¡Hola y Bienvenidos al año escolar de 2017-2018 y a la clase de español!

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

             Hola from the World Language Department. Today was your son’s/daughter’s second day in Spanish class. I am sure we share high expectations for your child’s success in learning to use Spanish for a variety of purposes. Please take some time with your child to read the attached guidelines for Spanish class.

            In particular, I would like to point out that I expect Spanish 1 through Spanish 5 students to avoid the use of English in the classroom. Starting on the third day of class, I give students many useful tools and strategies they will need in order to function in an immersion setting. A beginner’s lack of Spanish will in no way hinder him/her from ultimately doing well in the course if he/she follows my instructions for how to communicate in class. Every student must make the effort to use Spanish to provide everyone with the best possible experience for learning. If he/she does make this effort, all students will have the opportunity to progress rapidly towards an ability to communicate in Spanish, a most valuable skill in the United States.

            In addition, experience shows that the students who study a minimum of thirty minutes daily above and beyond homework time tend to become more proficient speakers and earn higher grades than those who only study sporadically. Finally, I would like to emphasize the importance of open communication between student, teacher, and parent(s)/guardian(s). That being said, please check your son’s/daughter’s grade regularly on PowerSchool. If he or she has missed a test or quiz due to an absence, I will record a 0. This is so that all parties involved know that an assessment or assignment must be made up immediately upon return to school. If at any time your son/daughter is concerned about his/her progress in this course, he/she should see me immediately.

            If you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at cconvertino@milforded.org or at 783-3502 (x8020). I look forward to working with your child and watching him/her learn how to understand, speak, read, and write in Spanish.

 

Gracias for your support,

 Señora Convertino: Curiculum and Instruction Department Chairperson

PLEASE SIGN THE LAST 2 PAGES AFTER REVIEWING WITH YOUR SON/DAUGHTER

 

 

 

 

 GETTING STARTED SUCCESSFULLY: Rules, Classroom Tools, and Helpful Home Tools

 

NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES!!! 

WE ARE HERE TO SPEAK SPANISH!!  IN ORDER TO DO SO,  WE MUST PAY ATTENTION.

AS YOU ENTER THE CLASSROOM, ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES NEED TO BE IN YOUR BACKPACK NOT IN YOUR POCKET AND NOT ON THE DESK. THIS IS YOUR FIRST WARNING.

NEXT STEP: I WILL TAKE YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND TURN IT IN TO STUDENT LIFE.


 

1. Be ON TIME, ready to start to work when the bell rings. If you are late, please have a pass. Tardiness without a pass will result in a teacher detention.

2. Enter the classroom quietly, take out your assignment pad, and begin to copy down the homework assignment for the next day.

3. Upon completion, take out last night’s homework and start to work on the “Bellringer Activity.”

4. Work hard the entire class period.

5. DO NOT be afraid to ask questions.

6. Always be respectful toward yourself, classmates, and the teacher at all times.

7. There will be no gum allowed because it impedes one from speaking a foreign language.

8. DO NOT ask for a pass unless it is an emergency.

9. Follow school rules at all times.

10. Listen to the substitute teacher. If a note is left and specific names are not mentioned, the whole class will have to serve a brief after school intervention. Please ask the substitute to write your name down if you were behaving so that you will not have to report.

 

II. Helpful Classroom Tools

1.      Bring ALL materials with you daily: covered textbook, workbooks, notebook, homework, composition paper, and several writing instruments. NO PASSES will be given if you forget them. FULL CREDIT will only be given to graded homework that is handed in on time unless your absence is excused.

2.      Assignment Pad

3.      3-ring binder with dividers

4.      Divider 1 = Apuntes (Notes)

5.      Divider 2 = Vocabulario Nuevo (New Vocabulary)

6.      Divider 3 = Folios (Study Handouts)

7.      Divider 4 = Tareas  (Homework)

8.            4 Folders with pockets to be included in the notebook at end of 
              each divided section (see above).

III. Helpful Home Tools

1.      Spanish/English dictionary

2.      Flashcards (to be made at home) of words in Spanish and English.

3.      Crayons, markers, or colored pencils.

4.      Hole puncher and reinforcements.

5.            Computer or laptop

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