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What's Going On In The World Of Walton's Spanish Classes

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 in 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 (PreAP)

Each year, students in the Alamo Heights PreAP 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 Wednesday, January 30. 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 18th to March 22nd.

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 (AATSP), 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.

MLK March 2019

Attention all students. Monday, January 21st, is Martin Luther King Jr Holiday. It is a day on and not a day off. Join Student Council and Young Democrats as they participate in the MLK March. There will be a bus leaving the high school at 8:30am on Monday to take anyone who is interested to the march. Everyone is welcome to join. Permission slips will be available before departure on Monday for parents to sign.

Movie Night

On Thursday January 31st 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 6:15 pm. 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).

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: Feb 15th, Mar 8th, April 5th

We need your help for any of the following times:

Morning shift 8:45 11:32

  • 1st Period 8:45 – 9:35
  • 2nd period 9:41 – 10:31
  • 3rd period 10:42 – 11:32

Afternoon shift 1:18 - 4:00

  • 5th period 1:18 – 2:08
  • 6th period 2:14 – 3:04
  • 7th period 3:10 – 4:00

Please email me if you would like to volunteer


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