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

Monday, December 26, 2011


Felis Anu Nuebu (Chamorro)

Feliz Ano Nuevo (Spanish)

Parakapw Mwahu (Pohnpei)

Ungil Becheserrak (Palau)

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu (Japanese)

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (Hawaiian)

Sut dal kum mum (Korean)

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Chinese)

Chúc Mung Nam Moi (Vietnamese)

May the year 2012 bring you abundant blessings filled with much love, joy, peace, and happiness!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

December 23, 2011 was a joyful day for the residents of St. Dominic's, as the heavenly voices of the PIBBA Guam Chapter and CNMI Choir filled the center with the spirit of Christmas! Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event.

Monday, December 19, 2011

10 of the best apps for education

As iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches become more integrated in the classrooms, educators and students are seeking ways to apply them to the learning process. Applications on all of these devices can assist in current classroom processes or present innovative ways to learn.

eSchool News' Jenna Zwang has assembled a list of education “apps” for Apple devices that are noteworthy. Five are free, and the other five range in price from 99 cents to $9.99. Enjoy!

Name: Word Lens
Best for: Language Classes
Cost: Free
Features: Instantly translates signage from one language to another through the camera application
How to Use: Language teachers can use this program for scavenger hunts

Name: Molecules
Best for: Science Classes
Cost: Free
Features: Allows users to view and manipulate three-dimensional models of different molecules
How to Use: Visual learners can see how protein molecules are composed and can download new molecules from the RCSB

Name: Blackboard Mobile Learn
Best for: Students and teachers whose campuses already use Blackboard
Cost: Free
Features: Course listings, organizations users are involved in as well as access to any readings
How to Use:Users can enroll in any classes or organizations that they have registered for and download any assignments their instructors have posted

Name: Today in History
Best for: History Classes
Cost: Free
Features: Lists notable events in history as well as important figures who were born or died on a specific date
How to Use:Use for trivia quizzes or facts of the day

Name: Math Ref Free
Best for: Math Classes
Cost: Free
Features: A free version of Math Ref, this app offers 600 out of over 1,300 formulas, figures, tips, and examples
How to Use: Use as a formula study guide or to view graphs of different equations

Name: PI83 Graphing Calculator
Best for: Math Classes
Cost: $0.99
Features: With over 100 math functions, the graphing calculator is a clone of the TI-83 without the $70 price tag
How to Use: Use in place of any calculator to input data, make graphs or matrices

Name: Star Walk
Best for: Astronomy Classes
Cost: $2.99
Features: An astral telescope; Star Walk adapts its view to wherever the user holds it up to, highlighting constellations and planets
How to Use: Use for guided tours of the night sky or to find the location of any specific astral objects

Name: Cram
Best for: Anyone in need of test prep
Cost: $3.99
Features: Both teachers and students can create flashcards and tests and import and share them with others
How to Use: Use to study for standardized tests or exams, or create study materials for students

Name: Essay Grader
Best for: Teachers pressed for time
Cost: $5.99
Features: Providing instant results, eClicker charts the class responses, showing which areas are understood and which need more work
How to Use: Students select a response to a question composed by the instructor and are then able to participate without fear of being wrong, since only the teacher views the results

Name: eClicker
Best for: Teachers looking for classroom feedback
Cost: $9.99
Features: Essay grader comes with a bank of pre-written comments and helps teachers cut down on grading time without writing the same comments over and over again by hand
How to Use: After assigning a grade, teachers can then eMail the grade sheet directly to the student or export it to the computer for editing and printing

Source: Jenna Zwang, eSchool News

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)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The University of Guam graduated 221 students during the Fall 2011 commencement ceremony held December 18, 2011. The number of graduates is an 11-percent increase compared to the number of students a year ago. BIBA UOG!


The Ginen i Hila' I Maga'taotao Siha Association shared the Christmas spirit this weekend, as the following members showed up for Christmas caroling yesterday, Saturday, December 17, 2011 at St. Dominic's at Barrigada Heights and the Kidney Center in Harmon, across Micronesia Mall:

1. Anthony Lloyd Calvo
2. Dr. Arlene Salas Diaz
3. Peter Jon "Makåhna" Duenas
4. Benita Mesngon Lizama
5. Mike O'Brien
6. Peter R. Onedera
7. Annie Margarita Babauta Pineda
8. Patricia Ann Quichocho
9. Elizabeth S. N. Reyes
10. Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera
11. Emily Guerrero Sablan
12. Antonia Masga Salas
13. Julia Henderson Shore

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Marcial Sablan Elementary School Christmas Party Memorable!

I enjoyed my first Christmas party with the MASE Familia held December 10, 2011 at the Guam Reef Hotel. I look forward to the future events throughout the years. God bless and Happy Holidays!

Pictured above: The MASE Familia take a pose during their Christmas celebration.
IRA Community Book Fair a Success!

The annual IRA Community Book Fair held December 10, 2011 at the Agana Shopping Center was filled with family literacy, children's books, entertainment, giveaways, and more! Enjoy the following snapshots taken at this special event!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ginen I Hila pays tribute to the Guam Insular Guard Forces

Pictured above is the Guam Insular Guard Forces artifact that was unveiled during a special ceremony held December 10, 2011.


The Stirs of Echoes went off beautifully this morning, December 10, 2011, at the Plaza De Espåña, according to Ginen I Hila President-Elect Peter Onedera. Great job to President Felix C. Benavente and committee members.

Ginen I Hila paid tribute to the Guam Insular Guard Forces who defended the governor's palace in Hagåtña which then became noted as the start of the dark days of World War II. The group paid tribute at 4am at the statue of the praying hands that is right next to the pope statue across the Skinner’s Plaza. As was done in the past two years, a short narration took place by one of our members giving the details of how the Insular forces defended the governor's palace in the wee hours of 4am just as the Japanese soldiers were entering Hagåtña. There were lives lost at that encounter but it is now relegated into our history books and this Saturday marks the 70th year which is also simultaneously being observed by the Guam Museum, the War in the Pacific National Historical Park, the Guam Preservation Trust and the Guam Legislature. Ginen I Hila members verbally called out the names of the over one hundred thirty members of the Guam Insular Guard Forces accompanied by a single drum beat. At the end, a car horn was heard signaling what also was done on December 10, 1941.

Those in attendance were the following:

Acfalle, Beverly Ann
Aguon, Charissa Lynn
Benavente, Felix Crisostomo
Benavente, Lourdes Aguon
Calvo, Anthony Lloyd
Duenas, Peter Jon "Makåhna
Lizama, Benita Mesngon
Lizama, John Mesngon
Onedera, Peter R.
Onedersa-Salas, Selina Maria
Peredo, Juanita Toves "Juanit"
Quichocho, Patricia Ann
Ramirez, Anthony J. "Malia"
Salas, Antonia Masga
Salas, Vincent John "Vinnie"
Santos, Steven "Sashaleigh"
Shore, Julia H.
Tuquero, Victor

Prospective Members:

Diaz, Dr. Arlene Salas
Rivera, Dr. Matilda Naputi


Mr. O'Brien
Tony Garcia
Annie Cruz
Annette Donner
Sen. Tony Ada
Sen. Frank F. Blas, Jr.
Sen. Ben Pangelinan
Attorney Therese Terlaje

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Enjoy this special holiday with your loved ones, and be sure to thank those who have touched your life and made a difference. May God bestow upon you abundant blessings on this day and always.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

REMINDER - UOG-SOE New Year's Eve Bash!


Pictured above is the 31st Guam Legislative Resolution given on October 27, 2011 for my role as an ESL teacher, particularly regarding the achievement and success of LBJ Elementary School and its SAT10 performance. Although I'm not an ESL Teacher/Coordinator at LBJ anymore, as I've transferred to Marcial A. Sablan Elementary (MASE) School to serve the same role, I served the LBJ children for 15 years. I will always cherish the years I've spent there, and likewise this same sentiment will follow at MASE.

We must also remember that we can't work alone to empower our students. The achievement and success of our children are the result of collaborative efforts from all stakeholders! KUDOS TO ALL WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our nation to protect the freedom that we have today. Thank you for your bravery, courage, and dedication. We hand salute you, and may God bless you always.

Pacific Educator Fall 2011

Monday, November 07, 2011

The 24th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference Chairs smile for the camera!
Pictured L-R: Lucy Lauron, Chair; Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, Chair; Mye Flores, MLI; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Chair; and Debbie Respicio, Administrative Coordinator.

Pictured above is the certificate I received for participating as one of the LAC Chairs of the 24th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference.

Friday, November 04, 2011


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Guam Marriott Resort and Spa

Sponsored by:

University of Guam

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
School of Education
International Reading Association, Guam Council
Guam Marriott Resort and Spa
Welcome to the 24th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) website! The LAC is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and enrichment in literacy.
Pictured above: Dr. Margaruite Smith works closely with students.
Featured Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Margaruite Smith, McGraw Hill
Dr. Smith's speech will focus on content areas and the common core curriculum standards.
Dr. Smith is Director of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Hawaii and Pacific Sales and Service for McGraw-Hill Education. In that capacity, she is responsible for textbook and online learning sales and all aspects of teacher training and Professional Development services for McGraw-Hill School Education educational materials, including SRA, Macmilan, Glencoe and Wright Group products to the Department of Defense Schools and to Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, and Hawaii.
She has degrees from Texas Tech University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Denver in education and in educational administration. She has taught in every grade level 1-12, and has been an elementary administrator. She has teacher certification in reading, English as a Second Language, as well as general studies K-12.
Featured Guest Speaker:
Troy McVey, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Guam

Download the registration form by clicking on the link above. If you are interested in presenting or attending, it is important that you return the forms with your check/payment immediately. We have a limit of 300 participants. Last year, many were turned away because we reached capacity before the registration deadline. Don't let this weekend go without signing up. We look forward to seeing you there!
You can also earn two (2) ED894 graduate credits/CEUs. You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional International Programs, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217. For more information, call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233. You can also e-mail the Instructor, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, at or call 735-2440.

Contact LAC Committee Chairpersons:

Dr. Clarisa Quan:

Dr. Catherine Stoicovy:

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera:

Dr. Sharleen Santos-Bamba:

Dr. Hyun Jong Hahm:

Administrative Coordinator:

Debbie Respicio: