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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 4/20

Posted on April 13, 2019

Dear Parents,

As we enter Holy Week leading up to the Triduum and ending with Easter, the most important day in the Liturgical Calendar, we are having a shortened week at school. We will be closed on Wednesday due to the Faculty Retreat, and therefore I will not be seeing all of the classes that I normally would. 

Grade 2

2A & 2B – In class this week, we took a short break from our typical routine with our Adventure into Colors. Instead, we learned about Latin and Hispanic traditions for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Afterwards, the students completed a color by number to find images related to Latin/Hispanic culture.

Grade 3

3A & 3C – In class this week, we took a short break from our typical routine with our unit on Prayer. Instead, we learned about Latin and Hispanic traditions for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Afterwards, the students completed a color by multiplication to find images related to Latin/Hispanic culture and tie into ideas they have covered already in Math.

3B – As school is closed on Wednesday due to the Faculty Retreat, we will not be meeting this week. When we return from Easter Break, we will resume with our unit on Prayer.

Grade 4

4A & 4B – In class this week, we took a short break from our typical routine with our unit on Prayer. Instead, we learned about Latin and Hispanic traditions for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Afterwards, the students completed a color by multiplication to find images related to Latin/Hispanic culture and tie into ideas they have covered already in Math.

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students continued to work on their poster projects for class. They will be Tuesday April 30, 2019 when we return from Easter Break. Additionally, please continuously check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Due to the Faculty Retreat on Wednesday, we will not be meeting this week. The students are to work on and finish their projects during the Easter Break so that they can be handed in on Wednesday May 1, 2019. Additionally, please continuously check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – Due to Buddy Days along with the Passion Play and the Faculty Retreat, we did not meet according to our normal schedule. We spent this week reviewing topics that the students identified as areas they want more practice in. Additionally, please continuously check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – Due to adjusted schedules and the Faculty Retreat, we did not meet according to our normal schedule. We spent this week reviewing topics that the students identified as areas they want more practice in. Additionally, please continuously check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates.

Spanish Class Week Ending 4/13

Posted on April 7, 2019

Grade 2

2A & 2B – We worked on the color yellow (amarillo). Students completed a packet that helped with their pronunciation skills, their writing, and color association.

Homework #3 – Please complete the worksheet about the color yellow. For the first side of the worksheet, the students need to write the vocabulary word and then only color the pictures that would be that color. The second side is a color by number. Due 4/15

Grade 2 Spanish Homework #3, Page 1
Grade 2 Spanish, Homework #3, Page 2

Grade 3

3A & 3C – After a review of last week’s materials (Who/What/Where/When/Why about Prayer), the students learned how to make the sign of the cross and the Hail Mary in Spanish. 

Spanish 3 Notes – Sign of the Cross & Hail Mary

3B – Due to last week’s Class Trip, we did not meet. As a result, we are on the first lesson this week of our new unit, Prayer.  This week’s class focused on answering the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How about prayer. The reasoning behind that is before we learn how to say the prayers and what they mean, we should make sure that we understand the importance of them in our faith, and the importance of them in Hispanic culture. Please see the notes from class attached below.

Spanish 3 – Introduction to Prayer

Grade 4

4A & 4B – This week, students worked in pairs and used their iPads to research whether around the world and explain it using their weather related vocabulary. 

Homework # 3 – For homework, they were given a half sheet in which they need to create a weather report about Belle Harbor/the Rockaways in Spanish. They should follow the model based on what we did in class.

Spanish 4 – Homework #3 – Weather Forecast in Spanish

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students continued to work on their projects during class. Next week will be the final time in class we will have to work on our projects. If your child will not be in class next week, please make sure they work on their project at home so that it is finished when we return from Easter Break. Please continue to check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates. 

Grade 6

6A & 6B – Students began to work on their projects during class. Depending on where we get at the end of class, please work on them during Easter Break.  Please continue to check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates. 

Grade 7 

7A & 7B – This week, students worked on creating a comic strip and creating dialogue using -AR, -ER, and -IR verbs. Please continue to check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates. 

Grade 8

8A & 8B – This week, students worked on creating a comic strip and creating dialogue using -AR, -ER, and -IR verbs. Please continue to check Google Classroom for information such as homework assignments and important updates. 

Spanish Class Week Ending 4/6

Posted on April 1, 2019

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Dear Parents,

I cannot believe we are already in April! With 2 weeks until Easter Break and 3 months left of the school year, we are in the final stretch. A lot of our work in class will be tying together and there will be “aha moments” happening left and right! Let’s continue to work together to ensure all of the students are practicing and putting their best effort in class. With the state tests this week the schedule will be a bit lighter than usual. Additionally, this will be a similar model for when we have our Math and Science state tests in May.

 

Grade 2

2A & 2B – Our weekly meeting time was changed from Monday to Tuesday for this week because of the ELA State Tests in the older grades. For this week’s class we worked on the color orange (anaranjado). Students completed a packet that helped with their pronunciation skills, their writing, and color association.

Homework #2: Please complete the worksheet about the color orange. For the first side of the worksheet, the students need to write the vocabulary word and then only color the pictures that would be that color. The second side is a color by number.

2nd Grade Spanish – HW #2 – Page 1
2nd Grade Spanish – HW #2 – Page 2

Grade 3

3A, 3B, 3C – This week we started our newest unit on Prayer in Spanish. This week’s class focused on answering the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How about prayer. The reasoning behind that is before we learn how to say the prayers and what they mean, we should make sure that we understand the importance of them in our faith, and the importance of them in Hispanic culture. Please see the notes from class attached below.

Spanish 3 – Introduction to Prayer

Homework: There was no homework assigned this week. 

Grade 4

4A & 4B – With the ELA State tests on Tuesday and Wednesday, our normal meeting time was changed and we met on Monday this week rather than Tuesday. We reviewed our activities from last week, followed by an additional 2 team activities related to the weather. This week, the students completed a crossword and a cryptologist using the weather related vocabulary we have been practicing. Additionally, due to the change in schedule if a student forgot their homework on 4/1, they can still hand it in on Tuesday without it being marked late.

Homework: Given the state tests this week, there is no homework due next class.

Grade 5

5A & 5B – This week in class we began finalizing our projects. Students began to apply the pieces on the oaktag/poster paper. We will continue to work on it next week. Please continue to check Google Classroom for updates such as homework and important announcements.

Grade 6

6A & 6B – The students began drafting their posters during this week’s class. A handout was given to the students explaining requirements of what will go on the poster as well as a rough idea of what it will look like. Next week we will begin putting the pieces together on oaktag/poster paper. Please continue to check Google Classroom for updates such as homework and important announces.

Grade 7

7A & 7B – We are continuing to work on -IR verbs and applying them to sentences while also practicing our previous skills from -AR and -ER verbs. Please continue to check Google Classroom for important information such as assignments and updates.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – We are continuing to work on -IR verbs and applying them to sentences while also practicing our previous skills from -AR and -ER verbs. Please continue to check Google Classroom for important information such as assignments and updates.

Spanish Class Week Ending 3/30

Posted on March 25, 2019

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Grade 2

2A & 2B – Now that we have begun working on colors, students were given a packet on our first color, rojo (red). Students were able to practice their writing skills, speaking skills, and color association.

Homework #1 – Students are to complete the worksheet on the color red. Please note the homework is due TUESDAY APRIL 2, 2019 BECAUSE SPANISH CLASS WILL BE SWITCHED THAT WEEK DUE TO THE ELA STATE EXAM

NAmster_Grade 2_Homework 1 Colors_Page 1

NAmster_Grade 2_Homework 1 Colors_Page 2

Grade 3

3A, 3B, & 3C – Students are working on Flower Clock Projects to wrap up our unit on time. In class, students began writing their sentence for the clock. Students had to write the sentence “¿Qué hora es?” along with a sentence of a time of their choice (for example, they could write “Son las ocho y veinte en la mañana”). Once I approved each student sentence, they began cutting out the petals and the bees with the Spanish phrases on them. Students did not finish cutting in class. Attached below are digital copies of the instructions as well as the activity itself in case students lose the sheets.

Homework #1: Students need to finish cutting, gluing, and coloring their clock projects to hand in for class next week. 

Spanish 3 – Final Time Project

Flower Clock 

Grade 4

4A & 4B – Today in class, we reviewed our vocabulary words from the last few classes. In addition, students were given a packet with how to pronounce words along with some additional words that will be useful for knowledge (however, I will not test on). To reinforce these vocabulary words, students completed a word search and word scramble.

Homework #2 – Complete the Weather Worksheet (see digital copy below). PLEASE NOTE THAT HOMEWORK WILL BE DUE MONDAY APRIL 1, 2019 BECAUSE CLASS WILL BE SWITCHED DUE TO THE ELA STATE EXAM

Spanish Weather Tools (In Addition to previous Vocab)
Help for Speaking at Home in Spanish
Classwork – Word Search
Classwork – Word Scramble

Spanish Homework #2

Grade 5

5A & 5B – Students began drafting their posters on printer paper. I have asked that next week, students come in with a standard sized piece of oak tag. We will be working on our final drafts next week, and will be working on them for the next couple of weeks.

NAmster_Grade 5_ Spanish Poster Project Description

Please continue to check Google Classroom for important information such as updates, homework, and important announcements.

Grade 6

6A & 6B –

Grade 7

7A & 7B – We have now begun learning about verbs that have -IR endings. Please check Google Classroom for important information such as updates and assignments.

Grade 8

8A & 8B – We have now begun learning about verbs that have -IR endings. Please check Google Classroom for important information such as updates and assignments.

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