Ríos Spanish Immersion

The application window for the 2020-21 Ríos Spanish Immersion program kindergarten class is now closed. If you would like to see if there are any spots available, or to be placed on the waiting list, please email Jefferson Elementary principal Maggie Maine: maggie.maine@winona.k12.mn.us.

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The goal of Ríos Spanish Immersion program is to provide educational experiences, beginning in kindergarten and sustained through Grade 12, that support academic and linguistic development in two languages and that develop students’ appreciation of their own and other cultures.

Features of the Program

• Students will become proficient Spanish listeners, speakers, writers, and readers

• Students will master content in the same subject areas as their counterparts who do not attend the program

• Students will participate in art, music, and physical education taught in English

Interested parties must apply for entrance into the program. The application window for the 2020-2021 school year is from Feb. 3 to March 2, 2020.

All Winona Area Public Schools offer the same rigorous core curriculum in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Immersion students will study the same core curriculum and Minnesota academic standards which connects subject areas.


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Frequently asked questions

Teaching staff

Leticia Bocanegra

Kindergarten Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School

Carissa Dahl

5th-7th Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Winona Middle School

Amanda Indra

4th Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School

Alejandro Orzaiz

2nd Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School

Victor Pinon

3rd Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School

Erin Siemback

1st Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School

AMITY Intern Program

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The Ríos Spanish Immersion program plays host to international interns from Spanish speaking countries each year. This program exposes students at Jefferson Elementary, Winona Middle School and around Winona Area Public Schools and the community to other cultures and accents from around the world.

This program depends on families to host these international visitors. 

Do you have a spare room in your house? Would you like to learn about another culture and language? 

We are looking for homestays that could last 3-5 months. You do not need to be a district family. Anyone in the Winona community who wants to enrich their lives can host.

Please see this flyer for more information

Apply to be a host family

We cherished the relationships we built. We still communicate with one of our interns weekly. My son loved having them around."

— Feedback from a host family parent

2019-20 interns

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WAPS superintendent Annette Freiheit, left, and Jefferson Elementary principal Maggie Maine, right, pose with Ríos Spanish Immersion Program interns, from left, Maria Gonzalez Rueda (Colombia), Sara Hernández Arias (Spain), Pablo Lorenzo Vaquero (Spain) and Viqui Fornés i March (Spain) at the Ríos intern welcome event on Sunday. Aug. 25.

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