Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary

Community celebrates new building for Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Community members and families were welcomed to the new building for Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School at a grand opening celebration on November 2. At the event, District 833 leaders and the school’s principal thanked the community for the support of the 2015 referendum. The bond provided the funds for the re-purposing of the former Oltman Middle School to become Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School.

At the event, guests also watched students from the school perform several songs and listened to seniors in the district’s K-12 Spanish Immersion pathway as they shared their experiences with the program. Afterward, the school was open for community members and families to explore.

Construction of the new Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School began in 2018. Over the next year, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company brought the designs of Architect Rego + Youngquist (ARY) to life with the support and guidance of district and school leadership. The final product of this partnership is a fully updated and functional educational environment for elementary-aged students.

The renovated building features collaborative and flexible learning spaces, which were designed to give teachers options to personalize learning for their students. Many classrooms in the school open up to large, flexible learning spaces that can be used for individual or group work. In addition, the school has a media center, which features a variety of workspaces for students.

Technology upgrades have also been made throughout the building. All classrooms have a SMART Board that serves as a whiteboard which can also connect to a teacher’s laptop or a student’s iPad to show a lesson or work in progress. There were also upgrades to increase safety and security in the school including the addition of a new a secure entryway, key-card access for staff and comprehensive video surveillance.

The building also features several dedicated spaces for the arts and athletics. The school has a gym with two full-sized basketball courts. The cafeteria can be used for sports and activities and is the home to District 833’s Thunderbolts. There is also a 300-seat auditorium, art classrooms and spaces for choir, band and orchestra.

The new building has allowed the school to add an additional classroom for each level starting in the Fall of 2018. This created space for 24 additional students in each incoming class. When operating at full capacity, the school will be capable of serving more than 550 students.