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 21, 4:00pm
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.
PBS History of Latinos in America Documentary Screening: A 3 part series
October 4, October 18, November 1
Join us in taking a deeper dive in exploring the historical contributions of Latinos in America. Educators, students, and community members can participate in a 3-part series documentary screening utilizing the landmark PBS produced documentary. Participants will watch two episodes prior to each reflection discussion scheduled.
Educators can earn up to 9 in-service credits. Register in PDS online course #105719.
Celebrity Bilingual Virtual Read Aloud: Dual Language Program
The dual language program is honored to connect students in the program to local Hispanic leaders. To sign up as a bilingual virtual reader>>
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.
Hispanic Heroes Power Hour
Join us as we embark on a historical and inspiring listening tour with local Hispanic leaders and heroes.
The events will be held virtually.
September 24, 10:00 am - Monica Rodriguez, Hispanic Woman of the Year
September 29, 11:00 am - E.J Salcines, Oral Historian & Retired Judge
October 6, 11:00 am - Emmanuel Caudillo, White House Special Advisor, Hispanic Prosperity Initiative
October 13, 11:00 am - Luis Gonzalez, Major League Baseball Legend & Jefferson HS Alumn
Webinar Registration - Zoom
October 20, 2:00 pm - Sylvia Acevedo, Rocket Scientist & National Author of Path to the Stars
Webinar Registration - Zoom
Hispanic Heritage Master Class
October 13, 11:30am-1:00pm
The Office of Supplier Diversity recognizes the vital role of the Hispanic historical and cultural presence in the communities we serve. We pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions that Hispanic-owned businesses have made and continue to make to our communities.
*in person – Aparicio Levy Technical College
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.
In Steps to the Future 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! 2021-22 virtual sessions will be offered each month throughout the academic year on various topics related to college preparation.
To view presentations and register for upcoming Pasos al Futuro presentations, visit www.hillsboroughschools.org/pasos.