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    ! Bienvenido a mi clase de Espanol !



     ¡BIENVENIDOS!  Welcome to Spanish I!  

    Ponder  High School — Spanish I Course Syllabus 2018-2019


    Teacher: Mrs. Youssef        Phone: 940-479-8382

    Email: ayoussef@ponderisd.net    Conference period: 3rd period, 9:42-10:28am


    *Parents: please read this syllabus with your student then sign and return the last page to Mrs. Youssef by Friday, August 24th, 2018. This is the first grade of the six weeks!!



    This course is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of the Spanish language, as well as the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will have daily assignments, as well as numerous vocabulary and grammar tests. Students will work both individually and in groups to complete daily assignments or dialogues practicing Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Each chapter covers a different element of the Spanish language, such as food, the classroom, and entertainment. Additionally, in each chapter, students learn about different Spanish-speaking countries and regions. There will also be various projects over Spanish-speaking countries, famous Spanish-speakers, etc

    Students will learn to speak, read, and write in Spanish through practice, role-playing, conversation and self-expressive projects.   Spanish I is a required course to satisfy 1 of 2 foreign language requirements to graduate.

    Textbook:   Pearson- Texas Autentico Volume 1,


    SUPPLIES NEEDED (please bring to class by Monday, August 20):

    • Pencil/pen (you need to bring your own EVERY day to class!)
    • 1 three-ring binder OR 1 folder with pockets (bring everyday to class)
    • 1 spiral notebook (bring everyday to class)
    • One of the following for classroom use:
      • 1 box of tissues
      • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer
      • 1 package of Expo markers
      • 1 package of pencils
      • Clorox wipes

    CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:  I want all students to ARISE to the following expectations…

    A: Accountability = Come to class with all supplies, ready to learn

    R: Respect = Watch your mouth! Be Courteous and Respectful to your teacher, classmates, and all property in the classroom

    I: Involved = Know when to Participate in class and when to Stay Quiet

    S: Safety = Keep hands and feet to yourself, No airborne objects in class!

    E: Excel = I want you to succeed…ask questions and let me know if you do not understand!


    Cell phones, or any other electronic devices will only be permitted when permission has been given to use them as educational tools.

    You are expected to raise your hand and be recognized before speaking.

    You are expected to remain seated unless you have permission to do otherwise. If you need to get up for any reason, please raise your hand.



    JOB #1:  Watch Your Mouth- Students will exhibit courtesy and respect toward others at all times. Hateful comments concerning race, gender, sexuality, political views, appearance, or of any other type will not be tolerated; this applies to serious as well as "joking" comments.
    JOB #2:  Keep Your Hands and feet to Yourself- If you are bothering someone else, you are creating a problem.
    JOB #3:  Be responsible- Bring what you need for class every day (chromebook, pencil, paper).  If you don’t have it, get it before class begins. Do not use your phone in class.
    JOB #4:  Leave the Food at Home- Students may not eat or drink in the classroom. This includes gum and candy.
    JOB #5: I Need Your Eyes & Ears- Students may not use headphones or sleep in class. To prevent this, student eyes and ears must be open and visible to the instructor at all times.
    JOB #6: Nothing Goes Airborne- Nothing will go airborne in class at any time. This includes pens, paper, and other students.


    CONSEQUENCES: Students who choose not to follow these rules will receive consequences, which include but are not limited to: verbal warning, loss of privileges, seat change, parent contact, detention, and/or office referral. In case of a detention, students will receive a detention slip; have it signed by parent and return to me. Detentions will be in room 123 from 7:25-7:55am, or from 3:30- 4:00pm. A skipped or forgotten detention will result in an office referral.


    GRADING:  Grades are according to PISD's scale: A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, F= Below 70

    -Tests and projects                          50%

            -Daily:Quizzes, participation, In-class assignments ,homework:     50%

    COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: This portion of your grade includes listening, reading, writing and speaking activities that take place during class or as homework.  Students are expected to participate in class and practice their Spanish. Part of this grade will include occasional “Participation” grades. Keep this grade up by answering questions, participating in speaking activities, cooperating in group activities, and listening well.


    CALENTAMIENTO (bellwork):  A section of your Spanish notebook will be for your daily CALENTAMIENTO activities.  Make sure you write the DATE for each bell-work.  The first day you are back in class after an absence you must have the date signed by me; you do not need to makeup the bellwork.  Every Friday you will turn in your completed bellwork for a homework grade. Points will be taken off any blank bellwork entries.


    LATE WORK:  Work is due when the student arrives in class.  Work is considered late if it is not done, forgotten at home, or lost.  My late policy is as follows: 1 day late = minus 30 points, 2 days late = minus 50 points, and 3+ days late = a zero for that assignment.


    MAKE-UP WORK:  When a student is absent, it is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with me to obtain and complete make-up work. Students have the number of days absent plus one day to complete all work.  Students must make up missed tests, quizzes, listening and speaking activities before or after school.


    CELL PHONES/CHROMEBOOKS:  Students are expected to bring their Chromebook (and headphones, if possible) to class every day.  We will use them on a daily basis. Cell phones will not be allowed in class unless the teacher specifically says so for the lesson.  When permission has NOT been given, any cell phone or personal device seen or heard will be TAKEN UP by the teacher. Cell phones will be turned in to the office and Mr. Waldo will charge $15 to get the device back.


    Cheating or copying is not allowed under any circumstances and earns an automatic zero for the assignment.This includes:

    • Using a computer program to translate ( I will know!!!)
    • Placing your name on an assignment that you did not do.
    • Giving and receiving answers on individual assignments or during testing.

    RESTROOM USE:  As a general rule, students will not be allowed to use the restroom during class. If it is an emergency, and the student can ask in Spanish (“¿Puedo ir al baño? Es una emergencia.”), they will be permitted to go.





    To retest a failed TEST or QUIZ

    1. Original test grade must be below a 70.
    2. 70 is the HIGHEST grade that can be achieved on a retest.
    3. Take the test during my conference period, before school, or after school.



    Tutoring for Spanish I is available and encouraged! You do not have to have a failing or low grade to receive tutoring! I would love to help you better understand the difficult concepts taught in Spanish I. I am available daily before or after school or during 3rd  period if you would like help. Please contact me beforehand so we can schedule a time to meet.


    PARENTS: PHS VIDEO POLICY:  Any movie rated other than “G” requires parent/guardian permission.  Please sign the attached paper if you give your student permission to view a movie that is rated other than “G”.  If you have any concerns or questions, please contact me; I am happy to give you more information about the movies we will watch.  Thank you!!



    - Please arrive to class and be in your assigned seat on time. Upon entering the classroom, please use this time before class to make sure you have everything you need (sharpened pencils, tissue, etc.). If the door is closed, please knock briefly and courteously, then wait patiently.

    - By the bell, all students should be working on their warm-up assignment. The assignment will be listed on the whiteboard and should be started before the bell rings. Bell-work is required and is part of the students’ graded assignments.

    - By the bell, please have your homework on your desk ready to be picked up. It will be collected when the bell rings at the beginning of every class period. If turned in after that point, it will be considered LATE.

    - Please work independently unless you are working on group assignments.

    - When I need your attention or when I need to quiet the class, I will raise my hand and count down (TRES, DOS, UNO). You are expected to stop writing, drawing, reading, or conversing and give me your full attention.

    - Remember, the bell does not dismiss the class, your teacher does. Please clean up any mess made before leaving. Please do not pack up to leave until I announce that you can do so.

    Procedures may be changed or added, but will be rehearsed and discussed with the class.


    If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at  ayoussef@ponderisd.net or call me at school during my conference period: 3rd(10:55-11:40am) at 254-694-3457.

    Thank you and I am looking forward to a great year!

    DUE: Monday, Aug. 21          Please keep the attached syllabus for your reference.


    I have read the syllabus and understand the expectations for this class and the consequences if I do not do what is expected of me.


    Student signature: __________________________    Parent signature: ________________________________


    Parent’s Preferred Contact info: _______________________________________________________________


    Occasionally as we study certain units or countries, we watch videos or movies that are related to our content.  My son/daughter IS ALLOWED to watch movies rated other than “G” in Spanish:


    PG: ______YES _____NO

    PG-13: ______YES _____NO



    Student Personal Survey:

    1. What is your full name?  _____________________________________________________________________________
    2. Do you have access to the internet at home?   _______ YES ________ NO
    3. Do you have any food allergies?  ___________________________________________________
    4. How old are you?   __________ When is your birthday?    _________ / __________ / __________
    5. List all the people/pets that live in your household.  (Example: mom, step-dad, 2 brothers, grandma and 15 cats) ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________
    6. What is your favorite….

    Car/Truck  ____________________________ Sport / Activity  _________________________________

    Food ________________________________       Actor/Actress  __________________________________

    TV show/Movie _______________________ Song/Band ______________________________________

    1. If you won a million dollars what would you do: _____________________________________________
    2. Tell me one thing that bothers you, makes you angry: ________________________________________
    3. Tell me one thing that makes you happy: __________________________________________________
    4. Do you speak Spanish? If yes, how much? (1=very little to 10=Fluent in Spanish)  _____________
    5. What’s your favorite thing you did this summer? ____________________________________________________


    1. Anything else you would like me to know about you?