NCVPS Spanish 3

con la Sra. Beverly Aguirre

Week 1, January 29 - February 4

Week 2, February 5-11

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You are receiving this newsletter because you are listed as the ELA or parent/guardian of a student that I am currently teaching in Spanish 3 this semester. I'm excited for this upcoming semester and the opportunity to work with you/your student to help him/her grow more proficient in the Spanish language, improve his/her cultural competence and global understanding!


**Please read this entire welcome flyer and let me know if you have any questions (see contact info. below).**


If you feel that you have received this message in error, please let me know and I will remove you from my list-serv. I got this email address and your contact information from the NCVPS Registration System. If it's not up-to-date and/or there are additional contacts/information, please let me know that too.

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Each week I will be sending a flyer (SMORE) to let you know what students are doing in Spanish 3 at NCVPS. I will share due dates and other important information. CLICK HERE to get the SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS for the entire semester for Spanish 3. I recommend that students print out the schedule of assignments and check off assignments as they are completed. CLICK BELOW for the SPANISH 3 SYLLABUS.

For a better understanding of your student's Spanish 3 course (Spanish Department Guidelines), CLICK HERE. Last, CLICK HERE for the NCVPS Student-Parent Handbook.


This past week (Week 1) we were working on the Getting Started Unit where students work on assignments and learn how to navigate through CANVAS. Please encourage your student to get started in the class as soon as possible. Students are expected to work in the class, Monday-Friday, for approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.

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This week (Week 2) we are working on Unit 1, a review of Spanish 1 and 2. Here is the list of assignments for this upcoming week.
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Spanish Late Work Guidelines

Below you will find the Spanish Late Guidelines. You can find more info about the Spanish Late Guidelines in the Spanish 3 Syllabus (see above).
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How are grades calculated?

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Signing up as a Parent Observer in Canvas

Would you like to observe your student in our class? You can see our announcements, check your student's grades and see his/her assignments/work submitted along with my feedback.


CLICK HERE for the step-by-step details to sign up as a Canvas Observer in our class! We would love to have you in our class!

COMPLETING ASSIGNMENTS AND WORKING AHEAD IN THE CLASS!

Our course is formatted in a clear, list format, so that students can quickly and easily move from one item to the next, in the necessary order, as listed. If a student finishes his/her week's assignments early, he/she is encouraged to move forward and work ahead! Just make sure to complete *all* assignments, in order, and on time/early! Again, I recommend that students print out the schedule of assignments (see above) and check off assignments as they are completed.
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WHAT IS AN RLC (REQUIRED LIVE CLASS)?

Throughout the course, students will be responsible for attending one live class per unit (for a total of 10 live classes). Students will be given several options of sessions for each unit with a variety of teachers, so that he/she can choose which ones best fit his/her schedule. When students click on the assignment for the RLCs, they will find the calendar for all the RLCs. In addition, I include the calendar each day in my announcements.


Students need to make sure that he/she puts first and last name when entering the session. Attendance is taken for the session and there is an assignment to complete after attending the session. Each session lasts about an hour.


Students will attend a total of 10 sessions during the semester.


  • Getting Started
  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 4
  • Unit 5
  • Unit 6
  • Unit 7
  • Unit 8
  • Final Project


I strongly encourage students to attend the Required Live Classes (RLC), but if a student is unable to attend one of the Required Live Classes, I will include the link to my recorded RLC in my announcements after the last RLC is completed for the Unit.


Below is a schedule for this past week's calendar for the RLC's for Getting Started and also for this week, Unit 1.

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STUDENTS WHO NEED HELP

Students are expected to attend the Required Live Classes throughout the course (at least one per unit/module), which is a virtual classroom environment that allows for complete interaction with the teacher and other students. As such, questions are often answered in these sessions. However, if/when a student needs additional help, he/she should first ask me, the teacher. If I'm not available and it's a quick question, he/should should take advantage of the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center's Quick Questions. If more serious content tutoring/remediation is needed, the student/s can request one-on-one tutoring with me and/or a peer tutor. If a student is weary, nervous, and/or conscientious about taking the class online, he/she can request a Virtual Buddy from the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center for moral support, technical assistance, and more. See the video below for complete details on the PTC (information is located in the course as well).

About me....

I am a retired public school teacher who loves teaching! I taught Spanish for 24 years in a public high school and 7 years as an English as a Second Language teacher, K-12. I have taught all ages, from kindergartners to senior citizens. I have also taught at a private school and 2 community colleges. I have an undergraduate degree and graduate certification in Spanish. I am certified to teach ESL for K-12 and have an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, I have National Board Certification for teachers. I have approximately 40 years of teaching experience! Besides teaching Spanish, traveling is my passion. I have traveled to 31 countries and have visited 14 of the 20 Spanish speaking countries. My picture to the left is in Cuba (love the old cars that have modern motors like Nissan/Toyota) where I was able to travel to this past Christmas. My bucket list is to travel to all of the Spanish speaking countries. I used to chaperone students to Europe, working for a travel company in the summer and have been to Spain more than 60 times. In addition I lived and studied in Spain when I was in college. I love helping students learn and pushing them to reach their potential! I am proud to say that several of my former students have gone on to study Spanish and are Spanish teachers or working in an field where they use Spanish on a daily basis in their jobs.


Please feel free to contact me!