Dogs Don’t Chase Parked Cars


Dogs Chasing Moving Truck

Dogs Chasing Moving Truck

“Dogs don’t chase parked cars,” my father was fond of saying. It seemed as if it was his “Ultimate Windex” canned response to all dirt, grime and slime problems submitted to him for clean up consideration.

I remember telling my father about a problem I had with another high school paper staff writer. Every day this boy would scream and yell at me, “You don’t know how to write! You can’t write. You have no idea what you are doing! What are you doing here?”

“Sheeessh…” I thought. He could at least show me where I was falling short, help me correct my mistakes, or how I can improve my style – whatever. Not this constant ridicule, personal attacks and public humiliation. But no such luck. The harassment went on. I said nothing to the Principal or home room teacher about the boy and his hostile actions. I let his juvenile outbursts slide.

The editor in chief, a teacher assigned to head the paper, would intervene and get in between me and the bully – if she were there present in the room. There were times it would be just me and the agitator in the room and I would suffer much from his bellicose attitude and taunts. I’d bite my lip so hard my inner mouth lining bled or formed packets of blood clots. I didn’t want to fight the boy. Honest. I wasn’t afraid of him. I dreaded suspension and shaming my parents in front of the priests and nuns who ran the school.

Talking to my father and pouring out my troubles gave me a sense of calm. “Dogs don’t chase parked cars,” he said it again. “You’re doing something right for that paper… you’re on the move,” he continued. “Why else would this boy act so agitated toward you? Almost seems as if he wants you out of there. Too much competition maybe?”

My father’s words sank in, percolated, and like cream rose to the surface. I took my cue and thought to myself. “If I were a car, why would this dog be chasing me?” A window burst open in my mind and streaming sunshine came pouring in. “Of course! If I were a car… hey, I am not a parked car. You know? I am moving!” I laughed and hugged my father. “Thank you Sir…” I managed to blurt out as I ran out to the yard.

Monday morning. The editor called me in to her office. “You’ve got the interview with the President of the University. I am assigning it to you because you’ve earned it. You write more like a journalist as opposed to a comic book writer.” She looked refreshed, glad and ready for the week. “Here…” she held out an envelope and motioned for me to take it.

I gasped as I regained my breath. Good grief. I didn’t even realize I had stopped breathing. “I… I… thanks Ms David. When is the President coming to visit?” I asked as I stepped closer to her desk.

“Here’s the assignment packet.” She handed me a brown envelope. “All the information is in there. Familiarize yourself with the dates, times, venues, and talk with his personal secretary to schedule the interview. You might as well do the whole kit and caboodle.” Ms David seemed pleased with her decision.

It was a moment to celebrate… It felt good to be recognized for one’s own work ethic and performance. Indeed, dogs don’t chase parked cars.

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Arthien Lovell Pelingen, Sophomore, University of the Philippines


Arthien Lovell Pelingen, SAS Ai Scholar, Graduated Class Salutatorian 2011-12

Arthien Lovell Pelingen, SAS Ai Scholar, Graduated Class Salutatorian 2011-12

One of our most successful SAS Ai scholars, Arthien Lovell Pelingen (photo at left courtesy of UP Galleria Studios) who graduated Class Salutatorian, SAS Ai 2011-12, sent us this letter, sharing with us how he is doing at the University of the Philippines where he is a Sophomore Biology student::

Dear SAS Ai,
Greetings!
This is Arthien Lovell Pelingen, a graduate of Saint Augustine’s School in 2012 and have experienced a 1 year-scholarship under your organization. It’s been more than a year since I haven’t updated you all about my present whereabouts. I’m sorry about that.
I am currently enrolled in the University of the Philippines as a Sophomore Biology Student. Second semester just started a week ago. There are only few works to do right now so I thought of sending a message to you.
College life is really different to that of high school one. Every second within the classroom really counts. If in high school, i can get a high grade without reviewing, in college, sleepless nights are not enough to get a passing grade. However, with the grace of God, I’m able to get good grades.
To finance my studies, I grabbed the opportunity of being a Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Scholar since I passed their exam. This agency subsidizes all the fees I need to pay in the university. Also, they supply monthly allowances for my accommodation here in the city.
Now, I think it’s time to end my letter. I’ll find time again to send another message one of these days. – /Signed Arthien Lovell Pelingen.
SAS Ai takes great pride of our scholars and their achievements. SAS Ai is a non-profit organization recognized by the IRS as a public charity under the 501(c)(3) tax code. Our mission is to help bright, highly motivated students who come from disadvantaged families get a good high school education at SAS via financial aid. Join us in our mission. DONATE NOW to the scholarship fund.

Third Periodic Exams

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The results of the third (3rd) periodic exams are in. All of our scholars performed well keeping their grades steady. Some grades went down by a hundredth of a point or even less. Perhaps the holidays impacted study schedules.

Six scholars not only maintained their averages but steadily raised them. Congratulations to our star performers.

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Juzel Ann Macanas

Juzel Ann Macanas

After the third periodic exam Juzel Ann raised her average from 91.60% to 91.76%. When she started her 7th grade in June last year she scored 91.22% after the first periodic exam.

The incremental increases in the GPA look small overall but all things considered the steady upward trend signifies a sustained effort.

Juzel Ann dashed off of the 7th grade starting block with blazing speed. Her sustained sterling performance proves that she is serious about her studies.

 

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Abigail Ponce

Abigail Ponce

After the third periodic exam Abigail raised her grade point average from 87.61% to 87.89%.  Abigail started her 7th grade this year posting an average of 87.43% after the first periodic exam.

Seriously motivated towards learning, Abigail applies herself studiously to her academic pursuits. In addition to her school work Abigail helps out in the chores around the farm.

 

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Phoebe Balala

Phoebe Balala

After the third periodic exam Phoebe raised her average from 86.93% to 87.23%.  Phoebe started her 7th grade this year posting an average of 85.89% after the first periodic exam.

A side note:  The Philippine Education system K+12 that went into effect in 2012 added 7th and 8th grades (middle school) to the elementary school year. High school begins with the 9th and 10th grades (Junior high) followed by the 11th and 12th grades (Senior high).

 

 

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Karen Paola Makil

Karen Paola Makil

Voted as SAS Ai’s top-notch scholar, Karen Paola continues to impress with her grades. She has made it to the honor roll for the past three years. Karen Paola shows good leadership qualities and traits in her involvement in student government.

Karen’s grades show steady improvement. 89.62% to open the junior year, followed by 90.19% after the second periodic exam. Her current grade after the third periodic exam sits at 90.47%

 

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Rose Ann Fajardo

Rose Ann Fajardo

Quiet and reserved, Rose Ann could easily be the “sleeper late bloomer” of the junior class batch. Her grades show a steady and sustained increase. She began with a GPA of 85.65% after the first periodic exam. She followed it with a grade of 86.23% after the second periodic exam and after the third periodic exam her grades sit at 86.80%. The steady upward change, though small, shows a sustained and commendable effort.

 

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Ina Gabaldon

Ina Gabaldon

Earlier in her freshman year, Ina became instantly famous as she took the chess grandmaster crown from the reigning champion. Her time in the spotlight was short-lived however. Ina fell into hard times seeing her grades plummet and her overall school performance suffer.

Ina went through a renewal this year. She opened the year with an 83.68% average. She knew she needed to rev up her performance a notch or two. After the second periodic exam she was at 84.37%… an improvement. After the third periodic exam her grades now sit at 84.56%. In the two grading periods remaining Ina plans to regain her poise and class standing.

Honor Roll Student Jonel Leal


Honor Roll Student Jonel Leal

(L-R) Mrs Monica Leal and her son Jonel Leal. Jonel received an honor roll ribbon for the school year 2012 honor roll. His mother proudly pinned the ribbon on Jonel’s shirt.

Jonel is a junior going to his senior year in high school. He has maintained good grades and has remained competitive with other honor roll scholars.

Jonel is a very bright young man with ambition. He brings much pride to SAS Ai and the scholarship program.