Welcome to my Spanish 1 class. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and introducing you to the many wonderful aspects of the Spanish language. This will be a very exciting year for both of us. Let’s learn from each other and prepare to expand our knowledge!
Goals and Objectives:
The main goals and objectives for this class will be to:
- Learn mechanics of Spanish.
- Incorporate the four components of language (listening, reading, writing, speaking)
- Learn geography of Spanish-speaking countries.
- Develop a greater awareness of cultures among Spanish-speaking countries.
- Provide a solid foundation for students continuing on to Spanish II.
- You will be tested over grammar concepts as well as end of chapter tests.
- You will be required to participate in individual and/or group activities.
- You are expected to come to class ready to participate, learn, and be a responsible and mature young adult. Be prepared with your textbook, notebook, writing utensils, homework and a good attitude every day!
- Because acquiring a language also happens outside of the classroom, on your own time:
- You are strongly encouraged to listen to Spanish (radio, music, television, etc.) and speak with family or friends.
- You are strongly encouraged to skim/read advertisements, magazines, music, online news sources, books and other reading materials in Spanish or about the Spanish-speaking world.
- You are strongly encouraged to use online apps such as Quizlet.com
We will be using the Spanish textbook “Así se dice.” For the fall semester, we will cover chapters 1-4. For the spring semester, we will cover chapters 5-9. In addition, I will provide you with various activities and projects to supplement our textbook.
- Spanish I textbook (“Así Se Dice 1”).
- 1-Subject Notebook Please use this only for this class!
- Writing utensil (please, no difficult to read ink, i.e. light gel pens)
Integrity in the classroom:
Integrity of scholarship is essential for an academic community. Flagstaff High School expects that students will honor this principle and in doing so protect the validity of Flagstaff High School’s intellectual work. For students, this means that all academic work will be done by the individual to whom it is assigned, without unauthorized aid of any kind.
Procedures & Policies
Absence: The school absence policy shall be implemented in the classroom. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to ask for and complete missed assignments in the designated time. Please check StudentVue to see missed work. If you know you will be missing my class (or any class), please check with your teachers to obtain any work/notes that will be missed.
NOTE: If your absence is unexcused, you can not receive any credit for missed work (handouts, textbook, tests, quizzes), which results in zero (0) points.
You will be graded on classwork, quizzes, orals, exams and projects. Grades are usually posted 24 hours after an assignment has been turned in. It is your responsibility to check StudentVue to ensure you are aware of all your grades and/or missed assignments.
*Final exams: 15%
At the end of the fall and spring semesters, students will be taking our district’s final semester assessment which accounts for 15% of the overall semester grade.
Grading will be based on this scale:
89.5 - 100% = A
79.5 – 89.4% = B
69.5 – 79.4% = C
59.5 – 69.4% = D
Below 59.5% = F
Late Work: Work not turned in on the due date will be accepted the following day for half credit. Beyond that, you will not receive any credit for the work.
Leaving the classroom: In order to leave the class you must have a pass.
1) Ask the teacher in Spanish. (¿Me da permiso de usar el baño?)
2) Be back within the time given. Bathroom passes will have a time limit of 3-4 minutes. If you take longer than the allotted time, you will be marked absent! This will also terminate your privilege to use the bathroom for the remainder of the semester.
Electronic devices: There may be times when students may use their electronic devices for class purposes as instructed by teacher. Therefore, unless you have spoken to me prior to the start of class, no electronic devices are allowed except as stated above. If you are found using these in class (texting, listening to music, games, videos, etc), you will be asked to report to the Responsible Thinking Classroom (RTC).