November 24, 2017

Lack of parental involvement in the student lives of children

Latino Family Nights and PTO might join forces by Perla Jimenez, La Voz Editor Latino Family Nights and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) have always worked separately, for different goals. Recently, Erin DeLuga, associate principal, said they should work together to bring parents closer to the school and make them more involved in the student lives of their children. “Parents are the best people to touch base on (about students’ emotional needs) and how we can make parents feel more informed,” Ms. Deluga said. “It would be ideal to have more people contributing from the point of view of Latino…

New folkloric dance club created, promoted

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor In recent years, students from various cultures, both Latin American and otherwise have participated in unofficial folkloric dances for WHS. This year, Latino Club will attempt to bring these students together under the instruction of Minerva Solano, dance teacher. To attract interested students, two dance workshops were planned. The next workshop will run on Monday, Nov. 19. Ms. Solano has several activities planned for the workshop. In addition to teaching the basic steps of a folkloric dance, she also plans to model various traditional folkloric costumes and teach a bit about Latino culture. Gabriela…

Students canvass for election: Delgado, Gonzalez go door-to-door to rally voters

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Janet Delgado and Chris Gonzalez, seniors, have spent the last two months with pledge cards and voting on their minds as they traveled from house to house canvassing for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR,) a non-profit organization that focuses on the rights of immigrants. Not many students can say that they have spent their fall months trying to make a difference in the Hispanic and Latino community. “We have to use our wording in a very specific way or people assume things,” Gonzalez said. After receiving an invitation from Zio Gil, ‘09…

Latinos celebrate Dia de los Muertos, maintain tradition

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Although Dia De Los Muertos is widely celebrated in Mexico, some students at WHS still observe this holiday. Dia De Los Muertos takes place Nov. 1 to 2, which corresponds with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. People traditionally commemorate children on Nov. 1, and adults on Nov. 2. “It’s a combination of Catholic saints and indigenous cultures,” Rebecca Castro, ELL Coordinator, said. “It represents the mix of Mexican cultures.” Angela Ibarra, senior, celebrates this holiday with her family. To celebrate, people traditionally put out ofrendas, altars dedicated to the dead. “I like it…

Sanchez supports students’ aspirations, cultures

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Despite having an busy schedule, Bertha Sanchez, social worker, continues to help students succeed throughout their high school careers. Ms. Sanchez works with various clubs at WHS including Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (SHADES), Latino Club and the Mentor Program. “She (Ms. Sanchez) wants to keep students involved. She helps students not only in education, but she also does her best to help students fit into the community. We want them to graduate and walk out of here with more than just a solid education, “ Marilyn Harrison, Instructional Assistant, said. In the…