Día de los Muertos at Kalamazoo Institute of Art

On Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m., students and their families are invited to attend this event to learn more about the holiday Día de los Muertos. This event takes place outside of school hours and is not sponsored by Decatur Public Schools. Students who attend and bring a picture of themselves at the KIA along with a brief write up of the evening can earn up to 20 points of extra credit for Spanish Class.

Event Information (click the link to learn more from the KIA’s website)

The Kalamazoo Institute of Art will have “an introduction to Dia de Muertos, a colorful, touching, and lively Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have died. In partnership with the Hispanic-American Council of Kalamazoo; families will enjoy the food, art, music, and dance of this important tradition and connect to Mexican culture.”

Dates: Thu Oct 27, 16

Time: 6:30pm

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 South Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007



Día de Independencia en México

On September 15 and 16, Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain. On the night of September 15th, the President goes out on the balcony of the Presidential Palace and rings the bell and waves the flag to recreate the night of September 15th, 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo called the citizens of Mexico to arms against the Spanish. The following is a link to the celebration of the 2016 Grito de Independencia (Cry of Independence):



Welcome students and parents to the 2016 -2017 school year! I am very happy to get the year started and look forward to all the exciting things we will be doing and learning this year in Spanish class. Please take the time to explore around and familiarize yourself with the information on this website. I use this website to publish lesson plans, the Word of the Day, links to videos and presentations used in class and to post about upcoming events in the Spanish speaking world. Occasionally, I will use the information from these extracurricular posts for extra credit questions on tests and quizzes, so it pays to visit and explore. Students and parents are also free to ask questions or make comments on the site, just remember these can be seen by anyone looking at the webpage, not just me.  Again, bienvenidos and I hope you or your student have a fantastic year!

Class Plans for el 18 de febrero

Word of the Day – The Word of the Day for today is in its section on this site.

Plan: Students will work in Duolingo today while I am absent. Students need to score 50XP during their assigned class period to earn all their participation points for the day. I will be using the classroom feature to monitor progress so make sure you are earning XP today for your activities. Students should work quietly and independently on this site.

Reminders: Span I and II quiz tomorrow. Span I, Core Practice 2B-1/2 is also due tomorrow.

The Mexican Revolution began on November 20, 1910

The Mexican Revolution began as a movement of middle-class protest against the long-standing dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz (1876-1911). – See more at: http://www.historytoday.com/alan-knight/mexican-revolution#sthash.kD0eFeVD.dpuf

Next week we will be examining the causes, important people and effects of Mexico’s revolution. Students will compare and contrast the Mexican Revolution with the American Revolution and also examine art and music from the time period to see history from the point of view of those who lived it.