CBT Ready for Assessment

25 Competency Based Trainees are now ready for assessment (September 12-13). May you do your best and make us proud. Cheers!

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CBT (Competency Based Training) Batch 1 (July-September 2014) with Sir Glen (extreme left), Sir Donie (seated, first from left), Sir Eduard (standing, center), and Sir Ian (seated, second from right).

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How to ‘Think About It’

What are the practical applications of programming?

In the real world, how can we really yield the power of the code and make our own lives easier? Apparently, the answer is all around us. The moment our phone wakes us up from sleep to the our endless hours of posting and browsing through the internet. The question of what applications can we use the skill of programming for can be answered even from the ‘apps’ that we are using.

We are already doing it. It’s happening right now. It’s here.

But for most people, is programming really that practical to learn? The answer is no. Behind the simplicity of the software we are using, are codes that took years for developers to master. This duration of time to accomplish such level of expertise made the trade more of an art – than just a mere skill.

It can be done but it would need time.

But there is one thing we should remember. That all disciplines are inter-related to one another. So there must be something that we can learn from programming that we can incorporate to our daily, normal lives. Like what Steve Jobs said,

Everyone should learn a computer language because it teaches you how to think.

This is not just an exclusive hobby for people with technical inclination towards technology. This is not just a subject or a course you learn online or in school. This is not just something you do for money. Learning it actually helps you in exercising your mind just as you condition your physical body.

You can love it, but you don’t have to. Just like what you used to feel towards shutting that phone alarm that wakes you up every morning.

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Midterm Exams Announcement

A few announcements from Sir Glen regarding the Midterm Exams (September 3-5):

  • Compro 6 (For Chrome, is scheduled on September 3; Firefox on September 4)

    • Exam type would be the same as the prelims. Mainly about advance for-loops and arrays.
  • IDP 2 (For Firefox, is scheduled on September 3)

    • Exam type would be the same as the prelims. About DB connection in VB 2010 with search functionality.
  • Compro 2 (For 1C, is sheduled on September 4)

    • Exam type would be the same as the prelims. About conditional algorithms (if-else and if-else if-else).
  • IPC 2 (For CHS2, is sheduled on September 6)

    • Exam type would be the same as the prelims. About for-loops.
  • SAS 1 (For CHS1 and 1C)

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LaSalTech Polls and Acquaintance Party

This year promised to be even more challenging even from day one. This was mainly because last year seem to have the best Acquaintance Party, craziest SAO officers, and the wildest day-to-day interactions yet. To outdo those accomplishments, to be able to surpass that level of fun, the students had to reinvent themselves to be better in doing what they do best as individuals.

New school year means new SAO officers. And by the end of the first month of classes, the campaign began. We introduce you to the Brave and the Wise. Two parties with slightly different goals but ultimately wanted to make some changes not only to the extra-curricular activities but even to academics as well. One prominent campaign stunt was to build an IT club. This would be specialized in helping freshmen learn programming from second-year mentors. Pretty sweet.

Florentino Miguel, the Brave Party Candidate (and the president-elect) delivering his campaign speech.

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The Brave Party

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The Wise Party

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Presidential Candidate of the Wise Party, Jarel Alfonso.

Automated elections as usual now with collaborated efforts from GlenoiD, ArchTech, VhanJhan, and DeltoiD. To have more efficiency and accuracy in bringing out the results of the elections, Version 3 of the LST Electronic Voting System was used.

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The LaSalTech Electronic Voting System Version 3 showing real time election count results.

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A voting kiosk for students to vote with.

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The new election software also allows testing of the new i5 units in laboratory 1.

As anticipated as the elections of the new school student leaders is the promised super-duper-out-of-the-ordinary Acquaintance Party. This is not so big deal of an event, the school decided to spend a week for this celebration. A week before this said one-week off is the Signature Haunting (or Hunting, if you prefer). Where first years are like bullied (not exactly) as a welcome gesture from the school’s unforgiving faculty, staff and second year. This is not as harsh as it sounds. Really.

That’s My Classmate was a creepy name when you’ll know that it’s a pageant for gorgeous women who can melt you just by the way they stare you down. On the last day of the week, they would be the center of attraction. No question about that.

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Angela Magbanua – COMPRO I – C

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Patricia Ann Alvarez Balindes – COMPRO II – FIREFOX

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Vivien Gonzaga – COMPRO I-A

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Pauline Balagasay – CHS I

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Jaya Besonaya – COMPRO I – B

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Alfa Mae Neones Collamar – COMPRO II – CHROME

When the Acquaintance Week starts, comes the Eenie Meenie Sportsfest. Day 1 is Basketball. Day 2, Volleyball, Day 3 is Badminton Day. Here are some of the photos taken on these days.

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Togado’s single-handed hook shot.

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Jereza (left) with a defensive shot block.

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An epic wide jump shot from Roto.

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The MVP, Ison (left) trying to fend off a block from Eslabon.

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Harry Peria with a smash.

Acquaintance Day is really the day everyone was really freakin’ out for. By this time, students would have exhausted all their energy practicing for the Power Dance, playing games but using their extra energy to give it all out for this one day event.

New Uniforms

Today, August 7, the admin released the first batch of new uniforms to all staff and faculty. Contrary to the soft, feminine inspired concept from last year, this one is quite a good reboot. With a new approach that aims to functionality and ease of movement, a new experience is surely to be awaited.

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Monday Gray

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Green Camouflage looks better than last year’s Dull Pink

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Back for 2014!

Goodbye, summer.

Goodbye, summer.

Have you ever had that desire to go on a vacation for two weeks just to shrug the stress away?

How about a 10-week vacation? Sounds even better, right? For me, I think mine was too comfortable and relaxing that going back to work is really another journey back to your very first day at the office. You are back to normal routine from the vacation that spoiled you without alarm clocks to wake you up and deadlines to fulfil.

But the thing is, muscle memory and old habits die so hard that a day on your own desk sends back all that is lost. And you are ready again to be the hero you always have the rest of the year.

The school started yesterday, June 16, 2014, which is also the day the Spurs won the championship and the day I turned 24 (yes, I just posted my own age online). It will be another great year for the freshmen and the second year people. I’m sure their 10-week vacation was no different than mine, so it’s better to warm their fresh-from-hibernation selves up for the next 5 months that would mostly involve me and the computer.

Welcome to Academic Year 2014.

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