City Connects Supports & Services at Catholic Central
City Connects at Catholic Central: How We Serve You
To enhance the educational experience at your son’s/daughter’s school, we have a comprehensive student support system to ensure that each and every student receives the services and resources he or she needs to be academically successful and healthy.
We also acknowledge that each student is unique. For example, some students benefit best from enrichments, such as arts, sports, clubs or leadership programs. For others, targeted intervention services—such as after-school programs, basic health education, and tutoring—are the best match.
Our mission is to have all students engage and learn in school by connecting each student with the tailored set of prevention, intervention, and enrichment services he or she needs to thrive. We do this by assessing the strengths and needs of each student through conversations with teachers and others in the school. Every student is then connected to a unique set of services or enrichments in the community designed to help each child reach his or her full potential.
What is City Connects?
City Connects is a school-based student support model that leverages the services and resources of city community agencies. City Connects was developed in the late 90sby Boston College to better connect local schools with the services and community agencies already in existence in their neighborhood. Its purpose is to bridge gap of missing resources and programs which help students thrive academically. It is an evidence-based, proven method to help students be more successful in and out of the classroom. Catholic Central saw the benefits of this model and added it to our team in 2013.
The School Site Coordinator in your son’s/daughter’s school links students to the services and enrichments that match their individual strengths and needs. He or she also develops partnerships with community agencies to secure services and enrichment opportunities. The coordinator then follows up to assure service delivery and effectiveness.
City Connects Coordinators reach out to families, acting as a bridge between home and school and linking you to a wide variety of resources. Our team is always available to talk with you about your concerns and needs. Some of our services include:
- Helping families through transitions and encouraging visits to the school
- Recommending and connecting you to services in the community
- Responding to family crises and offering support
- Providing information on school processes and service options
- Assisting you in addressing disciplinary or behavior issues at home
- Finding ways to address language barriers
- Academic support or tutoring referrals
- Enrichment opportunities in sports, music, art and leadership
- Vacation and summer learning opportunities
- Social skills groups
- Transportation assistance
- Family assistance
Our team of coordinators is always available to you and we encourage you to reach out and learn more. Your student has an assigned coordinator based on their current grade. Here is how you can get in touch:
Grades 7-12-Andrea Migliozzi
Grades 3-6- Kristen Scharf
Pre-K and Elementary-Josh Richardt
Tangible Examples of Success:
Our City Connects team works to provide your student with as many services and opportunities as we can fit into an academic year. We work with over 50 community partners each year to bring in relevant and educational services and programs to our students. Here are a few examples of programs we oversee and put together for students:
Mix It Up Day
Olweus Bullying Prevention (K-5 program)
Pax Good Behavior Game
Muse Machine and Springfield Symphony Arts Performances
Partnership with Springfield Museum of Art
Clark State Field Trip
Social Skills/Leadership Groups with Rocking Horse
Wittenberg Student Tutoring
ELL/ESL Supports and Services
Attendance Support and Mediation Services
For more information on the program at large, go to: http://www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/cityconnects/