¡Hola! Me llamo Señora Ranney. Hello! My name is Mrs. Ranney.
Students grades K-8 see me for Spanish once a week in their classrooms; the best thing about my job is that I get to work with ALL of the students and staff! I grew up on a small town farm in Minnesota. During a summer job in high school, my world was broadened by the opportunity to work with several Latinas. They inspired in me the desire to learn Spanish. During college, I spent a semester living with host families in Mexico, Argentina and Spain, and attending classes. I am excited to help Erie Rise students explore Spanish language and culture, helping them gain appreciation for diversity and realize the importance of being able to relate to and communicate with a variety of people.
Grades 3-8 have been experimenting with creating Spanish sentences while playing “¿Quién es?” “Guess Who?” Using previously-learned pronouns él (he) and ella (she) along with a conjugated verb and adjective (or other detail) students are asking questions about what someone looks like.
¡Próspero año nuevo! Happy New Year!
To kick off the new year, the Specials Team (Art, Music, Spanish, Physical Education) is implementing a positive behavior program to encourage our scholars in grades 5-8 to take full advantage of these enriching classes, and to model a positive example for the classmates. Please, take some time to visit with your student about the following incentives that he or she could earn at the end of each quarter:
TEAM incentive– at the end of each quarter, starting with Quarter 3, EACH specials teacher will select a section of scholars (grades 5-8) that has done a great job modeling classroom expectations. These 4 groups would then do a fun activity led by the specials teacher that selected them. (For example, the section of scholars that I select would perhaps make guacamole and salsa or could watch a familiar movie in Spanish).
INDIVIDUAL incentive– During each specials class period, instructors will be noting both positive and negative “checks” to monitor individual scholar participation/example. At the end of each quarter, the top 10% of positive check earners will be recognized at the End of Quarter Academic Awards Ceremony and receive a small award.
FIELD TRIP Opportunity– At the very end of the school year, the top 10% of positive check earners from 5th-8th grade will be invited to attend a field trip!
Please, encourage your student to take advantage of these opportunities. We are excited to recognize our students. They have each been invited to fill out a survey to provide input on what incentives they would like to work toward.
Con mucha esperanza para 2019,
With lots of hope for 2019,