Spanish III Honors

 
 

Spanish III Honors                                                            email: kelly.robinson@acsk-12.org

Sra. Kelly Robinson, Rm. 321                                            website: kellyrobinson.org            


Spanish III Honors is an elective class that will further prepare the student for real-life interactions in Spanish language. This class is also a prerequisite for Spanish IV Honors and/or AP Spanish-- it is STRONGLY encouraged that a student go to Spanish IV if possible after Spanish III before taking the AP Spanish Language and Culture class, but Spanish III Honors is a Pre-AP class. The class will consist of higher-level listening, reading, speaking, and writing exercises as well as dealing with advanced grammatical structures and high-level vocabulary lists. Our goal in this class is to have conversational proficiency to as high a degree as possible. To this end, students are strongly encouraged to speak Spanish as much as possible when dealing with each other or with me in the classroom. Students need to be aware that reasonable out-of-class time will have to be devoted to this subject in order to be successful in this class.  In this class, there will be weekly vocabulary quizzes. Students should spend as much time with each week’s list as possible. The goal, of course, is to have usable vocabulary in order to be able to converse proficiently on a variety of different subjects. These list will come from the lists created by National Spanish Exam and also from our textbook. Lists will be posted online in Schoology each week.


Expectations/ Discipline

Please remember that to be successful in honors and AP-level classes, you must focus not only on the grades you would like to earn, but also on other factors, such as attitude and willingness to participate. This is an elective class; I expect you to present yourself as pleasant, eager to learn, to participate in class activities, and to work well with others.  I expect everyone to listen when I am speaking, to follow directions, to complete all homework and class assignments, and study for tests and quizzes. I also expect you to listen when I am speaking with others during class. In this class there will be a lot of verbal practice, between pairs or groups of students and between the teacher and a student.  During these exercises, I expect you to remain on task and try to improve your skills as much as possible. By doing these things, you will succeed in this class.  I expect you to take responsibility for yourself and your actions, and I expect you to do what it takes to LEARN.


You should use self discipline in class and alway be on task. This is an honors/ PRE-AP class, and I should not have to take away from our valuable time to discipline you or correct your behavior or attitude.  If I must take action, the steps will be to conference with the student first, then involve a guidance officer and/or make a call to the parent, then write a referral.  Outlandish behavior or cursing will be addressed by an immediate referral. I hope and expect never to have to take these actions in this class.


Class Materials 

All students in Spanish III will take the National Spanish Exam in the spring. Fees for this class will be $5, to cover the cost of the NSE.

All students will be expected to have ipads, notebook, paper, and pens/pencils every day.

For this class, you should organize your material and keep up with it.

Materials will be available in Schoology. If you prefer hard copies, you might wish to keep a 3-ring binder (feel free to use a notebook you have in another class). You should have dividers for the following and should keep an orderly, organized notebook. Some thoughts for divisions would be:

  1. 1)Vocabulary  (for lists and practice exercises; you should keep the lists all year long);

  2. 2)Grammar (for notes & worksheets handed out); 

  3. 3)Writing (for journals & other writing assignments-you will get these back and should keep them);

  4. 4)Listening (for listening sheets & Destinos sheets).

If you are more comfortable keeping your information in a digital format such as OneNote, that’s great. But you must organize your information and keep up with it in a manner you understand.


***You should have already purchased the supplementary book for this class and should bring it to class everyday, or when told to do so:

SPANISH Two YEARS WORKBOOK NASSI/LEVY  ISNB #: 1486801. Cost is $16.00.

If you have not yet bought this, it can be purchased by going to http://www.amscopub.com/ . In the Search box to the left, change “Title” to “ISBN / Item #) and type in the ISNB number given above.


Grading

Grading scale:   A= 93-100 / B = 85-92/ C = 75-84 / D = 70- 74 / F = 69

Grading is on a total points system.  Major tests are worth 100 pt; quizzes can be anywhere from 10 pts. to 80 pts.  Homework can be 10 to 20 pts, with points deducted for inferior quality work. Work at home is an important part of mastering a language, so please take homework assignments seriously and turn them in completed and on time. It is very important that you always know your grade, so please user your information and check PowerSchool frequently.


Make Up Procedures/Late Work

It is the student's responsibility to inquire after and make up all missing assignments. You should always check with me any time you are absent to see what assignment, quiz, or test you may have missed and to schedule a time to make it up.  If you are present on the day of a test that was announced on a day you were present, you must take the test, no matter if you missed the day before.

Late work will adhere to AHS’ late work policy: you have 2 days to turn in late work, with a value of 10% taken off for each day late.


 Discipline Plan

Treat everyone like you want to be treated. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated, whether toward the teacher or toward your classmates.


RULES:

Follow all Arlington High School rules.  (no hats, follow dress code, no phones out, etc.)

    1. Stay in your assigned seat during class.

    2. No talking when the teacher is talking. No profanity or teasing.

    3. Be on time and prepared for class with notebook, textbook, paper, and pencil/pen.

    4. Follow directions.                                    

    5. No profanity, teasing, or bullying of others will be tolerated.

    6. Phones must be out of sight unless I direct you otherwise. No texting, reading texts, checking the time, or otherwise using your phone in class, or it will be taken up.

     

Rewards

    1. Verbal praise.

    2. Possible shortening of homework/ assignments.

    3.  The best reward of all:  LEARNING.

   

Consequences

    1. Warning.  3.  Phone Call to Parent/ Guardian

    2. Teacher/ Student Conference  4. Disciplinary Referral to administrator 

  The following will result in an immediate referral:     

1.  profanity        3.   leaving class without permission     

2.  fighting        4.  extreme insubordination                                                                    

My goal with this class is to make it as enjoyable as possible.  Learning a foreign language is an exciting and fun prospect, as is learning about other cultures and peoples. I hope to prepare you to use your language in real-life situations and perhaps even to encourage you to consider international travel as an additional way to extend your knowledge of this language.  I am looking forward to the year with you; I hope you are excited about this class as well!


Sra. Robinson