MERAEL CHAIS Issue #1 Second Semester Palau High School Newsletter Since 1979 Feb/March., 2007 PHS Pageant 2006-07 Awareness Week By: Bertha T. THE director of MOE, Mr. Emery Wenty, requested funds needed to conduct the awareness week from the PRIDE Project in Fiji. Fortunately, they accepted our request and granted us with an estimate amount of $95,000 plus. The grant will be used for the Awareness Week expenses, such as food and prizes. The Awareness Week will begin on March 12, 2007 and will end on March 16, 2007. It will start off with a parade of all participating schools at the PCC Track & Field during the opening ceremony. A series of educational and physical activities will then follow through out the week. The elementary schools in Koror will host the schools outside of Koror. Students from Angaur, Ibobang and Ngeremlengui elementary schools will be staying in Palau High School classrooms. An estimated number of students has Mr. & Ms PHS 2006-07. Read story on been clarified and only one hundred fourteen page 2 for information. students from these elementary schools will be staying here in PHS. The Awareness Week will continue even on March 15, 2007, which is Youth Day, a national holiday. The principal hopes that Thank you! with this type of Awareness Week, students would take time to get to know each other, so The SBA wishes to thank Robinson when they reach high school there wouldn't be Skiwo, Sabina Andrew, Sisca much fighting among them. Skiwo and Kaipo Recheiungel for their volunteer efforts in making Shirochidori students of our school a great success. The SBA lead-advisor, Edward Ngiratrang, is eternally grateful What’s Inside: Advice Column for your kindness and generosity. May Latest news about our Teams all the blessings be with you until you Financial Aid Night die. And many more..... 2 06-07 PAGEANT: The Burned Down THE START OF Building SOMETHING NEW By: Tiffany O. A lot of people, especially students and staff By: Lindsey N. wonder how the Palauan and English building ON January 27, 2007 Palau High School SBA held got burned. But the big question is, why its yearly beauty pageant at Ngarachamayong Cultural hasn’t it been renovated, yet? We all know Center. The pageant began at 12:00pm till 5:00pm that the classrooms are not enough for all the with the help of SBA Advisors, teachers and students, courses in Palau High School. Right now, especially the Junior class for the decorations, and the teachers and students share classrooms for turn out was amazing. The audience was over two hundred people which was extremely exciting. different courses, just for our benefit. Principal Theodoro Borja, said that This year there were nine (9) beautiful ladies there is nothing we can do about the building and three (3) handsome gentlemen. The results went right now. It is in the hands of our as as follows: male contestants; Justin Sandei 2nd government, and the Ministry of Education is runner-up and Harkins Miner 1st runner-up, leaving waiting for local funds to be used for the tittle to Mr. Uchellas Yobech. Mr. Uchellas renovation of the building. It is a big project, Yobech also won the tittles of Best Evening Wear, so they have arranged a bill regarding its Best Talent, and Mr. Personality. For the female renovation. An estimated cost for the contestants, Lucille Umang 2nd runner-up, Jasmine renovation ranges from about $40,000 to Tkel 1st runner-up also the winner of Ms. $45,000. Students and staff, please be patient Congeniality and Best Talent, leaving the tittle and and let us hope that the building will be crown to the one and only Ms. Jenna Mersai, who renovated soon. was also the winner of Best Evening Wear. Overall, the pageant went well, the decoration was beautiful, the crowd was wild, and the contestants were Palau High School pretty and amazing. Most importantly, there was no Restrooms fight or any mishaps. A very special thank you to all By: Whitney Ngirmekur those people who made this pageant possible. What a job well done!!! WHY do you suppose we, students, tend to vandalize and destroy our restrooms? Is it because we want and need attention? This has Special thanks to: become one of the major problems in Palau All the contestants High School. Jemma Willard: Freshmen One reason why students go home is Wanda Kelulau: Sophomore just to use the restrooms instead of using the Lucille Umang: Sophomore ones at school is, because there is either no Justin Sandei: Sophomore tissue, the toilets are flooded, the place is filled Lindsey Ngirablosech: Junior with trash, or just disgustingly dirty. What can Jenna Mersai: Junior we all do to improve and keep our restrooms Harkins Miner: Junior clean for everyone to use? Tessiene Ubedei: Senior We have to ask the questions among Jorecca Sugiyama: Senior ourselves. We know the restrooms are ours, but Jasmine Tkel: Senior what happened? who did it? when did it happen? Uchellas Yobech: Senior why did it happen? how did it happen? GEAR-UP Program at PHS By: Harlen H. THROUGH February 5-15, 2007, “GEAR-UP” program conducted a workshop to P.H.S. students. The aim of this workshop was to increase the knowledge of students about the importance of post secondary education. Other useful information such as study skills, college preparation as well as increasing P.H.S. graduates and increasing college enrollment were discussed during the workshop. The GEAR-UP Palau program is under the Ministry of Education. Students in 7th grade through 12th grade are welcome and eligible to apply for this program. Application forms are available at the GEAR UP office which is located in P.H.S. campus. It’s free and has a lot of exciting programs. For more information please contact any of the following people: Marleen Ngirametuker- Project Coordinator; Lakolani D. Olngellel- Program Specialist; Maria Joseph- Program Specialist or any GEAR-UP members. So come and check it out or call 488-5442. 3 Support Benedicta for WASC Teacher of The Year! By: Bertha T. & sonia W. WASC stands for Western Association of School and Colleges. The WASC consists of 5 members. They will arrive from Hawaii on April 7, 2007, then meet the parents on April 9th at 1:00pm and the staff at 3:30pm. They will continue their work on the 10th, 11th, & 12th. The main reason for their visit to Palau is to see if PHS can and will meet the requirements for the WASC Accreditation. If PHS will be accredited, it will have many benefits. Accreditation validates the integrity of the school program and student transcripts. It also integral to school improvement, strategic planning, restructuring, and staff development. Accreditation for our school fosters excellence by focusing on students learning. Accreditation also helps PHS to establish its priority areas for improvement. It is also a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementation and reassessment. “Hi my name is Benedicta Mechol. I am In preparation for their arrival, the SBA will teaching health in Palau High School and I am conduct a clean up of the whole campus. Students applying for the Teacher of the Year this are expected to follow the school rules and are not year, so I need support from all of you.” to use foul languages. Everyone is involved, Thank you! including the students, the parents, PHS staff and the Ministry of Education. Efforts from everyone will be greatly appreciated to make our school presentable. Has Chewing Betel Second Semester Nut Become Legal? Enrollment By: Charlene T. By: Burke K. CHEWING betel nut in Palau High Elecha el second semester e ngar er ngii a School campus is against the school beches el enrollment. Ng ngar er ngii a 12 policy, yet most of the students I el beches el students. Te tedei a mle er a interviewed were chewing betel nut. Belau Modekngei School. Achimogna mla They said that without betel nut they er a Emmaus High School, me a chimo er a become irritable and unable to focus on Bethania, Midzenty, me a George their studies. But the rest who do not Washington High School el school er a chew betel nut say that they are very Merikel. E a tedei a mla er a Kagman High disappointed by their fellow friends, School. Me a remla er a Kalaheo High because they risk their health for School er a Hawaii, me a John F. Kennedy something like chewing betel nut. el mla er a Guam. Some teachers urge students to quit chewing for the fact that they cannot afford it. Another fact is that Reminder! chewing betel nut can affect major organs in your body. In other words, Attend all your chewing betel nut is a slow short cut to scheduled classes death. For all you chewers out there, and try to do your best in every single continue on with your education, then one of them. Midterm find a job, so you can afford to buy is almost over; get your own and for those non-chewers, ready for the exams. DON’T EVER TRY! 4 Financial Aid Night: Skipping Class By: Kayla R. & Daniel H. Seniors and Parents Workshop HERE in our school, there are seven hundred plus THE school counselors recently conducted a students. Teachers and all school staff can never Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents. keep track with each and every single one of us Workshop was held at the PHS Resource Center every time we are in school. We may not know it from 7pm to 9pm on informative workshop. This but our school is dealing with a big problem and workshop aims to help seniors and their parents get that is students skipping classes and going to places financial support from the US federal government to where they are not supposed to be. Maybe more pay for college or career school. Most of our seniors than half of Palau High School students are and their parents are aware that there is a federal skipping classes everyday or every other day. student aid that can help them through college; But why do students skip class? As a however, not all of them are able to do it themselves. student, I think the reason why they are skipping Counselors’ goal is to ensure that all graduating class is because maybe they are pressured by their seniors have the opportunity to receive information peers, or they are just tired. Some just don’t like necessary to prepare them to go to college or find their classes or their teachers, while others just do it careers. because they are not scared to do risky things and Parents were invited to this workshop to have just try it for the heck of it. Securities monitor the better understanding on how their contributions help campus, but they are not able to keep track of every assist their child getting this type of financial student skipping class. They can do the things, assistance. Their involvement is essential in this part because they know that no one will scold them and as they are responsible in providing pertinent that no one cares about things they are doing. They information to complete the FAFSA (free application skip classes and go to places where they are not for federal student aid) forms. With this workshop, supposed to be. They either go to places like PCC, parents and students will learn many ways they can Asahi Ball field and other places where they cannot get financial assistant such as loans, grants, be seen by school staff or faculty. scholarships and work-study in order to finish As they go to these places with their friends, college. they eventually get hurt which is their own fault and The purpose of having this type of workshop not the fault of Palau High School nor the securities is to make sure that each student and parent gain for not watching them. Recently, a male student who knowledge and understanding of the process of is currently a freshman, skipped class and got hurt getting financial support and hopefully decide to outside of the campus. Sources say that the boy and pursue higher education. In addition, students and a friend, who is not attending Palau High School parents who do not have internet access may have this were playing with a knife and accidentally went chance to complete their forms using computers at the through his leg. This is one example why students resource center. should not even think of skipping classes. The workshop was made available through the The principal should hire more securities to collaborative support of Palau Community College monitor the school during class time. In that way, and Palau High School to help students enroll their we can stop the increase of students skipping first two years at PCC before setting out to colleges classes everyday. Students should also take part in and universities outside of Palau. this. If you see a friend skipping class, talk to the Many thanks go out to Palau Community friend or tell him/her to visit the counselors for College Director of Admissions, Dahlia Katosang and advice. her staff for making it a success. Thank you parents, guardians, and seniors who came to the workshop. Any senior who missed this workshop is welcomed to visit the Counseling office and talk to your counselor. They are skipping classes, thinking they can hide! Reminder! A student who is involved in fighting with a dangerous weapon will simply get expelled for the whole entire semester. If a security guard finds any dangerous weapons in a student bag, he or she will be expelled. When a student involves in fist fighting, he or she will be suspended for three days. 5 Dedication To: Jinich & Ngild We Need a Cafeteria By: Kristle & Justin Fr: Tant Mess: I thank God for giving me two special LONGSHOREMAN and Furusato have been catering food to cousins. God bless and ILY.. Palau High School for almost a year. Both restaurants offer various HVD! delicacies around the world in our lunch program and offer a reasonable price of 25 cents for one bento, meaning most of the To: My handsome & Beautiful students who are students can afford this. The only problem is that we don’t have a inlove proper place to eat our lunch. Fr: Bingoy The walkways and stairs are not healthy places to eat our Mess: Valentines day or not you are always in my lunches because the area is surrounded by restrooms, trash cans heart. ILY.. and other things that have the capability to contaminate our food. Students are reluctant to wash their hands because they do not have To: Mary, Ruff, Alesha, Marsha, Saula, Asap, twins, ballers & cheeks, Miune, and Belmina. the time or supplies to wash their hands with. After lunch the Fr: Charlie walkways and the stairs are filled up with trash and leftover food Mess: HVD! May God bless from tips of your toes to which attracts dogs, maggots and even bacteria. the tips of your longest hair. On behalf of all Palau High School students we would like the principal to find the needed resources to create a new cafeteria, To: Crystal, Zonia, Shemae and Irah or renegotiate with PCC cafeteria for the sake of our students’ Fr: Latti health and our school environment. Mess: HVD! Happy Birthday Crystal! To: Workers of PHS Store Fr: Pooh Bear Mess: Diak dim kakerang especially Eleos. To: All the students of PHS Fr: John T. Mess: Thanks for welcoming me back! To: Miun, Marsh, Mary, Alesh, Belmina, Charley, Spis, Tant, Martia, Vorw, Mers, Mickey and Elias. Fr: Ruffina Mess: HVD, enjoy and have fun..ILY To: Pollar, Akemi, Usi, Janyssa, Hemilla, Dalton, Kebekol and Tulop. Fr: Aot S. Mess: HVD! U Rock!! Metara ungil!! To: Aot, Akemi, Usi, Janyssa, Hemilla, Tulop, Dalton and Kebekol Fr: Rolm4 Littering on Campus Mess: Happy Hearts Day, u rock harder XOXOXO By: Justice R. EVERYDAY we walk through the campus, we can see that our To: Advance PE girls 4th prd. school is being polluted by us, students of this school. Due to Fr: Aot, Akemi amd Pollar our carelessness, lack of knowledge, discipline and responsibility, Mess: HVD! Feed your hunger not your ngemokel..adang? we abuse our school for no reason at all. One student who cares about our school said, “Some students just don’t care because To: Otta, Sephine and Villiah they are not the ones who are going to clean the campus Fr: Duadu’07 afterwards”. Well, Elilai Rengiil is very right. Mess: Happy Duaduing Day.. party safe.. What we need to do is, we have to cooperate with each other and do the right things for a change. One thing that Elilai To: Tirkel rokui el ngalek ra Airai suggested is a possibility to create a program that will be called Fr: Whitney7 “P.H.S. cleaning week”. This way, we can all contribute to the Mess: HVD! party hard with the ILY.. school by cleaning and making it a better place to come and learn. Since we will be an accredited school, we need to make our To: JAh-Olg school presentable. After all, we are one school, one body, which Fr: Memmei Mess: Arrach...promise? ka hal mchilak mak mei?! makes us a ONE WHOLE FAMILY. Whether we like it or not, we should help the securities and staff to maintain the cleanliness of our school by picking up trash each day instead of littering each day. Some of the many extra 6 curricular activities students do in Palau High School. 7 Two Sides of Advice Column By: Bertha T. & Sonia W. Friendship Want advice....? Don’t know who to go to....? By: Mary Masters Afraid to ask...? A good friend will always be there to give you a MERAEL Chais staff will give advice to anyone who hand when you need help. A good friend will always help you especially when it comes to needs help. Just drop your problem in the studying and focusing on school. They will suggestion box at the office counter and we will always encourage on dreaming the possible take it from there. Don’t worry, your name is not things and never to give up on you dream and required. school. They will cheer you up when you are As students like yourselves, we understand down and give out advice when you need it. what you’re going through. We might not have Those are the things or the qualities of a good experienced the same problem, but we will try our friend. best and find the right sources to give you the What makes a bad friend? A bad friend advice you need. It’s worth a try. You’ll never tries to force you to do things, things that we know, we might just be the help you’ve been consider wrong and go beyond our limit. They looking for. pressure you to do things that go against your conscience, such as smoking cigarette, marijuana, and drinking alcohol. When they force you or ask you to skip classes, or go somewhere to do foolish things, the worst thing that will happen is when they (your friends) become your first priority, you rebel against your parents and it interferes with your school studies. Once in a lifetime, you made friends whether it is a good or a bad friend, but one thing you should remember is that, a true friend will never force you to do any illegal activities, leave you behind, nor put you down. How Did Valentine’s Day Come to Be? Pride club members pose during their trip to Koror State Office. By: Raven 2/26/2007 DID you ever wonder where and who invented or started Valentine’s Day? Facts Machine It is believed that Valentine was a By: Miss Lapuz Roman Martyred for refusing to give up his 1. The largest seed in the world is the coconut Christian faith. Legend has it that through the 2. Lemons have more sugar in them than melons or peaches vehicle of his strong faith, he healed the blind of do. his Jailer, and then, before his execution, he sent 3. There are 10,000 to 15,000 kinds of molecules present in her a farewell note signed “From your the human body. Valentine”. This is how Valentine’s Day came 4. A study of older adults found that those who offer to be. emotional or practical help to others live longer than those Another legend says that he sent the first who don’t. Valentine himself. It is believed that he was in love with his Joule's daughter who visited him Reminder! during confinement. Before his death, it is Awarness week is coming soon. Be alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “my there and dress properly. Be up to the valentine”, which is an expression used today. challenge and make our school proud. SPORTS spORTS SPORTS Jokes of the Week Volleyball Tournament An office manager at Wall- Mart By: Wanda Kelulau & Justin T. Saburo Compiled by: Marilou L. An office manager at Wall- Mart was given the task of hiring and individual to fill a job THE girls were required to have one round opening. before going to the playoffs while the boys After sorting through a stack of resume, he found four people who were equally qualified- an teams were required to have at least two American, a Russian, an Australian and a rounds before going to the playoffs, according Filipino. He decided to call the four in and asked to coach Dean. “Both the boys and the girls them only one question. Their answers would teams had practiced hard for this volleyball determine who of them would get the job. The day came and as the four sat around the game and I’m sure they’ll make it to the conference room table, the interviewer, “What is playoffs”, claimed coach Dean. the fastest thing you know?” Daniel, the American replied,”A THOUGHT. Updated sources from Merael Chais Its just pops into your head. There's no warning staff witnessed both the male and the female that its on the way; its just there. A thought is the fastest thing I know of.” championship tournaments. After all the “That's very good!”replied the efforts, both teams, Team Blue (girls) and interviewer. “And now you sir?” He asked Justice, the Team Black (boys) won the championships. Russian. “Hmm...Let me see. A blink! It comes and goes and you don't know that it ever happened. A To All Volleyball Players: BLINK is the fastest thing I know of!” Keep up the good work and we thank you for “ Excellent!” said the interviewer. “The blink of an eye, that's a very popular cliché representing our school, Palau High School... for speed.” He then turned to Seth, the Australian who was contemplating his reply. “Well, out at my dad’s ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there's a light switch. when you flip that switch, way out across the pasture the light in the barn comes on. Yep, TURNING ON A LIGHT is the fastest thing I can think of. The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found his man. “ Its hard to beat the speed of light”, he said. Turning to Burke, the filipino, the fourth and final man, the interviewer posed the same question. Burke replied, “ Apter herring da preybyus ansers sir, et’s obyus to mi dat da bastest ding is diarrhea.” “WHAT?” said the interviewer, stunned by the response. The others were already giggling in their seats.“Oh, I can expleyn sir” said Burke. “You see, sir, da ader day my tummy was peeling bad and so I run so fast to the bathroom, but bepore I could THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON THE LIGHT, sir, I had alreydi shet in my pants!” Burke is now the new “Greeter” at Wall- Mart. Volleyball Champions Awareness Week P.E. By: Justin S. UNFORTUNATELY, there will be no sports For all athletes out there... competition during the Awareness Week. Sources have found that the sports activities in There are opportunities for joining the... this awareness week will be displayed only, Baseball - boys only meaning the chosen all-stars from both volleyball Fastpitch - GIrls only and basketball teams will display their skills and Table tennis - Both boys and girls abilities. Fortunately for all track and field fans, there will be competitions held among high For registration, go to P.E. office... school and elementary school students. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can drop by the P.E. office.