• Spanish 1A                     Classroom Expectations and Procedures


    Señora Da-Re


    (480) 279-8500

    Tutoring: Before School on Thursdays or during 4th hour lunch (please make an appointment)


    This is my 7th year in the HUSD and my second year at Sossaman. I am excited to teach your child Spanish this year! I love the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. I want your child to succeed and enjoy my class!

    Parents: Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Email is the quickest way to reach me.  Please be sure to check Synergy, the grade book system, on a regular basis. Spanish 1A is semester one of high school Spanish. This course requires a high level of work and effort. In order to receive high school credit, your student must earn a 70% or higher as their final (report card) grade in the course.

    Course objectives:

    1) Expand vocabulary base.

    2) Improve and expand writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation and reading comprehension skills.

    3) Gain familiarity with Hispanic culture and appreciate differences and similarities in customs.


    Course Outline:

    Greetings and polite phrases; days and months; what you want, need, prefer, and like to do; describing yourself, a friend, and others; speaking about going and being at a place.



    1. Promote respect, safety, and learning for yourself and others.
    2. Be working on your opening assignment when the bell rings.
    3. Bring your materials to class every day.
    4. Do your best in class each day.


    1. Warning
    2. Timeout in alternative area or lunch detention with me
    3. Call, e-mail, and/or note to parents
    4. Office referralSupplies/Materials:Pencils                                           Red Pen (used to self-correct assignments)Colored Pencils                           Highlighters (4 colors)Teacher Wish List:    class, unless permission is given for academic use ONLY. These items will be confiscated according to 
    5. school policy. iPads or school laptops are to be used appropriately and may be taken away if not.
    6. Electronic devices: There are to be NO phones or any electronic music or gaming device used during
    7. Food and Drink: No gum, food or drink (except water) is allowed in the classroom.
    8. Instruction: During direct-instruction (teacher to students) everyone will remain in their seats and will listen and participate appropriately. Restroom use is not permitted during this time.
    9. Bathroom procedure: Students should use the restroom during the passing period. Bathroom breaks are not allowed during the first 5 minutes of class, last 5 minutes of class, or during instructional time. If the restroom is needed, students will have 4 passes per semester. Students will sign the sign-out log upon leaving the classroom and the sign-in log upon returning.
    10.                            Expo Markers, Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, Washable Markers
    11. Dry-Erase Marker                        Index Cards
    12. Glue Sticks                                    Scissors
    13. Interactive notebook (spiral bound or composition notebook)

    Interactive Notebook: Students are required to bring a single subject notebook to class daily. This is where classwork, homework, notes, handouts, and vocabulary will be kept. Care and upkeep of notebook is the responsibility of the student. Notebooks will be checked often and must be legible.

    Daily work/Practice: Students are expected to complete assignments in their interactive notebooks daily. Students are also expected to check their work. When learning a new language, mistakes will occur, and learning from those mistakes is another aspect of practice and language mastery. As assignments are corrected in the classroom, it is the student’s responsibility to correct the assignments.


    Homework/Preparation: Homework will be given daily and needs to be completed. Homework assignments can be found on Canvas. Students are expected to spend at least thirty minutes every evening studying, in order to complete their homework, study the vocabulary (verbalize the vocabulary/practice vocab daily), and review the grammar concepts for the chapter.

    Absences: It is the student’s responsibility to complete the work they missed due to an absence. Upon missing class, the expectation is that the student visit Canvas and make-up all work that is posted on Canvas for the day(s) missed. The lesson and homework will be posted daily. Please do not come to class asking me what we did before checking Canvas. If additional clarification is needed, then please come see me.

    50% Floor: SMS incorporates a modified 50% floor policy. Any assignment submitted by a student that is accepted by a teacher will receive a minimum grade of a 50%. A teacher has the responsibility to not accept assignments from student that do not meet minimal standards of completion. There is no floor for assessments. Students will receive the mark/score they earned on the assessment. Any assignment that remains un-submitted at the end of the unit of study, or two weeks after the original due date (teacher discretion), will remain/be entered as a zero in the grade book.


    Re-do/Re-Take: SMS encourages students to re-do/re-take assessments on which they performed below their desired level of mastery. In order to be eligible to schedule a re-do/re-take time with a teacher a student must complete the following tasks:

    • Ensure all assignments for the unit of study are turned in.
    • Meet with the teacher to plan, prepare and complete the re-do/re-take.
    • A student’s opportunity to re-do/re-take an assessment is always subject to teacher discretion. If a student chooses to retake an exam, the retake score (whether it is higher or lower than the original score) will be input in the grade book.After School Detention: SMS staff and administration believe in the value and importance of teaching students responsibility and accountability. As a result, students may be assigned After School Detention (ASD). ASD will be held three days a week. Students who are assigned ASD will serve on the next scheduled ASD day. Students will not serve on the day ASD is assigned in order to allow parents the opportunity to make arrangements to pick up their child. District transportation cannot be provided for ASD. Students will need to be picked up no later than 4:30PM. ASD may be assigned by a teacher for the following reasons:
    • Tardy to Class
    • Unprepared for Class (missing materials, missing required components of a project, etc.)
    • Failure to submit an assignment   
    • Tutoring: It is my expectation that students are studying vocabulary, working on classwork, and completing homework daily. If additional assistance is needed, tutoring can set up before school on Thursdays or during 4th hour lunch. Students must sign-up in advanced.
    • The ASD program is not meant to address behavior issues in the classroom. However, a teacher may utilize lunch detention, after school detention, hold student/parent conference in order to address inappropriate behaviors in the classroom. These consequences are not related to the ASD program and will be accompanied by communication from the classroom teacher.

    Grading Policy:

    Grades will be determined by the following percentage scale:

    A = 90 - 100%

    B = 80 - ­89%

    C = 70 - ­79%

    D = 60 - ­69%

    F = 59% and below


    Grades for this course are weighted and will be based on the following:

                    Course Breakdown:                                            Description:

                    60% Assessments                                                Unit Exams, Quizzes, Projects, etc.

                    20% Daily Work and Practice                            Bell Work, Class Work, Homework

                    20% Final Exam                                                   Final Exam is 20% overall grade.

    Students who do not earn a C (70%) upon completion of the Fall Semester are not recommended for the class for Spring Semester.

    *****High School Credit: Per HUSD policy, in order to receive high school credit, the student must earn a 70% or higher as their final grade in the course.

    Plagiarism/cheating: If a student intentionally plagiarizes or cheats, parent contact will be made immediately, the child will receive a zero on the assignment or assessment, and will be referred to the office for the offense.

    Disclaimer Statement: Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of the class.