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Elementary: 5th and 6th grade

*20 minutes every other day


*basic vocabulary, questions, responses, cultural info. and awareness


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5th Grade –We have been learning the parts of the body and the weather

6th Grade –We are learning how to talk about all types of animals in Spanish – jungle animals, farm animals, and pets. Students will learn adjectives to describe animals and what the animal sounds are in Spanish. Did you know that dogs say “gua gua?”



Middle School: 7th and 8th grade

*27 minutes every day

*Speed Spanish

     -Unique way to begin combining phrases in Spanish

     -Students very quickly are able to speak and write about a variety of topics

*Testing - Proficiency will be given at the end of 8th grade

*State test - Assesses 4 skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing (30 words in Spanish)


Current News
7th Grade –Students are working on a unit on Physical Environment. We are learning to talk about the weather and about geographic features in Spanish.

8th Grade –We have completed the shopping unit. Students have been practicing in class and individually with Señora Berie for their speaking part of the NYS Spanish Proficiency Exam. They will each complete four speaking tasks at the end of May. These are worth a total of twenty points on their NYS Spanish Proficiency Exam. All 8th grade Spanish students will need to report for their NYS Spanish Proficiency Exam on Monday, June 23rd at 8:00 a.m.

Reading For Life:

(7th) The Crossing by Gary Paulsen

(8th) El Guero by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino 


(7th) Que Tal

(8th) Ahora

(7th) Speed Spanish
(8th) Te Toca A Ti
Credit by Challenge:

*8th Grade students earning a 90 or greater percent average in Spanish Class and who accomplished a 90 or greater percent on the Spanish Proficiency Exam as well as completing several study packets may be eligible to advance to Spanish II as a 9th grader.  If interested, please discuss this opportunity with your Spanish teacher.


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High School: 9th - 12th grade


Spanish 1 (Freshmen) 

*40 minutes every day

*Work on listening, speaking, reading, and writing

*Preparation for Regents at end of 11th grade

Reading For Life:

The Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska




Current News

Spanish 1 –Students are learning how to comment about food in Spanish. They will be preparing a skit based on a situation that occurs in Casa Botín, a famous restaurant in Madrid.

Spanish 2 (Sophomores) 

*Continues preparation for Regents

Students are introduced to:

*Preterit vs. imperfect (2 past tenses)

*Future and conditional

*More challenging material: speaking, reading, and writing

Reading For Life:

Secret of the Andes, by Ann Nolan Clark




Current News

Spanish 2 –Students have just finished learning the future and conditional tenses. We have also been practicing conversations.


Spanish 3 (Juniors) 

*Extends vocabulary

*Continually focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking

Reading For Life:

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino


El Sol


New York State Regents will be given at the end of Spanish 3.  It will assess four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing (125 words in Spanish).

Current News

Spanish 3 –Students are working on their seven - day vacation projects. It is a great review of many topics. We are also completing some practice activities preparing us for the reading, writing, and listening sections of the NYS Spanish Regents.

Spanish 4 (Seniors) 

*More long-term assignments

*Final Assessment:

*Students work on PowerPoint presentation and written paper

Reading for Life:
Students will choose one of the following:

In The Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez

Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez

The City of Beasts - Isabel Allende
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende

Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez



El Sol

Common News

Spanish 4 -Students have begun their final projects in which they become the experts on a Hispanic artist. They are writing a paper on their artist and they will be sharing their discoveries with the other members of the class by means of a Power Point presentation.

Spanish 5(Seniors)
Students may recieve 6 credits from J.C.C for successful completion Spanish 221/222  
*Work on listening, speaking, reading, and writing
* Advanced Grammar Topics
Atando Acabos

Current News
Spanish 5/JCC 222 –
Students have been reading about sexism and equality between men and women in the Hispanic World. They have read articles and viewed video which talk about gender stereotypes and how to avoid perpetuating these roles.

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