Click through to take a virtual tour. Primitivo Garcia is a neighborhood school serving grades Pre-K-6 as a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Many students walk to school and some in grades K-6 can take the bus as well. All students wear uniforms at Primitivo Garcia. These include khaki or navy blue bottoms and white or blue tops.
This is Principal Rejeanne Alomenu. She is head principal of Primitivo Garcia and speaks both English and Spanish fluently. Here she is in a seating area for upper elementary students. With teacher permission, students can work in this area alone or in groups.
Primitivo Garcia is a school where every child is taught to be an ordinary hero just like the man the school is named after. Here, a Pre-Kindergarten student helps her teacher pack up the room for summer break.
These Pre-Kindergarten students work together to pick up toys and organize them. Primitivo Garcia is a Leader In Me school. The purpose of this program is to develop leadership skills in all students by showing them their worth, potential and positive contributions to the school.
This Pre-Kindergarten student is practicing the habit “Put First Things First.” He is completing his letter practice before he moves on to a play area in his classroom.
This student is making a similar choice as he works with an abacus to practice counting. Students at Primitivo Garcia are encouraged to self manage and make good choices.
Some Pre-K classrooms have dress-up areas for imaginary play and others have sensory tables like this one where students can play with sand or water. These students are helping to pack the sand table for the day.
Pre-K students have their own playground at Garcia and access to tricycles to practice gross motor skills. Their play area is just outside of the Pre-K wing and off limits to K-6 students.
Student leadership is a big focus at Primitivo Garcia. Bulletin boards like this one remind students that every student can be a leader and every student should be.
In first grade, students work in small groups like this one with their teacher. These students are playing a sight word game with their teacher.
These students are practicing spelling on their own while others are using computers in a different learning center.
Teachers also have designated reading areas in the classrooms where students can select a book and read quietly.
At Primitivo Garcia, every student all brings their backpack and hangs it in a closet like this one. Their personal items go in the cubby and they are assigned a hook for their bags.
Flexible seating and collaborative spaces are in every corner at Primitivo Garcia. This one is outside of an upper elementary classroom. Students can go to the hallway with teacher permission and read alone or together.
All students have access to books in their classrooms. In this 2nd grade classroom, books are organized in baskets with different reading levels so that it is easy for students to select a book that is right for them.
This flexible seating space in the library was paid for with grant money. Students can check out a book of their choice and find a comfy spot to read.
Upper elementary students also have access to this courtyard where they can come and enjoy lunch or where teachers can bring students during the day.
In the cafeteria, students sit with their classmates during lunch and eat in grade level shifts. As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, all students get free lunch at Primitivo Garcia.
In upper elementary grades like this 5th grade class, students each have a computer. These are used for learning throughout the day.
These 4th grade students are playing online learning games after they finished their other work.
In computer lab, students play games like this one to help them with their reading and math skills. All students go to the computer lab weekly.
Primitivo Garcia participates in the Foster Grandparent program. Here is a volunteer waiting for students to get back from recess.
At recess, upper elementary students like these 6th graders have the chance to run in a large green space and play basketball.
K-6th grade students also have their own playground separate from the Pre-K area. Spot it here in the upper right corner.
Colorful bulletin boards decorate the halls at Primitivo Garcia. School staff are sure to take pictures of events and celebrate the fun students and parents have together.
Student artwork is in every hallway at Primitivo Garcia. Outside of this Pre-K classroom, students have displayed the flowers they made in art class.
Here upper elementary students show off their work with shape and shadow on a bulletin board outside of the art room. All students go to art weekly.
A full time nurse is on staff to assist students with any problems and to connect families to healthcare resources.
Adult generated art like this reminds students to keep their thinking positive throughout the day.
This bulletin board reminds students to keep a positive attitude and remain leaders in every subject no matter what.
In music class students work with drums and other musical instruments to explore sound and rhythm. All students go to music class weekly.
In PE, students improve their gross and fine motor skills through organized sports. All students go to gym weekly. The gym and the auditorium are in the same room. Staff brings chairs into the gym when needed for all-school parent events.