Living means that we are still growing. As long as we live we shall grow - we must grow. The second we stop growing is the same instant we stop living.
No one is all knowing. We are here to learn - to acquire knowledge - so that we may continue growing into more educated, articulate, responsible, mature, empowered, and capable individuals prepared to take on the world.
My job as your teacher is to nurture your growth. Your job as a student is to dedicate yourself fully to your growth as a student and human being as you move toward adulthood.
This English class will be challenging, but not impossible. You will do much reading and writing. You will work hard. You will get better every day. I believe in you, and I hope you believe in yourself.
Commit to and apply Ms. Hidalgo’s Core Values:
a. EDUCATION: is the process of teaching or acquiring knowledge and skills.
b. OPTIMISM: is having the most favorable outlook; a positive attitude.
c. CONFIDENCE: is full trust, reliability and assurance in yourself or others.
d. COURAGE: is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficult situations.
e. DRIVE: is to strive vigorously toward a goal or objective.
f. HARD WORK: is to use great effort in order to get something accomplished.
g. HUMILITY: is to be modest, meek, teachable; the attitude that you do not know everything, but instead that you have much to learn.
h. INTEGRITY: is to act according to moral and ethical principles; no lying, no cheating, no stealing.
i. RESPECT: is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem; it can be both given and/or received; respect is earned.
j. PERSEVERANCE: is persistence to continue, despite difficult obstacles.
k. DISCIPLINE: the willpower to control one's feelings and desires, and overcome one's weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.
l. RESPONSIBILITY: is being reliable and dependable.
m. PATIENCE: is to calmly endure a trying situation; to resist immediate gratification.