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!