Celebrating Christmas Around the World: Mexico

Posted December 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm

This is the third in a series featuring exchange students living in Nodaway County and Christmas traditions in their home country.

La Navidad, or Christmas, in Mexico has many similar traditions to other Hispanic countries.

And for Luis Romandia, an 18-year-old senior attending Maryville High School, some aspects of celebrating Christmas in Mexico are comparable to traditions in the US.

“It’s similar in some parts (of the country),” he said. “We celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but in other parts we wait until January 6, El Dia De Los Reyes Magos, and we eat Rosca and have a gift exchange.”

El Dia De Los Reyes

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    MHS speech, debate students achieve success at contests

     The Maryville High School Speech and Debate team brought home awards from Missouri Western on November 14-15.

    With 22 schools from four states, the team placed third over-all in individual event sweepstakes. Winners included: Kelly Filips, first, poetry; Emily Gascoigne, first, storytelling; Lydia Mitchell, fifth, storytelling; Shyan Dredge, sixth, storytelling; Jonathan Rogers, super session congress, fourth and Makaylah Jones, super session congress.

    In novice debate, the team did an impressive job. Winners

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    South Nodaway BOE

    South Nodaway

    The South Nodaway R-IV Board of Education met on November 19 to discuss the following business:

    The board heard an appeal from Logan Stiens, a SN senior, and his father, Scott, to allow Logan to graduate in December. The early graduation is to facilitate Logan’s joining the military and to attend basic training in February.

    Ethan Sickels, high school prinicipal, noted that Logan had completed all requirements for

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    Jefferson BOE


    Jefferson’s school board met on November 20 to discuss the business of the district:

    • Adopted the board member filing dates and the new requirement of taxes paid.

    • Approved new Music insurance coverage to address workers comp and cyber liability coverage.

    • First grade teacher Shelly Deen demonstrated the use of technology, pluckers, in her classroom.

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    Celebrating Christmas Around the World: Spain

    This is the second in a series featuring exchange students living in Nodaway County and Christmas traditions in their home country.

    Christmas, or La Navidad or El Nadal, in Spain includes the traditions of Papa Noel and Los Reyes Magos. And like many other parts of the world, it’s also a time for celebrating with family and food.

    Carmen Cabanas, a 16-year-old junior attending South Nodaway this year, is from La Coruña,

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    Eugene Field first graders taste 4 food groups on buffet

    Finishing up their “My Plate” lesson, Eugene Field first graders had a progressive tasting feast of the basic food groups November 25 as part of their nutrition class.

    “The goal of our feast is to bring a real-life experience to our first graders and allow them to taste different foods,” said Nichole Dew, first grade teacher. “We look forward to doing this every year and the students love it, too. We couldn’t do it without the parents

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    Events for the week of December 1 – 7


    • Jefferson, Northeast Nodaway PVC basketball tournament through December 5

    • Jefferson Books and Bears collection ongoing December 1-12.

    • Maryville EFE Spoofhound Time

    • Maryville MMS 8th grade boys basketball at Truman Middle School, 5

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    NHS students perform puppet show

    The Jefferson High School National Honor Society presented a puppet show to the elementary students for Red Ribbon Week on November 7. The puppeteers are: Nate Galbraith, Bryce Deen, Jed Galbraith, Emily Mattson, Kelli Schieber, Danae Schieber, Ben Jermain, Makayla Wilmes, Brook Stoll and Jessie Henry.

    North Nodaway BOE

    North Nodaway

    The North Nodaway School Board of Education met November 19 to address the following:

    Senior Sam Frueh was present to seek approval for the senior trip to Branson. Her presentation discussed cost estimates and fundraising. The board accepted the trip as presented.

    Superintendent Jim Simmelink reported to the board that there had been no issues with the district’s 2013-14 state audit. The audit was accepted by the

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