It's Trimester 3 already!
As we enter the 3rd and final marking term, I strongly encourage all students to keep up the good effort you have shown so far during the year!
Remember to keep up with your weekly assignments, checking this web page for extra copies and specific assignments. Remember to check Power School periodically to make sure all work is handed in.
Schedules in the spring months can get very busy! Enjoy all the wonderful things the season brings (like nice weather, spring sports, the MSS carnival!!) but remember to keep your school work a priority!
Reminder to ALL returning 7th and 8th grade students: KEEP YOUR SPANISH NOTES AND NOTEBOOK! You will need the notes to refer to, and you will continue to use the notebook through the end of 8th grade at MSS! Organize, but don't throw away!
Spanish class meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Please be sure to bring your PLANNER, SPANISH NOTEBOOK and SPANISH FOLDER to each class.
Expect to have homework (tarea) on both nights. Wednesday homework is usually review and will be due on Thursday. Thursday homework is a larger assignment that will be due the next Wednesday. Try to do it right away and not put it off until the last minute!
Assignment descriptions and handout attachments can be found on this web page under your grade's section. If you lose your handout from class, be PROACTIVE and print out one from the webpage!
Following is a copy of the Class Guidelines which will be handed out and discussed the first week of class
¡Bienvenido a la clase de español!
Welcome to Spanish Class!
The study of a foreign language is both exciting and challenging. Spanish will unlock many doors for you, both in school and in your future. In many ways it is unlike anything you have studied before, and requires a new set of study strategies. There is a lot of hard work involved in learning a language, but the result is well worth the effort, or, as we say in Spanish, vale la pena.
Spanish class will meet on Wednesday and Thursday each week. Having Spanish class only 2 times each week means that you will have lots of time to practice, but it also means that you will need to be organized in your studying and in being prepared for class. Homework will be assigned on both class nights, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s homework will usually be a short assignment that will be due on Thursday. Thursday’s assignment will be designed to be practiced and completed over the course of 5 days. Students will receive a homework slip for a missing assignment, with one day of grace to hand in the assignment for full credit. After that late assignments will drop 10% for each day they are late. We will work together to ensure your success.
During your 3 Middle School years at Mother Seton School, you will complete a full Spanish I course that will prepare you to be very well prepared to study Spanish I in high school or, for students who excel, to proceed to Spanish II.
Since Spanish is an academic subject in which you receive a grade, here are some tips to help you be successful:
Language is NOT a spectator sport! You will be expected to participate in all class activities: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Even if it seems difficult or strange at first, the best way to learn is by doing. You will have many opportunities to practice, and the more you practice, the more comfortable you will be.
Grading is based on knowledge and skill in a variety of areas. I try to maintain a balance between spoken, written and special activities to give each student the opportunity to perform in his or her areas of strength. Grades will be determined according to the following scale:
Oral proficiency (speaking and listening): 20%
Heavy plastic folder for handouts
3 or 5-section spiral notebook for notetaking (to be used all 3 years)
Pens and pencils for notetaking and written assignments
Folder, spiral, writing tools and planner should be brought to class each day.
I expect each student to behave courteously and respectfully to every other person in the class, student and adult. I expect students to come to class prepared, on time and ready to learn. I expect each student to try his or her best, realizing that we all make mistakes. I expect students to support and help each other.
You can expect me to teach to the best of my ability, preparing interesting and meaningful lessons. I am glad to offer help if you need it, and am glad to answer questions from students and parents.
¡Necesito ayuda! (I need some help!):
e-text www.successnet.com, USER: student2@mss; PASS: estudiante2
Online translators are NOT permitted! Any assignment done using an online translator will be returned to be redone.
Teacher help: I am available before school, during lunch recess and after school on Thursdays to offer additional help. Please let me know ahead of time that you need to meet.
WEBPAGE: Access Señora Wahlgren’s webpage from the Mother Seton website. Here you will find each week’s assignment, notes about upcoming events (i.e. tests, quizzes and projects), links to helpful and interesting sites, and more!!
El cuaderno: (Notebook)
You will need a 3 or 5-section spiral notebook to use for the 3 years of Spanish. Be sure to KEEP ALL NOTES. You will need them from year to year. Mark the sections as follows:
1) Vocabulario; 2) Gramática; 3) Actividades (warm-up); 4) Tareas (assignments); 5) Oraciones y música (prayers and songs). For a 3-section book, the sections should be: 1) Vocabulario y gramática; 2) Actividades y tareas; 3) Oraciones y música.
Email is the best way to contact me: email@example.com
Qué el Señor te bendiga! May God bless you.
Señora Sherri Wahlgren