Español 1

Welcome Ms. Bonds' Class

Introduction

My name is Ms. Bonds and I am excited to be your Spanish teacher this quarter at VHS.


I am excited to be teaching for Virtual School House and can't wait to get to know my students!

About me:

My name is Angela Bonds and this is my first year teaching for VSH. Before this year, I taught Spanish for 2 years at Meridian High School but I have been teaching Spanish for 16 years. I moved here from Olympia, Washington were I taught Spanish of all levels. I received my Bachelor's in Psychology from Central Washington University then went back to CWU to get my BA in Spanish and Education with a minor in French. I then attended Washington State University where I received my Master's in Spanish Literature. During my time at WSU, I taught Spanish 101 and 102 as well as an intensive 200 level course with at the university. Throughout my college experience, I studied abroad in both Spain and Mexico. While teaching in Washington State, I taught a College in the High School Course for the University of Washington for 5 years. While at Meridian High School, I taught Spanish 2 and Spanish 4 (BSU concurrent credit Spanish 201). I have traveled to Costa Rica twice, once with students. I live in Boise with my wonderful husband and two young children.


In my spare time I like to spend time with my children, Lily (7) and Logan (4) and my husband Noah. I like riding my bike on the greenbelt, swimming, and exploring new places.


I can't wait to see you August 26th for our first meeting on Microsoft Teams! Check Teams for our meeting time.

About Spanish 1

Spanish one is a full year course. Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of world language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).


By the end of the year, you will be able to greet others in Spanish, talk about school and what classes you have, tell time in Spanish, describe your personality and physical description etc.


Quarter 1


Unit 1

Greetings

Subject pronouns

Mexico- introduction



Unit 2

School and alphabet

Definite articles, nouns

School in Mexico



Unit 3

Describing people

Adjectives and accents

tortillas



Units 4 and 5

Numbers and telling time

Ser and estar and conjugating verbs

Aztecs



Quarter 2


Unit 6

-ar verbs- things we do

-ar verbs

Birthdays in Mexico




Unit 7

-ir and -er verbs more things we do

-ir and -er verbs

Nezahualcoyotl Poem


Unit 8

Days, months and seasons

Questions

Mariachis



Unit 10

hobbies

Gustar

Introduction to Spain



Unit 13

Family

2 verb combinations

Idioms

Important Information!

We use Microsoft Teams to conduct our Live Teams Meetings. It is important that you attend as many as you can. I will record and post all recorded meetings in a channel in Teams in case you miss any classes. If you miss a meeting, please watch the recording and fill out the exit ticket so I know you watched it and I can count you as present! Our Teams site has more information.


Peak/Fuel Ed is where you can find all of your assignments. You should make sure to read the checklist in Teams for what you need to do for the week in Peak/Fuel Ed. USE THIS SITE:

peak.getfueled.com


Power School is where you will find your grades. The grade in Peak/Fuel Ed is most likely different and NOT CORRECT. Please check Power School for your grades. This is where I will take attendance as well.

Daily Schedule

If you have me 3rd period


Class time is from:


11:35-1:05 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday


11:42-1:09 on Wednesdays



If you have me 4th period


Class time is from:


1:10-2:40 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday


1:14-2:41 on Wednesdays


We will have live Teams Meetings Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We will meet all together starting as soon as class time starts for about 45 minutes or so depending on need. It is very important that you attend as many live classes as possible. In order to learn a language, you need to hear it spoken and you need to speak it with others! We will have opportunities to talk together in Spanish in breakout rooms and talk with me. After the live session, students are expected to be working on the curriculum in Peak/Fuel Ed and get as much done as they can in the time allotted for the period.


On Wednesdays and Fridays, I will either open a Teams meeting during the period for anyone to get extra help, or I might do conferences with certain students who need extra help. During our allotted period time, students should be working on their assignments in Peak/Fuel Ed that are on their checklist for the week.

Attendance

You must participate and attend class to be counted as present. In order for you to learn another language, you must practice speaking it with other and listen! If you are unable to attend a live meeting, watch the recording under the "archived videos" channel and fill out the exit ticket. I will take attendance Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I can change your attendance from "absent" to "present" up until the end of the school day each Friday. In order to be marked present for the week, you need to both attend and or watch my live meetings as well as complete the week's work. Please do not wait until the last minute to watch the videos!

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS


  • Be on time and ready to go. If you are late, I might not see you pop in. Sometimes we will be in break-out rooms and this is difficult to do if you are not ready on time.
  • Please try to limit distractions around you. It is important everyone is ready to learn and participate when class starts so we can accomplish all our tasks.
  • Do not spam the meeting with a ton of gifs or other messages. Only post if it is appropriate and on topic.
  • Use the reaction buttons to let your classmates know when you agree or disagree and give them a thumbs-up or a round of applause to encourage them.
  • Pay attention and be ready to answer questions and participate!
  • Please keep your mic muted unless you have ‘raised your hand’ or I have asked you to speak (just like you would in class). With a lot of students in one live session, it can become difficult to maintain an organized meeting otherwise.
  • Turn off notifications from email and social media so you aren't distracted.
  • When speaking, please stay on topic and be school appropriate.
  • Be respectful! Just because we are behind a screen it does not mean that people are not vulnerable.

Grades


  • Grades are based on total points. Homework assignments are worth less (like 5 points) and tests are worth much more (25 or so)


  • I will randomly choose assignments to put into Power School. I will put 1-2 assignments in per day. Because of this, students must do all assignments. This encourages the student to get the practice needed to learn the language.


  • Grades in Power School are your REAL grades. Ignore the grade in Peak/Fuel Ed. Please make sure to check Power School often to make sure you are turning everything in.


  • You should do all lessons but only certain ones will be graded. In order to do well on the quizzes and tests, you should complete all lessons or as many as possible.


  • We will take about 2 weeks to complete a unit. In each unit you will do homework assignments, take a quiz and test and do a writing and or Flipgrid/s.
  • You CANNOT PASS THIS CLASS WITHOUT DOING THE FLIPGRIDS, TAKING THE TESTS AND DOING THE WRITING ASSIGNMENTS!

Tips on how to succeed in Spanish!

  • Come to class if possible and/or watch the recorded lessons! I explain the grammar and give you the practice you need to get it down.
  • Keep up with the work! Try to do a little bit each day and follow my schedule if possible. To learn another language, you need to study a little bit each day.
  • USE YOUR NOTES WHEN DOING YOUR WORK AND DURING CLASS! You will take notes at the beginning of each unit. Make sure to use them when doing your work so that you are spelling words correctly. Peak will mark you as wrong if you spell words incorrectly and don't use your accents!
  • Check your work before you turn in assignment to make sure you get it right.
  • Email me if you have any questions about an assignment and I can go over it with you!
  • Make sure to do all tests, quizzes Flipgrids and writing assignments as those are worth the most points.
  • If you have extra time, you can always study the Quizlets I post to help you memorize the vocabulary!

Late Work

Each Monday, a checklist will be posted for the assignments that are due by 11:59 PM on Friday night. You should work on the assignments throughout the week in order to keep up. I will tell you what you should accomplish by the end of each day. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL FRIDAY TO COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS as you will not be able to finish them all. All assignments completed by FRIDAY AT 11:59 PM will be entered for full credit. You have until the following FRIDAY (one week) to turn in late work. I WILL NOT TAKE WORK MORE THAN A WEEK LATE unless it is in your IEP or you have an excused absence.All work turned in late will be entered for up to 70% of the total possible credit.


EMAIL ME WHEN YOU TURN IN LATE WORK SO I KNOW TO CHECK IT!!!!

Office Hours

I will be available from 2:45 to 3:15 each day for office hours. Use these hours to get extra help or ask questions. Just click on the channel in Teams called "Office Hours" and I should be online to help. Message me that you want to talk and I will start a meeting with you. Do not join the meeting the last few minutes as I pick up my daughter from school right after school ends. Make sure to take advantage of this time so that I can help you!