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Jonathan Senko

Mr. Senko
Name: Jonathan Senko
Email: jsenko@quipsd.org
Grades: 7th through 12th
Subjects: Integrated Technology, Computer Animation/Game Design, and Video Production
Rooms: 203 and the TV Studio/BlackBox
Phone: (724) 857-7515 ext. 4203 or 4118

Biography: 
Born at Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Mr. Senko has lived in Western Pennsylvania his entire life. After graduating from Slippery Rock University, he attended graduate school at Robert Morris University to obtain teacher certification. Prior to obtaining a teaching position at Aliquippa Junior-Senior High School, he taught at risk adjudicated youth in Allegheny County and was trained through Classrooms for the Future to work as the Technology Coordinator for a charter school. Mr. Senko is currently working towards a master's degree in instructional leadership, while working with the students of Aliquippa to make them and the school successful.

Certifications:
Secondary English, Business-Computer-Information Technology, and Communications

About Me:
I became a teacher to help people. Students across the country are slowly losing the drive to gain an education. For many, school is a place they are told to go to everyday, but what they can't see is the choice. They choose to get on the bus or walk to school. They choose to go to class. They choose to graduate. Aliquippa has the potential to mold the student population into respectable members of society, but only if the students choose to respect their school. We need every student to take their share of responsibility to make their school better. Students need to choose to learn. Students need to choose education over wasting time and acting out. I am going to do everything I can to build upon the positive choices our students make. Aliquippa has a long history of achievement, and with the help of the students, the parents/guardians, and the community, we can work to change our school for the better. Students need a learning environment that focuses on the professional expectations they will see as they move out of high school and into society. Aliquippa maintains many policies that govern what is appropriate and acceptable, and I will make it my task to enforce those policies, especially those that work toward professionalism including language, dress code, being on time, being prepared, and respect (for self, community, and school).
 
Class Rules:
1. Be on time (late = no hall pass and partial loss of participation points)
2. Respect the computers (do not pound on desks)
3. Respect fellow students
4. One student to a computer (on own username)
5. Do not touch another student’s computer (keyboard, mouse, wires, buttons, etc.)
6. Ask to leave the room (sign out and take hall pass)
7. Sit only on student chairs (not on furniture, windowsills, or floor)
8. No foul language (cursing shows ignorance and is disrespectful)
9. No food, drink, candy, seeds, or gum (items may be thrown out)
10. No portable electronic devices
11. Do not use the teacher’s computer or go through teachers cabinet (stay behind the line)

Grading:
      All completed classwork and assignments will be graded based on the school guidelines. Late work will be given partial credit and makeup work will only be accepted if the absence is excused. Since these are technology classes, almost every assignment will be on the computer and deadlines will have to be met. Participation is also graded daily.
 
 
Typing Tips For All Ages
The home row keys are very important. You need to train your fingers in the correct keystroke reaches. Your fingers should gently rest on their home row keys.

Strike a key. When typing, don't just press a key. Strike the key, then quickly return the finger to its assigned home row key. Pretend you are a Cobra. Using the correct finger, strike the key. Then quickly return the finger to its assigned home row key.

Monitor your monitor.
Adjust the angle of your monitor to minimize glare. Tilt the angle of the screen or slightly darken the room.

Relax and stretch. Periodically get up and move or stretch your neck, arm, and hand muscles to combat fatigue.

Typing requires practice. Practice improves typing speed and accuracy.

Use the correct finger when striking a key. When first learning, concentrate on striking the correct keys without looking at your fingers. Do not be too concerned with speed or accuracy. Both will improve as your skills develop.

Errors will happen. When an error is made, retype the key immediately. Don’t think about it, your brain knows it didn’t communicate correctly with your finger. Just move on.

Sit the same. If the keyboard or your posture position changes, sound typing skills will not develop. Always maintain correct posture. If you do not sit up straight and keep your feet flat on the floor, the angle of your arms will change; thus changing the keystroke reach. This throws off your speed and accuracy.

Develop a routine. Set the work environment like you want it to optimize your learning sessions. Don’t let the chair height, tilt of the monitor, location of the keyboard, or posture vary from session to session. You learn how to type by developing motor reflex patterns When these reflex patterns occur, your fingers will be able to strike the correct keys automatically.

Don’t worry about speed and accuracy. Relax. However, always use the correct finger/keystroke pattern. Speed and accuracy will develop naturally through practice once your fingers have been correctly trained.
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