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Volume 3 - Week of September 7th

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We're headed to Costa Rica!

Another Spanish teacher and myself are taking students on a language immersion trip to Costa Rica next June. It will be a fun, enriching and memorable experience! If you're interested in pursuing this opportunity for your teen, please join us on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. for an informational meeting in my room, 2105. Please RSVP if you plan to attend the meeting.

What we're working on...

This week, we're learning Groups 4 and 5 of vocabulary from the School and Social Life unit. We are also working with reflexive verbs and indirect object pronouns. If those grammar terms are a mystery to you, ask your teen to explain them!


Many of you are already familiar with http://conjuguemos.com from last year. It is an online practice website that really helps students master their newly learned vocabulary and grammar. They have one exercise for each group of vocabulary. Groups 1-5 for the School and Social Life unit will be due Monday, September 14. They got their log-in info in class. It is very helpful to complete each exercise as we learn the new vocabulary.

Need a little extra help?

If your teen seems to be needing a little extra help, SMART block is a great time for them to come to my room and get a little more focused attention than in the whole class setting. If they'll just let me know in advance that they are coming, I'm happy to help.

Homework and Studying, demystified (re-run)

Students will have homework most nights. It is important that students do their homework carefully AND correct it carefully in class. It should not take more than about twenty minutes a night. Because of the block schedule, they are going to need to develop some strategies to make sure they get to school with the homework, and that they don't forget everything they learned from one class to the next.

Quizzes happen frequently and are not announced in advance. The best way to be prepared is to always assume there will be a quiz.

Each day, students will know which group of vocabulary to focus on. For example, today in class we covered Group 1 Vocabulary. That is a set of words and phrases that are grouped together on their yellow vocab sheet. When they do their homework tonight (or tomorrow night), they know that the focus of the worksheet will be Group 1. They also know that they should study that same group of words until they are able to say them and write them in Spanish, from memory. Flash cards are super helpful!

Ellen Reynolds

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I will respond to your e-mail within one school day.