Parents, Community Leaders Gather for Legislative Breakfast in Waterbury

Posted by on 10 / 20 / 2014 0 Reactions

by Michael Shulansky
Brass City Charter School got to show off its good work recently when parents, community leaders, students, and educators gathered at the school for a legislative breakfast. This was also a chance for invited guests to hear about the school’s progress and how charter schools are faring across the state.
Guests heard from school leader Barbara Ruggiero, parent Danielle Gaynor, Sen. Rob Kane and Rep. Victor Cuevas, and more. Everyone was also rocked by an incredible drum performance from students at the school.
Brass City Charter School students rest before playing the drums at Wednesday’s breakfast.
School leader Barbara Ruggiero, or Dr. Barb, as the students call her, provided an overview of Brass City Charter School and its recent successes.
Brass City, which opened in the fall of 2013, has expanded to pre-K through 2nd grade. Dr. Barb plans to see the school eventually expand through grade 8.
“That kind of continuity is essential for student success,” she said when discussing the school’s future expansion.
To get there though, the school will need to find a new home. As Jeremiah Grace, NECSN’s Connecticut State Director noted, “Brass City will outgrow their facilities in the next few years.”
Ruggiero spoke proudly of the school’s successful model, noting that parents love the extended school day and holistic model that integrates music, art, and science into the curriculum. The community has taken notice – Dr. Barb noted that the school is receiving new applications every day.
State Representative Victor Cuevas also praised the longer school day, saying that it helps parents that are working late.
School leader Barbara Ruggiero speaks at the Waterbury legislative breakfast.
Brass City parent Danielle Gaynor spoke glowingly of the school. Gaynor, a parent of seven, is clearly proud to see her youngest in 2nd grade at Brass City.
Gaynor has sent her children to all types of schools, including traditional, private, magnet, technical, and even attempted homeschooling for a semester. She says she found Brass City last year and plans for her son to attend through 8th grade.
“The longer school day gives a huge amount of time to input lots of wonderful things, including music and art,” said Gaynor. She also lauded the school’s curriculum for addressing social and emotional needs.
State Senator Rob Kane added that he was proud to have Brass City in his backyard.
Take a look at a slideshow of images from the breakfast below.


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