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.


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.

Interview: Syd Mead

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.

Today’s Class: April 7, 2017

Interview: Syd Mead

One of Industrial Designer and Futurist artist, Syd Mead’s, images of the future.

Today Life Skills class was a ‘prep day‘ for upcoming Life Skills classes.   There are a number of classes in the coming weeks and months where the Life Skills class will be traveling to remote sites for class.   There is also a major event planned for May 17th called “The Future Forum“.   Hope Life Skills will host visiting students from LaSalle Academy as well a 4 future oriented business people who will share their perspectives on The Future and guide integrated small groups of Hope and LaSalle students in a collaborative activity to identify trends to exploit for their future career opportunities.  Stay tuned.

Today’s Homework: March 31, 2017

1.  Please connect with Rodrigo on LinkedIn.   Let me know when he accepts your request to connect.

2.  After reading the article entitled “11 Habits of Mentally Strong People”, please inform me in a well written statement sent to my email address which of the 11 habits you already possessPlease add how you have already exhibited this or these habits in your life.   Please ensure your spelling is perfect!   Use short sentences with good punctuation and capitalization.  I would like to get this email no later than Thursday, April 6th, 11:59pm.  Thank you.

3.  Please return your permission forms for our class at LaSalle Academy on April 28th and our visit to the corporate office of CVS Health in Woonsocket, RI on May 5th, for our next class, Friday, April 7th.  Thank you.

3.  Once again, I was proud of you today.  Keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

Today’s Class: March 31, 2017

Today’s Hope Life Skills

host was Delsairey Almonte.

Delsairey welcomed

our guest, the future President of the country of Guatemala,

Rodrigo Zetina-Yglesias, to the Hope Life Skills class.

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Delsairey greets the future President, RodrigoZetina-Yglesias, prior to the start of class.

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Delsairey leads the future Guatemalan President into the Life Skills classroom

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Delsairey introduces Rodrigo as “the Future President of Guatemala” to her classmates to start today’s class.

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Justin Cordeiro welcomes Rodrigo to Hope Life Skills following Delsairey’s introduction.  Ariel Hall waits to do the same.

 Today’s class became a lesson in the power and importance of inquiry.

This class is also a testament to the impressive curiosity, confidence and intelligence of empowered Hope High School students,

teacher not required”

Today’s Homework: March 24th, 2017

1.  We speak often in this Life Skills class about pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone  –     Accept new challenges that sometimes make you nervous and worried about failure.   G0 to events where you’ll encounter and greet new people.  Do something you haven’t done before or try something again where you may have performed below your expectations the first time like speaking in front of a group.  Take a course you have an interest in but realize it will take a lot of hard work and you may need tutorial help to do well.   Why put this pressure on yourself????  Because, this is how we create diverse networks, meet new people with different interests than our own, and learn about new careers and interests.  This is how we build a diverse network of successful people who may eventually help us with our careers.   The process of pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone will make us stronger and better.  This is how we build confidence and self esteem.  Please watch this video of a remarkable high school student athlete who stepped out of her comfort zone in a way one might never imagine.  Remarkable and inspiring.  Please explain to me, in a well written statement, how pushing yourself out of your comfort zone has similarities to the way this courageous young woman pushed herself beyond her comfort zone.   Please send your well written statement with good grammar, perfect punctuation and spelling and SHORT SENTENCES to my email address by Thursday, March 30th before 11:59pm.  Thank you.

Today’s Class: March 24th, 2017

Today’s guest was Elsch Maisoh Jr, Project Engineer, Gilbane Building Company,

Providence, RI.  Gilbane is a family-owned, national construction and real estate development company. Forbes Magazine ranked Gilbane as the 108th largest privately held company in the United States in 2006 with estimated revenues of $2.83 billion.

Today’s Life Skills class host was Felicia Dickerson.

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Felicia (center) welcomes Elsch (right) to Hope High Life Skills. Jean Louis Jimps (left), Hope High super guidance counselor, joined Felicia’s introduction today out side the Life Skills classroom.

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Felicia introduces Elsch to her classmates to start today’s program. Great job, Felicia!

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Deyreni Ferreras leads the class to welcome Elsch following Felicia’s introduction. Yael Torres is quick to follow Deyreni

Elsch’s story began with two questions –  what is engineering?   what is the profile of a typical engineer?  The class responded impressively.  “There are a wide variety of engineers today from computer technology to construction and many in between” said Yael Torres.   The class consensus was

engineers need to be creative, good in math, conscientious and ethical.

And, they are gender neutral;  i.e. both male and female engineers.

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Elsch begins his story.

Elsch shared his personal story.  “My parents were hard working Haitian immigrants.  They instilled the importance of education in me and my siblings” he said. “While my elementary schooling was successful, middle school was a disaster.  I went to the Met and things got better.  I was fortunate to have a few internships and