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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15, celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The month-long recognition encompasses several important dates in Hispanic heritage, including the respective independence celebrations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.

In the Lower School, Spanish teachers Ana Maria Méndez and Carmen Hernandez have been sharing fun and informational videos to help students understand and appreciate Hispanic history and culture. (See videos at right.)

In the Middle School, David Hutchings’ and Christina Garner’s Spanish 1A students have been talking about Hispanic music and listening to different songs from different countries at the start of each class, discussing the lyrics and the artists to lay the groundwork for an upcoming unit on identity. In Garner’s 1B class, students listen to one song a day from various Spanish-speaking countries so that, by the end of the month, students will have been exposed to music from all of the Spanish-speaking countries, which in turn will provide them with exposure to various cultures.

Upper School students have enjoyed a range of activities. In Spanish II, María Rodríguez and Katie Torres are doing “Music Madness,” in which they set up a March Madness-style bracket competition between performers from Spanish-speaking countries and encourage students to vote on which ones they want to advance. Katie Barnwell’s upper-level Spanish students have deepened their understanding of Hispanic Heritage Month with listening activities and discussions about notable activists, athletes, entertainers and politicians of Hispanic heritage. 

Learn more about our World Languages Department and Global Programs here

Week 1 videos

Week 2 videos