Pisay pockets 2nd, 3rd place awards for PH in int’l science odyssey
by: Dianne Joyce C. Matic
Philippine teams powered by scholars of Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus and Central Visayas Campus grabbed 2nd and 3rd grand prizes and garnered gold medals and various awards in the 5th ASEAN Plus 3 Junior Science Odyssey (APT JSO) held at University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, June 12-18, 2016.
PH Team A consisted of PSHS-CVC Grades 11 scholars Hannah Keren Duque, Mark Ely Namoro and Grade 10 Jose Benjamin dela Cruz.
Pisay-CVC Grade 10 scholars Nicole Betina Pascual, Dionella Jitka Quinagoran and Christlen Carlo Olivares comprised PH Team C.
Team A received gold in Biology and silver in both Chemistry and Physics while Team C pocketed silver in both Biology and Chemistry and bronze in Physics.
The scholar participants demonstrated laboratory skills in three fields: Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
Moreover, dela Cruz and Quinagoran were awarded a gold medal and a bronze medal respectively in a separate event of project pitching by mixed country groups.
PSHS-CVisC also sent six contestants to represent the country during international competition.
The team of CVisC scholars Francis Jether S. Siao, Joseph Karl C. Salva Jr., and Sean Dominic T. Abella ranked third over-all third.
Philippine delegation managed to take home 15 medals through the combined efforts of both PSHS campuses.
Designed to develop and nurture the skills and talents of young individuals, APT JSO is an annual Science and Technology (S&T) contest for gifted students aged 13-15 living within ASEAN Plus Three Region which makes up of China, Japan, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Sweden and Southeast Asian countries.
This year’s competition anchored on the theme, “Climate Change and the Rainforest”.
Genalyn Viloria and Mark Merrill Mesa of the PSHS-CVC served as coaches of the PH teams A and C.#
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New academic year kicks off
by: Harold V. Gallo
With Typhoon Carina exiting Philippine territory, new school year entered in the history books of Philippine Science High School as it opened its first school day, August 1.
The opening day kicked off with a flag ceremony headed by Dr. Salvador B. Romo, Campus Director.
A Holy Spirit Mass followed, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Crispin Costales.
In his welcome remarks during the Opening Program, Dr. Romo welcomed the students, employees and parents with school updates and reminders.
“This year is special because we will start the SYP for senior high school. For the Grades 11 scholars, for sure, you will enjoy your academic experiences”, Dr. Romo expressed.
Grade 7 scholar, Rei Benedick Mallillin, in his message of expectation mentioned how privileged and lucky they were to be Pisay scholars.
“Mas marami yatang expectations sina nanay at tatay kaysa sa amin”, he added in his speech.
Teachers and staff were also introduced by the Division Chiefs and Department Heads.
Meanwhile, discussion about scholarship agreement, academic matters, guidance services, dormitory rules and other concerns were discussed by selected personnel to the Grade 7 scholars and their parents in the Orientation Program.
An orientation for Grade 11 scholars was also conducted focusing on the Specialization Year Program (SYP) was facilitated by the Curriculum and Instruction Services Division, headed by Dr. Aimee Marie C. Gragasin.#
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Teachers revisit new trends, strategies in teaching
by: Harold V. Gallo
Dr. Mercelita V. Orden, Vice President for Academic Affairs of PLT College and Ms. Zayda S. Asuncion, Professor of Saint Mary’s University facilitated the half-day sessions in which teachers were grouped by department.
Teachers in the Science, Mathematics, Computer and Technology (SMCT) department, listened to Dr. Orden as she shared many of the new trends she has used throughout her years as a teacher, administrator and researcher.
“Take the risk and grow!”, said Dr. Orden, who also shared many anecdotes to the SMCT teachers.
Ms. Asuncion updated the faculty members under Humanities with the tested strategies that she has used, read and researched.
“Let’s not forget what interests our students and take the chance to use the varied strategies. Always remember that the best visual aid in the classroom is still the teacher”, said Asuncion to the Humanities teachers.#
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Navalta to teachers: Test is an opportunity to learn
by: Harold V. Gallo
Dr. Jane D. Navalta stressed that “test is an opportunity for students to learn”, during the seminar-workshop on Test Construction and Test Measurements for faculty and staff of the school, July 28. 2016.
Dr. Navalta through her interactive lectures and activities emphasized the affective domains of teaching and value of openness to accept feedback.
“Tests should not be used for punishment, as a time killer and as a filler for unprepared class time of a teacher”, she added.
Employing varied individual and group activities, the resource speaker engaged the teachers to revisit assessment and evaluation of the academic performances of students.
The teachers were grouped according to specialization in performing the activities and special prizes were awarded to selected participants at the end of the activities.
Physics teacher Sheryl Agapito said in the last activity that “walang learner na di natututo, baka may piangdadaanan lang”.
The activity punctuated with the teachers reciting a “Teacher’s Pledge”.
Dr. Navalta is a professor of Nueva Vizcaya State University – Bayombong Campus.
The whole day activity is part of faculty and staff preparation for the opening of classes on August 1.#
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