• Homework/ Late Project Submissions/ Make-Up Work Policies
    By definition, late work is work turned in beyond the due date. All late projects will be reduced by a 10% deduction for each day late.

    For each day missed, the student is granted one additional day to complete assigned work. (Ex. two days absent = two days beyond the due date) After the allotted timeframe, the late policy will be applied to projects. Homework not turned in on time will be considered incomplete and will result in a zero.

    Student that miss a test, quiz, etc., have two weeks to make up that assessment from the date on which it was administered. Tests will be placed at the testing center. Students who fail to complete the assessment within their allotted timeframe will receive a zero. Students are responsible for checking MMS to ensure that they have completed all due assignments/assessments.

    Please follow this sequence to obtain information about missed work: talk to a classmate to see what was missed, check Blended Schools for the Weekly Agenda, talk to the teacher if confusions linger or to ask for specific handouts. It is the responsibility of the student to acquire missed work.


    Policy on Cheating
    The USC World Language Department defines cheating as the use of online translating websites, native speakers, hand-held translators as well as copying from others, or submitting any other work that is NOT your own. Evidence of cheating and suspicious behaviors will lead to confiscation of the assignment and discuss the matter with the student. An Academic Integrity Violation form will be completed & forwarded to the appropriate principal. The student must later meet with the principal to discuss the incident.


    Electronic Devices are PROHIBITED in class unless authorized for an in-class activity.  The item will be confiscated, you must pay a panterones fine, and it will be taken to the assistant principal’s office. A parent or guardian will be required to pick it up.


    Email Policy
    Appropriate email format must be used when contacting me. I will not reply with the information you request if your email is inappropriately informal.
    Acceptable email format example:

            Estimada Sra Darakos,

            I don’t have free mods this semester. Can I take my makeup test with you on Thursday after school? Thanks for your time.

            Sinceramente, Elena

    Unacceptable email format example:

            Can you let me take my test tomorrow after school


    Classroom Expectations

    1. Students respect themselves, others, and school property at all times. Treat everyone how you would like to be treated. Everyone is worthy and deserving of your respect and it will be given to everyone in this classroom under all circumstances.
    2. Students will come to class on time and with all the necessary class materials. Please be ready to start class when the bell rings with a writing utensil, three ring binder/folder and the previous night’s homework when applicable. Students will not be permitted to retrieve forgotten homework from their lockers once the bell has rung.
    3. Only Spanish materials will be completed in Spanish class. All other work may be confiscated. See #1 about respect.
    4. Ask permission from the teacher to leave the room.
    5. Students will try their best to be positive and persistent learners. A positive attitude makes all the difference in the world. If you think you will be successful, you will be! The ability to keep trying even if something seems daunting at first is a skill that will help you in all facets of life.
    6. Students will always be truthful and honest.

    Choosing to break a rule will result in one of the following consequences: verbal warning, conference with the student, call home, removal from class, or referral to office for disciplinary action

    Cultural Disclaimer: Separating culture and language does a disservice to the language learning process because of the intricacies that culture plays on the language. For that reason, we will be exploring several cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. We will also study secular and religious holidays of the Spanish-speaking world.  If this is a problem, please notify me.