Gateway Regional High School
Spanish 8 / 8th Grade
Spanish Teacher, Spanish Club Advisor, Varsity Cheerleading Coach
856-848-8200 ext. 597
Google Classroom Join Codes
Spanish 8A Period 2 - b94kle
Spanish 8B Period 2 - 0xz8emo
Spanish 8A Period 6 - r278u
Spanish 8B Period 6 - 6gig8x6
A Note from the Teacher:
¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Spanish Class! I am very excited to be in class with you this year, to begin to expose a whole new worldview and language. By studying Spanish and exploring the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, we open ourselves up to a deeper understanding of the world around us as well as making connections to our lives today. Spanish requires much discipline, hard work, and enthusiasm; I encourage you to try your best and to have fun while doing it. I know this course can be challenging, but NEVER hesitate to ask for help. Please come see me or email me the moment you are having trouble with something. That is what I am here for! I am excited to get to know and work with you this year! Welcome (back) to Gateway!
The course focuses on the three modes of communication:
Course Expectations and Assessments:
Organization: The course is divided into thematic units guided by essential questions. Students are expected to lead discussions of the topics in Spanish.
Participation: Activities may begin as teacher-led discussions but mostly end as student- led discussions. Students are given the opportunity to offer opinions and support them, ask questions, ask for clarification, and discuss the material with each other in pairs, small groups, and as an entire class.
Integrated skills: Most class activities are integrated. Example: A lesson may begin with a reading activity in the Interpretive mode, continue with discussion in the Interpersonal mode, add in a listening task in the Interpretive mode, and then culminate with a Written Presentational activity that integrates the reading, listening, and discussion materials. Other times the writing is a pre-reading activity that prepares students for the reading and discussion. A variety of strategies and integrated skills are present throughout the course.
It is expected that students speak Spanish during class. Daily attendance, homework, assessment and participation will be necessary for success. There will be times when Internet activities, projects and research are assigned. If you don’t have Internet at home, you may use the computers in the school library. Students are expected to bring the necessary materials to class. Homework and projects are due at the assigned time. Though Homework is not graded, it still impacts your grade greatly. It is imperative to do Homework that is assigned to better prepare you for the course and understanding Spanish language and culture. Students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity at all times. Cheating includes but is not limited to copying another student’s work, using outside resources during a test or using an electronic or personal translator on assignments. Using a translator is the same as plagiarism.
Required and Recommended Materials
I am available Tuesdays after school after school for extra help. There will be a sign up sheet to stay after for extra help. You are always welcome! If you need to come another day, email or speak with me after class.
Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences:
Definition: A student is tardy if he is not inside the classroom when the bell stops ringing and does not have a pass.
N.B. – If YOU CHOOSE to Break a Rule:
1st Incident – Warning.
2nd Incident – Final warning, contact with parents/guardians.
3rd Incident – After school detention, contact with parents/guardians (All detentions will always be given a one-day notice).
4th Incident – Administrative action.
It is expected that students speak Spanish during class. Survivor expressions will be provided at the beginning of the school year. Daily attendance, homework, assessment and participation will be necessary for success.
Middle School Grading System:
Primary - 50%
Secondary - 35 %
Support - 15%
I expect you to take responsibility for make-up work when you are absent. You can always access Google Classroom for your missed assignments. If it is a paper copy, I will keep extra copies of missed work in your class period’s shelf. If you have any questions about the work that was missed please feel free to ask for help! If you missed a quiz or test it is your responsibility to approach me with a schedule to make them up. Do not hesitate to email with a question: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use of Electronics
There will be NO use of cell phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, mp3 players, cameras, video-recording devices, game systems etc. in class unless specified by the instructor. Students will have the option of either placing their phone in the designated holding area or at the charging station. If the student does not choose one of these options their phone must be away/out of sight (in a backpack, pocket, etc.). Should a student have their cell phone out in class, disciplinary action will be taken.
Technology in the classroom should be used for educational purposes. Use of electronics for purposes outside of classroom needs will result in disciplinary action.
Students are expected to demonstrate academic integrity at all times. Cheating includes but is not limited to copying another student’s work, using outside resources during a test or using an electronic or personal translator (Google) on assignments and will result in a “0” grade.
Why a dictionary is not a translator
Dictionaries are used as an additional resource that should be limited to a last resource. The students are learning vocabulary and grammar to perform any task in the class without the help of a dictionary. In reading or listening activities, it is expected that a student try to negotiate the meaning of some words he/she does not know by using context clues.
Why not a translator? The idea to use a dictionary is to find the meaning of some words as a last resort when negotiating the meaning. with the use of a dictionary, the student is learning a new vocabulary word but he/she still needs to apply the grammatical rules that he/she has learned in class or use the meaning to negotiate a larger idea. With the use of a translator, the student is not making any effort to apply the rules he/she learned in class. As a result, there is not evidence of mastering the grammar or interpretive skills. The translator is doing the classwork for the student.
Using the Restroom or Water Fountain
You must raise your hand and ask in Spanish. You must always take the bathroom pass.
Language acquisition is ongoing. You will need to practice Spanish outside of the classroom day. Homework should be extra practice for what was being worked on in class not anything new that you need to learn on your own. Learning anything, especially a language that is not your own, takes A LOT of practice. In order to retake a test, all homework must be completed.
Students are allowed to retake primary assessments once before the next upcoming primary assessment is given. The highest grade earned replaces the lower grades. The grades are not averaged together. In order to retake a test, all homework that has been given must be completed as well as the study guide leading up to the test.