Español 3 Update

WEEK 10, October 31-November 6


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First half of the semester

Wow! Where does the time go?! As you probably know, Units 1-4 closed permanently this past Friday night (October 28). I am currently finishing grading all work submitted this past Friday. Grades will be updated by Tuesday morning (November 1).

FYI... Beginning Fall 2016, NCVPS will no longer report two grading period averages for students. Instead, NCVPS will report cumulative progress reports every two weeks. At the end of the semester, we will report a Final Course Work grade.

Now, our weighted grades will look like this:

  • Final Course Work Grade: 75%
  • Final Exam/Project: 25%

As always, schools may recalculate grades if the district policy has different weights for the final exams. Please speak with your student, have them show you his/her current average and encourage him/her to set goals and strive to do even better for the rest of the semester!

What is due this week?

We are working on Week 10, continuing with Unit 5, La Tecnología, working on lessons 3 & 4. (Lessons 1 & 2 should have already been submitted this past Friday, October 28 in order to stay on pace with the class.)

Below is a list of this week's 8 assignments (due by Friday, November 4 @ 11:55pm).

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***Please note that NCVPS does not observe a fall break. As such, there is work assigned and due each and every week of the 18 weeks of the semester. It is the student's responsibility to submit all assigned work on time and to notify the teacher if he/she will be without internet access.***
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Has your student attended an RLC for Unit 5?

There is one more opportunity for students to attend an RLC for Unit 5 this Wednesday, November 2 @ 5pm. If you student was not able to attend an RLC last week or this week's RLC, CLICK HERE for the link to the recorded session of my RLC for Unit 5.


Students have the opportunity to attend sessions in the Culture Cafe for extra credit. This week students have a Culture Cafe session they can attend, Spanish: Day of the Dead. Below is information about the session this week. Students can go to their Home page on Canvas and click on the icon, The Culture Cafe for a detailed lists of future Culture Cafe sessions and how to log into the session. After attending a Culture Cafe session, students will complete a reflection about the class and submit it for extra credit.
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What is the Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos?

The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration of dead ancestors which occurs on November 1 and November 2, coinciding with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. While it is primarily viewed as a Mexican holiday, it is also celebrated in communities in the United States with large populations of Mexican-Americans, and to a lesser extent elsewhere in Latin America. Despite the morbid subject matter, this holiday is celebrated joyfully, and though it occurs at the same time as Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, the mood of The Day of the Dead is much lighter, with the emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, rather than fearing evil or malevolent spirits. The origins of the celebration of The Day of the Dead in Mexico can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of Latin America, such as the Aztecs, Mayans Purepecha, Nahua and Totonac.


Here is an animated video about El Día de los Muertos
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Peer Tutor Center

As we move on through the semester, I want to encourage your student to try the Peer Tutor Center! The PTC is a great resource available with students waiting to help or tutor your student or be a Virtual Buddy for your student. Peer Tutoring is for students needing specific content support while a Virtual Buddy is for students that need extra guidance through the course.
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Contact me if you have any questions!

Beverly Aguirre