• A note about Homework    Posted 8/21/18
    Dear Parents:  
    If any homework is assigned, it is posted daily on my whiteboards in the classroom.  For each class, students have the primary responsibility to write it in their Jagenda daily.  This habit is vital in middle school and sets up the habit that should continue into high school.  I've also encouraged your son/daughter to have a contact number or email from another student in class to exchange ideas and to have conversations in Spanish.  I also keep a class Jagenda that lists each class' homework as a backup.  You are also welcome to email me to inquire about assignments if your son/daughter will miss more than 1 day at a time.  Assignments will also be on PowerSchool and updated on the weekends.  Therefore, please check your son/daughter's Jagenda for up to date homework assignments and future projects/assessments. As always, please contact me if you have further questions.  ¡Gracias! 
    Nearing the end of our first week of school!  Posted 8/16/18
    Wow! What a week.  I have set up Google Classroom & Duolingo with all my students.  I have begun instruction with my Spanish 2 class.  Spanish 1A & 1B will begin tomorrow.  It looks like everyone has materials and is ready to go.  Parents:  Thank you for coming to back to school night and patienly listening to my explanations and ambitions.  I sincerely believe that we will have a great year and I look forward to working with all of youl in every aspect of your child's Spanish learning.  Students:  You guys are wonderful.  I love your personalities and can't wait to remember your names...give me a couple of weeks, I'll get there.  
    1st day of class!  Posted 8/13/18 
    Hello!  We had a great day of sharing our summer travel stories. I was suprised to see so many students that had traveled outside of the country and within the U.S.  We reflected and are inspired to get to know each other more.  Also, I told all my students my grasshopper story (the highlight of my summer)...ask your child!  I hope they had a great first day too.    
    Students:  On 8/14/18, we will work on getting connected with our google classroom site and duolingo for school site.  You do not need to bring anything for this class.  We will begin Spanish lessons on Wednesday.
    Get some Spanish Exposure!  Posted 8/9/18
    Spanish is an elective in the Exploratory Department, but an academic class!  I integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing each day to learn the language.  However, in class participation will not be enough to remember all the new vocabulary/grammar you will be exposed to throughout the year.  It is recommended that you listen to Spanish music each day, talk to someone who knows the language or watch an animated movie on DVD/Blu-Ray by changing the audio/subtitles to Spanish.  It is vital to be exposed to the language outside of class for at least a half hour on a daily basis, when possible.  The more you immerse yourself with Spanish outside of class, the more you will understand it longterm.  It's ok if you don't understand it, your brain will make sense of it while you sleep.
    Spanish Music Suggestions (find samples of songs on Amazon Music/iTunes/google: top Spanish artists through last.fm (website)):
         Latin Rock:  Maná, Juanes, Café Tacuba, Caifanes, Jaguares, Enanitos Verdes, La Ley.
         Latin Pop/Easy Listening:  Spain (Enrique Iglesias, Marta Sánchez, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Presuntos Implicados, Alejandro Sanz, Rocio Durcal, Miguel Bosé), North America (Julieta Venegas, Ana Gabriel, Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis, Lucero, Paulina Rubio, Alvaro Torres, Ricardo Arjona, Aleks Syntek, Fey, Pandora, Ricky Martin, RBD), South America (Shakira, Carlos Vives, Amparo Sandino, Franco de Vita, Ricardo Montaner, Leo Dan <very clear to hear>, Soraya), Italy (Eros Ramazotti <Albums: Todo Historias, Donde hay Música>, Laura Pausini <Albums: Las Cosas que vives, Laura Pausini>, Gianluca Grignani <song: La historia entre tus dedos>, Andrea Bocelli <Albums: Amor, Romance>, Nek <Albums:  El Año Cero, Una parte de mí>.
         Carribean Salsa/Merengue/Bachata: Fonseca, Gloria Estefan, Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Olga Tañon, Elvis Crespo.