Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15, St. Mark’s Campus students are immersed in Hispanic culture across multiple disciplines (art, music, dance, media, library and, of course, Spanish). Third grade students recently learned about Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter known for her many portraits and self-portraits. They painted pictures of Frida following the lesson and listened to Mexican music. Additionally in art, second grade students created paintings inspired by the Spanish artist Joan Miró. Fourth grade students are also learning about Salvador Dalí, a Spanish surrealist best known for “The Persistence of Memory” and are now sculpting melted clocks out of clay.

In the library, students checked out books to research countries in Latin and South America and the Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico). Fourth and fifth grade students are presenting research on currency, landmarks, flags, continents and important figures via PowerPoint presentations they are developing in the Innovation Lab. In addition to presentations, fourth graders learned and performed “Hola!”  and “Hasta la Vista” videos in music class to share with younger grades. 

Younger grades are learning Flamenco, a traditional Spanish dancing style, during dance class.

“It has been a joy to watch my colleagues come together to help our students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in such unique ways,” said Señora Haydee Smith, Spanish Instructor at St. Mark’s Campus. “My hope is to expand this program each year to bring more Hispanic cultural experiences to St. Mark’s Campus.”