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Spanish I Expectations

Course Expectations

BIENVENIDOS a la clase de

Español I

Sra. Pizá


voice mail:  799-6800

website:  http://

Extra help:  Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays before/after school and by appointment

Course:  Spanish I (2016-17)

Textbook:  Realidades”  Textbook (Classroom Set)


You are expected to have the following materials EVERY DAY:

-Textbook, Realidades I

            The textbook will stay in class.

-Internet access: is a requirement for certain assignments. At least two nights will be given to complete online activities therefore students may not be excused from completing these assignments. If you do not have access from home, the library is available from 7:30am-3:30pm (times may vary).

-Workbook packets: one will be given to each student per chapter and will compliment the textbook.

If lost, students are responsible for making their own replacement copy.

-Cougar Planner

-Pencil/black or blue pen

-Red pen

-Spanish 3-ring binder with pockets, must include 3 properly labeled dividers:

(1) Vocabulary & Grammar

(2) Classwork & Homework

(3) Quizzes & Tests / Projects

-Extra binder paper

-Index cards or plain white paper to make vocabulary flash cards for each chapter


Spanish I Course Scope:

This one-year course will provide a general introduction to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.  The course will focus on the acquisition of basic vocabulary, language structure and grammatical skills that will enable the student to function effectively within realistic settings.  Listening comprehension, understanding of Hispanic cultures, communication and speaking are emphasized.  This course will fulfill one of the elective credits required for graduation.



Spanish I Course Goals:

1.      To participate in simple conversations in Spanish, using correct pronunciation, to share feelings, emotions, opinions, and information.

2.      To comprehend simple oral and written communication on a variety of topics.

3.      To present information, concepts and ideas to an audience in Spanish.

4.      To explore the relationships among the practices, products, and perspectives of the diverse Hispanic cultures.

5.      To connect knowledge of Spanish with other disciplines.

6.      To recognize the distinctive viewpoints of other cultures.

7.      To compare the nature of the Spanish language to English.

8.      To contrast Hispanic cultures with individual ethnic background.

9.      To employ the Spanish language both within and beyond the school setting.

10.  To develop an interest in continuing the study of the Spanish language for personal enrichment.

Spanish I Course Outline:

This course is divided into units.  The concentration is vocabulary in context and knowledge of basic structures.  Each unit will also build upon previous unit material.


Evaluation and Grading System:
Students will be assessed several ways, including: both oral(speaking) and written tests/quizzes, homework, skits, projects, presentations, and in-class activities.~~The final grade will be based on:
20% Speaking~
20% Homework & Class work Based Activities

20% Quizzes
40% Tests/Projects


Homework/Class work Based Activities:
Homework is an extremely important aspect of learning a foreign language and will be given as a review or continuous practice of what has been discussed in class.~~Students will receive homework 3-4 times a week, which will be checked for completion on a regular basis and sometimes graded for accuracy. Homework is often reviewed in class. Not all homework assignments will be taken for a grade, though it is expected that students complete all assignments. Homework may be collected at the door before being allowed to enter class.~Homework will only be accepted for full credit if it is turned in on the day it is due at the time it is collected. Late homework will be accepted at teacher discretion for ½ credit.~~
Students who have questions regarding homework are to see me after school or before school.
~Anyone caught copying homework or allowing another student to copy work will receive a zero and/or a phone call home. My advice to you is to never let your work leave your desk. Types of homework given will include conjuguemos/ phschool (online assignments which requires access to the internet), worksheets, workbook activities and projects. *At least two nights will be given to complete online activities. Students may not be excused from completing this assignment. Internet access is available in~the library.
Class work will include a variety of written and oral work and will be both group and individual. Some of this work will be collected, others will not. Points will be given not only for correct answers but also on a students’ effort or attempt. Spelling is an important aspect of language learning and will be graded accordingly. NO LATE WORK IS ACCEPTED FOR CLASS WORK CREDIT.~If a student has an excused absence they will have three days to turn in absent work.~Please take a look at my website or ParentLink to see what assignments are missing.~The basket on the back table contains extra copies, notes, and any other handouts students may need. Students are responsible for looking at the website and turning in appropriate work into the marked basket on front cart. Please do not ask me what you missed until you have looked on my website and / or asked classmates.



Quizzes are given on a weekly/bi-weekly basis and exams will be given approximately every 2-3 weeks.  Each exam will contain a speaking, reading, writing, listening and culture section.  In addition, there will be homework check quizzes, which will ensure that students are properly correcting their homework when we go over it in class.  Last, the teacher reserves the right to give unannounced quizzes over any material covered in class or assigned as homework.  This will be done in order to assess what students have actually retained.



At least one individual or group project will be given each quarter.  Neatness, organization, spelling and grammar will all be considered in the evaluation of student work.

-A MAXIMUM of 25% of the total possible points may be deducted on projects or major assignments turned in one day late (excused or unexcused).

-A MAXIMUM of 50% of the total possible points may be deducted on projects -or major assignments turned in two days late.

-A MAXIMUM of 75% of the total possible points may be deducted on projects or major assignments turned in three days late (excused or unexcused).




Speaking in class is vital in the learning of a new language.~
Speaking activities~include repeating, reading aloud, answering questions and speaking in the target language.~
Students may lose speaking points and not earn back them back once they have lost them.
Excused and/or unexcused absences may also reduce your Speaking grade.
A Speaking grade will be entered into the gradebook every week.


Make-Up Work:

If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to make-up assignments, quizzes, or tests within three days per CCSD policy.  There is a calendar on my website with information about what the class has done each day.  Students are responsible for looking at my class website and turning in appropriate assignments, as well as keeping their notebooks/binders up to date.  If a student needs a handout for the day he/she was absent, there will be extra copies in the bins in the classroom. *Students must write “Absent” on all Absent work or it will be counted as Late Work and therefore not accepted! 


Extra Credit: 

The Foreign Language Department does not offer extra credit assignments.  However, at the beginning of each quarter, students will receive two “late homework” passes. If an assignment is graded on completion the student can turn in the homework pass in lieu of the assignment. Yet, if the assignment is graded on accuracy the student is allowed to staple the late homework pass to the assignment and turn it in late (up to three days) without penalty.  Those students who do not use their late homework passes will be able to turn them in at the end of the quarter for 5 extra credit points each in the homework category.   Keep in mind that the safekeeping of the late homework passes is solely the student’s responsibility.  No extra credit points will be awarded if the homework pass is lost.

*Students that participate in the Foreign Language Fair may receive extra credit at teacher discretion.


CCSD A-F Grading Scale                      Category Weights       

90-100  A                                             Tests/Projects (Written/Oral)             40%

80-89   B                                             Quizzes(Written/Oral)                              20%

70-79    C                                             Homework/Classwork Based Activities      20%

60-69    D                                             Speaking                                                   20%    

0-59       F                                           


*Student grades are posted on-line and updated weekly.

**  Midterm and Final Exams are worth 20% of your semester grade.

Honor Code:

There is a clear expectation that all students will perform academic tasks with honor and integrity, with the support of parents, staff, faculty, administration, and the community.  The learning process requires students to thinks, process, organize and create their own ideas. Throughout this process, students gain knowledge, self-respect, and ownership in the work that they do. These qualities provide a solid foundation for life skills, impacting people positively throughout their lives. Cheating and plagiarism violate the fundamental learning process or compromise personal integrity and one’s honor. Students demonstrate academic honesty and integrity by not cheating, plagiarizing or using information unethically in any way. Examples of this specialized for this course includes, but are not limited to: looking at someone else’s paper during any form of assessment, using an online translator on written assignments, copying another classmate’s assignment. 

Students need to make sure they are in compliance with the Coronado High School Honor Code. Any student caught cheating on any assignment or using a translator will receive a "0" for that assignment and a phone call home. Students should not be using technological applications/devices to look up sentences, but only single words. Furthermore, please do not allow native speakers to complete work for you, as this goes against the honor code as well. Every writing assignment turned in must be 100% authentically your work! Please see the Coronado High School Honor Code for further info.

*Do not hesitate to speak to me about matters related to this topic.  Honor Code


Regular attendance is essential to the success in the study of a foreign language. Comprehensible input must be heard on a regular basis in order to gain oral language skills. The Coronado High School Attendance Policy will be enforced and any student with more than 10 unapproved absences will lose academic credit for the semester.



All students should be in class on time. A student who is more than 30 minutes late will be counted absent. School policy regarding the consequences for each tardy will be followed. Students who are tardy will not be allowed to make up work missed at the beginning of class unless the tardy is excused.


Progressive Discipline Plan:

With the exception of egregious and blatant disregard for school rules or student safety, this progressive discipline plan will be used in order to cooperate with the student to resolve issues that may be affecting student learning.


1st offense:  Warning to the student

2nd offense: Conference with the student

3rd offense: Parent/Guardian Contact

4th offense: Detention

5th offense: Dean Referral


*Counselor referral-optional additional step     **Serious incidents may skip step

 Classroom Rules:

-Preparation – Come to class on time, prepared and ready to learn! 

-Respect – Have respect for yourself, for other students’ right to learn, for my right to teach, and for property belonging to others.

-Responsibility – Be responsible for your own actions and choices!

-No cell phones, i pods or other electronic devices.

-No food, drinks or gum in classroom.
-No sleeping, disturbing others, working on work from another class, sitting in an unassigned seat, cheating, in class, inappropriate comments, packing up early and speaking English when advised not to.  


Classroom Procedures:

1.Quietly enter classroom.

2.When bell rings, students are expected to complete the Do Now (Hagan Ahora) activity in a given amount of time. 

3.If absent, students have 3 days to complete any missed assignments for full credit, but he/she MUST write “Absent” and the "Absent Date" next to the missed assignments/notes.

5.Follow instructions and raise hand to be called on.

6.Cell phones, ipods, ear buds/ear phones and other prohibited items are not to be brought to class.  If I see them, they will be confiscated and turned into the Dean’s Office.

7. The teacher dismisses the class, not the bell.

8. All work to be turned in or checked must be legible and include the student’s name, date, class period and assignment.

Citizenship Policy







Needs Improvement





Consistently involved in class activities; contributes to overall learning process; collaborates with others and/or the teacher.

Engages in class activities, but may have to be encouraged; works with others or groups, but may not initiate collaboration.

Does not engage in class activities; rarely demonstrates initiative and may occasionally disengage from class.

Consistently uninvolved in class activities.  Adamant refusal to work. 


Consistently prepared with materials; work is on time and may go beyond expectations.

Student has materials and submits work in a timely fashion and as expected.

Student may have had multiple instances of being unprepared, late work, or not completed as requested.

Consistently unprepared for class.  Does not submit work on time or at all. 


Consistently respectful of both classmates and adults; Takes responsibility for individual actions; Consistently complies with school and classroom expectations.

Respectful to both peers and adults.  Occasionally accepts personal responsibility.  Mostly complies with school and classroom expectations.

Disruptive to others.  Argumentative and defensive. Disregard for school district or class expectations.

Consistent disrespect to classmates or adults.  Regularly disruptive to learning process and violation of school or class expectations.  Plagiarism.

***Students that are caught cheating will automatically receive an “S” or lower.


Student citizenship grades are reported as follows

O = Outstanding

S  = Satisfactory citizenship

N = Needs Improvement

U = Unsatisfactory citizenship

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