• Name:  Debbie Kunes
    Subjects / Classes Taught:   Basic & Intermediate ELD
    Degree(s):  M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, A.S.U.; B.A. Spanish, N.A.U.
    Email:  dkunes@phoenixunion.org

    Mrs. Kunes was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Glendale, Arizona.  She earned a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Spanish from Northern Arizona University where she was a Resident Assistant.  Mrs. Kunes obtained scholarships to study in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico and Salamanca, Spain.  Mrs. Kunes has been a teacher and a coach for 30 years in the Glendale Elementary and Phoenix Union High School Districts.  She coached basketball, volleyball, and softball and has taught English and ELD, Spanish including Dual Enrollment, P.E., Dance, AVID, and Computer Principles.  Mrs. Kunes is married to Jeff, an Art Teacher and Football Coach.  Mr. and Mrs. Kunes both teach at Betty H. Fairfax High School in Laveen, Arizona, where their sons are involved in athletics and performing arts.  Mrs. Debbie Kunes has had the joy of working with over 3500 young scholars. 

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    PHOENIX UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Plan for Student Success

    ELD

    English Language Development | Two-Semester Course | 2021-2022 School Year

     

    Teacher:

    Mrs. Debbie Kunes

     

    School:

    Betty H Fairfax

    Department:

    English Language Development (ELD)

     

    Prerequisite(s):

    None

     

    Email:

    dkunes@phoenixunion.org

    Grade Level:

    9-12

     

     

    1st Semester 

    2nd Semester

     

    1st Quarter

    2nd Quarter

    3rd Quarter 

    4th Quarter 

    No. of Credits

    0.5 

    0.5 

    0.5 

    0.5 

    Type of Credit

    English 

    Elective 

    English 

    Elective 

     

    Welcome to my class!  I look forward to a great year, and I hope you do too.  To help you do well, here are some things that you need to know:

    Course Description:

    This two-period block course is designed for limited-English proficient students with an AZELLA overall proficiency level of Basic. In this course, students will use language across the four domains (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to understand how the English language functions through a content discipline lens. Students will receive explicit instruction in direct connection to rigorous, grade-level content that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and aligned to the Arizona English Language Proficiency Standards. Each semester students will earn one-half English credit and one-half elective credit. 

    Upon Successful Completion of this class, you will be able to:

    1. Listen actively to the ideas of others in order to acquire new knowledge.
    2. Express orally your own thinking and ideas.
    3. Analyze text for expression, enjoyment, information, and understanding.
    4. Express your thinking and ideas in a variety of writing genres.
    • Identify and apply conventions of Standard English to spoken and written communications.
    • Integrate elements of effective writing to develop engaging and focused text.
    • Demonstrate research skills by using a variety of reference materials to complete a variety of writing tasks.
    1. Acquire English language vocabulary and use it in relevant contexts.

    Materials Required:

    We will be using many resources for our projects and learning in this class over the course of the year.

    Some additional materials that you will need every day in class are:

    • Student Planner (provided by school)
    • Writing Utensils (pen, pencil, eraser, highlighter)
    • laptop

    I also expect students to make sure their ID is VISIBLE when we return to campus.  I will follow the school ID policy when students are not wearing their ID. 

     

     

    Grading System:

    In this class, your grades are based on your mastery of each standard assessed in the classes.  In English Language Development (ELD) courses, we will use the 4 types of communication from the Arizona English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for our standard categories.  Each standard is composed of various skills of English language acquisition.

    Your grade will be calculated as follows:

    Category (Inquiry Elements)

    Value

     

    Final Semester Grade

    Value

    Receptive

    30%

     

    Semester Coursework

    80%

    Productive

    30%

     

    Final Exam (District CRT)

    20%

    Interactive

    30%

     

    Total

    100%

    Language

    10%

     

     

     

    Total

    100%

     

     

     

     

    Your semester coursework will be worth 80% of your final semester grade and the final exam will be worth 20% of your final semester grade.  We will use a rubric-based grading scale as follows:

    Category

    Rubric

    Grade

    Refined Mastery

    4

    A

    Mastery

    3

    B

    Approaching Mastery

    2

    C

    Developing Foundational Skills

    1

    D

    Missing or Absent

    0

    F

    Title I Program:

    Academic tutoring and test preparation are available to all students. Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services.  Support through Title I funding is available in the areas of math, reading and English.  If interested, please contact the Principal Ms. Alexander at (602) 764-9000 or Assistant Principle of Instruction Ms. Megwa at (602) 764-9000.

    Title I Program:

    Academic tutoring and test preparation are available to all students. Additional support for passing classes and graduating on time is the intent of these services. Support through Title 1 funding is available in the areas of math, reading and English. If interested, please contact the Principal, Ms. Alexander or Assistant Principal for instruction, Ms. Megwa for additional information at (602) 764-9000.

    Graduation Qualification:

    • Senior Notice: The last day for seniors to complete and submit assignments to qualify for graduation is May 14, 2022.

    Make-up Policy:

    It is imperative that all missing assignments be made up, as each assignment is an opportunity for the student to demonstrate proficiency in the standard. If there is not sufficient evidence to evaluate a student’s proficiency in the standard, the student is in jeopardy of failing. Assignments will be assigned from time to time as homework (to be completed at home).  These assignments are due as assigned.

     

    Students who participate in activities/sports which require eligibility will be closely monitored.  I will follow the District Policy.  If you are declared ineligible, you must come complete required work after school and, if necessary, to have your release to play/participate signed by me.

    Attendance Policy:

    “Absent” is defined as nonattendance in an assigned class or activity for more than one-half of the period. (PXU Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)

    “Tardy” is defined as not being in the assigned class or activity when the tardy bell has finished ringing. (PXU) Governing Board Policy J-1561 JHR)

    Students may fail the class for the semester in any course, when reaching a total of 6 excused/unexcused absences and after school-documented interventions have been exhausted. (See Student Procedures Handbook)

    Being late to class interrupts learning. You need to be in your seat with your materials before the tardy bell rings. The school tardy policy will be followed. (Student Planner)

    Behavior/Procedures:

    You may do those things that promote your learning and the learning of others.  You cannot violate the right of another person.  Please remember that you and your classmates have a right to a safe environment in which you can learn.

    Consequences of misbehavior or falling behind in your class work may include:  parent phone calls/conferences, after school detention and/or administrative referrals.  The following procedures will help you be successful:

    1. Attend class daily
    2. Complete all course work
    3. Make up all missing assignments

    Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, I am here to help.  If you need to contact me, please email me at dkunes@phoenixunion.org., and I will get back with you as soon as possible.  We are going to have a terrific year together, improve your skills, learn a lot and have fun together.

     

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Debbie Kunes

    ELD Teacher

    Betty H Fairfax High School