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Harrison High School

Course Syllabus for Spanish III Honors

Fall 2018

Teacher Gayla Galuszka
Email gayla.galuszka@cobbk12.org
Phone 678.594.8104 Ext 2117
Textbooks and Useful Tools
  • Descubre 2 Strongly suggested: Word Reference Dictionary App (free) on your cell or carry a paperback copy of a Spanish/English dictionary with you.
Help Sessions
  • Extended Learning tutoring sessions are available through the World Languages Department. They will be posted outside of all World Language classrooms and online at www.harrisonhigh.org
  • I also offer tutoring on Fridays 7:45- 8:05 a.m and after school by appointment.
  • COMPOSITION BOOK for journal writing, 3-ring binder with dividers, loose-leaf paper, #2 pencils with eraser, and black or blue pen.
  • The following items will be greatly appreciated for classroom use: colored printer paper, boxes of tissue, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes
Grading Procedures
  • 25%- Interpretive (listening and reading comprehension)        
  • 25%- Interpersonal (spoken and written exchange)                          
  • 25%- Presentational (spoken and written presentation)                 
  • 10%- Participation (fichas and homework/classwork)                     
  • 15%- Final Exam      
BLOG & Internet Resources


  • Go to my blog for daily activities and assignments. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to check the blog on a daily basis, especially when you are absent. Students are responsible for everything posted on the blog. Students will use VHL Central Supersite to complete practice activities that correlate with the Descubre textbook.
Formal & Informal Assessments
  • Summative Assessments:  You will be evaluated on your ability to read, write, listen and speak Spanish.  If you miss an assessment due to an excused absence, you are expected to make arrangements within 2 days of your return.  Previously announced assessments will be taken on the day of your return to school. Previously announced projects are due on the due date.  
  • Formative Assessments:  Announced or unannounced assessments will be given on a regular basis.  You may be assessed every day. If you review the material regularly you should have no problems with any assessment.  These assessments may include listening, speaking, reading and writing or a combination of these. If you miss an assessment due to an excused absence, refer to the Absences section of this syllabus for procedures.
  • Dropping lowest assessment grade: At the end of the semester, students with a 90% or above average in the participation category will have the privilege of dropping their lowest assessment score.
Extra Credit
  • Extra credit could be offered periodically and at the discretion of the teacher.  
Cell Phones
  • Students shall not use, display or turn on cellular phones, video phones, or electronic devices during instruction time except when a teacher uses these devices for instructional purposes.  The consequences for inappropriate cell phone is a discipline referral.
Absences & Make-Up Work
  • Absences will affect your participation grade and you will be expected to make up work missed during your absence. Make-up days and times are the same as the Help Session days and times. The existence of the blog makes it much easier for you to keep up with class assignments and to come to class prepared following an absence. If an illness becomes extended or dire, please contact counseling immediately and they will set up arrangements. You cannot make up work from an unexcused absence unless you have followed school procedures and had the absence pre-approved by Mr. O’Neill.
References & Citing Work
  • You are expected to cite the source of works which you have consulted in preparation for this class. You may not claim someone else’s work as your own. This includes Internet sources. Please refer to you handbook for plagiarism.
  • You may not use translation programs such as Google Translate to translate your work or use family or friends to do your work. If you are suspected of plagiarizing, you will receive a grade of zero and will be disciplined according to Cobb County School Policy. A discipline referral will be placed in your permanent file.
  • Homework is expected to be 100% completed. Credit will not be given for incomplete work, nor will late work be accepted unless you have an excused absence. Pre-assigned homework is expected to be turned in on the day you return to class. If you miss class for any school event (sports, cheerleading, choir, band, etc.), you are required to turn your homework or any other assignment in to me before you leave the school that day.  You are also required to get the class assignment and homework missed for that day. Both parts should be ready the next class day. For an excused absence, please refer to section Tests and Projects for procedures.
Agreement for Use of

Computer Labs

  • Gum, food and drink will be left outside of the labs.
  • Students will refrain from changing lab settings such as computer and headset connections.
  • Students will not load personal software onto computers.
  • Students should assist in the care of the lab and lab equipment.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to make the teacher aware of any equipment problems.
  • Students will sit in their assigned seats unless directed otherwise.