Today’s Homework: March 15, 2019

1.Click on this link – NEIGHBORHOOD ANALYTICS    –  for the Excel spreadsheet for Activity 3 in “The TRUTH” textbook.  See page 56 and 57 in “The TRUTH” textbook for instructions.  You are expected to complete and BRING THIS EXCEL SPREADSHEET printed to class on March 29th showing your analysis of the 3 neighborhoods.    See Ms Nuri if you need additional copies of this EXCEL SPREADSHEET.  I gave her updated Excel spreadsheet copies on Monday, March 18.

THE TRUTH” textbook cover

Today’s Class: March 15, 2019

Today’s guest was Ed Ithier, Sales Program Manager at the Xerox Corporation.

Xerox is an American global corporation that sells print and digital document products and services in more than 160 countries around the world.  Accompanying Ed Ithier was Nick Decesare, the Creative Director at Signature Printing in East Providence, Rhode Island.

David Narvaez and Darwin Morales were our hosts

today welcoming Ed Ithier and Nick Decesare to Hope High School and the Hope Life Skills class.

Today’s conversation was about basketball, recruiting, taking advantage of networking opportunities

through hard work, pushing out of your comfort for a diverse network of successful people, good time management, and always doing the right thing to create a powerful personal brand.

Ed Ithier (right side of photo with water bottle in hand) speaking with David Narvaez while Darwin Morales (far left) welcomes Nick Decesare to the Life Skills class.

David introduces one of his Hope High basketball teammates to Ed Ithier prior to the start of today’s class.

David introduces Ed Ithier to his classmates while Darwin waits to do the same with Nick Decesare.

Today’s Homework: March 8, 2019

This is a college level, challenging assignment.

  1.  After reading pages 1 through 27 in the book entitled “The Truth“, tell me your process for finding consistently accurate, truthful, honest, reliable informationEmail me your answer by Sunday, March 24th.  Perfect spelling, grammar, and capitalization.  And, short sentences too.  Thank you.
  2.   Then, read pages 40 through 53 in “The Truth” textbook.  If you have any questions about anything you read or view on these pages, I encourage you to email me your questions for clarification.  I want to help.
  3.  Next, complete ACTIVITY 3 on page 56 – 57 of “The Truth” textbook. I am asking you to SET UP AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET where you will segment (organize) and rate data in specific categories on 3 hypothetical, separate neighborhoods.   Check the SPREADSHEET sample I created for you on page 57.  Your spreadsheet will enable you to easily analyze the data you have segmented to make a logical decision on which neighborhood you would like to live inIF YOU NEED HELP SETTING UP YOUR EXCEL SPREADSHEET, SEE MS. AVARISTA IN ROOM 222.   She told me she welcomes all of you for help setting up an Excel spreadsheet any Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.  Finally, you are expected to bring your printed Excel Spreadsheet to class on March 29th to show how you used the data you segmented and then analyzed to decide on ‘the best neighborhood to live in‘.  Email me any questions you have about this assignment.

Today’s class: March 8, 2019

Today’s class focused on the every day challenge of finding ‘the truth’,

i.e. honest information we can trust that is accurate to make good decisions for the life we aspire to.   Making good decisions based on accurate, truthful information from credible sources is not easy today based on the amount of prejudice, propaganda, biased tweets, purposeful ‘misinformation’, and ‘fake news‘ we encounter on social media, newspapers, and network and cable news from once trusted sources like news anchors and reporters, community and religious leaders and our elected politicians.  Today’s class attempted to establish a few

 ‘best practices’ for finding honest, accurate, truthful, non-biased, objective, factual information from trustworthy sources to make good decisions.

The classroom setting for today’s conversation.   Students examine a list of ‘statements’ to determine which are ‘fact’, or opinion or ‘just wrong‘!

After students made their individual decisions on the statement list, students work in groups to make collaborative decisions on the list of statements.

A few things to keep in mind when evaluating data to find information which is non-biased, truthful, honest, credible, and accurate.




Today’s Class: March 1, 2019

Today’s guests were Omar Reyes, Assistant Director of Admissions at Rhode Island College, Akintola Fayanjoula, an Admissions Officer at the CCRI Providence office, and Paloma Goico, a student at Rhode Island.  Today’s hosts welcoming Omar, Akintola, and Paloma to Hope High were Jose Quintanilla, Darwin Morales, and Khadiatou Njie. 

The topic of today’s conversation was the college admissions process especially at the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.

The “meet, greet, and welcome” outside the Life Skills class prior to the start of today’s class as Jose welcomes Akintola (left), Khadiatou speaks with Paloma (center), and Darwin confers with Omar.

Khadiatou introduces Paloma to her classmates as Darwin (center) and Jose wait to introduce the other guests.

Today’s Class: February 25, 2019

The Management of today’s class was assumed by Hope High student,  Robert Desilets.

Robert took the lead and the facilitator role for today’s conversation among the Hope Life Skills students and our guests,  Brown University students Alisa Huban and Meghan Mozea.    Alisa, from Austin, Texas, and Meghan, from a small town in western Massachusetts, shared their compelling personal stories from public high school educations to the Ivy League classrooms of Brown University.

Robert Desilets gives the ‘ok’ to start today’s class.

Upon Robert’s cue, Maricruz Flores leads our guests and classmate, Lucy Salado, into the Life Skills classroom.

Lucy (left in the jean jacket in this photo) introduces Alisa (to Lucy’s left) to her classmates to start today’s class as Maricruz awaits to do the same with Meghan.

Hope students welcome Alisa and Meghan to their class following Lucy and Maricruz’s introductions.

Today’s Homework: February 25, 2019

  1.    If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.”    This quote is from an interview of the CEO of a successful international consulting company.  The interview appeared in  the NEW YORK TIMES newspaper.  The CEO is Julie Sweet.  The company is Accenture.  Ms Sweet was given this quote by her husband as she reflected upon the challenges women face in professional life.    At Accenture, Ms Sweet has “made promoting qualified women a top priority, setting aggressive objectives for gender parity across Accenture and pushing to promote more women into executive positions.” Our homework assignment this week asks you to explain what you think this quote implies; i.e. what the author of this quote was trying to get readers to think about.   Please send your well written answer with perfect spelling, short, grammatically correct sentences with perfect capitalization to my email address as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, February 27, 2019.  Thank you.   BTW – If you recall, we had a Director from Accenture, a woman, who spoke at last December’s FUTURE FORUM 3 at Hope High.

Today’s Class: February 15, 2019

Today’s guest was Nan Quinlan,

a senior career consultant at Transition Solutions and the former Training and Development Manager at TACO Inc, a multi-million dollar, international company in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Today’s host was Arthur Bonga.

Today’s conversation focused on best practices for a successful job interview.

Arthur Bonga welcomes Nan Quinlan back to Hope High and, from Nan’s reaction, Arthur does a great job making Nan feel comfortable before the start of today’s class outside the classroom.

Arthur introduces Nan to his classmates at the start of today’s class.

Today’s Homework: February 15, 2019

  1.  Please imagine you have just finished a job interview at a real company you want to work for and a job position you are really interested in.    We spoke today about the importance of a ‘follow up’ email to the person in the company you interviewed with.  Please compose a ‘follow up’ email to the person you interviewed with.  You can make up a name for this person who interviewed you but reference the company by its real name in your email.   PLEASE REMEMBER THE IMPORTANCE OF  PROPER GRAMMAR, PERFECT SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION IN THIS ‘FOLLOW UP’ CORRESPONDENCE.  Then, send this letter to my email address as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, February 20.
  2. For those of you who wish to ‘follow up’ with Nan Quinlan at any time to say ‘thank you’, or a request for advice or feedback, here is Nan’s email address –

Today’s Class: February 8, 2019

Today’s guest was Omar Reyes, Assistant Director of Admissions at Rhode Island College.

Accompanying Mr Reyes were two Rhode Island College students, Olimpia Aldana and Alexa Estrada.   Today’s Life Skills hosts charged with welcoming Mr Reyes, Olimpia and Alexa were Arthur Bonga, Aaron Chy, and Isabella Caraballo to Hope High School and the Life Skills class.

Admissions Director Omar Reyes (back right) with his team prior to today’s class as Arthur Bonga (lower left white jacket), Isabella Caraballo (directly across from Arthur) and Aaron Chy (standing to the left of Director Omar Reyes).

Arthur, Aaron and Isabella introduce Director Reyes, Alexa and Olimpia to the Life Skills students to start today’s class.