Changes coming to junior high
The last year of Quincy Junior High School is coming to a close with plenty of activity inside and outside the classroom.
For starters, the school that will replace QJHS is inching closer to having an official name: Quincy Middle School.
The new middle school, which will occupy the current Quincy High School building, will likely carry the initials QMS, despite the town already having a business with those initials.
“That is the name we are going to recommend to the school board,” said John Boyd, superintendent of Quincy public schools. “We are looking at our policy to determine what the process has to be, but the plan is Quincy Middle School at this point.”
The new name is borne out of a desire to “keep things simple,” Boyd added, noting that the school QMS will replace also has the word Quincy in its name.
“It seemed to me that the simplest thing to do was to name it Quincy Middle School, but the board might have a different idea about that,” he said.
In other Quincy Junior High/Middle School news, Greg Martinez has been named the dean of students for the middle school’s inaugural year. The junior high’s principal and future middle school principal Scott Ramsey confirmed the hiring of Martinez.
“He’s got a great background and knowledge on PBIS,” Ramsey said, referring to Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.
Martinez worked as the dean of students at Mountain View and Pioneer elementary schools last year.
“He has done a great job at the elementary schools as dean of students,” Ramsey said. “We are looking forward to having him working with our teachers and enhancing PBIS at the middle school.”
Martinez said he really enjoyed working as dean of students last year.
“I love putting plans in place. I’m kind of a process guy,” he said. “If you think of it as coaching a team, it’s like, ‘OK, what do we need to do, what’s our weakness, what can we do better,’ then we create a plan and try to follow it. It’s different from being in the classroom, but it was really exciting for me.”
Another plus, as dean of students at one school instead of two, he gets to stay in one building all day, “and build more solid relationships,” Martinez said.
Martinez resigned earlier this month as the head varsity boys wrestling coach at the high school.
The current dean of students at QJHS, Russ Elliott, will move to a position as a physical education teacher at the middle school next year. Elliott is a longtime former wrestling coach as well as the son of Washington Wrestling Hall-of-Famer Bill Elliott. Ramsey said the additional P.E. teacher position at the middle school is necessary because it will have more students than QJHS did.
With the junior high building being turned into an elementary school for the next school year, the enrollment numbers at Mountain View and Pioneer will decrease, making the dean of students position no longer necessary at those two schools, Boyd said.
“Now that the (elementary) schools are going down to 325 (students), the principal is enough of a resource, and they will have fewer people to supervise,” Boyd said, “fewer kids to manage.”
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com