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Maria Cooper-Pereda

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Un poco sobre mí!!!!!!!!!! (A little bit about me!)

Bienvenidos/Welcome Parents of Spanish 2 and 3!                                                        

Hello my name is Maria Jesus Cooper-Pereda but the students will know me as Mrs. P or Profe (which is short for profesora). In case you would like to know my background, I was born in Miami, but grew up in Ecuador, with my mom's family from the time I was 2 until I graduated high school at the age of 17. I am now 31 years old. My first language is Spanish; I also have taken two semesters of American Sign Language and a semester of Ecuador's native language Kechwa. I am an ex-ESL student that has learned English and is still learning since I came to live in the U.S. I got married 8 years ago but have known my husband for 18 years. We do not have children but we do have a dog.

 I have a passion for teaching, most of all I am hoping to become the best guide I can be for your student/s. I grew up with a family that was very close and would like to have that same sense of community and unity within my classroom. I started working at Sumner August 25th 2014. I can’t wait to meet your student/s and begin a new year. 

The best way to contact me!

If you ever need to contact me, the best way is by email  at Maria.Cooper-Pereda@kckps.org. I check my email every day in the afternoon around 6pm. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. Also understand that my family is important to me and I need to make time to be with them as well. Because of this, it will most likely take me 48 hours to answer any emails. I will try my best to answer as fast as possible.

 

I am excited to be your student's Spanish 2 and 3 teacher and I am hoping that the students will also be excited to be in my classroom. Welcome to Spanish 2 and 3!

Some things you (the parent) and I can do for your student/s!

Here are a few recommendations that will not only help me serve your student but will also help you be part of their education:

  • Ask your student to show you the lesson we are studying.
  • Ask your student about big due dates (you can also check on school-loop).
  • Encourage your student to ask for missing work after an absence.
  • Encourage your student to come to me for help before or after school.
  • Most importantly Vocabulary Practice (YOU CAN DO THIS)
  • Read the vocabulary list with your child ask them how it is pronounced. (It is important for them to understand that is okay not to know because by trying and practicing they will learn)
  • Make flashcards: on one side write the English definition and on the other the Spanish word.
  • Encourage your student to study every day for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • The list of words will be available on Quizlet. I will show students how to use it, the cool thing about Quizlet is that it can accessed from any computer or phone.
  • Do you want to have fun? SI!!!!!!!!! Label your house with Spanish vocabulary using sticky notes. Label colors, food, clothing, a calendar. You do not have to do all of them just do a couple as we move through the curriculum.

What I expect from your student/s

Student expectations: To improve performance your student can do the following:

  • Regular, daily short practice (5-10min) -an effective way to learn vocabulary and grammar
  • Use flashcards and/or label household objects to help with learning new material
  • Have a Spanish/English dictionary at home (helpful but not required)
  • Practice with games and quizzes
  • Record Spanish sentences to better learn Spanish pronunciation and vocabulary
  • Using Spanish as much as possible when the situation permits it. Example, talk to Spanish speaking friends, order some food at the restaurant, name foods as you grocery shop.

Spanish 2 Syllabus

Spanish 2

Profe Mrs. P

Rm. 103

Text: Avancemos, Dos

 

Course Descriptions: Students review and strengthen the basic skills acquired in Level 1. They continue the study of major structures of the language while acquiring both a broader vocabulary and grammar base sufficient to speak, read and comprehend in most everyday situations. Students read a variety of literary genre such as short stories, poetry, and drama in the target language. Students gain a deeper understanding of the cultures where the target language is spoken.

 

Language learning: Writing, reading, speaking, and listening comprehension are language skills that will be addressed throughout the year. All are important for the development of a foreign language. To a varying extent, each of these skills will be used in most class periods. Because of the nature of language itself, what is learned from day one of class will be needed throughout the year. Learning a foreign language requires the constant building of information on top of what is already learned. Therefore, getting off to a good start with studying and learning Spanish is extremely important. Cultural topics on Latin America and Spain are as important as the language component as whole language cannot be complete whit out knowledge of culture.

 

Course Topic Outline:

 

1. introductions                    

2. geography                         

3. economics                         

4. culture                               

5. family

6. likes/dislikes/needs, etc.

7. food

8. student-related activities in their daily lives

9. grammar related to the aforementioned

 

 

Mandatory Supplies:

                  Folder

                  Loose leaf paper (Spiral not acceptable)

                  Pen and/or pencil

                  Colored pen in order to correct homework

                  Laptop

                  Online text

                  Index cards

All supplies must be brought to class everyday!

 

Grading procedures: Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, including but not limited to oral presentations, homework, quizzes (both announced and not), chapter tests, and semester exams. Emphasis of the quarter grades is on homework and participation with tests designed to measure the level of skill the student has attained. However, these tests can often lower a student’s grade when they have not prepared for it (which is why homework and participation are so vital!). Bell work will be turned in every two weeks. All notes, papers, activities, bell work will be kept in the binder. NO NAME papers will be kept in the SIN NOMBRE folder for a week during first semester only. SIN NOMBRES will receive half credit. Also, extra credit is rarely given. If you do the work that you are supposed to do, and you put forth your best effort, you should not need extra credit. I generally do not encourage extra credit. You should be able to attain an acceptable grade without it. Last, please look online at www.schoolloop.com in order to keep track of your child’s progress and students you should also keep track of your own grades and get in the habit of checking your email daily.

 

100-90=A      89-80=B         79-70=C         69-60=D        59 and below F

 

Vocabulary: Each week the students will receive six new vocabulary words that they must copy onto an index card that needs to be brought to class daily or on a Quizlet list they will create. These vocabulary words are cumulative, meaning that the students’ lists will grow continuously throughout the year, and they will be responsible for knowing all the words throughout the year. Every week the students the will have a vocabulary/spelling test over any of the previous words given. Every Thursday we will take a vocabulary quiz that will contain all the vocabulary from previous weeks. Students are responsible for asking their classmates or emailing me specifically asking for the list no later than Friday of the previous week.

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Make up/late papers: It is expected that students will be in class each period. Only by being in class can the best learning occur. If a class must be missed, then it is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBIITY to come to my room and find out what he or she missed or email me. Late homework papers will NOT be accepted for credit. This means that if homework is not completed on your desk by the time the bell rings it will not count for full points. Students have DAILY HOMEWORK that is worth 10 points if completed completely, if not points will be deducted. ONLY projects and compositions will lose 10% of total points per day late; ALL credit will be forfeited after 5 days. It is the student’s responsibility to put on the paper the number of days the work is late. For other questions regarding makeup work, refer to the district policy.

 

Daily Schedule: When you come to class you should come ready and with all of your materials. You are not to come in the class until you are ready to be part of our learning community. When you are ready, you can come in the room sit and get the homework and bell work out as the bell rings or it will be counted late (refer to late policy #7). The rest of the hour will be divided into book activities, brain breaks and when possible, the last few minutes will be left for learning about Latin culture.

 

 

 

Mrs. P’s Room Rules

ARTES

A         ATTITUDE

Explanation: Think before you speak and be positive while you try your best in the class.

Why: This will allow us to grow as a class and be more understanding and respecting other peoples’ ideas.

 

R         RESPECT

Explanation: Respect the teacher by listening, participating and staying on task. Respect others personal space and be sure you DO NOT make any negative comments. Respect the space you are in as well the classroom and pick up after your self.

Why: Everyone deserves to be respected.

 

T         TARGET

Explanation: Follow directions in order to be able to stay on target. Be attentive, participate in classroom activities, and flow instructions.

Why: This helps to ensure orderly classroom behavior, facilitates transitions between classroom activities, and makes it easier to cover all the material for each class.

 

E          EXPECTATIONS       

Explanation: Come to class prepared and turn homework on time. No cell phones, music or food. Actively contribute to making learning an enjoyable and educational experience. Be creative and dream.

Why:  You need to be prepared and practice at home so we can start class on time and get through all the material each day. Cell phones, music and food are distractions that disrupt learning.  Each student is equally responsible for ensuring a successful fun and creative educational environment.

 

S          SPANISH

            Explanation: Be prepared and open to write, listen and speak in Spanish.

Why: Learning a new language can be frustrating but in order to learn you have to be willing to push your self to embrace the language. This also means that you should regularly practice Spanish outside the classroom.

 

Consequences: This is the general outline of consequences

  1. Warning
  2. Parent contact + Class detention
  3. Another class detention or Office referral + Parent meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

!Ojo! The use of cell phones and calculators are not permitted in my classroom unless I prove their use. Also the use of any translation programs and/or excessive help from native speakers is considered plagiarism.  It is essential for each student to do his/her own work, rather than having someone (or some computer program) do their work for them. If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to ask me for further clarification. Also, any other forms of plagiarism are also not tolerated and will be dealt with according to the code of conduct. (i.e. ‘students, please refer to pgs. 21-23 in the student handbook for Sumner’s Academic honesty Policy)

 

Special Note to Parents: You are essential for helping teachers teach students. Without you, my job to educate our young students is difficult. I appreciate your job as parent, and I understand that while you may not know Spanish, there are still ways to help your child. For example, When studying vocabulary, you can read the English and they can respond (written or oral) in Spanish. You can quiz them and check the answers from their notes, both for meaning and spelling. You can ask them what they learned. You can call or email me with questions. You can attend parent/teacher conferences, etc. Also, www.conjuguemos.com is an excellent website that you and your student can visit.

 

Ps: If you could please send a couple of tissue boxes for the classroom that would be greatly appreciated. Winter is coming and it is less distracting if students can have a tissue in the class rather than going to the bathroom.

 

How to Contact me: The number for my classroom is 913-627-7292. The best way to contact me is by email at Maria.Cooper-Pereda@kckps.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Bienvenidos a español 2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please sign in the appropriate line.

 

1. My parents and I have read and understand the Course Syllabus and Classroom Management Plan for Mrs. P’s classroom

 

Parent/ Guardian Signature          _________________________  

 

Student Name (Please Print):       _________________________

 

Student Signature                       __________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Outline

 

Grammar: (this order may change in order to best accommodate student needs)

 

1st Quarter:

                        Review of Spanish 1 as needed

                        Reflexives

 

2nd Quarter:

Direct Object Pronouns

                        Indirect Object Pronouns

Present Progressive             

 

3rd Quarter:

                        Preterite

 

4th Quarter:

                        Preterite vs. Imperfect

 

Vocabulary:

  • Related to student’s daily life and topic

 

Culture:

  • Hispanics in the U.S.
  • Art and music in the Hispanic world
  • Pre-Colombian civilizations
  • Travel in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Cultural differences among Spanish-speaking countries

 

Literature:

  • Short cultural readings

 

Spanish 3 Syllabus

Spanish III

Sra. P

Rm. 103

TEXT:  Avancemos, Tres

 

Course Description:      Students review and strengthen the basic skills acquired in Levels 1 and 2. They continue the study of major structures of the language while acquiring a broader vocabulary base sufficient to speak, read, listen and comprehend in most everyday situations. Students read a variety of literary genre such as short stories, poetry, and drama in the target language. Students gain a deeper understanding of the cultures where the target language is spoken.

 

Classroom Expectations:

Be respectful                                    Sea respetuoso(a)

Be on time and prepared           Llegue a tiempo y preparado

Be ready to learn                      Esté listo(a) para aprender

 

Supplies:

folder or binder and loose leaf paper  (Spiral not acceptable!)

composition notebook

pen and/or pencil

different color for correcting work

laptop

textbook – (online)

 

ALL supplies must be brought to class everyday!

 

Grading procedures:     Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, including but not limited to oral presentations, homework, quizzes (both announced and not), chapter tests, and semester exams.  Emphasis of the quarter grades is on homework and participation, with tests designed to measure the level of skill the student has attained.  However, these tests can often lower a student’s grade when they have not prepared for it (which is why homework and participation are so vital!).  Extra credit is not given.

 

100-90 =           89-80 = B          79-70 = C         69-60 = D         59 and below    F

 

Make up / late papers:           It is expected that students will be in class each period.  Only by being in class can the best learning occur.  If a class must be missed, then it is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to come to my room and find out what he or she missed.  No late work will be accepted.  For other questions regarding makeup work, refer to the code of conduct manual.  No-name papers receive half credit.

 

Vocabulary:                  Each quarter the students will receive new vocabulary words that they must copy and store, which needs to be brought to class daily.  These vocabulary words are cumulative, mearning that the students’ lists will grow continuously throughout the year, and they will be responsible for knowing all the words throughout the year.  Vocabulary exams will be used for assessment.  The words will be by unit.

 

Course Topic Outline:

  1. introductions
  2. geography
  3. economics
  4. culture
  5. family
  6. likes/dislikes/needs, etc.
  7. food
  8. student-related activities in their daily lives
  9. grammar related to the aforementioned

 

 

¡OJO! The use of cell phones and calculators is not permitted in my classroom.  Also, the use of any translation programs and/or excessive help from native speakers is considered plagiarism.  It is essential for each student to his/her own work, rather than having someone (or some computer program) do their work for them.  If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to ask me for further clarification.  Other and all forms of plagiarism are not tolerated and any additional questions can be answered using the code of conduct book.

 

Special Note to Parents:        You are essential for helping teachers teach students.  Without you, my job to educate our young students is difficult.  I appreciate your job as parent, and I understand that while you may not know Spanish, there are still ways to help your child.  For example, when studying vocabulary, you can read the English and they can respond (written or oral) in Spanish.  You can quiz them and check the answers from their notes, both for meaning and spelling.  You can ask them what they learned.  You can call or email me with questions.  You can attend parent/teacher conferences, etc.

 

How to Contact Me: How to Contact me: The number for my classroom is 913-627-7292. The best way to contact me is by email at Maria.Cooper-Pereda@kckps.org. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Outline

 

Grammar:  (this order may change in order to best accommodate student need)

 

1st Quarter:

Review of Spanish 1 & 2, as needed

Use of preterite vs. imperfect

 

2nd Quarter:

                  Continue preterite vs. imperfect

                  Direct Object Pronouns

                  Indirect Object Pronouns          

 

3rd Quarter: 

Perfects

                  Negatives / Affirmatives

                  Prepositions

                  Conditional

                  Future

                  Por vs. Para

 

4th Quarter: 

Subjunctive

                 

 

Vocabulary:

  • related to student’s daily life

 

Culture:

  • Hispanics in the U.S.
  • Art and music in the Hispanic world
  • Pre-Colombian civilizations
  • Travel in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Cultural differences among Spanish-speaking countries

 

Literature:

  • Short cultural readings

 

 

 

Mrs. P
Mrs. P

NHS TUTORING!!!!!!!

FIrst day for tutoring will beMonday Sept 26 from 3:15 - 3:50 in room #301. We will have Spanish NHS students available to tutor. It is very helpful if you ask your Spanish teacher about an specific task, list of words, theme, etc to get some help with. It makes it easier not he tutor to know about something in specific they can help you with. 

 

Mrs. P

TUTORING!!!!!

As you will know I am the Assistant Coach for Girls Tennis so my schedule is going to be pretty full until October 4th. After that I am available to stay after school on Mondays. You do need to talk to me in advance if you would like for me to stay after. I appreciate if you would send me an email or talk to me personally the Thursday or at the latest by Friday morning if you would me to stay that following Monday!

 

I will post any changes or if any other additional tutoring is available!

 

Gracias chicos!

 

Mrs. P

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