The purpose of Quincy Middle School is to engage all students in high levels of learning.
The staff at QMS is serious about our mission and work hard to make sure that students gain the skills necessary to be successful.
Our SOAR expectations at Quincy Middle School are found in every classroom and throughout the building. Students are taught the expectations at the beginning of the year and several times throughout the year.
Demonstrate physical and emotional safety for self and others
Be on time and prepared for class. Work to the completion of the assigned work.
Honor others’ individuality and support their positive accomplishments.
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Show consideration. Be kind.
We believe in these expectations and are very encouraged by the positive student response. We have witnessed a reduction of disciplinary incidents around school and an increase in the positive behavior and feelings on behalf of students.
The QMS staff will also continue to focus on the programs that were implemented during our school improvement process. These include:
1. Data-Driven Instruction
We have worked hard to use the student data that we receive from the SBAC, Interim Block Assessments and NWEA tests to better meet the needs of our students. This data allows us to see exactly where our students have been successful and where we need to place more emphasis.
2. Intervention Classes
These classes are designed to help students who are struggling in math, reading or writing. Students are placed in these classes based on their SBAC, ELPA 21 and NWEA data and performance in class.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college bound philosophy and system that places an emphasis on getting students "college and career ready". The instructional strategies emphasized in this system provide students with access to rigorous curriculum and the support necessary to be successful in school while preparing for their future. AVID is a system of "good teaching," its practices resonate with all students and teachers, creating impressive schoolwide results.
Quincy Middle School provides a wide variety of services for those students above grade level. The intent of the program is to offer a more challenging environment that emphasizes community service and constructivism so that by the time a student reaches the high school level they are prepared to be involved in AP courses and earn college credit while still in high school. Currently, our students are able to take Academy classes in reading/language arts, and history. We also have a variety of academic competitions available to students such as Math Counts, Math is Cool and chess tournaments and many club activities for students with different interests and talents.
Quincy Middle School serves 7th and 8th grade students and we anticipate having 400 students for the 2016-17 school year. We provide services for resource students, transitional bi-lingual and highly capable along with students in the general education program. Quincy Middle School serves students from a diverse cultural setting. Since 2011 we have a population of 80% Hispanic, as well as a large population of second language learners (21%). Currently, about 83% of our students receive free and reduced lunch.
Quincy Middle School is in the process of being remodeled. After the completion of this process, QMS will move to the current site of Quincy Middle School and "inherit" a larger buiding with a wide variety of athletic and career and technical education classrooms that we can incorporate into our program. Each of our current classrooms are equipped with a document camera and LCD projector to aid in instruction. The gym is large enough to accommodate two classes at one time along with a weight room and rock climbing wall. Our building is busy after school with athletic activities, tutoring sessions and a variety of community supported activities.
Opportunities for Parents and the Community
The staff at Quincy Middle School welcomes parents and community members to partner with us as we teach our students. We see our parents as vital parts of a child’s education. We provide opportunities for volunteers tutoring students, participating in fundraising activities with our Parent/Teacher Advisory Team (PTAT) and working behind the scenes to prepare for class instruction. We believe the most important job that we ask of parents is to be apart of their child’s education at home. Please assist us in checking your child’s homework and keep in close contact with our teachers. Together we can make sure that your child meets the expectations that we have set for them. If you ever have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact the teachers or the school office.
Title I Schools - Professional Qualifications
Parents, did you know that you can request information regarding the professional qualifications of your student's classroom teachers? If you would like to know more please contact the office.