Posted on December 10, 2018
¡Bienvenidos estudiantes a la clase de español! Me llamo Señor Amster.
Welcome students to Spanish Class! My name is Mr. Amster.
About Mr. Amster
Mr. Amster is new to the St. Francis community and excited to be a part of the family! Mr. Amster originally is from Queens, growing up in Howard Beach before moving to Long Island. He is a proud product of Catholic education, attending St. Martin de Porres Marianist School for 7th and 8th grade, and graduating from Chaminade High School in 2011.
This is Mr. Amster’s 4th year teaching. He earned his Bachelor’s in Adolescent Education with a Concentration in Spanish from St. John’s in 2015. During his undergraduate experience, Mr. Amster was extremely involved in Student Life. He was a member of several honor societies and organizations. Some of the organizations include Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society), Sigma Alpha Pi (National Honor Society of Leadership & Success), Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Honor Society), Gamma Sigma Alpha (Honor Society for those involved in Fraternity & Sorority Life), Order of Omega (Leadership Honor Society for those involved in Fraternity & Sorority Life), Sigma Pi International Fraternity, and Relay for Life.
Following graduation, he began teaching at Our Lady of Providence Regional School in Central Islip, NY where he taught grades K-8 from 2015-2016. After leaving Our Lady of Providence, Mr. Amster began his career with the Diocese of Brooklyn. He served as the Spanish Teacher at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy of Queens in Maspeth from 2016 until 2018. During that time, Mr. Amster taught grades K to 8; he also worked with the other teachers as a substitute teacher and on the yearbook with their Art & Technology Teacher. Mr. Amster is grateful for the friends and experiences he has made at his previous institutions, and is ready to use the tools he has learned in his newest role here at St. Francis.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Amster is in his final year at Stony Brook University for his Master’s Degree. Upon graduation, Mr. Amster will have earned his Masters of Arts in Higher Education Administration. During his time at Stony Brook, he began as the Graduate Assistant for Fraternity & Sorority Life. With no Assistant Director hired, he was promoted to the Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life. With his promotion, he served as professional staff while still being a graduate student. After leaving that role, he began an internship working with University Scholars (at Stony Brook University) and will also be working with Community Standards at Long Island University – Post.
Mr. Amster is also involved in conferences such as LICSPA, NGLA, and AFA so that he can learn from experienced professionals in the field. With his degree, Mr. Amster can continue to be a Spanish teacher, but also apply his knowledge of student development as a Director of Student Life/Campus Activities, or some other type of administrator. In addition to this, he plans to continue his education through obtaining his Middle School Extension, as well as credentials in Literacy and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages).
Outside of school, Mr. Amster enjoys his time serving as a Catechist at St. James RC Church in Seaford, NY. He has been a catechist for the last 6 years, and this year he will be teaching grades 5 and 8. Additionally, Mr. Amster enjoys traveling to Disney, spending time with his family and 3 dogs (Coco, Comet, and Lucy). Two interesting facts about Mr. Amster: 1) He has an extremely extensive knowledge of all things Disney related as it is a passion of his. 2) Mr. Amster owns almost 200 ties for all types of occasions.
Please see my syllabus which covers the following information:
- Needed Materials
- Course Overview
- Grading Breakdown
- Homework Policy
- Contact Information
- Other Additional Information
Essential Info Sheets (2-8) – Syllabus
This week is also the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico. Some of our classes learned about this specific title of Our Mother Mary. To follow up our lessons on her, please see the supplemental site below:
8 Astounding Facts About Lady of Guadalupe
2A & 2B – Today in class we worked on a new Spanish Letter, Ñ, as well as the Letter O. Students learned several new words while practicing with these letters. As always, a digital copy is available below.
Homework #3 – For Letter Packets Ñ and O, please cut out the pictures and glue them to the matching boxes. Due Monday 12/17.
3A, 3B, 3C – Any student who missed last week’s test will be taking the makeup this week. Additionally students are practicing numbers from 1,000 to one million. We will not be learning every integer in between but more the pattern of how to identify the numbers.
There is no homework due next class.
Grade 3 Notes 1,000 to 1,000,000
4A & 4B – Students practiced their color skills by identifying words and associating what color they are.
5A & 5B – Please check Google Classroom for notes, assignments, deadlines, and important information.
6A & 6B – Please check Google Classroom for notes, assignments, deadlines, and important information.
7A & 7B – Please check Google Classroom for notes, assignments, deadlines, and important information.
8A & 8B – Please check Google Classroom for notes, assignments, deadlines, and important information.
Posted on December 3, 2018
2A & 2B – Our next stop on our Letter Adventure is with the Letters M and N. Students practiced their writing skills, as well as identifying and defining Spanish words.
Homework #2 (Due 12/10): Students are to cut out the pictures from the packet and glue them to the appropriate boxes.
3A, 3B, 3C – This week the students took their test on numbers 0-100. As mentioned on ClassDojo, there were 25 questions. The test assessed their ability to comprehend and apply the numbers through definitions, arithmetic, and writing. Grades are typically posted within 24 to 48 hours. Following this we will continue working on numbers above 100.
4A & 4B – In class, we worked on applying our knowledge of color vocabulary into sentences so that students can grow their skills in reading and writing. The sentences were based off of common knowledge such as colors of clothing and everyday items. This topic also touched about subject/verb agreement and making sure that sentences agree in both gender and number. While this is a more advanced topic, it is important to be introduced early.
Homework #2 (Due 12/11): Students are to answer the three (3) questions provided (both in class, on the guided notes, and below) in Spanish on loose leaf.
- ¿Qué color es el mar?
- What color is the sea?
- ¿Qué color es el sol?
- What color is the sun?
- ¿Qué colores son las nubes?
- What colors are the clouds?
The students will also have a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday December 18, 2018 (12/18/18)
Grade 4 Notes from 12/4
5A & 5B – We are continuing our journey with Yes and No questions in Spanish. Please check Google Classroom and our Google Calendar for assignments, deadlines, and important information.
6A & 6B – With Report Card Distribution and Parent/Teacher Conference being this week, we will not be meeting. Please continually check Google Classroom and our Google Calendar for upcoming assignments and deadlines.
7A & 7B – We are still working on -AR verbs in class. Please check Google Classroom and our Google Calendar for upcoming assignments, deadlines, and important information.
8A & 8B – We are still working on -AR verbs in class. Please check Google Classroom and our Google Calendar for upcoming assignments, deadlines, and important information.
Posted on November 26, 2018
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (el Día de Acción de Gracias). Please note that all grades for the First Trimester have officially been submitted. All grades from this point forward will count towards the Second Trimester.
2A & 2B – Our exploration of the Letters has brought us to the Letters L and Ll (the double L is one of the letters unique to the Spanish language and makes a “y” sound like when one pronounces the word “yak”). For Homework #1 of Trimester 2, the students are to complete the Letter Packets for L and LL. In the event that the packet is misplaced, please see the digital copy below.
Letter Packet L
Letter Packet Ll
3A, 3B, 3C – We continued our journey of the numbers. We have now begun learning 3 digit numbers above 100. We are practicing our writing of the numbers as well as pronouncing the letters. As mentioned earlier, the students will be having a test on 0-100 next week. I will post the Study Guide by Wednesday.
Numbers 100 to 1,000
4A & 4B – We continued our exploration of colors in Spanish. The students completed a worksheet identifying the colors as well as a crossword puzzle that assessed their understanding of colors, masculine and feminine nouns, and singular and plural nouns.
For Homework: HW #1 – Students are to complete the Color Crossword Puzzle (there is a digital copy in this post)
Spanish Color Crossword HW#1
5A & 5B – In class we began our unit on answering questions in Spanish. This unit will allow them to answer questions in the affirmative and the negative. Please check Google Classroom and Google Calendar for deadlines, assignments, and important dates.
6A & 6B
7A & 7B – Following our unit test last week on Ser and Estar, the newest unit we will be exploring will be -AR ending verbs. Please check the Google Classroom and Google Calendar for deadlines, assignments, and important information.
8A & 8B – Now that we have finished our first unit, we will now begin our new unit of the year, -AR ending verbs. Please check the Google Classroom and Google Calendar for deadlines, assignments, and important information.
Posted on November 19, 2018
2A & 2B – Any and all outstanding homework was due today. Aside from the J and K packet that was due this week, no other late homework will be accepted at this time.
To focus on the upcoming holiday, we read about the first Thanksgiving, but in Spanish. Afterwards, the students drew pictures of what their Thanksgiving looked like, as well as what they are grateful for.
There is no homework due next class.
3C – Students finished 61-80 as well as 81-100. Students were also given handouts for the numbers 0-100 that can be stapled, taped, or glued into their notebooks. For homework they are to complete the word search they were given. Please see last week’s post for details. As a reminder the students will have a test on 0-100 on Monday 12/3
3A & 3B – This week, we took a break from our numbers journey to focus on El Día de Acción de Gracias (Thanksgiving). We read a story about the first Thanksgiving (the story was in Spanish), followed by answering some questions and coloring. There is no homework due next class for 3A and 3B. As a reminder, the students will have their test covering 0-100 on 12/4 (3A) and 12/5 (3B).
4A & 4B – While we introduced colors last week, I wanted to focus this week on Thanksgiving. The students participated in another Interactive Notebook Activity. They created a plate of food, a house, and a turkey identifying what they are grateful for.
5A & 5B – As mentioned on Option C and the Google Calendar, the students had their Día de los Muertos Slideshow due this week via Google Classroom. Grades will be returned via Google Classroom. In class today, we created a Thanksgiving related flipbook introducing some new words useful for everyday conversations in foreign language. Please continue to check Google Classroom, the Google Calendar, and Option C for upcoming deadlines and assignments.
6A & 6B – With the half day on Wednesday, our classes did not meet. However, as mentioned on Option C and the Google Calendar, the students had their Día de los Muertos Slideshow due this week via Google Classroom. Please continue to check Google Classroom, the Google Calendar, and Option C for upcoming deadlines and assignments.
7A & 7B – With their test on Tuesday, the students worked in groups to complete a Breakout Box (similar to an Escape Room) to practice their uses of Ser and Estar. The students were assigned homework. Please have them check Google Classroom, Google Calendar, and Option C for any upcoming deadlines and assignments.
8A & 8B – With their test on Tuesday, the students worked in groups to complete a Breakout Box (similar to an Escape Room) to practice their uses of Ser and Estar. The students were assigned homework. Please have them check Google Classroom, Google Calendar, and Option C for any upcoming deadlines and assignments.
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