Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Michelle H. Daino
Spanish teacher, Marion Senior, reported that her Spanish 3 CP students and Spanish 3 Honors students colored a block and collaborated to produce the banner representing some Hispanics who have contributed to society in different ways. These individuals included: engineer Ellen Ochoa, artist Frida Kahlo, singer Selena Quintanilla, and American labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.
She also noted that Spanish IV CP students created reports based on their study of Broadway actor and lyricist Lin Manuel Miranda. Freshmen pretended to interview famous Hispanic figures such as Celia Cruz and Gloria Estefan. Spanish Language and Culture students pretended to visit a Spanish-speaking country and reported on what products from that country make it unique – such as salsa or coffee.
Madeline Albrittain explained that her Spanish 2 students created infographics on prominent Latinx figures, using the verbs ser and estar to explain their heritage. These individuals included actress Rita Moreno and writer Sandra Cisneros.
Ms. Albrittain added that Spanish 4 Honors began their unit on the Spanish Civil War and are building connections with their knowledge of World War 2. AP Spanish Language & Culture students presented on indigenous cultures in Central and South America. They learned about the struggles of local indigenous people in terms of education, land and voting rights. 
After school on Monday, the Spanish Club played Lotería, a game similar to Bingo. The Students of Color Affinity Group also created a video to mark Hispanic Heritage Month. Click here to view the video.
Isabel Gachko, Theology Department Chair and Associate Director of Campus Ministry - Retreats, shared that the poinsettia is native to Mexico and Central America, where it grows in moist, wet, wooded ravines and on rocky hillsides. Take some time to print off the attached poinsettia coloring page, put on your favorite Hispanic music and relax by coloring!
Peer Ministers will lead morning prayer next week, saying our traditional prayers in Spanish. The Peer Ministry Club is also making a display of Hispanic Saints in the hall outside the Snack Shack. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the Hispanic Saints and play the Kahoot. A prize will be awarded.
Visit our social media pages to view all of the photos from our celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month!
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