Welcome to NCVPS ESPAÑOL 3 Honors!

WEEK 1, June 19-23

With Sra. Beverly Aguirre

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¡Buenos días!

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.

**PLEASE NOTE: THE COURSE OFFICIALLY STARTED TODAY, MONDAY, JUNE 19TH. STUDENTS SHOULD 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).**

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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 SPANISH 3 SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS for the entire semester for Spanish 3. Students need to print out the Schedule of Assignments, read it carefully, sign it, have a parent sign it, take a snapshot of the signatures and submit it as an assignment. CLICK HERE for the SPANISH 3 COURSE SYLLABUS and PACING GUIDE.


For a better understanding of your student's SPANISH 3 course CLICK HERE for the SPANISH DEPARTMENT GUIDELINES. Next, CLICK HERE for NCVPS STUDENT-PARENT HANDBOOK. Last, CLICK HERE for the SPANISH LATE WORK GUIDELINES.


This week we are working on two units: Getting Started Unit where students work on assignments and learn how to navigate through Moodle and Unit 1, a review of Spanish 2.

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COMPLETING ASSIGNMENTS AND WORKING AHEAD IN THE CLASS!

The 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, so students should complete assignments in order. For example: finishing Getting Started unit before moving on to Unit 1. 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!
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WHAT IS AN RLC?

Throughout the summer course, students will be responsible for attending 6 live classes. Students will be given several options of sessions for each RLC with a variety of teachers, so that he/she can choose which ones best fit his/her schedule. The RLC course calendar is always available to students by clicking on the Required Live Class icon on the Home Page of the Spanish 3 Canvas class.


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 6 sessions during the semester.


  • Getting Started
  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2/3
  • Unit 4/5
  • Unit 6/7
  • 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, please have the student contact me in order to develop a plan to make up the Required Live Class assignment.


I will be teaching my RLC for Getting Started unit tonight, Monday, June 19 @ 8pm. In addition, I will be teaching my RLC for Unit 1 Thursday night, June 22 @ 8pm.

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HOW ARE GRADES CALCULATED?

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Grades are automatically updated and available in Canvas 24/7, so there should never be a question about what a student's grade is at any time. All teacher-graded assignments receive detailed feedback. It's critical for the students to check their grades/feedback daily and inquire with the teacher if they don't understand something or feel that there is an error. Assignments not attempted/completed receive a 0 but students can complete those assignments within 13 days of due date to receive full credit. (**See Spanish Late Work Guidelines above.)
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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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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. 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. Watch the video below to learn more about Upswing, used for tutoring.

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 and 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 30 countries and have visited 14 of the 20 Spanish speaking countries. My picture to the left is at the Panama Canal. My bucket list is to travel to all of the Spanish speaking countries and I just traveled to Cuba this past December. I used to chaperone students to Europe, working for a travel agency 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 a field where they use Spanish on a daily basis in their jobs.


Please feel free to contact me!