- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Una Fiesta De Todo El Día: An Ongoing Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
It was una fiesta de todo el dia for Sleepy Hollow Middle Schoolers as they continued the celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Culture, which is so important to our diverse student body. The day-long events included lessons given by eighth graders to sixth graders and was capped off by an electrifying vocal performance by Folklore Urbano at a school wide assembly.
“The celebration of appreciation for Hispanic and Latin culture is important here in the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns - during Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond,” said Sleepy Hollow Middle School Principal Joshua Whitmam. “I’m proud of our students for all they have done to learn about the cultures that are part of so many of our students’ backgrounds and thrilled that we can culminate our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a festive day of inspiration, education and music!”
The peer-to-peer lessons, focused on the history of Hispanic nations and the contributions each made to America, included the students’ creation of a teaching plan based on their chosen country. They supported their presentations with a Kahoot, an activity or game complete with prizes.
Under the guidance of social studies teachers Aly Nawrocki and Kim Proctor, students presented information about various aspects of culture and history in different Hispanic countries. The peer-to-peer lessons were the first quarterly assignment for Generation Citizen, which gives the students points towards their Civic Seal of Readiness on their New York State high school diploma.
Eighth graders Alison & Courtney presented their “Puerto Rico” lesson to Ms. Goldberg’s sixth grade English class. Focusing on the vibrant art and rich cultural history of Puerto Rico, the students learned about how the street art in San Juan has become one of the largest art districts in the Caribbean, as well as The Three Kings celebration, which occurs shortly after Christmas.
“Compiling information from websites, we then used our own words with facts and knowledge to make it interesting,” said Allison. “ We did the presentations during 4 periods, the sixth graders really participated, the candy prizes really seemed to work!
Hispanic nations highlighted in other classes included Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. Said one sixth grade student: “It’s been a really fun day, we made flags, learned about Mexico and played games.”