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Escuela Bilingue Pioneer Elementary School



Guillermo Medina



Address: 101 E. Baseline Rd.

City: Lafayette

State: CO

Zip: 80026

Office Phone: 720-561-7800

Fax: 720-561-7801

Attendance Phone: 720-561-7802

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Daily Schedule:

​​School Hours: 8:00am - 3:20pm

Office Hours: ​​7:45am - 3:30pm

*Elementary Specials ABC Rotation Schedule

About Our School:

Located in Old Town Lafayette, Escuela Bilingue Pioneer is a 90/10 dual immersion bilingual focus school where all students enroll through the district’s open-enrollment process. An effort is made to balance students based upon their home language and language of dominance. There is a bi-literacy instructional focus across the school as students work toward building bridges between Spanish and English. A multilingual perspective is infused throughout the curriculum. Pioneer students benefit from 80 minutes of instruction in physical education, music, art, library and technology each week. Additionally, Pioneer values community partnerships to offer a variety of after-school enrichment. This school also offers free and tuition preschool classes that have a focus on both academic and developmental learning standards.

Program Characteristics:
The dual immersion program at Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer is designed to achieve its goals by following a carefully planned model. This model ensures that students fully develop a second language while maintaining strong skills in their first. The program is based on extensive studies conducted by experts in the field of education and linguistics which indicate that the dual language model is the most effective of all second language development programs. (Thomas & Collier, 2001) Research shows that it takes between five and seven years to develop a second language and two or three more years to develop a proficient level of academic language. (Cummins, 1979, 1986; Thomas & Collier, 1995, 2001)

At EBP we understand this is a long-term process, therefore our program is organized across seven grade levels to achieve its goals. Pioneer is a 90/10 two-way dual immersion program, which means that Kindergartener receive 90% of their instruction in Spanish and 10% in English.  The amount increase by 10% each year up to 50/50 in fourth and fifth grades.  All students are integrated throughout the day, and are placed with one teacher who teaches both English and Spanish.  Students work cooperatively, serving as language models for one another and learn to utilize their linguistic resources as they develop their biliteracy skills.

Special Programs and Opportunities

Pioneer has programs designed to meet the individual needs of students. Programs that serve all students and families: the Family Literacy Program (adult literacy and GED certification), Pioneer Preschool, Full day kindergarten, School-wide Title I (literacy teachers teach small groups for targeted instruction), Talented and Gifted (services for English and Spanish speakers), 80 minutes weekly of technology, library, art, music and physical education, two recess periods daily, Student Mediators, School Age Childcare(SAC), and 3:20+ school clubs such as dance, Destination Imagination, drumming, Legos, marbles, leadership club, knitting, Thorne, CATCH, soccer, chess, computer programming, English, homework club, raptor club, library club, nature art, theatre, drumming, service-learning, etc.

Principals Message:

Dear Pioneer families, students and friends,

Pioneer has just undergone major construction as a part of our BVSD Bond program in the following areas:  New roof, New HVAC system (with air conditioning) throughout the school, Newly renovated kitchen and cafeteria, New ceiling tiles, New playground, irrigation and redesigned garden area, New bus loop, New windows in various locations in the building, A New literacy support classroom, New support structures on the gym (exterior), Electrical upgrades, Renovated restroom facilities.  And we will also have a brand new bus and parent drop off and pick up area to the east of the building.

This new year brings not only physical changes to our learning space, but a school-wide focus on Conscious Discipline, school community development, and many new staff members, and additional movement across the building.  The following is a list of our grade level teachers:

  • Kindergarten:  Elizabeth Vela Robles, Laura DeCastro, Mary Claire Collins, Rochelle Loughry and Laura Pereyra to support.
  • First grade:  Chris Mueller, Liliana Delfin, Lisa Aguirre, Sandy Sirepisios, and Laura Pereyra to support.
  • Second grade:  Belinda Garcia, Jessica Cirelli, Rebecca Alvarado and Susan Daly to support.
  • Third grade:  Ana Cox, Isa Nunez, Maria Comparini and Paul Crosson to support.
  • Fourth grade:  Antonio Rodriguez, Cesar Olivas, Martha Quezada and Michelle Eubank to support.
  • Fifth grade:  Bill Vivas, Karla Colin, Marina Lopez Del Carril and Michelle Eubank to support. 

As you get ready for the new school year I would like to share a couple of items that make our community unique:

  • School supplies- Rather than the traditional school supply lists we have had in the past, Pioneer has chosen to ask for a monetary donation of $25-$75 per child.  Cash or a check can be written to Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer and can be brought to Susie in the office. Extra donations are always appreciated.   If you would prefer to bring actual school supplies to your child’s teacher, this would be fine.  We would also like each student to have a reusable water bottle, backpack, headphones (grades 2-5 only), and a pocket folder to be used as their Friday Folder to bring home important information and completed classwork.
  • Community engagement-  We started out this school year out in our community, connecting with families and students.  Staff assisted with the on-line registration system, played games with students, danced Zumba and ate ice cream at a couple of events before school started.  We also revamped our back-to- school events to include fun activities and community building.  This year Pioneer staff have decided to restructure our time together in order to focus on building community among families and adults working with our students.  If we develop trusting, collaborative relationships throughout our community we will be able to work together to solve any challenge that might arise.  Additional information will be provided over the coming weeks.

In closing, I thank you for taking the time to read through this very long message!  It is with renewed energy and excitement that we will welcome each and every student.  Thank you in advance for all that you will do to support your child’s learning and school adventure over the coming year.  Personally, I look forward to continued opportunities to learn together and I know that we will work to make this a great year!

Kristin Nelson-Steinhoff

Points of Pride:

Mission statement:

​​Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer is a 90/10, Spanish-English dual language focus school that nurtures all students and engages our community.  We educate and empower culturally and linguistically diverse future leaders.

Vision statement:

Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer is a culturally rich, inclusive school community celebrating bilingual and biliterate learners.  We strive to provide engaging and innovative experiential learning opportunities that will prepare all individuals to confidently and proudly contribute to our increasingly complex world.

Academic Goals:

Student/Teacher Ratio: 12.8/1

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Enrollment FTE: 493

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School Code: PIE