Dear Parents and Guardians:
My name is Adriana P. Cortés and I am very happy to have your student in my Spanish class this year. I would like to
begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I’m a native Spanish speaker from Bogotá Colombia. I graduated from the
Antonio Nariño University with a degree in psychology and a teaching degree from Escuela Normal Nacional in
Piedecuesta Colombia. I am currently attending classes at the University of Northern Colorado in order to get a Foreign
Language Spanish Teaching Masters Degree. I moved to Colorado in 2008 and have been working with students in
early childhood education, interpretation, and translation. I also have been working as a family outreach liaison and
Spanish Teacher for Northglenn Middle School. I love our school and I am committed to the school’s mission and
I am looking forward to getting to know your student and working directly with them in the classroom to facilitate their
learning experience. I am going to meet with your student every day and my plan is to work with them on reading,
writing, and conversational skills in Spanish.
In our classroom we will respect each other, we will try our best, we will work as a team, we will learn from mistakes,
and we will create and celebrate our success. To make sure we are going to the classroom everyday to learn, please let
your student know that cellphones are not allowed during class. They can keep their phones in their lockers.
In order to begin, I will need your help. First, I need you to make sure that your student brings the following school
supplies during the first week of class:
- A ream of white paper to print their assignments
- A binder to file their assignments
- A notebook to take notes
- Pens, pencils, and an eraser
- A packet of index cards
- English and Spanish Dictionary (This is not mandatory, but we will use the dictionary a lot.)
Second, I would ask you to review your student’s work to make sure your student is learning. I also would like to
encourage you to check the progress of your student at http://northglennm.adams12.org/home/for-parents/parent- portal.
I believe the students are more committed to their learning when we are working together for their success. It is also
going to be a good opportunity for you to learn Spanish and review and practice what you already know. My personal
experience as a second language learner is that we need to keep practicing at home what we learned in the classroom
Your student will not have homework in my class. However, every Friday your student will have a quiz to quantify and
review what they have learned. Every Wednesday we are going to focus on reading to learn about the countries where
Spanish is the official languages in order to learn more about the country and their culture. I also want you to know that
every Monday I will have study sessions from 3:45pm to 4:15pm. The student has to let me know they plan on
attending and also plan their transportation.
Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact me in case you have any questions. I know that the better our communication
is, the better the learning experience for your student.
Adriana P. Cortés
Spanish Teacher 6 th 7 th and 8 th grade
Northglenn Middle School
Adams 12 Five Star Schools. 720-972- 8289