Language Arts

Encore’s Language Arts Department encompasses both English and Foreign Language.  As part of the six year plan, all students are required to complete a full year of English Language Arts every year in attendance for graduation.  Students must pass all classes with a grade “C” or better to have the courses count toward a four year university admission consideration.

In English courses, students use a variety of tools to learn the standards that are aligned with California Standards.  Throughout the year, mechanics of writing including grammar and spelling are covered for all grades.  Fiction novels are taught as well as nonfiction works.  Honors courses are available for students that received an “A” for the entire year prior to enrollment in English.  Students are tested on English by the state of California each spring. Attendance and participation is crucial for Encore to be able to report strong testing to the colleges that students wish to attend.  High School English courses are A – G approved for college admission considerations.

In Spanish courses, teachers use several resources including texts “Realidades.”  Students on the six year academic plan toward college are required to complete a minimum of two years of Spanish for graduation.  As students complete courses, the Spanish class becomes full immersion. Spanish courses are A – G approved for college admission considerations.
Course Description: In this course, you will cover basic vocabulary to identify: days of the week, months, numbers, time, body parts, weather, and much more. By the end of Spanish 1, you will be able to speak and write in the present & past indicative forms.

Grading Policy:          

50%        HW, Class work, participation, etc…

40%        Tests & quizzes

10%        Final exam

The daily teacher-run study hall, block scheduling, and weekly tutoring ensures that every student can succeed. There should be NO reason that you as a student cannot get your class work and homework finished in the time allotted. If you are having trouble, you need to speak up and request help from the teacher of the subject in which you are having problems. Class time for homework and the time allotted in study hall should be used for exactly that, studying.

Textbook/Literature: Realidades 1

Materials Needed: A notebook designated for Spanish only, binder filler paper, pencil, black or blue pen, and a colored pen or pencil.

Films: **Films will be incorporated into instruction to enhance student learning.

La misma luna (PG-13), Which Way Home Home (NR), Ladron que roda ladron (PG-13), Casi Casi (PG), Viva Cuba (PG), The Winds Journey (NR), No se aceptan devoluciones (PG-13), Canela (PG), Shrek (PG), The Book of Life (PG)

Projects: These are some examples of projects students will create, but not limited to;

  • Food Menu
  • Dream Bedroom
  • The things we like to do 

Late work: refers to assignments that students were present to receive, and did not complete on the due date.

  • High School: Recovery Tuesday

Students may turn in late work, not turned in during that week (Tues – Mon), thru the end of tutoring on Tues @ 4pm. This work will be accepted for up to half credit. At the end of each Tuesday tutoring session, any missing work for the previous week will receive a zero.

  • If they attend tutoring in this subject, they will only be deducted 25% of their overall score. (75% credit)
  • If a student is absent on the due date, the assignment is due the next day the student is present for class.

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Grading Policy:          

50%        HW, Class work, participation, etc…

40%        Tests & quizzes

10%        Final exam

The daily teacher-run study hall, block scheduling, and weekly tutoring ensures that every student can succeed. There should be NO reason that you as a student cannot get your class work and homework finished in the time allotted. If you are having trouble, you need to speak up and request help from the teacher of the subject in which you are having problems. Class time for homework and the time allotted in study hall should be used for exactly that, studying.

Textbook/Literature: Realidades 1

Materials Needed: A notebook designated for Spanish only, binder filler paper, pencil, black or blue pen, and a colored pen or pencil.

Films: **Films will be incorporated into instruction to enhance student learning.

La misma luna (PG-13), Which Way Home Home (NR), Ladron que roda ladron (PG-13), Casi Casi (PG), Viva Cuba (PG), The Winds Journey (NR), No se aceptan devoluciones (PG-13), Canela (PG), Shrek (PG), The Book of Life (PG)

Projects: These are some examples of projects students will create, but not limited to;

  • Food Menu
  • Dream Bedroom
  • The things we like to do

 

Late work: refers to assignments that students were present to receive, and did not complete on the due date.

  • High School: Recovery Tuesday

Students may turn in late work, not turned in during that week (Tues – Mon), thru the end of tutoring on Tues @ 4pm. This work will be accepted for up to half credit. At the end of each Tuesday tutoring session, any missing work for the previous week will receive a zero.

  • If they attend tutoring in this subject, they will only be deducted 25% of their overall score. (75% credit)
  • If a student is absent on the due date, the assignment is due the next day the student is present for class.

WHO’S WHO IN THE LANGUAGE ARTS DEPARTMENT AT ENCORE:

Mr. John Parker, English Language Arts
Mr. John Parker teaches English III and IV at Encore, and this will be his sixth year doing so. He received his B.A. in English Literature and his single subject credential from CSUSB, where he has also begun coursework toward his M.A. in English Composition. Throughout his eight years in the teaching profession, he has taught courses as varied as AVID, 9th grade Intro to Lit and Comp, and 12th grade AP Lit and Comp. In addition to teaching, he also advises Encore’s chapter of the California Scholarship Federation and serves as a mentor and induction coach for new teachers. Mr. Parker attributes his educational philosophy to words once spoken by Frederick Douglass: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

He is a surefooted Sherpa in the murky and mysterious realm of literature and composition, where he guides his wayfarers through seemingly insurmountable terrain to the summit of academic success. He especially delights in combating grammatical crimes against the English language, and he has gained some renown as a fierce and indefatigable enemy of the comma splice. Mr. Parker resides in Apple Valley, a town that is, according to some license plate placard sources, a better way of life, but lamentably is rather lacking in apples.

Mr. Sherman Aspacio, English Language Arts
8th Grade English Language Arts teacher Mr. J. Sherman Aspacio brings a passionate creativity to the classroom that engages and motivates all students to master the Common Core State Standards. Motivated, he achieved his Bachelors of Arts in English with a focus on Creative Writing and has professional classroom experience throughout Southern California.  Mr. Aspacio loves the challenge of creating effective learning experiences and respects the individuality and originality of every student he has the pleasure to teach.  “I come to class excited to help the students make this confusing world just a bit more clear; in a world where so many feel voiceless, I strive to help every student find the strong voice inside of themselves and foster it into an invaluable resource that they will carry with them throughout their lives.” — Mr. Aspacio

Mr. Jamie Waggoner, Spanish Language Arts
High School foreign language (Spanish) teacher Señor Jamie Waggoner left a 25 year career working with mostly young adults and teenagers in retail management and sales training to fulfill his lifelong aspiration to teach at the High School level. He was awarded a BA in Geography and a teaching credential in Spanish after attending school at Butte College, BYU Idaho, VVC, and CSUSB. He attained fluency in Spanish after Studying and working in Guatemala while living with non English speaking families in that country for two years. He is also a licensed pilot with more than 500 hours as a pilot.

Karla De La Cruz- 7th grade English/History
“I absolutely enjoy reading, particularly nonfiction books. My favorite author is Malcolm Gladwell. His writings often deal with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences. I am an avid long distance runner and each year,  I try to accomplish at least one full marathon. I attained my B.A. at CSULA in Liberal Studies with a preliminary credential then clearing my credentials through the BTSA Induction Program right after.  I have partially completed my certification in Linguistics through the UCLA Extension Program. Furthermore, I  received my certification as a Legal Interpreter from Southern California School of Interpretation in Spanish. I love the beach and I am the proud mother of two beautiful young boys.”
Maribeth Tamanaha – 7th grade English/History
Maribeth Tamanaha has previously worked at the Hesperia location and is excited to begin this journey in Riverside. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Credential from Cal State San Bernardino in 2010. Upon graduating, her professional teaching experiences have spanned through both middle and elementary levels. She loves teaching and looks forward to this year, and what is has to offer.
April McCue – English Language Arts
April McCue is a 9th grade English teacher (Eng. 1). She attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and loves working with people.She has a multiple subject teaching credential with a supplemental in English. Mrs. McCue loves working with youth and challenging students to try their best and work hard. It is important that students know she cares, and even in the the midst of struggles they can succeed.
Sacha Manuel – English / History
After graduating in 2001, from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Business Management, I pursued a career working behind the scenes in Television Production.  I wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of children.  In 2003, I started my career in Education and shortly thereafter, received a Multiple Subject Clear Teaching credential.  Prior to Encore High School, I taught for San Bernardino City schools teaching multiple subjects, grades K-12 elementary.