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22 03, 2018

Note from Nancy | March 22, 2018

By |2018-12-17T11:32:03-06:00March 22nd, 2018|Curriculum Connection, Parent News|0 Comments

Dear Parents,

This week, I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude with our community, and the ways in which you have welcomed me into Ancona.  It has been my distinct honor and privilege to lead this school over the past several months, and I am incredibly proud of the work we have been able to accomplish this year. Despite challenges, we are growing, we are thriving, and prospective families are falling in love with who we are.

Ancona is a school with a rich history, and strong mission that is helping reimagine what education can and should look like. This a community replete with the belief that education is a powerful tool for positive change, and we are doing great things as a collective, committed to these ideals. I could not be more proud of our accomplishments this year. This is a special school with an extraordinary team of people who work tirelessly to fundamentally support our students and their families. A school is greater than any one person, and we each play a role in making this a place that truly celebrates, cultivates and enriches our students.

Whatever the outcome of the Head of School search, I want you all to know that it has been my distinct pleasure to serve Ancona, and the larger community in which our beautiful school is situated. My greatest hope for Ancona is that we can all support, and work with, whoever our next Head of School is so that we can continue to grow a school whose future is as rich as its past.

Thank you for your care and for your warmth since my arrival here at Ancona. The future of our school is bright with possibility, and I am humbled to be a part of that story.



1 03, 2018

Note from Nancy | March 1, 2018

By |2018-12-17T11:32:03-06:00March 1st, 2018|Curriculum Connection, Parent News|0 Comments

The weather is slowly changing, the sun is returning, and here at Ancona, things are humming with the anticipation of spring. Tomorrow at the African American Heritage Assembly, our first and second graders will take the lead in an exploration of the work of African American artists from Chicago. The assembly will take an historical perspective that explores music, performing and visual arts. 

On Saturday, March 10 we will host our 6th annual Diversity Symposium exploring Race and Green Space in Chicago. New this year, the Symposium will offer a parallel kids track so that our children can engage in the learning alongside adults. Please make sure to register and spread the word. Conference sign-ups open tomorrow so be sure to secure your time with teachers. And in two short weeks, our eighth graders will be off to Oaxaca! 

Looking ahead, please keep an eye out for an email from me that will share a detailed explanation of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) accreditation process, which Ancona goes through every 7 years. This is an important part of our learning and growth as an organization, and it requires a tremendous amount of work on the parts of our staff, teachers, and administrators. Accreditation is essential to our institutional integrity, and the process allows us to reflect on the mission, practices, programs, and governance of our school.

We are currently in year one of the process, and an important part of this year’s work is to engage our stakeholders in a survey which asks them to share their feedback on any number of topics related to Ancona. Everyone in our community—students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, alumni, and Board—is asked to participate; your feedback is essential to the process, and helps us grow and get better. Be on the lookout for the survey links and more detailed information on the ISACS accreditation process coming soon. 

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at our African American Heritage Assembly!