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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.


8/22/17 - I just added KnowSpanish.com to my Spanish study links page. (See the menu on the left.) This site claims you can expand your Spanish vocabulary by 20,000 words if you learn their 14 Major Rules. It's a cool look at how similar many words are between English and Spanish and the patterns that can help you correctly "guess" new words in Spanish. 

I have a bit of a backlog of sites to review at the moment, but next on my list is Anki.

8/15/17 - AP Spanish class syllabus is now available here.

8/8/17 - Spanish 4 class syllabus is now available here.

8/7/17 - I'm looking forward to meeting everyone soon! I will an updated class syllabus posted on this site in time for the first full week of classes. 

The WL Department has been working hard during the summer to revise and update our scoring rubrics. One outcome of this process is that the grading scale will be better aligned with other rubric-based content areas, such as English, Social Studies, and Kinetic Wellness. New rubrics will be posted soon, and we will be sure to look at them together in class.

¡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.
Andean Condor

September 2017 :: Andean Condor 
(Vultur gryphus

Truly spectacular, the Andean Condor is one of the world's largest flying birds, with a wingspan of over 10 feet. Adults can weigh over 20 pounds! The Andean Condor is a member of the New World Vulture family, and like its relatives it does not kill prey. Condors forage on carrion (the remains of dead animals); historically they fed on guanacos (wild llamas) but today also commonly forage on dead livestock. They can be found the length of the South American continent, among the high peaks of the Andes from Colombia to Argentina and Chile. In Peru and Chile condors also descend to the coast.The California Condor, saved from extinction in the 1980s and 1990s in the US and now reintroduced to the Grand Canyon of Arizona, is the Andean Condor's closest relative. This impressive bird has a prominent place among the mythology of many indigenous peoples of the Andes. (Photo by Michel Gutierrez; used with permission.)