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La Clase de Español
Bienvenido (welcome) and Supply List for Spanish 1
My name is Jerry Bowling and I will be your son's or daughter’s Spanish teacher. In most of the Spanish speaking countries the teacher is called “El Maestro or El Profesor.” That means “the teacher” in English.
Teaching Spanish is my second career and is one of my passions. I will do all that I can to help your child have success in learning, not only in Spanish but grow in a knowledge of the world around us.
I lived in South America for 28 years and served as a Baptist missionary. I retired in 2015 from full-time missions. Living in South America gave me a really good feeling for the different cultures and it didn’t hurt to become fluent in the language of Spanish. We have lived in Costa Rica, Paraguay and Chile.
This is my 3rd year to teach Spanish. I taught at Liberty High School in 2005 – 2006 and began here at Hardin High School in 2016.
I served in the United States Air Force as a Pararescue Specialist, also known as a PJ. After four years in the Air Force, I came home I went to college. I started with a year at San Jacinto College, then went on to Stephen F. Austin State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Forest Management. I later went on to receive two master’s degrees, one in Theology and Education. I also attended the Spanish Language Institute in Costa Rica.
This year your son or daughter will be learning a language that is spoken by over 500,000,000 people in the world. The United States has over 52 million people that speak Spanish. Only Mexico has more Spanish speakers than the U.S. There are countless opportunities to get a good paying job for people who speak Spanish.
I can’t say that in one year your child will be speaking Spanish like a native, but they should be able to hold basic conversations and be understood. But, for that to happen I will need your support in encouraging them to study. It is my job to prepare them to step right into Spanish 2 next year. Some students that excel will have the opportunity to take Spanish 3 and maybe even Spanish 4. You can encourage them by asking:
- How did your Spanish class go today?
- What did you learn?
- Ask them to teach you a word or two? You will be impressed and proud of their progress.
- Encourage them to do their practice their vocabulary and share with you what they are learning.
- Ask them “how do you say _____?” In Spanish you would say, ¿Como se dice __________? If they don’t know, try to learn it together. It will encourage them to learn more.
I look forward to meeting you during the Parent Teacher nights at school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me during my 3rd period conference period, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jerry A. Bowling
Hardin High School
Spanish I, Hardin High School
PS: A supply list for Spanish Class is attached to the student letter. If there is any problem getting these supplies, just let me know.
La Clase de Español -- Supply List
- 3-Ringed binder 1 ½ “with plastic slip cover on front - (on sale for$2 - $2.75 at Dollar General Store)
- Pack of dividers (each pack has 5 Sections) (2 for $1 at Dollar General Store).
- **100 (1 package) 3”x5” or 4”x5” Notecards – White only (lined).
- Pen/pencil Zipper Pouch
- Package of lined notebook paper (75 cents at Dollar General Store)
- Pens – 1 black, 2 - #2 pencils, **1 red, (red pen will be used in class to grade papers)
- Poster Board (purchased later in the semester for special project)
- Map pencils (2 for $1 at the Dollar Store)
- **Notebook paper, standard lined paper (75 cents at Dollar General Store)
- **1 box of Kleenex tissue
- **1 bottle of Germ-X
If you forget your pencil or pen, Mr. Bowling will sell you one for 25 cents. In the past students have come to class unprepared without writing utensil or paper. The money for these pencils will be used for some of our classroom cultural events.
** these items will be left in class with the teacher to use throughout the school year. (1 daily grade of 100 will be awarded to each student that brings these supplies to class. (You will earn the right to drop your lowest grade during the first three weeks of school). Please bring supplies to class by Friday the 25th. Thanks.
Remember, any student that has financial difficulty at home should notify me in private. I may have some contacts that may be able to help with the purchase of some or all of these supplies.