Welcome to French!
Welcome new students, my name is Valerie Ellison. I was born in Québec, Canada. English is MY second language as French will become yours. I came to the United States when I was in 9th grade and I learned English AND Spanish at the same time because most of my classmates who were learning english with me were latinos. I absolutely LOVE all cultures.( Culture is word that covers so many things; language, foods, music, dance, art, history, people, habits, and so much more.) I am STILL a student of cultures. French culture covers over 29 countries who have French as their primary or secondary language. I am excited to share the French language and culture with you and hopefully you too will become curious about diversity from all over the world.
For my returning students: I am so thankful to have walked this journey with you. Let's continue to explore new French skills and reinforce the ones you already have mastered! .... I am so glad to have you back!! Allons-y!
For parents: As we continue to encourage student to take ownership of their education, I remain in awe of how much parent involvement we have at BHS. Behind every good teacher, there is an involved parent. We can work together to make sure your teen is successful in this class.
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*STUDENT Stay in the KNOW*
1. Get connected via REMIND for updates, sudden changes & extra credit opportunities.
French 1: @ellison111
French 2: @ellison222
French 3: @ellison333
French 4: @ellison444
When to use remind?: You can text me via remind if you struggle or have questions about an assignment. Any text sent after 5pm will be answered the next day, even if I see it unless I consider it to be an emergency.
*Note: Remain respectful and always assume the best, if there is an error, it can be fixed. If there is a misunderstanding it can be fixed. Always remain respectful in ALL of your written communication with ALL adults. Keep in my that we are ALL doing the best we can.
2. You must be able to access your virtual textbook at all times. It is YOUR responsibility to obtain your login and passcode from me. If you lose it, communicate this to me IMMEDIATELY so I can help resolve the issue. This is a good reason to send me a text on Remind.
3. Syllabus is available as attachment BELOW.
4. These are the standards we will focus on this year.
Click this link to visit the Department of Education website and view our current standards (under modern languages).
Covid 19 has placed a huge inconvenience on our learning path. I have so many emotions about the old normal and the new normal. This year is overwhelming for everyone. Please be flexible with yourself, your peers & with your teachers. Give yourself a lot of grace, and give others a lot of grace too. If we just do what we can, we are already trying. In my room please wear a mask & follow the procedures in place to keep you safe. If you keep yourself safe, you also keep others safe. Others that you may love, others that you may never meet. We are TRULY in this together and we ARE getting through it. Please keep yourself updated with Covid 19 news here --->> https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html
Changes with classroom changes will be communicated directly to you via REMIND & EMAIL. BE SURE to check your student email daily.
All of this information will also be posted on CURVE for you to read.