Monthly Archives: June 2016

It started with a simple idea.

World Language faculty member Jonathan Smith went “old school” with his Spanish 4 Honors students and led them in an activity where they wrote letters of interest to consulates in New York  City. Our students requested information about the country, and invited consular staff for a visit at DHS. They affixed a postal stamp and away the letters went.



Junior Morgan Kennedy wrote to the Guatemalan Consulate. Ms. María Belén graciously accepted the invitation, and held students and teachers in rapt attention during her visit on June 1.


Junior Ryan Morales wrote to the Uruguayan Consulate. Mr. Federico Zanatta, Economic and Cultural Office Manager, graciously accepted Ryan’s invitation and also joined us on Wednesday, June 1.


Ms. Belén and Mr. Zanatta are here flanked by appreciative students. Another member of the class, Junior Colin Banks arranged for a visit from the Peruvian Consulate, which occurred via videoconference on Thursday, June 2.  Elise Mercein’s letter brought us educational materials from the Colombian Consulate, and Peter Case’s persuasive letter prompted the Mexican Embassy to send us an award-winning DVD documentary.

We are proud of our students for their fine work in bringing to our school an exciting array of opportunities to gain insights and appreciation of many vibrant and beautiful cultures from around the world!


Congratulations to Liz Borecki who was awarded a NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award recently.  The National Center for Women in Informational Technology builds a talent pool for the growing technical workforce and helps academic and corporate organizations celebrate diversity in computing by honoring young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plans for post-secondary education.