Council Rock High School North
I hope this year will be a fantastic and interesting year for you. We will continue to build on our four primary language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Cultures from the Spanish speaking world will also be explored.
All students will:
- Be in their seats working on the warm-up when the bell rings.
- Bring all materials and a positive attitude to class.
- Raise their hands and wait to be called on to speak.
- Keep their hands, feet, and all objects to themselves.
- Be polite and respectful to everyone in the classroom.
- All cellphones must be kept in the cellphone holder during class time. Earbuds may not be in ears during class time.
Class participation is twofold: citizenship and pesos. Classroom citizenship includes using “Expresiones útiles para la clase”, volunteering to answer questions / read aloud, coming to class prepared with all necessary materials, being completely focused on the current lesson, contacting a classmate to find out what was missed when absent, checking HAC regularly, seeking help when needed and showing respect to everyone in the classroom at all times. Students’ citizenship will be evaluated at interims and at the end of each marking period. Secondly, students will be required to earn “pesos.” Pesos are awarded for the extemporaneous use of Spanish. The total number of pesos a student earns will be divided by the total possible. This percentage will be the LAST grade entered during a marking period.
Homework will be assigned 3-4 times a week. Additionally, students should plan at least 10 minutes of vocabulary study each night.
*Please note: The use of an on-line translator for any assignment will result in an automatic ZERO for that assignment.
Tests and Quizzes
Students will receive approximately one quiz every week and a half. Most quizzes are announced. Quizzes usually are worth 25-40 points. Tests are given about once a month. They are worth 100points. If a student should miss a test or quiz due to absence, he or she must be prepared to take the assessment the day the student returns to school. As per departmental policy, the midterm will be worth 25% of the second marking period grade and the final will also be 25% of the fourth marking period grade.
Students will be randomly graded on in class work, partner work, etc. There will also be many individual, partner, and group projects that will contribute to the student scores.
Grade percentages as reported into HAC
All other grades
HAC abbreviations and codes
EX = excluded
Grades entered as EX in HAC do not impact your grade. Although the percentage may come up as 0%, these grades are zero out of zero points.
AB = absent
Grades entered as AB in HAC do impact your grade. HAC will calculate an AB as a zero until you have completed the assignment and it has been graded.
Grades left empty
Grades left empty in HAC also impact your grade. HAC will calculate empty grades as a zero. I have left the grade empty purposefully. When you see this, please contact me for additional information.
- An Avancemos textbook will be provided for you in class. This text needs to be covered at all times! I have covered the text for you. If you treat your text well, it should not need to be covered again. Do not remove this text from the classroom.
- At home, you will be able to access the textbook electronically. Stay tuned for details.
- Three ring binder or folder. All important papers that you need to keep will be hole-punched.
- Index cards (3 by 5)
- A pencil case to store your index cards
Please come to clinic whenever you need help. Clinic is generally offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:15. Other days and times are available if you speak to me personally. Either way, please sign up in advance. Tutoring is also available through the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.