Sra. Martinez and Profesora Alicia will teach both 6th grade classes, and Sra. Mathews, Sra. Martinez and Profesora Alicia will rotate through 7th and 8th grade weekly. Please see attachment of the MYP course outline and classroom essential agreements.
Check back regularly for unit updates, useful resources and mini classroom verb lessons.
¡Bienvenidos al Nuevo Año escolar 2017-2018!
We are so very excited to start off another fabulous year with you and your students. We are committed in bringing our knowledge and love for Spanish and the Spanish culture to our school. For those new families out there, I would like to introduce my team and myself.
I am Señora Mariana Mathews, the LBCS Spanish coordinator and lead teacher. I am originally from Córdoba Argentina, and have been fortunate enough to live and school in Chile, México and Spain. I obtained my BA in Spanish and then my Teaching Credentials and MA in Education from UCLA. I have a son who is a Junior at Del Oro HS and another, a 7th grader in LBCS! I love this school, the staff and all the families that continue to make this place a community for all.
Our new Primary teacher is Señora Arlene Hill. Sra. Hill was born in the US and is of Mexican decent. She was lucky to have learned Spanish from her parents and grandparents. She has been teaching Spanish with Sombrero Time, our program partner, for nine years and I am thrilled to have her on our team.
Our fabulous Señora Angie Martinez will continue working with us in the Middle Years Program. She comes to us from Bogotá, Colombia. She has been teaching Spanish here and with Sombrero Time for over 8 years!
We would also like to welcome Profesora Alicia Foster, recently relocated from Barcelona, Spain, who is joining us from the District and will be instructing the Middle Years Program as well.
Our goal is to promote a curiosity and an open mind to the many diverse Spanish cultures in a fun, respectful and engaging way. Learning additional languages connects us to the world around us and to a deeper understanding of who we are and where we are from.
Our IB School Language Policy and Philosophy is to teach only in the Target Language during Spanish class time. Students will be fully immersed in Spanish after the first week. Please help support our program by encouraging your child to stay open minded and be engaged in Spanish class. Studies show that immersion programs greatly enhance brain development and critical thinking and have the best longevity success rate. Our goal is that students not only acquire an ear for the language but also become life-long learners, lovers and users of Spanish!
Spanish will commence August 28th for all students.
We have one additional request for materials (1st through 5th only):
-Please send in one hard cover (plastic) folder (not binder) marked “Spanish” and your child’s name clearly labeled.
Students will keep them at school with their units of study. Occasional homework will be sent home.
Be sure to check out our website for games, videos and timeline. Mini video lessons by Sombrero Time are available as well as practice packets.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Some available lessons:
6TH, 7TH, 8TH SRA. MARTINEZ
7TH SRA. MATHEWS
8TH SRA. MATHEWS
For Study guides/flash cards/help in reviewing material:
SPANISH LISTENING WEBSITE
Please be aware that you are navigating to a PUBLIC site if viewing YouTube videos.
Level 1 Spanish review videos. Good for General review and new student knowledge.
Required: Parent Contact and Signature Class Outline
LBCS MYP Español
¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!
This class will focus on the Language Acquisition of Spanish. Students will participate, communicate and comprehend in Spanish.
Materiales para el curso
(The following was included in your class supply list sent out over summer)
**Students will be required**
1) One Spiral Notebook with Pockets: Marked “Español”
2) One Red and one Green pen
3) Mechanical pencil and an eraser
3) Highlighter: any color
**NOTE: Backpacks must be left outside of classroom (space is needed for movement) ______
***Notebooks that are lost must be replaced and notes retaken to receive full class credit _____ (initials)
Expectativas sobre el trabajo del estudiante
Students are expected to participate and collaborate daily. This will reflect on their grading.
Students are expected to turn in their assignments on the due date. Late work will be accepted at 80% the day after, and up to 60% by end of week. Sick day work/homework will be granted one day extra per absent days. Test retakes may be offered at teacher discretion at no more than 90% within two weeks.
Please contact me for special circumstances.
Plan de comportamiento
Students will be expected to follow the MYP Essential Agreements established in the classroom. Students who choose not to follow the Essential Agreements will be held accountable.
2nd- Reflection form to be signed by a parent
(Failure to return signed form will result in an after school detention.)
3rd- Teacher choice (i.e., additional lunch detention, clean room, outside cleanup, etc.)
4th- Teacher action: parent communication, office, and/or detention
5th- Office referral
Student behavior will be addressed on an individual basis and teacher discretion will be used. See LBCS student handbook for complete discipline policy.
Grading will be based on:
*Observation and Participation in class/classwork- (25%)
(This an extremely important aspect for language acquisition)
Projects and Assessments (75%)
Achievement level through IB Criterion and Language Phase growth will also be assessed.
(Aries will be updated periodically according to class rotations)
Homework: will be assigned on an as needed basis, but will mostly consist of oral rehearsals and practicing good study habits.
How to help as a parent even when you do not speak this second language:
*Ask your student to describe what he/she did in class (they may not be ready to say it all in Spanish, but just having them replay the activity helps their brain process and integrate what they learned)
*Encourage daily participation in class (it is most important they engage and are active in their learning)
*Expose them to Spanish music, television and cultural activities. If it’s important to you, it will be important to them!
The Spanish Team