Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year at Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy! We are a caring community of learners committed to teaching students the skills and habits necessary to succeed in college, fulfill their dreams, and contribute positively to the world. We call ourselves the "Superstars," because by committing to constantly being our best selves, our students will be superstars in whatever they pursue. This year, our instructional focuses for our Superstars are authentic literacy (taught through reader's and writer's workshop) and conceptual math (taught using Singapore Math in K - 5 and College Preparatory Math in grades 6 - 8). We are excited to offer our Superstars opportunities to regularly engage in the arts (visual, dance, and drama), and are thrilled to start growing our bilingual program. This year our bilingual program is offered in Kinder through 2nd grade, and will expand one grade level at a time in future years. Our school rules are the "three Be's": be safe, be kind, and be your best self. In addition, we have Superstar habits that help our students work well and make good choices in school and in life. Among these habits are "be proactive," "put first things first," and "begin with the end in mind." Our teachers are committed members of our professional learning community, and with the leadership team as instructional coaches, we are focused as a team on constantly improving teaching and learning school wide so that our Superstars get the best education possible. We consider parents and families to be our partners, and welcome them into our school to work together with us to create a school community that students and families can be proud of.