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Dear Guardians (Apoderados), Parents (Madres y Padres) and Students (Estudiantes),
Welcome to the 17th day of school. 163 more to go. This seems daunting to me because this year I am teaching 152 students a day. Getting everyone to learn at a good pace is a challenge I can only take on if I have everyone’s support and best attitude.
Having said that, I want to give everyone an update so that we are all on the same page. Regarding grades, Schoology (SGY) and PowerSchool should be working properly. Students have had their first opportunity on their first Summative Assessment. “Take 2” will happen on Friday. As far as students’ linguistic performance, behavior and participation in class, I have hardcopies of those grades and will be entered asap.
Please have in mind that some students still don’t have a working school laptop, and that I am doing my best to keep everyone focused on the proficiency tasks listed below. Since we don’t have a textbook, students should be keeping organized notes (called their PORTAFOLIO) on either paper, an electronic document, or both. This “portafolio” will be assessed a couple of times throughout the year.
Our focus is spontaneous communication on certain familiar topics. If you still haven’t been collecting notes, there is a sign on the left side of the room (facing front) that has the sections of “el portafolio” so that you can get it together.
I am getting ready to contact individual families due to ongoing usage of phone and headphones in class, as well as signs of disrespect towards me. There are also groups of friends that are having a little too much fun in class and getting too much of my negative attention in class. This needs to change.
Proficiency Tasks for the First Unit:
Spanish 1 - being able to say the alphabet, recognize the sounds of the letters, and spelling out loud.
Spanish 2 - grammar “article noun adjective agreement”, body parts vocab, and describing people (aliens) in complete sentences.
Students, please ask your family members or friends to quiz you. They do not have to speak Spanish to help you. They can simply ask you to actually say the alphabet (if you’re in Spanish 1) or to name the body parts (Spanish 2). Since I will be measuring proficiency levels in Spanish, I will be having unannounced assessments. I do believe in retakes, but those are dealt with on a one-on-one basis and have to be requested as soon as students receive their scores.
There are all sorts of free resources available online and on SGY. There is a purple folder that starts with the word “apuntes” which means “notes”. There’s Quizlet that we use in class, Duolingo, and StudySpanish.com, to mention a few. Once you know the alphabet and the rules of pronunciation, you can read anything and fill your brain with words to begin with. Old-fashioned index cards with the Spanish word on one side and the English on the other are as effective as anything else. Spanish is a skill you will develop only if you actively practice it consistently.
Students, I’ve shared this in class and there’s a yellow poster in the front of the room. If I make any mistakes on SGY or PowerSchool, if you are absent, or if you are submitting late work, you MUST send me a direct message via Schoology and add the link to the assignment post so that I can easily click on what you need me to look over. Class time is not to be interrupted by individual concerns. I will address it, just not on everyone else’s time.
If you have any questions or would like to hear details about your daughter or son, feel free to reply to this email. Please remember to share who’s mamá or papá or apoderad@ (guardian) you are. Thank you to all who responded to my previous email. Your support is appreciated.
Señora Patricia Yáñez
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