Click through to take a virtual tour. Guadalupe Centers Elementary School is a PK-5 tuition free charter school. Guadalupe Centers is a social services agency that serves the Latino community and also has a middle school and a high school on separate campuses.. The elementary school is housed among three buildings on the campus of a former theological seminary. All students living in Kansas City Public Schools boundaries are eligible to attend.
Elizabeth Marentes is the assistant principal of the elementary school. Here she is getting ready for the 5th grade graduation ceremony.
At Guadalupe Centers Elementary School, parents can drop kids off or they can take the school bus. All students wear uniforms of khaki pants and turquoise or gold polo shirts.
Inside, children and families are greeted in English or Spanish by the receptionist. She has all parents sign in before they get a visitor’s pass.
In Mrs. Bauer’s first grade class, morning meetings are led by her students. Here a young lady does roll call and checks in with her classmates before starting their day.
In Ms. Kosnac’s first grade class, students begin the day with a book read aloud. She uses it to frame the day’s class work.
In second grade, these students work on learning games during center time.
These students are doing small group math work with their teacher…
...while these work on an assignment independently in the same classroom.
Technology is available to all students in grades K-5. It is used to support their learning in reading and math.
In this building, students hang their backpacks on hooks outside of their classrooms. They collect them at the end of the day.
The 1st and 2nd grade building is designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind. If you look to the right, you will see the elevator which allows students in wheelchairs to access all floors, and this poster advertises the cultural club designed to embrace the multiple cultures present at Guadalupe Centers Elementary School.
Walls in the first and second grade building are also adorned with posters reminding students of the key principles of the BIST philosophy. Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) provides specific steps so educators, parents, and mentors have the ability to know when and how to intervene. These steps create a consistent, supervised, safe environment in order to teach and protect all students.
Teachers select a set of books and read them with their classes during story time. It is a shared resource for first and second grade teachers.
In addition to reading supports, students at Guadalupe Centers Elementary School also have this room where they can go to calm down when needed. The school employs a social worker who helps kids to manage emotions and a speech pathologist to assist with speech concerns. This room is located in the first and second grade main building.
This is Adrianna Vilane. She is the school nurse for all three buildings and is located in the first and second grade building. She supports students and families at Guadalupe Centers Elementary School by checking on kids, partnering with community organizations like First Hand Foundation and Big Smiles to get kids medical and dental services.
The cafeteria is shared by all buildings and is located in the first and second grade building. Parents may apply to receive free or a reduced pay for breakfast and lunch for their children based on household income.
The gym and auditorium are one and the same. Here is Assistant Principal Marentes giving instructions to fifth grade students as they practice for graduation in the spring. The gym is also used for physical education. In addition to PE, students at Guadalupe Centers Elementary school also take art and music.
Although they use the gym/cafeteria in the 1st and 2nd grade building, Guadalupe Elementary School has a separate building for Pre-K and kindergarten classes. Students are escorted between buildings by their teachers.
In Ms. Lopez’s kindergarten class, students are assigned a daily job. This student is passing out papers so that her peers can begin their work for the day.
In Ms. Shawver’s kindergarten class, students play a word game to help them with learning vocabulary.
In Pre-K, Ms. Jessica’s and Ms. Christina’s students clean up and get ready for circle time.
Ms. Jessica stops to help these two students resolve a conflict by getting to their eye level and reminding them of BIST strategies.
In the Pre-K classroom, all students have a cubby to store their book bags and other items.
Pre-K students practice sight words and numbers. Technology is not used with children in this age group.
The Pre-K/Kindergarten building is also designed with accessibility in mind for students who have mobility support needs.
Students also have their choice of books to read. In Kindergarten and Pre-K, books are sorted by subject to invite student exploration.
In the Pre-K and kindergarten building, student work lines the hallways. Here students have worked on identifying character and setting in a book they read.
During recess, Pre-K and kindergarten students have access to this playground. It is surrounded by a fence to keep them safe and supervised by teachers.
Upper elementary students have a large grassy area where they play soccer and kickball. The play space for upper elementary is currently under construction. Students play organized games in this green space and in the gym instead.
The third grade through fifth grade building stands on its own as well; however, they too share the same gym/cafeteria located in the 1st and 2nd grade building.
In Ms. Bankston’s third grade classroom, students are using triangles and squares to create complex shapes.
In Ms. Benefeld’s class they are growing jalapenos, beans, and pumpkins to take home.
Upper elementary students have tracked how high their plants grow and used the data to create line plots for math. They hang their work in the hallway for all to see.
Flexible classroom spaces allow third through fifth grade students to find a quiet corner when they need one.
These fourth graders were excited to see a visitor in their building during their transition from lunch and back to their building.