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posted Apr 9, 2019, 12:59 AM by webmaster JPENHS   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 1:03 AM ]

7th Grand Alumni Homecoming

posted Jan 14, 2018, 4:55 AM by Admin JPENHS   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 5:05 AM ]

Alumni officers met on January 14, 2018 at Shacene Restaurant, Tandag City to discuss the plans for the 7th Grand Alumni Homecoming, May 18-20, 2018 in Tandag City.

More Details will be posted soon.

JPENHS Golden Anniversary General Program

posted Oct 2, 2014, 3:59 PM by Admin JPENHS   [ updated Oct 14, 2014, 6:29 PM ]

Program (Tentative)
Tentative Program
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Proposed Activities for JPENHS Golden Jubilee Celebration

posted Sep 21, 2014, 3:43 AM by Admin JPENHS


posted Sep 20, 2014, 10:57 PM by Admin JPENHS

We are now seeking nominations for the 2014 Most Outstanding Alumni of TPHS/JPEHS/JPENHS. Deadline for submission:  October 15, 2014.

 The distinguished alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves by obtaining the highest level of professional accomplishments and who possess the highest standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of Jacinto P. Elpa National High School.

Tandag City sets Division Science Fair Congress ‘13

posted Nov 26, 2013, 4:38 PM by Admin JPENHS

by Juliefel Miculob 

            “Excellence is not about winning, it is doing your best to something you want to achieve,” said Elvira S. Urbiztondo, Ph.D, Division Science Supervisor of Tandag City during her opening message.
Science enthusiasts from the different schools of Tandag City showcased their best entries for Science Investigatory Project as they competed the annual Division Science Congress held in Jacinto P. Elpa National High School LRC Building, Capitol Hills, Tandag City last September 20, 2013.

            According to her, that despite being an infant division, Tandag City is able to conduct a competition that develops the scientific habits of mind of the students in promoting researches that mitigate global warming.

            Student researchers from the different participating schools competed on the following events: Life Science (Individual and Team Categories), Physical Science (Individual and Team Categories).

            In this contest, display board was required per entry to exhibit the research projects as part of pre-judging. After the five-minute presentation and five-minute deliberation of the project, the research papers of the contestants were screened out based on the mechanics stipulated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the largest high school scientific research event in the world, owned and administered by the Society for Science and the Public.)

            Winning entries in both individual and team categories will represent Tandag City this coming Regional Science and Technology Fair on October 7, 2013 in Bayugan City with the theme: “Environmental Protection and Nature Conservation: Key Factors to a Sustainable K-12”. 

The Teacher In Me

posted Aug 7, 2013, 6:09 PM by Admin JPENHS

by Jayson M. Orozco

                When I was a student, nothing seemed more exciting to me than the first day of school. Aside from getting to know new friends, finally I would have had the opportunity to use my new school stuffs from my bag to its smallest contents. But what gave me more sense of excitement was meeting my new teachers. Call it insanity or what, but every time I looked at these people, it seemed like I saw angels descended from heaven. But among these heavenly creatures, there were my favorites, and they were the ones I reckoned seraphim. During our class, I always made it a point to give my best foot forward so as not to disappoint them. They were that special to me like each of them had their own compartment in my memory bank with their epithets on it like Ma’am Square Root, Sir His-story, Ma’am Panitikan, etc.

                I adored my teachers so much. Countless times I was asked if I wanted to become one, and countless times I gave a resounding “no”. For what reasons? Many, too many that I was even quick enough to think of even the silliest reasons just to abort that idea of becoming a teacher. So, when I entered college, I had that long list of the courses to pursue, and education did not even cross my mind. It was as though the whole universe was in favor of me when I was admitted in a prestigious university.  To be at par with those few there gave me some sense of pride and the feeling of being assured of the future. I thought I’ve found a good start so I couldn’t help but anticipate that in no time I would land a good job in an office.

                Life at the university was like a firework at the start. But like fireworks, the spark of excitement just faded away. I started to dread the atmosphere in the classroom feeling that it would suffocate me. The chairs to me had become a facility like that for a death penalty, and it looked like the blackboard had become the Sea of Tranquility. I couldn’t help it, but to me things were just irrelevant, and no matter how hard I tried, I just could not feel the slightest connection with them. I had always been absent in my classes, and that routine had gone worse until I decided to just quit. Yes, I’d lowered my flag, and some said I was a loser. It seemed like there was nothing else to look forward to anymore. Doubtless to say, I became the exact opposite of my old self except for one thing: Every time I looked at a teacher, I still saw halo over his/her head.

                So what went wrong? That I wasn’t able to figure out. Still battling with depression, I somehow managed to continue my studies in other school, and this time I was made to take up Education major in Mathematics. What?! Already,  I was at the most bottom part of the tunnel, and there was no any other way  down for another demotion. And that left with me one choice, and that was to go up. So I took the offer of my parents to pursue a teaching course without raising an argument.  But things had not changed much. I was the same student who was always in invisible mode. My appetite for numbers did not progress, not a notch. The more I had of it, the more I found it difficult to discover the negative and positive in me. At times, I had this view, which was not congruent with that of the majority. As a result, I turned out to be irrational whose values were not permissible to many.

For years, I had my life as que sera sera until I had my practicum. I volunteered to have it in a far flung area. Again, what made me do that was something I did not totally understand.  There, I came face to face with the reality, and yes, it was harsh more than I could think of. My heart sank when I saw those students who had to break their back just to avail of education. How life had been treating them was so unfair, but they didn’t see it that way. They could not care less if they had to get to school on foot, sometimes barefooted, or even soaked through with rain. I could tell in the tone of their skin how much they had to stand the scorching heat of the sun. They did not complain at times they were starved, and the only option was to endure the pain of it. Some of them had to go fishing at night so they would have something for their allowance, and I did salute them that they managed to stay active in the class. Even without the aid of electricity, they were able to study and do their homework and projects. True that they were deprived in material aspect, but it was never an obstacle for them not to learn at their best.

With my day to day experience with my students, I came to realize I was a fool to think of myself less, and how it was so easy to me to just throw my hands up every time I was caught up in a difficult situation. All these issues about life were not unfamiliar to me for I’ve read them plenty of times in self-help books. But not a thing had gotten into my system until I met my students. I learned from them how important it is to maintain optimism most especially in the face of crisis.  It was a lesson so difficult to me for my entire life, I earned every single thing from my parents. I was a big parasite. Yes, it was their experience that taught me that there is nothing in this world that I won’t be able to pull through. Though, the effect was not overnight, still I was so glad that I started to see hope again.  

For my students, the school is the gateway to success, and education is their sole ticket to get there.  With high hopes, they  put their lives at stake just to learn. But hope alone won’t be enough for them to realize their dreams. More importantly they need individuals who would serve as their support system. Their teachers are one of them.  It was then that I was reminded why I was there in the first place. I knew I had in me that would fill in their empty cup, and the thought of it brought me to that realization how indispensable a teacher is, and how huge such a responsibility.  I realized that how I was going to teach x and y would create an impact on how they see themselves in the future, and more importantly how they cope with the inevitabilities at the present. That time I learned to conquer my fears. Despite the awkward feeling, I tried to be the best teacher I could be. I slept late at night to prepare my lessons.  Just how much I was surprised to see my old self. What  I did not understand was that each time I looked at my students, I felt some blast of energy within, and it felt like things just came out naturally. Like gears being meshed together, we created some kind of harmony.

Whether it is by chance or choice that I become a teacher, one thing is certain, God works in his ways. Things happen based on His perspectives, and to understand His ways is none of my business for in the first place, there is no any way I can. Like how a potter molds the clay, God has used his permissive will to allow my struggles to drown me so I would be able to see what design suits me best. For a long time that I’d been there on the bottom looking up, I discovered I had the teacher in me. It was something I could feel in every fiber of my being. Right, many times I said “no” to it, but deep within me, I knew I couldn’t be any better as an individual if I had not become one. Why I adored my teachers so much, simply because I just wanted to be like them. I knew right then we had common denominator.

It is such a privilege to be a part of the lives of my students, as much as they are of mine. I would say, it is their existence that defines mine. It is my experience with them that I discovered my worth as a person and the real essence of life.  It had been for them that I was able to escape my self-dug dungeon, one thing I will   take with profound sense of indebtedness for the rest of my life. I was once a quitter, but never a loser. It might be such a waste that I did not end up in an executive office, but where I am now is just the perfect place for me. In life, sometimes you just have to quit  to start a new beginning. Sometimes you have to lose yourself for you to find it.

 Now I know why I become a teacher. But, do I love being one?  Yes, for it is when I am teaching that I experience the happiest hours in my life. And who wouldn’t be prouder to be one when Jesus Christ, the greatest man who ever walked this planet was a teacher himself.

Life doesn’t follow a script. We know it. When we were born, we did not carry a tag around our neck to tell us what we will become in the future. So take time to pause once in a while, and listen to that small voice within. Who knows like me, you also have the teacher in you.





JPENHS Launches Brigada Eskwela 2013

posted Jun 10, 2013, 12:03 AM by Admin JPENHS

    Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide voluntary effort of teachers, parents, students, Brigada community members and other organizations to do minor repairs and clean-ups on their school in preparation for the start of the school year. This week long event began in 2003 as part of the Oplan Balik Eskwela Program of the Department of Education. It encourages volunteers to give out their time, effort and even donate construction materials such as paint, cement, lumber and other materials which could be used for minor repairs and building.

This year, Jacinto P. Elpa National High School, the biggest public high school in the province of Surigao del Sur, launched the Brigada Eskwela 2013. The program started on May 20 and ran until May 24. Hundreds of parents and private institutions gathered there on Monday as the Brigada Eskwela kicked off.

The theme for this year’s Brigada Eskwela is “Isang dekada ng bayanihan sa paaralan” as it marks its tenth year of practicing social and people’s empowerment. The yearly activity is a nationwide voluntary effort that brings in teachers, community helpers, parents, government agencies, local business and private sectors to clean up and to repair infrastructures and materials of all public elementary and high schools in the country.In preparation for the June class opening, the Brigada Eskwela is carried out in all public schools around the third week of May.

Mrs. Edna E. Trinidad, the school’s Office In-Charge said that every year, in May, parents troop to the school to get the report cards of their children, then, they voluntarily render service in cleaning the classrooms and the surroundings to ensure that these will be dirt-free before the students will report to school on June 3.



Edna E. Trinidad, OIC - School Principal

posted Jan 27, 2013, 11:55 PM by Admin JPENHS

Mrs. Edna E. Trinidad, an Education Supervisor of DepEd Surigao del Sur Division, was appointed as OIC School Principal in lieu of Mrs. Imelda C. Falcon who retired in September 2012.

Maam Edna is a Chemical Engineering graduate of Mindanao State University - Main Campus in Marawi City. She had worked with PICOP and the former John Bosco School in Mangagoy, Bislig City. She then taught at JPENHS (then JPEHS). She was the first principal of Tandag National Science High School.

She is happily married to Hon. Pedro M. Trinidad, Mayor of Cortes, Surigao del Sur, and blessed with three children.

Welcome Maam Edna!

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