Now that we are well into the 2018-2019 school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those of you I haven’t communicated with yet. My Name is Steve Nosanchuk (Mr. Steve or Mr. N.). I am an AUSD teacher working on the Sierra campus. With just a few exceptions, I have known most of these kids for a couple of years. For those new kids in class, I’m very excited to have them with us.
As most of you know, our school follows a system with two main components. 1. Behavioral Levels. Levels at our school include Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Gold. Students earn behavioral and academic points during every academic rotation. If they are on task (doing their work) and are following directions, they earn points. If they earn enough points per day, for 3 days in a row they can “level up” to the next level. The higher the level they are on, the more privileges they can earn. The level system is also used to demonstrate to the district that a student who makes it to Gold, may be considered for transition to a comprehensive classroom setting (if appropriate). 2. Academic performance. This is simply how we track the work the kids do. My philosophy is to give as much credit for effort, and for correct answers. I recognize my students have unique needs, and I want to reward them for trying, that’s all I ask. With enough practice, the correct answers will come. However, if we don’t reward them for trying, they will quit.
I also think it’s important to make school a place they look forward to attending. It is for that reason; our school does plan several fun activities throughout the month. For the kids that are “on level” (Green, Blue, or Gold) we also do Fun Fridays. This includes special lunches and activities.
The most important thing I want you all to know is that I am 100% committed to your child’s education and safety. I am also available to of you ANYTIME you need to contact me. I have included all my contact information below for your use. I also encourage you to come visit our classroom whenever you’d like to see what we do in class. Just let me know when you’d like to visit, and I’ll set it up with our administrative office.
Thank you very much for your commitment to your child’s education, I’ll do my best not to let you down.
Special Education Teacher, AUSD