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Here are the "rules and regulations" for my  class this year. In addition, my grading scale is listed.

¡BIENVENIDOS A LA CLASE DE ESPAÑOL!  Mr. Les Crue

Welcome to Spanish! I am very happy that I will have the opportunity to teach you Spanish this year. I want you to enjoy the experience of Spanish class. I try to make the class as fun as possible while learning a language that is becoming more widely used each passing day! 

 

A brief introduction about me- I have been teaching Spanish for 18 years, this being my third here at LCDS. I have a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and a M.Ed. from Loyola College of Maryland. I have had the opportunity to travel to Spanish-speaking countries, including living in Chile for 18 months. I have taught all levels of classes, from middle school right through to the college/university level.

 

**Our classroom has a different location this year. it is in the 6th grade building, across from the music room.

 

 

WEB SITE AND E-MAIL

I do have a web site! You have two options on how to get there: 

 

1) Go to the school’s web site http://www.lcds.org/  Click on “teacher pages”, then click on my name and then click on where it says “Spanish web page”. There will be information of a general nature there for you, along with a link to the homework/extra credit page, which is at:

 

2) You can also access it at http://lmcspanish.tripod.com.  [Please note that it’s a lower case “L” in “lmcspanish”, not the number 1]. You can access this by simply typing the address into your Web browser.

 

Once on my site, click on the navigation bar to the appropriate link [extra credit, homework page, etc.] to find the information that you are seeking. On it you will find homework assignments, review pages for quizzes/tests/exams, extra credit, links to assignments, cultural material, etc. I will put daily homework assignments on the web site every afternoon by 5:00 PM.


E-Mail      Les.Crue@lcds.org 

*********Students from last year: I will NOT be using the Yahoo! e-mail for queries that I have used in the past.    

 

SUPPLIES for class

 

You will need the following for class: notebook paper, pen or pencil, dry erase marker, covered textbook  workbook and assigned homework. Students should have a section in their binders for Spanish .

 

Students have received Spanish-English notebook dictionaries and should still have them in their possession.

 

Textbooks:  Names MUST  be in the inside front cover. If you do not have your text covered, a warning will be issued. A second offense during a trimester will result in a lunch detention.

 

Workbooks:  Students should bring them to class every day.

HOMEWORK, QUIZZES and TESTS


1.  You must be prepared for class, meaning paper, pen or pencil, textbook [covered], workbook and homework. You must have your homework with you, on time.

 

2. HOMEWORK- Homework will be assigned on most nights particularly on Thursdays [since we do not have class on Fridays] I post the assignments on the white board as well as on the web site.  You will know which assignments are to be handed in and graded or that I check to see if they are completed. Homework assigned on Thursdays usually will be collected and graded.

 

Late assignments: For daily assignments, if the homework is not completed for the next class, you will receive a zero fro that assignment.

 

For assignments to be handed in for a grade, one class period late is a one-letter grade deduction. Two class periods late is a two-letter grade deduction. An assignment three class periods or later results in a zero. If this pattern persists, students will have to complete work either during their lunch period or after school.

 

Do NOT under any circumstances ask the front office staff or another teacher to place homework or any other assignment into my teacher's box or in my room. And NEVER simply lay a homework assignment onto my desk!   The only exception to that is if a student is doing work during lunch and/or after school. Those particular assignments can be given to Mrs. Hope.

3. QUIZZES- I give quizzes on a regular basis, and announce them in advance in most cases. I will tell you what the topics are and post them on the front board and on your class’ web page. 

 

 ** I give Pop Quizzes!  They give me an indication on whether or not you are studying each night. Pop Quizzes are very short, given at the start of class, and usually are no more than five [5] questions.

 
4. TESTS and EXAMS- I give tests on a regular basis, generally every 4-6 weeks. I give a week's notice to you. You will receive a list of topics for the test and its format [a la quizzes]. The topics will also be posted on your web page. A test review is held the day prior to the test. I hand out a study guide for tests, so you know what exactly you need to know.

 4a. PROJECTS- When projects are assigned, you will receive an outline, which will explain expectations, scoring, etc. as well as the amount of time to complete them. Projects are a combination of class time and independent work, unless otherwise stated. The outline will also be posted on your class' web page.

Late assignments: For daily assignments, if the homework is not completed for the next class, you will receive a zero fro that assignment.

 

Late projects: One class period late is a one-letter grade deduction. Two class periods late is a two-letter grade deduction. An assignment three class periods or later results in a zero.

 

5. RETURNED QUIZZES and TESTS- Students will be taking home to  parents/guardians graded quizzes and tests for them to be signed on a regular basis. This will count as a homework grade!!!

PARENTS- This is one form of communication that I have with you. please be sure to sign the quizzes/tests so that I can know that you are aware of your child's progress.  If, for some reason, your child does not bring you home graded quizzes and tests from my class, contact me immediately! I want you to know how your child is doing in Spanish class!

 

EXTRA CREDIT

 I do offer extra credit each trimester. It is strictly optional. Some simple research will have to be done to answer the questions. The questions are on my web site [no hand outs are given] and are due a week prior to the end of the trimester.  There are 10 questions, worth 4 points each. You do NOT have to do all of the questions; you do only the number that you want. To receive credit, the answers to the questions must be 100% correct; no partial credit is given.

 

When you submit your extra credit,  I will inform you if you have any incorrect answers. If you do, you may certainly go back and try to find the answers again!

 

 

 

GRADING SCALE in Spanish class- I use the following percentages to determine grades for each trimester:

Homework/Classwork         35%             Participation                        10%
Quizzes                            30%             Tests/Projects                     25%

 

At the end of the year, there is the final exam. It counts as 1/7 of the final grade.

 

ABSENCES- Please read p. 9 of the Parent/Student Handbook regarding absences.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain the class work and homework assigned. I do post the homework on the web site to help you. 

 In case of a lengthy absence [ex: flu], arrangements can be made to make up work in a reasonable amount of time. Be sure to make those arrangements with me and not assume that you’ll be automatically accomodated.

 

 

DISCIPLINE

All Loudoun Country Day School
discipline rules apply, per the Parent/Student Handbook.


My particular points of emphasis are as follows:


A. To be recognized, you must raise your hand. Shouting out answers is unacceptable and will result in a warning or detention.


B. There is to be no talking in class, particularly when going over assignments/reviewing for tests and quizzes. be cognizant of the needs of your classmates!

 

C. I issue two oral warnings to students prior to giving lunch detentions regarding discipline. If there are continuing issues, conferences will be held with student and parents, with administrator involvement if required.

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE TRIP

The Foreign Language Department is sponsoring a trip to Spain and France during our 2009 Spring Break, April 1-11. All students and families of the Upper School are encouraged to come! This trip is meant to be a fun trip—no quizzes or tests associated, as others possibly are—and you will get to experience Spanish and French through a variety of activities that are planned during the trip. If you would like more information about the trip, see me. We are trying to get a group of at least twenty [20] people minimum to go, so we may have our own tour group. You may invite all members of your family, regardless of whether or not they take a foreign language here at LCDS. Thus, parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. are invited to come along!!

 

[Please note: Those that are NOT related in some way to your family--i.e. your friends who do not attend LCDS--cannot go on this trip. Mme. Bluhm and I are responsible for the safety of all LCDS participants, not those outside of LCDS.

 

PARENTS- COMMUNICATION

If you have any questions at ANY time, please feel free to contact me at the school via phone, or by the school e-mail. I am here to work with you so that your son/daughter can be as successful as possible in Spanish class, and to address your concerns as soon as they may come up. I am on campus Monday-Thursday, not Friday. I am generally on campus from 9-1:45 or so.  If you need to see me for conferences, etc., please contact me so we can set up a convenient time for both of us.

 

I will be here on Back-to-School night and at mid-trimester conference day.