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Letter from Superintendent Regarding Report of Findings: November 9, 2015 Instructional Rounds at SAND School in Hartford from the CSDE

SAND Family Meeting (pdf)


WELCOME S.A.N.D. Family!

Thanks for visiting the S.A.N.D. School website! This is just one of the many initiatives we are undertaking to bring our school to the NEXT LEVEL. I am looking forward to an exciting school year. We will work together to ensure the very best for our students, and we will expand our parent engagement through all media. Throughout the summer, the administrative team and the curriculum specialist worked carefully to redesign our strategic learning environment. It is a positive framework which is student-centered, teacher-motivated, parent-involved, and community-friendly.

Our theme for the 2014-2015 school year will be: S.A.N.D. School, “SOARing to the NEXT LEVEL”

As your school leader, I am extremely excited to get to know each of you in a professional and personal manner. We will build positive relationships that will last for years to come. One of my high priority goals is to make S.A.N.D. School into one of the highest performing schools in the district. As a unified team, we will make a positive change. Our “SOARing to the NEXT LEVEL” theme creates a framework, blueprint and trajectory for these changes, and facilitates our students’ and families’ growth, both academically and socially.

I’m looking forward to an exciting school year, alongside you and OUR children!

SOARing Together! 
Mr. Heredia 

¡BIENVENIDOS todos los miembros de la Familia de S.A.N.D! 

Gracias por su visitar la página web de la Escuela S.A.N.D. Esta es una de nuestras muchas iniciativas en el proceso de llevar a nuestra escuela al nivel siguiente de desarrollo. Entiendo que vamos a tener un año escolar muy emocionante . Vamos a trabajar juntos para asegurar que nuestros estudiantes tengan la mejor educación a la misma vezampliaremos la participación de nuestros padres en la escuela a través de varias oportunidadesDurante el verano el equipo administrativo junto a todos los especialistas de currículo han trabajado fuerte para crear una estructura escolar positiva que provea un ambiente estratégico de aprendizaje enfocado en el estudiante, profesor motivado, padre involucrado y la comunidad de nuestros amigos. 

 Nuestro tema para el año escolar 2014-2015 será la siguiente: La Escuela S.A.N.D., "Elevándose al siguiente nivel" 

Como el líder de la escuela, estoy muy emocionado de conocer a cada uno de ustedes en una manera profesional y personal. Vamos a construir relaciones positivas que van a durar por muchos años por venir. Uno de mis objetivos de alta prioridad es hacer la Escuela S.A.N.D. en una de las escuelas de mayor rendimiento en el distrito. Unidos vamos a hacer un cambio positivo. Nuestro tema "Elevándose al siguiente nivel" creará estos cambios y facilitará el crecimiento académico y social de nuestros estudiantes y nuestras familias. 

¡Estoy muy emocionado de pasar un nuevo año escolar junto a ustedes y a nuestros niños! 

Elevándonos Juntos,

Mr. Heredia 
La Escuela S.A.N.D.


Our mission at S.A.N.D. School is focused on a community of active learning, where everyone is expected to interact together and think independently. Empowered with life skills and critical thinking ability to make good decisions, our students will become productive citizens. S.A.N.D. School continuously works with parents and community organizations to develop and implement educational programs to ensure academic and social excellence for all students.

School Expectations

Our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) School-Wide Expectations of S.O.A.R. are practiced amongst all S.A.N.D. students, faculty, staff, parents, and guests. Students are recognized daily for demonstrating our core values through earning Eagle Dollars. Students who earn Eagle Dollars can visit our Exchange Post to purchase school supplies, uniforms, agendas, and other assorted items.
Monthly and weekly PBIS school assemblies celebrate student successes and provide opportunities to reinforce school expectations. S.A.N.D. encourages each individual to shine through acts of Safety, Ownership, Achievement, and Respect.
Teachers meet weekly to review programs and data which help address areas of concerns before they become problems. Twice a month, the Safe School Climate Team meets to review practices, implement programs, and monitor the fidelity of our PBIS program. PBIS is a proactive, positive, and preventative process which is very effective in creating a safe school climate.


S.A.N.D. School students engage in their Common Core aligned, language arts curriculum using Literacy by Design or Expert 21. In Grades K-5, teachers and students use Literacy by Design, a balanced literacy curriculum that is built on the gradual release of responsibility model with explicit whole group instruction followed by differentiated small group instruction. Grade 6-8 students use Expert 21, an English Language Arts curriculum that focuses on inquiry-based learning through interdisciplinary literature and informational text and real-world application of reading and writing. Literacy by Design and Expert 21 provide a highly organized classroom structure where students apply concepts and skills from whole group instruction in small groups or independently within differentiated learning centers. Learning centers may include a poetry center, a listening center, a writing center, a fluency center, a phonics center, or a drama center to provide students with depth of understanding of the piece of literature or the theme in their unit of study. Waterford, SuccessMaker, iReady, and Read 180 are technology based literacy intervention programs that are used at S.A.N.D to assist students who are currently not meeting grade-level expectations to close the achievement gap. Numeracy core instruction is implemented through the use of enVisions whole group and small group differentiated math stations. Students are provided with daily problem-based interactive mathematics that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Waterford Math, iReady, Fastt Math, and enVisions Online are some of the math technology components used to support the curriculum. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, is built into the school community and instructional system to ensure that all students are engaged in a productive learning environment.