30-Year: Class of 1989

Can you believe it’s been 30 years? It’s time to celebrate with dinner, dancing and drinks!

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About this Event

6pm doors open
7pm dinner

Date And Time

Sat, June 29, 2019
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM CDT

Location

Cedar Crest Country Club
3312 North 36th Street
Quincy, IL 62305

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DJ will play until 11pm
Dinner and one beverage of your choice are included in the ticket price.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Reunion Contact:

Saadia Ali Aschemann

50-Year: Class of 1970

Reunion Planning Meeting
Saturday, June 15th • 2:00pm
Cedar Crest

A planning meeting has been set for Saturday, June 15th at 2pm at Cedar Crest for our 50th reunion. It can’t be that many! Please put this announcement out there on your social media or wherever to spead the word so we can get this party started, because I know I have missed some people who might like to be involved. I want you all to know that me setting this meeting up does not in anyway mean that I’m in charge, because I’m not. I think we can all plan this together and maybe have fun doing it. Anyway, hope to see all of you there. Bring your ideas for when, where, and how we make this happen. have a great day!..  – Judy Norris Argabright

Success Stories

In 2011, one of the items Teacher Grant funding purchased was an IPad for students in the Communications Disorder and Cross-Categorical class at QJHS.  Apps to be used were Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device, Autism Express, and others that support communication, academics, and social skills.

Dream Big 01In 2012, Teacher Grant funding was used to purchase a projector to complete an interactive Polyvision whiteboard system in a classroom.

kids_art_teaching_teacherIn 2013, Teacher Grant funding was used to support the SmART Art Mentor Program in seven QPS elementary schools.

 

Rain and Severe Weather Plan for Dream Big in Color Run

Rain

If there is rain, we will still hold the run!

Lightning or Severe Weather

If there is lightning or severe weather predicted, we will announce a one to two hour delay at 8:00am.

If there is still threat of severe weather by 10:00am we will cancel the event.

Refunds

Unfortunately, due to the expenses already incurred and coordination of volunteers for the run, we are not able to issue refunds and the event will not be rescheduled.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding of the complexity of coordinating the Dream Big in Color Run, and thank you for supporting this fundraising effort of the QHS Leadership Class and the QPS Foundation.

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50-Year Reunion: QHS Class of 1969

Date:
July 19, 2019 – Mixer  7pm – 11pm
July 20, 2019 – Reunion Dinner: Cocktails@6pm, Dinner@7pm, Social Hour to Follow

Place:
Quincy Country Club

Contacts:

Jeanne Ritterbusch Thomas, 217-653-3151, rjtomus5@yahoo.com1rogo2010@gmail.com
Bobbi Kaiser Vollrath
Drew Boster  ‭(563) 370-2654‬

Class of 1969

Anyone with access to yearbooks, please contact Jeanne!

The class would also like to find anyone who might have one of the old gym uniforms.

35-Year Reunion: QHS Class of 1984

The QHS Class of 1984 will be holding its 35th Reunion on September 20th and 21st, 2019. Friday the 20th will be at Flinn Stadium during the football game and Saturday the 21st will be at the Dock from 6pm till closing. All 1984 alumni are highly encouraged to send their contact information (to include e-mail address) to QHSclassof84reunion@comcast.net.

Also see the facebook group QHS Class of ’84’ Reunion for most current information.

Download the Reunion Flyer

Reunion Contacts:

Kathleen Taylor (Gwaltney)
1806 Grove Ave.
Quincy, IL 62301

Darin Prost

Robin Schild

2018 Dream Big Annual Campaign Exceeds Goal

Quincy, Illinois – The Quincy Public Schools Foundation ended its 2018 Dream Big Annual Campaign on a high note, exceeding the $150,000 goal by over $60,000, with a final total of $212,750.

Executive Director, Kent Embree stated, “We are incredibly grateful to the Quincy community members and businesses who gave to this year’s campaign. Without support from local benefactors as well as QHS alumni, the Foundation would

not be in a position to provide resources to the Quincy Public Schools, especially resources that meet growing needs in curriculum and technology.” He added, “This year’s campaign chairs, Reaugh and Ned Broemmel, have provided a valuable new dimension to our efforts this year. Their experience and influence have been extremely beneficial.”

Proceeds from this year’s campaign will be allocated to the five “pillars” of the Foundation: Curriculum, Technology, Fine Arts, Athletics, and Endowment; special projects, as well as professional development and training for teachers. A portion of proceeds will also benefit operations of the Foundation and help to establish a special endowment for operations.

“We predict that a consistent, annual campaign from the Foundation is going to be critical to meeting district needs and maintaining quality in the district,” Embree added.

The major fundraising event of the campaign, the Foundation’s “A Night to Dream Big” gala dinner, had a record 600+ attendees and raised a record $93,000 for the Foundation and the Quincy Public Schools.

Over the last two years, the QPS Foundation has provided over $860,000 to supplement the district’s budget and over $2.8 million, since the first “A Night to Dream Big” fundraiser in 2013.

The QPS Foundation encourages donations for its endowed funds called “Circles of Investment” for specific designations across the district. A minimum of $10,000 is required to found a “Circle”, however contributions may be made to support existing Circles as well.

Gifts to the QPS Foundation may be made through the Foundation office at Quincy Senior High School, through the mail, or through the foundation’s web site, www.qpsfoundation.org.

QPSF Participates in Write-a-Will Event

QPS to Break Ground on Final K-5 Elementary School

Work Begins on QPS Harrison Site

Quincy, IL, February 27, 2018– On Monday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m. at the Harrison Site located at 4100 Harrison, Quincy Public Schools will mark the start of construction on their 5th new K-5 Elementary School. This celebrates the final phase of the construction of five new elementary schools following the overwhelming passing of the Quincy Schools Bond Referendum in November of 2014.

Work began on the first K-5 Elementary at the Monroe Site in December of 2015; the school was opened as K-3 in August of 2017 as Lincoln-Douglas Elementary. In March of 2017 work began at Rooney Elementary (4900 Columbus Rd.) and Iles Elementary (3111 N. 12th St.); they will open their doors as  K-5 elementary schools in the fall of 2018. Work continues at Baldwin Elementary (3000 Maine St.), which will close to students following the 2017-2018 school year and re-open in the fall of 2019 as a K-5 Elementary. Slated completion for the Harrison Site is also Fall 2019. Maas Construction was awarded the bid for the Harrison Site.

If you would like to attend the groundbreaking, the school district asks that you park on Harrison or one of the side streets to be mindful of other residents and property owners.

For more information on the new K-5 boundaries, please see the QPS website:  https://www.qps.org/about-the-district/k-5-buildings/

If you would like more information, please contact Raquel Piazza at (217) 228-7158 ext. 2224 or email at piazzara@qps.org.

Former Adams School students thrilled to see their children’s book being distributed to preschoolers

What started as a fun assignment for 30 Adams School third-graders last year has blossomed into a powerful educational tool that may impact local preschoolers for years to come.

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The assignment involved the creation of a children’s book designed to help youngsters learn how to read and recite their ABCs. Under the supervision of Sarah Guilford, the school’s music teacher, the students wrote, illustrated, colored and self-published a book based on a popular folk song about a dog named Bingo.

Each verse crafted by students requires the reader to sing and spell the names of 26 animals, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. Guilford believed it was important to incorporate music into the book, because research shows music can be an effective learning aid for young children.

The book was completed, and 50 copies were printed and distributed to disadvantaged preschoolers in Quincy.

However, that wasn’t the end of the story.

Some people liked the book so much that they decided it should have an even wider audience. That’s when the Quincy Medical Group’s Health Care Foundation agreed to pay to have 500 copies of the book professionally published.

Starting next week, family practitioners and pediatricians associated with QMG will start distributing a copy of the book to every mother who brings in a child for a 2-year-old wellness checkup. The goal is to encourage those parents to read to their children on a regular basis.

Once the 500 copies run out, more will be printed, according to Dr. Tanya Mero, an obstetrician/gynecologist who led the effort to have the book published. Mero knew about the Bingo book because her daughter, Lexi, was a third-grader at Adams School last year and served as project manager.

Mero, a member of the QMG Health Care Foundation’s governing board, attended meetings with pediatricians and family practitioners to ask if they would be interested in distributing the books to the parents of 2-year-olds.

“They thought that would be awesome, because reading to a child is so, so important in their development — not only in learning to read but to speak,” Mero said. “This book, especially, you can read to a baby because you can sing to a baby, and the Bingo song is so catchy. Anybody can read it, and anybody can sing it.”

Guilford initially conceived the book project after she heard about the “Ready, Set, Grow” initiative being launched in Adams County through the cooperative efforts of several community organizations.

This educational initiative — sponsored by the United Way and the Regional Office of Education — strives to get preschool-age children better prepared to enter school by encouraging adults to read and talk to them from the earliest points in their lives.

This effort was driven by statistics that showed 78 percent of the 3-year-olds entering Quincy’s Early Childhood and Family Center in 2012 did not recognize any letters, and 80 percent didn’t recognize any numbers. What’s more, many of those children came from homes with few, if any, books.

Guilford felt Adams School students could help by collecting hundreds of used children’s books and passing them along to low-income families, but she also wanted students to use their creativity to develop a new children’s book that could serve as fun learning tool for preschoolers.

That’s how the Bingo book came about.

As part of the book’s publication celebration, the Regional Office of Education paid to have some hard-cover copies donated to all local libraries in Adams County. Paperback copies also were presented Friday to all 30 students who played a role in creating the book — most of them now fourth-graders at Baldwin Intermediate School.

“I am really, really, really excited about this, because it’s just wonderful to see how much this book will be making a difference in every little kid’s life,” Lexi Mero said. “It’s just awesome to me. I never thought it would go this far.”

Guilford is leading another effort at Adams School this year to have third-graders create a second children’s book emphasizing the alphabet. This one will be based on the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

Adams School third-graders also are hoping to collect 1,000 gently used books geared for preschoolers during April. The books, in turn, will be cleaned and turned over to the Adams County Health Department for distribution to families with preschoolers.

Karli Hagerbaumer, the 9-year-old project manager, said the aim of the book-collection campaign is “so we can help the kids get ready for kindergarten.”

 

By EDWARD HUSAR
Staff Writer | 217-221-3378
ehusar@whig.com | @EHusarWHIG