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¡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.

Undergraduate Education 

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.

Teaching Career

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. 

Graduate Education

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) for the Fall 2018 semester. 

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). 

Fun Facts

Outside of school, Mr. Amster enjoys his time serving as a Lead Catechist at St. James RC Church in Seaford, NY. He has been a catechist for the last 8 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.

 

Grading:

Please see my syllabus which covers the following information:

  • Needed Materials
  • Course Overview
  • Grading Breakdown
  • Homework Policy
  • Attendance
  • Contact Information
  • Other Additional Information
  • Please note, that while note mentioned in the Essential Sheets the students have been made aware that all homework is to have the student’s name on it. If there is no name, a grade shall not be given.

Essential Info Sheets (2-8) – Syllabus (Updated 1/20/19)

Spanish Class Week Ending June 22, 2019

Posted on June 16, 2019

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Dear Parents,

 

       As this is the last week of the school year and the beginning of summer, I firstly want to say congratulations! Congratulations on another successful year here at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy. Congratulations on helping your children this entire year with homework, school work, and everything else your children need to succeed. Secondly, I want to say thank you. Thank you for welcoming me into your school, and more importantly, your family. We have spent this entire year working together as a team to help the students learn and grow and develop an understanding of the Spanish language and the ability to use their skills frequently. I look forward to next year together where we can continue to build on our knowledge and continue to challenge the students to grow and develop their skills.

Best,

~ Mr. N. Amster

Grade 2

2A & 2B – As with the end of the year, we wrapped up on unit on Los Días de la Semana (Days of the Week). Students completed a cut and paste worksheet which developed their word association skills. Following that, we concluded the lesson with Señor Jordan’s video for the Days of the Week. Afterwards, we began our adventure into 3rd Grade where we begin with the numbers. Students were introduced to the numbers 1-30. Have a great summer!

Grade 3

3A, 3B, & 3C – As we are at the end of the year, students completed a set of summer craft activities. Students created a summer themed crown, a matching bracelet, and a summer pennant explaining what their summer plans were (students had the option to write this in English or Spanish). 

Grade 4

4A & 4B – To wrap up our unit and year, students created mini selfies on a worksheet and had to use our knowledge of adjectives to describe each of the selfies. Have a wonderful summer!

Grade 5

5A & 5B – To wrap up our unit and our year, students created fake Facebook profiles where they needed to describe themselves, their friends, but also reflect on what they have done this year and what they look forward to for next year! Have a blast this summer!

Grade 6

6A & 6B – As this week is mostly half days, last Wednesday was our last class together and we did not meet this week. Have an amazing summer!

Grade 7

7A & 7B – To wrap up our year, students are completing reflective activities where they will reflect on their time here at SFDS and in Spanish class. They will also think about their roles as 8th graders next year in the activities. Have a good summer!

Grade 8

8A & 8B – With graduation this past Friday, our classes no longer meet. I am very proud of all the work that the 8th grade has done this past year and I am extremely excited to see what the future holds for them! Make sure to come back and let us know what is going on in your life! I would love to hear your adventures in foreign language come the Fall! Have a fantastic summer!

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Spanish Class Week Ending 6/15

Posted on June 10, 2019

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Dear Parents,

        As we enter into the last full week of school, I just want to highlight how proud I am of your children who I have been lucky enough to call my students this year! We have laughed together, cried together, and learned together. We have worked as a team to turn these students into life long learners and I am super excited to see what next year has in store for them! Even though the school year is winding down, we are still keeping up with our work!

Grade 2

2A & 2B – We are still working on learning the days of the week and the months of the year. We watched a video by Señor Jordan to practice our skills. Students also completed worksheets with word association, word scrambling, and coloring (which helped review our understanding of color vocabulary).

Grade 3

3A & 3B – In class, we continued into our next aspect of learning about different countries. Following our lessons on the geography of Spain, we now began to learn about the religion of Spain. Please see the notes from below.

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3C – We are on week 2 of our lesson regarding the context of Spain. We are still focusing on Geography and some associated vocabulary to learn about the different regions of Spain.

NAmster_Spanish 3_Unit 6_Lesson 2

Grade 4

4A & 4B – We are continuing to work on adjectives and sentences talking about ourselves and others. Students completed various activities to build and develop their understanding of how to use adjectives in a sentence.

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Please continue to check Google Classroom for continued updates and information.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – With the half days next week, this Wednesday will be our last class for the school year. Please continue to check Google Classroom for continued updates and information.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Please continue to check Google Classroom for continued updates and information.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – With graduation on Friday, our classes do not meet anymore. I have truly enjoyed my time with this year’s 8th grade and I am excited for their endeavors next year!

Spanish Class Week Ending 6/8

Posted on June 2, 2019

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – In class, we are now on our final unit, Days of the Week and Months of the Year. Students copied down their newest vocabulary words (see digital copy below). We then watched a video by Señor Jordan to reinforce our vocabulary skills for the days of the week (video below)

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Grade 3

3A & 3B – We are still in the beginning of our unit on Spain. Students are currently learning about the geography of the country and vocabulary that is related to it. Please see the notes below.

NAmster_Spanish 3_Unit 6_Lesson 2

3C – We are now in our last unit. The students are learning about the country of Spain. Please see a copy of the notes below.

NAmster_Spanish 3_Unit 6_Lesson 1

Grade 4

4A & 4B – In class, we are reviewing some descriptive adjectives (i.e. tall, short, blonde, dark haired, etc.) and practicing those for the next few classes. These vocabulary words also reviewed their knowledge of synonyms and introduced the concept of cognates (words that look similar and have similar meanings across languages, for example inteligente and intelligent). Students copied down new vocabulary words and then completed an activity in which they needed to draw pictures to match the adjectives. Please see the notes below.

Los Adjetivos powerpoint

Grade 5

5A & 5B – We are beginning our final unit on describing famous people. This will tie in new vocabulary as well as some aspects of learning about different cultures. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as updates and assignments.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as updates and assignments.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as updates and assignments.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as updates and assignments.

Spanish Class Week Ending June 1

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Image result for memorial day in spanishGrade 2

2A & 2B – Due to the 3 day weekend, our class did not meet this week. Students who missed the test last week will take the make up next time we meet.

Grade 3

3C – Due to the 3 day weekend, our class did not meet.

3A & 3B – We started our new unit on different Spanish speaking countries. We began with the country of Spain. Please see the notes below.

NAmster_Spanish 3_Unit 6_Lesson 1

Grade 4

4A & 4B – Continuing on unit on describing people and using adjectives, we began describing someone else. We worked with the pronoun Tú (informal you in Spanish). Please see the notes from class below.

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Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students took their final in class, we will be spending the next few classes slowly introducing parts of the 6th grade curriculum. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for important information and updates.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Students took their final in class, we will be spending the next few classes slowly introducing parts of the 6th grade curriculum. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for important information and updates.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are working on their final which is due next week (June 5th). Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for important information and updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students have their project due on Wednesday 5/29. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for important information and updates.

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