CDN GEARING FOR ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING FOR SY 2020-2021 THRU EXCEL: Expanded Casa E-Learning

In response to the Corona Virus Pandemic, CDN is now preparing to employ EXCEL in SY 2020-2021 which is a flexible blended mode of education that will primarily be an online class to avoid physical attendance while the Pandemic still prevails. This is being done for the safety, health and well-being of students and teachers alike. When the Pandemic is lifted and a vaccine is already available, we may switch back to the usual face to face delivery of education but only when it is totally safe.

Mr. Gerald Valentin stresses a point to teachers for the transition from the classroom set up to the online mode of education.

For now, teachers of CDN are in the thick of learning EXCEL, this new method of teaching which is very different, an innovation for a different time and circumstance. This mode will continue the delivery of quality education through distance learning which for now will be totally online. When it is deemed safe, when a vaccine is available and when we are permitted by the authorities, we can switch to the blended online and face to face set-up. Safety, well-being and health of Casans are our top priorities while delivering quality education.

Teachers scheduled for the day listen to an expert, Mr. Gerald Valentin, explain about the transition from physical to online teaching.

Now, more than ever, the triangular partnership of Parents, Teachers and Students will have to be strengthened even more as this new mode cannot prosper if one link is weak. As soon as we are ready, parents or guardians will be briefed in an online orientation to better appreciate this new set-up.
For a better understanding, here are some definitions for your guidance.
Terms and Definitions
Online Learning – a.k.a. e-learning, refers to teaching and learning that relies on the use of online resources regardless of the distance between the teacher and the students. A teacher may employ online learning even if both teacher and student are in the same venue.
Distance Learning – refers to teaching and learning where the teacher delivers instruction from afar, but not necessarily with the use of online resources or tools. The delivery of instruction may be via radio or television, couriered printed packages, etc.
Online Distance Learning (ODL) – refers to a combination of distance learning and online learning. ExCEL is an example of ODL inasmuch as the teachers are physically distant from their students and are relying on online resources and tools to deliver instruction and ensure learning.
Synchronous Activity – refers to any activity that is scheduled to happen at an exact time and in a virtual place that has been agreed upon or announced earlier. This may be used for academic instruction where the teacher facilitates a class in real time to explain concepts or demonstrate skills. It may also be used for purposes of ensuring student well-being through real time peer-to-peer interactions, among other things.
Asynchronous Activity – refers to any activity, designed by the teacher, which may be done by the student at different times but still within the given parameters. This allows for flexibility in terms of the learning pace of students, availability of gadgets (if shared with other people), studying/working time (if a student needs to be assisted by parents who have their own busy schedules), strength of available Internet connection, etc.
Asynchronous learning may also refer to independent work provided by the teacher to be done possibly within a subject.
Learning Management System (LMS) – refers to the software application that houses the students’ online courses and facilitates interaction between student and teacher. Through the LMS, students access courses, materials, announcements, resources, lessons, links and other online tools. Most communication between student and teacher will take place in the LMS.
• ExCEL will employ both synchronous and asynchronous modes facilitating learning. This will ensure that teachers will have ample time to hold live sessions with students and do check-ins, and at the same time provide them with enough room to do activities and tasks on their own. This also addresses the issue of screentime, and bandwidth or connectivity issues.
As with all things new, we know that there will be difficulties and confusion at first but as we go along, we are sure that things will be easier and smoother. Here’s to a successful and productive School Year ahead of us all.
For a more detailed overview of the EXCEL program, please peruse the document entitled EXCEL OVERVIEW

CEO MS. FARAH ACIERTO-CABANBAN ANNOUNCES UPDATES FOR CDNSSI PARENTS

CDN Chief Executive Officer FARAH ACIERTO-CABANBAN updates parents on Graduation and SY 2020-2021 Enrolment concerns.

In a letter addressed to CDN Parents, Ms. Farah Acierto-Cabanban, CDNSSI CEO relayed some updates for their guidance regarding ceremonies and enrolment procedures.Here are salient points contained in said letter which will be sent to CDN parents soon.


The institution hopes that despite the Pandemic, the education of Casans will continue without hindrance this coming School Year 2020-2021 delivering the same quality and standard albeit in a different manner.

20 Casans Among Topnotchers in Aptitude Test Administered by Center for Educational Measurement, Inc.

Last February 2020, the Center for Educational Management, Inc.  administered a test to measure the aptitude of Filipino students in English, Mathematics and Science across several schools in the country.  Among those who took the examinations, 20 Casans were included in the top rung, garnering an average of 99 and above.

The Casans who got the top scores in the exams were:

Grade 7 :  Lei Dacanay (English – 99), Edward del Rosario (Math – 99+, Science – 99), Margaux Granados (English – 99+), Krish Nuqui (English – 99), Simone Rosayaga (Math – 99), Sean Salaguinto (Science – 99+),

Grade 8 :  Daniel Eduardo ( English – 99+, Math – 99, Science – 99), Erin Villareal ( English – 99+)

Grade 9 :  Zoe Bonto ( English – 99), Paul Lakampuenga ( English – 99+), Zoe Nebres ( English – 99), Kathryn Salvador ( English – 99), Jomari Sandico (English – 99, Science – 99)

Grade 10 :  Sam Bojeador ( Science – 99), JM Enriquez (Science – 99), Glenn Felix (English -99), Eureka Lapuebla ( Math  – 99), Jhulliane Pineda ( Math – 99), Julia Valdez ( English – 99, Science – 99+), Garette Vitug (Science – 99)

CDNSSI President Rosario Acierto lauded the achieving Casans as continuing testaments to the academic excellence produced by the institution through the years and congratulated their parents and teachers for successfully  partnering in the development of these young minds.

CHARACTER BUILDING AND VALUES FORMATION: THE CHAMPIONS’ TOOLS TO GUIDE CASANS FROM AMBITION TO SUCCESS

Being a champion in one’s field of interest while being a good student in school may be a difficult balancing act to accomplish but four Casans, aside from a few others, have proven that it can be done through single-mindedness, diligence and perseverance.  Angela Meygan Muramatsu and Andrew Angelo Obsequio were proclaimed top athletes in Volleyball and Taekwondo, respectively while Daniel Aiken Eduardo and Calista Joie Bautista took the top spots in a Science-Mathematics Challenge involving schools from NCR and Region 4.  Being awarded medals and trophies has brought honor to the school, but more importantly, their training has built in them the value of hard work, patience and persistence.

In the League of Southern Manila Schools held in Brent International School (Laguna Campus),  the CDN Volleyball girls coached by Janine Biay and captained by Angela Muramatsu beat all their competitors on their way to being hailed the champion of said league.  Angela was also proclaimed the Most Valuable Player of the League and part of the Mythical 6. “Training 3 nights a week and going home late has made it difficult for me to do homework and accomplish certain projects but this situation has pushed me to strive harder to do better in class,” says Angela, a Grade 9 honour student who has consistently ranked among the top students since Grade 7.

Andrew Obsequio, on the other hand, competed in a field of more than 900 players from 105 schools on his way to the top of the 2019 Region 4A Inter-school Taekwondo Championship held earlier in October at the Laguna Sports Complex where he was declared Champion in his division.   Andrew says that discipline is essential and further developed in Taekwondo and attributes his training to the improvement of his character.  He counts humility among the values he has acquired through his sport saying, “I am now able to accept my failures as a strengthening factor and be humble in victory unlike previously.”  Andrew is coached by Fidel Cunanan as part of the Red Dragon Team.

In the meantime, Daniel Aiken Eduardo has been receiving Gold Medals in Math contests and other academic pursuits since his freshman years.  His coaches for the 11th Sci-Math Challenge commented on his excellent study habits and independent ways:  “I only give him the topics or coverage of certain contests and then he researches independently,” says  Mr. Benjamin Aprecio who added that “Daniel studies on his own and he likes it that way instead of being spoon fed.  He comes well prepared during trainings and does not neglect his academic responsibilities despite our hectic sessions.”  His other coach, Mr. Vincent Reyes remarks ,    “He does not stress himself with his studies but has managed to be number 1 in his grade level despite the additional load of preparing for contests.  He takes things easy but delivers remarkably well.”

Calista Joie Bautista is another student who got the top prize in her category during the Sci-Math Challenge with the help of her coach, Ms. Mace Cauilan who says that “CJ is open-minded and accepts suggestions and ideas from others which makes it easier to coach her.  She gives more than what is expected of her. “   CJ says that discipline is what keeps her going, always finishing what she starts despite difficulties.  Although her training sessions are gruelling, she says that , “Through the sessions with my coach, I get advanced lessons and additional knowledge which help me make intelligent discussions in class.”  She adds that training has improved her character, keeping her humble even after achieving something precious.  Despite being an achiever, she has remained modest, saying  that her accomplishments make her proud of herself but reminders from her parents and teachers have kept her grounded at the same time.

The four victorious Casans agree that time management and hard work help them navigate their way through their training schedules and academic studies.    Aside from bringing honour to the school and their individual families, they also believe that what they are doing today is preparing them for the future.  Angela Muramatsu says that she will seek a volleyball scholarship to help finance her college studies.  Andrew Obsequio sees himself making a career in Taekwondo someday while both CJ Bautista and Daniel Eduardo will take college courses related to Science and Mathematics, fields that they both excel in. 

Constant reminders that “The End of Education is Character” abound in this school which gives premium to Values Formation and Character Building not only for champions but also for regular students. Casa del Nino officials pride themselves not only in helping develop the minds and bodies of the students but also in nurturing their character and values by instilling good habits, discipline and hard work to achieve their ambitions and goals for the future.

CDN WINS ANEW IN NCR/REGION 4 SCIENCE – MATH INTERSCHOOL CHALLENGE

For the second straight year, Casans clinched the 1st Runner-Up spot in the De La Salle University Laguna Campus-sponsorred Sci-Math Interchool Challenge held last Saturday,  12 October 2019.

The CDN representatives pose with their trophy after being declared 1st runner-up at the SCI MATH challenge.

It was a virtual repeat of the previous year’s competition with the same schools taking the same rankings:  CHAMPION:  De La Salle Integrated School, Lipa Campus;  1st RUNNER-UP: Casa del Niño Science High School;  2nd RUNNER-UP: Manila Science High School.

27 schools from the National Capital Region and Southern Tagalog participated in the annual contest with the theme: “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development”

The following Casans contributed to the victorious campaign in these categories:

SCI-MATH ROOM ESCAPE (Coached by Vincent Bryan Reyes)

Simone Toira Rosayaga (7 Descartes)

Daniel Aiken Eduardo (8 Arber)

Paul Jericko Cawili (9 Boyle)

Arjay Pangilinan (9 Boyle)

Angela Meygan Muramatsu (9 Boyle)

Sam Elijah Bojeador (10 Hertz)

Glenn Royce Felix (10 Hertz)

Leo Angelo Reyes (10 Hertz)

SCI-MATH QUIZ BEE (Coached by Benjamin Aprecio, Vinvent Bryan Reyes & Dienel Manipol)

Jhullianne Grace Pineda (10 Hertz)

Julia Rae Valdez (10 Hertz)

Jomari Marielle Sandico (9 Boyle)

SCI-MATH MODULO ART (Coached by Maricel Cauilan)

Calista Joie Bautista (10 Hertz)

Tanya Palgue (10-Watt)

SCI-MATH DIGITAL POSTER  (Coached by Warren Hasley Nucum)

Hananeel Rapanan (10 Volta)

Vince Andrei Malabanan (10 Volta)

Ruel Anthony Galve ( 10 Hertz)

Roman Manuel (9 Boyle)

The Casans received the following medals in the following categories:

SCI-MATH QUIZ BEE – 2nd Runner -Up (Bronze Medal)

Jhulliane Grace Pineda

Julia Rae Valdez

Jomari Marielle Sandico

SCI-MATH MODULO ART – 1st RunnerUp

Tanya Palgue (Silver Medal)

Calysta Joie Bautista (Champion)

Over-all Ranking of Participating Schools

CHAMPION:  De La Salle Integrated School, Lipa Campus

1st Runner-Up:  Casa del Niño Montessori & Science High School

2nd Runner-Up:  Manila Science High School

This recent achievement proves once more that Casa del Nino is at par with not only  the best and established schools in the region, but in the whole country as well.

VICTORIOUS SEASON FOR CASANS AS THEY WIN IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS

In the past weeks, Casa del Nino students competed and won in several contests in both arts and sports.  The CDN Red Stallions led the pack of victors in winning both the Volleyball and Basketball Boys Divisions at the San Pedro Area Meet, beating competitors from the city’s private schools.

Members of the Red Stallions Volleyball Boys Team pose with their coach, Mr. Gene Salamat, squatting second from right. Photo courtesy of the Casan Plug.

The Volleyball Boys team, led by coach Gene Salamat, won all of their games prior to the finals where they vanquished the competition convincingly. The Basketball team on the other hand had a nail-biting last minute in the championship game as the opposing team managed to lessen the gap to only two points in the last few seconds.  The Red Stallions, led by coach Anthony Gutierrez,  are now busy preparing for the District Meet as a result of that victory.

The Volleyball Girls team managed to land in second place after their star player got injured during their second game proving to be a blow to the team’s  confidence which affected their game negatively.

In the Literary and Musical Competition organized by the San Pedro Private Schools Administrators Association (SPPRISAA), Shane Brutas and Nicole de Jesus, trained by Mr. Kennedy Tabon, were declared Champions in Vocal Duet .  Ellana Cacho was Second place in Extemporaneous Speech while CADENCE came in third place in the Senior High School Chorale Competition.

Mr. Dennis Cabanban, Head of the Sports Development Office was more than satisfied with the performance of the students as they brought honours to the school  again in the said fields.

SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS WIN IN CDN INTRAMS 2019 OPENING COMPETITIONS

Standing from left are Mathew Malillin and Jack Manalo of Grade 11 (2nd Runners Up, Mr. & Ms. Intrams) Bon Yap (Best Cosplayer and Best in Costume), Aaron Daniel Mitra and Samantha Yumang (Mr. & Ms. Intrams 2019) & Mairoh Dwyne Tocino and Jaicel Ocbina (1st Runners Up, Mr. & Ms. Intrams)

Marking the opening of this year’s Intramurals were two contests involving representatives from each grade level of the high school department at the CDN Gym last Monday, 02 September 2019.  The search for Mr. & Ms. Intramurals 2019 gathered a pair each from the grade levels in their usual sportswear while the annual Cosplay had one representative each from the grade levels wearing Mobile Legends costumes. 

Declared as Mr. & Ms. Intramurals 2019 were Aaron Daniel Mitra and Samantha Yumang, both of Grade 12.

After the question and answer segment, both candidates from Grade 11, Aaron Daniel Mitra and Samantha Yumang   were proclaimed Mr. & Ms. Intrams 2019.  Also awarded were:  Mairoh Dwyne Tocino, Grade 7 and Jaicel Ocbina, Grade 9 (1st Runners Up), Mathew Malillin, Grade 11 and Jack Manalo also of Grade 11 (2nd Runners Up).  Aaron Daniel Mitra and Samantha Yumang also won the Best in Sportswear sashes.

Nominated for Best Costume during the Cosplay Competition was Jhulliane Pineda from Grade 10 as Ruby.
Nominated for Best Costume at the Mobile Legends Cosplay was Kenneth Villas of Grade 11 as Granger.

Bon Yap of Grade 12 who came as the ML character Vale, won Best Costume and the Best Cosplayer awards.  Nominated for Best Costume were Kenneth Villas of Grade 11 as Granger and Jhulliane Pineda of Grade 10 as Ruby.

From Grade 11, Aaron Mitra won the special award for Best in Sportswear.
Winning the special award for Best in Sportswear during the search for Mr. & Ms. Intrams was Jaicel Ocbina of Grade 9.

Acting as judges of both contests were Human Resource Officer, Ms. Michelle Asiddao; Registrar, Ms. Yoly Jakosalem and OIC/Principal, Mr. Herbert San Pedro.  Also in attendance during the event was Chief Executive Officer Farah Acierto Cabanban who declared the the games officially open. 

The opening event was a success and credit goes to the teams who worked hard led by Ms. Bheverly Rolda of the MAPEH department, Ms. Kristine Yatco who made the stage beautiful as usual, Ms. Mellicent Siblag and the Student Council officers and of course Mr. Dennis Cabanban, head of the Sports Development Office.

CDN SCHOOLS WIN IN SCHOLASTIC READERS’ CUP 2019

CDN Administrators receive trophies of recognition during the Scholastic Readers’ Cup Awards Night held at the PICC last August 20, 2019. Standing from left to right are Ms. Yolanda Jakosalem, Ms. Farah Acierto-Cabanban, Ms. Michelle Asiddao, Ms. Shirley Bermido and Mr. Vic Belizaro.

Several schools of CDNSSI were honoured at the Scholastic Readers’ Cup awards ceremony held last  August 20, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The Scholastic Readers Cup, now on its seventh year, is an inter-school competition that promotes books and reading. The annual event is organized by Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books.

Garnering First Place in the Sapphire Category (participating schools with population of not more than 299)was CDN Ciudad de Calamba for having an average of 40 books or more read per pupil. Said branch of CDN has been a consistent awardee of the Scholastic Readers’ Cup.

The High School Department of the Main Campus received a Second Place Trophy in the Emerald Division (population: 300-499) for having an average of 40 books or more read per student.

Other CDN branches represented and honoured on that night were CDN Roxas (Isabela) and CDN San Lorenzo (Sta. Rosa City)

Present during the awarding ceremonies were Ms. Farah Acierto-Cabanban & Ms. Jasmine Nido (Ciudad de Calamba), Ms. Yoly Jakosalem, Ms. Hannah Aranjuez, Ms. Ezra Casas, Ms. Michelle Asiddao and Ms. Hazel Labordo (Main Campus/High School) Mr. Vic Belizario & Ms. Eula Vitug (Sta. Rosa City), Ms. Shirley Bermido & Ms. Christine Ferrer (Main Campus/Elem)

Aside from highlighting the boundless potential of reading to educate, to nurture the person and to positively alter lives, the Readers’ Cup is also Scholastic’s way of honoring the commendable efforts of education frontliners: The school directors /principals, teachers and librarians, in elevating the country’s literacy rate and state.

GRADE 8 CASANS BAKE CHICKEN EMPANADA FOR 1ST QUARTER EXAM

Grade 8 Baltimore Casans proudly display their finished Baked Chicken Empanada which they prepared as their 1st Quarter Examination under Ms. Mennie Aquino.

Among the subjects taught in Casa del Nino Science High School, as in every Philippine Secondary School, Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) is one of the more practical learning areas that help prepare students in many aspects of life including independence and entrepreneurship. 

During the 1st Quarter of the Grade 8 Curriculum, Casans are taught to bake and cook delicacies that can either be consumed or sold, as they are taught to treat this knowledge as a means to start a business.  This gives them ideas as to what they may concoct, bearing in mind the expenditure, processes of production and the measurements necessary to come up with a product that has the most potential for business.

The examinees prepare the ingredients for the Chicken Empanada they are about to bake for their 1st Quarter Examination in TLE.

TLE equips the students with practical knowledge that they can use at home to help in their household so they become adept at chores that they can use immediately or later in life in situations where their parents or helpers are not around.  Thus, this subject also teaches them to be independent to a certain degree.

Tr. Mennie Aquino assists her student in baking during the 1st Quarter Examination of her Grade 8 TLE class.

As an example, for their 1st Quarter Examination, the Grade 8 Baltimore Casans under Tr. Mennie Aquino were tasked to come up with the most delectable Chicken Empanada which will then be graded according to Taste, Nutritive Value, Visual Appeal and Cost.  Upon tasting at the end of their baking examination, the finished product “Baked Chicken Empanada” was crispy on the outside, well cooked and tasty in the inside.  Good enough to be sold as a business.

CDNSSI INITIATES PROACTIVE FIGHT AGAINST DENGUE

A promotional material posted on Facebook to inform the Casan Community of the school’s proactive stance towards Dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

As Health officials in the Philippines declare a “national dengue alert”, CDNSSI responds by fogging and cold misting the campuses in San Pedro, Laguna as its initial action today, August 3 and on August 10.  Executive Vice President Dr. Mark G. Acierto announced that this is a system-wide charge to battle the virus-carrying mosquitoes and that other branches will soon follow.

He said that about 100,000 cases of the deadly disease have already been reported across the Philippines in the first six months of 2019 alone which is an increase of 85% on the same period last year.  This has prompted the national government to declare Epidemics   in four of the most affected regions of the country — Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Northern Mindanao — which between them are home to more than 20 million people, or roughly 20% of the Philippines population. Although Southern Luzon has not reached that status yet, several San Pedronians have already been affected by the virus and that in itself is quite alarming.

Officials of DOH are also observing the situation in nine other regions which have outbreaks of the disease but stressed that dengue remains “localized” as opposed to a national epidemic.

Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to those that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever.  Although it is deadly, the disease can’t be spread directly from one person to another person.

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include

Sometimes, symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection. Younger children and people who have never had the infection before tend to have milder cases than older children and adults. 

A maintenance staff fogs possible breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes around the campus of CDNSHS, Pacita Complex, San Pedro, Laguna.

To fight this disease, Casa del Nino is doing its share through the most effective preventive measure by destroying possible breeding places around the campus. There are also some things that ordinary citizens can do to prevent the mosquito from inflicting its deadly virus like wearing protective clothing (long pants, socks and long sleeves) and applying government-approved insect repellents.  The public is also advised to seek early consultation when the first signs and symptoms of the disease strike.

Parents of Casans are also encouraged to be proactive and to take precautionary measures keeping in mind that the mosquitoes bearing the dengue virus can be found anywhere.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is more than a pound of cure.

*With some facts gathered from WebMD and CNN Health.