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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 5/25

Posted on May 20, 2019

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – This week in class, the students took their Spanish Test on the colors. The test included multiple choice questions, short answer responses, and a word association where the students needed to color by number.

Grade 3

3A, 3B, & 3C – Students are still learning the Act of Contrition in Spanish. Students are in the process of transcribing the prayer into their notebooks before we begin to discuss the prayer.

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Grade 4

4A  & 4B – In class, our students reviewed our emotion adjectives and then we began to apply that knowledge and create “I am” statements so students would be able to describe themselves with the emotions (for example, I am happy or I am sad).

NAmster_Spanish 4_Unit 5_Lesson 4_I am statements

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Our classes are learning about weather and how to effectively describe it in English. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as homework, tests/quizzes, and other updates.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Students are currently working on digital town maps/websites via Google Sites. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as homework, tests/quizzes, and other updates.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are now working on the second half of their final project. For this portion, they will be working in partners. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as homework, tests/quizzes, and other updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students are in the middle of working on their infographics for their final projects. Please check Google Classroom and Option C for important information such as homework, tests/quizzes, and other updates.

Spanish Class Week Ending 5/18

Posted on May 12, 2019

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – Students practiced their writing and speaking skills, as well as word association through working with the colors negro (black) and blanco (white). Additionally, each students was given a copy of the Study Guide for the test for next week. 

Homework #6 – Please complete the worksheet on the colors Black and White. Students are to trace the Spanish word on the worksheet and only color in the items that are supposed to be that respective color.

Spanish 2 – Homework #6 – Black/White

Grade 3

3A & 3C – Students began class with a quiz on El Señal de la Cruz (The Sign of the Cross) and the Gloria (Glory Be). Following that, the students learned the Act of Contrition in Spanish. Please see the notes attached below.

NAmster_Spanish3_Unit5_Lesson5_Act of Contrition

3B – Students began class with a quiz on the Ave María (the Hail Mary). Afterwards, the students learned about the Gloria (Glory Be). Please see the attached notes.

NAmster_Spanish 3_Unit 5_Lesson 4_Glory Be

Grade 4

4A & 4B – We are still learning about using emotions in Spanish. This unit also covers basic uses of the verb “Estar” as well as adjectives. Students continued to work on a Word Search or Word Scramble as well as a Crossword Puzzle and a Sentence building activity.

Homework #6 – Please complete hidden message worksheet.

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Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students are still in the middle of our weather unit. Students are practicing their vocabulary as well as applying their vocabulary skills when describing the weather in Spanish speaking countries. Please be sure to check Google Classroom and Option C for information such as homework assignments, updates, and notes.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – We are working on our Neighborhood Unit where students are learning about the various parts of the neighborhood. Please be sure to check Google Classroom and Option C for information such as homework assignments, updates, and notes.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are still working on their final projects for Spanish class. Please be sure to check Google Classroom and Option C for information such as homework assignments, updates, and notes.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students are still working on their final projects for Spanish class. Please be sure to check Google Classroom and Option C for information such as homework assignments, updates, and notes.

Spanish Class Week Ending 5/11

Posted on May 6, 2019

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¡Buenos Días Parents!

As we are in the middle of May now, we are quickly approaching the end of the year. Most classes are either on their final unit or second to final unit. Some classes are working on final projects, while others are taking notes and learning specific material for a test at the end of the unit that will count as their “final”. As always, I ask for your continued cooperation and that we work as a team to ensure your child’s success in class. Please continue to check Option C and Google Classroom to make sure we are all on the same page and do not hesitate to email me or reach out via ClassDojo with questions, comments, and concerns.

Sunday was Cinco de Mayo. This event is a minor holiday based on the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862) in the Franco-Mexican War (1861 – 1867). France had an extremely large fleet and military power and was expected to win, however Mexico did win this specific battle which was a cause for celebration. Most cities in Mexico do not celebrate the holiday, however there is celebration in the specific city of Puebla. Americans are known to celebrate this holiday more. Some genuine ways to celebrate the holiday (rather than what the media portrays) can include learning more about the history of the event, supporting authentic Mexican businesses, celebrating without appropriating Mexican culture, or supporting organizations that focus on Human Rights.

Some links for information on the holiday include:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/lifestyle/what-is-cinco-de-mayo
https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cinco-de-Mayo
https://www.cnn.com/2013/08/14/world/americas/cinco-de-mayo-fast-facts/index.html

Grade 2

2A & 2B – Today, our adventures through color took us to the colors Morado (Purple) and Rosado (Pink). Students worked on using the colors while practicing their speaking skills, writing skills, and word association along with learning about and practicing simple sentence structure in Spanish. Specifically, we discussed how adjectives go after the noun in Spanish.

Homework #5 – For homework, students are to complete the double sided worksheet on Morado and Rosado. The worksheet is to trace the vocabulary word and then color in the pictures associated with that color (for example, if there was a goldfish on the either of the pages, I would not color that in since a goldfish is orange and not purple or pink).

Spanish 2 – Homework #5 – Purple and Pink

Second Grade will have a test on the color vocabulary on Monday May 20, 2019.

Grade 3

3A & 3C – Students were introduced to and learned about the “Glory Be” in Spanish. Additionally, we went over all of the previous prayers we have covered in class as of today.

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3B – As we are a week behind the other classes, students were introduced to the “Our Father” in Spanish.

Spanish 3 – Prayer – The Our Father

Students have a quiz next week! There quiz is based on the material we covered this week. For 3A and 3C, the quiz will be on The Sign of the Cross and the Glory Be. For 3B, the quiz will be on the Hail Mary.

Grade 4

4A & 4B – Following our identification of subject pronouns last week, we want to start applying as we approach the end of the year. With that in mind, the next part of our unit is Emotions. Students spent the first part of class searching for the definitions of the 24 vocabulary words relating to emotions. Afterwards, the students were given time to work on a word scramble and a word search to practice their spelling skills as well as building their vocabulary.

Vocabulary List: Spanish 4 – Unit 5 – Lesson 2 – Emotions

Classwork: Spanish 4 – Unit 5 – Lesson 2 – Emotions

Spanish 4 – Unit 5 – Lesson 2 – Emotions – Homework #5

Homework #5 – Please complete the emotions acrostic puzzle.

Grade 5

5A & 5B – We are still working on our Weather Unit. Students did a word association as well as analyzed the weather in foreign countries. Continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for essential information such as homework assignments, notes, and updates.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – We will not be meeting this week due to the half day we have on Wednesday for the Faculty Meeting. However, the students still have homework due that day that is to be submitted via Google Classroom. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for essential information such as homework assignments, notes, and updates.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are working on their menus and partner conversations. Please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for essential information such as homework assignments, notes, and updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students are working on their infographic projects that will be due the end of this month. As always, please continue to check Google Classroom and Option C for essential information such as homework assignments, notes, and updates.

Spanish Class Week Ending 5/4

Posted on April 29, 2019

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – Our adventure has brought us to the colors Green and Blue (Verde y Azul). Students practiced their color association, writing, and sentence structure. Additionally, students practiced their grammar skills and placement of adjectives in Spanish sentences. 

Homework #4: Students are to complete the worksheets on the colors Green and Blue, as well as the Color by Number in Spanish

Spanish 2 – Homework # 4 – Pages 1 and 2

Spanish 2 – Homework #4 – Page 3

Grade 3

3A & 3C – In class we reviewed our previously knowledge on prayer with the basic information on prayer as well as information on the Hail Mary. Afterwards, we began learning about the Our Father. Students completed a fill in the blank where they had to find the missing parts of the prayer.

Spanish 3 – Prayer – The Our Father

3B – Seeing as we did not meet the week before we left for Easter Break, we are a bit behind the other 3rd grade classes. As a result, we focused on learning about the Sign of the Cross and the Hail Mary this week in class.
NAmster_Spanish 3_Cross and Hail Mary Notes

ALL THIRD GRADE CLASSES: Students will have a quiz in two (2) weeks (the week of May 13, 14, and 15) focusing on prayers. It will be based on whatever we get up to in class.

Grade 4

4A & 4B – In class this week, we began our newest unit, Describing Oneself. We focused on nouns, adjectives, and subject pronouns. Students practiced identifying and using pronouns and different ways to describe themselves. 

NAmster_Spanish 4_Lesson 1_All About Me

Homework #4 – On loose leaf, choose which Spanish subject pronoun would be used to replace the following nouns in a sentence.
  • Mr. Scharbach
  • The teachers of St. Francis de Sales
  • Your best friend
  • Your parent
  • Yourself
 

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students handed in their projects this week in class. If anyone did not hand it in, they must hand it in as soon as possible! We then began our newest unit, La Clima (The Weather). Please continue to check Google Classroom about information such as homework assignments, grades, and updates. 

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Students handed in their projects and worked on our new unit, El Vecindario (The Neighborhood). Please continue to check Google Classroom about information such as homework assignments, grades, and updates. 

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Students are beginning on our final unit for this year, La Comida (The Food). Students will be introduced to food related vocabulary, completing sentences about food, and working on our final project. The final project will be two parts including a menu and a conversation. More details to follow. Please continue to check Google Classroom about information such as homework assignments, grades, and updates. 

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Students were briefly introduced to their final projects. Students will be creating digital Infographics about a foreign country. We will be working on research and answering questions about the countries in Spanish. Please continue to check Google Classroom about information such as homework assignments, grades, and updates. 

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