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A Message from the Principal

歡迎, Benvenuto, and Welcome to the Josiah Quincy School!

 As Principal of the largest and, we believe, the best elementary school in Boston, I am proud to introduce you to our school. Located in Boston's historic Chinatown district, 'JQS' is named after the Revolutionary War Colonel whose descendants include a future President of Harvard University (1829–1845), a US Representative (1805–1813), a Mayor of the city of Boston (1823–1828), a famous poet, a member of the Massachusetts General Court, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Mayor of the city of Boston (1895–1899). We are proud of that heritage and strive to uphold the qualities of hard work, scholasticism, patriotism, and dedication to community that the Quincy family has epitomized.

 We are adjacent to Tufts Medical Center, Boston's Theater District, and the “foodie heaven” of the South End. Our school is proud of its award-winning staff of educators, consistently high MCAS scores, and dedicated parent base. Headlining our diverse academic and social enrichment is our JQS Music/Arts Program, with partnerships including the Community Music Center of Boston, the Longy Music Institute, Chu Ling Dance Company, and the Boston Conservatory, as well as our own school-day music specialist. That’s not all, though: we also offer Mandarin and Swimming, tend a rooftop garden, and hold an annual in-school Science Expo with the help of our Science specialist.

 The JQS offers a diverse learning community, with Chinese, Caucasian, Latino, African-American, and Somali cultures represented in our classrooms and schoolyards. As an immigrant from Hong Kong, and having spent four years in Italy before coming to the United States. I speak, read and write fluently in Chinese, Italian, and English. My experiences of living in Italy and growing up in Hong Kong inspired me to learn about and appreciate other cultures. During college, I took some courses in Spanish and after some effort became courageous enough to speak the language with great enthusiasm. I continue in this effort to perfect my knowledge and language abilities. I began my career as a Middle School bilingual teacher. I next moved on to teach in an elementary school. After some years there, I was fortunate enough to be appointed Principal of the Curtis Guild Elementary school in East Boston. There I had the good fortune to serve both the Chinese and Hispanic populations. It was an experience that I relished and which helped me expand my understanding of different cultures. As a parent I have a daughter and a son, and they are attending the Boston Public Schools. Now, as Principal of the JQS, I feel privileged to be able to continue to serve the children of the Boston Public Schools. Utilizing my teaching and administrative experiences, and consistently holding our school to the highest standards, I am pleased to see that we remain one of the most sought after schools in the Boston Public School District.

 When asked to summarize why we are we so special, I always stress the contributions of the highly experienced and dedicated teaching and support staff that grace our school. Next, I commend the work of our parents, community organizations, and the enthusiasm and abilities of our student body. This JQS “family” makes the school what it is. A community resource that is insuring the successful future of the children it serves.

 In summary let me urge you to visit our website so that you may explore our school’s offerings in greater detail. Our school is academically strong with over 85% of our student’s scores registering at the Advanced and Proficient levels (ELA and Math). We offer Mandarin, Music, physical education, Swimming, Health, and computer studies to our students. We have strong community partnerships that provide enrichment support to many of our students. We have strong, consistent, supportive parental involvement. We are the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and we are creating new futures for our children every day. Join us in this great endeavor. Become part of our community. You will never regret your choice.