This past Friday, December 13, HudsonWay Immersion School celebrated its annual Spanish Winter Show. At HudsonWay Immersion School students learn all subjects in two languages becoming bilingual, biliterate and developing high cognitive and creative thinking skills – important skills for the 21st century.
This year’s theme was “Los Colores de mi Tierra” where eachgrade researched a Spanish speaking country, and in its performance showcased a video and a dance that celebrated the culture of each country. It was beautifully choreographed and thrilling to see students showcase their language skills and embrace so many different cultures. They showcased so well our mission of becoming global citizens.
The Pre-K class chose Honduras and danced "El Barreño", a creole dance that has been authenticated by the National Office of Folklore and "Sopa de Caracol", a song performed by Banda Blanca, the best-known Honduran band.
Students from Kindergarten and 1st grade explored Colombia and danced "La Invitación", a vallenato genre song that describes the best things this South American country offers – its landscapes, its celebrations and the kindness of its people.
Students from the 2nd and 3rd grade researched Spain and danced "Bulería", a pop song that refers to 'flamenco', atypical Spanish dance. 2nd and 3rd grade
Students from the 4th and 5th grade researched Mexico and danced "El Son de la Negra", a mariachi folk song. Students also sang "Un Poco Loco", a song from the Disney film, Coco. 4th and 5th grade
The show ended with a Puerto Rican song called “Aquarile”performed by the Mandarin 4th -6th class –the first year in which our Mandarin students had exposure to Spanish class. The genre of that song is salsa, which has been a traditional and festive music in Hispanic culture, originally from Puerto Rico.
HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS), has been a pioneer in Immersion Education since 2005 as the first Mandarin and Spanish immersion school founded in the tri-state area. HWIS is a preschool – Grade 8 independent school located in Stirling, NJ.
Come and see it yourself through one of the Info Sessions with the next one scheduled for Thursday, January 16 @ 9am. RSVP is greatly appreciated!