For our human rights project in social studies, my group and I communicate with HeartBeat Vietnam and help them. Our task was to create tools for Heartbeat Vietnam (Rad Kivette, the director of heart beat Vietnam) to use in their 45 Outreach Clinics every year to connect with the rural familes with malnutrition and poor sanitization. What we did so far was make a poster on how to sanitise our body and to feed good food so that people can lower their health risk, and did a few research about Congenital Heart Disease, since it's the main situation in HB Vietnam.

What did you do that made you feel that you made a difference? Why?

We made a poster specialize for the rural mothers in Vietnam (translated) on how to wash our hands properly along with how to feed well to ourselves. We also told Rad Kivette (Director of HB Vietnam) that we would help him and ask hime what he needed help with. I think this made a big difference because now the rural mothers without proper sanitation and food are able to know how to take care of themselves better. 

Did anything happen that made you feel uncomfortable? If so what, and why do you think it made you feel this way?

We had a lot of confusion on what our task was because when we send Mr Kivette the email, we didn't really understand what he was stating, so then we emailed him again and he clarified it. There were also some parts where we had fault with our posters since we each have different ideas and different ways. Everyone's idea was good so it was pretty hard to decide which one to do, that's what made me feel this way.

Has the experience affected your worldview? How?

Yes, I learned that not only CHD happen in the US or Vietnam, it's everywehre around the world. Families with disablity to proper healthcare result an unhelathy offspring. In addition while researching websites, I noticed that there are a huge amount of families with poor sanitation.

Final Presentation

In this project on Human Rights, we focused on improving/learning about bodily care and world healthcare. This is an important skill because rural and poor families with poor sanitation and malnutrition are becoming unhealthy, that also can be inherited to their offspring. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability on how to present in front of people and go with the flow. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

What did you learn from visiting other exhibits?

I learned the different ways how other exhibits provide help to their Organization they're working for. I also learned that there are far worse issues out there than our issue, and NGOs such as HB Vietnam, Harvest baking etc are devoting their time to help them.

How can you continue your involvement with this group or social issue?

I heard that in High School there is group who also works with Vina Capital Foundation or HB Vietnam, and I might consider joining the group. However, if not then I will try my best to donate and help these young children with CHD live.

How did my collaboration with classmates help me focus my ideas or provide new insights?

Since we were pretty much focused, ideas kept coming in. For example, instead of picking out something from the internet, we make it ourselves. Like the hand washing and Healthy Eating plate to form our final poster. :


Our final presentation was a success, even though there were so little mistakes in our speaking, we were able to overcome by working as a team. We also get to meet the representative of VCF, Ms. Linh Nguyen. (She was really friendly and nice). It was a great experience for my group and I, we learned a lot of new things like speaking up and how to hook people into our presentation. We also had fun when visiting other exhibitions. I guess a thing if I could change about our presentation, would be creating some kind of activity and reward them with to make our presentation more fun.

Real kids, Real stories, Real Change - Garth Sundem - 2010 November, Page 49-50

Malika Sanders a girl, grew up with racism living in Selma Alabama. In her school she noticed that white students were treated better than the black kids. Malika took action by starting a group called SMART t- Students movement against racial tracking. She taught students and parents about racial tracking and she led demonstration demanding quality education for all. 

For this unit in language arts, we learned about how to do business with other and the basic contents we need to know before achieving it. For starters, we were told to create a Resume. Resume is something close to a job application that creates a first impression for the boss to capture about you. In this assignment, we had to choose a job and create a resume for a good first impression. So I chose music educator because I like music and I'm pretty decent at it, like I know how to play some instruments. I included the schools I go to, the instruments I play, additional skills and an introduction.

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What are your best professional qualities?

  • Format I chose
  • Color Scheme - Orange melt + aqua blue,
  • Order - The way I arrange which comes first and which comes last
  • Introduction - How I'm passionate to become a music educator
  • The idea to construct a bar graph about my music experiences

What are you least professional qualities

  • Grammar - there were a few grammatical errors that I wasn't aware of
  • I could've gone slightly more creative with more my format. Maybe add a music logo or something that can let the boss have a glimpse of it.

In social studies, we learned about European Imperialism in Africa. We were given a packet and told to study through it for a better understanding what is the driving force behind the European Imperialism in Africa. Our focused question was : What is the driving force behind the European Imperialism in Africa? We have to write a dbq essay using the docs.

Bright Spot:

A strength I showed was my ability on using various of vocabularies instead of using the same one over and over again. I also went more in depth with all my analysis to clarify the main points I preserve.

To Work On:

I could extend the intro a bit more to show the main importance of the events I mentioned. Maybe also fix my conclusion a bit, because it feels like I'm literally copying things of off my body paragraphs, which feels "Old" "Used". I would also


European Imperialism in Africa looks upon economics. Imperialism is the domination of the economic, political, and cultural life over other nations and countries. It began during the 1800’s, when European countries altered interest to control partitions of Africa. Between 1500 and 1800, Europeans were interested in mostly selling and buying slaves from local chiefs. Slave ships would arrive to trade valuable goods for west african slaves and set off to America. Slavery ended around 1833 and the Europeans shifted their interest towards imperialism, soon later European Imperialism took place in Africa. The emphasis on the main cause of European Imperialism in Africa can result several reasons. However the main driving force behind imperialism in Africa is the power of economics. Although a strong case can be made that technology would possess more benefit than economics. This is less significant because the general key to achieve better technology would firstly be to acquire financial resources.

The power of economics had a great impact on the European Imperialism in Africa, for it gave out a superior motive on obtaining advanced authority and making mass production, advanced technology and trades a success. The main driving force behind the European Imperialism in Africa  is economics, because having many worthy resources can lead to great technology advancements that will help overpower other countries which also leads to nationalism. According to Document D, its showed a table of the exported resources from Africa to European colonies such as gold, rubber, ivory, gum and other values. This evidence shows that many regions of Africa retain a numerous amount of valuable resources that ended up being taken by the Europeans. The colonies wanted to maintain the conquering against other nations and become the most competent colony.  If a country holds more resources than others, the country consisting many resources will have more strength to authorize the weaker country by using money and technology they invented. Concluding, clearly the driving force behind the colonization of European Imperialism in Africa was due to their economical desire of power.

However, some historians suggested that innovative technology can develop the dominance in European Imperialism just by possessing mass production and superior invention. According to Doc C it shows what technological development helped the European take over Africa, such as the repeating rifle, bessemer process, and the steam engine. Given the evidence, some conclude that the more advanced technology they have, countries from Europe will be able to colonize more partitions of Africa by using them. For example, since Africa is suffering from a disease called ‘Malaria’, Europe on the other hand found a cure that will help them take over Africa easily. Other than medical resources that the Europeans obtain, they also invented other technology such as: Steam engine, maxim gun, repeating rifle, etc. With these kinds of invention, it is definite that the Europeans will endeavour more strength. Although this argument seems convincing at first, in reality a country without substantial finances will be unable to gain beneficial resources to conquer other countries; but will only use what they have, which may weaken their rank. To be true, European colonies would want to strive as many land as possible, and money was the major aim. Money is power, money impacts the country’s status, presenting their level of strength and authority. However, without money modern technology along with colonization will encounter difficulty to achieve. According to Document E, it has a graph of exports to Africa from South Sahara and also the imports, it showed a drastic change of exports between the 1894 to the 1900 . This shows at the beginning of Imperialism, Europe does not have enough money to replenish the country with great capability, and since parts of Africa was colonized, resources gradually was gained and made advanced technology happen. As time passes by, the number of exports going back to Africa drastically grew due to the goods the South Sahara produced, sending and selling them back to Africa. Free trade will occur, and the goods that were sent will flow among colonies to other colonies. As much as obtaining new technology, the country selling the goods will additionally earn tons of money, forming a prosperous country. After looking closely at both sides of the issue, one can see that economics has the ascendency of beating innovative technology, because if a country lack of financial resources they wouldn’t have possession of great power.

Summarizing, it’s clear that the sovereignty of economics is the driving force behind the Europeans appraise of Imperialism in Africa. Africa was the main imperialist country due to their low ranking in strength and the valuable resources the country consist. When valuable resources are gained through the European colonies, they are able to produce many technology and create a successful industry for their colony. This may lead to several warfare on nationalism, because colonies want to conquer and take as much land as they can for more power, and money was their neediest key to achieve their goal. Money may not bring happiness, but it sure does ensure safety and power.

In the beginning of writing class, we learned about persuasive writing and how to form the most convince writing ever. We learned many types of persuasive techniques such as : exaggeration, anecdote, emotional response etc. This helped our persuasive writing flow through with a balance of both informal and formal writing, mostly informal.

For the next unit, we focused on learning about poetry and how to write like a 'real' poetry. We learned how to use metaphors in our poems by applying natural disaster on conflicts. The next thing we learned about line breaks & white spaces, and how to use them correctly in order to show the audience that we're expressing some kind of scenery/action/wordings within the line breaks.

Here is my explain everything video that will explain everything about one of my poem called "Rooted Terror" taken from one of the visual writing prompts.

For this Unit in health class, we studied about nutrition. Our assignment was to plan out a healthy meal with a balanced amount of protein, meat, vegetable and fruits. We were told to meet a certain expectation on our presentation and our over all food. Another final assignment was to create a book, more like a menu on the dish we served and the food it consist. I work in a group with Alice, Cindy, and Kayla K. Our meal is called "Sharing is Caring" our meal title shows that we should share our food and not waste it.

In this project on the Enlightenment Unit. We focused on improving and learning about the philosopher that changed the world due to their ideas. This is an important skill because, it made us understand the history and how the world turned out this amazing with more technology and freedom. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to talk in the manner of the philosopher I decided to focus on, and be able to understand different thinkings and rights that the philosopher chose. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

How did my classmates help me focus my ideas or provide new insights? 

The way my classmates helped me focus my ideas and provide new insights was the way they presented and the way they formed the videos. They talked about the different ideas in the philosopher pov, helping us increase our understanding in the philosophers.

Here is the link to our script . Or the video : (show mum the video later)

Publicist notes

A) Introduce and explain your role in the soccer unit.

My role for this soccer unit was a fitness trainer. My job as a fitness trainer is to help guide my team through the following components of fitness: Strength, Cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Everyday I would lead my team to do butt kicks, fast feet, high knees, sprints. I will also lead the stretches too, stretching all the muscles before practicing in soccer. Our backs, quadrants, hamstrings, triceps etc.

B) Explain what you did well in that role and what were your challenges.

I did well on leading the first part of my training which were the butt kicks, sprints, etc. This is the one I did well on because the fact that I joined soccer team, makes it easier to lead the training that I do in PE. I could also pull some training out from my normal practice and add it on to my training for PE, it's also easier because I won't have to struggle with the different types of training. Contrary-wise, I may have some challenges while leading the stretches, because I keep forgetting what to do next and I also called out for help to Kevin and Kayla.

C) Discuss your running results Did you improve? Why or why not?

Yes, surprisingly I improved class by class, well not like constantly, but the most recent time I had was the fastest one I've ever made, which was 6 minutes and 15 seconds. Usually I get 7 minutes 30 seconds but for this unit I pushed my self because I had a lot of passion for soccer, that's why I want to train my body before making my best out of it.

D) Discuss your fair play points (effort and attitude). Did you try your best? If you went off task, why did you go off task? Did you talk kindly and positively to your teammates and the other teams?

Everyone's effort was great, including me, according to the fair play coordinator. I did try my best, just as I said before I have passion for soccer so of course I have to put my best in it, even if it's not in the soccer team. As an assistant captain (other than fitness trainer) I am proud of my team, because they put all their effort into it and their attitude was really decent. I'm pretty sure no one went off task, everyone did really well, even if they went off task, they were probably just training with their friends. The green thumbs respected everyone, including their team mates. My team was supporting everyone, saying nice things during practice and even in practice! For example : Good Throw! Nice pass! Yeah YEAHHH!! WOOHOO. Although there were some people off task, it only happens once in a while, so it's really no big deal.

E) What did you think of this kind of unit? How can Ms C improve it? Would you recommend it to others?

I was into this Unit. OF COURSE! SOCCER IS MY FAVORITE SPORTS. I really enjoyed this unit, the practices, the drill, it helped me improve. The way Ms C can improve it is by... actually I think it was good enough, maybe a bit more games and more team members for a team, because I felt like my team wasn't enough since one or 2 of our team mates are always gone. I would recommend this to others, if they like soccer, well at least have a small interest for soccer.
This is our soccer video that was created by magisto. This showed what we did for our drills, warm up and practice.

Here's the link

Describe the experience working with the first grade buddies

I thought it was a great opportunity to spend time with first graders and getting to know them. Such young souls with really nice personality makes me happy, you know? Although some were quite shy and quiet but they still were tons of fun, I didn't only talk to my buddy, Danbi, but since I sat next to my friends, I also can have some fun with their buddies. Our first activities that we did with our buddies was making a personal book mark with a big popsicle sticks, and we used stickers, goggly eyes and some paper material, we had fun even though some parts were falling off. The second activity we did was making lanterns for international day. This activity was probably my favourite one, because we both like coloring and drawing and we colored our lanterns. The third activity was Christmas themed, so we made reindeers with 3 popsicle sticks and the colored pipe cleaners. 

What did you learn about yourself when working with others?

I learned that I am an extremely energetic person when I meet someone younger than me rather than the ones same age or older. And I also learned that it takes quite a lot of time to get comfortable with each other since me and Danbi's (buddy) personalities are different. 

Divina and Danbi

1.What activities were most memorable?  

Some activities that was memorable in Semester 1 was meeting our buddies and getting to know them better. It was a fun and great experience because usually middle schoolers, high-schoolers and elementary students don't interact very much, especially the elders with the small children. Another memorable activity was the gingerbread house, it was fun to build something different with your classmates. Plus, it's all about the candies! 🙂

2. Which goal or goals do you feel you’ve had the most growth or success with so far this school year in advisory?

  • I study every night
  • I slightly gained more confidence
  • The relationship with my friends improved
  • Improving my grades

3. What goal of advisory do you feel is most challenging or  that you’d like to focus on this semester?  What steps can you take towards meeting this goal?

A goal that was challenging for me was studying full on task super duper focus because sometimes, I can get carried away with other distractions. And another challenge was listening to music without lyrics, because the only music I know was with lyrics.