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Quincy High School Newsletter, February/March 2021

2021 - 2022 Course Selections

Summer will be here before you know it, school supplies will be on sale and we will be welcoming the start of the 2021 - 2022 school year. An integral part of planning for a new school year is the creation of the schedule, which begins in March. Quincy High School students will be completing their course selection process within the coming weeks. It begins with teachers making their course recommendations from March 12 - 17 during the Term III Interim posting. Students and families will then see those recommendations on March 19 and be able to confirm their course selections from March 19 - 26. Current QHS students will have the opportunity to finalize their selections during their elective classes on Monday, March 22, and Tuesday, March 23. We will also be hosting a Course Selection Night on Tuesday, March 23 for incoming Freshmen. Please contact the teacher directly with any questions regarding classes for the 2021-2022 school-year.


Course Selection Top 10 List for Students:



  1. Teacher-student communication is the best method for answering questions about a particular course or placement.
  2. Teachers will complete appropriate course recommendations for students' core academic subjects, English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language.
  3. Physical Education is automatically added and does not have to be selected
  4. Students must select two Electives with an alternative (10 credits total).
  5. Students and families complete Course Verifications March 19 - 26.
  6. Students will have the opportunity to complete course selections in school on March 22 & 23 during their elective periods.
  7. Our Course Selections Pathways booklet (see below) has information about Technical Majors and Electives.
  8. A final average of 90 or higher is required at the College Career Prep level to move to Honors.
  9. A final average of 90 or higher is required at the Honors level to move to Advanced.
  10. Students can reset their Aspen password by contacting the guidance office, main office, and/or Ms. Coady in the library (nataliecoady@quincypublicschools.com).

Gr. 8 Course Selection Night

Tuesday, March 23rd, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Gr. 8 Students and families are invited to attend. We will have a live meeting via Zoom and the link will be shared through the Middle Schools.

School-based SAT Administration on April 27, 2021

Quincy High School is offering grade 11 students the opportunity to take the SAT here at school on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. All current safety protocols will be in place to ensure a safe and secure testing environment.

The deadline to register is March 12. Please click on the link below for more information about how to register for this exam.

April SAT Registration

Gr. 11 College Information Night

Thursday, March 4th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

A panel of College Representatives will be speaking about the College Application Process. Important and useful information-don’t miss out! The link to the event can be found HERE and has been sent via email and posted on the Gr. 11 Guidance Google page and Guidance Facebook Page.

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Black History Month and More

Several years ago, students, staff, and administrators met to develop high school level celebrations for Black History Month. Ever since then we have been hosting a homeroom Music Trivia Contest featuring influential black artists from both the past and present. One winning homeroom from each grade was awarded a breakfast party. We also implemented "On This Day" facts that were shared each Wednesday during the announcements and then made into flyers to be posted around the school. Students also felt it was important to have a more visual celebration, which is why we started inviting staff and students to wear black on Fridays throughout the month of February. These initiatives provided us with the foundation we needed to plan for Black History month in the hybrid - remote learning environment.


Quincy High's Social-Emotional, Diversity and Inclusion Committee met earlier this year with the goal of enhancing Black History Month celebrations and developing initiatives that could be used to extend recognition into other months. Realizing that we could not do a homeroom trivia contest without homerooms and yet wanting to maintain the connection to the classroom, we developed "Culture Break" slides. These slides were organized by period and comprised of short videos that covered topics such as music, art, culture, and kindness. These Culture Breaks serve to foster an atmosphere of understanding while also allowing students to take a mental break that will enhance their overall learning experience.


We hope that Culture Breaks continue in the coming months as there is an abundance of culture to celebrate and learn about here at Quincy High. Just as we turned the trivia contest into culture breaks, we also adapted the "This Day in History" facts into a video titled "Did You Know?", which can be viewed HERE and below. The purpose is to share something that someone else might not already know and to inspire us all to learn something new. As the months progress, we hope that teachers and students share additional cultural facts and information that is meaningful to them. We have created a Google Form for facts to be submitted and that form will be sent electronically to students and staff.


The initiatives presented in this article are one piece of the puzzle, as they say. The student-based Diversity and Equity group presented to School Committee on Wednesday, March 3 and shared their visions for initiatives with Quincy High Administrators last month. The group has many good ideas that we look forward to turning into reality. Teachers continue to add diverse works into their curriculum and we are pleased that we have added an African American History course beginning in the Fall of 2021. Quincy High School continues to be committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment that is constantly learning and growing, together.

Did You Know? - Video

Video detailing facts about African American History.

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Be sure to stay up to date with our latest wins by checking out the QHS Athletics website and following us @QHSAthletics on Twitter. Contact our Athletic Director, Kevin Mahoney, with any questions.