Celebrating Latino Heritage at Clemente
The Clemente community is celebrating Latino Heritage Month through various academic, cultural and extracurricular events.
Several teachers are implementing Latino-focused assignments that revolve around identity, cultural awareness, and historical memory. In Art, students painted self-portraits with a written narrative about what their cultural heritage means to them. English I classes engaged in a “Reach In – Reach Out” activity, where Latino students “reached in” to discuss their culture and what it means to them. Students from other cultures “reached out” to conduct research on the Latino community then translated their learning into a narrative or poem. For seniors, our postsecondary coach has been highlighting Latino-oriented scholarships.
Music students in steel drums, chorus and band are all learning Latino pieces, which they will perform in a school assembly, and all students are invited to learn salsa dancing with Ms. Beltran after school on Mondays. In addition, a compilation of music from various Latino countries is being played during passing periods. Our celebration of Latino Heritage Month culminates in a finale event on October 15. This event will feature a concert by local bomba artists, along with our band, steel drum band, and chorus.
Photos and video from these events will be highlighted on our website, which also includes:
- Poems and narratives from Latino-focused classwork
- Student artwork and musical recordings
- Videos of student narratives about their Latino heritage and culture