Under construction now is Sienna Plantation's fourth on-site elementary school, slated to open in 2017. The new school joins other high-performing elementaries located in Sienna Plantation: Jan Schiff Elementary, Scanlan Oaks Elementary and Sienna Crossing Elementary, all nestled within quiet neighborhoods. Sienna Plantation also is served by Heritage Rose Elementary, located nearby.
Opening Fall of 2017 is Sienna Plantation's newest elementary school! Donald Leonetti Elementary School is named after a 1988 Dulles High School graduate and prominent community member of Fort Bend County. The Leonetti mascot is the lion, and its school colors are lime green and black. Joy Schwinger, the newly named principal, has made it her goal to "provide a culture and environment where all students and staff learn with pride, lead with confidence, and inspire to impact lives."
"Through the creation of a safe, respectful and challenging educational experience for all, learning meets discovery everyday."
A personalized learning environment empowers a community of lifelong learners to succeed in a globally-diverse world. The low student-to-teacher ratio fosters improved participation and a stronger bond between students and their instructors.
"Through the united efforts of students, parents, faculty, staff, and community, our mission at Sienna Crossing Elementary is to chart a course towards excellence. Committed to each student reaching his/her potential, we will provide a supportive and safe environment with diverse and interactive learning opportunities to prepare students for successful futures in a global world."
Sienna Crossing students learn in grade-specific pods with networked, multimedia computers in each classroom, computer labs, computerized library, a “post office,” performance stage and space devoted specifically to musical and artistic pursuits. The supportive environment, with diverse and interactive learning opportunities, allow students to prepare for successful futures in a global world.
A hands-on teaching approach encourages students to read, see, touch and hear through presentations, experiments and role-playing activities. Students in lower grades work in small groups to learn literacy skills, build comprehension and improve reading fluency. Thinking Maps learning program helps students establish thought processes – classifying, comparing and contrasting; identifying cause and effect; and sequencing – and apply those processes to support strong critical thinking skills.An outstanding language program includes a strong emphasis on expressive and technical writing.
Heritage Rose Elementary teachers and staff have created a one-of-a-kind environment to nurture innovative, confident and self-motivated thinkers. Smartboards, multiple classroom computers, two computer labs and mobile carts of laptops, iPads and Nooks equip these young students with the skills to succeed in our modern world. Progressive programs such as Reading Recovery and Enrichment Clubs that explore film-making, storyboarding, art and more meet the needs of diverse learners. Students also grow organic vegetables in the school’s garden and create nutritious meals via mobile cooking carts as part of the school’s partnership with the Recipe for Success initiative, just one of the many programs the school employs to foster students’ love of learning.