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October 2nd, 2008
SMHS hosts Hispanic Heritage Month activities

From September 15 through October 15, the normally busy hallways and classrooms of San Marcos High School have been even more festive and celebratory as the school recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout the four weeks, plans include: * posters in the hallways
* special lunch menus on Tuesdays of each week that highlight Hispanic foods
* dancers and musicians performing during lunchtimes
* month long art contest
* essay contest
* trivia contest and
* photostory presentations about famous Hispanics.

The culminating event will be held on Wednesday, October 8 after Parent Conference Day as the school committee hosts the first annual Noche de la Familia. This will be an evening of student projects, art, entertainment, food, door prizes, community organizations, and more. Food booths open at 5 pm, followed by the presentations beginning at 6 pm.

Dr. Francisco de la Teja, the first State Historian of Texas, will be the featured guest speaker. De la Teja is a professor and Department of History Chair at Texas State University-San Marcos. In February 2007, he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve the first two-year term as the state historian of Texas. He was James Michener’s research assistant when the famous author was writing his novel Texas.

De la Teja says in an online interview, “The state’s early history is also the story of northeastern Mexico. Latino children and all Texans should appreciate just how closely we are tied to the history, culture, and demographics of Mexico, going back centuries.

SMHS librarian Sandra Plumb encourages the public to attend and enjoy this special night.

by IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer – San Marcos CISD

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(Photo from Texas State University web site)

Gabriel & Evaristo Vazquez with artifacts

Amanda Cuevas studies Spanish verbs

Banner above the SMHS library One of many posters

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Photos are courtesy of the San Marcos CISD Public Information Office

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