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Trivia – MSC: NAMFREL volunteer, SPERM member

MSC has always instilled in its students, faculty, and staff to always be aware of what is going on in the community/country and to take active part in activities that will affect the future of the society we live in.

During the commemoration of special events, MSC is never “absent” in ceremonies and wreath/flower offerings.  Be it an activity by the government or the church, MSC has always lent support and participated enthusiastically.

Whenever election comes, all members of the MSC staff, some faculty members and students become volunteers of  National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL).  There were times when MSC became headquarter for quick counts.  Volunteers from civic and other groups would deliver results which were tallied by MSC programmers and encoders.  Partial results will then be displayed on a big screen outside for people to see.  The quick counts usually lasted for more than 24 hours.

MSC was also a member of SPERM (San Pablo Electoral Reform Movement), a group of San Pablo City citizens who were advocates of educating voters.  They were campaigning, not for individual candidates or parties, but for voters to know their rights, know the candidates, and their platform.

Visit this site… http://msc.edu.ph/halalansalaguna2007/

Halalan sa Laguna 2007 website hosted by MSC

Halalan sa Laguna 2007 website hosted by MSC

MSC Firsts: First to do School to School Orientation for Incoming Freshmen

When MSC started offering two-year courses, it also started a new trend in the way schools were promoted and advertised.

MSC went to private and public high schools and talked to all graduating students to introduce MSC and its courses.  This included all former annexes of the San Pablo City National High School dispersed in different barangays.  The MSC team also went to schools in Candelaria, Batangas, Liliw, and Los Baños.

Not only did MSC give orientation seminars about the school and its courses but it gave FREE scholarship exams in the high school visited.  This scheme was done only by MSC, but soon enough other schools also started visiting far flung schools.

After a few days, the MSC marketing team would again go to these schools to hand over the result of the scholarship exam and give medals for the graduating honor students.

 

MSC Origins Part VIII: Transfer to La Suerte building

In June, 1995, MSC made another business decision and it packed all its belongings for the third time and left the Alvero compound along M. Paulino St., its home for four years.

MSC transferred to the La Suerte building located along the bustling Rizal Avenue.   Situated on the fourth floor, the main site of MSC (called MSC Main, for obvious reasons) seemed unreachable:

  • It was located in the space once occupied by the Regional Office of SSS, a piece of real estate that has set precedent for the upsurge of real estate prices in San Pablo. Look up and MSC  retained the balcony and the visually quiant flagpole.
  • The building does not have an elevator. This was almost a show stopper.  Use the stairs four floors up once and to test your aerobic fitness. But this was not a deterrent for the lady students and teachers who used the stairs in their two-inch heels, nor for the numerous inquirers who go up just to well, inquire.

MSC main housed the school administration office along with its records, files and paperwork. Students frequently came up to the counter to ask for the schedules, request for forms, look for teachers, or complain about their clearances, or their inability to get them. Main was the heart of MSC.

There were three classrooms in the Main, and The Laboratory.  The Lab was where the students did their case studies “hands-on” the computers. Certainly, the laboratory room here was bigger than the Alvero venue. It was common knowledge that the laboratory distinguished MSC from other computer schools.  Here students enjoyed long hours enjoying computer work alongside an army of competent laboratory assistants. There was ample room for students to do their respective work in peace  without violating each other’s personal space.

Lack of references was never a problem.  MSC’s two libraries were both located at the Main, where student will found lots of computer books, reference books and magazines. There was a photocopy machine too, if you needed to copy information. Often photocopies were  more affordable than new books.

Four floors up, the view was fantastic because it was located in the part of the city that was as metropolitan as San Pablo can get.

Issue 12 – MSC Alumni Activities; Dividing by 4 and 8

25 Math Short Cuts NewletterNov 3, 2014         Issue 12

Issue 12 – MSC Alumni Activities; Dividing by 4 and 8

Announcement – MSC Alumni Homecoming Activities

We would like to hear from you! Fill out the forms

  • to update our Alumni directory
  • to submit nominations for MSC Outstanding Alumni
  • to join the Alumni Shirt Design Contest
  • to join the Alumni Men’s Basketball League
  • to join the Alumni Men and Women’s Volleyball League

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MSC Scouts Investiture and Camping

MSC held its Scout Investiture last September 26, 2014 with students ready to take their responsibility to the next level. Their fellow Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, parents and godparents attended the commencement ceremony.

Campfire

Girl Scout Campfire

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MSC Origins Part VII: Ghosts at M. Paulino

Almost everyone have ghost stories to tell, especially those about old buildings and houses. There is something about old houses that makes them perfect for terrifying stories, imaginary or otherwise. Maybe it is because an old building would have been the site of many events and happenings in the past. An old building would have stood as a “silent witness” to many stories about the people who lived there or visited the place.

Ghosts at M. Paulino

Ghosts at M. Paulino

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Alumni Update: Teachers from MSC

MSC has always led the way and broke new ground involving many things, but what’s good about it is that we are always willing to share our knowledge with everybody. MSC has always been generous with whatever new technology or equipment it has so that others can also benefit from it.

This way of thinking have been instilled in its students, hence many graduates are willing to impart their knowledge through the teaching. We gathered a list of educators who were graduates of MSC and it was no surprise to find a lot!

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How To Compute Lumber Measurement

The amount of lumber is expressed in terms of Board Feet. A Board Foot is a piece of lumber 1 foot (12 inches) long, 1 foot wide and 1 inch thick which is equal to 144 cubic inches. If all dimensions are expressed in inches, the amount in board feet is equal to:
(l x w x t)/ 144.

Measuring lumber in board feet, L x W x thickness.

Measuring lumber in board feet, L x W x thickness.

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Bands from MSC

When MSC occupied the old Agrix Supermarket along A. Fule St. it was called the MSC Annex. The MSC Annex was not only used for classes of the 2-year course and high school students. It also housed a sound-proofed music studio, complete with instruments, amplifiers, speakers, and band accessories. Instruments of the MSC High school for its drum and lyre band were also kept in the annex.

ron paulo yabut of Layag laya band

During summer, MSC offered lessons to young would-be musicians on guitar, keyboard, and drums. At the end of each summer, recitals were held to show what the students have learned.

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MSC 12 – Dividing by 4 and 8

We can easily divide a number by 4 by halving the number twice and by 8, by halving thrice. We shall, however try dividing by 4 and 8 using the one line solution introduced in MSC 6 – Division by Two.

When dividing a whole number by 4, there are only 4 possible remainders: 0, which means that the number is evenly divisible by 4; and 1, 2 and 3 which are equivalent to 0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 respectively. In this example, the dividend is an even number so the remainder can only be 0 or 2.

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In the Next Issue

  • 25 years of MSC ( more stories )
  • MSC 13
  • MSC – First School to have a generator
  • Batches of OMC and CTC Graduates

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MSC Origins Part VII: Ghosts at M. Paulino

Almost everyone have ghost stories to tell, especially those about old buildings and houses.  There is something about old houses that makes them perfect for terrifying stories, imaginary or otherwise.  Maybe it is because an old building would have been the site of many events and happenings in the past.  An old building would have stood as a “silent witness” to many stories about the people who lived there or visited the place.

The Alvero building perfectly fits the old house described above.  When MSC occupied the compound, students and the staff also had “eerie experiences”.

Ghosts at M. Paulino

Ghosts at M. Paulino

Robert Dungca (while sitting alone, nakatambay sa garahe) – asked by a stranger to go with him.  It was already dark, past 6 in the evening.  Nobody saw the man walk inside the compound, or go out.  Robert was found sitting on a chair by himself, eyes wide open but he seemed in a trance.  Staff and fellow students had to shout to him and shake him to “wake” him up.  Good thing he did not “go” with the stranger.

Guard at Ultimart (across the street from the Alvero building) – said he often see someone peek from one of the windows during the night, when everyone has left the building…

The whole class of OMC students narrated that they (including their teacher) saw an unidentified man walk outside their room in the second floor.  Nobody else saw the man, even people in the office on the first floor.

Joseph Mayor, a student assistant shares this story about his experience at the M. Paulino building:

“Nang natulog sina Ma’am Rose with 3 of her friends sa 2nd flr., air-conditioned room, me and si Do yata po ang kasama ko nun, we heard someone running upstairs, so we went up and asked Rose kung sila ang tumatakbo sa itaas, but nakita po namin na nakaupo lang silla sa isang tabi, at she asked me kung kami ang kumakatok sa door nila, pero kakaakyat pa lang po namin nun.  So I told her na isara na lang ang door nila and wag na lang nila pansinin kung ano man ang marinig nila…”

Lena Jill Austria, Zorayda Abril, and Arlene Capistrano are some of the students who also had encounters with the “spirits” in the compound during those days.  We await your stories, please share your experience with us.  You can send them in a private message to Ma’am Gemma or email it to msc@msc.edu.ph.

Bands from MSC

When MSC occupied the old Agrix Supermarket along A. Fule St. it was called the MSC Annex.  The MSC Annex was not only used for classes of the 2-year course and high school students.  It also housed a sound-proofed music studio, complete with instruments, amplifiers, speakers, and band accessories.  Instruments of the MSC High school for its drum and lyre band were also kept in the annex.

During summer, MSC offered lessons to young would-be musicians on guitar, keyboard, and drums.  At the end of each summer, recitals were held to show what the students have learned.

With the supervision of the late Sir Val Tomas (also MSC’s electronics teacher during that time), the MSC Music Studio has produced many successful bands which until now plays very good music here and abroad.  One of the most popular (and successful) “products” of the MSC music studio is the “Layag-laya”, most members of which, namely Alfie Santos, Ronald Andal, Ranegel Latade, and Ron Yabut are from the MSC Band.

The MSC Band also included Althea Maloles, Anjo Latade, Cathy Guevarra, and Celia Domingo.  They are all graduates of MSC and are the first music students of Sir Val.  This band won first place in the Rotarock Battle of the Bands in the first years of the annual Cocofest of San Pablo City, despite being the band with the youngest members.  The band Layag-laya was formed when they graduated from MSC.  Though they are disbanded today, they still perform with other groups, some are abroad, but they remain close friends.

Then there was the Shadow Band, which was later renamed Charcoal Paint Band with MSC High schoolers Jomari Jalandoni, Jayvee Laroza, Oswald Palines, and Anjo Latade, among its members.

The Bionic Band, an all-female band was mainly composed students from MSC High School – Geniena and Ginelle  Dimalanta, and Rachel De la Rama.

Balustre Band with Alvin Cataring, an MSC tech-voc student was another band which was active during those days.  Today, Alvin still sings and is active with his gigs.

MSC High School: consistent Cyberfair winner

Ever since the Philippine Schools Cyberfair competition was launched in 2001, MSC High School has been a consistent winner.  In the International Cyberfair competiton, MSC has also been consistently winning in the largest inter-school web design contest.

Cyberfair trophies

Some of the Philippine Schools Cyberfair trophies awarded to MSC through the years.

The International schools CyberFair, which started in 1996 is an award-winning, authentic learning program used by schools and youth organizations around the world. Students conduct research about their local communities and use digital media to publish their findings online. Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories: local leaders, businesses, community organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art, and local specialties.

This White House endorsed program encourages youth to become ambassadors for their own local communities by working collaboratively with community members and using technology tools to publish a website or create a video that displays what they have learned. The annual contest has involved more than 5 million students from 45,500 schools across 115 countries—and is considered the longest running international online event of its kind.

Competition judging also takes place online. Students evaluate each others projects using a web-based evaluation tool (rubric) designed by Global SchoolNet. The top forty entries are reviewed by international judges to determine the best educational projects. Winners of International CyberFair are announced each Spring at a event that is global in itself, with hundreds of schools participating via Internet.

The awards received by MSC High School from the International School Cyberfair are the following:

  • 2002 – Honorable Mention – Historical Landmarks – San Pablo City (City of Seven Lakes) ..Streets and Historical Landmarks”
  • 2004 – Silver – Environmental Awareness – Sampalok Lake… Paradise Lost…Paradise Reborn
  • 2005 – Honorable Mention – Local Music and Art – Festivals of Laguna
  • 2007 – Honorable Mention – Historical Landmarks – Structures of San Pablo delos Montes
  • 2008 – Honorable Mention – Environmental Awareness – Interrelatedness
  • 2010 – Silver Awardee – Local Attractions (Natural and Man-made) – Museo ng San Pablo
  • 2012 – Honorable Mention – Local Attractions (Natural and Man-made) – Sampalok Lake: Paradise on the Rise… A Dream in Progress

In the Philippine School Cyberfair, here are MSC’s entries:

  • 2002 – “San Pablo City (City of Seven Lakes) ..Streets and Historical Landmarks”
  • 2003 – “Pasalubong from the city of San Pablo”
  • 2004 – “Sampalok Lake… Paradise Lost…Paradise Reborn”
  • 2005 – “Festivals of Laguna”
  • 2006 –  “Tree of Life”
  • –          The Red Trucks and the Firefighters
  • –          Local Leaders
  • 2007 – Structures of San Pablo delos Montes
  • –          A Virtual Tour of San Pablo City Commercial District
  • –          Phillipine Sports
  • –          Local Artists of San Pablo City
  • 2008– Interrelatedness
  • –          Explore the Magic of Coconuts
  • –          San Pablo City – Seven Lakes
  • –          Famous San Pableños
  • 2010 – Silver Awardee – Local Attractions (Natural and Man-made) – Museo ng San Pablo
  • 2012 – Honorable Mention – Local Attractions (Natural and Man-made) – Sampalok Lake: Paradise on the Rise… A Dream in Progress

MSC is also conducting its own “Cyberfair” thru an annual web design contest for schools in San Pablo City.

Student representatives from different schools are given a seminar on web design and they make a website about their school or community.  Prizes are given to students who make the best websites.

All these efforts surely help put San Pablo City on the Cybermap.