February 9, 2017
Hola MYP parents,
Tomorrow, students are turning in their final project for their unit “Leyendas en los países hispanohablantes” and students will start “La inmigración” unit where students will explore Guatemala, México, poverty, Guatemalan civil war, life in Mexico in the 1930’s and immigration from Central America which will increase their international mindedness. Students (based on their proficiency level) will read one of two books; Esperanza rising (Spanish edition) by Pam Muñoz Ryan or Esperanza by Carol Gaab.
To start the unit, students will watch Which Way Home documentary in order to give the events in the novel more meaningful and historical context. This documentary depicts the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States. Please note that this documentary contains minimal profanity and shows children smoking. However, I believe that it is important for our students to understand the unfortunate circumstances children have to face internationally. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Have a nice rest of the week!
February 1, 2017
Hola MYP parents,
We are almost at the end of our unit “Las leyendas de países hispanohablantes” where students learned about legends like El Charro Negro, El Cucuy, and El Silbón. To conclude our unit, students will complete a final project. Today students received instructions and steps to complete the project, and you can find the information attached to this email. The instructions are in Spanish but please read an overview of the project below.
On Friday students will learn about a very famous Mexican legend that explains the creation of two important volcanos in Mexico City called Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. It is a very interesting and romantic legend, I would recommend you read it.
Steps to complete the project:
1. Visit and explore a mountain or a volcano in Albuquerque. Draw, paint or take photos to use in your project. If there are some difficulties for your child to visit a mountain or volcano, they can use Sandia Mountain. We have an incredible view from school.
2. Write an original legend that explains the origin of that mountain or volcano (in Spanish) and attach the drawing, painting, or photo to their final printed copy.
3. Finalize your project by completing one of the following:
An illustrated book
A recorded narration
If students have any other ideas, they can talk to me to get approval. I am open to new ideas! 🙂
Due date: February, 10th.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this project. Students are welcome to email me, come to tutoring or office hours if they have any questions.
January 5, 2017
Hola MYP parents,
Happy new year!!! Please see the newsletter here:
Have a nice week!
December 8, 2016
Hola MYP parents,
I hope you are having an amazing week! Last week students started a new unit: Las Leyendas en los Países Hispanohablantes (Legends in Spanish Speaking Countries). Students will learn about El Charro Negro, El Cucuy o El Coco, El Silbón, and La Nahuala to compare legends from diverse cultures and determine the purpose of a particular legend and identify the cultural values or beliefs it is intended to illustrate.
Please note that grades obtained during these last two weeks of school will be counted towards Q3 – 2nd semester except for their notebook, Lunes de Lectura, and Duolingo.
Unit: Las Leyendas en los Países Hispanohablantes
Understanding the legends of a particular society helps one understand and relate to that society’s culture and history.
Key Concept: Culture
Global Context: Identities and Relationships
Please check PowerSchool and Google Classroom for updates and grades.
Have a nice day!
October 28, 2016
Hola 7th MYP parents,
I hope you are having a great day! This morning I had an individual conference with your student. I provided a Spanish progress report and talked to them individually about assignments they are missing or/and opportunities to improve grades. Due dates for missing assignments is Monday, October 31st. Currently, students are working on their interdisciplinary Dia de Muertos project. Please find due dates below and a copy of their assignment.
Please let me know if you have any question.
Have a great Friday!!!!
Friday 28th: Character development and Calavera character
Monday 31st: Time to write short story: What my calavera did last night
Wednesday 2nd: Acrostic poetry
Friday 4th: Due date for all Día de Muertos assignments
October 18, 2016
Hola 7th Grade parents,
I hope you are having an amazing week! The following weeks are going to be very busy for Spanish students. I have attached an updated calendar with due dates and assignments.
Tomorrow students will receive their final project guide and I will explain due dates and instructions. I have attached both assignments in this email: Cooking Show Project and Tic Tac Toe.
Also, at the end of this month, students will learn vocabulary and history in the context of Día de Muertos and complete 4 interdisciplinary assignments between Language and Literature, Language Acquisition (Spanish), and Life Science (for 7th grade only). Please let me know if you have any concerns about these activities (we can give different assignments to your child). Please find attached the assignment below under “Día de muertos“.
I will provide reminders in class and everything will posted on Google Classroom. Thank you so much for your support in the education of your child.
Have a great day!
Hola MYP 8th grade parents,
I hope you had a great weekend! Last week, students started with “La Universidad” unit. I have attached a tentative schedule which include: major assignments, assessments, and activities. Please note that these dates can change based on tests, student achievements, understanding, etc. Also, at the end of this month students, will learn vocabulary and history in the context of Día de Muertos and complete 3 interdisciplinary assignments between Language and Literature and Language Acquisition (Spanish). Please let me know if you have any concerns about these activities (I can give different assignments to your child).
In the next unit we will be “visiting” Pamplona, Spain to learn about las corridas de toros (bullfighting), flamenco, and gazpacho.
October 6, 2016
10th Grade Spanish
Dear 10th grade MYP Spanish Parents,
I hope you are all gearing up for a restful weekend!
I just wanted to send a quick email to let you know about our International Day Project. As a 10th grade class, we will create a Belgium Culture Quilt. If your student was in class yesterday, she or he received a handout, also attached to this email, with instructions, due date, and a rubric. Students will work in teams of 2-3 students with 2-3 blocks to work on. I will provide materials and time in class to work on this assignment, but please support students at home to succeed in this task. belgium-culture-quilt
Please remember to visit our display on International day!
Enjoy your weekend!
September 20, 2016
September 1, 2016
Dear MYP Spanish parents,
I hope you are having an amazing week! Because I am! I have been hearing a lot of español in class!
This year my students will be graded based on the following criteria:
40% Summative assessments/Projects
15% Class Activities (Reading Mondays, Re-tells, etc)
10% D.E.A – Daily Engagement Assessment (Reflection on contribution to the class)
10% Notebook (Please see below for details)
20% Quizzes/ Free Writes (Original content/grade based on student level of proficiency)
Notebooks: The students will receive feedback on their notebooks before the final grade and the grade will be posted on PowerSchool. Last week I graded their notebooks and listed what the students are missing or what they can do to improve their grade. If you do not see a grade in PowerSchool is because I have not received your child’s notebook or they are working on an activity that they are missing because they missed class or it is due soon. Also, I will have the teacher notebook (a notebook with all the activities) available at all times. Students can refer to this notebook any time during lunch, mentoring hours, or tutoring hours.
Class Activities: One of the most important grades in this category is Lunes de Lectura. Lunes de Lectura (Reading mondays) is an excellent activity to improve Criterion A (Comprehending Spoken and Visual Text) and Criterion B (Comprehending Written and Visual Text) and Literacy Skills. I will always offer various levels of reading and readings will include news, articles, and/or stories.
Duolingo: Lessons are due every Friday. Each student received a handout with all the due dates and lessons for the first semester. Students have to add their account to my Duolingo class to receive credit. If students do not have internet access outside from school, students can use the computers during tutoring hours.
I am also happy to announce that this year I will be using Google Classroom. Google Classroom is an amazing tool to inform you and students about upcoming due dates, updates, class activities, study guides, etc.
I have sent invitations to my students to their Corrales email. Once the student accepts my invitation I will be able to invite you. I will help students that haven’t signed up! If you don’t receive an invitation by next week, please e-mail me.
If you have a question or concern, please let me know.
On a different note, please help support CIS students going to Costa Rica next summer by purchasing delicious waffles every Thursdaymorning! 🙂
Have a great day!
August 23, 2016
Please find the attached newsletter for Spanish class 1-1
On another note, join us this Thursday, August 25th at 4PM for information about our next international trip in beautiful Costa Rica! Highlights of the trip include horseback riding, visiting a rainforest, and more!
Have a nice week!