The primary goal of the Saint Ignatius Spanish Program is to introduce the students to basic Spanish and to get the students ready for Spanish 1 in high school. Students in first through eighth grade attend Spanish classes for half an hour two days a week.
First through third grade students will be introduced to the alphabet, colors, numbers, basic expressions, greetings, days of the week, months, classroom objects, clothing, food, gender, body parts, some emotions, some adjectives, animals, and fruits. In addition, the students will learn the Sign of the Cross, a prayer to their Guardian Angel and Hail Mary in Spanish.
Fourth grade students will then learn to use all of what was introduced in first through third grades and have quizzes on translation, spelling and sentence structure. In addition to the prayers learned in first through third grade, students will learn the Our Father.
Fifth through seventh grade students will add on to and review all of what was introduced in first through fourth grade. In addition, students will be able to express more feelings. Gender, forming plurals of nouns, the definitive article the, possessive adjectives, phrases commonly used in the Spanish classroom will all be learned. Students will be also learn the weather, how to tell time, action words, prepositions, transportation and school subjects.
Eight grade students will continue to review all that was learned in previous grades and will be able to write a paragraph describing the members of their families, themselves and their pets using correct expressions, gender, color, adjectives, plurals, and possessive adjectives. Eight grade students will learn to use subject pronouns and will be able to conjugate regular ~ar verbs, ~er verbs, and ~ir verbs. Students will also learn and work with the conjugation and use of three irregular verbs, ser, estar, and tener.
Anyone who would like to volunteer their time at school, on a field trip, or any activity that involves our students, MUST complete an on line course provided by Catholic Mutual Group.
THIS TRAINING IS MANDATED AND A CERTIFICATE MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE BEFORE YOU MAY VOLUNTEER TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY SCHOOL EVENTS/FUNCTIONS WHERE CHILDREN ARE PRESENT. This training must be renewed EVERY 3 years.