Introduction

Welcome, Estrella Vista STEM Academy families!

The 2018-2019 school year is proving to be another exciting year for teaching, learning, and community engagement. We are diligently working to improve school culture. Having the right environment to support student learning is essential. My goal is to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn in a fair and equitable educational setting. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to foster this expectation.

As a STEM Academy, we believe each child is a treasure with unique gifts, talents, and capabilities. We work collaboratively to discover and nurture those abilities through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We expect all students and staff members to be respectful, dedicated, hardworking, independent thinkers, and problem solvers. 

Estrella Vista promotes four core values, which include the following:

  • We are a trusted and established community committed to setting high standards in STEM with integrity and fidelity.
  • We believe in developing responsible global citizens.
  • We strive for every student, staff member, and community member to exhibit the utmost respect in all situations.
  • We believe in building a cooperative and positive team environment conducive to the highest level of STEM learning. 

I look forward to working with our families to support all students on campus. As a courtesy reminder, school opens at 8:27 a.m. and concludes at 3:35 p.m. After breakfast in the classroom, school begins promptly at 8:40 a.m. On early release Wednesdays, the start time remains the same, while our student release time is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

If you should ever have questions or comments, please feel free to email me. I would be more than happy to assist you.

Reminder

We would like to remind parents that school begins at 8:27 a.m. We consider students tardy starting at 8:40 a.m. We kindly ask all parents to help us by ensuring that all students are to school on time so they can participate in a full day of learning. Thank you for your support.

A Message from our Principal

Dear Estrella Vista STEM Academy Families,

We continue to make Estrella Vista an amazing place to be. Our only focus is to make learning fair and equitable for every child. What is fair, is not always equitable. Some students need more support than others, and our staff is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. In the paragraphs that follow, I will share the engaging work we are doing with students, teachers, and parents as we move forward with our school-side focus.

First and foremost, we spent the first semester studying growth mindsets. Teachers and students have been made aware that a mindset impacts progress inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, there is an emphasis on praising students for their effort, dedication, and hard work. If you have an interest in developing your own growth mindset toward success, please see the traits we encourage below:

  • Embrace challenges
  • Persist in the face of setbacks
  • See effort as the path to mastery
  • Learn from mistakes and criticism
  • Find lessons and inspiration in the success of others

Second, teachers are focused on delivering differentiated instruction in the classroom. As we analyze data from student work, classroom assessments, and benchmark tests, teachers are busy planning lessons to meet the needs of individual students. Here are some strategies we employ in the classroom:

  • Project-based learning
  • Reading material at the level of each student
  • Cooperative small group work
  • Scaffolds to support students based on need
  • Modifications for assignments and homework

Finally, our parents engage in school-wide activities on a consistent basis. We ask our parents to participate actively in the classroom, support after school programming, and engage in parent-teacher conferences. It is imperative we work with our parent community to promote an environment conducive to learning. 

I recognize the significance of teamwork. It takes the contribution of every student, teacher, and parent to be successful at Estrella Vista STEM Academy. Making learning fair and equitable is the responsibility of the team.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time. I would be more than happy to assist you.

Sincerely,

Richard K. Ramos

Richard K. Ramos
Principal