By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

This Tuesday we were treated to a special, all-school assembly in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month! Our wonderful Spanish teachers Tina Brown, Leo Provan, Salema Jenkins, and Angela Ponzio prepared their students to dance, sing, and pepper us with trivia related to Hispanic culture. For instance, how many countries in the world speak Spanish? Which teachers on the Goshen Campus are of Hispanic descent? (Answers at the end of the article!). Leo’s 2nd graders sang a cute little number titled “Los Pollitos,” and Salema spoke about the ongoing tragedy Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico. Angela closed the assembly with a rousing rendition of Marc Anthony’s song “Vivir Mi Vida” (“Live My Life”), which our 6th graders sang and signed in American Sign Language with gusto and considerable help from the crowd. Here are a few quotes from some of the students participating:

“The song “Vivir Mi Vida” meant a lot to me because we learned it in class and the song sends a great message about the importance of living life to the fullest.” – Carroll Mackin

“It’s important to have assemblies like this. Even though we learn a lot of Spanish in our classes, it’s important to know about the cultures that speak Spanish.” – Livvy Caudill 

We were also very much aware of the fact that this was probably the last St. Francis all-school assembly in the Garvin Brown Amphitheater! In fact, Buffalo Construction started installing a road from Buckeye Lane to gain access to the Main Amp the very next day, beginning their work on this super exciting project! It will be a challenging year on the Goshen Campus, but we will have a shiny jewel of a new front lobby and theater that we can all look forward to!

Also, be on the lookout for interim progress reports your child may have received. All new students get reports from all of their teachers, and students who are having academic or other challenges may receive them, too. Please be sure to share this information with your children to help them with their progress the rest of the quarter. Have a wonderful Fall Break next week!

Quiz answers:

  1. 22
  2. Angela Ponzio, Leo Provan, Alex Taylor, Danny Ruano, and Lindsy Serrano