The Office of Academics Announces the Winners of the Hispanic Heritage Month Writing Contest

SPOTLIGHT On EXCELLENCE     Issue 22     January 14, 2013

The Office of Academics Announces the Winners of the Hispanic Heritage Month Writing Contest

 
The Office of Academics is pleased to announce the winners of the Hispanic Heritage Month Writing Contest.  The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month extended from September 15 to October 15, and culminated in a contest which elicited both visual and written contributions on the Hispanic Heritage Month theme.  The contest attracted over 100 submissions from across the district.  
 
The K-2 drawing contest required students to draw a picture representing an idealized park that would provide children a safe place to play outside their homes, in response to the Julio Lozada story.  The students were also required to include a brief explanation citing two reasons why their park would be safe for children.  
 
The writing prompts for the other grades were based upon the lives and work of Hispanic role models from the local community and national history, and the students were required to make connections to Hispanic role models in their own lives and communities.
 
The contest winners are:
K-2: Naydariell Saldana, Grade 2, Dwight-Bellizzi Asian Studies Academy (teacher: Leah Fleeting)
2-5: Nylamar Samuels, Grade 3, Capital Preparatory Magnet School (teacher: Cristina Moreno)
6-8: Zhenia Fletcher, Grade 8, Breakthrough Magnet School (teacher: Esmeralda Machial)
 
Each winner will be honored with a certificate and a lunch date with Superintendent Kishimoto.  
 
A special citation for class-wide participation is awarded to Jessica Lehr’s second grade class at Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker.  Ms. Lehr’s class presented a bound booklet, “Our Book of Safe Parks”, consisting of drawings and essays from each student.
 

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