The Three Village World Language Department celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 through lessons and student activities. Festivities kicked off with a spirit week in which secondary students and staff were encouraged to dress up as Hispanic actors, singers, in the colors of their favorite football team and the colors of one of the many different flags of Spanish-speaking countries.
At Ward Melville High School and both junior high schools, students created posters of well-known Latinos, which were displayed in an exhibit and used during a scavenger hunt with students in all levels of Spanish classes. Students were challenged with finding the answers to questions using the information on the posters.
Students in upper-level Spanish classes created podcasts to highlight significant contributions made by Hispanic Americans to the United States. The podcasts were then used as a listening activity. Students used the podcasts to complete an analysis and cultural comparison in Spanish.
Artwork filled the halls at the secondary buildings to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. Students in Mrs. Farley’s classes decorated feathers in the colors of the Latin American flags and created wings to design a “What Lifts You” mural.
Not only did students participate in in-class activities. Ward Melville students learned about Hispanic culture through a Zumba class with Mrs. Primerano as their instructor. They were excited to step outside of the classroom and move to the music.
Additionally, several high-achieving students were honored at the 10th annual Hispanic Heritage Night Celebration held by the Town of Brookhaven on Oct. 6. Congratulations to Aiden Burgueno, Leida Fernandez, Zachary Fondacaro, Joana Koch, Steven Morales Jr., Rowan Serna, Eva Peralta, Tayla Perez, Savanna Pineros, Ava Sarlo, Luca Torres, Landis Ulloa, Emily Vintimilla and Julianna Vrabec. The event showcased the richness of Hispanic culture through art, music and food.
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