Today’ Homework: May 26th, 2017

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Manny Rivas during today’s Life Skills class

1.  Please be candid and honest with your response to this homework assignment:  please send your perception of the Manny Rivas brand in a well written statement to my email address by Thursday, June 1st before 11:59pm.  Please make sure your candid, honest description of Manny’s brand has good grammar, no spelling mistakes, short, well constructed sentences and good punctuation.   And, finally, tell me if you would hire the Manny Rivas for YOUR company and why.  Thank you.

 

Today’s Class: May 26th, 2017

Today’s guest was Manny Rivas, Hope High 2016 graduate,

a 2015 Life Skills graduate, and present Providence College business and marketing major in his sophomore year.   Today’s Hope Life Skills host was Laisha Mendez.

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Laisha Mendez introduces Providence College sophomore, Manny Rivas, to the Life Skills class.

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Manny responds to Zidany Fatuda‘s (orange sweatshirt) question

Manny spoke about his freshman year experience at Providence College.  “If I could recommend a few things,

I would encourage your students, Mr Cronin, to be more focused on math, reading and writing while they’re in high school.  

Math class is intense at Providence College.  And, my professors are assigning a few books a week to read!   I’m always writing tooYour Hope Life Skills students really need to be more serious about their math, reading and writing courses while they’re still at Hope High School if they want to be successful in college.

Manny described his college experience, his roommate and how and why he decided upon Providence College.  “I’ve established a schedule I follow every class day;  a time to study, go to class and have fun. I have a diverse network.  My college roommate is white, from Connecticut, from a very rich family.  He’s become one of my best friends!

Providence College is looking for qualified students of color.  Providence College understands the value of a diverse student community

and they’re offering college scholarships to create a diverse Providence College.  I encourage all of you today to push out of your comfort zone to meet new people, regardless of their ethnic group or income level.  

Today’s Homework: May 19th, 2017

1.  Please provide me with constructive feedback on Wednesday’s Future Forum.  Please identify one part of the Forum you believe could be improved upon and provide a suggestion on what could be done to improve this part of the Forum.   Send your well written statement with perfect spelling, grammar and punctuation in succinct, short sentences to my email address no later than Thursday, May 26th, 11:59pm.

2. Please tell me, in a well written statement with perfect spelling, grammar and punctuation in succinct, short sentences what you most liked about the Forum and the reason you like this part of the Forum.  Please send your statement to my email address no later than Thursday, May 26th, 11:59pm.

3.  Please tell me what grade you deserve for this last quarter of the year based on the grade criteria listed below.  Please send your grade to my email address no later than Thursday, May 26th, 11:59pm.

Grade Criteria

Please use the criteria listed below to determine your FINAL grade in this class:

A:  Perfect attendance and always on time.  For those days and times you were absent or late, you ALWAYS text or emailed Mr Cronin to inform him of your tardiness or absence beforehand.   You have completed every homework assignment.   AND, you have been a class host for at least one class or have asked at least a question of most class guests who have visited our class this year.  You try to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  You continually network with guests you meet in class or at our special events and field trips and always try to exchange business cards when possible.

 

B:   Only been absent one or two classes and late a few times at most.  For those few days and times you were absent or late, you ALWAYS text or emailed Mr Cronin to inform him of your tardiness or absence.  You’ve completed almost every homework assignment and you often ask a question of some of the guests who have visited our class this year. You occasionally push yourself out of your comfort zone.  You sometimes network with guests you meet in class or at our special events and field trips and sometimes try to exchange business cards when possible.

 

C:  You are often absent or late.  You rarely text or email Mr Cronin when you were going to be late or absent before the class. You have done some of the homework assignments and sometimes you ask a question of a guest.  You rarely push yourself out of your comfort zone.  You  network infrequently with guests you meet in class or at our special events and field trips and rarely exchange business cards.

 

D:  You rarely do homework assignments.  You are usually absent or late to class.   You’ve never asked a question of any guest who have visited our class.  You never attempt to push your self out of your comfort zone.  You never network with guests you meet in class or at our special events and field trips nor exchange business cards.

Today’s Class: May 19th, 2017

The Hope Life  Skills guest protocol was cancelled for today’s class!

No formal greeting with the standard Hope Life Skills extended handshake, confident eye contact, and disarming smile followed by  ‘welcome to Hope High School‘ by the day’s Life Skills student host outside the classroom in the school corridor for this day’s guest.  No escort into the classroom.

No formal introduction by the day’s Hope Life Skills student host to the class.

A few students entering the classroom who saw the stranger sitting in the shadows of a corner of the classroom went up to extend a handshake and say ‘hello’.   The

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The Future Forum: May 17th, 2017

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Natalie Hogan speaks to the Hope High and LaSalle Academy students about her career path from Sculpture major at the Rhode Island School of Design to ‘Futurist’ at Hasbro and now her latest opportunity at DataRobot.

 The Hope Life Skills class rolled out the welcome carpet for 14 students from LaSalle Academy and more than 20 professionals from business, academia and non-profits for a

conversation on the impact artificial intelligence, AI, is having on today’s jobs and future career opportunities for our Hope and LaSalle students.

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Sara Jackson and Mohamadou Mbaye (standing) welcome The Future Forum guests to Hope Hope School.

The conversation did not focus on the jobs being eliminated but new opportunities, some yet to be created, by artificial intelligence

and the skills and mindset to realize them” commented Life Skills teacher Stephen Cronin.

Today’s Homework: May 5th, 2017

1.  Please identify, what you consider, the most beneficial part of our Career and Jobs day at CVS Health and explain, in a well written statement, why you found this part of the  tour so beneficial.  Please send your answer to my email address as soon as possible but no later than Thursday, May 11th, 11:59pm.  Thank you.

2.  Please give me any constructive criticism on ways I can improve next year’s Career and Jobs day at CVS Health.   Please send your constructive criticism in a well written statement with perfect spelling and grammar and short sentences to my email address as soon as possible but no later than Thursday, May 11th, 11:59pm.  Thank you.

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Today’s Class: May 5th, 2017 – CVS Heath Career and Job Day

The Hope Life Skills class traveled to Woonsocket, Rhode Island today for their

annual Career and Job Day at the impressive campus of CVS Health,

a $177 billion, international company.

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Ms Nuri, Laisha Mendez and the rest of the Hope Life Skills class check in to the reception desk at the Marketing Center facility on the CVS Health Campus.

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Gerardo Castenada receives his Identification tag at the reception desk at the Marketing Center.

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Ariel Hall greets Fred Felix, a senior manager at CVS Health

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Carlos Sanchez, Senior Director of Channel Innovation and Program Delivery,  welcomes the Hope Life Skills class to the CVS Health campus and informs the students of the day’s agenda.

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The Day’s agenda

Carlos Sanchez, the host and coordinator of this event for the past several years, began the day’s program with several impressive facts about CVS Health, ranked 7th on the Forbes 500 list with almost 8,000 CVS stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil.  He then presented an assignment to the class.  “As you hear about CVS Health today and meet several of our team members in your department immersion meetings, ask yourself what skills and qualities you possess that would cause CVS Health to consider you a good candidate for a job here.”   Fred Felix added

how would you respond during the job interview if you were asked ‘what value would you bring to CVS Health if you were hired’?

Today’ Homework: April 28, 2017

1.  Part of our visit to CVS Health on May 5th will be small group meetings with employees in a variety of jobs.   Your meetings with CVS employees in different departments will be called “Department Immersions.   Department immersions will enable you to speak with CVS employees in a small group to find out what their job is like.   Here’s a list of Department Immersion choices:  Supply Chain Management; Graphic Design; Pharmacy; Promotional MarketingInformational Technology (IT); Email Marketing; Performance Analytics (measuring success); Financial Reporting.

  Please identify the department immersion you would like to participate in.   Please send your choice to my email address in a well written statement by Thursday, May 4th, 4am.  Thank you.

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One Department Immersion opportunity from last year’s visit to CVS.   Fernando Perez ( in the brown suit) and Juan Corona (dark hoodie) listen to a CVS employee on CVS’ Information Technology (IT) team.

2. Here’s the full agenda for our visit to CVS Health on May 5th, 2017.

9:30 – 9:45                           Introductions and opening exercise
9:45 – 10:00                        About CVS Health
10:00 – 10:30                      Key note address
10:30 – 10:45                      Questions & Session Wrap-up                  
10:45 – 11:00                      Travel to departments
11:00 -12:30                        Department Immersion
12:45 – 1:45                        Lunch and review of opening exercise work
1:45 – 2:00                           Final Q & A and closing

3.  Finish last week’s assignment on the reading of “The Future” textbook.  This assignment is important because of May 17th’s Future Forum.  You will be involved in a collaborative activity with at least 2 LaSalle students and a corporate futurist trying to identify a career opportunity in this evolving age artificial intelligence.   The LaSalle students will be prepared from their reading of “The Future”.    To be a well prepared, responsible, contributing member of your collaborative group, you need to read “The Future“. Thank you.

Today’s Class: April 28th, 2017

Today’s class was Part 1 in a series of three classes focusing on our students’ preparedness for their future.

The Hope Life Skills class first stop on their ‘future readiness tour’ was LaSalle Academy, a private high school in Providence, Rhode Island.   Our mission at LaSalle today was, primarily, to

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Hope Life Skills students on the walkway leading to the main entrance of LaSalle Academy in Providence.

extend to the LaSalle students an invitation to the Hope Life Skills “Future Forum”, hosted by the Life Skills class at Hope High on May 17th starting at 9:30am.

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Cover of The Future Forum brochure distributed to the LaSalle Academy students today. This Syd Meade work of art is also the cover of the assigned reading for the Future Forum. LaSalle students were given a copy of “The Future” book to read prior to The Future Forum.

Today’s Homework: April 7th, 2017

1.  Please indicate  one of the quotes appearing on page 4 through 9  of our “The Future” textbook that most resonates with you.   Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.

2.   Please indicate something you read on one of the pages between 10 to 25 in your “The Future” textbook that surprised youpossibly something you never realized or did not think possible.  The information you reference could be in the text or a caption beneath a picture.  Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.

3.  A ‘trend’ is a phenomenon or series of events that will continue to occur into the future.  After reading pages 29 through 45 in your “The Future” textbook, please identify a ‘trend’ which you believe will extend through your lifetime that you might exploit for a future career opportunity.  This career opportunity could either be in a job at an existing company for OR for your own entrepreneurial opportunity with your own company.  The information you base your ‘trend’ on could be found in the text of the textbook or found in a caption beneath a picture. Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.