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National Hispanic Heritage Month Inspires Students' Creativity


With National Hispanic Heritage Month underway, classrooms are abuzz with activities honoring cultural traditions. During soup time in Middle School, students read about famous Latinos on posters lining the hallway. Students sang songs in Spanish by their favorite artists, perfecting their accents and adding new vocabulary words. Señora Bianchi Chamberlin had her younger students learn about Hispanic artists, and create art in the style of their favorite painters. In eighth-grade Spanish, students will celebrate with Hispanic Trivia throughout the month.

We also have been fortunate enough to continue a relationship with one of the leaders mentioned in the viral rhyme video students watched about important Latinas, Isabel Allende, born in Peru to Chilean parents. Allende has written 24 books, translated into more than 42 languages, with more than 75 million copies sold, and founded the Isabel Allende Foundation to empower women and girls worldwide. When Allende's granddaughter graduated from San Domenico, the renowned author delivered this memorable commencement speech. She was also gracious enough to participate in our 2020-21 SD Speaker Series, where she and former Upper School English teacher John Bowermaster conversed about life, love, and purpose. 

Our inspired eighth grade Middle School students in Señora Miranda's class created this informative student-scripted and -acted skit, explaining the month honoring Hispanic culture. The rhyming verse is: Chita (Rivera), Rita (Moreno), Frida (Kahlo), Celia (Cruz), Dolores (Huerta), Isabel (Allende), Sandra (Cisneros), Julia (Álvarez), Rigoberta (Menchú), the Mirabal (Sisters), plus the Boss, Sonia (Sotomayor).

And from our food service provider, Epicurean, comes a special traditional recipe for pozole from Epicurean's San Domenico chef Ramon Zavala and prepared by Executive Chef Joyce Turchetti. We heard a rumor students and faculty may get to enjoy this very recipe on campus during Hispanic Heritage Month...Buen Provecho!

Ramon's Homemade Pozole

Portion size - 5 oz

Yield - 8-10 people


3 lbs. Pork loin 
.25 cup canola oil
2 cup chopped onions
2 T. minced garlic
1 oz. dry guajillo seeds
5 cups chicken broth
Coarsely chopped cilantro
2 t. Salt
1 each green or red cabbage
3 each lemons
1 t. oregano
1 bunch red radish

Cooking instructions:

  1. Put the pozole in a 6-quart pot and cover with cold water, with 3 inches over the pozole. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours, adding water as needed, until the kernels have softened and begin to burst. Drain the pozole and rinse well.
  2. Heat the oil in a 6-quart pot and sauté the onions until golden. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the pozole, dried chiles, pork roast cut into bite-size pieces, broth and 1/2 of the cilantro. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the salt and continue cooking for 30 minutes. Stir in the remaining cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!