Grade 8 - Spanish I

September 8, 2017


“Change your language and you change your thoughts.”

Karl Albrecht


Dear Parents/Guardians:


¡Hola!  My name is Nicole Varano-Delgado, and your son/daughter is enrolled in my Grade 8 Spanish I class for the 2017-2018 school year.  I am truly excited to have the opportunity to share my love of the Spanish language and culture with your child.  Spanish I is a yearlong course meeting every day.  Students will be able to receive credit on their high school transcript for successfully completing this course.  To make this a successful year for us all, I would like to share with you some of my plans and expectations.


Language is a means of communication; therefore, communicating will be our primary goal.  We will be doing many activities which involve the listening and speaking skills.  We will practice saying those things which are necessary in many daily situations.  The students will interact with each other in pairs and in groups.  They will be encouraged to speak in Spanish as much as possible.  Students will also be developing their writing and reading skills. 


Homework practice assignments are designed for students to reinforce the language skills learned in class.  Therefore, it is very important that your child takes the time to complete them.  It is only through continued practice that your child will master the skills of a foreign language.  In addition, your child will be required to keep an organized binder which will hold all the handouts, notes, and practice assignments. 


The foreign language cannot be separated from the culture in which it is spoken.  Consequently, students will be learning about the Spanish-speaking countries and their people.  By doing this, we hope that our children will develop a respect for cultural diversity.


I have extremely high expectations of all my students.  I am asking for your help to maintain those expectations by encouraging your son/daughter to practice at home what we learn in class.  I am available to help students individually before school, during my planning period, and after school.  Please do not hesitate to contact me through the office or by email ( should you have any questions or concerns.  I also encourage you to check the SMS webpage for posted homework and upcoming quizzes/projects (found under the “information” tab) and my personal webpage (accessed through our district website) which provides information about my classroom policies and links to helpful websites. 


Hopefully your son/daughter has brought home my course expectations.  Please take the time to read them, and please detach, sign and return the bottom portion of this letter by Friday, September 22, 2017.






Señora Varano-Delgado



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Student name:  _____________________________________________

My son/daughter and I have read the course expectations and understand the instructor's policies and rules.

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Parent/Guardian email (Please write neatly):  _______________________________________________