Friday, March 21, 2014

Al merced del invierno

Febrero (y un poquito de marzo) Resúmen
Este mes finalmente escapemos del frío - o al menos del hielo - y los Juventud empezó otra vez con más consistencia. Los primeros dos oradores del mes fueron Audelino y Giovanna de Shine Advertising. Hablaron sobre sus trabajos en el departamento creativo del compañía y nos enseñaron sobre que hace un buen anuncio. La Señora Deakman también aprendió algo: que "advertencia" no significa "advertisement" en ingles. :)

El 10 de febrero fue nuestro viaje a Fast Forward para patinar a ruedas. Algunos de los estudiantes pasaron el tiempo tratando a encontrar su equilíbrio. Otros estudiantes estaban contentos con comiendo pizza y comprando todos tipos de cosas brillantes.


We were also fortunate to get a visit from Madison Police Detective, Gloria Reyes. She talked to the kids a lot about the training that it takes to become a police officer, about working undercover, and about developing a relationship with the communities you serve. Gloria ayuda con correr un program del verano por el departamento de policía que se llama, Amigos en Azul. En este programa los estudiantes de escuela media pueden aprender sobre ser un policía. Unos de los estudiantes en Juventud han completado el programa en años pasados, pero Gloria siempre necesita estudiantes para hacer trabajo voluntario y ayudar con el programa.

In preparation for a visit from the Games and Learning Society, we took a break from the classroom to try speed gaming. Students got to try games ranging from old school Nintendo to Game Cube. Students got five minutes at each game before having to rotate to the next. The best moment was this screen pause from Super Smash Bros. Alas, Game Cubes don't have screen capture technology, so the game was un-paused and Kirby devoured Pikachu for his powers - much to everyone's entertainment.
The next week we followed up with a day of learning about video game programming. Allison from the Games and Learning Society came to talk with us about her programming work on Call of Duty and other commercial titles. We all learned two important lessons that day: 1). Programming is complicated, and 2). Programmers are very into their jobs. There were quite a few times when we all got lost in the jargon.

En el último parte del mes un grupo de niñas vinieron al gimnasio para tratar lacrosse. Ginny Kesler, una entrenadora del lado oeste de Madison, vino a enseñar a ellas los básicos del deporte y hablar sobre la primera asociación de lacrosse para niñas en Madison.

This month brought even more guest speakers, starting with Rachel, owner of The Rock talent agency. Rachel talked a lot about not only what it takes to be famous, but how people stay that way. She said that almost no one just "gets discovered on the street or on You Tube". It takes a good agent and a lot of interviews and practice to find work. She also talked to us about being an agent and owning her own business. She gets to travel all over the world (Japan, Paris, South Africa, Brazil) but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

Finally, we got a visit from a speaker we've been trying to organize for a while. David Zilkner, a science teacher at Lodi Middle School and master falconer, came to show us his current bird, Bob. Pero primero tenía que cortar una ardilla descongelada para el halcón. Los estudiantes eran increiblemente bravos en mirar y aprender sobre los partes del animal incluso cuando había un poco sangre. Bob el halcón vino en pocos minutos para comer la ardilla. David nos enseño que para ser halconero se tiene que tomar un exámen del estado, construir una casa para su pájaro (que el gobierno federal tiene que inspeccionar) y estudiar con un halconero profesional por dos años. 
 


Coming up in late March/April

Monday, March 24th, 1:50-3:50PM - A Guest and Guacamole - Kathryn Wundrow, Juventud Coordinator at Toki Middle School, will be coming to visit. One of her first jobs was working in a Mexican restaurant where she had to make guacamole right in front of the customers. Today she'll be passing on her knowledge of avocado preparation and talking to us about her career in non-profit work.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2:50-4:50PM - Construyendo nuestras piñatas! La semana pasada diseñemos nuestras piñatas - todos en las categorías: de lo más grande, lo más fuerte y lo más creativa. Hoy actualmente tendremos los materiales para construir los cuerpos principales. Sí, será pegajoso y, sí, vamos a hacer un lío. Pero todo en el nombre de arte. :)

Monday, March 31st, 1:50-3:50PM - Constructing Piñatas: Part 2 - Some groups have some pretty intricate designs. Today will be dedicated to putting on body parts and strengthening the main candy-containing portions of the piñatas. Next will come the tissue paper!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2:50-4:50PM - Finishing Piñatas - We will be hanging onto these until May, when we'll have our end of the year Juventud party.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2:50-5:30PM - Mall Field Trip - The Juventud Girl's Group will be taking the Metro bus to the East Towne Mall for a well-deserved shopping trip. Everyone has a spending limit of $25. A prize will go to the person who gets closest to their own personal limit without going over. We will be returning to Sennett on the Metro #16 at 5:30PM. Students who normally take the bus home can choose to continue staying on to get home. Students participating in the Variety Show that night have the option to stay at Sennett until 6PM when they can walk over to LaFollette.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2:50-4:50PM - Juventud/Rec Planetarium Field Trip - We'll be going to the Memorial High School Planetarium to learn about strange planets. We have 15 spots available. Students wishing to go should make sure to have all their missing work in for 3rd quarter.

Monday, April 7th, 1:50-3:50PM - TBA

Tuesday, April 8th, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA

Thursday, April 17th, 10:15AM-1:30PM - Fieldtrip to the Overture Center - Our second Overture Center fieldtrip of the year will be to see STREB - a one hour production that utilizes physics to create amazing acrobatic feats. Tickets are $3. Since this field trip is during spring break, students should be able to get dropped off at the Overture Center main lobby. We will be going out for lunch on State Street afterwards. More details to come.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA

Monday, April 28th, 1:50-3:50PM - TBA

Tuesday, April 19th, 9-11:30AM - Camp Randall Stadium Tour - This field trip has 5 spots available. We'll be getting a tour of the stadium and getting the chance to go out on the field. Students wishing to go should make sure that they have attended at least four homework clubs outside of Juventud by this date. Regular and Spanish homework clubs count, as do study sessions after school with teachers, and PEOPLE program.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Juventud in the Deep Freeze

Enero Resúmen
The month of January has been a very short one due to the cold. Plans for this month had included two days of t-shirt designing, a visit from wedding planners, and a falconry demonstration. Desafortunadamente, el tiempo tenía otros planes y hemos tenido sólo tres días de Juventud este mez. Con esperanza tendremos más suerte con febrero...

Coming up in February
Monday, February 3rd, 1:50-3:50PM - Return of the T-shirts
I have several students who bought t-shirts but haven't gotten the chance to design them yet. It will be a chill day with shirt decorating, board games and music.

Tuesday, February 4th, 2:50-4:50PM - Guest Speakers - Shine Advertising
Hoy vamos a tener dos empleados de Shine Advertising - un agencia de publicidad en Madison. Van a hablar sobre el proceso de diseñar una advertencia, cómo trabajan con diferentes clientes, y los diferentes tipos de advertencias (i.e. en la televisión, en revistas, en vallas, etc.). También tendremos la oportunidad crear unas advertencias de nuestras propias para Juventud.


Monday, February 10th, 1:50-3:50PM - MSCR Fast Forward Field Trip
It's time for MSCR's annual roller skating trip! I will have sign-ups in the beginning of February. Everyone will need comfortable clothes for skating in. Roller skates are free, and all students will get a ticket for food and drink. Students may bring extra money to rent roller blades ($3) or for buying any other snacks they want. Phones and cameras should ABSOLUTELY be left at home. This event usually has over 300 students and staff there, and it's a very easy time for things to get taken.



Tuesday, February 11th, 2:50-4:50PM - Guest Speaker - Detective
Today, Gloria Reyes, President of the board for Centro Hispano of Dane County, and Madison detective, will be coming to talk about her work in law enforcement. Detective Reyes is a Wisconsin native who graduated from Madison's police academy in 2002. She is also the founder of a summer program some of you may have attended - Amigos en Azul. If you're someone who is interested in going into law enforcement, forensics, or just enjoys a good mystery, then this is your chance to find out what it's like to keep Madison safe as your job.

Monday, February 17th, 1:50-3:50PM - TBA

Tuesday, February 18th, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA

Monday, February 24th, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA

Tuesday, February 25th, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA


*Possible activities coming up:
 - Planning with the Games & Learning Society that does outreach to kids and teaches them about video game programming. Might be more of a March activity.
 - Rescheduling the falconer visit for late February/early March.
 - Planning a visit to Camp Randall Stadium with a possible stop-in at the McClain training center to learn about sports medicine.
 - Setting up date for second planetarium field trip.
 - Working with The Rock talent agency to schedule a speaking session. Talking about how to work in fields that require self-advertising & maintaining an image.
 - Mardi Gras masks

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Clubbing til the very end

Noviembre y Diciembre Resúmen

This November we saw many guest speakers come through Juventud. Our first was Elissa Langer, owner and practitioner of Dane County Acupuncture. She talked to us about what acupuncture is and how she uses the skills she learned in college to help her patients relax and heal. A big thank you to Mr. Martinez was brave and kind enough to volunteer as a guinea pig so Elissa could demonstrate basic acupuncture technique to the students.

Los estudiantes miran a la aguja usado en la acupuntura.
Las agujas son extremadamente pequeñas - no mucho más grande que un pelo humano.


El mes de diciembre fue uno corto para nosotros a causa de que las vacaciones, pero todavía hicimos muchas actividades - y otra vez una actividad con el Señor Martinez. Su banda, Son Contrabando, vino a tocar para los estudiantes de Juventud, el club de recreo y Scholar's Academy. Los estudiantes aprendieron sobre la música cubana, y cómo hacer sonidos con una técnica que se llama "la boca de trompeta" (the mouth trumpet).



Juventud wouldn't be complete without making a bit of a mess. And so, in the name of science, we created our own vinegar and baking soda rockets. The rockets could be pretty explosive pretty quick - so the set-up had to be fairly fast as well. Most of us went with the strategy Evelin demonstrates below: Set up, cap, flip over, RUN!


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Finalmente nos tomemos nuestra excursión anual a El Bolillo - donde los estudiantes gastaron todo su dinero en soda, pasteles y tacos. :)




January & February Plans

Monday, January 20th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 21st, 2:50-4:50PM - T-Shirt Designing
Last time we made t-shirts a few people weren't able to be there. Plus, we have had several new participants join since then who might like the opportunity to design some Juventud swag. Again, students may bring their own shirts to design from home, or they can order a shirt from me at the cost of $3. Order forms and money should be turned in no later than this Friday, January 17th.

Monday, January 27th, 1:50-3:50PM - Finishing T-shirts
Miss Lauren will be downtown recruiting volunteer tutors, so Miss Divya will be taking over Juventud today.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2:50-5:15PM - Guest Speaker - Falconer
*Please note that the end time for Juventud is slightly later. We had to extend it as our guest speaker needs a bit of travel time.* 
Today we will have a visit from Lodi science teacher and falconer, David Zilker. He will be bringing one of his falcons and talking about what it's like to catch, train, and handle these types of animals. I will leave 25 spots open for this presentation; however, I will be choosing who gets to attend. We've had some issues lately with people not following directions, and I need to make sure we can provide a safe and calm environment any time we're working with live animals. Tengo 25 espacios para esta presentació; sin embargo, escogeré quien va a asistirla. Ultimamente hemos estado teniendo problemas con estudiantes que no quieren prestar atención, y necesito estar segura que podemos proveer un ambiente seguro y calmo cuando trabajamos con animales vivos.

Monday, February 3rd, 1:50-3:50PM - TBA

Tuesday, February 4th, 2:50-4:50PM - Guest Speakers - Shine Advertising
Hoy vamos a tener dos empleados de Shine Advertising - un agencia de publicidad en Madison. Van a hablar sobre el proceso de diseñar una advertencia, cómo trabajan con diferentes clientes, y los diferentes tipos de advertencias (i.e. en la televisión, en revistas, en vallas, etc.). También tendremos la oportunidad crear unas advertencias de nuestras propias para Juventud.


Monday, February 10th, 1:50-3:50PM - MSCR Fast Forward Field Trip

It's time for MSCR's annual roller skating trip! I will have sign-ups in the beginning of February. Everyone will need comfortable clothes for skating in. Roller skates are free, and all students will get a ticket for food and drink. Students may bring extra money to rent roller blades ($3) or for buying any other snacks they want. Phones and cameras should ABSOLUTELY be left at home. This event usually has over 300 students and staff there, and it's a very easy time for things to get taken.



Tuesday, February 11th, 2:50-4:50PM - Guest Speaker - Detective

Today, Gloria Reyes, President of the board for Centro Hispano of Dane County, and Madison detective, will be coming to talk about her work in law enforcement. Detective Reyes is a Wisconsin native who graduated from Madison's police academy in 2002. She is also the founder of a summer program some of you may have attended - Amigos en Azul. If you're someone who is interested in going into law enforcement, forensics, or just enjoys a good mystery, then this is your chance to find out what it's like to keep Madison safe as your job.

Monday, February 17th, 1:50-3:50PM - TBA

Tuesday, February 18th, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA

Monday, February 24th, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA

Tuesday, February 25th, 2:50-4:50PM - TBA

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Otro Resúmen for October

Octubre Resúmen... Otra Vez
Usually we only have one review for each month; however, October was so busy, it's going to take two. 

We wrapped up this month with a field trip to Morey Airfield out in Middleton. Aspiring airlines pilot, Allsion, showed us around the airport offices, landing strip and hangar. Although the airline jargon was a bit difficult to understand at first, we ended up learning a lot. Aprendimos que es posible para un estudiante, tan joven que 15 años, volar un avión sólo. Sin embargo, toma muchos más años y horas de práctica para ganar su liscencia. One of the pilots let us explore the inside of his plane (and the students discovered that you could enter through the door and exit through the luggage compartment).

Students interested in learning more about becoming a pilot can check out Madison's Young Eagles program here. Los estudiantes que tienen interés en llegar a ser un piloto pueden ir a este link para el programa de Young Eagles aquí en Madison.





También tuvimos una visita de PAWWS - una organización que trabaja con animales y niños en terapía. Traigan sus perros, Dylan & Jillian, y su gato, Marley (Although, Marley was shedding so much it was almost like two cats!). Los estudiantes de Juventud, y algunos del club de recreo, aprenieron sobre la intimidación y cómo pueden pedir para ayuda si la necesitan.



To finally wrap up the month, we worked on our Day of the Dead/Halloween altar. Usually we only do Day of the Dead, but so many of the students in Juventud celebrate one or both that we thought we'd do a mix this year. Please come check out our altar if you get the chance. It's in the back hallway on the first floor of the school by the computer lab. The photos below were the Halloween portion of our altar - creating zombie Barbie dolls. The kids had so much fun with it that it could be its own form of therapy.





Noviembre Plans

Monday, November 4th, 3-3:45PM - Guest Speaker: Dane County Family Acupuncture
Many of you have said you would like to be doctors. Working in a health profession can mean learning about many different types of medicine. Acupuncture is an alternative form of medicine that involves puncturing the skin with very small needles to activate pressure points in the body. While many people swear by the healing effects of acupuncture, others argue that it's simply a placebo affect (the body healing itself only because it thinks the needles are working). Today is a good day to ask a lot of questions of a real acupuncturist and decide for yourself what you think of the practice.
**Por favor notas: No, estudiantes. No pueden ser cobayos (guinea pigs) y tener agujas en su piel. :)**

Tuesday, November 5th, 4-4:45PM - Writing to Penpals in Israel
El año pasado uno de nuestros tutores fue a Israel para trabajar con estudiantes jóvenes - enseñando inglés. Todavía está allí y te gustaría iniciar unas cartas entre sus estudiantes y nosotros. Hoy, estarémos yendo a la biblioteca para crear cartas (en parejas) a los estudiantes en el otro lado del océano. Si no sabes donde esté Israel, aquí es un mapa. El país pequeño es en el medio de Africa, Europa y el parte oeste de Asia.


Wednesday, November 6th, 2:50-4:30PM - Glendale Tutoring

Monday, November 11th, 3-3:45PM - Country Profile Guest Speaker: Puerto Rico
Last month we watched the movie, "Precious Knowledge" - a film that explored students in Arizona fighting to keep their ethnic studies classes. Many of you wanted to know why Sennett didn't have a class like that. While we can't have an ethnic studies class yet, we can come close with our country profile days. Today Judith Rosario - Assistant Director at Centro Hispano - will be coming to talk about and share pictures of her home commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (Secret vocabulary word of the month: Commonwealth - an independent country or community [Ha! I made you learn against your will!])

Tuesday, November 12th, 4-4:45, Guest Speakers: UW Madison Paleontology Club
"I am a paleontologist! That's who I am! That's who I am! That's who I am!" Have you ever wanted to study the creatures that lived before us? In paleolithic times!?  Then this is your chance to come learn from the pros. The UW Paleontology club will be coming to talk about the fossils they study and how they study them. 


Wednesday, November 13th, 2:50-4:30PM - Glendale Tutoring






Monday, November 18th, 3-3:45PM - TBA

Tuesday, November 19th, 4-4:45PM - TBA

Wednesday, November 20th, 2:50-4:30PM - Glendale Tutoring

Monday, November 25th, 4-4:45PM - Country Profile Guest Speaker: Colombia
Don't think you've learned enough about the world? Come meet our speaker from Colombia! Gilma Arenas, Juventud Coordinator at Sherman Middle School, will be coming with her husband to talk about Colombian culture, language and food.



Tuesday, November 26th, 4-4:45PM - For 8th Graders ONLY - Papercraft!
Have you ever wanted a sculpture of a animal, but you just don't have the money or the means to get one? Now you can make your own! After the Green & Gold party we'll be making our own paper craft sculptures.

**We will be using X-acto knives to cut out the templates for our paper craft creatures. Because using the knives requires a certain amount of maturity and responsibility, I will only be allowing 8th graders to participate. Sign-ups will be on the Juventud board.