Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SURVIVAL: Surviving a Dirty Bomb...?

As we have been studying the concept of survival, we have been branching out in to some other areas beyond the standard "I got lost in the woods" scenario. Yesterday, we talked about increasing your chances of surviving a car crash to include if you stopped to help after a car crash. Some dangerous incidents occur because of natural causes (such as a tornado, hurricane, snow storm, flooding, etc.) and some occur because of man-made reasons (car crash, power outage). Either way (natural or man-made) an incident occurs, the SURVIVAL Philosophy applies:

Size up the situation.
Use all of your senses.
Remember where you are. 
Vanquish fear and panic.
Value living.
Act only after thinking.
Live by your wits. 

Today we are going to discuss and increase your awareness about a possible man-made threat however not very probable of Surviving a Dirty Bomb, or in more formal terms a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD).

Surviving a Dirty Bomb Overview (CNN): 2mins

Dirty Bomb Survival   (Click on this?)

What is Radioactive Fallout: A Dirty Bomb will be considerably less than a nuclear explosion. This was made in 1955 when the Cold War concerns about US and USSR having a nuclear exchange could occur. Info is dated but still relevant. 

How does Radiation Affect Your Body? 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Surviving A Car Accident...What Happens When Physics Meets Biology

What to Do If you show Up And Want To Help At a Car Accident

Above are three Media links which talk about surviving a car accident. This is a very likely occurrence for anyone and like any emergency it is invaluable to think about it first.

How Do Accidents Occur?
What Are the Contributing Factors?
What types of Accidents Occur?
Options or Evasive Actions
When Physics meets Biology
What do You do If You show Up at an Accident and Want to Help

The intent of this class is to make you think....

Friday, February 20, 2015

PT Friday: Have You Ever Done Zumba

Physical training can get boring and routine at times, so it is always good to mix up your workouts. Our society goes through workout phases: bodybuilding, aerobics, spinning, yoga, and more recently Zumba.

Here is a Wikipedia definition of Zumba: 

Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. The choreography incorporates  hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, and mambo. Squats and lunges are also included. Approximately 15 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 185 countries.

Today, we will warmed up by stretching and then we will Zumba for about 18 minutes. We will break this up into 6 minute sessions with a resting break in between. Also on the lunges and squats focus on proper safe techniques for example DO NOT put your body weight forward of your bent knee during a lunge and only go into a sitting position when squatting. 


Zumba Workout for Beginners  (Click on this link & take resting stops every 6 minutes).


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Brainstorming for Upcoming TOPGUN Competition

Welcome back from break, I hope you enjoyed yourself. Tommorrow is uniform day so be ready with your appearance, bearing, and knowledge.

Today we will break up into small groups (group leaders chose teams) and brainstorm potential TOPGUN events for the platoon versus platoon competition. I want each group to come up with events for two categories: 

IN CLASS EVENTS: can be done in school during the class period.

OUT OF CLASS EVENTS: can be done  after-school and online.

Come up with a group list and then give to designated class scribe (see below) to write input on a Google Doc.

Google Doc: PROPOSED TOP GUN EVENTS  (Click on Link) 

PERIOD 2: Group Leaders are Bonilla and Velmani. 
Scribe is Tom Mirabella

PERIOD 4: Group Leaders are Ceja and Fequiere. 
Scribe is Kevin Martinez.

PERIOD 6: Group Leaders are Micheal Ragusa and Christian Araujo. 
Scribe is Michele Veliz.

PERIOD 7: Group Leaders are Mercy Stevenson and James Gray. 
Scribe is Robert Chavez.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Credibility...building up :credit" in your life

Your have a variety of relationships with others throughout your day and life, and you interact with a wide variety of people in those relationships. 

Definition of Credibility: the quality of being believable or worthy of trust. What reputation have you established based on proven performance and behavior. Are you responsible and do you hold yourself accountable. 

  • Family: Son or Daughter, Sister of Brother
  • Friends: Acquaintances, Good Friends, Best Friends
  • Student: 8 academic periods (including lunch) where you interact with teachers administrators and your peers. 
  • Significant Others: Boyfriend or Girlfriend
  • Sports / Athletics: Player, Teammate
  • Work: Worker

What is your credibility with the people in your life of those listed above? Do they trust and rely upon you because of your reputation and proven performance? 

Monday, February 2, 2015



FIRST YEAR CADETS: General Orders 1 through 5.

UPPERCLASSMEN CADETS: General Orders 1 through 11 and Chain of Command. Go to the Mid Term Review Blog post for references (links) for studying your General Orders and the Chain of Command. 

Inspecting Officers:
Period 1: Sanchez
Period 2: TBD
Period 4: Walsh
Period 5: Vacas
Period 6: Veliz
Period 7: TBD
Period 8: Walsh

Nothing Like a Snow Day, but Back To Work? Public Speaking

Okay everybody, we had a SNOW DAY and it is time to get back to work. Although it is Tuesday, we are going to treat it like a Monday and we will be conducting public speaking in class today. 

Purpose of the Activity: Cause you to reflect on and analyze yourself, formulate an impromptu speech, and articulate your ideas verbally to your peers.

Class Activity: Take 2 minutes and select a quality or an area for your self improvement. Take another 3 minutes and draft bullet talking points for a short 2 minute impromptu speech that: 

  • Introduce yourself
  • Identifies the specific quality or area for your self improvement.
  • Explains the reason you selected that particular quality or area for self improvement. 
  • Give two specific examples of how you will improve that quality or area for self improvement.
  • Concluding statement.
You will be allowed to take notes up with you when you speak if you need to but only as a guide, not to be read from. 


No talking, you have 5 minutes before the first speaker....Get to work.