• ¡Bienvenidos a la Clase de Español I!

     

    Welcome to Spanish I!  You are about to embark on an exciting adventure...learning Spanish!  I'm looking forward to traveling with you on your journey toward proficiency in your new language.  I hope you will enjoy your voyage through this new way to communicate and the new cultures you will explore.

     

    Our Spanish class will introduce you to the basic building blocks of the Spanish language.  Through a variety of activities and repetition of the necessary vocabulary and concepts, your confidence in the language will naturally improve.  All four skills:  speaking, listening, reading and writing will be taught in a relaxed, interactive environment.  It is my goal to share my love for the language and culture with you and to help you discover how learning a second language can enrich your life.

     

    So I wish you BUEN VIAJE!  Here are some tips to follow along the way...

     

    CLASSROOM RULES:
    In order to provide a comfortable learning environment where all students feel comfortable to participate, take risks with the language, ask questions, and make mistakes, we have the following rules:

     

    Class Rules

     

    MATERIALS FOR CLASS:
    It is my expectation that students will come to class each day prepared and ready to give their personal best.  Each student should have the following every day:

    • A 3-subject spiral notebook to be used as an Interactive Journal
    • Blue or Black pens / Pencils
    • Highlighter
    • Glue sticks or tape
    • Colored pencils

     

    ASSIGNMENTS / STUDY SKILLS:
    Spanish is a cumulative subject in which we build on foundational skills.  Students will be given ample time to complete practice exercises in class; however, students are reminded that consistent DAILY study is critical to success!  Study tips and links to free practice websites are listed on my school website.

    The majority of the class will be conducted in Spanish; however, students will be given ample time to ask questions and check for understanding in English.  It is my expectation that students make a sincere effort to communicate in Spanish and participate in classroom activities.  Students will be assessed regularly on their speaking skills and they should take advantage of every opportunity to practice by participating in classroom activities.

     

    GRADING SYSTEM:
    The 6 Week average will be determined using the following grading system:

    MINOR GRADES (homework, class activities, listening, journals, quizzes, etc.)          40%
    MAJOR GRADES (tests, projects, essays, presentations)                                               60%

    Semester exams will count as 1/7th of the semester grade.

     

    LATE WORK:
    All work should be turned in on the due date.  The district late policy is as follows:

    An assignment may be turned in under the following guidelines:

    • 1 school day late - maximum score of 85
      • A 100 would record as an 85 (100 x .85) / An 80 would record as a 68 (80 x .85).
    • 2 school days late - maximum score of 70
      • A 100 would record as an 70 (100 x .70) / An 80 would record as a 56 (80 x .70)
    • 3 school days late - maximum score of 60
      • A 100 would record as an 60 (100 x .60) / An 80 would record as a 48 (80 x .60).

    NO LATE WORK IS ACCEPTED AFTER 3 SCHOOL DAYS AND A ZERO IS ENTERED.

     

    RETESTING:
    District policy permits students a reasonable opportunity to redo an assignment or retake a quiz for which the student earned a failing grade.  This policy applies only to major grades and does not apply to daily assignments, quizzes or 6 Week Tests given the last week of the 6 Weeks or Semester Exams.  The student must attend at least one tutorial prior to taking the retest.  The maximum grade a student may receive for a retest is a 70.

     

    ABSENT / MAKE-UP WORK:
    Per the district policy, students shall have a time equal to days absent from class plus one day to complete all missed assignments.  Work, including tests, assigned prior to an absence may be due on the first return day.

     

    EXTRA CREDIT:
    Opportunities for extra credit will be available periodically through bonus questions, classroom activities, or cultural activities.  Extra credit will not be offered to students on an individual basis.  The awarding of extra credit to replace previously assigned work a student has failed to completed is not allowed.

     

    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:
    The pursuit of learning requires each student to be responsible for his or her academic work.  Therefore, academic dishonesty must not be allowed.  Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an assessment.  In the Spanish classroom, this also includes the use of electronic translating devices and websites.  Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action or academic penalties.  The teacher and the campus administration shall jointly determine such action in accordance with the campus and district discipline policies.

     

    CELL PHONE AND USE OF ELECTRONICS IN THE CLASSROOM:
    In accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, electronic devices may be used for instructional purposes only with the permission of the teacher.  Students are asked to keep all electronic devices in their backpacks during class.  The use of electronic devices without permission may result in disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the teacher or administrators.

     

    CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE:
    It is expected that all students adhere to classroom rules and discipline procedures outlined in the EMS-ISD Student Handbook.

     

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    Parents may contact me via e-mail at jrodriquez@ems-isd.net or by the calling the school directly.

     

    I'm excited about the coming year!  I look forward to getting to know each of my students and having a great year!

     

    Señorita Rodriquez
    Rangers RIDE!!!