E-Mail From Professor Carascal
Dear Jim and Lois,
Greetings from all of us in UP Rural High School!
The first semester has just ended but we are just starting with more work. I have yet to start marking my test papers. With so many meetings on curricular concerns and on faculty promotions ( am not sure if the high school faculty will get it) I can't get time to relax! We've just opened our science and math fair and exhibits and we already had more than a thousand visitors. In the afternoon we had more than 40 schools to view our exhibits. We also have exhibits from the different research units in the university and some other commercial exhibitors.
We are also hosting the inter elementary math competition as well as the inter high school science contest. this year we have more than 100 student researches to exhibit.
This afternoon, we gave two seminars for teachers- one in math ( The Mathematics of Dance) and another in Physics (Materials Science). The teachers from other neighboring schools were just to eager to attend. I am happy to have shared this activity with them.
We close on Friday, choosing the top ten outstanding science projects to move to the national level competition. Remember last year, one of our projects participated in the NSF - Intel Science Fair in Arizona! Hope we can again get one slot this year!
It's not the end for me. I still have to attend the Math Educators Conference in Manila. My group is presenting our work on the Phil Framework in Math for Basic Education with the vision of improving math teaching in the Philippines. My group is composed of the best math educators in the Philippines ( I wonder why I am included????).
Next activity - the School sports festival. that's another story.
About the attached letter. well, it's not an isolated story. We teach Phil and World History but little is touched on the detailed account on what really happened. That's why we plan to draft a concept paper working towards some resolutions to be submitted to the municipal or provincial council of Laguna requiring lessons about the Los Banos Liberation to be incorporated in the teaching of history. Of course, a project on module writing should be included in the proposal to serve as teacher's guide.
This could be one of the projects of the 11th A/B. They probably have writers in their group. not a book but a student's module with teacher's guide. How about that?
I must go. I need to present the certificates to the participating schools that came to UPRHS today.
Till my next email. I think I gave you a rather disorganized letter. Sorry about that.
Angelettes Donate $2000 to Rural for Computers
In December 2005, UPRHS received $2000 from the Angelettes of the 11th Airborne Division Association for purchase of computer equipment. Professor Liza Carascal, Principal of U.P. Rural High School, has been in direct e-mail correspondence with Joan Nagel, President of the Angelettes, concerning the transaction and the commencement of procedures to purchase the equipment.
Letter from Prof. Carascal to Joan Nagel
Dear Ms. Nagel,
This is to inform you that we have already received your check donation amounting to $2000 through Mr. Jim Innis last Wednesday. Thank you so much to the Angelettes. We shall soon send you the PTA receipt and an acknowledgement letter. It is just that with this holiday season, processing will be done early next year. However, we have invited suppliers to submit price quotations of the computers and peripherals that we need according to our specifications. As a procedure, we need at least three canvasses and determine the lowest bidder before purchase. We shall probably finalize purchase early January.
The donation came at the right time we are preparing for the internet wireless connection. This is a welcome christmas gift for the students.We still have a school quarter before the school year ends.
Early this afternoon, I was also happy to receive a group of alumni who accepted my call for assistance in constructing a covered walk that would connect our main building to the canteen. The past few months have been rainy ( almost everyday!)and we could see students wading in the water just to go the school canteen for snacks and lunch! Thank God for generous people like your group and some alumni!
Students start their christmas break next week but I will still have to do some administrative work and some meetings with parents. classes start Jan 4.
UPRHS has all the reason to be thankful for this year. The blessings are plenty and we pray that more will come- all for our students sake! May you and your group find God's blessings in all your meaningful undertakings! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Liza C. Carascal