Welcome to Mr. Blanco's Spanish Class Webpage!

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Please note that all current course information/assignments can be found on your child's Google Classroom. 

 ¡Bienvenidos! I am excited to have you in my class this year and I am excited to get started. This year we will learn Spanish through a focus on language and culture and a strong emphasis on listening, reading, writing, and speaking. We will learn Spanish keeping the following two statements in mind:

   We are global citizens who learn to help make the world a better place and who understand the value that learning a foreign language provides us.

   We are empowered students who take charge of our own education and who work respectfully and collaboratively in order to reach common learning goals.



It is required that students bring on a daily basis:

1.     Notebook or Binder  for notetaking

2.     A writing utensil. Pencil or Pen no red ink.

3.     Workbook “7th and 8th grade”

4.   A Spanish-English/English-Spanish dictionary



Classroom Rules & Expectations

In order to be academically successful this year, we must respect ourselves, one another, and the classroom.  Our expectations this year are based on the 4 P’s:


1.     PROMPT: Be seated and silent at your assigned desk when the bell rings, and begin work on “do now”

2.     PREPARED:  Bring the necessary supplies (listed above) every day. 

3.     POLITE: Use appropriate academic language-no put downs, teasing or swear words.  Leave the room as you found it. Keep hands and objects to yourself.

4.     PRODUCTIVE: Follow all directions the first time they are given. Use all your class time to improve your Spanish language skills!

World Language Grading Policy

We will be using a (Total Points) grading sysytem. in this plan I will assign points to each individual performance. Each performance is distinct from one another and they are differentially valued in calculating the final grade. The course grade is based on the total points earned by each student.


Late Work: All late work must be turned in by the end of the unit. When a new unit begins, no late work from the previous unit is accepted.

      If homework is not turned in during the class period when it is due, it is considered late.  Turning it in during lunch or after school is considered late.

      Late work without a parent excuse will be downgraded 25%.

      Late work which is attached to a parent excuse (or copy of) will receive full credit.



Classroom Policies & Procedures

In order to create the best learning environment possible where every student has the chance to succeed, we must follow certain policies and procedures. 


1.       ENTRY:  Students should always enter the classroom before the bell rings and be in their desks by the time that the bell rings.  Upon entering the classroom, students SILENTLY should take the following steps:

1.     Enter the classroom.

2.     Sit in assigned seat.

3.     Work on “do now”.


2.     LATE ENTRY: Students who enter late should SILENTLY:

1.     Open the door slowly.

2.     Sit in your seat silently.

3.     Take out any work assigned.

4.     If there is time begin work on Do now.

5.     Whisper to table partner to find out how to catch up with class.



3.     USING THE RESTROOM:  Students should take care of their personal needs between class periods.  If it is an emergency, students will not be allowed to go anywhere during first and last 10 minutes of class.

      Fill out the Hall pass in the back of your agenda.

      Bring it to me to sign and if granted permission go silently.

       Use the restroom and return within five (5) minutes.    

** Only one student at a time may use the restroom.


5.     HALL PASSES: Students should arrive to class with all necessary supplies. Students are not permitted to leave the room without teacher permission and signed Agenda.

6.     SPEAKING:  Only one person should be speaking at any given time in the classroom, unless group work is taking place.  If the teacher is speaking, students may share a comment or ask a question by raising his or her hand and waiting to be called on.  Because we respect everyone’s opinion, we want to make sure each person is heard clearly. 


7.     GROUP WORK:  Students will work in groups at times.  Unless otherwise notified, I will create the group.  These groups will change frequently, and students must work within the group he or she is assigned.  If a student refuses to work in an assigned group, he or she will have to explain to me in private what their reasoning is.


8.     TEST TAKING:  When tests or quizzes are given, students must remain silent in order to allow their classmates to concentrate.  If students are talking or being disruptive during a test or quiz, they will receive a 10-point deduction from their final score and be asked to take the test in another classroom. If a student is caught cheating or giving answers, they will have their test taken from them with no opportunity to re-take it and administration and parents will be notified.

 9.     ABSENCE POLICY: As soon as a student knows that he will be absent for any reason you may contact me via email with any concerns and  be sure to check with a friend or on the class website (see top of syllabus) for missed homework.   Please note, the STUDENT is responsible for seeking out the teacher for makeup work.


10.   FOOD AND DRINK: All food and drink (except water) is prohibited inside the classroom. Students who enter with food or drink will be asked to throw it away.


11.   EXIT POLICY: When I ask students to prepare to leave:

1.     Put away all personal supplies (writing utensil, paper, etc.)

2.     Straighten desk into row or group where you found it at the beginning of class.

3.     Check below and around your desk for scraps of paper/ garbage.  Pick them up and hold them at your desk.

4.     Sit silently in your desk and wait to be dismissed.

5.     When dismissed, stand to the side of your desk PUSH YOUR CHAIRS IN and calmly walk out of the classroom.