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Frank Elementary Celebrates School History, Culture at School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Post Date:08/29/2019

Frank Ribbon Cutting On StageAs part of the school’s 2019-2020 Meet Your Teacher event, Frank Elementary parents, students, and community members were welcomed to share the celebration of the new school rebuild with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and school tour event. 

The ceremonial ribbon-cutting event resulted in a full school parking lot and hundreds of people coming together to celebrate a monumental day in the school’s history. Visitors such as Town of Guadalupe officials, Pascua Yaqui Tribe representatives, the Maricopa County Sheriff, a former Tempe Elementary Superintendent, and members of the Sanchez family, relatives for whom the Frank gymnasium and cafeteria building was named, were among the special guests in attendance.

“On March 23, 2018, we all gathered, probably in this same spot, to celebrate the
groundbreaking of our new school,” said Principal Martha Jacobo-Smith. “At that time, the dream of this new building was too far away for us to imagine. We don’t have to imagine anymore, we are here!”

The ceremony included a blessing of the new school by Bonifacio Alvarez, Traditional Prayer Leader for the Yaqui Ceremonies in the community, a flag raising, a video highlighting the school’s history and new features, a message from Tempe Elementary School District Governing Board President Patrick Morales, the Frank Panther song, dancing from the Folklorico Cultura Mexicana dance group, the cutting of the ribbon, and guided tours of the campus.   Frank Ribbon Cutting Video

“During this whole process we worked with the following quote in mind; ‘Honor what is most beautiful about the past and build it into the promise of the future,’ by Jacqueline Novogratz,” Jacobo-Smith said. “That quote spoke to me as I thought of all the students, teachers, counselors, nurses, cafeteria staff, principals, custodians, parents, community members, and all who have left their mark at Frank. The quote will be incorporated into the hallway just outside our gym.”

The school, originally built in 1965, underwent extensive renovations over the 2018-2019 school year, expanding the campus to 79,400 square feet. The campus now has a two-story building which is about 48,900 square feet and includes approximately 37 new classrooms.

The new and renovated spaces, part of the work undertaken by Chasse Building Team, included:

  • Natural daylight and LED lighting throughout.

  • 2012 Energy Code Requirements and Building Energy Management System in use.

  • Separate cafeteria and multipurpose room that can be used at the same time.

  • More energy savings with less exterior doors and access points with energy efficient windows.

  • More centralized parent and community gathering areas with easier use for night or community meetings.

  • Outdoor community amphitheater for after hour events and use by community.

  • Student breakout spaces.

  • Outdoor learning area designed by Frank students.

  • Outdoor dining and shade area.

  • Building designed by keeping with a traditional Spanish theme.