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Principal's Message

Our Approach
We share the goal that every parent has for their child: to achieve at high levels and be successful in life. The Cisneros approach focuses on building the requisite 21st Century Skills students need in order to be successful in high school, college, and beyond. Teachers are squarely focused on student understanding; they put learning before teaching. As a result, we are able to effectively close the gap between traditionally low performing and high performing students. The Common Core Standards drive our work and provide the academic backdrop teachers need to build rigorous units of study. Our emphasis is not on the summative assessments at the end of the school year, though we do believe they are important. Instead, we focus on the learning occurring throughout the school year and implement a course correction system that is responsive to student data outcomes at the individual classroom level. 
Our Success
We measure our success through our mission. The mission of Sandra Cisneros Elementary School is to be the best school in Chicago at graduating minority students who are prepared for the challenges awaiting them in high quality high schools. One indicator of this success is the percentage of students who receive a seat at one of Chicago's selective enrollment high schools. In the 2017-2018 school year, 41% of the graduating class received a seat at one of these prestigious schools. And, in the 2016-2017 school year, 31% of the graduating class received a seat. That places Cisneros in the top 30 elementary schools (out of 448!) in the city at getting students into the highest quality high schools the city has to offer. Beyond selective enrollment high schools, we aim to send our students to other high quality options that have proven that they can get students to and through college including Acero Schools and Noble. 
Jill Keller, Cisneros Principal
B.A. Secondary Education, DePaul University
M.Ed. School Leadership, Concordia University
I am both honored and humbled to lead the incredible community at Sandra Cisneros Elementary. Our students, families and teachers are unmatched in their dedication and I am happy to be able to support them in my role as principal. I have served in an administrative capacity at Cisneros since 2016 after teaching Reading and Social Studies at Casas Elementary, an Acero School, and throughout the suburbs. I pursued my leadership certification through Concordia University in Chicago and have continued to look for opportunities to grow, participating in a Certificate Program through the Harvard Graduate School of Education and partnering with the Accelerate Institute.
I believe in providing students with innovative and engaging lessons that challenge them to think critically , work collaboratively and think "outside the box." At Cisneros we ensure that students are provided various tiers of support and that high expectations for academic excellence, character and integrity are at the forefront of what we do. Our students and staff are always encouraged to Work with Purpose, Initiate Positive Change, Lead by Example and Demonstrate Personal Responsibility! Together we will continue our legacy of success and work to make Cisneros the best school in Chicago!
Contact information
Phone: 773-376-8830
Fax: 773-376-8825
or email the leadership team:
Jill Keller, Principal: [email protected]
Rachael Carnacchio, Assistant Principal: [email protected]
Lynette Contreras, Dean: [email protected]