September 15–October 15

September 15 marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the histories, culture, and voices of those who come from and/or have lineal connections to Mexico, South America, Central America, Spain, and the Caribbean. There is much to celebrate, highlight, and share during this time--and all year--with students and peers. The Diversity Planning Office is excited to share the wonderful activities and learning taking place around National Hispanic Heritage Month in each division.

Lower School:

  • Librarians Marie Langevin, Aleea Davey-Price, and Heather Scott created beautiful displays of books for students to read in the Lower School Library for NHHM. Take a peek below:


Middle School:

Spanish teacher Liliana Forero and the MCL team crafted an excellent e-mail highlighting the history of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a wealth of resources, and ways to celebrate with students and with families. She writes:

Hola amigxs!

It is time again to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Indigenous People’s’ Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12th, falls within this 30-day period.

This year we will have the traditional and colorful Mexican craft papel picado beautifying our courtyard, and music in Spanish during lunch.

Here you will find some ideas to celebrate with your families and/or with your students.





  1. Why we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
    • In this video, they explore some fun facts about Hispanic and Latinx people and their contributions to America. https://youtu.be/DbxIsJmZNw8
  2. Choice Board
  3. Short videos


Additionally, Anne Edwards & the Middle School Library Team developed amazing webpages dedicated to fiction and non-fiction resources for NHHM for middle school students. Check them out below:

Hispanic Heritage Month Non-fiction Resources - https://collections.follettsoftware.com/collection/5d79015b6fc17a0012c128f0?h=be4291c467199f8bd5983dd506f593aec8774105841c98d2a0774df62e1d67a9

Hispanic Heritage Month Fiction Resources - https://collections.follettsoftware.com/collection/5f62468d6da03a0012f63d8c?h=7bd72afbb8d42f4f69d037bbed445b7fb58d8aee3e0aefcf73e4eacc4f41eff7


Upper School:

History teacher Charles Coddington shared with his department several resources that could be used in launching powerful discussions and learning around National Hispanic Heritage Month with students:


While these are just a few of the faculty highlighting National Hispanic Heritage Month, it is in no way comprehensive of all the incredible work being done by many other educators and administrators in each division. 

As always, the Diversity Planning office is happy to support and/or partner with those in our Country Day community as we ring in National Hispanic Heritage Month with pride, joy, and celebration. Please let us know of any great events, activities, and learning you are doing at home. We’d love to highlight them in our community both internally and externally!

Office of Diversity Planning