Manatee School for the Arts

Manatee School for the Arts

Spanish I Syllabus

Clase deEspañol I

Manatee School for the Arts

Palmetto, FL


PROFESORA: Leniza Vega Conde


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PHONE: 941.721.6800 ext.1107


Spanishads to the students understanding of the structure of the Spanish language and also increaseshis/her vocabulary. Students begin to acquire proficiency in Spanish through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach to language learning. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and on acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. Cross-cultural understanding is fostered and real-life applications are emphasized throughout the course.


The student will:

  • Understand and respond to written and spoken language about daily activities.
  • Use math functions in Spanish with numbers over 100.
  • Recognize differences between Spanish and English sounds, spelling and word order.
  • Know the Spanish names of major countries and cities.
  • Identify similar and different behavioral patterns between Spanish-speaking cultures and American culture.



But not be limited to, the following:

- conversational expression of feelings, ideas, and opinions in Spanish

- comprehension of spoken and written Spanish

- oral and written presentation of information and ideas, in Spanish, to an audience

- social interaction patterns within Spanish culture(s)

- connections between the Spanish language and culture(s) and other disciplines

- communication patterns of languages

- Spanish language usage within and beyond the school setting.


This course is aligned with Sunshine State Standards. For a comprehensive listing of state standards, please visit:

MATERIALS: I (Sra. Vega) need all these materials byTuesday,September 2nd (A day) Wednesday, September 3rd(B day)


A) You will be keeping a Spanish Portfolio throughout the year, dedicated to this class only! The primary purpose of this requirement is to help you be more organized. Your Spanish portfolio has to be a 3 ring binder with plenty of paper and 5 dividers. In the binder, you will be expected to have the following:

You will have this syllabus in the beginning of the portfolio.

  1. Vocabulary.
  2. Bell works and activities in order by page, activity number and date.
  3. Notes and verbs conjugations.
  4. Homework and songs.
  5. Test and projects.

B) Bring a Spanish-English/English- Spanish Dictionary to every class.

For each class throughout the year: - if you lose these materials, replace it!

A. 2 pencils, sharpened

B. A pencil sharpener

C.2 black ball point pens


Experience has shown that students who do not attend class do poorly. Therefore, daily attendance is a vital component in successfully completing the Major Instructional Goals. If a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to find out what work was missed.

Students who miss class must be responsible for doing following:

  • Get the name, phone number, FB or twitter of (2) classmates whom you can contact in case you will miss a class.
  • Be prepared for the next class meeting by studying for scheduled tests and completing any assigned work. (Absence is not an excuse).
  • Pick up missed assignments from the teacher and have them completed and handed in at or before beginning of the next class. (Absence is not an excuse).
  • Copy notes or vocabulary from a reliable classmate.
  • Obtain handouts from instructor prior the day you come back from your absence.

I will repeat: Absence is not an excuse. You have to be responsible and make sure that you do the work for the day or days that you miss.


First Semester 100% / Second Semester 100%
Assessments: 40% / Assessments: 40%
Test and quizzes: 25% / Test and quizzes 25%
Homework: 10% / Homework: 10%
Participation: 5% / Participation: 5%
Mid Term 20% / Final Exam: 20%

Grading Scale

  • A= 90-100%
  • B= 89-80%
  • C= 79-70%
  • D= 69-60%
  • F= 59% or below
  • If you are in Middle School and you are taking this class as a high school credit class,you need to have 80% or more, every semester, to receive it as a high school credit.


Except classroom participation and performances, the student must arrange to complete make-up work within four (4) days after his/her return to school. Assignments, assessments and test not made up within 4 days will receive a zero. Make-up test will not be done during regular class time. Please see Sra. Vega to schedule a mutually agreeable time to complete make-up test.


All classroom work has to be turned in at the end of the class period. All homework will be handed at the beginning of the class. Homework turned in next class after due date; will result in the loss of 20% of the grade. Sra. Vega will not accept any homework or project after next class of due date, therefore, it will end up as a “0” for that particular assignment.


The student has five (5) minutes to go to the next class before the bell ring. During this time the student can go to the bathroom and/or drink water, not during class. The Manatee School for the Arts Tardy Policy will be strictly enforced in this class.


Your will receive 20% of your final grade from projects and presentations. You will be given detailed description and assignment of these accordingly during the semester.


Midterms and finals will represent the last 20% of your final grade. Participation, homework, having an organized and complete Spanish Portfolio, preparation and presentation of your projects will give you perfect “training” to be successful in your midterms and finals.


Honesty is expected of all students. Once testing/evaluation instructions have begun and papers are handed out, the students are to abide by the subsequent set of discussed test taking behavior rules. Failure to follow these rules will result in Student Services dishonest policies and receiving a zero on the test/evaluation.


Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated in this class. Sexual harassment can refer to both physical and verbal acts. If you ever feel uncomfortable about any material discussed, a thing asks of you to say or do from another classmate, please notify me.


DIVERSITY IS CELEBRATED IN THIS CLASSS!!!Please be considerate and respectful with your comments and opinions of other races, ethnic groups, cultures, sexes, those with different sexual orientation, religion, etc.

Classroom Rules and Expectations

The following have been set into place to create a safe and enjoyable learning environment. Failure to follow and compromise to the classroom rules and expectations will affect your class grade, and lead to disciplinary action.

1.BE POSITIVE! Come with an open mind, ready to learn.

2 YES, YOU CAN!!!!! Never say “I can’t say it” or “I can’t do it”.HEAVY EMPHASIS ON CLASS PARTICIPATION.

3. BE ON TIME AND PREPARED. When the bell rings be in your seat with the Spanish portfolio and materials on your desk, quiet and ready to work. Students will not be excused to go to other classes to get materials, drink water or go to the restrooms. Use your five minutes from class to class wisely!

4. BE RESPECTFUL. It is important to act with courtesy and respect towards your fellow classmates and your teacher, and to respect all property in your Spanish classroom. You are not respecting your classmates or your teacher if you are talking, laughing, playing with another classmate, reading or doing other class assignments. Listen respectfully to any student in class discussion or presentation in front of the class. Always rise up your hand for participation and respect turns. In our school all students have the right to learn and students interfering with that right will be handled accordingly.

5. Keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.

6. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. We will alternate between a variety of activities and students must follow directions given the first time for all the activities.

7. You will be allow to drink only bottles of clear water and when you finish throw these in the recycle bins or trash cans.


THEIR LEARNING. Sleeping or resting heads are signs that you are not being attentive or even more you are not learning.

9.Cell phones and IPods are not to be seen during class. These items will be confiscated if seen by a teacher or administrator. A parent will be required to come to school to claim these items at Student Support.

10. Always remember you have the power of CHOICE! You chose to be here. You are responsible for your choices and each choice you make has a set of consequences that are experienced based on your choice. Some are positive, some…not so much.

11. Follow all routines and procedures regardless of who is teaching.

12.The teacher, not the bell, dismisses the class.

13. Breathe …and have FUN!

14. Todos los días en clase y en casa: Estudia, practica y habla en Español.

Procedures for classroom expectation and rule violations:

1. First violation: Student/teacher conference

2. Second violation: Parent notification

3. Third violation: Referral to Student Services

REWARD: “You live a new life for every new language you speak.If you know only one language, you live only once”. –Anonymous, Czech proverb


Please sign, and Sra. Vega will check this receipt byTuesday,September 2nd (A day) Wednesday, September 3rd (B day)

Spanish I




  • I have read the above information and understand the importance of following the policies outlined above. Furthermore, I am aware of the consequences if I do not follow these procedures.


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  • I have read the information above (6pages) and understand the expectations and consequences set forth for my child.


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Wish List: (At anytime during the school year)

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Tissue Paper
  • Paper towel
  • Band-Aids
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Pencil
  • Pens

All these material are for the use of the students, they always need them at some point during the school year. We will greatly appreciate if parents can donate these supplies for our classroom!!!

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