martes, 31 de julio de 2018

3R´s For Taking Care of Our Planet

Since a very long time ago, schools have been teaching about planets, and about ours in particular. And throughout the years, the things to discover and know about it have become more, and more complex each day. Today, it is not only about learning it's physical characteristics, but also learning about the impact that human beings have on it. Today it is necessary, both for families and schools, to talk about how to take care of the planet. And a lot of our children are now familiar with the classic 3 R´s to do so:

Reduce - the amount of garbage.
Reuse - as much objects as possible to give them a new use.
Recycle - materials to give them a new life.

But I personally would like to propose 3 different R´s, which I consider to be as important and to actually be the engine of the ones we already know: Respect - Reflect - React.

The first thing we need to understand is that nature is not an unrelated element to man, but on the contrary, that there is a very strong relationship and interaction between us for which we are responsible. We must teach our children to respect nature, as well as the rules and laws that protect it.

Let's teach our children to be reflective, to be able to acknowledge all the benefits nature gives us, as well as the impact we cause on it. Let´s lead them to ask themselves how is it that our actions have consequences on our planet, and what can they do as individuals, as a family or as part of a community to make it a positive impact. And for them to discover in such process what options are likely to happen and which ones are maybe not so likely; which ones are they able to carry out at their age, and with the tools available to them.

And most importantly, to react! Because, what good would it make to be conscious about reality, if we do nothing about it? Let´s encourage and motivate their actions. May all families and schools let them make proposals and see them through, even if it sounds complicated, even if they are time-consuming; because in the end, the result can be much more important and trascendental than any other of our daily activities: conscious human beings, willing to take action to improve quality of life in our planet!

Jimena Septién Godard​ 
​English Academic Coordinator​

jueves, 19 de julio de 2018

Sean felices

Dedicado a los alumnos que se gradúan de Tercero de Secundaria.
La vida académica y sinceramente la vida en general y sus lecciones empiezan antes de lo que todos creemos; todo en la vida es una negociación y el camino está lleno de retos y aprendizajes.
Continuamente aprendemos o al menos podemos hacerlo ya que tenemos la elección en nuestras manos, para forjar nuestro destino como un conjunto de decisiones.
Hoy me tomo un segundo para pedirles que vean más allá de lo evidente, que se diviertan, gocen lo que los rodea, se atrevan a observar y a preguntarse. Los invito a apasionarse con cada tema que los rete, con duda que se les presente o con cada trivialidad que les encante.
Pero sobre todo, los invito a asombrarse, a buscar cada día, enamorarse del mundo y de ustedes mismos.
Este año he tenido la fortuna de conocerlos y observar sus pasiones y talentos únicos.
Vívanlos, conozcan, disfruten, aprendan y busquen nuevas preguntas; la información está a un click, pero está en ustedes llegar más allá.
Como todo el mundo dice, tienen todo al alcance de sus manos. Se les avisa que "al alcance de sus manos" involucra uno que otro brinco, enlodada, sudor y quizá caída, pero que en efecto al final del camino sí está a su alcance, luchen, corran y logren todo lo que quieran pero sigan siendo las excelentes personas que son hoy, defiendan lo que creen, sean fieles a ustedes mismos, vuelen y sean felices.

El éxito ya está en ustedes, háganlo crecer.

Miss María Pacheco
Middle School

miércoles, 11 de julio de 2018

Shape your future as well balanced individuals

Dear graduates, today is a very special day in which your teachers, siblings and parents are feeling very proud of you. They have high hopes for you, and they believe in you! Take a look at them now, and you can see them smiling and snapping photos so they can remember this moment forever.

Today is a good day to hug them and thank them for all they have done for you throughout the years, because even though this achievement is yours, it couldn’t have been possible without their help. For today marks the day in which you begin a more independent journey. You are entering Middle School, where you will learn lots of new things, from learning to organize your schedule and remembering the right classrooms, dealing with 13 subjects at the same time, to getting to know yourselves and keeping good relationships with all the changes and challenges this stage in your lives brings.

Today you close one chapter of your lives, and welcome a new one full of challenges and new adventures. We wish you the best of luck, and the wisdom to be able to use the tools you have acquired, in order to shape your future as well balanced individuals. Congratulations!



Jimena Septién Godard​ 
​English Academic Coordinator​

domingo, 1 de julio de 2018

"If you succeed in doing this, tell me how…"

My dear students,

It’s hard to think of the words I can tell you during this important day, the day when you will be leaving a school that has been your home for years.

However, it’s actually easy to think of different anecdotes that we have all shared together, since five years ago and up to yesterday.

I still remember correcting you when you used to call me “teacher” (literally sounded t-e-a-c-h-e-r), when we shared our different experiences during our “question of the day” session, and mostly, how we didn’t even notice the way we started getting to know each other and accepting us as we each were and are.

We’ve all changed, for good. You have become much mature teenagers... but still teenagers. You have laughed together, and you’ve also cried together. You worry about each other and have learned to trust each other. You’ve developed tolerance, respect and empathy towards your classmates, and those are abilities that you will apply in your future as students and also as professionals. As well, you worry for each other, just as you did regarding Lorenzo’s health. I thank you for letting me be part of that.

And well, commonly, people who give speeches during graduations, share some advice. I am not sure if I am the right person to necessarily provide advice, but inspired on a song that I’ve been listening to, I could say the following:

Wear sunscreen. The benefits of sunscreen have been scientifically approved, so we know that’s a fact. As of the rest of my advice, it has no evidence at all.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss

Don’t waste your time on jealousy, sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Stay with the compliments you receive, forget the insults.

Keep all of your old love letters, throw away your old bank accounts, you won’t  need them.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know what to do with their life at 15, 18 or 22. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know, still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Enjoy your body, take care of it and use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or of what other people think of it.

Get to know and thank your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your brothers and sisters, they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Travel.

Respect your elders.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you are 30 it will look 65.

And please, if you succeed in doing this, tell me how…

But trust me, on the sunscreen.

María José Plascencia Saavedra
Academic Principal / IB Coordinator
Campus Cuajimalpa