Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
Hillsborough County Public Schools is honored to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. With over 80,000 students in our district identifying as Hispanic, our district believes that the cultures of all students and their families are important. Therefore, this month, we give tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made major positive contributions to the United States, our local communities, and the world. We value the multicultural, multinational attributes of our Latinx/ Hispanic students, families and community and look forward to celebrating the richness and diversity in our schools and classrooms through learning, professional development, recognitions and partnerships.
Schools can participate using a diverse suite of learning resources, contests, and spotlights available on this web page.
Hispanic Heritage District Calendar of Events
Hispanic Heritage Month School Board Proclamation
The proclamation recognizing September 15- October 15 as Hispanic Heritage is adopted and Dual Language students at Crestwood Elementary honor the month with a Bilingual Pledge of Allegiance.
Hispanic Heritage Kickoff: Student & Educator Spotlights
Students and educators who identify as Latinx/ Hispanic have the opportunity to be a “spotlight” to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of all of the nationalities represented. Via a “I AM POEM” format. To participate fill out the office form to create your I AM poem and upload a horizontal video reciting your poem. Your spotlight will be featured weekly on the district webpage and can be submitted through October 15.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Myon Readin Challenge
Hillsborough County Public Schools is hosting a special reading challenge designed to celebrate the contributions and history of Hispanics in America. Curated lists of age-appropriate myON titles are available. All students are encouraged to participate by reading as many books on myON.
Florida Hispanic Heritage Essay and Art Contest, Excellence in Education Award
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis invite all Florida students to participate in the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests with the theme of “Celebrating Untold Stories and Contributions of Hispanic Americans in Florida.” Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting their original artwork, and students in grades 4-12 can earn a 4-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship through the essay contest. In addition, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.
Florida Hispanic Heritage Contests and Award Nominations
PBS History of Latinos in America Documentary Screening: A six-week study
Educators, students and community members can participate in this six-week study of the history of Latinos in America. Using the landmark PBS produced documentary, join us as we explore the rich contributions’ Latinos have made to America. Educators may receive in-service credit for participation. Schedule for screenings and reflections available when you register.
Abriendo el Camino a la Tecnología: Opening the way to Technology
COVID-19’s impact on the learning experiences of our most vulnerable students has created a digital divide. In partnership with the Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council, Dover Elementary students will receive access to technology to ensure equitable e-learning experience.
Latinx/ Hispanic Education Lecture Series
Connecting the multinational identities and cultural capital of Latinx/ Hispanic students to learning can enhance school belonging and student outcomes. Teachers and community have the opportunity to participate in this lecture series to build their capacity to engage and integrate the cultural diversity of Latinx/ Hispanic via culturally relevant teaching. Educators may earn in-service credit for participation.
Latinx/ Hispanic Culture Tour Showcase
Join us at the school district board meetings on the patio to experience a showcase of the contributions made locally and across the globe by the Latinx/ Hispanic community during Hispanic Heritage Month in partnership with local Hispanic Organizations.
Telemundo Bilingual Literacy Read in
Reading Dreamers and Separate but not Equal, the Telemundo Network of News Anchors and Reporters join our Spanish-speaking students in the discovery of the role of immigrant and Hispanic contributions to education.
Pasos al Futuro: El Camino a la Universidad: Family College Awareness Series
Spanish-Speaking families, students and community can join our District Bilingual School Counselors on the journey to university and beyond via a four-part series in Spanish learning how to navigate the US education system and the college going process.
Path to the Stars: Sylvia Acevedo, CEO Girl Scouts Memoir Student Book Study
In partnership with Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Council, students can participate in a book club to read Path to the Stars at select schools to learn about the extraordinary journey of Sylvia Acevedo, the Mexican American CEO of Girls Scouts of America.
D.evelopment A.cceleration for L.atinos’ E.ducation (D.A.L.E.) Virtual Career Discovery Day
The Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council is committed to increasing the representation of Latinos in executive level positions and providing Latinx youth with exposure to professionals in this field. Students can participate in Discover Data day, a presentation focused on real-world applications of data and the professionals using that data to innovate the future.
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 17 (deadline): Viva Tampa Educator Award Nomination
We would once again like to provide our district-wide school community an opportunity to nominate an educator for the 2020 Viva Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Award. Please complete the form and return to Lourdes Hernandez-Gonzalez via email. The deadline to nominate an educator is September 17, 2020.
Pasos al Futuro
Latinos in Action (LIA)
HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS - SCHOOL EVENTS
|SCHOOL||DESCRIPTION||DATE||TIME & LOCATION|
|Armwood High||Performances and project exhibitions||10/10||During all periods (not 5th) in the Auditorium|
|Bellamy Elementary||Latin night -Nihgt of music and dance. Special presentation by David jr. Gonzalez "El Principe del Timbal" y Jorge "Ataca" Burgos||10/9||Bellamy Elementary 5-7pm|
|Bellamy Elementary||Multicultural night- night of learning and enjoyment as we learn about countries represented at our school. There are preformances and food.||11/21||Bellamy Elementary 5-7:30pm|
|Ben Hill Middle||Assembly- The first 20 minutes of each lunch||10/14||11:15, 12:05, 1:00 School Cafeteria|
|Blake High||Don’t be left behind come celebrate with us Mexican style.||10/18||11:20-1:51 in the courtyard outside the theater|
|Blake High||Hispanic Heritage Festival||10/18||Courtyard 11:30 AM|
|Coleman Middle||Hispanic Festival, food, music, crafts, dance,countries displaies (for the whole school)||10/15||All day / Gym|
|Crestwood Elementary||Our Drum Ensemble is performing at the ALAS Conference||10/18||ALAS Conference, Orlando FL|
|Crestwood Elementary||Our Dual Language K-2 students will be performing at our Dual Language Hispanic Heritage Presentation. The performance will be for parents. We are also recording it so we can share the presentation with the entire school via closed circuit TV.||10/25||8:00AM-9:00AM MultiPurpose Room|
|Durant High||Exhibitions and Displays with Hispanic flags, bulletin boards. Morning show bilingual interviews and music during passing.||10/7||Main entrance|
|Durant High||Spanish Word Tuesday: ¿Hablas Español? Pin a Spanish conversation word or send a card to a friend, teacher/staff with words in Spanish||10/8||Courtyard - During lunches|
|Durant High||Taste and How To: A display of favorite Hispanic drinks and desserts. The making of craft Paper Fiesta flowers||10/9||Courtyard - During lunches|
|Durant High||Fiesta Thrusday: Starting with a dance with instruments, folklore party dance, followed with a fiesta of merengue, bachata, presented by our Cultura Latina club members||10/10||During lunches|
|Durant High||Hispanic Talent Show: Flamenco dance presented by Crystal Mahecha (12th), and Camila Alvarado (11th), joined by other girls||10/11|
|East Bay High||Food Acticity and Dances from Hispanic Honor Society||10/10||In Classrooms, teachers will include in a PowerPoint presentatin about a notable Hispanic figure.|
|East Bay High||Art and Cultural Activities||10/7 - 10/11||Arts will be posted on the hallway during the whole month.|
|Farnell Middle||Cultural Diversity Celebration||10/18||Cafeteria 6:00-8:00|
|Franklin Middle||Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Students will learn about Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso’s creations, make mini piñatas, learn the Hispanic influence of boxing, and listen to our BPA band play Hispanic music.||9/21||9 am - 12 pm
Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy
|Gaither High||Festival Hispano, latino food, artwork, dances, Singing contest. Organizado por FUEGO LATINO||10/18||Gaither HS auditorium 6 PM|
|Hillsborough High||Daily announcements of successful Latinos read by a Latino student during morning announcements.||Daily||Morning Announcements|
|Hillsborough High||Informational slides will be mailed out through Ideas internal for teachers to use as they can include in their lessons, either as bellwork, or perhaps one day a week of enrichment.||Daily||Ideas Internal|
|Hillsborough High||Hispanic Heritage celebration on October 11 in historic HHS auditorium: Que Siga La Tradition (Let the Tradition Continue) featuring members of the Latino Success Club, during 4th and 6th period.||10/11||4th and 6th Period
|Hillsborough High||Que Siga La Tradición (Let the Tradition Continue), featuring members of the Latino Success Club||10/11||Period 4th and 6th|
|Hillsborough High||During last week of Hispanic Heritage Month, teachers of Hispanic descent will dress one day in their native attire and/or in support of their favorite soccer team.||Last Week of Hispanic Heritage Month||School Wide|
|Jefferson High||Hispanic Heritage Month Talent Showcase: Students will be singing, dancing, playing instruments, and present traditional dresses.||10/11||Jefferson Auditorium at 9:33-10:21, 10:26-11:14, and 11:19-12:07|
|Jefferson High||Hispanic Heritage Month Paint Night||10/11||Jefferson Mall Area 5:30-8:30 PM|
|Leto High||Quinceañera celebration||10/18||7:00pm - 10:00pm at the Patio|
|Leto High||31st Tampa Mayor Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month||10/22||9:00am - 1:30pm Tampa Theatre|
|Memorial Middle||Students will be attending this event through their social studies classes as we did last year and are expected to learn something new about each of the countries that are represented. The beginning of each period event there is hopes to have some type of performer before having the students go "Country to Country". Once students are done with their assignment they may enjoy the festivities through dancing and a photobooth.||10/4||All Day
|Memorial Middle||150 students will be selected to attend this event by their Social Studies teachers based on their performance and behavior during the Cultural Event the previous week. This event will be catered by our students and their families and from generous companies offering catering services or donations to purchase the food.||10/10||2:30 - 4:21 pm
|Mort Elementary||Each grade level has been assigned a country that is greatly represented by our student population here at Mort. Each grade level will be responsible for researching and decorating their area with information from their country.||Week of September 23||School Wide|
|Mort Elementary||Twitter Challenge: tweet and post any Hispanic Heritage related activities you are doing in your class or with a group of students with the hashtag #SomosMort which means we are Mort in Spanish and remember to tag (@olgagarcia3913) and our school (@MortElementary)||9/15 - 10/15||Online|
|Mort Elementary||We will playing music that celebrates each country as the students walk in.||9/23 - 9/27||School Wide|
|Mulrennan Middle||Staff will come celebrate HHM at Sabor de Mexico Restaurant "Mexican Style" $1 tacos and $2.5 drinks||10/15||Sabor A Mexico Restaurant
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|Newsome High||Cafeteria display: students researched important hispanic people and their contributions and created a "quilt" on display||October||Cafeteria, all day, every day|
|Programs for English Language Learners||Spanish StoryTime for hispanic parents of English language learners at elementary sites: We will be featuring the Spanish version of Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales.||10/3||6:30 pm
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|Riverhills Elementary||Students are encouraged to learn about an influential person of Hispanic heritage and create a display (poster, brochure, diorama…) to share during Spanish class the week of Sept. 30th - Oct. 4th. They are welcomed and encouraged to dress up as that person on the day they share their project. Also, if they would like, they can present their project during the morning show.||9/30 - 10/4||Spanish Classes|
|Riverhills Elementary||Biographies during the morning show||9/30 - 10/4||8:30 am
|Roland Park K-8||Hispanic Heritage through the Arts. Students in grades k-5 do activities related to the Hispanic culture for Music, Art, PE, and Spanish.||11/1||Multipurpose Room 8:40-3:25|
|Sgt. Smith Middle||Hispanic Heritage Night (Food, Fun, & Fellowship)||10/18||6-8:30 School Cafeteria|
|Walker Middle||We will be making Ojo de Dios with the 6th graders next week to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! We will learn a little bit about the culture and then learn how to make them. After they're all done, we're going to hang them up in the hallway and in the classroom to decorate!||Week of 9/23||Hallway and Classrooms|
|Walker Middle||Beginning Spanish students will be researching a famous hispanic person and writing an IB Research Paper on their contributions. Their paper will also include a visual that will either be a doll, poster or magazine cover. In addition to this, students will be making maracas using decopauge and painting illustrations on the maracas that represent them and their personality, which coincides with a previous Spanish writing assignment.||9/15 - 10/15||Spanish Classes|
|Wiliams Middle||USF Boricua Student Association||10/9||MultiPurpose Room 9: 45 a.m. - 10: 30 a.m.|
|Wiliams Middle||FIY: Drinks are only $2.50 and the Tacos are a $1. Each.||10/17||MultiPurpose Room 6:00 p.m. - 7: 30 p.m.|