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					              Español II       Srta. Emily Johnson Spring 2011 Room # 3-210

Parents/Guardians: Please read the following carefully.

                           What you can do to help your child succeed in Spanish II:
1. Check your child’s calendario. This is a 1-week calendar with the homework, classwork, quizzes, tests and portfolio
assignments for this class.

2. Get to know your child’s textbook. All chapters are organized the same way – the important vocabulary and
grammar points are highlighted. There is a vocabulary list at the end of each chapter. There are two glossaries at the
end of the book – Spanish/English and English/Spanish. There are also verb charts at the end of the book.

3. Encourage your child to study even when there is no written homework or upcoming test or quiz. The average
student should be studying 20 minutes a day, in addition to time spent on specific assignments.

4. Encourage your child to make flashcards for vocabulary and grammar. Your child should be saying and hearing the
words as well as reading them. This is why some students find it helpful for parents to call out the words (in English or
in Spanish) and have the student identify the words as a parent holds up the card. A study buddy doesn’t have to speak
Spanish to help your child study. Please note that the online textbook has an audio feature to practice the pronunciation of
vocabulary – see # 9 below.

5. I am available for remediation for students in the mornings and afternoons, by appointment.

6. Some students may need to work with a tutor regularly. The NOHS chapter of the Spanish Honor Society offers
tutoring. If you prefer a private tutor, I will be happy to recommend someone.

7. If your child is absent, s/he should make up work as soon as possible. This is a policy of NOHS and is outlined in the
NOHS student handbook. A zero is assigned for the work missed until it is made up. Quizzes and tests can be made up
in the mornings or afternoons, by appointment. If completed within the time allotted, the zero will be replaced with the
make up grade once I have had a chance to grade it. See the course syllabus and student handbook for details. Students
should check the make-up work folder as well as the calendar. The calendar (the day-to-day class plan) will be given to
students the first day of every week. Students will always have an idea as to when portfolio assignments are due, when
quizzes and tests will be given, and what homework and classwork is assigned. Students are expected to keep up with
assignments despite any absences.

8. Encourage your child to participate actively in all class activities. Grades are earned for practice according to the
rubric on the syllabus. There is also a copy on the back of this sheet.

9. Encourage your child to take advantage of the FREE extra practice available online. I recommend for verb and vocabulary practice. Our textbook’s website is and the
required web codes are in the textbook. The online textbook is available through I will
provide registration instructions for this site in class. If your child does not have internet access at home, your child can
use the computers in the media center during lunch or before/after school. The public library also has computers.

10. Encourage your child to keep an organized Spanish notebook. Your child will benefit greatly from going over past
assignments and notes. I will conduct random, unannounced notebook checks for a grade. Also, your child’s notes and
completed activities will help your child complete your child’s portfolio assignments.

11. At the beginning of the course, your child will receive a general course syllabus with all classroom and grading
policies outlined. Your child should put this in his/her notebook so that you or your child will be able to refer to it
throughout the semester.

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                 Español II          Srta. Emily Johnson   Spring 2011 Room # 3-210

12. Check your child’s grades on Power School. Both students and parents have been issued a user name and password.
If this information has been lost, please contact the school at 706-769-7760. If your child does not have access to a
computer, students may use the school computers in the media center during lunch and before/after school. The public
library also has computers.

13. I have a blog: Here you and your child can find a copy of the latest calendario,
completed study guides, rubrics and other items you and your child may find helpful.

14. “Begin with the end in mind”. If your child plans to continue to Spanish III Honors, your child will need a solid
background in Spanish I & Spanish II to succeed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Srta. Johnson

                                                Rubric and Grading Criteria for Classwork

                 Excellent - A                        Good - B                                Satisfactory - C                          Needs Improvement - F
Listens to the   Student always listens intently for Student listens but not consistently.    Student sometimes does not                Student does not appear
Authorized       the full time the authorized        Is not distracting others.               appear to be listening. Is not            to be listening. Student
Speaker          speaker is talking and does not                                              distracting others.                       is distracting others.
                 distract the speaker or other
Pronunciation    Student repeats clearly and          Student almost always repeats           Student repeats clearly and               Student usually fails to
and Pattern      distinctly 100% of the time and      clearly and distinctly, and uses        distinctly for some of the time, and      repeat clearly and
Drills           uses appropriate tone and            appropriate tone and volume.            usually uses appropriate tone and         distinctly, and fails to use
                 volume.                                                                      volume.                                   appropriate tone and
Reading and      Student always reads to              Student almost always reads to          Student usually reads to                  Student rarely reads to
Writing          comprehend and writes to             comprehend, and writes to express       comprehend, and writes to express         comprehend and writes
Activities       express ideas. Student uses          ideas. Student often uses his/her       ideas. Student sometimes uses             to express ideas.
                 his/her book to look up new          book to look up new words. Student      his/her book to look up new words.        Student rarely uses
                 words. Student is on task for the    is almost always on task for the full   Student is usually on task for the full   his/her book to look up
                 full amount of time allotted, even   amount of time allotted, even if it     amount of time allotted, even if it       new words. Student is
                 if it means doing it more than       means doing it more than once.          means doing it more than once.            rarely on task for the full
                 once.                                                                                                                  amount of time allotted.
Speaking         Student always uses quality          Student almost always uses quality      Student uses some quality Spanish         Student uses mostly
activities       Spanish and NO English.              Spanish and NO English. Student         and some English. Student has to          English and does not use
                 Student always uses full amount      uses full amount of time allotted for   be reminded to use the full amount        the full amount of allotted
                 of time allotted for the exercise,   the exercise, even if it means doing    of time allotted for the exercise.        time.
                 even if it means doing it more       it more than once.
                 than once.

If the student is doing a writing or speaking activity and finishes with time remaining, the
student should repeat the exercise, perfecting it each time. I encourage students to add
more than the minimum required information. Remember: Practice is the purpose.

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