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14 June . 2018

More classrooms, more teachers and Spanish planned after wonderful first year at Rancho Sienna Elementary School

After opening in August 2017 and completing a “wonderful” first year, Rancho Sienna Elementary School is on track for an even more wonderful year for 2018-19, according to Principal Melanie Bowman.

While students and parents are away on vacation, workers are busy adding five new classrooms at Rancho Sienna Elementary, to accommodate continued growth from Rancho Sienna and surrounding communities.

“We opened with 600 students, and we will have more than 700 students for 2018-19,” Ms. Bowman said. “The growth in the area has been very steady, and we love welcoming new students and families.”

Liberty Hill ISD is converting five of the school’s seven flexible learning spaces into classrooms to provide classroom space for the added students. The new classrooms are being enclosed with folding, frosted glass doors, to create a private and quiet environment for learning, and also to preserve the flexibility to open up the spaces for future collaborative learning and events.

Ms. Bowman said that Rancho Sienna Elementary School will still have plenty of places for collaborative learning. “Collaboration is a powerful learning tool, and we will have many areas for students to collaborate, including the two remaining collaborative learning areas, across classrooms, in the indoor playscape area, and in the Learning Courtyard,” she said.  

The school will also add six more teachers for the 2018-19 academic year.

Following a successful pilot program with offering Conversational Spanish at the primary school level, Liberty Hill ISD will now offer the subject in all of its elementary schools, including Rancho Sienna Elementary. Ms. Bowman said students who complete all of the elementary school levels of Conversational Spanish will be able to earn high school credit.

Rancho Sienna Elementary is enhancing its already strong communications with parents and community members, through its Campus Improvement Committee and other initiatives. The school is also starting a Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program for 2018-19, encouraging dads to volunteer at the campus and provide positive male role models for students.

Liberty Hill ISD is a strong proponent of Professional Learning Communities, where teachers devote time each week to plan lessons, review student data, and consider intervention, reteaching and other actions as needed.  “We’re always looking for new ways to be the most impactful that we can for our students,” Ms. Bowman said.

Finally, she said the third- and fourth-grade students participated in the school’s first round of STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) testing, and parents will be notified of results by the Texas Education Agency over the summer.

Learn more about all of the highly regarded Liberty Hill ISD schools serving Rancho Sienna.