Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
Hillsborough County Public Schools is honored to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. With over 80,000 students in our district identifying as Hispanic, our district believes that the cultures of all students and their families are important. Therefore, this month, we give tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made major positive contributions to the United States, our local communities, and the world. We value the multicultural, multinational attributes of our Latinx/ Hispanic students, families and community and look forward to celebrating the richness and diversity in our schools and classrooms through learning, professional development, recognitions and partnerships.
Schools can participate using a diverse suite of learning resources, contests, and spotlights available on this web page.
Hispanic Heritage District Calendar of Events
National Hispanic Heritage Month School Board Proclamation
September 8, 2022
The school board recognizes the importance of paying tribute to the countless generations of Hispanic & Latino Americans who have enriched our nation and society. Dual Language Program students join the board in reciting a bilingual Pledge of Allegiance.
Hispanic Heritage Kickoff: Student & Educator Spotlights
Launch September 15
To celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of all the nationalities represented in the Hispanic community, students and educators can share their cultural portrait. A weekly spotlight will be featured on the district webpage.
Latinos in America: A PBS Documentary Screening
LATINO AMERICANS is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the United States. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.
- Together, we will dive into the rich contributions of Latinos in America! Educators, students and community members can participate in this study of the history of Latinos in America using the PBS landmark three- part, six-hour documentary aired on PBS.
- Educators may receive in-service credit for participation.
- Participants will watch the episodes on their own time and then come together, virtually, for reflection and discussion.
- Virtual reflection sessions will be held September 19 and October 3 from 3:30-4:30 PM. Virtual session information will be sent after you register. Register in PDS online course # 110732
The series will close with an engaging and celebratory in-person screening event at ISC on October 17, 4:00-6:00 PM.
School Hispanic Heritage Celebrations
Schools across the district pay tribute to the rich contributions of Hispanic’s in classrooms & schools by engaging students in activities and creating showcase events. Please register your school’s Hispanic Heritage celebrations.
Abriendo el Camino a la Tecnología: Opening the way to Technology
COVID-19’s impact on the learning experiences of our most vulnerable students has created a digital divide. In partnership with the Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council, migrant students will receive technology to ensure equitable e-learning experience.
Pasos al Futuro
Pasos al Futuro is an event that helps students in grades 8-12 prepare for high school, college, and the workforce. Each presentation is aimed at students and their families and is held completely in Spanish.
During Pasos al Futuro presentations you will learn about:
- different levels and degrees of university education
- exams and courses that are requirements for college admission
- types of financial aid
- how to apply to college and apply for scholarships
NEW THIS YEAR! We will offer a face-to-face session at USF and multiple virtual sessions throughout the academic year.
To view past presentations and register for upcoming Pasos al Futuro presentations, visit www.hillsboroughschools.org/pasos.