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California Standardized Testing
April 27, 2009, 3:44 pm
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Hi guys, I know it’s been a long time since I updated this blog but as you might have guessed-Carlitos is staying up late at night watching cartoons and doesn’t let me get my beauty sleep.  As you know, getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep on a regular basis is one of the best ways to do good in school.  In fact, those who get this kind of sleep are getting A’s and B’s at West Adams high school.  There was a survey that students in AP and Honors classes took which asked them their secrets to getting good grades and being able to remember it all and they said that eating a healthy breakfast on a regular basis was the number 2 secret to being alert and ready to handle the complexity of school.  The reason I am mentioning all of this is is because in the following weeks, we will be preparing for the CST’s and it is important to have some good recommendations from the pros to feel confident about one’ self.

Your task for this blog is to tell me what you believe is the secret to tackling any test!!! Please keep in mind that these tests are considered by universities and are kept in your permanent academic records.  If you are serious about your education, it is in your best interest to do your best.


Have you noticed Mr. G is gone?
April 2, 2009, 1:13 am
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I miss you guys too, but at this special time in my life, there is a little bundle of joy stealing me away.  Carlitos made his grand entrance at 4 am on Wednesday April 1st 2009 and had me in panic mode the entire night!  I know, that’s what I get for having kids but all of you are well aware of the love for my babies and what I am willing to do for them.  Anyways, I hope all of you miss me because I miss you guys too and can’t wait to see you after our spring break.  I hope you guys enjoy it and are eager to get back to school and continue your education.  I am sorry I did not give you guys all of the details but all of you know that I mean well and sometimes I can’t even explain things to myself.  In any case, I am extremely happy and feel blessed by God for this bundle of joy he endowed me with and I know that life is difficult but not impossible to tackle if we focus and plan our priorities.  Please keep working hard in your classes and spread the good news, I will check this blog regularly hope that all of you who read this take the time to post a comment.

Please focus and set your mind for high standards and stay above the influence!

Trojans are getting a visit!
March 9, 2009, 6:31 pm
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Hello guys, it’s obvious that many of you are extremely curious about our trip????to USC next month APRIL!!! I am so excited because it’s going to be fun and because it will be an experience that will either inspire you to excel in your academic life or simply be another “getaway”.  I am a firm believer that many of you will appreciate this opportunity to reflect on what you are made of and how much are you willing to do to get what you want out of life!  I have told you before, life is tough and it doesn’t sit around waiting for ANYONE, therefore, think about what you want and what path you are going to choose to take.  Will it be the road not often taken (because it’s full of obstacles) or will it be the road DOWN hill (which is easy to escape to but difficult to get out of) ???? I am always pushing you to reflect on your choices,, because you are responsible at the end…Not your friends, your parents or even your teachers… what ever you choose to do will affect you in many ways (money, work, friends, life, family, etc) and it is important for you to WAKE-UP!! early in life and take control.  Making the right choices now will make life smoother (not easier!!!)


Your challenge – Knowing what you want and where you want to go is probably the hardest thing to decide, however, it is super crucial and necessary to know to get you from point A to point B.  Tell me what you would like to do? if you are not sure, provide 3 ideas or suggestions that might be running around inside your mind.  make sure you tell why.

Smile now & Cry later?
March 1, 2009, 3:43 pm
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Hey hey! What’s up guys, I know last week you got away without writing on a new blog but I wanted to give you guys some time to breath and focus on your college projects–which by the way were awesome!!But enough of this kickback time, you guys can rest at the end of life! Now it is time to focus on school and work hard towards a better future.  So why the title? Times are tough and we all need to stay positive (smile) regardless of all of the drama each one of us has in our lives.  After you guys graduate from high school, college and grad school, you will have time to enjoy the luxuries of life.  However those who “cry” now and complain about how school sucks and life is better if you are a “cool bad ass” —-then, only then will you be crying (later).  What I am trying to tell you is that NOTHING COMES EASY!!

Your challenge: What can you do and are doing to stay positive and optimistic about school and your future?  What is your strategy to stay alive in high school?


One liners are not college material!

By the way, I got a “my space”, don’t forget to stop by and show some love!

you can find me under “mr. garcia-lara”

Are you ready for College?
February 14, 2009, 2:46 am
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Hi guys, before I tell you some good news I would like to take the time to congratulate you on the effort you have put in this advisory.  Those of you who are taking the time to read these blogs can rest assure that your grade will be a sweet A.  I also would like to remind you of the importance of academic achievement.  A lot of you are highly motivated and welcome the many difficult challenges that high school throws at you and battle it out through a lot of studying and dedication.  That is hard work that I promise you will pay off in the future when you are in college.  Times are tough for you guys but only you matter and that means keep going to class to be the best.  Now the for the good news, I just got confirmation from white house officials that we will be visiting a prestigious university in about a month and a half.    I expect all of you to work your butts of on this college project therefore it is important that all of you work really hard to finish it as soon as possible.  Please take the time consider the following questions:

Is going to college important?

ps.  Please write at least a short paragraph, those one liners are cool, funny, amuzing, interesting and charming but also not college material!

Quote: Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Author: Mark Twain

What’s Up!! Q2 is in the House!!
February 10, 2009, 3:01 pm
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I bet now that you are in a whole new schedule you’re excited, nervous, anxious and worried all at the same time.  Let me calm your nerves and remind you that it is normal for everyone to feel this way when there is a new experience in front of us.  However, just because we are facing a new set of challenges doesn’t mean that we should ignore them, on the contrary, you should believe in your self (like I do!) and tell yourself that “that which doesn’t kill me can only make me stronger!” I tell myself this everytime I face a new challenge because it helps me to have confidence in myself and to not give up.  This blog will help you stay focused and motivated! I want you to tell me one thing that makes a student “a smart student”.  We all know that school and family drama is no joke but regardless of all the drama, tell me what makes a smart student stand out?



Advisory S-323 Rules!!!!!
February 3, 2009, 5:58 pm
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It’s a new year (2009 Baby!!) and I am glad to still be around and tell about it!!  I am excited because all of you are headed in the right direction ( graduation).  After reading your journals I am confident that all of you are good kids and all of you are thinking about the choices you are making.  This is not good or bad, it just means that you are stopping to reflect before you rush into things.  I’m glad that all of you took the time to draw and reflect on what Community Service is and what it can do for us.  Please take a moment to write down 3 goals you have for the next 2 quarters we have left before we reach our summer break!!  This will count for this grading period.  I’m proud of all of you for being responsible and taking care of business.  Remember we are in this together!!!

Click on add comment at the top and tell me about your goals: Academic , Personal and Social and remember,

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi