• Welcome to my Spanish classroom website. On this site you will be able to find approximate timeline calendars for class assignments and websites to help with at home practice. This year in class you will be:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Presenting oral reports
  • Presenting live or recorded skits
  • Completing general practice homework to practice, apply, and review skills
  • Taking comprehensive tests and quizzes
  • Completing comprehensive individual and group test and projects

This year we will be using standards based grading in the Spanish classroom. Grades will be based on the testing of a Spanish Standard in the areas of Communication, Presentation, and Interpretation using the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. During the unit we will have a series of formative assessments consisting of regular homework assignments, quizzes, and mini projects for practice. These will be entered into PowerSchool and given a score based on a scale of Fully Meets (FM), Progressing (Prog), Developing (Dev), Limited Progress (LP), and No Evidence (NE). An FM will indicate that the assignment is completed and fully corrected. A NE will indicate that the assignment was never handed in. These will not count in the grade but will be used as proof of progress towards the final assessment. The summative assessment will consist of a final test of the standard for the unit and will count towards the final grade. The summative standard grades will be assessed on the same scale in which FM shows mastery of the standard. Successful completion of Spanish for the year will require a minimum score of PROG for the standards in a variety of topics. Retakes will be allowed on summative standard assessments, but only if all formative assessments within a unit have been completed and fully corrected in advance of the retake. Corrections must also be made to the original summative standard assessment and a retake ticket form may be completed. The retake must be completed within one week of the date of the original assessment. The exact same assessment may not be given as a retake, but the material covered will be the same. No late work will be accepted within one week of the end of a quarter.

All proficiency scales for this class will use the following:

Proficiency Scale

Spanish levels 3 and 4 will also be required to participate in class by speaking in Spanish. This will count towards the Communicative Standard in the classroom. Missed speaking time in the classroom due to absence or lack of participation can be made up during designated Pirate Time sessions. Spanish 2 will have this requirement also but not until the second semester. Grammar will not be graded in this activity.

No extra credit will be offered in substitution for missed worked.

After three tardy arrivals to class a detention will be issued to be served after school. This also serves as the policy for late arrivals from a lunch dismissal during fifth hour.

Cell phones that are disruptive to class time will be removed to a storage basket in the front of the room for retrieval at the end of the class period for the first offense. The second time will result in removal to the main office for retrieval at the end of the school day. Beyond two removals the phone will need to be retrieved by a parent from the main office.

Alburnett High School has no world language requirement for graduation, however, most colleges require a minimum of two years in high school with a grade of C- (or the standard equivalent) or higher for admission. Many colleges require four years of study in high school or the equivalent in community college studies in order to not take anymore during their college course work. These four years must be a minimum of two consecutive years of any world language, including American Sign Language. When transferring from one college to another, colleges will check all student records from high school and the transferring college to make sure these requirements have been met. Many of these same colleges also offer world language incentive programs for free college credit. Please make sure you take advantage of these opportunities and get the years of study you need while it is free to you!

Because each student will have had variations in exposure to Spanish, it will be important that everyone use the expressions that we are using in class that will be understood by all other students in the class. This will allow us to be comfortable speaking with each other as we grow together in our conversational skills and as a learning community. Direct electronic translation use is prohibited. Signing up for this class implies that you are willing to put for the effort to learn and grow as a student, direct use of electronic or internet translation devices or websites is not allowed and will be considered as cheating.