Date: 17 July 2015
Weekly Memorandum No. 2015 – 7.3
TO: AdZUHS Community
FROM: Father Principal
1. Principal’s Message:
On July 25, Saturday, we shall have our First Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) General Assembly. On this day, the teachers will be presented to the parents and guardians, homeroom officers will be chosen, and dialogue with parents re school/student matters and concerns will ensue. As we get to know our “partners”, we will certainly come to an understanding on how we, teachers and parents, can best help our students grow and mature this school year.
The PTA – the home and school partnership – is essential towards the formation of our students. Experience has shown us that parents and guardians who establish a good working relationship with their child’s teachers early during the year, are able to receive and give valuable feedback which prove critical to the success of any assistance program for their child.
Please remind, encourage, and promote this school-home partnership. We hope to get a good attendance, and look forward to welcoming our fellow formators next weekend.
2. Characteristic of Jesuit Education (CJE): Jesuit education takes place within a structure that promotes community. A greater degree of shared responsibility has developed in recent years. Increasingly, decisions are made only after receiving advice through informal consultations, formal committees and other means; all members of the educational community are kept informed about decisions and about important events in the life of the school. In order to be truly effective, a sharing of responsibility must be based on a common vision or common sense of purpose.
3. Reminders (a reiteration of the July 16 Faculty and Staff General Meeting)
a. In the next three weeks, the principal will continue to do his daily rounds on an almost hourly basis to do either a brief walk-through visit or a pop-in observation. He may be assisted either by the AP Formation and AP Academics. Thus, please observe the following:
i. Punctuality at all times. Note that “a student who arrives five (5) minutes after the scheduled class period began is considered LATE and must follow procedures stated in unless with permission from the school authority.” (AdZUHS Student Handbook, Section 220.127.116.11.3). Teachers are also expected to begin the class on time and end on time.
ii. Teachers must not allow the students to leave the classroom at will. Although “a student may be permitted to go to any office, restroom or their locker during class hour. . .” (AdZUHS Student Handbook, Section 18.104.22.168) upon the prudent judgment of the teacher. If the student does this practice repeatedly and the teacher complacent with his/her policies, then it becomes a bad habit.
iii. The two class room doors must remain open while classes are going on.
iv. The observer’s chair must be clutter-free and remain vacated at all times. If possible, during the visit, please present to the observer your lesson plan for the day.
v. When the class is having session in another place, the classroom doors must be closed (but not locked), electric fans turned off, lights switched off, and the destination board updated (indicate date, time, and destination, and board erased once the students return to the room).
vi. Each teacher takes personal responsibility for the physical condition and appearance of the class
b. Classroom Basics:
i. Starting Class: is the classroom clutter-free? One-minute silence; Prayers (prayer leader’s voice must be audible); Introducing the lesson (objectives)
ii. Presentation: is it clear? Is it orderly? Class activity vs. Lecture. (Avoiding extremes) ; Reviewing matters already taken up; Clarification & Getting feedback from students; Exercises (testing student ability and student mastery of skills)
iii. Closure : Summarizing; Nexus (Connecting to the next class); Giving Homework; Prayers)
c. Classroom Conduct:
i. Within the classroom, all ordinary discipline matters are the responsibility of the teacher. The following procedures may help set an atmosphere necessary for learning:
· At the beginning of the school year, outline expectations for student academic work.
· Set classroom standards and rules, and insist that they be followed from the first day. What is accepted, and not accepted.
· Well-planned lessons that keep students on task decrease the time available for misconduct.
· Be firm, fair, and consistent
ii. Practices which are not conducive to classroom discipline
· Repeated loud voice usage by a teacher; yelling is professionally inappropriate.
· Threats of unrealistic punishments.
· Repeated warnings with no follow-up. Do what you said you were going to do.
· Inconsistent adherence to rules.
Note that punishment should be for behavior, not for lack of scholastic performance. Students should be sent to the office for disciplinary matters only after the teacher has exhausted all possible means of dealing with the situation.
4. Student and Faculty Updates
a. Mr. Espiridion Atilano Jr. is attending the 3rd International Conference on Local Knowledge in the Face of the ASEAN Integration on July 24-25 at the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The conference aims to raise important issues and discuss challenges affecting students, teachers, and academic institutions in their pursuit for opportunities to competitively engage and actively contribute to the global economy and a more integrated international community.
b. Ms. Sheryl T. Basa, Mrs. Leila G. Lim, and Mr. Jeffrey DC Barrera, together with 57 students from 8 Campion, 9 Xavier, and 10 Loyola, will join the 2015 Regional Seminar-Workshop in Conducting Science Investigatory Project on July 23-25, 2015 at the Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City. The activity seeks to provide our young high school students and science teachers the opportunity for learning the principles of scientific methods in conducting investigatory projects and instill proper ethics in science.
c. Mr. Erwin G. Pelayo will be in Ateneo de Davao University on July 21-23 as official AdZU representative in the Mindanao Unity Games meeting .
5. Activities and Events for July 20 – 25 (St. Ignatius of Loyola Week Celebration)
a. July 20, Monday * Monday Assembly sponsor: Christian Life Education (CLE) Department
* Relaunching and re-orientation of the School’s Solid Waste Management
Program (c/o Science and Technology Department)
* 7:30AM Mass: Class sponsor: Gr. 8 Regis
Moderator: Ms. Mary Lucel B. Sumatra
* 7:30 – 8:30 AM: Medical and Dental Checkup for Gr. 10 Ignatius
b. July 21, Tuesday * Gr. 7 Faber recollection Moderator: Bro. Eric Esteba, SJ
* 7:30 – 8:30 AM: Medical and Dental Checkup for Gr. 10 Jerome
c. July 22, Wednesday * 7:30AM Mass: Class sponsor: Gr. 10 Evans
Moderator: Mrs. Ruth E. Vesagas
* Gr. 7 Southwell recollection Moderator: Bro. Geovanie Baco
* 7:30 – 8:30 AM: Medical and Dental Checkup for Gr. 10 Kostka
d. July 23, Thursday * 7:30 – 8:30 AM: Medical and Dental Checkup for Gr. 10 Rodriguez
e. July 24, Friday * 8:00 – 10:00 AM: Junior High School Recognition Program
* 1PM – 3PM Nutrition Month Culminating Activity
(PE Attire for students)
f. July 25, Saturday * 8:00 – 11:30 AM: PTA General Assembly and Homeroom Election of officers
g. Weeklong activities * Hataw competition for Grade 8 during MAPEH period
h. Classroom-based activities for the different grade levels (c/o CLE Department):
Grade 7 Stampita-making contest
Grade 8 Word Art contest
Grade 9 Essay writing contest
Grade 10 Poster making contest
6. St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus
Iñigo López de Loyola was born to a noble Basque family in Castile. He spent his youth as a courtier and later a soldier. Trained in the code of honor and chivalry, he was ready with his sword to avenge any slight against his dignity or the interests of his master.
In 1521 he was severely wounded in battle. While recovering in his family castle, he asked for something to read. All that was available was a collection of pious lives of the saints. In time he was inspired by these stories, imagining what a great honor it must be to serve the glory of God. When he had recovered he made a pilgrimage to the Catalonian Shrine of Our Lady at Montserrat. There, after an all-night vigil, he laid his sword on the altar and became a soldier of Christ.
Ignatius studied in Paris to become a priest. While there he exhorted a group of fellow students to join him in forming a new religious order, dedicated to renewing and serving the Church in any way their services might be required. This was the nucleus of what became the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. The order was officially recognized in 1540, and Ignatius became its first superior general.
The Jesuits soon spread throughout the globe on perilous missions to Asia, New Spain, and Protestant England, renewing the vitality of the Church through Ignatius’s principle of “contemplation in action.” In fifteen years the order increased from ten members to a thousand.
Ignatius died on July 31, 1556. He was canonized in 1622.
“To the greater glory of God.” The motto of St. Ignatius