¡Bienvenidos! Welcome!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! I am excited to have your child in my class and am planning for a successful semester. Over the course of this class, I look forward to getting to know your child and his/her interests.

My goals are for your child to develop confidence in Spanish, to have a challenging and fun year, and hopefully to continue using and developing his/her skills in Spanish in future years. Throughout the year, I welcome your suggestions for how we can work together to help your child meet these goals. Please be sure to read the “Class Policy” that I gave to the students. The document gives an overview of the class and outlines important policies. Additional information and resources can be found on my website.

As we begin the semester, here are some tips for you to help your child be successful in Spanish class:
  • Make sure that the homework is attempted every night. If there is no formal homework assignment, students should at least review their notes from class that day.
  • Encourage students to start studying early for tests and quizzes. They know when they have a quiz or test several days beforehand. Similarly, encourage students to begin work early on projects and other long-term assignments.
  • Encourage students to come and speak with me at any point if they are experiencing difficulty with the subject. I am available most days at lunch and after school. I am also often available during my planning period. The World Languages Department has a tutoring schedule that your student is aware of and he/she can tutor with any Spanish teacher to receive credit for that session.
  • Encourage students to study and review Spanish with a friend whenever possible. 
  • Be proactive in helping your child find ways to use Spanish outside of school (DVDs, the Internet, music, radio, restaurants, travel, language camps, etc.).
  • Finally, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, please continually reinforce with your child that there is a direct correlation between their level of effort and their level of success. You can monitor your student’s academic progress in the class by visiting Blackboard Learn.

Your input is extremely helpful, so if any of you are native speakers or would like to come speak to the class about some topic, I would love to have you come. Also, if you have any supplies or materials that you don’t use that you think would be helpful for the class (dry erase markers, Kleenex, glue, construction paper, posters, dictionaries, etc.), please donate them! If you have any questions or if you need to contact me, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. Thank you for your support!

Sra. Jiménez


VIOLETA PARRA (1917-1967)

Gracias a la vida que

me ha dado tanto.

Me ha dado la risa

y me ha dado el llanto...

My thanks to life

for all it has given me.

For all the laughter

and the tears...