Sillas, Janie

FYI: Parents, I hold tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4:00 p.m.
***** Mrs. Sillas has sent out the paperwork for those students whose parents were not able to attend the POWER UP LOTE Mtg.  Please sign and return to your teacher as soon as possible.

Welcome Parents:

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Foreign Language Department

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Welcome to a wonderful year at Ross Middle School.  As your child’s Spanish teacher, I will be working together with you to ensure that your child has an exciting, positive learning experience this year.  This letter is to acquaint you with responsibilities, expectations, and guidelines for Spanish class.  This class has been offered to all middle school aged students who are interested in the Spanish Language, while working to obtain a High School credit for Foreign Language.  This is not a simple elective class, but rather a challenging class that will reinforce the new language learner to become a proficient speaker of the Spanish Language.  There will be a lot of reading, writing and speaking of the Spanish Language.  90% of the class period will be conducted in the Spanish Language.  Please sit with your child and go over the responsibilities that come with the expectations of an advanced class that will require their full participation and cooperation in all that we will do in and out of the classroom.

It is the responsibility of the student to come prepared for class every day.  That preparation includes daily supplies needed, as well as those requested by the teacher.  It is very important for your child to come to class organized and prepared.  This will enable the student to be less stressed and more successful in their learning.

The supplies needed for Spanish Class: pen (blue or black), 5 section spiral notebook, colored pens/pencils and markers, highlighter(s), glue, and index cards.  These supplies need to be brought to class on a daily basis.  All students must have an email account to access many of the homework/daily assignments on the internet.  All students must have access to the internet.  *The School Library and Computer Labs are available to all students without internet access.  A student may use their own headphones when using the computer lab for any Spanish audio programs and exercises we review during the regular class period, and with the permission of the teacher as part of the lesson.  *Student must be able to complete work and turn in all assignments by the deadline dates.  Not being able to access the internet or any other related internet problems will not be valid excuse for incomplete work or not being able to meet the deadlines.

Your child’s agenda (notebook/journal) will need to be filled out by them every day and will need to be signed by a parent/guardian.  The agenda is a very important communication tool for the student/teacher/parent relationship and will be checked and graded on a weekly basis.  The agenda will keep you informed of what your child is covering in class, as well as provide any information regarding possible test/quiz dates and project dates.  Some tests and quizzes will be unannounced.  The agenda also serves as an organizational tool for the student.  Please be sure to ask your child to see their agenda and their notebook on a daily basis and discuss what they learned in school for the day and check to see if any homework has been assigned and when it is due. 

Take Great Notes!!!

Poor note-taking = Poor material review and poor study guides = Poor grades

These activities will account for your child’s overall and final grade:

          Class work (all graded work will be glued and stored in the students notebook.)                                      

          Homework (assignments may require internet access:,,, teacher web page, etc …)  *The School Library and Computer Labs are available to all students without internet access. *Student must be able to complete work and turn in all assignments by the deadline dates.  Not being able to access the internet or any other related internet problems will not be valid excuse for incomplete work or not being able to meet the deadlines.

          Participation (important for student success in developing the new language).  

          Quizzes/Tests (announced and unannounced)

          Projects (Posters, picture cards, flashcards, audio scripts, plays and songs to name a few)                                        

I do not provide extra credit for any of my classes.  Please make sure your child stays on task and views their agenda on a daily basis, as this can and will help students stay on track with what assignments are upcoming and/or are due. Assignments must be completed and turned in to the teacher by the due date.  Failure to do this will result in a lower or failing grade.  If a student is absent, it is the students responsibility to make sure they collect all make-up work and assignments upon their return to school immediately following the day of their absence.  It is the teachers responsibility to provide you with the opportunities to make up the work, the following day in class or before/after school.  When make-up work and material is collected by the student, the student will sign acknowledging receipt of missing assignments and initial by the new due date (ie, everyday absent is equivalent to 1 day of make up time. 1 day absent=1 day make up day).

 The teacher web page, found at and the parent portal found at are excellent sources to see your child's progress. Reminder: This class is not a simple middle school credit.  This class is offered with the mind-set that a High School credit will be received upon satisfactory completion at the end of the academic year.  A mid-term exam will be administered at the end of Semester 1.  A final exam will be administered at the end of Semester 2.  Most important, an End of Course Exam will be administered at the end of the school year. The overall final grade received by the student is reported on the High School Transcript.  Passing or failing grades cannot be changed or removed from the official high school transcript once a final grade has been recorded.

If at any time you need to reach me, you may call the school office at 887-3060 to make an appointment. 

Please review the following page with your child and have him/her sign it, as well as yourself and have your child return the signed form to their Spanish teacher.  Thank you for your cooperation.


·         Represent your school well at all times

·         Arrive to class on time and be prepared to learn

·         Wear school approved uniform properly at all times

·         Respect school property, facilities, and people’s belongings

·         Respect student/teacher opinions and contributions

·         Accept instruction from all faculty and staff

·         Use proper language and listen without interruption

·         Comply with the student code of conduct

·         Be considerate and appreciate volunteers and visitors on campus

·         Be honest at all times


  1. Verbal or written praise & encouragement to students
  2. Positive parental contacts
  3. Recognition of student achievement
  4. End of the year awards

CONSEQUENCES: (For disregarding expectations)

  1. Warning—verbal or written
  2. Detention
  3. Student/teacher conference/parent contact
  4. Progress report (grades or behavior)
  5. A ‘U’ in citizenship
  6. Office referral

 DETENTION: Your student may receive detention for the following infractions: (but is not limited to the following)

    • Failure to turn in class work or homework
    • Unexcused tardy
    • Excessive tardies
    • Dress code violation
    • Disruptive behavior in class
    • Not being prepared or having the correct materials for class

            *Please Note:  Skipping a detention will result in doubling of penalty.

 We hope to be in contact with you throughout the year as much as possible.  The positive learning environment for your child is a combination of school and home.  My conference period is 7th period (2:00 pm - 2:40 pm).  The school number is 1-915-887-3060 if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment.  My email address is :  I look forward to working with you and your child!  Together we can brighten your child’s learning experiences! 


            Mrs. Janie Sillas

(Keep the first three sheets of this contract for your records.)


Please return this form signed by both the student and the parent(s)/guardian(s) on the first week of school.




I have read and understand the expectations, consequences, and rewards for Ross Middle Schools' Spanish class.

Student Name (Print) _______________________________________     Student ID: __________

Student Signature__________________________________________     Class Period: _______

Students Email address:  ______________________________ (needed for log in to various assigned web pages)
Today's Date______________________


Parent Name (Print): _______________________________________

Parent Signature___________________________________________

Parent E-mail______________________________________

Parent Telephone/Cell Number for Point of Contact: ____________________________