Español II Pre-AP
¡Bienvenidos a la clase de Español II Pre-AP!
Welcome to the new school year at Reagan High School. I am very pleased to have your child in my class. In order to make this year a successful one, I ask that you please review the following classroom guidelines with your child.
This is going to be a great year for all of us, filled with learning, growth, success and fun. The key words to remember are respect and responsibility.
Spanish II Pre-AP is a very structured academic elective. This course emphasizes the development and reinforcement of the language in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The study of cultures of Spanish-speaking countries focuses on Mexico, Spain and South America. Class participation is essential towards the development of oral proficiency. Daily practice and preparation outside of class is necessary in language skill development. A minimum of 10-15 minutes each day of study and/ or oral practice is advised.
The main objective is to help each student attain an acceptable degree of proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing within a minimum period of time and with minimum effort. Of the four skills, speaking and listening will be the most emphasized. Students will be evaluated through oral proficiency testing and their daily usage of Spanish in the classroom, as well as through written tests and quizzes.
Another objective is to present the language within the context of the Spanish-speaking world. This includes developing an awareness of the various Hispanic cultures from Europe to South America to Texas. The students will also gain an appreciation of the similarities and differences between their culture and those of Hispanic countries.
CLASSROOM RULES AND EXPECTATIONS
- Be courteousand respectful.
- Respect other’s rights and property.
- Know and observe all rules as stated in the NEISD Student Handbook.
- Be PROMPT- Be in your assigned seat and ready to work when the bell rings.
- Be PREPARED- Be mentally prepared for class; bring all necessary materials for class;
be ready to learn.
- Be PRODUCTIVE– Participation is a KEY point in learning a foreign language.
Participation includes; contributing to class discussion, asking questions, responding to questions, sharing your opinion, comments, etc.
- Gum, food and/or beverages are NOTallowed in the classroom.
- Students are to make restroom and/or water fountain visits BEFOREclass.
- Once the tardy bell rings, students will not be allowed to return to lockers.
- Personal grooming is done OUTSIDEthe classroom.
- In the case of a substitute teacher, EXEMPLARYbehavior is expected.
- Students will be disciplined in accordance to the Reagan discipline plan.
- Students are expected to copy the agenda daily.
REQUIRED CLASS MATERIALS
The following is a list of mandatory materials needed for class.
- One Composition Book
- Plenty of loose leaf paper
- 2 or more writing utensils (BLACK or BLUE and RED ink pens)
4.Textbook (provided by NEISD)
Informal assessments: 50%
Informal assessments will include classwork, homework, and communication in the target language opportunities. There will be a minimum of 10 grades per 9 weeks for informal assessments.
Formal assessments: 50%
Formal assessments will include quizzes, tests, and projects.
There will be a minimum of 4-5 quizzes and a minimum of 2-3 tests and projects per nine weeks.
ATTENDANCE / ABSENCE / TARDIES
A seating chart will be used to take attendance. Absences and tardies will follow the guidelines set forth in the Reagan Handbook. Students are strongly encouraged to call a classmate to find out what took place in class during their absence. If a student is present when a test/quiz is announced and student is absent on the test/quiz day, the student is expected to take the test/quiz on the day he/she returns to class.
LATE WORK and MAKE-UP POLICY
Please refer to the NEISD district policy regarding late work.
Due dates of make-up work will be determined by the number of days absent and will follow district policy. You are REQUIRED TO MAKE UP QUIZZES AND EXAMS. In order to take quizzes and exams, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher to reschedule.
“Extra” Work/”Extra” Credit is work done above and beyond all assigned work. Extra work is not allowed or accepted unless all other assigned work has been completed. “Extra” work will not be given to anyone as a replacement for another assignment.
During the course of our assignments there will be “Extra” Credit opportunities on quizzes and tests.
Papers without a name will be graded and placed in a RED folder for identification and claim. It is the student’s responsibility to retrieve and properly claim the assignment and resubmit it to the teacher for a grade to be posted. If these papers are not claimed before the end of that Nine weeks period, they will not be recorded nor accepted.
There will be times when one will need to leave the room for emergencies. Please do not ask to leave during the first and last 10 minutes of class. Only 1 person at a time will be allowed to leave the classroom. To keep this privilege, do not take advantage of time and return as soon as you can. A PINK PASS will be issued. YOU MUST HOWEVER ASK FOR PERMISSION IN SPANISH.
CONCERNS & TUTORIAL
If there is a concern about grades, conduct, assignments, or you want to discuss specific problems that involve you, please make arrangements to speak with me privately rather than during class. I am available every morning except for Wednesdays FROM 8:00 – 8:30 AM.