Welcome to Spanish I!

Before going into more information about the course, I would like to provide you with some information about me.   I attended Prince William County schools as a student myself and also did my student teaching at both Featherstone Elementary and Hylton High School.  I have always had a great love of languages and of educating children, so when I was offered the chance to teach Spanish I to middle school students here at Pennington, and ESOL to students at Penn Elementary (my former elementary school!), I jumped at it.

Teaching two different subject areas at two different schools and levels can be quite challenging and at times, more time-consuming than I wish, so if you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.  In addition, I am available most days after school for students to receive remediation, to retake assessments, or to conference with me about the class.  If you or your child would like to take advantage of this offering, please let me know and we will coordinate a day that works.

As for my classes, Spanish IA is for seventh grade students and is provided on an every-other-day basis for the duration of the 2020 2021 school year.  During this year, we will be covering  a minimum of four units of high school Spanish I, and a maximum of 8 unit lessons, inclusive of Unit I (Global Community), Unit II (School).   Unit III (Home Life) and Unit IV (Community).  Throughout the year, there will be a heavy focus on learning the basic foundations of the Spanish language, grammar, and culture, as well as plentiful opportunities to practice the language, including oral and visual presentations.  Additional information about each unit will come home throughout the year and be posted for your access.

This course counts as 1 full high school credit which will  be achieved by the end of the year and added to each enrolled child's transcript.  If, for some reason, you and your student do not wish to include this final grade as part of your overall GPA, it can be expunged.  Please contact our director of school counseling, Ms. Atkins, for more information about this.

Thank you for your support!  I am looking forward to a strong end of the year!
Ms. Lydia Mockabee