Teacher Contact Information
Ms. Wright, B.S. Ed., M. Ed.
Best Means of Communication- Email: email@example.com Students are encouraged to email teacher for
study/assignment clarification or help at any time! Parent communication via email is ALWAYS welcome!
Phone: 610-326-5105 extension 6509
Teacher Communication: The teacher will utilize REMIND.com to help students keep up with due dates and upcoming assessments. Students are required to sign up on schoology for remind if they have a texting cellular device OR they may sign up for email reminders. Other communication will include pgsd email and parent email on powerschool.
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes
Upon satisfactory completion of the course students will be able to say, write, read and respond adequately to
· daily survival Spanish
· present tense use of regular Spanish verbs
· descriptions of people and things including self
· conversational Spanish about topics outlined in unit descriptions
· Writing Utensil (pen or pencil, Number 2 pencils for midterm and final exams)
· Notebook OR Binder with loose leaf paper
· Folder for Spanish materials
· School provided laptop/ipad charged daily
Suggested Course Materials
Index cards to create flashcards (if you prefer physical as opposed to digital)
Spanish-English dictionary (if you prefer physical to digital)/ make browser bookmark for www.wordreference.com
Spanish learning phone and ipod applications for fun and enrichment (Duolingo, Quizlet, Wordreference)
Assignments & Academic Calendar
The units of study include (but are not limited to):
Cultural lessons related to U.S. And Mexico throughout the entire year
1. September: Introduction (alphabet, greetings, farewells, types of speech, etc.)
2. October: Leisure (time, weather, likes, dislikes etc.)
3. November-January: Describing self and others (subject pronouns, basic verb conjugation, clothing, personality, etc.)
MIDTERM in JANUARY
4. February-Early April: School day (classes, schedules, possession with adjectives, forming and answering all types of questions, etc.)
5. April-June: Outside of school vocabulary (House, food, emotions, frequency, stem change verbs, etc.)
FINAL (covers all units but focuses on the second half of the year)
DUE DATES: Students will be advised of due dates verbally in class and on district webpages (Schoology / teacher webpages). Students may be assigned work to be completed for the next day, for a grade or for ungraded practice. More involved work will be given more advanced notice. It is the student’s responsibility to login in to Schoology daily.
ASSIGNMENTS OF NOTE:
Audio Recordings: Students will be required to submit self-created audio recordings of their vocabulary lists OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIME. They will be able to practice the proper pronunciation by class repetition with the instructor and listening to each word and phrase on the www.quizlet.com website of which they will become a member. This will be submitted on Schoology for EVERY vocabulary list.
Exam dates and topics will be posted in advance on the class website. Visit the website regularly for upcoming assessment dates. Larger assessments typically occur every 3-5 weeks with smaller quizzes averaging about once each week .
Exam and Quiz Scores below passing:
For every quiz or test a student does not score a 70% or better, they will be required to retake the assessment in class for a new replacement score (NOT an average of the 2). If they still do not score 70% or better, it is their responsibility to schedule another retake before school at the middle school- by appointment. Retakes for High School students can be scheduled after school or during pride period.
Exam and Quiz Corrections- Exams and quizzes are REQUIRED to be corrected as explained by the instructor and submitted. Vocabulary quizzes will be corrected by handwriting the Spanish word and correct definition 3 times each. This is a separate Building Knowledge grade and will NOT be added as points to the quiz grade (see exam section re: retakes). For exam corrections, some class time will be provided so that students can seek teacher support and re-teaching
Students are expected to ask fellow classmates to copy missed notes and/visit schoology and to ask the teacher at the end of class for missed activity sheets. One missed school day does not excuse a student from an exam or quiz upon return.
The student will be required to take the assessment with the class.
Students will take missed exams in class during the next test retake session scheduled. For longer missed exams, students should schedule a time after school or during pride period.
Weighted system as per the Pottsgrove School District
Demonstrating Knowledge 90%
Building Knowledge 10%
Course Grade Weights:
Grades are weighted as follows in the course weight explanation:
Quarter 1 = 20%
Quarter 2 = 20%
Quarter 3 = 20%
Quarter 4 = 20%
Remainder of weight will come from midterm and final exam OR 4 quarterly assessments, To Be Determined
Classroom and School Policies
Basic norms for classroom behavior- Respect-Responsibility-Safety-Positivity (class will define these together during the first weeks)
Seats- Students are assigned seats and are required to be seated in them unless otherwise given directions or permission. See teacher in private to discuss any seating concerns/requests.
Students must keep non-Spanish class materials (bags, purses, other subject books, electronic devices etc.) off of their laps and desktops and out of the aisles. CELL PHONES are to be out of sight at all times- no exceptions unless explicitly instructed by the teacher for an instructional use. “Out of sight” means in a pocket, in a bag, in a folder or binder and NOT ON ONE’S LAP or near the student inside the desk (MS). The teacher and students must not be able to see the cell phone.
Turning in makeup work/getting missed work: please do this at beginning or end (NOT THE MIDDLE) of class.
What if I need additional HELP? : Ms. Wright offers makeup exam and work sessions at least once per week and by appointment.
Middle School- before school on Wednesdays, arrange to be dropped off at 7:23 and report to room 202 with your Spanish materials.
High School- Pride period or after school -students must arrange for transportation or take the activity bus home.
Technology will be infused into a majority of lessons in various ways, usually daily. Students will complete some assessments via internet-based website and will create videos and digital presentations. Students will be required to login to certain websites and complete tasks to provide immediate feedback on their skills. The teacher will provide students with usernames and passwords for these sites as needed. Any out of class assignments requiring internet can be completed during study halls or other appropriate library hours if a student prefers to use the school internet and printers. Due dates will reflect allowing sufficient time for students to use the school resources.
Usernames and Passwords:
Students are required to keep a record of all websites, usernames and passwords used for Spanish class. Students will create a google doc, in class, on which to record all usernames and passwords.
Student Conduct & Discipline
Any behavior that causes a disruption to the learning of any student will not be tolerated. Refer to student handbook for further explanation of consequences. Maintaining an environment of respect, responsibility, safety and positivity is of the utmost importance in academic achievement and so is expected from all students at all times. Respect and positivity are paramount in learning about culture and will be emphasized and encouraged.
Infringements on the rights of others to learn, be respected and safe will result in teacher warnings (2) and if a third incidence occurs, detention. (see student handbook for school wide descriptions of levels of offense and corresponding consequences).
(Dictionaries, translators and work that is not the students’ own)
All work must be completed (and written/typed) by the individual student in order to be considered an accurate assessment of student learning. Evidence of cheating or copying on assignments other than summative assessments (exams, quizzes, projects) will result in a required alternative or repeat of the assignment. Retakes of a different exam will be required after school if a student is suspected of or caught cheating. Talking, noisemaking or looking on the paper of others during independent assessments (quizzes, exams) is not permitted and is considered unsatisfactory citizenship.
Students are NOT permitted to use translators and their use will result in the student being assigned to stay after school to re-do the assignment. Students should use their notes, vocabulary sheets (always on my website) and their knowledge ONLY to complete all assignments unless otherwise specified. At this level it is imperative that students use their assigned vocabulary as much as possible for retention and success in actually becoming a Spanish speaker.