Español IV Honores

Spanish IV Honors

Bloomington High School North

Clara Garcia Aguerrevere
Classroom: 407
Phone: 330-7724 ext. 50167



DIPLOMA:  Core 40 and AHD       2126 (SPAN IV)
FULL YEAR       GRADES: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: Passing grade in level I, II, III “C” average or higher in all levels highly recommended.
Spanish IV, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for World Languages, provides a context for integration of the continued development of language skills and cultural understanding with other content areas and the community beyond the classroom. The skill sets that apply to the exchange of written and oral information are expanded through emphasis on practicing speaking and listening strategies that facilitate communication, such as the use of circumlocution, guessing meaning in familiar and unfamiliar contexts, and using elements of word formation to expand vocabulary and derive meaning. Additionally, students will continue to develop understanding of Spanish-speaking culture through explaining factors that influence the practices, products, and perspectives of the target culture; reflecting on cultural practices of the target culture; and comparing systems of the target culture and the student’s own culture. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas through the design of activities and materials that integrate the target language and culture with concepts and skills from other content areas. The use and influence of the Spanish language and culture in the community beyond the classroom is explored through the identification and evaluation of resources intended for native Spanish speakers. Students are instructed the first day of class that Spanish will be not only the language used for instruction, but also for in class daily school and interpersonal communication as well. 

Classroom Policies and Expectations/Classroom Management Plan

Class Rules: In addition to these guidelines below, all school rules apply:
All students deserve a safe and productive learning environment. Each student is expected to contribute in a positive way to a healthy and positive classroom experience, and each student will meet the following expectations:

 Be Prompt: All students are expected to be on time and ready to learn when the bell rings. (see tardiness guidelines below)

Be Prepared: Bring materials including textbook and workbooks, paper, pencil/pen, folder, binder. There will be no passes to go to your locker.

Be Mindful: Leave personal grooming and eating outside the classroom.  Food (including gum), drinks (other than water), MP3 players, smartphones, iPods, and cell phones are not allowed in the classroom.  If these items are used in the classroom without teacher permission a detention will be given.

Be Involved: Students are expected to participate, pay attention and stay organized in class by:

◦ Having all assignments completed before entering the classroom
◦ Taking notes during instruction
◦ Working on assignments and tasks given by your teacher
◦ Repeating after your teacher in pronunciation modeling
◦ Volunteering to ask and answer questions
◦ Practicing when in groups or pairs
◦ Helping others

Be Positive: Bring a positive attitude to the class. Students are expected to be courteous and respectful to their peers and teachers and refrain from using vulgar language, put downs or derogatory statements. Students should always conduct themselves in a respectful manner. No conduct will be tolerated that might endanger or threaten anyone in the class. Disruptive behavior, substance abuse, downgrading or disparaging remarks, and any other behavior that shows a lack of respect for the instructor or other students, will not be tolerated. At the teacher’s discretion, a student causing problems may be asked to leave the class for the session and a D.O.R will be written. If a student persists in causing problems, further disciplinary action will be taken, up and including dismissal from the class.

Be Honest: Academic honesty is essential! (*see below)


*Use of an internet-based translator in considered plagiarism.  Copying another student’s work is cheating.

General Classroom Procedures:
Turn off and put away electronic devices, enter quietly. Take notebooks, textbook, binder and labeled homework out, turn in homework. Greet Sra. Garcia in Spanish.

Bell Work/Warm-up: Look at board for bell work, called “Trabajo de entrada” and start working independently.
Preparation: Write down homework assignment; take out homework and other materials needed, prepare to go                                   over daily warm-up questions and homework.
Instruction: Focus on the lesson, write down everything that the teacher writes on the board, listen carefully and                              follow instructions.
Practice: Model and repeat, pair work, group work or independent practice that focuses on the material presented.
Assessment: exercises, vocabulary or grammar quiz and homework check.
Dismissal: Class is not over until the teacher dismisses you. Until that time, stay in your seat and remain focused.                          Do not put away your materials early, or line up at the door. Before exiting the classroom, be sure to                              leave a tidy workspace for the next student.

Make up work/Absences:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to find out what classwork/assignments/quizzes/tests were missed during an absence. Check the Homework Website , read the chalkboard, check the Homework folder for handouts. Please do not ask me during class.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP MISSED WORK according to school policy stated in your school planner.
  • If you have an excused absence you have the same number of days absent to turn in your assignments. It is your responsibility to submit make-up work within the allotted amount of time; afterwards it will not be accepted. If you miss class for field trips or pre-arranged absences, you are expected to come to class the next day with all work prepared.
  • If you return to school on a test day and you have had prior knowledge of the test, you will be expected to take the test in class that day. All missed tests will be taken upon return from the absence.
  • If absences are unexcused, a “0” will be given for all missed work. 

Homework and Passes

  • Homework will be assigned daily, and will be expected to be completed and brought to class the following class. I will come around and check homework for completion. Throughout each grading period, homework will randomly be collected and graded.  Please note: HOMEWORK MUST BE COMPLETED TO RECEIVE CREDIT! THERE WILL BE NO PARTIAL CREDIT!!
  • Late work: completed late work will be accepted the following class. There will be a 50% penalty. That means that the most you can earn on a late assignment is a 50%.
  • Homework Passes: You will receive 2 homework passes every six weeks. Attach the HW pass to a completed homework assignment that is late and hand it in the FOLLOWING class period to receive full credit for the late assignment. At the end of the grading period, if you have passes remaining because you have turned in all homework on time, unused passes may be turned in for up to 10 extra credit points which are added to your homework grade.  Note: Not doing homework is NOT an option.
  • Restrooms Passes: Please attend to personal needs before or after class, but if you absolutely need to go to the restroom or get a drink, ask the teacher by saying: ¿Me permite ir al baño, por favor?  Choose an appropriate time to ask to leave the room. Restroom trips will be left up to the teacher’s discretion and handled on a case by case basis.  Students are required to take the pass, sign out, and sign back in upon their return.


  • There will be 4-6 Vocabulary/Grammar/Speaking quizzes per Chapter. All quizzes can be retaken 1 time with a maximum grade of 80%. 
  • Tests are given at the end of each chapter (every 3 weeks). Tests cannot be retaken.
  • Quiz retakes must be completed within the Term that it was assigned and all homework prior to the retake must be complete.
  • Exams are given at the end of each semester and will include all material covered during that semester. The exam is a 3 part exam: the writing and speaking are given before finals week and the multiple choice is given during finals week.


  • Descubre 3. Hardcopies of textbooks are used by students in class only. Each student will have access to the Supersite website where they will be able to use their online textbook and complete practice activities. Students are responsible for creating and maintaining their account. Students with previous access codes will continue to use the same account.
  • 3 Ring Binder
  • 4 Tab Dividers
  • Paper
  • Blue or Black ink Pens and pencils for writing in classRed ink pens for grading and correcting homework in class 


Your binder must have five tabs.  You must label them the following way:

  1. Class papers: Syllabus, Spanish class additional information sheets, etc.
  2. Vocabulary: Verb list sheet, important phrases sheet, vocabulary from each unit/lesson
  3. Notes/Homework: Notes from each unit/lesson, classwork (trabajo de entrada)
  4. Quizzes/Tests

Your binder will be collected twice per semester.  Keep it organized and neat. Your binder grade will be part of your participation grade.  

Grades: For each 6 weeks students will earn points in the following categories: chapter tests, quizzes, homework, class work, projects, Community Connections, participation, and computer lab work.

Tests /Projects

1 test and or project per chapter 60-100 points



6 vocabulary/grammar/speaking  Quizzes per chapter


Homework, Classwork, Lab Work

Daily 5-20 pts


Use of Spanish

5 points per class


*Unannounced or Pop Quizzes will be given on occasion. These will be short, two or three problem quizzes that may be given during either the last or the first 5-10 minutes of a class period. Each quiz will include material covered in class up to that point, with particular emphasis on material covered on the most recent homework assignment. There will be no make-up on pop quizzes.

Points    Use of Spanish is worth 10% of your grade.

5      You stay in Spanish the entire time required. You respond in Spanish with the teacher and classmates.                          You are consistently able to respond in multiple complete Spanish sentences. Your responses are often                        personalized and attempt creativity or humor. 
4       You always use Spanish with the teacher and use Spanish with classmates during structured activities. 
         You consistently respond in single complete Spanish sentences. You attempt to elaborate 
when prompted.
3      You only use Spanish in structured class, group and pair activities. You initiate most other conversations or                make responses and requests in English. You usually respond with single words or memorized
 phrases  OR                you respond so infrequently that it’s difficult to judge your abilities. 
2       You almost exclusively use English when talking with the teacher and classmates. You speak as little                           Spanish as possible during class, pair and group activities. Your responses are often incomprehensible or                     inappropriate to the situation. 

Semester Grades:

    1st Six weeks 25%                2nd 6 weeks 25%                  3rd 6 weeks 25%                   Semester Final 25%

Spanish 4 students: This is an HONORS level class. Expect to be challenged academically. Be prepared to speak Spanish in every class to fellow students and to the teacher. Expect to make short presentations to the class, to write, and to listen to prompts, songs, news in Spanish. Expect your class participation grade to be heavily dependent on the amount of Spanish you speak in class. The most important thing to remember is that you will make mistakes and that IS OK. The more you practice, the more you will improve.



Please complete both forms below.  Put the top copy along with your syllabus in your binder and refer to it throughout the entire year.  Cut out and return bottom copy to me by: ______________________________.

I have thoroughly read and understood the course expectations and policies in this packet. I will honor this document. I am also prepared to accept any and all consequences for failure to adhere to these conditions and policies. **

Student Signature: _______________________________________________ Class: _______________

Please print your name: ___________________________________________ Date: ________________

Parent Signature: ________________________________________________ Date: ________________


I have thoroughly read and understood the course expectations and policies in this packet. I will honor this document. I am also prepared to accept any and all consequences for failure to adhere to these conditions and policies.**

Student Signature: __________________________________________________ Class: _______________

Please print your name: ______________________________________________ Date: ________________

Parent Signature: ___________________________________________________Date: ________________ 

BHSN Tardy Procedure for 2014-2015

The procedure for student tardies is as follows:

1st tardy          Teacher warning

2nd tardy        Parent contact made by the teacher indicating that further tardies will result in disciplinary                                              consequences.

3rd tardy         Teacher assigned detention and a conversation with the student about the importance of arriving to                              class on time.

4th tardy         Teacher assigned Detention and a conversation with the student letting them know that every                                        additional tardy that the student receives will result in a DOR.

5th + tardy      DOR for the fifth and every additional tardy.

Tardy > 15 minutes      Students who show up to class without a pass should have already been marked absent. 


Student tardy count will start over at the semester break.