•  ¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! 

    Greetings, I am Mrs. Ortiz and I will be your child’s Spanish teacher.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of speaking Spanish! Learning a new language will be an exciting and fun experience for you! The Spanish class at Colonel Smith Middle School is designed to cultivate a student-centered learning environment that promotes meaningful and authentic learning opportunities for continued growth and lifelong learning.

    Course Description: Spanish I/II and Advance Spanish are quarter and semester long classes (depending on the student’s grade and schedule). Introduction to Spanish language is available to any student that has never had any Spanish lessons or very limited experience. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to attain proficiency and ability to communicate in Spanish; with an emphasis on meaningful communication. Spanish I/II and Advance Spanish are a next step to Intro to Spanish class. Students will be enrolled in each respective class depending on their proficiency ability and experience.

    Outcomes: The students will acquire knowledge of the Spanish language and several cultural aspects. They will demonstrate language skills in all four areas of communication: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  By the end of the quarter/semester-long course, students will be able to communicate in Spanish at a beginning or novice proficiency level.

    Textbook: All course material will be given in the form of notes ad handouts. We will be using the following textbook, “Así se dice 1A/1B” McGraw Hill, 2009 Glencoe Education for the 7th and 8th graders. The 6th graders will use “Español Santanilla” Santanilla Education Experts 2010. These textbooks are available in the classroom and will not go home with the students.

    Classroom Policies

    Supplies: Students should have a notebook or a section in their binder for Spanish class. Most of their work will be done via google classroom. There will be some packets and handouts given and students will need a folder to keep work. Students should keep all work and handouts throughout the whole quarter/semester.

    Grading Policy: All grades will be posted on PowerSchool. In Spanish class 50% of their grade is from tests, 25% from projects, and 25% from class participation.

    Homework:  If work is not completed in class, then the students will take it home and finish it for homework. This will count towards the student’s participation grade.

    Students should study their vocabulary notes 10 to 15 minutes every night. This will help tremendously in memorization as well as vocabulary production.

    Absent work: Students will be given time to make up any missed work without penalty as stated in the class syllabus and CSMS handbook.

    Classroom Behavior Expectations:  Students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to learn with all their materials. It is expected for students to stay on task and be respectful towards one another.

     Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. My email is ortizb@fhasd.org


Last Modified on August 4, 2017