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We are proud to announce that JÉSSICA PONZONI has successfully passed the TOEFL !



We are proud to announce that MARIANA SILVA SANTOS (IELTS), ANETE GISLER (TOEIC) and JÚLIO HERRLEIN (TOEFL) have successfully passed their tests. Congratulations!


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We are proud to announce that  MARTA HENTCHKE and CÁSSIO ALVES FARIAS have successfully passed the TOEFL !



We are proud to announce that our student Marta Hentchke has successfully passed the TOEFL test.


We are proud to announce that our student Isabela Machado da Silva has successfully passed the TOEFL test.


Congratulations to our student Felipe Magdaleno for his graduation from the Music school aa well as his great score on the TOEFL test. We know this accomplishment was the result of a lot of dedication!


Congratulations to our student Ricardo Morales for his excellent performance on the TOEFL test!



Halloween is considered by most in the United States as a fun holiday, mostly for children, but it has roots in ancient religions and folklore, including paganism, ancient Roman religions, early Catholic Christianity, and Irish folklore. Children and adults alike enjoy this holiday today, with funny costumes, candy, and parties.

Here is a short history of this holiday:

Halloween is a holiday with ancient roots that had a much greater meaning than the boisterous, costume-filled holiday that we know today. Around 2,000 years ago, the Celts, who lived in what is now the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northern France, had a festival commemorating the end of the year. Their New Year was November 1, and this festival was called Samhain ( pronounced ‘sow-en’ ). The end of their year signaled the end of summer, the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of a long, hard winter that often caused many deaths of animals and people.

Samhain was considered a magical holiday, and there are many stories about what the Celtics practiced and believed during this festival. Some say the spirits that were unleashed were those that had died in that year, and offerings of food and drink were left to aid the spirits, or to ward them away. Other versions say the Celts dressed up in costumes and roamed the neighborhoods making noise to scare the spirits away.

After Christianity had spread to include the lands inhabited by the Celtics and the Romans the festival of Samhain was still celebrated. Since Samhain was celebrated the night before November 1, the celebration was known as All Hallows Eve, and later called Halloween. Then the church designated November 2 as All Souls Day.

On All Souls Day in England, the poor would "go a-souling". They would go door to door asking for food, and in return, would pray for the souls of their dead relatives.

Over the next several centuries, superstitions about witches and black cats were added to the folklore and legends of Halloween. Cats were thought of as evil, especially black cats, and were killed by the thousands in Medieval times, possibly contributing to the Black Plague, due to the shortage of the rat's natural enemy, the cat. Furthermore, the belief that evil witches existed was widespread.

Halloween was not a popular observance in early United States history, as most of the early settlers were Protestant. At the time, Halloween was considered mostly a Catholic, Episcopalian, and Pagan holiday. In the southern colonies, such as Virginia and Maryland, there were some Halloween customs observed. The first common events were called "play parties". These parties got neighborhoods together to celebrate the harvest, dance, sing, tell stories of the dead, tell fortunes, and have pageants for children in costume. By the mid 1800's, immigration increased, and many Irish immigrants, mostly Catholics, brought many Halloween traditions with them. Jack o'lanterns found a new face, the pumpkin, which was very plentiful in the New World. Catholics and Episcopalians sought to preserve their traditions, so started an effort in the late 1800's to popularize and make their holidays known to the general population. By campaigning to put these holidays (Halloween and All Saints Day) on public calendars, magazines and newspapers started to publicize these holidays, and soon became popular in the United States.

By the mid twentieth century, Halloween turned into a secular holiday, community centered with parties city-wide, parades, and great costumes. Halloween is mostly aimed to children, but young and old enjoy this holiday, with events and parties for both children and adults. Starting in 1950, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) started a campaign for children to collect money at Halloween for underprivileged children around the world.

Halloween Traditions

Costumes: Dressing in costumes has its roots in the Pagan Celtic roots of Samhain. One theory is they dressed as ghouls to fool evil spirits let loose on October 31, so they would not be possessed by these spirits. Another theory is they dressed in costume just for fun, and to make mischief.

Trick or Treat: This practice might have had its start in the legend from Celtic days that faeries would dress as beggars going from door to door asking for food. On All Souls Day, the poor would beg for "Soul Cakes" (sweet pastries) in exchange for prayers for their departed loved ones, expediting their passage to heaven. Sometimes costumed groups would sing and perform in exchange for food, ale, or money.

Apples: A seasonal fruit, and also the symbol of the Roman goddess Pomona, commonly thought at the time to possess qualities of knowledge, resurrection, and immortality. Bobbing for apples, peeling a long apple peel, and other manipulations of the fruit were thought to foretell the future, on this night of Samhain.

Jack o'lanterns: From the Irish folk tale of Jack, who tricked the devil, but was not allowed in heaven or in hell. The devil, taking pity of Jack, gave him an ember to light his way on his eternal walks on Earth, carried in a hollowed out turnip. In the United States pumpkins are used to carve Jack o’lanterns.

Ghost Stories: Ghost stories probably have their roots in the original Celtic belief that the spirits of the dead (both good and bad) wandered the Earth on October 31 (Samhain). Later, when the church replaced Samhain with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, the dead were remembered. In the United States today, they are used to amuse and scare children (and some adults) to get them in the "spirit" of Halloween.



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Reminds us to look for the good qualities in our students.

You may be the only teacher who says something positive to them that day.


Reminds the teacher that they have to be flexible.

Things don't always go the way we plan,

But flexibility will help to work it out.


Reminds the teacher that sometimes we do more than teach,

That we help heal hurt feelings, broken dreams,

And lend an ear to a problem.


Reminds us to be thankful and we should list our blessings daily,

But also encourage our students to list their blessings

And to be proud of their accomplishments.


Reminds us to allow students to know we are human

And make mistakes just like they do, and it's ok.

We must all be able to learn from our mistakes.


Reminds us to stick with it

And encourage our students to do like wise.

Even the impossible task or assignment can be accomplished

By sticking to it.


Reminds us and our students we are worth a mint.

(We may not be paid a mint, but are worth one.)


Reminds us that everyone needs a hug,

Kiss, or warm fuzzy everyday.

(All teachers, students, parents, and even administrators)


Reminds us we need time to relax,

Go over our blessing, and take time for others.

Family, husbands, wives, friends, children need quality time together.

I think things have change a little since then…

1872 Instructions to Teachers

Mason Street School

San Diego Co.
Historical Days Association

1. Teachers will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks each day.

2. Each teacher will bring a scuttle of coal and a bucket of water for the day's use.

3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs for the individual tastes of children.

4. Men teachers may take one evening a week for courting purposes or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly.

5. After ten hours in the school the teacher should spend the remaining time reading the Bible and other good books.

6. Women teachers who marry or engage in other unseemly conduct will be dismissed.

7. Every teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good reasons to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.

8. The teacher who performs his labors faithfully without fault for five years will be give an increase of 25 cents a week in his pay - providing the Board of Education approves

Pretty Good By Charles Osgood

There once was a pretty good student,

Who sat in a pretty good class

And was taught by a pretty good teacher,

Who always let pretty good pass.

He wasn't terrific at reading,

He wasn't a whiz-bang at math;

But for him education was leading

Straight down a pretty good path.

He didn't find school too exciting,

But he wanted to do pretty well,

And he did have some trouble with writing

And nobody taught him to spell.

When doing arithmetic problems

Pretty good was regarded as fine.

Five plus five needn't always add up to be ten,

A pretty good answer was nine.

The pretty good class that he sat in

Was part of a pretty good school,

And the student was not an exception,

On the contrary, he was the rule.

The pretty good school that he went to

Was in a pretty good town.

And nobody seemed to notice

He could not tell a verb from a noun.

The pretty good student in fact was

Part of a pretty good mob.

And the first time he knew what he lacked was

When he looked for a pretty good job.

It was then, when he sought a position,

He discovered that life could be tough,

And he soon had a sneaky suspicion

Pretty good might not be good enough.

The pretty good town in our story

Was part of a pretty good state,

Which had pretty good aspirations,

And prayed for a pretty good fate.

There once was a pretty good nation,

Pretty proud of the greatness it had,

Which learned much too late

If you want to be great,

Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad.

Source: www.inspiringteachers.com


We are proud to announce that Carlos Fedrigo, Luiza Schneider and Marília Severo  have successfully passed the TOEFL! Congratulations!



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