Spanish 8
    Mrs. Moore

        Welcome to Spanish class!  I hope you are ready for an exciting new adventure this year as you learn Spanish.  This class is unlike any other class you’ve ever taken.  It is a lot of fun, but it will require work.  This year (Level 1A) and next year (Level 1B) is a high school graduation requirement for New York State.
        I feel it is important for students to know what is expected of them in order to be successful in Spanish class.  I would like students and parents to read my class expectations and sign and return the bottom portion to me.

    Classroom Rules  Students are expected to:
        1.  Be on time with all required materials.
        2.  Listen and follow directions the first time they are given.
        3.  Treat others and the classroom with respect.
        4.  Do their work.

    Required Materials  Each day students need to bring to class:
        - a pen/pencil, a notebook, folder, Spanish textbook, and a good attitude!!  NOTE:  Students will need 500 index cards and a box in which to keep them.      These will be used for vocabulary cards.  They can be kept in my classroom.  Students may want to purchase a Spanish/English dictionary, but it is not required.

    Respect in the Classroom:  Every student has the right to a positive learning environment, and I will hold students accountable to this.  I will not tolerate any disrespectful behavior or comments to other students or to me.  I trust that parents will also support a policy of respect.

    If You Choose to Break a Rule  These are the steps of my discipline policy:
        1.  Verbal Warning.  
        2.  Teacher/Student Conference.  
        3.  Contact Home.  
        4.  After school Detention.  (Parents will be contacted.)
        5.  Referral to Office.
    For serious school-wide violations, immediate action will be taken.  (For example: swearing, hitting, harassment, etc.)

    Grading Policy  Students will earn grades in the following categories:  
            Homework/Classwork:             25%
            Quizzes:                                 25%
            Tests/Projects:                        40%
            Participation/Preparation:         10%

     Homework  must be completely and neatly done to receive full credit.  I usually assign a score of 0 to 4 (4 being completely and neatly done on time).  Sometimes I will collect the assignment and grade it.  Late assignments will receive a 65% at the highest (if complete and correct).

    Participation Standards        >  exhibits on-task behavior
                                             >  brings materials to class
                                             >  participates positively in class (in Spanish whenever possible)
                                             >  interacts positively with class members
     Projects  reflect material from each chapter (5).  They are counted as a test grade (40%).
     Quizzes may be given several times during the week, depending on the unit of study.  At the end of the quarter, I will drop the lowest quiz grade.  It is the responsibility of the student to make up any missed quizzes or tests.  Any missing assignments will be entered as m (missing), and will remain a 0% unless made up.

    Parents, I would like to encourage you to be involved with your child’s education.  Our Spanish textbook has awesome resources and technology!  Explore the book with your child and support him/her as they enter the exciting world of Spanish!  The textbook, workbook, and many activities are available online at go.hrw.com and my.hrw.com.  If you have any questions now or during the school year, please email me at the school, or give me a call (665-6624).  Also, please check out my web page on the FCS website.  I look forward to a great year!

    Calling All KLEENEX!!!  Any student who brings in a box of Kleenex/tissue for our classroom will receive 5 extra credit points on their first quiz!  

    ---> Please sign and date the slip below, and return it to me by Friday, Sept. 6.