Señorita Esker’s Classroom Rules and Procedures: 2016-2017


Students must know and follow all rules in the student handbook, including dress code, in addition to classroom rules mandated by the teacher.

  1. Be in your seat and ready for class when the bell rings.
  2. Bathroom and water breaks should occur during passing periods, except for emergencies.
  3. Pay attention AND participate!
  4. Raise your hand and wait to be recognized before speaking.
  5. Respect others and their property.
  6. No eating or chewing gum during class.
  7. Remain in your seats until dismissed. I dismiss you, not the bell!

Consequences: A verbal warning will be given if a minor classroom rule is broken. Severely disruptive behavior such as repeated disruptions, fighting, cursing, physical assault, or verbal abuse of the teacher will result in an immediate detention slip and a phone call home.

How Things Work:

Turning items in: All homework/quizzes/tests to be turned in should go in your class’s assigned file tray on the back shelf.

Talking in class: We speak Spanish here! You’re not forbidden to speak English, but you should try and figure out how to say as much as you can in Spanish (especially at upper levels).

Understanding my Spanish: I will be speaking primarily in Spanish, though I will supplement with English to assist you. DON’T FREAK OUT! I will help you understand by using visuals, acting things out, and making gestures.

Grading: We use the same grading scale as the rest of the school. However, we use a different weighted system. Because Spanish is so different than other classes, the focus of our class will be on improving communicative abilities. For this reason, grades will be divided up into four categories: Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Listening. Each category will be worth 25% of the student's grade.

Speaking:           25%                                        A+ 100%                A 99%-95%                            A- 94%

Reading:             25%                                        B+ 93%                  B 92%-87%                            B- 86%

Writing:               25%                                       C+ 85%                  C 84%-77%                            C- 76%

Listening:            25%                                       D+ 75%                  D 74%-69%                            D- 68%

                                                                           F Below 68%

Late Work: Unless extenuating circumstances apply (family emergency, death of a loved one, etc.) the late work policy is as follows:     

                                                                       1 day late = you receive 90% of the credit

                                                                        2 days late = you receive 50% of the credit

                                                                        3 or more days late = no credit

Make-Up Work: If you miss school, either planned or unplanned, you need to see me to work out a plan for turning in make-up work. Generally you will receive one day of make-up for every day that you were absent. Make-up work is YOUR responsibility. 

Chapter 1 - Subject Pronouns:


                   Ser Song

Chapter 2 - Cómo eres




Chapter 3 - How to Conjugate AR Verbs

                    Conjugations Back

Chapter 4 - How to Conjugate AR, ER, and IR Verbs

Chapter 5 - Stem-changing verbs

Chapter 6 - Ser vs Estar with food

                    Affirmative Informal Commands

Chapter 7 - Reflexive Verbs