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19 05, 2016

Longtime Ancona Facilities Team Member Retires

By |2018-12-17T11:32:51-06:00May 19th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Don Luis Flores speaking to the 5/6 World Language class about his Latin roots.

Don Luis Flores speaking to the 5/6 World Language class about his Latin roots.

Ancona will said goodbye to one of its longtime employees at the end of this school year. Custodian Don Luis Flores will retire after being with Ancona for 12 years.

Luis works the afternoon and evening shifts and is a part of the wonderful team that makes Ancona sparkle each morning. He will be missed by all the staff, parents and students. If you happen to see him during after school hours, please share a warm farewell to our dear friend.

19 05, 2016

Business Office News: Smart Tuition

By |2018-12-17T11:32:52-06:00May 19th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

All families have a Smart Tuition account where you can view your balance, make payments, update your personal information or chat with a live representative.

Access your Smart Tuition account at www.parent.smarttution.comIf you do not know your log-in or password, please contact them at 888-868-8828.  The help center is always available to assist you.  They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you have any questions about your account, you may also contract Tricia Erington at ext. 229.

19 05, 2016

Welcome Callers Needed

By |2018-12-17T11:32:53-06:00May 19th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Volunteer_callersThe Ancona Parent Connection in conjunction with the Admissions Office is looking for current families to place welcome calls to new parents entering our remarkable school. This is a great volunteer opportunity as you can make the call from wherever you are!

Please email Radiah Smith-Donald to volunteer your time as a Welcome Caller at .

19 05, 2016

Showtime at Ancona – Monologue Showcase

By |2018-12-17T11:32:54-06:00May 19th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

monologueEnjoy performances from our 7/8 Integrated Performance Arts program. Come see Ancona students work and share their craft at the upcoming showcase. Bring the entire family to support our young actors.

Monologue Showcase (7/8th grade Integrated Performing Arts class)
Wednesday, May 25 / Evening performance @6:30 p.m. / Ancona Gym




16 05, 2016

New Parent Meeting

By |2018-12-17T11:32:55-06:00May 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

NPMPlease join us for the New Parent Meeting, Wednesday, June 8 at 9:00 a.m. Learn about our community, volunteering, what to expect the first week of school and more!

We hope you will make arrangements to attend this adult only morning so Director of Admissions and Enrollment Keya Graves can answer your questions and concerns. This meeting should last only about one hour. Required registration is below:


16 05, 2016

APC News

By |2018-12-17T11:32:56-06:00May 16th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

co chairs needed.fw The Ancona Parent Connection is looking for two volunteers to co-chair the 2016-2017 school year. Since the APC is for all Ancona parents, all parents are encouraged to participate in the election process.  Voting ends on Sunday, May 22Please cast your vote!

Click the link below to cast your vote for the 2016-2017 APC co-chairs! All surveys are anonymous.

About APC:
The Ancona Parent Connection (APC) aims to strengthen and support the Ancona School community.  The APC focuses on parent-run initiatives that support families, engage the community and enhance the Ancona experience.  Parents can be involved as little or as much as fits their interest and availability.  Please email if you have any questions or suggestions.
9 05, 2016

Ancona Parent Desiree Lynch Receives Honor

By |2018-12-17T11:32:56-06:00May 9th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

A huge congrats to Ancona parent and dedicated volunteer Desiree Lynch who was DESIREEnamed the 2016 Barbara Harelik Award recipient. Established in 1996, the Harelik Award honors a volunteer’s consistent pattern of commitment in two or more significant areas of school life over a given number of years.

The Harelik Award Reception occurs at the end of each academic year in conjunction with the Town Meeting and is an opportunity for all parents, teachers and trustees to recognize the efforts of one exceptional parent volunteer, and show our gratitude to all volunteers of Ancona.

We are thankful for the support and dedication that all of our volunteers bring to the overall success of our school.  A huge thank you to Desiree for her generosity and time. It makes a tremendous impact on our students’ experiences and opportunities. Please congratulate Desiree for her commitment to everything Ancona!

6 05, 2016

Inside Social Justice at Ancona

By |2018-12-17T11:32:56-06:00May 6th, 2016|Curriculum Connection|0 Comments

SJFD_1On March 4th, parents and students gathered at Ancona’s third biannual Social Justice Data Fair where they discussed middle school students’ projects on topics from implicit bias to environmental racism to social cleansing. The following Sunday, in an Ancona family’s home, the conversation continued in the parents’ Honest Conversations group as we discussed police violence in Chicago. “It’s like one of the students’ projects,” said one parent. “She was talking about societies with more diversity having more gun violence.” Several parents cited points their children or other students had made, discussing the specific implications for Chicago. In fact, the fair has sparked ongoing sharing among and between families.

One pair of students took the Harvard Implicit Bias Test and were shocked to discover that news media and other cultural forces shape their own subconscious thoughts. Other groups investigated how gender and racial bias can lead to severe wage gaps and tied this in with their budget simulation in math class–79% of a White Man’s salary means that you can no longer afford any extras, 54% sends your credit card debt spiraling out of control. How did social media boost the Black Lives Matter movement? Why is the Syrian refugee crisis a big deal? Why does America lead wealthy countries in gun violence? Our students can tell you.

From their very first years at Ancona, students are taught the stories of leaders and ordinary people who have fought to make the world more just. By middle school, students are able to pinpoint injustice and work to develop their voices within their own communities. In the Social Justice Data Fair, students select justice issues that are particularly meaningful to them, conduct research, analyze data, and select and present evidence to support a thesis. The academic work of developing an argument is rigorous, and students produce excellent projects because the subject material is so relevant to them. How should we move forward to correct injustice? Many students noted that the first step is to “Make a project and get the word out!” Others are already taking further steps such as writing a petition for fairer media coverage and organizing a water drive for Flint, MI. Parent experts are visiting the middle school to help students contact their elected representatives about the issues of police brutality that their projects raised. One parent is even looking at implementing a diversity survey at her university based on her daughter’s project on microaggressions!


At some schools, teachers fear they will get in trouble for teaching about injustice or encouraging students to argue and fight for change. At Ancona, our social justice learning flows freely between home, classroom, and the wider community. Be a part of the conversation! Join other parents and educators to learn about the student conversations that make the Social Justice Data Fair meaningful at Ancona’s Diversity Symposium on May 14th.


5 05, 2016

Attendance Policy Updates

By |2018-12-17T11:32:57-06:00May 5th, 2016|Parent News|0 Comments

Effective May 9, we will begin enforcing the long-existing school policy below:time

  • Parents should contact the main office after 7:30 a.m. when a child will be absent from school. The school office checks for absences at 8:40 a.m. and calls the homes of those children who walk to school and have not yet arrived.

We are also modifying the way we track tardies. Students who walk through the front doors after 8:20 a.m. will be asked to fill out a “tardy slip” to bring to their classroom teacher. Regardless of what time a student walks in the front door, he or she will be marked tardy if not in the classroom by 8:20 a.m.

Please contact the main office with any questions. View policy here >

5 05, 2016

Dia Del Español – Friday, May 13

By |2018-12-17T11:32:58-06:00May 5th, 2016|Parent News|2 Comments

diaJoin us as we celebrate Dia del Español. Organized and run entirely by students in the 7th/8th grades, the Day of Spanish begins with an assembly at 8:35 a.m. in the gym and will be followed by a “mercado” or market of games, food and more!

Please join us for this school-wide celebration of the rich traditions and cultures of the spanish speaking world. The entire Ancona community is encouraged to partake in this dynamic preview of the World Language and Cultural Studies program at Ancona.

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