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Back-to-School Night. Miss Schlaefli Spanish: 6, 7, and 8. Courses. 8 th Grade Spanish—Meets every day during Applied Academics (previously called Related Arts) Periods 1 and 2. 7 th Grade Spanish—Meets every other day during Applied Academics Periods 4 and 5. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Back-to-School Night 2012-2013

Back-to-School NightMiss Schlaeflicschlaefli@hcpss.orgSpanish: 6, 7, and 8Courses8th Grade SpanishMeets every day during Applied Academics (previously called Related Arts) Periods 1 and 2.7th Grade SpanishMeets every other day during Applied Academics Periods 4 and 5.6th Grade SpanishMeets every other day during Applied Academics Periods 6 and 7.WikispaceMy wikispace page is easy to find and has a calendar with assignments posted, handouts and notes for students who missed class or misplaced their copies, and links for students to study and practice Spanish online.

Wiki home page

6th and 7th Grades

Wiki calendar

Notes and Handouts

8th Grade

Notes and Handouts

Wiki calendar


LinksThese are websites available for student review and practice at home.

Ask your student about classLet your student explain to you the language and cultural ideas we study in class.

Help your student to understand the difference between homework and studying.

Offer to go through the English side of flashcards or a vocabulary list. It helps to study with a partner.

Encourage your student to talk about class progress and offer to arrange a conference if necessary. Remind your student that

20-30 minutes of studying per day is ideal. Practice every night at home.

Its a waste of time reviewing things you already know. Instead, focus on difficulties.

Pay attention in class and ask questions make good use of class time.

Make flashcards, write the words many times, use word associations and do whatever it takes to learn!

Dont expect to understand everything! Expect to make mistakes, but learn from them.

There are plenty of on-line practice activities available for students. Please encourage your student to take advantage of these opportunities.

Listening to the language is great practice. You can always take an animated movie and switch the language to Spanish.

Grading PolicyHomework 10%Class Work (Written and Oral) and Participation 30%Quizzes/Mini-projects 25%Assessments (Major tests and projects) 35%As stated in my course expectations, I do not accept late HW. Only students with excused absences from class may turn in late work.

Sectionals/SeminarsSeveral students leave class at various times throughout the quarter.All students must check in before they leave for Sectionals/Seminars.All students must copy down any work, get any missed work, and turn in any work that is due before they leave for Sectionals/Seminars.Please advise your student to check the wikispace for any notes he/she may need and any additional calendar changes.Academic IntegrityCheating is prohibited and will result in a zero. Cheating includes but is not limited to copying others assignments, allowing someone to copy work, sharing answers during a test or quiz, copying more than three words directly from another source, textbook, or website (plagiarism), using an online or electronic translator to translate phrases and sentences, or telling other students information after taking a test or quiz.

Important Places Around the RoomDay Date ObjectiveHomework

Textbook and Workbook Cart

All work gets turned in here

Portfolios and extra handouts

HCPSS World LanguagesThe World Language Program supports the Bridge to Excellence Master Plan, the implementation of the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum, and the school system's focus on increasing the number of students who graduate ready for college and careers by:Developing functional proficiency in a world languageStrengthening literacy skills in students' home language and the language under studyOffering a range of world language courses to meet the diversified needs of county studentsPromoting respect for and appreciation of differences in cultural practices, products, and perspectivesProviding professional development opportunities for teachers of world languagesEmphasizing the goals of the national standards for learning world languages.

Middle School World Language FAQsWhat are world language classes like?Students learn a world language through a proficiency-based approach. This means that the focus is on what students know and can do in the language. Instruction is primarily in the world language for approximately 90%-100% of the class timeand students are engaged to listening to, speaking, reading, and writing in the language. They are expected to be active participants in and out of class.Middle School World Language FAQsWhat is the workload of the world language class?Students who opt to take a world language take an additional academic course and they make a three-year commitment to language study in Grades 6-8. The world language class includes tests, quizzes, homework, class work, participation, and projects. It is recommended that time outside of class be dedicated to practicing the language. In addition, there are semester assessments that monitor progress.

Middle School World Language FAQsHow does the world language class count toward high school credit?Students who successfully pass the class and the end-of-course assessment will have the course recorded as pass on the high school transcript. Students must still take two credits of world language at the high school level if they choose the world language option for their Program Choice for graduation (the other three options are American Sign Language, Advanced Technology, or Career Academy).

Contact InfoPlease feel free to email me if you have any concerns. cschlaefli@hcpss.orgWikispace