• Spanish I Syllabus



    Spanish I

    Señora Perez- Moreland Ridge Middle School

    Email: vperez@bssd.net

    Extra Help: MRMS: Tuesdays - 2:45-3:05 – Please make sure to sign up in adavnce for tutoring

                           DWMS: Tuesdays 7:50-8:10 – Please make sure you sign up in advance for tutoring


    ¡HOLA y bienvenidos a la clase de español!  


    Welcome to Ms. Perez’s class.  I’m glad you decided to take Spanish! You are about to embark on an adventure deep into the heart of Latina culture, spanning 21 countries. We’ll discover people rich in tradition and culture. From the modern skyscrapers of Buenos Aires or Mexico City to the rural villages of the Amazon jungle, the Spanish language is a means of communication for over 470 million people! This class will introduce you to basic Spanish skills, equipping you for comprehension and communication on a variety of topics, and hopefully help you to understand a little more about yourself and the world around you.


    Since this is a high school class (you will be expected to enter Spanish II with the same knowledge and skills of those students who take Spanish I at the high school), it will be treated as such


    • High expectations regarding preparedness. Students should bring all homework assignments, materials, etc. with them to class.  Students are expected to keep class work organized, complete assignments, and turn them in, in a timely manner.
    • Challenging material. Spanish I is taught at the Freshman Center and the High School as well as at the Middle School.  This necessitates that all teachers, at all levels, cover the same material during the course of the school year.  You can expect that we will cover 6 chapters this year.
    • Support. Learning a second language is challenging.  It will not happen overnight, but during the year, you will have the instruction, practice, and the support necessary to acquire reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in SPANISH!


    Class objectives:

    1. Students will develop, recognize, and use basic Spanish vocabulary in reading, writing, and oral communication.
    2. Students will apply standard usage rules to conjugate regular and selected irregular verbs in the present tense.
    3. Students will create brief conversations with varied sentence structures over familiar topics.
    4. Students will identify main ideas and key words from oral and written materials.
    5. Students will identify gender and number of nouns and will use appropriate articles, adjectives, and pronouns.
    6. Students will identify major geographical areas of the Spanish speaking world in order to compare and contrast cultures.


    Materials needed:  (Materials check: ___________________) – Please bring material to class everyday.

    • 3-ring binder (1 ½)
    • 5 or 6 tab dividers (optional - it will help keep your handouts organized)
    • Spiral notebook – THIS IS YOUR WRITER’S NOTEBOOK – you will need this notebook in Spanish II
    • Pencils, Blue/Black Pen, Red Correction Pen, dry-erase maker, scissors, markers and glue
    • Notebook paper (loose-leaf)
    • Note cards - (for making vocabulary flash cards) – You will need about 4-5 packs
    • Highlighter or light-colored marker




    Book: ¡Exprésate! Textbook and other helpful websites: 


    Activities:   We will speak, read, write, and listen to Spanish on a variety of topics.  Your grade will consist of a compilation of the following activities:

    • Class participation: (Why? If you don't participate, you won't learn Spanish!)
    • Homework: (Why? Learning Spanish requires practice in the classroom and at home!)
      • Usually worth 10- 15 points
      • Usually assigned 3-4 times/week
      • Usually online – Go to my school webpage to complete your homework: https://www.bssd.net/Page/18468
    • Vocabulary Quizzes: (Why? Knowing vocabulary words in Spanish is a crucial part of acquiring the ability to communicate in Spanish!)
      • Every week
    • Special Projects: (Why? It is important to apply what you learn about Spanish to your own life and community!)
      • May be individual or group projects
    • Tests: (Why? This is one of the ways I will assess how much you've learned as well as your ability to apply it to new situations!)
      • We will cover 5 chapters (capítulos) during the year.
      • Spelling counts on all writing tests.
      • All tests will consist of grammar, speaking and writing part. Students record their speaking part of the exam in the library.  
    • Lab/Speaking Assignments: (Why? Learning how to understand spoken Spanish and communicate orally in Spanish are integral aspects of second language acquisition.  I will use these assignments to monitor your progress!)



    • In-class participation. In order to participate in class, students must be attentive and prepared.
    • Homework (3-4 times per week, about 15-20 min./evening). Material will be taught, reviewed, and practiced in class; but it is imperative that students spend time each night reviewing or working on assigned homework.  Homework is a way to practice while acquiring new skills, thus, much of the homework will be graded for completion rather than on accuracy.
    • Quizzes-homework, vocabulary, and grammar (one quiz every week), Tests (approximately two tests per chapter), and Projects (approximately 1 project/chapter) will require students to apply what they have learned in new situations. There will be a lot of support along the way, but these assessments help demonstrate what students have learned, and allow them to shine! 
    • Final Exam - At the end of each semester, a final exam and/or project will take place.  These will be cumulative.




    Classroom guidelines:    To establish and maintain the best possible learning situation, students will follow five basic classroom guidelines:

    #1       BE READY TO BEGIN CLASS WHEN THE BELL RINGS.   Each day as you arrive, students will begin reading or writing vocabulary words for 5-10 minutes before the lesson.  


    #2       COME TO CLASS PREPARED.     Students need to bring all material to class DAILY. 



    Involvement and participation in class activities will lead to understanding and achievement.  Stay alert to what is happening in the classroom.  This requires your full attention and effort.  Do not hinder your learning and/or the learning of others by talking, writing personal notes, sleeping, or working on assignments from other classes.

    #4       Be courteous, considerate, and respectful to others.

    Members of the classroom should be courteous to others.  This means simple good manners-not talking when someone else is; not interrupting; paying attention to a speaker; not harassing others; keeping hands and feet to yourself; refraining from making rude/distracting remarks, noises, comments, etc.  Good manners also dictate that personal grooming (combing hair, applying make-up) be done in private (certainly not in the classroom!). 

    #5       Help Keep the room in good order.

    Learning takes place in an orderly, clean environment.  Students should dispose of trash properly; help keep desks, walls and floor clean; and properly care for the classroom furniture and equipment.  Students should not write on classroom furniture or tamper with equipment.

    Coats and bookbags may not be brought to class.

    Note: it is also expected that students will follow all school-wide policies and procedures.



    Classroom Discipline Policy:

    Following are general classroom policies and procedures that will aid you in functioning in the classroom.


    1. Tardiness:

                  Each student is expected to be in their assigned seat when the bell rings.  If a student is tardy, he/she needs to take the Tardy Clipboard and go his/her seat quietly without disturbing the class further.  At a convenient time, he/she explain his/her tardiness.  Written documentation is required for an excused tardy.  If no valid excuse is given, the student will receive a tardy and will sign the tardy sheet with his/her name and the date

    Students need to plan to arrive to class in a timely manner.  I do understand; however, that emergencies arise.  Understanding that unforeseen circumstances occasionally make prompt arrivals difficult, students can plan on the following:

    1. 1st and 2nd tardy/semesterverbal warning and documentation
    2. 3rd tardy/semesterparent/guardian contact and documentation
    3. 4th tardy/semesterdetention and documentation
    4. 5th tardy/semesterreferral to office


    1. Absences

                  Each student is responsible for completing missed work and turning it in WITHOUT being reminded.  Students will be allowed one day for each day absent to complete missed work (per school policy).  Assignments turned in after that time will NOT be accepted for credit.  All make up tests/quizzes can be made up during your Gatortime/Pack.  Please use your time during Gatortime or Pack to take your missed tests/quizzes. 


    1. Late Assignments

                  Assignments/hw will be considered late if not turned in when collected or finished at the beginning of the class in which they are due.  Late homework/assignments will NOT be accepted for credit. 

    Projects: Turing a project in late will result in a 10% deduction for each class day the project is late.  


    1. Audio-Visual -  Audio-visual presentations (videos, speakers, etc.) are made to enhance and enrich your learning experience.  Students are expected to be attentive.  That looks like: HEADS UP, Eyes open, MOUTHS CLOSED!


    1. NO Extra Credit in this class There will be no extra credit in this class.


    1. Electronic Devices (cell phones, MP3 players, etc.) All cell phones/MP3 players/electronic devices must be locked in lockers during the academic day (per school-wide policy).


    1. Miscellaneous
    2. Health room passes will be issued for illness or emergency only. Please remember to ask for a pass in order to see the nurse. 
    3. Restroom, drinking fountain, counselor appointments, office business, telephone calls, and all other such items should be completed before/after class.
    4. Students should plan to include the following on any written work that is turned in:
      • Name
      • Student Number – (This number is NOT your seat number) – This student number is located by on the walls in the room.
      • Class period


    1. Commitment process:

    If students do not comply with the guidelines (excluding tardiness), the following actions may be taken:

    Step 1: Verbal Redirection

    Step 2: Move to Safe Seat and conference with Ms. Perez

    Step 3: Move to Buddy room, complete think sheet, conference with Ms. Perez, and parent contact

    Step 4: Office Referral


    **NOTE: I reserve the right to modify the steps taken, the order in which they are taken, etc.**



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    Parent-Teacher Communication

    1. You can communicate with me anytime through email/phone. My email address is vperez@bssd.net.  I will check it at least once per day, Monday-Friday and will do my best to respond within 24 hours. 
    2. If you choose to contact me by phone, please refer to the following information:
      • Moreland Ridge - Phone Number: 816-874-3540  or vperez@bssd.net
      • Delta Woods – Phone Number: (816) 874-3580  or vperez@bssd.net

    If you have further questions or concerns, come see me during extra help time or email me. ¡Gracias! I look forward to working with you this year!    Ms. Perez

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