 1903, the first regular school building in Quincy was erected and 50 students enrolled that September. By 1905, enrollment had jumped from 56 to 165, or a little over 300% in two years. In 1909, Quincy became an accredited high school, at that time employing three teachers. 1911 saw the first graduating class with two young people receiving their diplomas. As the children in the outlying areas grew up, more of them came to town for high school, and by 1922 there were buses from many of these communities bringing the children to Quincy.
Director District 1
Starting at the intersection of I-90 and HWY 281. Northerly on HWY 281 to Rd Q NW. North on Rd Q NW to M St SW. West on M St SW to 3rd Ave SW. North on 3rd Ave SW to L St SW. West on L St SW to 7th Ave SW. North on 7th Ave SW to F St SW. West on F St SW to HWY 28. Westerly on HWY 28 to School District boundary. Counterclockwise following School District boundary to the eastern crossing of I-90. West on I-90 to the point of the beginning.
Director District 2
Starting at the intersection of Rd Q NW and Division St E. East on Division St E to 6th Ave SE. South on 6th Ave SE to Marginal Way. Southwest on Marginal Way to N St SE. West on N St SE to 1st Ave SE. North on 1st Ave SE to M St SE. West on M St SE to Rd Q NW. South on Rd Q NW to HWY 281. Southerly on HWY 281 to I-90. East on I-90 to School District boundary. Counterclockwise following School District boundary to the eastern crossing of the Baird Springs Rd NW. Westerly on Baird Springs Rd NW to Overen Rd. Southerly on Overen Rd to Rd Q NW. South on Rd Q NW to the point of the beginning.
Director District 3
Starting at the intersection of Rd Q NW and Division St E. East on Division St E to 6th Ave SE. South on 6th Ave SE to Marginal Way. Southwest on Marginal Way to N St SE. West on N St SE to 1st Ave SE. North on 1st Ave SE to M St SE. West on M St SE to Rd Q NW. North on Rd Q NW to M St SW. West on M St SW to 3rd Ave SW. North on 3rd Ave SW to L St SW. West on L St SW to 7th Ave SW. North on 7th Ave SW to F St SW. West on F St SW to HWY 28. Westerly on HWY 28 to School District boundary. Clockwise following School District boundary to the eastern crossing of the Baird Springs Rd NW. Westerly on Baird Springs Rd NW to Overen Rd. Southerly on Overen Rd to Rd Q NW. South on Rd Q NW to the point of the beginning.
Director District 4
Director District 5