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August 17, 2015





Dear Student & Parents,


Hello, my name is Ian Slaney and I am looking forward to the beginning of a new school year and am glad you will be part of our classroom community. I call it a classroom community because I believe that we can all learn from each other, learn together and work together with the common goal of success in the classroom. This will be my first year teaching for Sonoma Valley High, and I have been working in special education since 2004. It is my belief that EVERYBODY can learn and it is my personal goal to give each student every opportunity to do so.


I know that you share in my excitement for your child’s learning and look forward to working with you to accomplish our goals. In the classroom we will be using many techniques and tools to teach different lessons. Basing my curriculum on the Common Core State Standards and each student’s IEP, we will conduct lessons in different styles to make sure that each student is able to understand the material. I have high expectations for each student, both academically and socially. We will have a few class rules that must be followed, and these rules are put in place and enforced only for the sake of the learning process.


Any disruptions to a student's learning process will not be tolerated and consequences will fit the disruption. I believe the classroom should be a positive environment and will always do my best to keep it a positive place. Like I said, I believe the classroom is a community and I will be emphasizing the development of social skills and relationships to carry on throughout their education. I believe that you are all part of the community as well and I would invite any feedback or participation from family members. I will be available everyday before and after school to discuss your child. Please contact me at islaney@sonomaschools.org or (707) 933-4010 ext. 5221 if you have any questions or concerns.


I look forward to working with your child and yourself this year and hope to see you at Back to School Night on September 9th.





Ian Slaney

RSP Teacher Science Tech 1 & 2

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