About Quimby Oak
Quimby Oak Middle School, in the Evergreen School District, was established in 1968 and is located at the base of the Evergreen foothills in southeast San Jose. Quimby Oak attained the status of a California Distinguished School in 1992, 1996, 2001 and 2013. In 2015, Quimby Oak was awarded the Gold Ribbon Schools Award for outstanding implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Over the past seventeen years Quimby Oak Middle School has experienced a complete re-modernization of our entire facility. Beginning in 2000, a state of the art gymnasium came on line with all classrooms remodeled the following year. Quimby Oak has added a new library, six new classrooms, three new science classrooms, six remodeled student restrooms, eight laptop computer labs, expansion of the physical education blacktop, beautiful landscaping and new walkways and retaining walls to further assure student safety. In 2015 we joined the New Tech Network (NTN) of schools throughout the United States. As a result of the partnership with NTN a brand new state of the art, two-story building will allow us to complete the instructional needs of Lobo School of Innovation in this unique learning environment. This now means our students have two exciting options when entering their two year Lobo academic program. Whether you select the Lobo Comprehensive Program (LCP) or the Lobo School of Innovation (LSI) an exciting two year experience awaits you.
We believe these many wonderful enhancements to our campus combined with a rigorous curriculum expectation carefully matched to Common Core State Standards provides each student with the tools to achieve a solid educational foundation for the 21st century.
We encourage and expect our students to strive to do their best. We know that within a well-defined, consistent, structured environment, each child has the capability to achieve academic success and, thus, develop self-esteem.
We encourage and intend that students will take advantage of the opportunities for reading and writing, will realize the necessity for problem solving, will interact with other students and staff members in a positive, mature manner, and will develop the skills needed to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing world.
Philip J. BondPrincipal
Inspiring young adults to be thoughtful and resilient contributors to society.
Quimby Oak prepares its diverse student body for the changes and challenges of the 21st Century. We emphasize that students embody the democratic ideals of personal responsibility, proactive participation, group problem solving, and ethical decision-making.
Based on Quimby Oak Middle School vision statement, student performance reflects learners who are:
- Literate in reading, writing, computing and communicating
- Problem solvers and decision makers
- Utilizing technology
- Reflective and self evaluative
- Growing in confidence as life-long learners
This vision transforms into four school wide goals for all students:
- Participation in a comprehensive rigorous curriculum
- Equitable access to the core curriculum as well as extra-curricular and intramural activities
- A safe environment that supports their social and emotional development
- Opportunities to develop technical and thinking skills to make them productive participants in the technological community of the 21st century.
Through a balanced, integrated curriculum and cooperative partnership with parents and community, Quimby Oak Middle School prepares its diverse student body for the changes and challenges of the 21st Century, continually emphasizing that students within and beyond the classroom embodies the democratic ideals of personal responsibility, proactive participation, group problem solving, and ethical decision making.
Quimby Oak has implemented the 16 Habits of Mind. Learning from research, a growth mindset motivates teaching and learning around campus. Every week, a new Habit of Mind is introduced. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their best thinking by persisting, striving for accuracy, and taking responsible risks. Teachers are also encouraged to employ habits that help them remain open to continuous learning. Quimby’s teachers think flexibly and work interdependently. They plan learning opportunities that are creative, innovative, and address the needs of the whole child.
This vision establishes the framework for all decisions about curriculum, instruction, assessment, and resources.
Quimby Oak Middle School empowers young minds to be proactive, lifelong learners who think critically and communicate effectively.
To aid in the transition and adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Quimby Oak has shaped significant school-wide practices. Our CCSS site Coach facilitates monthly professional development around crucial instructional shifts. Our coach provides specific support as teachers plan learning opportunities aligned to the new standards and the 21st Century skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. With a focus on knowledge, teachers use the CCSS to map out key literacy skills that connect with existing content standards in history and science. Teachers are encouraging shared responsibility for students’ literacy development. Departments have become curriculum designers and are applying integrated units. Similarly, we’ve adopted a College Preparatory Math (CPM) curriculum as part of our pathway to high school initiative. Essential mathematical practices engage students in collaborative teams where they discuss, make sense of problems, and persevere in solving them.
Student centered programs, both academic and social, focus on supporting the whole child. Quimby Oak is a school where students have a voice, where students take ownership of their safety and the well-being of each other, and where the positive relationships between adults and students on campus are seen as vital. Quimby Oak offers an extensive elective program that supplements our academic program. Students are encouraged to pursue interests in art, symphonic band, concert band, chorus, leadership, peer advisory, and recently added 21st century project based learning during their two years at Quimby. After school programs include competitive sports, Tech Club, Go Green Team, and targeted intervention tutoring. All programs focus on building strong communication and literacy skills.
This curriculum is to be delivered in such a way that every student will perform up to high, clearly defined standards. We encourage parental involvement and support as an essential part of the social and academic growth of each child. Becoming educated is ultimately the responsibility of the student. It is our hope and intent that the students will take advantage of the opportunities for reading and writing, realize the necessity for problem solving, interact with other students and staff members in a positive, mature manner, and develop the skills needed to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing world.
To address the role of technology, teachers use the CCSS to integrate digital research and media into every subject. Students and teachers are sharing information digitally via Google Docs and lessons about digital citizenship, safety, and effective online research are taught to students. Social Media is used via Twitter (@QuimbyOakLobos) to engage with a larger audience. We use Twitter to connect with and follow neighboring exemplar schools, promote school wide events, and network with partners in the field of education. Social media has become a significant networking tool to publicly share our school’s story and transition to CCSS. It has proved to be an effective arena to communicate with our students, parents, stakeholders, and community.
Quimby Oak Middle School encourages students to develop self-reliance and confidence in their ability to achieve at high levels. Our students and teachers have pride and we aim to provide our students with a well-rounded, cutting edge middle school experience.