• Conversational Spanish- In this course students will get a brief introduction to basic conversational Spanish. They will learn basic phrases and vocabulary, study at least one Spanish speaking country and learn about the Hispanic world.


    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Hello! My name is Mr. Lugo and I am happy to be your child’s Conversational Spanish teacher this quarter. I am looking forward to getting to know your child as I introduce my students to Spanish. Learning a second language can be a difficult task – especially for those who have never learned a foreign language before -- but I will do my best to make this a positive experience for everyone. I have high expectations for your child and I ask you to please encourage your child have fun learning.

    Class time is very important, so I expect all students to be in class and ready to work each time we meet. If your child is absent for any reason – especially if it is for more than one day – please ask your child if he/she is struggling to keep up with the language. If students will let me know that they need extra help, I will be glad to help them more during class or schedule additional time with them. You can always email me at jlugo@travisusd.org or call me at 707-437-8240.

    I will be coming to class on time, prepared and seeking to instruct and facilitate in a way that will help your child learn to speak world languages in a motivating, encouraging and – as much as possible -- fun setting. I will provide a safe atmosphere that allows students to make mistakes without fear of judgment and will explain assignments so that my students have a good understanding of what is involved and when it is due. I will grade assignments in a timely manner (usually within one week) and will supply clear evaluations of student progress to both the students and to parents.

    Your child should expect a quiz over that day’s lesson to start class the following day, so homework time should be used to master that day’s lesson. I will also assess at the end of each class how well students grasped the day’s material. So please stress the importance of being prepared for class each day and working in class each day to your child.

    I will expect that your child will show respect both to me and to all classmates at all times and will come to class on time, prepared to work and will complete all assignments to the best of his/her ability.

    I would ask that, as best you can, you stay up to date on your child’s progress and that you contact me as early as possible if they begin to struggle.

    I’m looking forward to a great quarter with your child.

    Thank you,

    Mr. Lugo

    Email: jlugo@travisusd.org    Phone: 707-437-8240



    Mr. Lugo’s classroom procedures and expectations for Conversational Spanish

    Contact: jlugo@travisusd.org or 707-434-8240

    Course Description: In Conversational Spanish students will get a short conversational Spanish course designed to introduce them to Spanish vocabulary and give them practice to develop the confidence and ability to speak some basic Spanish:

    Start of class: Students will be in their seats ready to work when the bell rings. They will copy down daily the daily agenda in their planner and be ready to start on the short ¡Vamonos! (“Let’s go!”) activity as soon as the bell rings. This is usually a quiz over the previous day’s lesson.


    In line with Vanden High School’s World Languages Department policies:

    A basic grading scale will be used (As 90-100%, Bs 80-89%, Cs 70-79%, Ds 60-69%, Fs 0-59%).

    Students will receive points based on quality of work, effort and improvement. The final course grade will come from the following categories:

    • 30% Chapter Tests
    • 20% Quizzes
    • 20% Final Exam
    • 30% Assignments (classwork, projects, participation, skits, etc.)

    Points are designated for each assignment, with major and special (usually more time-intensive) projects carrying more weight. Vamonos / quizzes are usually worth 5 pts each, classwork is usually 5 pts each as is daily participation in class. Points earned are then divided by the total points possible for that assignment. All points possible will be added together and used to determine students’ grade percentage.

    Absences: If a student is absent:
    1. Check the planner of fellow classmate to see what was missed.

    1. See the binders located at the back of the class for any handouts, materials, etc.
    2. You may also email Mr. Lugo – especially if the absence is continuing and the student can start working on what was missed before returning to school
    3. Students have two days for the first day absent to make up any work and one additional day per day absent.


    Retrieving graded work: All graded work will be placed in corresponding class bin. It is the student’s responsibility to collect any graded work. Work will be emptied out monthly. Graded tests will be reviewed in class, but will not be returned for the students to keep. If a student or parent wants to see a test later, they can make arrangements with Mr. Lugo.

    Media Policy: In order to enrich the class, a variety of film clips and whole feature films/documentaries will be shown periodically throughout the course of the year. District policy dictates that no rating other than “G-rated” is acceptable for use in the classroom unless outside permission is granted by parents/guardians.

    In lieu of sending out a permission slip for every instance of a film / film clip being shown that is rated PG or PG-13 (please keep in mind that strong teacher discretion is given to these instances), your signature on this paper grants permission for your student to view all clips/films/documentaries shown in Mr. Lugo’s class for the entire school year regardless of the individual rating, as Mr. Lugo will use professional discretion in the choosing of such media.                                                                           

    Please sign the letter to parents I will send home on the first days of class and have your student return the signed portion to me before Friday of the first week of class. Your student will receive a homework grade of 100% for returning this slip on time. Signing indicates that you have read, understood, and agree with all of the course requirements, rules and policies. If your student misplaces the form, please email me and I will send home another with your child.