Bonjour! Welcome to Madame Hicks’ website. I’m so happy you’ve decided to learn this beautiful language with such a rich history and culture behind it. I hope you’ll find learning a foreign language as enriching and fulfilling as I have.
Originally from a small town in New Mexico, I spent my college years in Texas getting my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in French. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to live and work in France for 3 out of the past 6 years. Having lived in three different regions in France (Grenoble: in the Alps, Orléans: in the Loire Valley, and Reims: in the Champagne region) I’ve had the unique experience of seeing varying ways of French life. I’m so excited to be able to share my expertise and experiences with you.
In my free time I enjoy cooking, traveling, watching films, and being outdoors.
Classroom Policies & Procedures
Bienvenue à la classe de français ! I’m so happy to have you in my class and to have this opportunity to share this beautiful language and culture with you. I hope you’ll find learning a foreign language as enriching and fulfilling as I have. Here are some classroom policies and procedures to ensure that you have a successful year in French class.
Behavior: Students are expected each day to: arrive to class on time, bring required materials, have assignments completed, and participate in daily activities and discussions. Learning a foreign language is difficult, and making mistakes is expected. Please be respectful and kind to your fellow classmates, and help create a safe and comfortable environment in the classroom.
Materials: You are required to have a binder and dividers just for French notes. Bring this notebook with you EVERYDAY to class. Since you will learn many things that are not in your textbook, taking good notes and keeping your notebook up-to-date is very important. Think of it as your “personal textbook.” Use dividers to make five sections in your binder. I will go over these sections in class. I will do notebook checks every six weeks that will count as a homework grade.
Cell Phones: Use of cell phones is not permitted in the classroom. A first offense will receive a warning. After that I will confiscate the phone until the end of the period and your participation grade will suffer.
Bathroom Passes: Students will be given three bathroom passes at the beginning of the semester. Every pass is worth 5 extra credit points. Students may choose to use them or turn them in at the end of the semester. However, five unexcused tardies negates one bathroom pass.
Seating: There is assigned seating. Any student not in their assigned seat when the bell rings will be considered tardy.
Academic Honesty: This is taken seriously and offenders are liable to serious consequences. Scholastic dishonesty” includes cheating, plagiarism, and use of online translator programs such as google translate. Any student engaging in academic dishonesty will receive an automatic zero on that assignment.
Latework / Absences: Homework is due the next school day after it is assigned unless otherwise stated. Students will be expected to follow the district’s policy on absences. If the student has an excused absence they have two days for every excused day to make up the work. If the absence is unexcused they will receive a 20% grade reduction as per district policy. Latework will receive a 50% grade reduction after 1 week. Students are responsible for finding out what assignments they have missed when absent.
Grading Scale: The grading scale will be based off of assignments, quizzes, projects and class participation.
Final Exam/Projects: 15%
Classwork and Participation: 35%
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