Class Expectations & Grading Policy
******Please note, this is a 3-credit college course through SUNY Adirondack. The grade for the SUNY course will be posted in January, after the first semester, although the CCS course continues until the end of the year. You will be given information and instructions on how to register for the course.******
This class is graded on class participation, skills and assignments.
1) Class participation is an extremely important part of this class and at least 30% of your grade. You will receive a class participation grade (usually) every five days (20 points/day), approximately once a week. Class participation is how you use class time. This includes effort, being prepared, respectful, and on time, and trying to do what is expected during class time. The key to successfully learning a language is practicing the language. This includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing...all in Spanish. You are expected to use Spanish at all times in the classroom. You are taught how to ask a question when you don't know the word or understand what is being said/taught. You will be given specific opportunities to engage and grow in the language every day, regardless of how timid or knowledgeable you are. The key to class participation is trying your best in class each day, not whether you make a mistake. (Mistakes are an important part of language learning)!
2) After appropriate preparation, each language skill is tested through a variety of formats. This could be a quiz, test, conversation, project or presentation. You will always be clearly informed of what and when this is, as well as how it is graded. “Pop” quizzes, however, may occur on any given day.
3) An assignment grade is given (usually) for every 5 assignments (20 points each), and may be classwork or homework. It is not graded on accuracy or correctness, only on effort, following directions and that it was completed in good faith. The assignment is due at the beginning of class for full credit. You may receive half credit if it is completed by the end of the day (if the answers are not given in class). If it is not received by the end of the day, you must stay after and complete it or make alternate arrangements with the teacher THAT DAY! Cheating of any kind results in a non-negotiable zero, and jeopardizes your opportunity to stay in the course. In class, we have discussed what it is and what not to do. Cheating is very obvious to the world language teacher. This includes copying and using certain computer programs and translators, as well as sharing your work and information.
The lowest of any one of these grades (#s 1-3 from above) is dropped each marking period.
Materials Needed: dark-writing pens, pencils with eraser, 200 note/index cards (non-fluorescent), (2) one subject (or larger) notebooks (spiral or composition), 1 heavy-duty expandable folder or binder (for Spanish ONLY; 8+ coloring instruments (pencils, markers OR crayons).
Optional, but handy: 4 colors+ dry-erase markers, scissors, glue stick, book cover, pencil case (soft or hard)
(All items except notebooks, folder and notecards may be used for other classes as well). If you need help acquiring these classroom materials, let me know!
Absences are your responsibility. You have 2 weeks after your absence to make up the class (unless you have specifically made other arrangements with the teacher). You need to talk to the teacher to set up a time that we can meet to review what was taught and to make up any missing work, which includes class participation points. I certainly understand that Spanish is not your only class and I am very flexible. Yet it is extremely important that you understand it is your responsibility to see me. All homework will be posted on my website found on the CCS home page. Class participation still needs to be made up in person!
Extra help is always available during mutually free time or after school, in person or remotely. You are expected to stay after school if you are showing difficulty in a particular area, have neglected to do your work, or are requested to do so by the teacher.
Please call or email me if you have any concerns or questions. I can only help if I am aware of the issue and I am happy to communicate with you! My job is to teach you Spanish…successfully!
Phone: 677-8527 X 1508 Email: Kristen.Narkiewicz@cambridgecsd.org