Week 2, June 26 - 30

with Sra. Beverly Aguirre

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¡Hola! Hello!

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 summer. I'm excited for this summer 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'll remove you from my listserv. 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.

REMINDER: Students are expected to spend at least 2-3 hours in the course every day (Monday-Friday) since this is a fast-paced summer course (combining 18 weeks into 8.)


What are students working on this week?

We are now starting week 2. Students should have already finished the Getting Started Unit and Unit 1 (a review of Spanish 2). I will be contacting parents this week about your student's progress in our class.

This week we are working on Unit 2: Las Relaciones Personales (Personal Relationships). Students have 14 assignments due this Friday, June 30. This includes a Final Project.

Assignments are due each Friday evening at 11:55pm. Last, students are encouraged to work ahead in the class!

Below is the list of assignments students should be working on this week.

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Tips for Unit 2 project!

  • This is an opportunity for students to showcase what they have learned in the current unit. It is very important that students incorporate the vocabulary and the grammar from the unit.
  • Create a family album about 10 members of their family. Students can talk about their own family or create a family.
  • Students need to have a written narration for each picture.
  • Students need to have an audio for each picture that is different than the written narration.
  • Use a Web 2.0 program to organize their presentation: Wobook, Storybird, Photoshow, Prezi o Glogster are just some of the Web 2.0 programs available. (PowerPoint and Google Slides are not acceptable.) If there is another program a student wants to you use, just ask me!
  • Submit the presentation through the designated assignment in CANVAS.
  • If students use an image found in Google Images or any other image retrieval service, they need to cite the image in its original context. (See the assignment for more information.)
  • If the image(s) is a student's own picture, students should make note that they are using their own pictures/photos.
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Students will now attend one RLC every two weeks. Students have 5 opportunities to attend an RLC for Unit 2 this week (3 opportunities) or next week (2 opportunities). Please encourage your student to check the calendar and plan to attend an RLC for Unit 2 as soon as possible. Attending an RLC will give students opportunities to be in an online classroom with a teacher and other students. Students can interact with the teacher and other classmates and have the opportunity to ask questions.

I will be teaching my RLC for Unit 2 tonight (Monday) at 8pm!

If your student was not able to attend an RLC last week for Getting Started Unit or Unit 1 due to conflicts, school activities, etc., CLICK HERE for my recorded session for the Getting Started Unit. CLICK HERE for my recorded session for Unit 1.

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Vocabulary Lists for each unit

Students are strongly encouraged to print out the lists of vocabulary for each unit. Students can find the link for the list in the Modules for Spanish 3 under Instructional Content Index on their CANVAS page (Modules section). CLICK HERE for the link to the lists of vocabulary.
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Spanish Late Work Guidelines

  • This policy is for Spanish 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Effective Spring Semester 2017 the Spanish department will adhere to the following guidelines on late or overdue submissions:
  • Assignments submitted a week late will receive no point deduction.
  • Teacher graded assignments submitted 2 weeks after the due date- will receive a 10 point deduction. (13 days = no penalty. 10 point deduction begins on 14th day late)
  • All assignments that are not submitted will receive a 0 each week after the due date.
  • Late computer graded submissions receive full credit.

Can students redo assignments?

  • Students are NOT allowed to redo summative assessments.
  • Students also only have ONE ATTEMPT on reading, listening, and vocabulary quizzes.
  • Students are allowed TWO ATTEMPTS on all writing and speaking assignments.
  • Students are allowed UNLIMITED ATTEMPTS on formative assessments.

How are grades calculated?

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1. Ask your students how they are doing, what they are doing (which assignment/s) and what they are learning. Ask them to answer specific questions around what they are learning.

2. Have your students show you their grades (they are available 24/7), get/use the parent/observer access (sent out in each newsletter) OR have them give you their log-in info., so you can check in on them anytime. You just click on "Grades" in the left-hand sidebar.

3. Does your student have a smartphone? If so, make sure that (s)he has downloaded the Canvas Student App!

As you probably know, students are not always forthcoming/proactive, so ask them!

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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!

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Contact me if you have any questions!

Beverly Aguirre