Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to thank you for selecting Siena Catholic Academy. At Siena, we dedicate ourselves to providing a safe, nurturing environment for our students. Siena is a place that provides students the opportunity to explore their world with confidence, and to develop the knowledge, skills and values that assist them with becoming well-versed young adults.
Each school year begins with excitement and enthusiasm. It is a time for children to experience and engage in constructive learning opportunities, to explore extracurricular pursuits, meet new friends, and to find success in all areas of self. This includes respect for self and others, responsibility and accountability, and spiritual and academic growth. As outlined in our Belief Statements: We embrace the practice of the virtues of faith, hope, love, prudence, temperance, courage and justice. We consider learning and living our faith as an essential element of Catholic education, one that fosters the development of a lifestyle committed to prayer, and continued service to the community. We believe students will achieve their potential by asking questions and exploring the world around them.
As our world changes, we progress to meet its challenges and accept the benefits of such change. With that, as we advance through a digital world, we emphasize a prudent approach to the gathering and usage of such information as our students utilize their 1:1 Chromebook. We strive to assist them with making good, sound decisions as they sift through the boundless, wireless network.
To assist students with developing the necessary skills needed to compete and thrive in the world-of-work and in their personal lives, we integrate the Learner-Centered Tenets in our classrooms as we wish to engage our students in their learning – in ways that are compelling, informed, collaborative, and productive.
The Tenets are focused around student learning, consequently, the teacher’s instructional practice is most important as to ensure that learning is achieved, and growth is evident. Each emphasizes the importance of students working together in a constructive, meaningful, and respectful manner, as to learn, create, and build upon and question one another’s ideas. This includes making real-life connections to what they are learning in class, asking their own questions to guide their learning, and using critical thinking skills to develop and define their understandings. Additionally, students will face challenging and rigorous curriculum, thus, assisting with the development of perseverance and problem-solving skills.
All of this is part of our collective effort to transform our school in ways that better serve our mission. Our work to improve the school and our community will continue as we work with your children in the coming school years. We will strive to continue our tradition of academic excellence and collective growth.
Siena Catholic Academy is a coeducational Catholic middle school, located on the grounds of St. Thomas More Church at 2617 East Avenue in Brighton, NY, a suburb of Rochester, NY in Monroe County and part of the Diocese of Rochester. Siena is accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.