Mrs. Maenner - 5th - 8th Grade Spanish

Introduction:

 ¡Hola!   ¡Bienvenidos a Español!  My name is Señora Maenner and this is my 21st year of teaching Spanish at St. Vincent de Paul. My ancestry is from Argentina. My parents were both born, raised, and married in Argentina. Most of my relatives are still there, and I grew up speaking Spanish in the home, thus subsequently continued my studies in Spanish.  I received a B.A. in Spanish, and a B.S. in Secondary Education with an additional endorsement in English.  

The best way to reach my is by email: maenners@svdpomaha.org
 
I'm looking forward to another great year!
 

Classroom Information and Links

5th graders - 8th graders learn Spanish with me, 2nd - 4th graders will learn Spanish with Señora McDermott, and K - 1st graders will learn with Señora Flores. The elementary students will be learning a lot of vocabulary so that when they get into 7th - 8th grades they will be able to incorporate that vocabulary into sentences and short conversations.

7th grade students will learn to conjugate (to change the verb form so that sentences make sense grammatically) at the beginning of the school year, and 8th grade students will continue to work on conjugating verbs as well.  8th graders will also be taught "Ser" and "Estar" (two verbs both meaning "to be") which is very important before entering into High School Spanish! 
 
Throughout the school year, students (2nd-8th) learn/recite the Padre Nuestro (The Lord's Prayer) and the sign of the cross in Spanish, and some grades (6th-8th) will also experience a variety of cultural observations and celebrations which includes games, activities and tasting a variety of foods from different Spanish speaking countries!  To see the list of cultural activities and fiestas, click on the link below for Spanish Special Dates.  

When a 5th - 8th grade student is physically absent from Spanish class, it is his/her responsibility to see me promptly after they return to school for any notes missed in class and other assignments (which are usually worksheets and will be posted into their Google Classrooms).  The Daily Work questions will be posted on my school web page AFTER each class (per grade level) has answered them in class, so if you are absent you can find those questions online on my webpage.  It is encouraged that Power School be utilized by the students to "keep up" with their grades, assignments, and missing work.  I do write "notes" in Power School as needed on some assignments.  
 
Study Buddies are great but unfortunately they are not always reliable, so please check Power School often or Google Classroom, and/or check with me for any missing assignments or other concerns.  I will be available to students every morning (except Thursdays and Fridays) between 7:30 - 8:00 for assistance, questions, and concerns.
 
OBJECTIVES:

The School Objective for Spanish at St. Vincent de Paul School is to familiarize students with the Spanish language and the culture of the Spanish speaking countries of the world, prior to taking Spanish in high school.

The Learning Objective for Spanish at St. Vincent de Paul School is to develop speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in the Spanish language as well as to enlighten students to the values and customs of Spanish speaking cultures.

 

*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 

Google Translate will not be allowed for any regular Spanish assignments!  

Google Translate will ONLY be allowed for Extra Credit reports (8th grade only) on the children's books they create and on their reports over the Spanish speaking countries.  They will also be allowed to access it for single words during their 8th grade skits during the spring semester.

If I suspect that Google Translate has been used on regular Spanish assignments/homework (and it's obvious), those assignments will not be accepted as is.

 

Curriculum and Classroom Expectations:
 
 
 
Extra Credit - 8th graders only and for 3rd Quarter only

 

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