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For Adult Education Week, students from Ms. Thompson's PreGED a.m. and p.m. classes were asked to write about the, "Keys to Success."  Some questions they were asked to consider were:

* What is your goal or destination?
* Where are you going?
* What are the obstacles in your path?
* How is the San Mateo Adult School helping you get there? 

Each student was assigned a number with only Ms. Thompson knowing who belonged to which essay.  Then, three readers were asked to read the essays and award them First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention. 

This process of writing, editing, refining, and rewriting takes time.  So does the judging.  Also, Ms. T was out recuperating from hand surgery, so students didn't find out the winners until June 7th! 

First, we would like to thank our readers Carlota Zuniga, Ron Beall, and Eric Saavedra. 

The winners are:

Honorable Mention AM class: Lawrence Boyle
Third Place AM class: Isaias Lantan
Second Place AM class: Narciso Hernandez
First Place AM class: Reina De Los Santos. 

Honorable Mention PM class: Saul Sanchez Lopez and Christian Duran
Third Place PM class: Gustavo Rosas
Second Place PM class: Simone Coelho
First Place PM class: Emerson Torres Jr. 

Participation certificates were issued to all who took part. 

To announce the winners, a class party was held.  Mr. Saavedra and Mr. Tim Doyle attended, handed out the prizes, and listened to the students read their essays aloud.  Our heartiest congratulations to all participants.


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For Adult Education Week, students from Ms.Thompson's PreGED Morning and Evening classes were asked to write about the, "Keys to Success."   Our heartiest congratulations to all participants.
Simone Coelho was the Second Place Winner was the Adult Education Week Essay Contest


Simone Coelho
Keys   to   Success

Have you ever thought about following a dream?  What do you

want to accomplish in your future in the short or medium term?

Well, in my case I just decided to go back to school to get my GED test

done. Once I have my GED certificate, I will go to a community college

to pursue a degree in Business Administration. The reason I want a

degree  is because I can look for a better paid job and besides, I will be

a more educated person. On the other hand, I would be a

well-developed human being which means I could contribute back to my

community and help others to succeed as well.

Studying and learning new skills has been always something I like.

Whenever I feel it’s difficult trying to go back to school, I always say to

myself: keep going. Yes, keep going because you are your cheerleader!   

The keys to success academically are: don’t be afraid to ask for help, tell

yourself  to do your best and don’t pay attention to obstacles, but look

toward your goal, which is that degree.

When I mention difficulties or obstacles, I mean anything that can

take  away your focus, even negative friends or relatives.  Avoid staying

up late just for fun and sleep, study, sleep and study.

Make decisions for weekends based on the time you have so you
won’t be tired on Monday. Read a lot and practice your English as much as you can. Make good use of the Internet, it has a lot of good contents to help you to succeed academically.
To conclude, follow your dreams and go for it.  In the end, you will realize all you did was worthy, precious and invaluable. Go champion!




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For Adult Education Week, students from Ms.Thompson's PreGED Morning and Evening classes were asked to write about the, "Keys to Success."   Our heartiest congratulations to all participants.
Lawrence received an Honorable Mention and a Most Improved Certificate in the Morning PreGED class.

Lawrence Boyle                          EDUCATION SUCCESS                                      
       
            I  am learning everyday, Because education is most important.
Being intelligent will help us improve for jobs to look after myself  and others who need help like me at one time.                           
I am willing to help my self and to keep a positive mind clear of the    
problems of everyday life. Success is hard when new things are    
being learned that I never knew before; It is all new to me.
Brainstorming is the most important  thing that helps when writing.
Many things to think about are better to achieve a better effort.



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Christian Duran received an Honorable Mention in the Evening PreGED class.

For Adult Education Week, students from Ms.Thompson's PreGED Morning and Evening classes were asked to write about the, "Keys to Success."   Our heartiest congratulations to all participants.

Keys to Success
by Christian Duran


All people have the capacity of success in life; it all depends how much they want it.  In this world there are three types of persons: the ones that don’t see anything; the ones who see, but don’t do anything; and the ones who see and take action.  To be a successful person, you have to be open- minded. What I mean by that is that you always need to have the attitude of always learning. You have to put in your mind that there is never an end for learning. No matter how old we are, there is always something that we don't know.

Also, you have to listen to the people who have done what you want to achieve, and try to use their example to motivate yourself. You have to have discipline for success, work every day for what you want and never get distracted. Education plays a big role in success. You have to educate yourself as much as you can.That gives you the chance to know a lot of different people and by that you will increase your possibilities of success.

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For Adult Education Week, students from Ms.Thompson's PreGED Morning and Evening classes were asked to write about the, "Keys to Success."   Our heartiest congratulations to all participants.  
Saul Sanchez Lopez received an Honorable Mention.                                 
Keys to Success
Keys to success are important for everybody in any situation or to get a goal in a short or a long period of time.  Being on time, motivation, support and responsibilities are just some keys to be successful in this life.

As you know, when we decide to take our own responsibilities or to be independent, it is because
we already know what we really want for our future and what we like and do not like.  For example, a person who decides to be manager of a big company and be in charge of other duties, must have a good knowledge about the products or services that the company offers to their customers.                                               

To get their wonderful knowledge, a manager achieves many requirements; all of these started from his childhood .                                           

Attending school, being on time, asking questions and practicing with classmates made him or her confident. Over the years, he or she attended different programs in high school, college, and the university without forgetting the difficult moments that sometimes make them think that they can not achieve their goal.In that specific moment is when motivation of their family members express support to them, then for that reason they do not lose their motivation for what they already accomplished.                                       

Because of that, they push themselves to continue following their passion and for what they want in their life.  Using the right keys to success in the hard moments basically help managers to accomplish their goal. That is why many managers agree that to reach any goal, using the keys to success is the bestway to be happy for what you want in life.

                              
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For Adult Education Week, students from Ms.Thompson's PreGED Morning and Evening classes were asked to write about the, "Keys to Success."   Our heartiest congratulations to all participants.
Reina was the first place winner in the Morning PreGED class.
Reina De Los Santos
THE KEYS OF SUCCESS
I believe the Keys of Success are: Education, hard work, perseverance and Positive Attitude, because all of these have helped me achieve my goals.
Education is the most important tool you can receive. Education reduces the challenges you will face in life. The more knowledge you gain, the more opportunities will open up to allow individuals to achieve better possibilities in career and personal growth. Education allowed the community to succeed socially and economically. Doctors have been close to finding cures for cancer because of higher education; our technology has been enriched because of education. Education is the most powerful key which you can use to change the world.
Also I believe hard work is another key of success, because to succeed in life one must endure the challenges to be the best possible person than one can be. I believe for one to be successful, he or she must be willing to work hard to succeed in any aspect of life. Hours of hard work, training and dedication are the keys of success. No doubt, success is the reward for hard work. Every successful person in history has worked hard to gain fame or fortune. No matter what our goals are, we must be willing to sacrifice our time, body and mind to work as hard as we can to be the best that we can be.
Perseverance is another Key of Success, because perseverance is an attitude of persisting, one single idea, discipline or ideal to achieve success. To achieve a goal in spite of facing numerous difficulties, obstructions, failure or setbacks is good. I identify a lot with this word, because since I started studying English in San Mateo Adult School, I have always been persevering despite having many difficulties and failures, I still have my goal of learning English and finishing my GED, and then go to College and Study Business.
You will succeed if you have a positive attitude, believe in yourself, build positive habits, make wise choices, set and achieve goals, use your imagination and persist, keep working toward your goal and dreams, and you will become a career success.
In order to fulfill your first success, your education is a very important step to start with. Besides, you need to make the necessary sacrifices to accomplish your goals, like working hard, being perseverant, and possessing positive attitudes are very important keys of success.



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For Adult Education Week, students from Ms.Thompson's PreGED Morning and Evening classes were asked to write about the, "Keys to Success."   Our heartiest congratulations to all participants.
Isaias Lantan is the third place winner in the Morning PreGED class.
                        

Keys to Success
Sometimes you ask yourself what make a person successful?  A person can be successful by many ways, but what I really think what makes a man successful is taking care of his family because family is one of the most important things in this world. Also a man comes to be successful when he takes care of his responsibilities. Also  be good with everybody and help other people. For example, if a man is good with all his friends, he goes out with them anytime they call him, but his children are lonely with their mother; that is not a successful man.
Does school make a man successful? I will say yes because if a man has his GED or High School diploma, he is showing everybody that he is successful, he is responsible, he can go to work on time and do what he is supposed to do because that is what a High school diploma means: that man is responsible and successful.


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For Adult Education Week, students from Ms.Thompson's PreGED Morning and Evening classes were asked to write about the, "Keys to Success."   Our heartiest congratulations to all participants.

Narciso Hernandez received the second place award for the AM PreGED class for the following essay.



My goal is to be a good mechanic, but my obstacle is that my English is not so good.  I have to improve my English first I have been taking classes in San Mateo Adult School since January 2017 to improve my English. So my next step could be going to college or taking the GED program. The GED program helps you to learn more math sciences, and social studies. Those topics are where I need to improve more because the mechanic is required to know math overall. I studied in Mexico, but when I came to the U, S,A. I didn’t bring my certificate with me, and now I can’t find it. So my plan is to study for my GED trying to get good grades, and have a good opportunity to go to Skyline College because they have automobile classes. San Mateo Adult School is helping me a lot because here they offer more classes than only English. They offer computer repair classes, art classes, science classes college credits classes and others most are free.so if you want to succeed in this world with a carrier that you really like, and you don’t know where you can start, you should start at S.M.A.S.
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Moving to a new place can be difficult. SMAS Student Anne has advice that can help: How to Settle Down in a New City/Country Quickly

Hi, I’m Anne.I have three kids, a 13 year old boy, 7 and 2 year old girls.  I have lived in four countries in the last 10 years - China, Singapore, Australia, and the United States.
I know it’s very hard for your family move to a new place. There are different cultures, different languages, different foods.
Let me share some experience with you that might help you.

First, find a place.
 
The first thing is find a place to live. You will need to consider the following things:

* Distance to the workplace
* School
* Medical treatment, includes dental
* Shops
All things come down to one point, budget.
Usually, companies are  in the busy business districts.
If you are a couple without kids, there are a lot of choices, such as apartments close to your work place, or scenic houses in the countryside.
If you have children, you will have to consider the schools. Remember, a safe, good school district usually is more expensive.

You can always use Google to do some research about rthe area and schools.

Second, school registration
 
Because we want our children to get into routines as soon as possible, instead of just doing nothing at home,we will need to register at the school right after moving into the house.
At the time of registration, the school will ask for a physical examination, so the next step is to find a family doctor.

Third, a family doctor
 
In Singapore and Australia, we can find a family doctor nearby and get a check up. But in the United States, you will need to find a doctor who accepts the insurance company of your employer.

After the children go to school, we can take our time to do the following:

* Get a driver’s license. Usually you will need a local driver’s license if you will stay for over 6 months.
* Buy a car. You will need to rent a car before you buy your own.
*  Find a dentist.
*  Find out about nearby shops, restaurants, parks.
*  Find out after class programs for children.

    Each community will have some apps that are convenient for neighbors to contact. For example, nextdoor, to get informed and get involved.
    Don't worry too much. Don’t stress yourself out, enjoy the journey of discovering new things. For Families
    For children, I understand it was a little harsh for them in a new school, to make new friends. In particular, they also speak languages that you do not understand.
    Please tell kids:

    *  I love you, I understand your situation.
    *  You will learn new languages very quickly and your adaptability is very strong.
    *  Believe in yourselves and do your best.
    *  Don’t try to please anyone.

    Hopes this helps you.
    Alt Text:   Monarch butterfly
    Thanks a lot. Thank you, Anne!

     

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    Love Your Neighborhood

    San Mateo Adult School is part of the North Central Neighborhood of San Mateo.

    The Home Association of North Central San Mateo - HANCSM - organized a North Central Neighborhood Clean-up on June 9th, the Saturday after International Day.

    HANCSM President Amo Lee
    and Mayor Rick Bonilla
    getting things started




    360 volunteers show up to show love to the North Central Neighborhood.  410 people pledged to take care of it in an every day way in the future.

    
    SMASrs getting it done!



    SMAS - Community Contributor

    About 30 people from the San Mateo Adult School participated in the event including Morning Student Vice President Jackie, Evening Student Council President Misael, English Learner Specialist Marina, Director Tim, and many students.
    
    
    

    Making a difference in red SMAS shirts



    Great Weather and Great Preparation

    The weather was beautiful.  There were doughnuts to get people going in the morning and a barbecue in the afternoon after the clean-up.  There was information to help people know what to pick up and what not to pick up.

    
    SMAS Student Chau waiting at the grill
    SMASrs enjoying barbeque
    after the clean up



    SMAS Student Chau Nguyen writes about the event:

    I have experienced from neighborhood clean up day of Love North Central that is I should not litter indiscriminately. Limit the use of plastic bags, because the decomposition of plastic bags for a long time. It polluted the area I live in and also affect myself. Participating in the event, I find out that my neighbors is very friendly, they smiled and thanked us for cleaning around their homes. That made me feel very happy.

    The Home Association of North Central San Mateo - HANCSM - wrote in thanks to SMAS:

    Tim, Marina, Chau, and Jackie, 
     
    Thank you for helping to make Saturday a huge success! We felt uplifted by this experience and all the ways that our community members came together. It was truly inspiring and we hope that this is the beginning of a neighborhood tradition. 
     
    This morning we posted some pictures and appreciations on our website and social media recognizing your tremendous contribution: https://hancsm.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/410-pledges-and-360-volunteers/
     
    Please know how deeply we appreciate your love of the North Central community. 
     
    Thank you, Amourence 

    
    HANCSM President and event organizer
    Amourence Lee is on the right
     
     



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