I am a graduate of California State University Northridge. After working for the Superior Courts, I decided to choose a career in education. I have been teaching for approximately 16 years. I love to skiing, swimming and traveling.
Teacher – R. Ensley Course – SPANISH
Term – Fall 2012-2013 email – firstname.lastname@example.org
CCHS MISSION STATEMENT
Culver City High School is an engaged and caring community where diversity is valued and respected. We are committed to educating and inspiring all students to become like-long learners and contributing members of our global society.
Culver City High School believes:
1. Each member of our school community plays an integral part in making student success a certainty.
2. That all students are provided the necessary resources and opportunities to become successful Collaborative Workers, Adaptable Problem Solvers, Critical Thinkers, Involved Citizens, Quality Producers and Self-Guided Achievers.
3. That all students are immersed in vigorous, standards-based curricula that promotes higher level thinking skills.
4. That all students are capable of learning and as such, we educate the whole person providing students the necessary support to achieve their fullest potential.
5. That we value diversity and promote tolerance and espouse understanding and compassion.
6. That the aesthetic value of our campus is an important part of student achievement.
Content Standards for Foreign Language:
1. Communication in language other than English.
2. Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
3. Connect with other discipline and acquire information.
4. Develop insight into the nature of language and culture.
5. Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
The major emphasis of this course is to provide students with the means to obtain comprehension in Spanish, both written and spoken. Some of the required activities include:
Concentration on oral communication in Spanish
Emphasis on pronunciation and intonation
Reading, writing, and listening activities
Activities relating to culture (music, holidays, etc.)
TEXTBOOK & SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS
1. Somos Así 1 or 2
2. Worksheets pertaining to lessons
3. School identification and passaport
MATERIALS NEEDED EVERYDAY
Textbooks, paper, and any other necessary materials are to be brought to class daily. A Spanish/English dictionary is required for this course. If a student forgets to bring his or her textbook, dictionary, or other necessary materials to class more than two times within a grading period, it may result in a “U” in work habits.
Homework will be given throughout the week. It is important for students to turn in assignments so that an assessment can be made of their progress. Homework assignments may be reviewed through the teacher’s website if a student is absent from school. Three missed homework assignments (or projects) within a grading period will be equivalent to a “U” in work habits. Homework is considered complete only when the teacher’s instructions have been followed.
Students are told to have a parent sign written exams (that are permissible to be taken home), which receive grades of D’s or F’s, in order to maintain notification of the students’ progress.
Students are required to keep a notebook (three-ringed binder) for this class. Their notes, class assignments, and written exams are to be kept in it throughout the semester.
Oral participation is essential in order for students to acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of the language. Students will have the opportunity to earn class participation points on a regular basis when present. Excessive absences or tardies may result in a lower grade. If a student is consistently tardy to class, it will result in a “U” in citizenship as well as work habits due to the fact that the student has not attempted to obey the class rules. (Three tardies or excessive absences = “U” in work habits and/or citizenship.)
WORK HABITS AND COOPERATION
Students not following the classroom rules (using profanity, excessive talking, etc.) will receive a “U” in citizenship and or work habits for three or more offenses.
Grades are based on attendance, oral participation, projects, homework, exams and behavior. The following scale will apply:
A+ = 100%-97% of total possible points
A = 96%-94% of total possible points
A- = 93%-90% of total possible points
B+ = 89%-87% of total possible points
B = 86%-84% of total possible points
B- = 83%-80% of total possible points
C+ = 79%-77% of total possible points
C = 76%-74% of total possible points
C- = 73%-70% of total possible points
D+ = 69%-67% of total possible points
D = 66%-64% of total possible points
D- = 63%-60% of total possible points
F = less than 60% of total possible points
(Grade scale may vary depending on the entry date of a student.)
*If at any time a student receives a “D” or a “Fail” on a report card, that individual is in danger of failing at the next grade-reporting period.
BEHAVIOR AND EXPECTATIONS
1. RESPECT YOUR TEACHERS, CLASSMATES, AND SCHOOL. ALL FORMS OF DISRESPECT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED (INCLUDING FOUL LANGUAGE). INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE IS DETERMINED BY THE TEACHER.
2. REMAIN IN YOUR SEAT AT ALL TIMES UNLESS DIRECTED TO MOVE BY THE TEACHER.
3. FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION ON THE TOPIC DIRECTLY RELATED TO CLASS LECTURES/DISCUSSIONS.
4. TAKE CARE OF RESTROOM NEEDS DURING BREAKS.
5. NO CHEWING GUM OR EATING IN THE CLASSROOM.
6. CLEAN UP ANY TRASH YOU CREATE.
7. NO ELECTRONIC GADGETS!
MAKE-UP WORK OR EXAMS
The student is responsible for obtaining missed assignments/notes from another student or the teacher’s website when absent. These assignments must be turned in no later than one day after the student’s return to class (exceptions: extended illness, death in the family, students with special needs per IEP). Any extended time given to a student is at the teacher’s discretion. If a student is present on the day that an assignment/project was given, or has sufficient knowledge of an upcoming exam, he/she is responsible for turning in the work (or taking the exam) on the expected due date. It is strongly suggested that each student obtain the telephone number of at least two reliable students from the class. No late work will be accepted for an absence verified as “truant” or “no note”. These are considered “unexcused” absences. Please note the new policies in the school handbook.