SPC Meeting Minutes

2.7.19 SPC Meeting Minutes

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:33 AM by Rowena Tuttle

SPC Meeting and Chinese New Year Celebration

Thursday, Feb 7th, 2019
6:00PM - 8:00PM

6:00pm - 6:45pm Potluck family feast & Lunar New Year celebration in the cafeteria,
some students will also be performing the lion dance!
6:45 - 8pm Childcare and gross motor activity in the gym with Mr. Levett! Arts and
crafts will also be available.
7pm - 8pm Parents gather in the cafeteria for SPC meeting and school updates.

Speakers: Principal Soo Hoo - School Updates,
Debbie and Vivian Ortiz - Safe Routes to School
Webster Pilcher of JQSA - Announcing 172 Anniversary Banquet
Jen Roy of SPC, Internet Safety and Immigration Project Volunteers Needed
Rowena Tuttle JQES Community Field Coordinator - Upcoming Events

Principal Soo Hoo - School Updates
1) International Baccalaureate:
- School met with District's Academics department in supporting our Curriculum
Development (Standards alignment, resources, flexibility to receive Science kits when
needed; ways to have more cross-grade level and cross content/specialists meeting as
well as Professional development)
- The Upper school will hold a Middle Years Programme IB night next Tuesday from
5:30-6:30 at 900 Washington Street
- Our next IB Community information night will be Thursday, March 7th from 5-6pm (The
district will have their BPS Budget meeting in the auditorium from 6-10pm)
2) Budget:
- Submitted a balanced budget
- Had to close one of our Early Childhood Center Based Classrooms due to low
- Continue to prioritize full-time paraprofessional in all Kindergartens and smaller class
sizes in grades 1 and 2
- Inclusion is rolling up to grade 5
3) Others:
- The Wellness Committee has drafted a letter to the BuildBPS team requesting that the
findings in the BuildBPS Josiah Quincy Elementary School Facility Evaluation Report be
part of the BUildBPS plan including which include the Roof Membrane and windows. In
addition requests for the entire Envelope of the school and rug removal be completed.
- The school site council will create a strategic plan document to ensure our priorities
and initiatives are well planned and align to our school's Vision

Debbie and Vivian Ortiz - Safe Routes to School
Parents will:
1. Understand what SRTS Boston is, why it exists and what we do
2. Learn what they can do to help make walking to school safe, fun, and
● Walk (or bike) to school with your child. Follow the preferred walk routes and
teach them to your children. Model safe walking/biking strategies and help your child
learn to get to school safely.
(Please take copies of the preferred walking route map and safe walking tips in English
and Chinese)
● Attend your school’s Wellness Council meetings. Ask about efforts to
implement Safe Routes to School and how you can help.
(I will include this or leave it out, depending on your preference)
● Walk to School Days - Review the history the Quincy has with Walk to School
Days and how they help encourage children to value active transportation.
(I am not sure if you want parents to be involved in helping to organize WTSD - I will
show the planning toolkit)
● Advocate for Safer Streets: Identify and document concerns and communicate
them to the city using the BOS:311 app, and/or Vision Zero Safety Concerns Map.
○ Plan a Safety Walk: Organize a group of parents and community members to
walk to school following the Preferred Walking Route together. Identify and document
concerns and make a plan to communicate them to the city using the BOS:311 app,
and/or Vision Zero Safety Concerns Map. Resources available to assist.
(I will share the attached 311/Vision Zero sheet - in both English and Chinese. If parents
are interested in doing a safety walk i can discuss further (along with Vivian) in a follow
up meeting)
● Consider organizing a Walking School Bus, Park and Walk, or Bicycle
Train. Walking or biking to school is more fun for kids (and parents) when they are
together. Utilize the preferred walking route map to identify meet up spots and times so
you can walk as a group.
(This would also be a good follow up opportunity if parents indicate an interest)
● Share your experience through social media. Use #saferoutesboston or on
walk to school day: #bpswalktoschoolday
3. Determine a plan for next steps - walk audit, walking school bus, etc. Invite parents
to sign up to be a part of a safe routes committee.

Webster Pilcher of JQSA - Announcing 172 Anniversary Banquet
● Celebrating the 172nd JQES anniversary celebration banquet on Wednesday, May
15th at Empire Garden in Chinatown
● Annual fundraiser, aiming to raise $100,000 for student programs including
technology, athletics, field trips, and school services
● Everyone can help by buying tickets, making donations for the silent/live auction,
making tax deductible donations, or becoming major donors and honored guests
● Fundraising help is always appreciated! Please let me, Rhonda, or Cynthia know if
you'd like to help raise money for the JQSA

Jen Roy of SPC, Internet Safety and Immigration Project Volunteers Needed
Internet Safety
The Parent Council is looking at sponsoring a workshop on Kid's online usage and
safety. Technology has both made our lives much easier and are posing challenges
that are new and no parent before us have confronted before.
● How many of your kids play on the computer/ipad/phone ?
● How many of you have a hard time getting your kids off the computer/ipad/phone
● How many of you wonder/worry about how much time kids should be on
electronic media each day?
● What are kids learning from using electronics? What are they being exposed to?
● How many of you have put in parental controls on the devices your children are
using? Are they fool proof?
If you answered "yes" to at least two of these questions, join us for a workshop on "Kids
and Screentime" to share your experience, to share resources and strategies that work
and to hear about the current research in this area. The workshop date is TBD

Immigration Project
The fourth grade team is implementing a new IB Unit on Immigration. The central idea
for the unit is People Migrate for Many Reasons. The fourth Grade team is requesting a
group of parents to participate in a panel where they can share their own personal
experiences. Some questions that may be asked:
● Why did you immigrate?
● Who came with you when you immigrated?
● How long did the visa process take for you?
● Where and with whom did you stay?
● Were you separated from your families in order to come here?
● Did you attend school in the United States?
This panel discussion may also be open to questions from students. If you are
interested in participating, it will take place the week after vacation. The fourth grade
team is open to coordinating a time that works well for parents that are interested.
If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact Ms. Moreira at

Rowena Tuttle JQES Community Field Coordinator - Upcoming
Please take a copy of the “How to Stay Connected With JQES” Flyer
2/8 - Dim sum Outing for Parents at 9:30am at China Pearl (RSVP to
RTuttle@bostonpublicschools.org by Weds.)
2/12 - JQUS IB Info Night from 530-630pm at JQUS Cafeteria *Targeted towards
grades 5-8
2/15 - Lunar New Year Celebration at Tufts - Some JQES Students to perform in atrium
from 12-1pm
2/18-22 - February Recess NO School
3/29- Disco Dance (6pm)
4/3- SPC Executive Meeting
4/15-19 - April Break NO SCHOOL
4/25 - Parent Council Meeting/ Movie Night
5/10 - Teacher Appreciation Breakfast 8am
5/15 - JQES 172nd Annual Banquet Fundraiser hosted by JQSA at Empire Garden

11/15/18 SPC Meeting Minutes

posted Nov 19, 2018, 10:50 AM by Rowena Tuttle

School Parent Council (SPC) Meeting Minutes

November 15, 2018, 6-8pm


6:00pm - 6:30pm  Come share a dish and mingle with other JQES parents/families!

6:30pm  Parents may bring their children to the gym for gross motor time with Mr. Levett!!!

 Arts and crafts will also be available.

6:45pm - 8pm  Parents, please join us in the Auditorium for a parent icebreaker activity & meeting.

• Principal Soo Hoo will share school updates and discuss how the school’s Title I funds are being allocated.

• The School Parent Council, Citywide Council, and Josiah Quincy School Association will share updates.

• Learn what school events are coming up and how you can become involved.

• Ask questions and come discuss school issues with other parents/families.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for the Parent Council, please email us:



Asbestos at JQES

School Vision / MCAS Outcomes

School Showcase

Title 1 Funds

Updates from: Parent Council, JQSA, JQOP, City-Wide Parent Council

Asbestos at JQES

From Principal Soo Hoo: Asbestos notice was sent home, there was a water leak that required immediate attention due to known asbestos in walls. It was abated. BPS Facilities is on top of this.


Parent: Did they give you a plan of action?

Principal- In January (6 months) they will come back to reassess.

Other parent- When was the last assessment?

Principal Soo Hoo- 3 years ago

Health teacher- If its not touched, its ok, when it is disturbed it needs to be professionally managed.

Parent- What can disturb it?

Principal Soo Hoo- Construction. But this time it happened because of a leak.

Parent- Did they look at the other spots where there were leaks?

Is there a plan to get a new roof for the building? YES

Principal Soo Hoo: Facilities department is handling this- The water coming from the roof caused a leak. Assessors have looked at the roof. They came when it was raining to see where the leaks are.

Parent: Would the district pay for the roof?

Principal Soo Hoo- YES.

School Vision / MCAS Outcomes

Principal Soo Hoo: School’s vision- contributing global citizens. Value the whole child. We are following the state standards. Here at the Quincy we look at each individual. UDL, Choices in how they have learned material. Response to instruction. Monitoring students. Add up to the sum of 10. Figuring out ways they can incorporate ways to access the materials.

Social Emotional Learning- Positive Behavior Intervention System. Dragon scales are almost filled. Jamboree will be next week to celebrate. What it looks like to be safe and respectful in all different areas of the school. Ensure they have great social skills. All comes under the umbrella of IB.

MCAS Accountability- How does it work? Our accountability states that we are now at a Tier III

Let’s just say we were at 65% Next year you should be able to make it up to 69%

JQES was at 70s and 80s. Math 500.2 to 500.1 so we got zero credit

If we stayed the same we would have gotten 25 points

If we had Increased we would have gotten 75 points

If we had Met target we would have gotten 100 points

These scores are used for a school quality framework. Tier 1 school, Now Tier 3 school- This data was made public on Saturday, 11/17 (right before Citywide Showcase), and information about Tier status was made available to administration on Thursday, 11/15.

They look at our school’s MCAS grades 3,4,5 from last year to this year. They want to see more students meeting targets set by the state. Students who score in different levels are put into smaller cohorts that are followed year to year to track progress. Compared against each other. How much will you improve each year? Did you meet the targets yes or no? It is questionable whether all high performing schools will reach a point where they fluctuate less given the high level of achievement.

MCAS Alt scores improved dramatically.

Nothing has changed with school survey. 5 areas

Student Performance account for 75% of Tier grading system

This is a Huge Hit for the school. Dramatic Change, Principal will meet with Data and Accountability team to see how could 1 year could change the tier so much.

Can possibly be a hit in funding.

Interventionist in younger grades.

Tier Levels are an indicator of how well a school is doing, however, our school dropping to a Tier 3 does not accurately reflect that we rank 6 of 126 schools in terms of MCAS Proficiency. Prospective families use Tier levels as part of the School Choice process and may be less likely to be interested in our school because it is now Tier 3.

In the past, the school has dropped down and come back up again. It has never dropped two tier levels, but has gone up and down one tier level before.

This is just 3,4,5th grades.

Use Access Scores- 100% meeting targets.

Only difference was in MCAS.

School Showcase is on Saturday the 17th. At City Hall and featured all 126 BPS elementary and highschools. Principal Soo Hoo, Rowena Tuttle, and Bonnie Donohue represented the school and met with Prospective families to talk about our school. Christopher Schroeder of JQOP also joined.

Title 1 Funds- Inform parents about Title 1 funding. Schools 40% students are disadvantaged. Helps to build equity.

JQES Prioritizes:

  • 1st and 2nd grade smaller class sizes. Full time para in all K2 classrooms; BPS only requires half time paras for this grade level.

  • Literacy support staff to do literacy intervention.

  • 1% of funds for family engagement. When the school has end of the year This Is Us event, engaged families.

  • Working with ILT to make sure UDL- access the best way they learn best. Constantly looking at meeting objectives. Small groups to receive and gain skills and knowledge. Social Emotional Learning.

STIG- Update from Parent Council:

We have MLK day ice skating party in the North End. Free Skates for everyone. No limits to turn up. Can anyone bring crates? Mid-January, the 21st.

Webster- JQSA Fundraiser Supplement the lives of the students at the school

Field trips, Supplementing salaries to invest in the students here.

Best known for the gala. Climax of all of the work. Funds to support the kids. Last year we raised 100k for students. Parent volunteers. May 16, Empire Garden. Great way to raise money for the school. Webster and Rhonda co-chair JQSA. Need donations, charitable auctions. Minimum hit the goal again to hit the 100k mark. No contribution is too small or big.

Ann Sousa- Parent City-Wide Council Update: Upcoming BuildBPS meetings scheduled at Quincy. Need more representation from other schools. Out of over 130 schools only 12 representatives were at last meeting. It has the ability to move agendas in the city but there needs to be more representation.

2/8/18 Meeting Minutes

posted Mar 1, 2018, 6:41 PM by Rowena Tuttle

Thursday 2-8- 2018 Agenda:
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM - Family Feast Time at the JQES Cafeteria 6:45 PM - Child Care Starts in the Auditorium
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM –- School Updates
* Principal Soo Hoo: Updates for the School and Focus for the remaining school year
* Upcoming JQES events: Disco Dance, Teacher Appreciation, “This is US” (end of year JQES
community event) & 171st Anniversary Celebration
* Committee Sign-up for upcoming events
* Box Top Program and Amazon Smile
* Online Safety topics for March 28 Presentation by Microsoft
* Traditional Lion Dance!
Sonal announced updates for school (See attachment from Principal Cynthia Soo Hoo)
 Student Connects program cut back caused a lot of concern during the meeting. We will have 3
dates to voice their concerns regarding the cutting of the program.
 Budget Hearing Meetings:
 Tuesday, March 6
   6 p.m. – FY19 Budget Hearing 
   English High School - 144 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain
 Wednesday, March 14
   5 p.m. – FY19 Budget Hearing
   6 p.m. – School Committee meeting
   2300 Washington Street, Roxbury - 2nd Floor
 Wednesday, March 28
   6 p.m. – Regular Meeting and FY19 Budget vote
   2300 Washington St, Roxbury - 2nd Floor
If parents want to help, they can testify at one of these meetings regarding positive impact of City Connects or regarding
the Opportunity Index. I attended and testified at the hearing last night. 
Stig talked about upcoming large events which require a lot of parent participation.
 Disco dance—April
 Teacher appreciation—May Very large event and requires a lot of parent participation for
 Free Fundraising discussion (see attached flyer) and how the parents can help using Box Top and
Amazon Smile.
SPC is looking for parents to help us with translation of notes and information.
Rowena the school social media admin spoke about:

Anniversary Celebration for the 171 st May 31 st 5:30-9:30pm
10 course traditional Chinese Banquet (Empire Garden)
Online and live auctions fundraising: (JQS community helps with auction items)
o Swimming program, Technology updates and Field Trips
o Last year we raised 100k which was used to fund Swim Instruction for 440 Students
(Grades 2-5), purchase 25 Chrome books this year, Chrome carts, field trips etc.
Online Safety presentation for 3 rd to 5 th graders. Individual will come back and do it for parents
during March 28 th (next) SPC meeting.

Ways to stay connected with the school:
 Google group (jqs-boston@googlegroups.com)
 Social Media
 Parent coffee hour every Friday at 9:15am
Andrea Blake (Technology Specialist & JQS Upper school SPC President)
 Upper school has SPC meetings which help prevent/promote smaller group.
 Middle School and Upper program school IB program is really good.
 No update about JQS Upper School new building.
 IB Test High Level and save one year on College.
 Meeting with Middle and Upper school parents to help with transition between schools.

SPC Meeting Minutes - 11/16/2017

posted Dec 1, 2017, 11:44 AM by Jen Roy   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 11:57 AM ]

Student Parent Council Meeting:  11-16-2017


6:00 PM - 6:45 PM - Family Feast Time 6:45PM - Child Care Starts in the Auditorium 6:45PM - 7:15PM –- Updates

*JQES Updates - Principal Soo Hoo

*Outline of upcoming JQES events

*Introduction to Josiah Quincy School Association (JQSA) - Alice Drew

*Introduction to the Box Tops Program - Bonnie Donohue

7:15PM - 7:45PM - JQES School Psychologist Eric Wong to introduce parents to the F.I.R.E. values which are used at the school and how we can reinforce the values at home.

7:45PM - 8PM - Q&A

Welcome—Updates by Principal Cynthia Soo Hoo:

Instructional Focus all classrooms all students expanding focus around evidence based tasks—reading, writing and speaking.

IB program 1st meeting was information why it is good fit for the school.  Next meeting Th Dec 7th about How.  Teachers busy with curriculum and planning more project/inquiry based like real world to prepare for kids to be global citizens.

This Saturday teachers will have 6 hr. training and making sure materials are valid and not biased.  New revised Mass state standards to build units of study.

School start time and some parents attended meeting last week to share some concerns around the school.  It gets dark out many buses are late.  Medically fragile students had issues and those concerns were raised.  Earlier start time possibly for elementary schools and later for high schools.  This will be made public on Dec 7th and we will know when next year start time for JQES.  School day 6 hours and 40minutes.  Algorithm by MIT will be used for school times.  Orchestra program is prepared if needed we will know by Dec 7th.  Might keep it within a hour timeslot.

Saturday Dec 9th TDBank Garden for all school previews.  Other school previews in Dec and Jan.  Early release Thanksgiving and last 2 days of school means 2 hours before the end time is 2:10pm.

12/9/2017            TD Garden                  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

12/11/2017            JQES                     5:30 pm -- 7:00 pm

1/5/2018            JQES                     10:00 am – 11:30 am

1/24/2018            JQES                     10:00 am – 11:30 am



Eric Wong school psychiatrist talking about FIRE values and how to link from school to home.

Agenda Book has FIRE chart.  Positive behavior intervention system.  We all do things differently and value different things.  FIRE initiative is to create one language at school.

Focus, Integrity, Respect, Empathy.  What each looks like across all the areas throughout the day for kids.  Integrity even when no one is watching.  Focus pay attention.  Respect watch the hands and what we are doing.  Empathy try and understand what someone else feels.

Highlight modeling of the good behavior and reward them.  When they find a student, who is demonstrating the child receives a dragon scale.  POD meetings once a week and highlight students in front of their peer.  After the dragon is filled they have a spirit day.  Jamboree next Wednesday half day before Thanksgiving.

Lesson plans on how to teach these to the students.  Mapping the IB values and attitudes with FIRE values.  Social and emotional learning called second step.   

If family wants to sit down with Eric and work out how to discuss continuing the FIRE values at home.  He has offered below time options:

Nov 27th Morning and Evening—8:00am or tentative times in the evening

Dec 1st in the Evening

Dec 4th Morning tentative

Please email Eric Wong:  ewong2@bostonpublicschools.org More structure TBD upon the meetings.

FIRE chart attached below.


JQSA-Alice Drew fundraise for the kids.  Any amount that budget doesn’t cover they will fundraise.  Enrichment activities during school, School trip.  They bring people to the school if they cant bring the kids out.  

Raise money for the swimming program about 60k so 2nd-5th graders can do swimming during school.  Graded on their levels.  They look for money and donors in the city.  One major fundraiser in Spring—Adult only event typically.  More info coming in Spring.  Need volunteers for the JQSA as well.

Red envelope challenge in January.

jqsassociation@gmail.com Tax free charitable org.


Bonnie Donohue –Coordinates Box Tops –easy way for all parents to help contribute to the school.  Lots of products have Box tops.  Please be aware of this and help out.

Cut out send it in with the kids or Box in the office.  Box Top app that might have specials where school can make extra money.  Extra money for the school.

Smile.amazon.com—Please pick JQSA to support the school as you shop on Amazon.

Send it in with child.

Office across from the desk

YMCA Chinatown has it near the exit door.

Money goes directly to JQSA.  Try to put Box at the Friday morning coffee hour.


2 non-profits in the School-- Michael & Ann

JQOP—Orchestra program. Subsidize 56% of the cost there is a brochure and flyer for the December 2nd 11am – 4pm Holiday Bazaar.  Farmers market feel with bakery and vendors etc.

80 Christmas trees Saturday morning will be brought in by the Michael about 7-8 feet tall fresh trees from Vermont.  If anyone wants a really tall tree email Michael (michaelfraserfir@gmail.com).  Last year parents loved the trees.  


Last year fundraiser we made the goal.  Swimming pool need the fundraising every year please volunteer to help out with activities at the school.

Corporate Matching programs may help with more donations for the school.

Upcoming Events: Please review SPC flyer for events.


Q&A  Principal Soo Hoo

ELT Cynthia overview teaching for additional 40 mintues but staff utilizing it more effectively.  Much needed for state required minutes.  6 hour day was not sufficient.  

Kids are tired.  Time being used in different ways by different grade levels.  For example; 3rd grade will plan out something for 2 weeks and moving to different teachers etc.  Specialist helping so teachers have smaller groups.  Some kindergarten gets to go out twice.  No requests being taken for start times.

School menu doesn’t get served what is on the menu.  Issues with food and delivery.  Not enough milk was an issue.  New lunch manager.  Food delivery is off and what was ordered.  Dismissal at the end of the day and lot of congestion that happens.  This year’s dismissal is working best.  Please let Cynthia know if you have issues with dismissal.  

Cafeteria management is through Central.  Parent advocacy group that pushed for the program and company.  Please provide feedback about the new food company.

No homework policy—lowering amount of work that is given due to ELT.  Activities, websites –during Parent teacher conference.  BPS guidebook has homework policy is still recommended 45-60 minutes.  Reading is included in the minutes.  

BPS policy once child has a fever they have to stay home for 24 hours.

School uniforms—SSC surveys went out 2 weeks ago…What uniform we would have and what it would look like.  Ask the teacher for the survey if you have not received it.

SPC Audio Meeting 1-9-2017

posted Jan 12, 2017, 1:52 AM by Andrea Blake

Stig, Rekha and Sonal were on the Audio call at 4pm.  Marisa, Shirley and Christy could not make it.  Principal Soo Hoo joined 

  •  Motion to make Rekha President
  • All on the call agreed that we need to strengthen leadership in the SPC this year.
  • We need to plan out the remaining year’s events ahead of time to make sure we are well prepared. Suggest one meeting with parents every other month. 
  • Face-to-Face meetings tough since we are all busy.  We decided that audio meetings are good to ensure frequent communication.
  • Ice Skating flyer printed and distributed earlier today by Rekha and Stig.
  • SPC meeting tentative 1/25 to give us time to coordinate since next week is a short week.
    • Tentative Agenda 1/25
      • Stig to follow up with Olga to have her speak to students about Know your Rights campaign with the new incoming Trump Administration
      • To celebrate Chinese New Year, SPC will provide Chinese holiday food instead of pizza and invite parents to donate Chinese pot luck dishes too if they wish.
      • Bring sign up sheet for parents looking to volunteer
      • ELT - no update as yet but we will add this to the agenda on meeting flyer beforehand

SPC Meeting Minutes 11-16-2016

posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:09 PM by Andrea Blake

At this evening's School Parent Council(SPC) meeting we provided a brief update on:

1) Our Instructional Focus- Develop, deliver, and assess students' evidence based writing tasks  and how  our Quality School Plan aligns to the district's Core values of Equity, Coherence, and Innovation. ​

2) Our visit to the International Baccalaureate(IB) school in Framingham, and our next steps in the IB process. 

3) Our school's vision for Expanded Learning Time(ELT): At the Josiah Quincy School, staff and families are focused on promoting an environment in which students can develop the attributes required to become contributing global citizens and lifelong learners. As a result of teacher collaboration and planning, students will be provided with balanced, relevant education opportunities customized to address their academic and social/emotional needs.

SPC Meeting Minutes 10-13-2016

posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:05 PM by Andrea Blake

SPC Meeting 
Introduction by Principle Soo Hoo

  • Brief info from all parents of who they are, their position
  • Shirley will also do the Chinese translation as needed.
    • Shirley, Sonal, Rekha(Christy missing) Marissa, Melissa, and Stig.
  • Some info about the School
    • Main Vision:  prepare all students to be contributing global citizens
      • Mandarin taught to all students 
      • Gain an appreciation for languages
      • Big on environmental sciences and how students can make our world a better place
        • 1st year Energy conservation: Unplug all devices before leaving building
          • Led to saving Enough energy for single household for the entire year
        • Last Year Recycling:  Cardboard trays in the cafeteria recycling milk cartons cut down trash pickup by 2 days
        • Water Conservation theme this year:  Water turned off for JQS this year
      • JQOP increased 20 Seats for youngest players and would like to emphasize arts, this year full time dance teacher hired.
      • Emphasis on Arts and teaching:  1 art teacher, Mandarin taught through songs.
      • Big Initiative International Baccalaureate Accreditation for JQS Elementary Going through an intensive application process starting this Spring and it will take 3-4 years to get accredited.  
        • Matches well with Schools vision:  Contributing Global Citizen
        • Autonomy of School curriculum, JQS Elem working hard to create teams to make sure their is a viable curriculum.  Principal Soo Hoo supports and advocates for the teachers if they set their own curriculum which may be different from the state set curriculum.
        • Trans disciplinary units so not learning any one subject Math vs science and being able to combine subjects in a practical worldly learning.
        •  International Baccalaureate Accreditation (IBO) if JQS gets this will be the first in the State from Kindergarten to HS.
      • Talked about the new Quincy Upper School buildout delays and timelines.
      • Open House Boston Build (please see attached image of poster for details)
      • SSC-School Site Council -currently 9:30 start time roll out of extended learning time  Union has a rollout plan with City—Supply time for teachers professional development and enrichment.  We were slated for this year but this year roll out was pushed back due to budgets
      • Next year by contract every Elementary School will be extended learning time.  We would do the start time 8:30am.  Due to buses and costs for buses we can’t go to 8:30am.  Principle Soo Hoo working on status for JQS start time.  Participating in the pilot program for the TAP 4 times a day might provide additional information about bus costs and how many kids actually take the bus. 
      • Orchestra start times also get affected due to early start next year.
      • SPC is about Family engagement and issues happening with Parents and School.
      • Universal Design—make sure there is Visual with the concepts for Math not just the mechanics behind math.
      • JQS Elementary is doing Coding Week led by Code.org
        • https://code.org/learn
        • Starting in Kindergarten do have a Computer Class 
        • May have Computer Science next year.  Typing Skills for the kids.  Every Child has Google accounts at school.
  • How do we want to do the meetings for the year for SPC?  Planning the communication email, phone and flyer
  • November 16th Meeting in the evening we need to let Helen Wong know to get the space and availability.  School Parent Council.
    • Secretary pre-records the call and Mr Wu does the Chinese translation.
  • Family engaging with the School cross culturally as well as the Chinese culture.
  • Find more creative ways of engaging families with the school, and each other.

One of the Secretary’s will work on the Agenda for Nov 16th: 6-8pm
Tentative Agenda  (Thanksgiving School Gathering) —concise and short yet festive meeting so make it relaxing and more of a networking event for parents.
  • Pot Luck for the Nov 16th Meeting
      • Goals for the School Year (International Baccalaurette, Extended Learning Time and School Start Time, Instructional Focus, Universal Design for Learning) 15-20 minutes
      • 15 minutes of Parent Networking/Concerns by Grades
      • 10 minutes for Q&A

SPC Meeting Minutes 5/18/2016

posted May 25, 2016, 3:30 AM by Andrea Blake

JQES – School Parent Council (SPC) Meeting Minutes

Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS) Headmaster Richard Chang – Updates and Q&A

Guest speaker Headmaster Richard Chang (Quincy Upper School) introduced himself to the parents in attendance, and gave a brief description about the school and students.  JQUS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, and is ranked among the top high schools in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report.  In this current class, valedictorian Johnny Fang will be attending Harvard University with a full scholarship, and salutatorian Emily Ta will be attending Boston College, with 90 percent of her tuition covered by financial aid.  

In addition, Headmaster Chang gave an update about the new building for the Upper School that will house grades 6-12 upon completion, and provided a timeline of the events to come:

·   The MA School Building Authority will formally vote to accept JQUS’ submission of the Preferred Schematic Report (location and scope of the project).  

·   In June 2016, there will be a community outreach process where the exact location of the new JQUS building will be disclosed.  

·   Summer and Fall of 2016 – The City of Boston will be conducting community presentations and meetings to inform the public of the plan, as well as to solicit feedback.  

·   Winter 2017 – The City and State will reach an agreement for the funding of the project.  The project is estimated to cost $100M, which is less expensive than the previous building proposal with the Boston Arts Academy.  The new school building will have: 60+ parking spaces underground; a full-sized basketball court/gymnasium, with seating for 1,000 people; a full auditorium and theater space with seating for 400 people; cafeteria and kitchen with seating for 200 people; culinary tech space with 6-8 cooking stations; fitness/weight room; locker rooms; larger classrooms; elevators; science labs; robotics facility; teacher planning space to facilitate collaborative planning; and a media and library space.  These new spaces will enable JQUS to meet the requirements of the IB program, in addition to addressing the various issues with the current school buildings (e.g., no elevator for students with disabilities, no gym for physical education, etc.).

·   Summer 2017 – Groundbreaking of the new school building

·   September 2019 – Opening of the new JQUS building, housing grades 6-12

Headmaster Chang explained that in order for JQES students to have priority for JQUS, it would be ideal for the elementary school to become an IB school as well.  Otherwise, JQUS would be open to all students in the City of Boston, and there would be no guaranteed seats for the JQES students.  This is an issue that the JQES School Site Council would need to discuss with all the stakeholders.  

June 16th (Thurs) JQES Spring Fling Planning

The school will be holding its annual “Spring Fling” event (exhibition of students’ art work and science projects, BBQ, face painting, arts & craft table, book fair, etc.) on Thursday, June 16th during the after school hours (5:30-7:30pm).  Volunteers are needed for all the different activities – greeting at the front desk, ticket distribution, face painting, grilling, among other tasks.  A volunteer sign-up sheet will be sent out soon, and we hope that parents will be able to help with this fun end-of-the-year event.  

June 20th (Mon) JQES 5th Grade Graduation Celebration Planning 

Historically, the JQES 4th grade parents have put together a small celebration (cookies, water, and two bundles of inflated balloons for the stage) for the 5th grade students at their graduation ceremony.  This year, the graduation will be held on Monday, June 20th.  JQES parent, Ruediger Volk (father of a 4th grader), has volunteered to lead this effort.  Any 4th grade parent who is able to assist with this event should contact Mr. Volk at: rvolk_2000@yahoo.com.  If there are any additional questions about this event, please contact JQES 5th grade teacher, Ms. Mimi Fong, at 617-635-8497.

Meet-up for new JQES Kindergarten Parents

Some of the parents in attendance proposed doing an informal meet up/playdate in early September (Saturday, 9/10 or 9/17) with the new kindergarten families, after they get their teacher assignments.  JQES parents Ann Sousa and Patrick/Bonnie Donahue volunteered to lead this effort.    

Other Topics / Announcements 

·   SPC Co-Chair David Benfield proposed that we form an ad hoc parent committee to further discuss and examine the International Baccalaureate (IB) idea for JQES.   

·   Build BPS Survey [ends May 30, 2016] – As part of the 10-year Master Planning process, Boston Public Schools is seeking input from parents, students, staff, and partners.  The purpose of the survey is to deepen their understanding of: 1) How you see school buildings and the programs offered within them; and 2) Your hopes and expectations for improved buildings and programs in the future.  Data collected through this survey, along with other community engagement tools, will complement ongoing analyses of school facilities and educational/learning programs.  Please take about 10-15 minutes to answer these questions to share your opinion about a particular school.  You can complete a separate survey for each school your student(s) attends or to which you are connected.  In addition to English, the survey is also available in other languages: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/5421

·   JQES Fall Feast: The tentative date is Thursday, September 22, 2016.  More details to come.  


Questions, comments, or suggested topics for upcoming Parent Council Meetings?  Please email us at:  josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com


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SPC Meeting Minutes 3/09/2016

posted Mar 14, 2016, 5:50 PM by Andrea Blake

Planning for the April 8th (Friday) Disco Dance

We have recruited a few parents to help with the water, face painting, and music for the Family Disco Dance on Friday, April 8th, 6:30-8:30pm in the school gymnasium.  The ticket cost is $5 per family.  This is going to be a big (500+ children) and fun event, and we will need additional parent volunteers to help with the front desk (ticket sales), floor supervision and crowd control, and snack distribution.  The SPC Executive Committee will order various snacks (chips, fruit snacks, etc.) for the event, but it is strongly encouraged that parents feed their child(ren) before the dance.  Parents/Guardians are expected to accompany their child(ren) to the disco dance – no drop offs.  If anyone is available to help that evening, please e-mail the SPC Executive Committee at josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com.  


Planning for the May 6th (Friday) Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

This is another big JQES event where we will provide breakfast for the JQES teachers and staff (120 individuals total) in the cafeteria.  In the past, we were able to get some great donations (food) from local businesses such as pastries, and it would be great if parents could help with the solicitations again this year.  Attached is a sample solicitation letter that parents can use to ask local businesses for donations.  We will also be sending a letter home with all the students to ask for donations from parents.  In addition, we will be buying small gifts for the teachers and staff, so we are looking for ideas for gifts as well as donations.  If anyone is available to help with this event, or has ideas for gifts, please e-mail the SPC Executive Committee at josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com.

Principal Soo Hoo – Updates 

  • BPS Budget – There are no significant changes or implications for JQES next school year (SY16-17), and the school will be able to maintain its current staffing level.  Parents can go on the City of Boston’s website to watch recordings of the BPS budget meetings, and/or attend the following Boston School Committee Budget Hearings:  
    • Wednesday, March 16; 5:00 p.m. Budget Hearing; 6:00 p.m. School Committee meeting; 

2300 Washington Street, Roxbury - 2nd Floor

  • Wednesday, March 23; 6:00 p.m. Regular meeting and FY16 Budget vote; 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury - 2nd Floor

  • Extended Learning Time (ELT) update – There will be no changes for the next school year (SY16-17), and JQES’ time will remain the same (9:30am-3:30pm).  The current plan is to implement the extended learning time (extra 40 minutes) in SY17-18, but this issue still needs further discussions with the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) and BPS Central Office.  Some of the JQES staff, parents, and community partners would prefer an earlier start time.  Given the school’s proximity to the hospital, major transit lines, and highways, there will be logistical challenges with transportation if JQES were to dismiss at a later time (during the evening rush hour).  The school has already started a sub-committee (comprised of JQES teachers, parents, and after school program staff) to work on this ELT initiative.       

  • JQES Field Trip on April 14th – All the JQES students and teachers will be going to the Apple Circus (City Hall Plaza) on Thursday, April 14th.    

  • JQES Alumni Open House on April 15th – In an effort to re-connect and engage the JQES alumni, Principal Soo Hoo is planning to have an “Open House” on Friday, April 15th.  More details to come.  

  • “Un-Conference” – Principal Soo Hoo proposed to have a day where parents can come in to learn about various school topics (e.g., PARCC, AWC, Inclusion classes, etc.) in different sessions.  It would most likely be held on a Saturday at JQES, and childcare would be provided.  Parents said it would be helpful to see a list of topics ahead of time before giving feedback on this proposal.  

Other Topics / Announcements 

  • SPC Treasurer Darrell Smith reported that we have already sold 116 DVDs from the forms that went home with the students.  The Parent Council is also planning to sell the DVDs at the JQES Disco Dance to raise more funds for the various SPC activities throughout the school year.  

  • Raffle Tickets – JQES is currently selling raffle tickets to raise money for library books and to fund other school activities.  The drawing will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016.  Please contact JQES Librarian, Heidi Boulogne <hboulogne@bostonpublicschools.org> for raffle tickets or for more details.  

  • Tuesday, March 15th – JQOP Student Concert in the auditorium, 6:30pm.  All JQES parents and students are invited to attend.       

  • Wednesday, March 16th – There will be a Candidates Forum for the First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate Election in the auditorium at 6:00pm.  Parents and community members are invited to attend to meet the candidates and hear them speak.  

  • Wednesday, March 30th – BPS’ Office of Family Engagement will be holding a community meeting in the school auditorium at 6:00pm to explain the interviewing and hiring process for the JQES Principal position.  (Ms. Soo Hoo was appointed last school year to serve as the Interim JQES Principal.)  More details to come from the BPS Office.    

Questions, comments, or suggested topics for upcoming Parent Council Meetings?  Please email us at:  josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com

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Next Meeting:  Wednesday, May 18th, 6:00-7:00pm in the Cafeteria

SPC Meeting Minutes 1/13/2016

posted Feb 1, 2016, 8:19 PM by Andrea Blake

Presentation: Internet Safety for Children, Microsoft Center

Microsoft Center staff, Kristen McCullough (krmccull@microsoft.com), gave a presentation regarding internet safety.  See attached PDF documents for more details.  Highlights from the presentation include:

·         Every time you create an account online, your personal information is physically kept and stored by that company’s cloud.  Read their privacy policy before making the decision to join, and only give your information to companies you trust.

·         Check your privacy settings in Windows.  Consider enabling Do Not Track and Internet Explorer’s SmartScreen filter.

·         Malware, including viruses and spyware, can be avoided by staying cautious.  Don’t open email attachments from unknown sources and don’t click on advertisements offering PC protection.  Keep Windows and your antivirus software up-to-date.

·         If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.  Hover over links to check their actual destination. Check the site’s URL bar for proper spelling and security (https) before navigating further.


Upcoming JQES events

JQES students and parents are invited to an ice-skating party at the DCR Steriti Memorial Rink (North End) on Monday, January 18, 2016 (MLK, Jr. Day).  Please dress appropriately; children must wear a helmet.

Committee Sign-up

Parents were asked to sign up to volunteer for committees (Disco Dance, Teacher Appreciation, and Spring Fling).  Please e-mail the Parent Council if you are interested in signing up for one of the committees: josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com


Principal Soo Hoo: Instructional Focus Activity for Parents

Principal Soo Hoo explained that the school’s instructional focus plan is to develop, deliver, and assess opinion writing tasks that improve student evidence-based writing in all grade levels (K0-G5).  To help parents better understand JQES’ instructional focus plan, Principal Soo Hoo engaged parents in an opinion writing task by passing out a passage for parents to read.  Parents were then asked if they agreed or disagreed with the statement, and to provide three (3) reasons to support their opinion with evidence from the text.  See attached PDF document for more details.      


Other Topics

BPS Budget Cuts - Parents inquired about the recently announced budget cuts to BPS for school year 2016-2017.  Principal Soo Hoo responded that JQES will not be losing any teaching positions for the next school year, but the discretionary funding will be lower, and JQES will have to rely more on JQSA’s fundraising efforts for technology needs, etc.  For more information about the BPS budget and the Citywide Parent Council, please visit: http://www.citywideparentcouncil.org/organizing-toolkits/


The following are Twitter accounts that BPS parents may want to follow in order to stay abreast of budget and other district-wide issues.  Parents may want to consider signing up for a Twitter account - it's a great way to keep up with local information.

@cpc_Boston (Official Citywide Parent Council Account)

@wheresmyporsche (Co-Chair of the Citywide Parent Council)

@SuptChang (Superintendent Chang's Twitter Account)

@BostonSchools (BPS Official Twitter Account)

@marty_walsh (Mayor Marty Walsh's Account)

@titojackson (Boston City Councilor, Chair of Education Committee) 



Questions, comments, or suggested topics for upcoming Parent Council Meetings?  Please email us at:  josiahquincyparentcouncil@gmail.com


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Next Meeting:  Wednesday, March 9th, 6:00-8:00pm in the Cafeteria







演讲: 微软电脑公司工作人员为学生和家长讲解儿童网络安全问题

微软电脑公司工作人员,Kristen McCullough,她的邮件是(krmccull@microsoft.com), 为学生和家长讲解儿童网络安全问题。你们可以点击PDF 文件夹可以查询更多的资料。重点叙述以下的内容:

·        每當你在網上開帳戶, 你的個人資料,實際上是保留及儲存在公司的雲端。在決定加入前,細讀隱私政策,你的個人資料只給可信賴的公司。

·        在視窗 Windows 查看隱私設定。考慮使用不要追蹤 Do Not Track 功能及 Internet Explorer’s SmartScreen 過濾器。

·        只要保持小心謹慎,惡意軟件 Malware, 包括病毒 viruses 及間諜軟件 spyware 是可以避開的。不要打開不知名的電郵附件,不要點擊提供個人電腦 PC 保護的廣告。更新視窗 Windows 及抗毒 antivirus 軟件。

·        如發現有不妥之處,就算是問題不大,在啟航前,檢查實際目的地的連接,查看網頁 地址欄 url bar 的網址 ( https ) 拼字是否正確或安全。



2016年一月十八日(马丁路德金日),学校邀请所有家长和学生参加溜冰活动。地点在(North End)的水族馆附近的溜冰场举行,时间是当天下午4点到6点,请家长帮自己小孩准备好溜冰头盔和设备。
















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