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New Year, More Learning!

Often times we make new year's resolutions. I want you all to know that I am committed to being the best teacher that I know how. I truly love teaching your kids and really love working at Alamo Heights. I am also thankful that you all bestow your trust on me with your children. Hopefully, this new year will be a blast. Below are just a few things coming up! Happy New Year!!!

National Spanish Exam (Immersion Students)

Each year, students in the Alamo Heights pre-AP Spanish program have the opportunity to compete in the National Spanish Exam through their Spanish class in March/April.

The test fee is $6.00, and is due on Monday, January 29. Late registration will be available in February for $8.00.

Participation in the exam itself is voluntary. However, since the knowledge and skills assessed in the competition align with our course expectation, practice and preparation activities and evaluations will be graded, so all students will prepare. Students compete in the appropriate category including Classroom Experience, Outside Experience, and Bilingual. Unfortunately, students who studied Spanish formally in a Spanish speaking country and subsequently moved to the US are not eligible to compete.

Participation in the National Spanish exam shows extra dedication to language study, and provides an opportunity to see how students stand relating to other Spanish students around the country. The exam will be administered during the students’ Spanish class during the week of March 19th to March 30th.

All students will receive a score report showing performance in 4 areas: Reading, Listening, Grammar and Vocabulary, providing an understanding of areas of strength and areas to improve. It also indicates the overall score and national ranking. Medals are awarded to students in the Oro, Plata and Bronce levels.

  • Oro - 95th percentile or higher

  • Plata - 85th percentile or higher

  • Bronce - 75th percentile or higher

  • Honor - 50th percentile or higher

  • Participation

Additionally, the top-scoring Alamo Heights student in each level and category will receive an award from the local chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the sponsoring organization. The award will be a gift card to a bookstore.

If you have any questions about participation in the National Spanish Exam, do not hesitate to contact me.

Spanish Dual Credit

Attention Students and Parents: Alamo Heights High School will be offering the following Dual Credit courses for the 2018-2019 school year: English III and IV, AP Spanish IV, and AP Biology. Dual Credit allows a high school student to take college level high school courses and also earn college credit concurrently from St. Philip’s College. The Dual Credit Packet is now available in the counseling office or you may visit our AHHS Counseling and Guidance page for online access. It will guide you through the entire Dual Credit registration process.

Please pay close attention to all due dates. We are excited to offer Dual Credit courses and hope the handbook makes the enrollment process easier for you. The deadline for submitting the Apply Texas application is Monday, February 12, 2018. The deadline for submitting Dual Credit Checklist paperwork is on or before March 9, 2018. If you have any additional questions, please contact Magdalena Lopez in the counseling office at mlopez@ahisd.net or (210) 832-5710. Ms. Lopez will be speaking with our class about Dual Language on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Movie Night

On Wednesday January 24th the World Language Department will host a movie night. The movie night will start at 6:00 pm. We will have a potluck starting at 6:00 pm and the movie will start at 6:30 pm. The French, Spanish, and Latin students will be able to go to their perspective teachers rooms and watch a movie. Students will bring a snack to share for the potluck. The Spanish students will be able to come to room 152S and enjoy Zip Zap and the Marble Gang (trailer below).

Spanish Immersion Announcement

If you have a child currently enrolled in Kindergarten, and you would like them to be in Spanish Immersion or Dual Language in first grade for the 2018-19 school year, you must return the attached commitment form to Dr. Bashara’s office as instructed in the letter no later than 4:30 PM on January 19th. Please feel free to contact her office if you have any questions!

Library Game Day

Monthly the Spanish classes within the World Language department have a cross-sectional, cross-level, and cross-program Library Game Day. The purpose of this Game Day is to build fluency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the Target Language (Spanish). Having this cross-sectional time allows students to interact not only in a more comfortable environment but with students of various ability as well.

We are seeking Spanish-speaking volunteers to serve as conversation partners once a month. This is an opportunity to connect with the community as well help our students speak Spanish. We will meet in the library during the morning and afternoon classes. Materials and topics will be provided by the teacher.

Spring Dates: Jan 17th, Feb 16th, Mar 7th, April 19th, May 17th

We need your help for any of the following times:

Morning shift 9:40 - 12:25

  • 2nd period 9:40 – 10:35
  • 3rd period 10:40 – 11:30
  • 4th Period 11:35 - 12:25
Afternoon shift 1:20 - 4:00
  • 5th period 1:20 – 2:10
  • 6th period 2:15 – 3:05
  • 7th period 3:10 – 4:00

Please email me if you would like to volunteer


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