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Syllabus SY 2017-2018

Información del profesor:

Profesora: Señora Cristina del Hoyo

Correo electrónico: (email) cdelhoyo@williston.k12.sc.us

Aula (room): 127 at Williston Elko High School

Telefono (phone): 803-266-8032 (leave message)

Hora de planificación (planning period): 3er periodo  

Tutoría disponible: (tutoring availability): miércoles – después de clases – 315pm – 4pm. Otros días disponibles – con cita.

                                                                                                                                 

Communication:

It is a vital part of learning. There are two primary forms of communication:

 

Email - Emailing me is the preferable method of communication. I will typically check email every day. Please be very detailed when emailing me.  

Phone Calls – feel free to call me, however, you will have to leave a message.  

 

Course Description:

Spanish 1 will provide the student with a general introduction to the Spanish language: sound system, pronunciation, functional vocabulary related to everyday life, cultural information and basic grammatical structures. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of four skills: listening, speaking, reading and limited writing. There are two main objectives to the course. Foremost is to give the students the ability to carry on a simple conversation. The second is to provide the students with instruction that teaches a basic understanding of Spanish culture, vocabulary, and grammatical concepts.

 

Course Objectives:

  1. Communication: Students will communicate in Spanish.
  2. Cultures:  Students will gain knowledge and understanding of Spanish culture.
  3. Connections:  Students will connect with other disciplines and acquire information.
  4. Comparisons:  Students will develop insight into the nature of language and culture.
  5. Communities:  Students will participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

 

TEXTBOOK

Each student will be issued:

  1. One textbook. Avancemos level 1 – this book will be used as a resource only.

Technology that may be used to complete some assignments:

  • Computer – school computer lab – frequent use.
  • Presentational software – google slides.  

 

MATERIALS REQUIRED IN CLASS EVERYDAY

  1. Binder and/or folder
  2. 1 composition notebook – no spiral notebooks – this notebook stays in the classroom.
  3. Paper 
  4. Pencils and/or pens
  5. Textbook
  6. Spanish/English dictionary (an inexpensive paperback is okay)

 

GRADING POLICY

I will follow the grading rules set forth by the school. You and your parents can check your grades using parent portal from the main high school website.

  • To obtain a username and password check with the main office.

 

 

 

The Grade for the course will consist of the following:

Classwork – 15%

Journals (diarios y calentamientos) – 15%

Tests – 20%

Quizzes – 15%

Projects – 15%

Speaking – 20%

 

At the end of the semester, the semester exam is 20% of your grade- no exceptions- this is a school rule.

 

Daily Practice:

  • Daily practice is necessary for successful learning!

 

Homework: WILL BE ENFORCED FULLY, NO EXCEPTIONS – place in the basket when completed.

  • All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class in the basket unless otherwise noted by the teacher.  Unfinished homework will not be accepted for full credit.   
  • Any work missed due to absences needs to be made up within 5 school days of your return to the classroom; you will receive a zero beyond 5 SCHOOL days. I will give you a friendly reminder but you are responsible for any missed work.
  • If for some reason you need extra time, YOU NEED TO COME SEE ME!!!!!

 

Assessments:

  • Tests: written – comprehensive – 40 total – no notes will be used.  
  • Quizzes: written – multiple choice – 20 total – no notes will be used.
    • Subject to change – depending on content

 

Making Up Missed Quizzes and tests: 

  • It is your responsibility to make arrangements to make up missed quizzes and tests. You only have 5 school days to make up a missed TEST or QUIZ upon your return to school for full credit.  After that time, you will be penalized 50% of the points you earn.

 

Participation:   Students must actively participate in class in order to master the Spanish language. Class participation includes such factors as attendance, punctuality, preparation, maintenance of Spanish notebook, participation in classroom activities, cooperative attitude, good attitude, use of the language even if it’s mispronounced. You must use it to learn it!!

  • THIS PORTION COUNTS AS 20% OF YOUR GRADE UNDER THE SPEAKING CATEGORY.  

 

ATTENDANCE

Tardies:

Definition of Tardy:  A student is tardy to class if the student is not in the classroom at the conclusion of the tardy bells.

I will follow the tardy rules set forth by the school. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!

  • IF TARDY TO CLASS: YOU MUST HAVE A PASS TO ENTER CLASS. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!

 

ABSENCES AND WORK MAKE UP

  • Any work missed due to absences needs to be made up/done and completed within 5 days of your return to the classroom.   
  • I will give you a friendly reminder but YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for any missed work, notes, assignments etc…
  • If for some reason you need extra time, YOU NEED TO COME SEE ME ASAP!!!!
  • Do not wait until you see a ZERO in the grade book, because by then it will be too late.

 

This policy will be STRICTLY enforced.

 

CLASS RULES

1. Respect your fellow classmates, your teacher, and the contents of the classroom at all times.

2. Come prepared with materials.

3. NO FOOD OR GUM IN THE CLASSROOM AT ALL

4. Ask for clarification.

5. NO CELL PHONES IN THE CLASSROOM.

 

What will happen if I choose to violate a class rule?

  • Refocus form
  • detention
  • Call to parent
  • Severe case – referral

 

No tolerance!

CLASS EXPECTATIONS:

1. RESPECT - Always show respect to others and the teacher in the classroom. When the teacher or other students are speaking, listen actively. Show sensitivity and compassion towards the differences of others, which include opinions, points of views, cultural views etc… also be respectful by showing an understanding towards other cultures and languages.

2. RESPONSIBILITY- Always come to class prepared with your homework completed, your binder, paper, pens, and pencils.  Your grade is your responsibility.  How prepared you are affects your grade.

3. ATTITUDE- Approach this class with a good attitude. You are in charge of your attitude!  It’s not what happens to you that determines your attitude, but how you react to it.

4. PARTICIPATE- I expect my students to participate in all class activities and discussions. Even if you are not the one speaking, I expect eye contact no sleeping! - Be prepared to answer if I call on you.

5. HONESTY- I expect all work to be your own.  Copying from another source (another student, the Internet, etc.) has no value to me as a means of determining your progress, and no value to you as a learning experience, and will result in a zero.

PASSES (euro passes)

These passes can be earned throughout the course. The teacher will let you know the opportunities in which they can be earned.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Academic honesty is expected in all classes at WEHS.  Cheating will not be tolerated.  Violations of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, copying, allowing someone to copy your paper, using cheat sheets, using technology to transmit or receive information with the intent to commit academic dishonesty, not grading correctly, plagiarizing, and self plagiarizing.  Plagiarism is the theft of ideas, writings, or words of another person and passing this information off as one's own.  Self plagiarism is completing an original paper for one class assignment, then turning in that same paper to another teacher for another class assignment without permissionPapers may be checked by the teacher using plagiarism detection software.  Any student cheating will be subject to academic and/or disciplinary penalties. Consequences may include:  reduction in grade on assignment, no make up on the assignment, zero on assignment or others as deemed appropriate. Try your best to not use the computer translators because they don’t translate well and you need to use the language you know so you can learn how to speak it and write it. I am here to help you.  

 

Important:

  • Your work should be your own.
  • Do not copy from another student.
  • Do not tell someone else to do your work for you.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to do your work, homework, project etc…

 

CELLPHONES:  

(Excerpt from student handbook)

In an effort to promote appropriate use of technology while keeping the integrity of the classroom instruction intact, the WEHS and WEMS electronic communication devices will allow students to use their phones before the school day begins and after the school day ends.

 

IN MY CLASSROOM:

  1. YOU MAY NOT USE YOUR CELLPHONE BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER CLASS AT ALL.
  2. WHILE YOU ARE WORKING, YOU MAY NOT USE THEM, UNLESS TOLD OTHERWISE.
  3. I DO NOT WANT SEE YOUR CELLPHONE AT ALL. IF I SEE IT, I WILL REPORT IT.

 

IF YOU FAIL TO FOLLOW THE RULES MENTIONED ABOVE, THE CONSEQUENCES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

CONSEQUENCES:

1st offense – Teacher (or staff member) will be confiscate the device and take to the office for the rest of the day.  Parents will be notified of the incident and students will be given a written warning.

2nd offense - $5.00 fine, confiscate the device, parent contact and return phone to student at the end of the day.

3rd offense - $15.00 fine, confiscate device, 1 day of ISS, and parent must come pick up the device and sign a memorandum acknowledging that the 4th offense will resort in confiscation until the end of the school year and loss of privilege to bring an electronic device to school.

4th offense - $25.00 fine, confiscate device for remainder of year, loss of privilege to bring an electronic device for remainder of the year, up to 3 days ISS.

 

Students are expected to cooperate in releasing cell phones and other electronic devices when requested by school personnel. Students WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to remove SIM cards or batteries. Refusal to turn the device over to an administrator at any point will result in 2 days out of school suspension.