Señora Mills’ Spanish 1 Tigers

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Weekly Update 9/6/2015

We are in full swing with learning about how the language works! At this point, your student should have their entire vocabulary list filled out. Although we practice the vocabulary daily, it is VERY helpful to have them looking at these words outside of class. Flashcards are an excellent way to do this. On index cards (or 1/2 index cards), your student can simply write the Spanish word on one side and the English on the other.

Also, we accessed our online practice site on Thursday. It is called SuperSite and you can click on for your student to access it. The students logged in and worked on three activities that I assigned to them. Many students did not finish in class; they will need to finish these activities at home or in ELT.

We have also been working on the Spanish alphabet. The kids have had a good time learning an alphabet song, and they will have a formative on Wednesday over the letters of the Spanish alphabet. This is their first verbal assessment, and they seem a little nervous about it!

▶ Spanish alphabet song

Curriculum Corner

  • Greetings and farewells
  • Asking "How are you?" and answering
  • Introducing yourself and others
  • Basic nouns
  • Aplhabet

Your student needs to study these words 5 minutes each day!

Coming to a Spanish class near you!

  • Alphabet Verbal Formative - Wednesday, September 9th

Also, the school has rolled out the student iPads to freshmen and sophomores. To help the student in Spanish class, please have your student download the following free apps:

  • Word Reference (has a WR in a white box)
  • Spanish Dict (has i! in the icon)
  • DuoLingo (has a green owl as the icon)
  • Pic Collage (has lines and a red circle)

Costa Rica Trip Information Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 6pm

Excelsior Springs High School

I am taking some students (and a few parents!) to Costa Rica this summer (June 2016). This is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and biodiversity as we trek through the rainforests of Costa Rica on horseback and zip-line and by hiking. This 9-day experience will be action-packed and adventurous! I will be having a meeting to go over trip details, travel questions, and pricing on Wednesday, September 9th in my room (Room 21). If this experience interests you and/or your student, please plan on attending this meeting. If you cannot make the meeting but are still interested in information, please email me at .

Please know that this travel experience is not affiliated with Excelsior Springs High School nor the Excelsior Springs School District.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Learning Spanish Articles

Instagram Challenge!

If you spot Spanish being used out in the "real world", post it on Instagram and tag me in it!

My Instagram: @cmills3

Class Needs

To help meet the needs of all students in the class, I am always looking for some basic school supplies to be shared in class. If you are able to, please send one of these items with your child. I would greatly appreciate it!

  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Expo dry erase markers
  • Paper plates
  • Paper cups

A Little About Señora Mills

I'm excited to be teaching for my fifth year here at ESHS! I love teaching world languages because it opens a whole world of opportunities to our students here in Excelsior Springs.

I have two Bachelor's degrees--one in Journalism from the University of Georgia and one in Spanish Education from Missouri Western State University. I also have my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I went back to school to become a Spanish teacher because I had met so many awesome people from all over the world, and I wanted to positively impact others to seek out global experiences. Travel is my passion, and I love to discover and experience cultures different than my own.

I have two beautiful children, a patient husband, and two crazy cats. When I'm not teaching, you can find me cheering on my kids in their many activities--from ice hockey to dancing to soccer.