Be the change you want to see in this world

"Winning starts in the mind. Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve."
-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year from around the Pacific! May the year 2011 bring you many blessings filled with much love, joy, peace, and happiness!

Filis Añu Nuebo! – Chamorro
Feliz Año Nuevo! – Spanish
Engan ke ya sasu! - Kosraean
Gung Hay Fat Choy – Chinese
Ungil Beches Er Rak! – Palauan
Selsalan Ebéach e duw! – Yapese
Peren En Parakapw! – Pohnpeian
Hauoli Makahiki Hou – Hawaiian
Pwapwan Ei Ier Mi Fo – Chuukese
Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo! – Korean
Maligayang Bagong Taon – Tagalog
Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan! – Vietnamese
Jeramman ilo iio in ekaal! – Marshallese
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu – Japanese
Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layúi Luugh me raagh féé! – Carolinian

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

ACEI officers and members visited Alee Shelter on November 23, 2010 to present children and staff with many boxes of Thanksgiving donations. Alee Shelter protects abused or neglected children. The Thanksgiving donation is one of the many significant civic and community events the UOG-ACEI student organization supports annually.

Pictured L-R: Janeyrose Cruz; Risa Hameister, ACEI Vice President; Lisa Meeks, SGA Vice President; Jovina Munoz; ACEI Public Relations Officer; Heidi Cameron, ACEI President; Katrina Baza, ACEI Public Relations Officer; Roong Johnson; and Sister Bridget Perez.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The anuual Guam IRA Community Book Fair held on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Agana Shopping Center was a success filled with a meaningful literacy environment for families and friends. There were exciting performances and appearances, array of paperback and hardcover books, young adult literature, face painting/book reading by the Assocation for Childhood Education International (ACEI), PreSchool GATE arts and crafts, software, novelties, Read-A-Thon 2011: Read to Succeed items, and prizes! Thank you for joining us in our celebration of promoting literacy! Enjoy the following snapshots taken at the community book fair.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thank you for all that you do to make a difference! Enjoy the holiday, and may God Bless you always. :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The University of Guam School of Education student organization, Association for Childhood Education International (UOG-ACEI) will sponsor an island-wide 9-Pin Spectacular bowling event on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Central Lanes, Tamuning, Guam. $10 per ticket includes 2 games, ball, and shoe rental. For more information, call Natasha Palomo at 488-0328 or e-mail
Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Officers Drs. Jose Cruz and Matilda Naputi Rivera join in the fun during the annual LBJ and Tamuning Elementary School Harvest Carnival held November 19, 2010. Pictured with Drs. Cruz and Rivera are the LBJ angels.

The 2010 Island-Wide Parent Information Resource Center Family Conference held October 9, 2010 at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa was a success. Enjoy the following conference snapshots.

The Micronesian Island Fair was a success filled with cultural cuisine, presentations, arts and crafts, performances, and so much more! Enjoy the following snapshots!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

On Friday we gathered together with our Rosario family who arrived from Pohnpei. My uncle, Dr. Greg Tainatongo, and his son-in-law Patrick, also joined us to connect with our Rosario roots. It was a memorable gathering.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today I served as one of the panel judges for the Lunar Calendar Art Contest at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall at the University of Guam. It was difficult judging, since there were so many beautiful and meaningful entries. I took snapshots of some of the artwork, but it is only a small percentage of what I was able to examine today. Enjoy the following snapshots!

Panel of Judges for Lunar Calendar Art Contest

My ED894 Assessment and Accountability students provided meaningful information during their practicum presentations. Enjoy the following snapshots taken November 2, 2010 at the School of Education.

My siblings and I are St. Francis School alumni. I can recall how the four of us were molded in the religious and educational values that empowered us to be the people we are today. We are proud alumni of St. Francis School. In addition, my very own kids have carried on the tradition and are also graduates of our Alma Mater. Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the St. Francis School Gala we attended on October 29, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotel.

Our Neth family members from Pohnpei arrived on island recently. It was nice to spend time with them during their brief visit to Guam.

Believe it or not, but Chuck E. Cheese is coming to Guam! The children of Guam will soon get to experience the fun and excitement Chuck E. Cheese has provided for decades to children in the U.S. mainland.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

To all of those who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, so that we may have the freedom that we enjoy, we salute you! *HAND SALUTE* God Bless you all, and God Bless the USA! HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY!

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

The 23rd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference focused on the theme, "Scaffolding Reading and Writing Instruction for Pacific Island Students" on November 5 and 6, 2010 at the University of Guam and Guam Marriott Resort and Spa. Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the conference.