Celebrating Latino Heritage Month
Madison School Board President Gloria Reyesis a product
of Madison’s public schools.

I had the opportunity to meet with the East High Latino Student Union last year and was impressed by their thoughtful presentation of
concerns and opportunities for solutions.  They asked for classes that focused on the need for Chican@ studies within their schools.  As
school board president, I am committed to finding ways to incorporate Chican@ and Latin@ studies within the curriculum.

I would also like to highlight Maria Diaz, one of our security officers at Madison East High School who brings the rich diversity of the Ballet
Folklorico de Maria Díaz dance practice to East High School engaging our youth in learning the cultural dances of Mexico.

Nuestro Mundo Community School is another highlight at the Madison School District.  Nuestro Mundo is a successful dual language
immersion school whose mission is to prepare students for a multilingual and multicultural world.  Our exemplary teachers, staff and board
continue to exemplify what we value as a community.
 
These are just a few examples of the great work happening across the district. I would encourage our community to celebrate and support
our Latino community not only this month but every day of the year. I am proud to have been elected as Madison’s first Latina School Board
member and now serving as Madison School Board president.  

Please join me this month and the rest of the school year in sending a strong message to our Latino families and students that we value
their cultural traditions, history and language in our Madison school community.  
By Gloria Reyes

National Latino Heritage Month begins September 15th through October 15th.  This
is an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic Latino American culture, heritage and the
contributions of our Latino students, families, teachers and staff who add to the
richness in diversity of our Madison school district.

Silvia Gomez, the East High School’s bilingual resource specialist, exemplifies the
many professionals in our schools who celebrate our Latino students and families
everyday. Silvia is a committed individual who advocates for and supports our
Latino students and families all year long while showcasing the cultural heritage of
our students and families to the environment of Madison East High School. Sylvia
supports the Latino Student Union in the coordination of events such as the annual
Dia de los Muertos while also supporting our students and families through the
challenges of immigration that our families face everyday.