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Ethan’s Graduation Speech

Transcript:

Our School Administrator, Mr. Gregorio Ponce; our School Directress, Mrs. Adoracion C. Ponce; our Preschool Department Head, Mrs. Eloisa Ponce-Riego; hardworking faculty and support staff; our loving and supportive parents; my fellow graduates… good morning!

Proverbs 22 and 6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”It is a humbling experience to be able to stand up here and thank, on behalf of all the graduates of Jean-Baptiste of Reims College batch 2014-2015, all those who have shaped our young minds into a massive sponge of hope and excellence.

First and foresmost, we would like to thank the support staff for their astounding patience amidst our childish ways. We would also like to thank our parents for giving us the opportunities to explore and to discover our full potential. We are sorry that sometimes, we forget how hard you have worked and will work to give us quality education.

To all our teachers: teacher Loi, teacher MJ, teacher Charm, teacher Beth, teacher Dess and teacher Rizza… thank you so much! Although we are far from perfect, we believe that we are much better kids than the kids we would have been had we not met all of you. I know that teachers, just like my mother, don’t make much money. However, your devotion to your profession made you even richer than Bill Gates.

School is not just about learning how to count, read and write. They are important but just as important are love and friendship. Jean-Baptiste of Reims College places great emphasis not only on excellence but also on being part of a bigger family. It is – and will always be an honor to have been part of this family.

Above all, we thank the Almighty Father. Without Him, none of this would have been possible.

It is impossible for me to thank everyone so as a sign of our gratitude, I am asking my fellow graduates to stand up. My fellow graduates, to show our gratitude to everyone who made all this possible, let’s give them a big round of applause.

Thank you so much and congratulations to us all!

 

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Hungry Mungrey

Ethan is reciting Shel Silverstein’s Hungry Mungrey (but with some words changed to suit in the Philippine setting) in a literary contest during the 15th founding anniversary of Jean Baptiste of Reims College (Formerly:  Saint La Salle School of Quezon City). He was 5 years old then.

Transcript:

Hungry Mungry

  1. Hungry Mungry sat at supper,
  2. Took his knife and spoon and fork,
  3. Ate a bowl of mushroom soup, ate a slice of roasted pork,
  4. Ate a dozen stewed tomatoes, twenty-seven deviled eggs,
  5. Fifteen shrimps, nine baked potatoes,
  6. And thirty-two fried chicken legs,
  7. A shank of lamb, a boiled ham,
  8. Two bowls of grits, some black-eyed peas,
  9. Four chocolate shakes, eight angel cakes,
  10. Nine custard pies with Muenster cheese,
  11. Ten pots of tea, and after he,
  12. Had eaten all that he was able,
  13. He poured some broth on the tablecloth
  14. And ate the kitchen table.

 

  1. His parents said, “Oh Hungry Mungry, stop these silly jokes.”
  2. Mungry opened up his mouth, and “Gulp,” he ate his folks.
  3. And then he went and ate his house, all the bricks and wood,
  4. And then he ate up all the people in his neighborhood.
  5. Up came twenty angry policemen shouting, “Stop and cease.”
  6. Mungry opened up his mouth and “Gulp,” he ate the police.
  7. Soldiers came with tanks and guns.
  8. Said Mungry, “They can’t harm me.”
  9. He just smiled and licked his lips and ate the Philippine Army.

  1. The President sent all his bombers–Mungry still was calm,
  2. Put his head back, gulped the planes, and gobbled up the bomb.
  3. He ate his town and ate the city—and ate and ate and ate–
  4. And then he said, “I think I’ll eat the whole Philippines.”

  1. And so he ate Manila first and munched the Manila Zoo,
  2. And then he chewed on Luneta Park but he found it rather sour.
  3. He ate Quezon City and Manila Bay, and all of Pasig town,
  4. Then drank the Marikina River just to wash it down.
  5. And when he’d eaten every town, each puppy, boy and girl
  6. He wiped his mouth upon his sleeve and went to eat the world.

  1. And so he ate the Egypt pyramids and every church in Rome,
  2. And all the grass in Africa and all the ice in Nome.
  3. He ate each hill in green Brazil and then to make things worse
  4. He decided for dessert he’d eat the universe.

  1. He started with the moon and stars and soon as he was done
  2. He gulped the clouds, he sipped the wind and gobbled up the sun.
  3. Then sitting there in the cold dark air,
  4. He started to nibble his feet,
  5. Then his legs, then his hips
  6. Then his neck, then his lips
  7. Till he sat there just gnashin’ his teeth
  8. ‘Cause nothin’ was nothin’ was
  9. Nothin’ was nothin’ was
  10. Nothin’ was left to eat.
 

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Ethan practicing his piece, Parts by Tedd Arnold, for a poem recitation contest.

And this one was taken during the actual literary contest.

Transcript:

So, you think you’re just an ordinary person?

Then you start to notice things like your hair falling out

Is this normal? Or are you just coming unglued!

PARTS by Tedd Arnold

I just don’t know what’s going on

Or why it has to be?

But everyday it’s something worse!

What’s happening to me?

I think, it was three days ago

I first became aware

That in my comb were caught a couple

Pieces of my hair!

I stared at them, amazed, and more

Than just a bit appalled

To think that I was only five!

And starting to go bald!

Then later on (I don’t recall

exactly when it was)

I lifted up my shirt and found

A little piece of fuzz.

I stared at it, amazed, and wondered

What’s this all about?

But then I understood,

It was my stuffing coming out!

Then the next day when I was outside playing

With the water hose,

I saw that little bits of skin

Were peeling from my toes!

I stared at them, amazed, and then

I gave a little groan, huh….

To think that pretty soon I might

Be peeled down to the bone!

Then yesterday, before my bath,

As I took off my clothes,

A chunk of something grey and wet

Fell right out of my nose!

I stared at it, amazed, and thought

I should be feeling pain.

Well, wouldn’t you if you just lost

A little piece of your brain?

So now, today, I’m sitting here

Enjoying Dr. Seuss,

And suddenly I realize

A tooth is coming loose!

I wiggle it, amazed, dismayed,

Too horrified to speak!

Without my teeth, how could I eat?

I already feel weak!

Now I’m really worried.

I’m as scared as I can be,

‘Cause finally what’s happening

Is very clear to see—

The glue that holds our parts together

isn’t holding me!!!

And now I’m thinking to myself,

What’s next in line to go?

Might be my ears, might be my eyeballs

How’s a kid to know?

One day I might be playing ball

And have my arm fall off.

Or maybe I could lose my head

If I suddenly start to cough.

Quite soon I’ll be in pieces

A pile without a shape!

Thank goodness!  Dad keeps lots and lots

And lots of masking tape.

WHAT?  You forgot to tell me

That teeth fall out?

And when they do, some brand new teeth

Will begin to sprout?

My hair, my skin, and everything –

There’s nothing I should fear?

So all of me is normal!  Huh!

That’s really good to hear

Then tell me, what’s this yellow stuff

That I got out of my ear?  Ewww!

 

 

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Sense Organs

          I was explaining to my senior class that there are verbs which can function both as linking and action. To help them remember those verbs, I wrote on the board the mnemonic FLTSS BRAGS ST for the verbs feel, look, taste, sound, smell, become, remain, agree, grow, stay, seem, and turn.  . I even told them that, for easy recall, they can consider that mnemonic as a family with FLTSS as the father, BRAGS as the mother, and ST as the child. I also gave them the idea that the verbs in the mnemonic FLTSS are related to our five senses. I was really determined to give my students an easy way of memorizing the mnemonic, but seeing their next teacher outside the classroom I hastily told them, “Class, for FLTSS, think of what your sense organs can do”. Suddenly, the whole class roared with laughter. It was only then that I realized saying “Think of what your organ can do” out of haste. It took me a while to regain my composure.

 

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Walking and Biking


Parallelism is one of my favorite topics for discussion in my English classes. One day, I was explaining to a class of 65 students that parallelism is the similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses. After giving several examples on the board, I was overjoyed when an average student was able to correct the faulty parallelism, He likes walking and to bike down by the pier into He likes walking and biking down by the pier. Just after I was convinced that everybody has understood my discussion, I noticed a student at the far end of the classroom obviously not listening. After reprimanding him for not listening, I instructed him to stand up and asked him why the sentence, He likes walking and to bike down by the pier is wrong. Red in the face from all the scolding he got from me, he innocently answered, “Ma’am, because walking is wrong when you have a bike”.

 

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