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Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Ursuline's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15, showed prominently in multiple academic dimensions and cultural activities.

The World Languages Department took the lead. Mornings began with a student sharing a short biography of a famous Hispanic person, announced over the PA to the whole student body. In our high school Spanish language classes, projects took the form of PowerPoint presentations on Spanish-speaking countries,  posters honoring well-known people of Hispanic heritage, and reflections on a film about a Catholic high school in Puerto Rico. 

Dominican Republic

 

Colorful Mexico presentation

 

Our 6th graders in Spanish class researched Christmas customs in Mexico and also learned how to sing a Mexican Christmas carol,  "El Rorro." 

Mrs. Clarizio with students, posters

In the Gabelli Library, displays highlighted Hispanic authors. At lunch on certain days, students could enjoy Cuban and Puerto Rican specialties.

Ms. Chestnut, our DEI Director, led the middle school in an educational and interactive activity. They discussed the origins of Hispanic Heritage Month; the difference between the terms Hispanic, Spanish, Latino, Latina and Latinx; countries associated with Hispanic Heritage Month; and several famous Latin people and their contribution to the culture.

Ms. Chestnut also presented the Legend of the Guatemalan worry doll and students watched a video of Guatemalan women making the dolls.  Worry dolls are small, hand-made dolls. According to legend, Guatemalan children tell their worries to the worry dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. By morning, the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate their worries. The story of the worry doll is a local Mayan legend. Its origin refers to a Mayan princess named Ixmucane. The princess received a special gift from the sun god that allowed her to solve any problem a human could worry about. The worry doll represents the princess and her wisdom.

Video helped explain the making of worry dolls

Students then spent time making their very own worry dolls. The worry doll activity aligns with Ursuline’s goal of addressing student overall social and emotional wellbeing, a topic addressed earlier in the year by Dr. Janet Taylor.

Grade 6 making worry dolls
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Puerto Rico
Library books highlighted for Hispanic Heritage month
Argentina presentation
Presentation on Mexico
Students researched Christmas customs in Mexico
Several 6th graders created posters about Christmas customs in Mexico
Ms Chestnut with student making worry doll
Ms. Chestnut with 8th graders making worry dolls