Course Title: Spanish I
Course Number: FL40
Duration: 2 Semesters/1 Year
Fee: $13 per additional/lost workbook, $75 per book lost, additional fees may apply to damaged books
Course Description: First-year world language emphasizes oral mastery of the basic skills of the language, including pronunciation and the ability to apply vocabulary and grammar to elementary conversations. Reading and writing skills are introduced as well as aspects of different cultures and histories of the countries where Spanish is spoken. Considerable student involvement is required in classroom activities. The student should plan to spend time outside of class on homework, review, and class preparation.
Instructor name: Ms. Megan Peetz
Office location: B05/1264
School telephone number: (402) 829-4600
Availability: Before school every day except Wednesdays, and after school every day. Please always ask ahead first to ensure I am not at a meeting when you try to come in. However, you may always just stop by to see if I am available.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Answering policy for email: Responses will always be timely and email is the best contact method. Inquiry answers may take a day depending on school activities.
A little about me as a teacher: This is my 9th year teaching at Papillion-La Vista South. I have taught all levels of Spanish, but this year I teach Spanish I, II and Honors Spanish IV. I enjoy working volleyball and basketball games here at school and attending school events. In my undergraduate studies, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with emphasis in Spanish and English as a Second Language. I later earned my Master’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Improvement of Instruction. I also love to travel and have taken students to Costa Rica, Spain and Italy. I am excited to be planning another student trip to Spain in 2015 and cannot wait to see La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona again!
URL for online copy of syllabus: https://sites.google.com/site/mspeetzspanish/spanish-i/syllabus
Specific skills or knowledge students will gain and how those will be useful:
Textbook(s): Realidades 1 (Pearson-Prentice Hall). Text book (in class) and workbook (issued to student).
Daily required materials:
Expectations about class participation: To be successful in Spanish, there are four very important things you can do. The first is to come to class every day. The more you are in class, the more you will be exposed to and learning Spanish and the more successful you will be at acquiring the language. The second is to complete all of your assignments and to do so in a timely fashion. In order to participate in activities involving homework, you must have it completed. This is your responsibility! The third is to actively PARTICIPATE in class! This means raising your hand, being active in partner activities, paying attention and SPEAKING SPANISH whenever possible. The fourth, but by no means final, thing you can do to be successful is to either ask questions in class or make an appointment to talk to me if you are having any difficulty understanding lessons or if you have concerns about your progress. Remember that I cannot help you if I do not know that you need help, so TALK to ME as soon as possible and before you fall behind.
Specific classroom rules and policies:
Examinations: During each unit students will have multiple ways to show their knowledge. They will have a minimum of two formative assessments including a vocabulary quiz as well as a grammar quiz. There will also be listening, speaking, and other formative assessments as well. Students will have a summative unit exam at the end of each unit. At the end of each semester, students will have a multiple choice final as well as a speaking and/or written final. Note on Assessments: While all graded assessments will be reviewed with students, no assessment will be returned to them to take home. In order to maintain assessment confidentiality, all assessments will be kept by the teacher but may be reviewed at any time with prior notification.
PLSHS Final exams will be held on December 18th and 19th as well as May 19th & 20th. Please do not schedule vacations or appointments to conflict with final exams.
Projects and written assignments: Students will be assigned different formative and summative projects throughout the year. Summative projects will have larger point values and include more requirements and writing than formative projects. Students will generally have one formative and one summative project each semester, however additional projects may be assigned.
Elements of the course grade and their weights: In this course 70% of the final grade will be for summative assessments such as unit tests and large projects, as well as other assessments/assignments determined by the teacher. The other 30% of the final grade will be for formative assessments such as bellwork, homework, vocabulary quizzes, grammar quizzes and small projects. The final exam grade will count at 15% of the overall grade.
Extra credit: Extra credit will only be available as bonus questions on assessments. No other extra credit assignments or options will be available.
The World Languages Department Retakes Policy for Spanish I and II is as follows:
Late Assignments: The World Languages Department Late Work and Make-Up Work Policy is as follows:
If your homework (or bellwork) assignment is one day late (meaning it is not done when the tardy bell rings on the due date), the maximum you can earn is 70% of the total value (30% deduction). If it is 2 days late (meaning it is not done the day after it is due when the tardy bell rings), the maximum you can earn is 50% of the total value (50% deduction). After one week, if the assignment has still not been submitted, the grade will become a zero.
All projects not turned in on the assigned date at the beginning of class, will be worth 70% (30% deduction) the first day late and 50% (up to 50% deduction) the second day late. After the first day late, the administrator and parent(s)/guardian(s) may be contacted. Please see the Titan Pyramid for more information.
If you are absent on the day work was assigned, you will have 2 days to complete and turn in the assignment before it is counted late. If you were present when work was assigned, but absent on the following day, the work will be due immediately upon your return. An example is that if homework was assigned Monday and a student was absent Tuesday but returns Wednesday, Monday’s homework is due first thing Wednesday, while Tuesday’s homework would be due Friday, since the student was absent. Of course, you are always encouraged to turn in make-up work as soon as possible. Please note that test and quiz make-up may follow a slightly different time-line. Also note that absent students are responsible for making up bellwork on their own time.
PLSHS Grading Scale:
A+ 100.00 96.50 B- 82.40 79.50 D 66.40 62.50
A 96.40 92.50 C+ 79.40 76.50 D- 62.40 59.50
A- 92.40 89.50 C 76.40 72.50 F 59.40 0.00
B+ 89.40 86.50 C- 72.40 69.50
B 86.40 82.50 D+ 69.40 66.50
Grades are updated online once per week and can be accessed on the Parent Web (see parent link at www.plshs.paplv.org or go directly to https://simsweb.esu3.org/login.cfm?sdist=plv). If you do not have your password, you may click on the “forgot password” link. Grades will be updated by Sunday of each week.
Policy about spelling, grammar and punctuation in written assignments: All written work (including assessments) is to be completed in a color other than red (blue or black ink or pencil is preferred). Handwriting must be legible and leave no doubt as to spelling and punctuation (I have to be able to see the accent to count it). Spelling and accent errors are worth a ½ point deduction on graded work (formative and assessments, as well as projects). Use of an online translator is not allowed and will be considered cheating.
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