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¡Hola! Welcome to the website for Señor Olmstead's Spanish classes. Have a look around and if you don't find what you're looking for, send me an email at solmstead@cfsd16.org.

Noticias:

1/15/17 - ¡Feliz año nuevo! It's a new year and a new semester, and a chance for a new outlook, new plans, and new habits. Check out this post from About.Spanish.com about how to talk about things beginning.

10/31/16 - I've just discovered a new site that I just added to the "Spanish study links" page. Reporteros de la historia  is a Youtube channel with lots of short animated videos on a range of historical topics (mostly 1-3 minutes long). If you click on "Playlists" you'll see there are lots of videos on a variety of different civilizations and cultures, including the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas. This is perfect listening practice for Spanish 4 students, and way to learn more about the civilizations we studied in Unit 1.

10/16/16 - How well do you really know your verb tenses?  Take this test to find out how well you can recognize all the major verb tenses in Spanish.

10/3/16 - As you may have heard, CFSD has adopted the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy, which is an award that recognizes high school graduates who are proficient in English and another world language, such as Spanish. Students demonstrating proficiency of Intermediate Mid or Higher can earn the award. Registration for the STAMP 4S test is now open for juniors and seniors; the Fall test is scheduled for November 18. You can find a lot of info about the Seal of Biliteracy award and the test in this folder on Google Drive.

9/15/16 - I've added some new resources on the "Spanish study links" page. (See the menu to the left.) One is Learn Spanish Feel Good!, which is a site with lots of great grammar practice exercises. Check it out!

8/4/16 - I'm looking forward to meeting everyone soon! I will have some documents such as the updated class syllabus posted on this site in time for the first full week of classes. Nos vemos pronto, either at Open House or on Thursday, August 11!

¡Nos vemos pronto!

- Sr. O





Bird of the Month
(El pájaro del mes)

Each month I will feature a different bird found in Latin America.

Great Curassow

May 2017 :: Great Curassow (Crax rubra)

As you might be able to guess from the shape, the Great Curassow is in the same family as our familiar Wild Turkey. Including the Great Curassow, there are seven species of curassows in the genus Crax distributed throughout Latin America, they are all about the same size as the North American turkey, and they have similar habits. Great Curassows live in old-growth tropical forest, where they forage on the ground for fallen fruits. Originally found from southern Mexico to northwest Ecuador, the Great Curassow has become locally extinct in many parts of its former range. Habitat loss and hunting for meat are the main threats to this species. It is now found almost exclusively in national parks, private reserves, and other protected areas. I got these shots at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. The glossy-black male is above. The female, sporting a radically different look, is below.

Great Curassow