• FRENCH 1 SYLLABUS   2014-2015


    Teacher: Madame Justiss

    E-mail jjustiss@houstonisd.org  Phone (713) 723-6015 extension 384

    Conference periods: 6th (11:45-2:00 even days) and 7th (1:30-4:00 odd days)

    Tutoring: 6th period during lunch If you can’t make it during lunch, I will work around your schedule to find a time that works for both of us.


    Dear Parents and Students:


    Welcome to French 1, or better yet Bienvenue! At the end of the year, students will be able to carry on simple conversations in French as well as speak in the simple future and regular past tenses.  We will study vocabulary units so students can talk about school, family members, foods and restaurants, air and plane travel as well as sports.  In addition to the French language, we will also be learning about French and Francophone culture.


    Grades will be weighted according to their importance.  Daily work will count as 40%, test and projects 40%, quizzes 10% and homework 10%.



    There will be “do now” assignments as well as workbook and textbook exercises to complete.  If you are absent, it is the student’s your responsibility to make up the work.



    If a student is absent for any daily assignment, he or she has three class periods to turn in the assignment.  If the student fails to get the work, there will be one make-up assignment at the end of the nine weeks which will count for all the missing assignments.


    Tests are given at the end of a unit and are very comprehensive.  They consist of vocabulary, grammar, and culture.  Students are also tested on listening and required to write an essay on each test.



    There will be two major projects: one in the fall semester about your family and one in the spring semester about travel.  Students will complete a rough draft at mid-semester.  Students will also receive a rubric which explains how they will be graded on these projects.


    In order to build vocabulary, there will be a vocabulary quiz every two to three class periods.   For each unit, there will also be a speaking quiz. 


    If a student is absent, he or she will be required to make up that test during class time the day the student returns.  Students may retake any test or quiz for a better grade so long as it is within one week and done before school, after school, or during lunch.



    All French students are required to keep a notebook.  Students will turn in the notebook every six weeks and it will count as a daily grade.  The notebook may be hard or soft cover, a three-ring binder or a folder.  Notebooks have three sections: vocabulary, notes, and worksheets.  After January when students receive laptops, hopefully will be able to keep electronic notebooks instead of paper ones.



    Students are expected to be in class every day.  Parents will be notified after a student misses three class periods.  When a student is on a field trip or with another adult, it is the responsibility of that person to mark the student present


                                              French Classroom Expectations

    1. Be on task. (doing what you’re supposed to be doing in order to learn)
    2. Follow all school rules.
    3. Bring something to write with and write on.
    4. Talk only when it’s your turn.
    5. Stay seated until you have permission to get up.



    1. Reminder of the expectation
    2. Write a paragraph and detention
    3. Call home and referral to the dean
    4. After the 4th referral, you will be removed from the class.

    A student’s removal from the class is pursuant to the Safe Schools Act TEC Chapter 37



    Orange tickets (my version of detention)

    If a student is not meeting one of the values or expectations, he or she will be asked to go to the classroom next door and write a reflection paragraph.  Upon returning to the classroom, he or she will receive an orange ticket with a time and a date to come and discuss ways the teacher can better help him or her meet expectations.


    Green tickets (my version of tutorials)

    If student needs some extra help, he or she will receive a green ticket with a time and date to come have a snack with the teacher and discuss his or her progress.




    I want all parents and students to know the best way to reach me is the e-mail listed at the beginning of this letter.  I check it several times a day but I check my voice mail and messages in Grade Speed only once a day.



    I look forward to a great year, and Bonne Chance!





    Jennifer Justiss