EXPECTATIONS AND CLASSROM PROCEDURES
Señorita Heller email:
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
Welcome to Spanish class! We are about to set out on a fantastic journey in which we will be studying one of the most popular languages in the world. Below you will find goals and policies for our class this year. Please read the information carefully, then sign and return the bottom of the last page.
WEBSITES: We have a special website that has games, tutorials and practice quizzes and tests for each chapter that we will be studying. The address is: spanish.ahschargers.net Please go there often and practice what you are learning, your grades will improve! You can also check your homework assignments and grades online. For homework assignments go to: http://www.yourhomework.com . To check your grades you will need your user ID and password and go to: http://www.lvusd.k12.ca.us/ahs/ .
MATERIALES: BRING TO CLASS EACH DAY
1. 3 Ring notebook with plenty of paper
· Notebook will consist of four sections:
A. Grade sheet and Apuntes (notes)
B. Trabajo de clase (class work)
C. Tarea (homework)
D. Diario (journal)
· Notebooks will be collected periodically for a grade
· Incomplete, illegible and not corrected notebooks will not receive full credit
2. Blue or black pen
3. Different color pen for correcting
4. Sharpened pencil with eraser
5. Covered textbook
ESPANOL TRES, CUATRO y CINCO: You will be keeping a reflection journal. You will be asked to express various opinions, feelings and the like on any kind of class discussion or life experience. Each journal entry will be at least one page in length unless specified. Journals will be collected at various times during the year. When collected it may be announced. The journal entries must be legible, if they are not you will not receive credit. Journals must be brought to class every class meeting.
COMPENTENCIA ORAL (Oral Competency): (Tarjeta azul – Blue card) Each five week grading period you will receive an oral proficiency grade ranging from 20-30 points. The grade will be based on pronunciation, correct usage of grammar, and your motivation to challenge your own abilities.
DEBERES y TAREA (Tasks & homework): Write legibly in blue or black ink. Use only lined loose-leaf paper. Only class notes may be written in pencil. All work must have the proper heading: see upper right hand corner of this page. Label all work on top line of each assignment. Make sure that homework number is written on each homework assignment.
TAREA: Homework assignments are given nightly. Homework will be checked and students will correct their errors. Homework that is not corrected will not receive credit. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED EXCEPT THAT DUE TO AN EXCUSED ABSENCE. It is the student’s responsibility to find out what homework assignments have been missed by checking yourhomework.com or study-buddy. Each grading period students can earn 25 points. Students will loose two points for each assignment not completed. Both homework and class work serve as a review for tests and quizzes. Homework and class work can be collected and counted as a quiz grade.
AUSENCIA (Absences): For each day you have an excused absence you have one day to make up the work. NO MAKE-UP WORK IS ALLOWED FOR TRUANT OR UNEXCUSED ABSENCES. That includes homework, tests, quizzes and any projects. Make-up exams are given during the next class session, and are different from the previous test. It is the student’s responsibility to request a make-up exam. There are no make-ups on quizzes, and a percentage of the chapter test grade is substituted for the missing quiz.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Please see Aguora High School Attendance Policy. Three unexcused absences OR 6 unexcused tardies will result in a DROP/FAIL from the class. Students must be in their seat when the bell rings or they will be marked tardy.
CHEATING: All forms of cheating (copying homework, plagiarism, talking during an exam, cheat sheets, etc.) will not be tolerated. If caught cheating the student will receive a 0 in the task will be referred to the assistant principal.
HALL PASSES: Students will receive 3 passes per semester. You receive 1 extra credit point for each pass NOT used. Each use of a hall pass beyond the 3 allowed will result in a reduction from Community Standards.
CHICLE, COMIDA, BEBIDA: NO gum, food or drink is allowed in class. Water is OK.
CORTESIA (Courtesy): Everyone in class is to be treated in a respectful manner. You must always use appropriate language. Anyone breaking this expectation will receive a “U” for cooperation and will loose their participation points. Dress for success – Please see the Agoura High School Dress Code. No hats are allowed in the classroom.
Grades are broken down as follows:
Approximate grade composition:
below 60% F
Tests & Projects 40%
Oral Proficiency 20%
Homework/Quizzes & Classwork 10%
Community Standards 10%
Final Exam 20%
EXTRA CREDIT: There will be very little extra credit offered during the year. It is best to take advantage of an opportunity when it arises because they may not be another.
COMMUNITY STANDARDS: Your contribution and participation in our learning community will be monitored. You are expected to maintain a classroom environment that encourages students to speak and improve their Spanish. (Standards 5.1 and 5.2). Each grading period a student will be rewarded 20 points. Any infraction of the Community Standards will result in a deduction of points.
SUPPORT PERIOD (7:50-8:40): Support period offers the opportunity to make-up tests, get help on homework and projects. There will also be one on one time with the teacher to ask questions about grades. Additionally, there are computers available for you to use in M8 to access our website and software to help you improve your Spanish. Come in and check it out!