EDISON HIGH SCHOOL
“Day of the Dead at EHS”
Spanish students at Edison High School had the chance this Halloween to experience a taste of Latin American culture by creating decorations for El Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead.
The week prior, students learned about the cultural significance of this holiday, and examined the traditions practiced in Latin American countries as well as in the United States. Students were then tasked with decorating their classroom using culturally relevant items such as colorful skulls and other art, marigold paper flowers, and ‘papel picado’ (a traditional hanging decoration using colorful cut paper). Teachers even dressed the part in traditional Day of the Dead face paint, and brought the event to life.
In the upper level Spanish classes, students were assigned a famous Spanish-speaker who is no longer alive. Students had to research that person and write up a synopsis of their life using the two forms of past tense conjugations in Spanish. Then they had to decorate a calaca (whimsical skeleton figure) to represent their deceased famous person and display their work.
Then on November 1st, administrators at Edison toured the classrooms acting as judges to determine the best-decorated room. The winning classroom was given a Spirit Award trophy to display for the remainder of the year.
It was a fun event for all involved, and as the first time teachers have attempted this kind of collaborative competition in the Spanish department, it was a great success. Let’s see what fun cultural experience the Spanish students can get their hands on next!
Article courtesy of Amy Wojkowski from the Edison High School Spanish Department.
WESTMINSTER HIGH SCHOOL
On November 1, Westminster High School (WHS) participated in Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, activities for the third year in a row. Rich with tradition, the Lions lunchtime event honored the deceased with student-made ofrendas (altars), lively dancing, vibrant-colored decor, and much more.
Seen below, Principal Joe Fraser joined his students and fellow employees in dancing to the popular Mexican Line Dance song, Payaso del Rodeo.
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