Your February Horoscope Times Publishing Group, Inc. Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
Your feelings are hard to ignore as February begins. Paying attention to your instincts and unconscious impressions through the month will be important. Believe in your intuition. Mid-month is a time for you to take the initiative. It’s not something you’re all that comfortable doing, but getting ahead now is your best shot at success. You shouldn’t let any negative impressions overshadow any successes you’ve been having late in the month. Everything may not have gone perfect, but that doesn’t mean you didn’t make good decisions. It’s time to look forward.
Aries (March 21-April 20)
It’s not easy making a decision when your intuition is pulling you in multiple directions as the month begins. You may not want to let any opportunity pass you bye, but you’ll have to give each one strong consideration, then finally choose which path to take. You’re in a serious mood mid-month. It’s a good mood, but a serious one. You’re ready to do what needs to be done, and you’re happy to get started or push forward. As February comes to a close, you’ve found your groove and are tackling the latest challenge with vigor and drive, even at the expense of comfort. Whatever else is happening, you’re not lacking motivation!
Taurus (April 21-May 21)
You are in the mood to be pampered as the month begins. You won’t stop doing what needs to be done, but it will be so much more fun if you can manage to encourage others to “lend a hand.” Later in February you’re feeling more boisterous, ready to tackle everything with vigor and stand up and shout your victories. You’re passive mood is over. Time to attack! Late in the month you realize some things got lost in the shuffle. It’s time to buckle down and take care of all those little (and some big) tasks and responsibilities you MAY have let slide earlier in the month.
Gemini (May 22-June 21)
You’re feeling a bit preoccupied early in February, and you may be finding it easy to be sidetracked, but try not to worry. Just because you’re flitting from one thing to another, doesn’t mean you’ll forget to go back to everything … eventually. You’re feeling more focused and motivated mid-month. Now’s the time to buckle down and get those big projects done. Your focus is struggling to stick to one thing again late in the month, but this time it’s more because you can’t stop thinking about everything at once. It would be in your best interest to take a moment to relax, focus, and prioritize your options.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
You’re in a helpful mood early in the month. Everyone around you that needs help feels like family … you can’t resist doing everything you can to make things right. You’re bursting with energy midmonth, making it a perfect time to tackle those projects you thought were too big to handle just days ago. Suddenly, it seems like it’s going to be easy to clear them off your to-do list! Late in February you’re feeling adventurous, and something that normally would be uncomfortable for you to tackle is within your grasp. It’s still not going to be easy, but you know you’re up for the challenge.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 23)
You’re feeling a bit reserved as the month begins. Not to say you aren’t still ready to meet new people and tackle new ideas, but somehow you are being a bit more subtle in your process. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a bit unusual. The future is on your mind mid-February; you know this is a time to make sure all your ducks are in a row. Whether it’s short-term or long-term, this is a good time to make sure everything is in order. Late in the month you’re feeling a bit peevish, but you know its important to be forgiving, even if you’re feeling slighted. Being aggressive — passive or otherwise — won’t help the situation.
Virgo (Aug. 24-Sep. 22)
You are feeling a bit off-kilter early in February. If you’re struggling to apply your usually reasonable arguments to a situation, maybe it’s time to try an emotional tact. A creative solution could be just what’s missing. There’s some spare energy in the air mid-month, and its helping you push through to your goals and be understanding to those you’re passing as you do. You’re feeling somewhat pensive late in the month, forcing you to reflect on how things have gone recently. Are you ready to move on, or are there some things you need to put right? The only correct answer is the one that gives you piece of mind.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 23)
You’re not in the most altruistic mood early in the month. If something isn’t working in your favor, you may be a bit more testy than usual. It’s probably going to rub friends, family and co-workers the wrong way. Try not to be too antagonistic if you’re called out. You are feeling much more yourself mid-month, and it’ll be easier to focus and get things done. Also, if you feel any apologies are still owed, this might be a good time to work things out. Late in February you’re feeling a bit detached, making it a good time to interact with others while leaving emotions behind. Not that you feel like anything goes, but you’re less likely to be offended (or get the joke) right now.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)
You find yourself hanging in the background early in the month. You’re haven’t completely become a hermit, but you are communicating mostly by text at the moment. There’s a serious feeling in the air mid-February, forcing you to pay attention to what’s happening around you. Now is not the time to be lazy, especially about your life goals. Time to get to work. Late in the month you feel a bit more relaxed about life. It’s not that you want to put everything behind you, but if you were ever going to “play hooky” this seems like the right time.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
There’s an ethereal air around you early in February, making the world seem a bit more like a fantasy. It’s a pleasant feeling, but if it’s keeping you from making an important decision, you may need to buckle down and come back to the real world. Your world is much more in focus mid-month, making it a great time to tackle some of those things on your to-do list you may have let slide earlier. Fantasy is fun, but so is getting things done. You’re feeling creative late in the month, rather than dreamy, and it’s a perfect time for bringing some unique solutions to your tasks.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
Your imagination is fully active early in the month, making it both difficult and a creative challenge to stay focused. You want to get the job done, but it doesn’t have to be a straight-forward answer. Have fun. You’re feeling particularly powerful half-way through the month. Goals and challenges are yours for the taking. But you still don’t have to do any of it by yourself. You’ve got a lot of people in your corner, if you’ll only take the time to notice. Late in February you are feeling much more connected to others, especially those who could use your help, whether its friends, colleagues, pets or children. It’s a nice feeling when they succeed.
Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb. 18)
Your creativity is taking over as the month begins, making the new and unexplored extremely attractive — the more complicated the better. Still, your mind is racing, so staying focused might be a bit more difficult that you expect. As long as you don’t forget, you’ll be fine. You’re feeling proud of your accomplishments through the middle of February, and you really want people to know how amazing you’ve been. It’s a tightrope line between seeking praise and boasting, and it’s not an easy one to walk. Try not to ruffle too many feathers. Late in the month is a perfect time to start something new. You’re happy with what you’ve done and you’ve got some good ideas, or have had some given to you. It’s time to be bold!
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A Very Special Teacher: Ann Cardoza
By Scott J. Turnbull, SEUSD Superintendent
ublic Education has always been a topic that brings out strong opinions in people. We can expect passionate and differing views when discussing something as important as is the education of our society’s youth. There is, however, one statement that just about all parties can agree on when it comes to public education. That one statement is, “the most important aspect of a successful educational system is the classroom teacher.” Sure, there are other critical variables such as curriculum, textbooks, facilities, and programs, just to name a few. Still, all of those pale in comparison to the impact of a great teacher. Research and common sense tell us this. Accordingly, I’m going to use this space Ann Cardoza to share the story of one of SUESD’s great teachers, Ms. Ann Cardoza. Ms. Cardoza serves as a sterling representative of all of the great teachers in SUESD. Ms. Cardoza graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in sociology and then obtained her teaching credential from Cal State Chico. She began teaching in our district in 1986 at Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School. She taught grades 1st - 3rd over several years at the school. Amazingly, between teaching stints at Santa Cruz Gardens, Ms. Cardoza served as a swimming instructor at the International School of Kenya between 1989-1991, what a unique experience to share with her students back here in SUESD! Another exciting international experience that Ms. Cardoza engaged in to broaden her life and teaching experience was to serve as a teacher trainer at Yangrima Boarding School in Nepal. Currently, Ms. Cardoza teaches third grade at Soquel Elementary School, where she has been since 2001. In addition to classroom teaching, Ms. Cardoza has also served as a teacher mentor for the Cotsen Foundation’s Art of Teaching program and as an induction advisor to novice teachers for the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project. What drew Ms. Cardoza to the
“We are beyond grateful to have Ann on our teaching staff. Ann is that teacher that kids never forget and that teachers strive to be more like as an educator. Adult alumni often come back to thank Ann for their time in her class. Ann puts her heart and soul into teaching and goes above and beyond each and every day! Ann’s passion and commitment is seen by anyone that has the opportunity to see her in action.” — Soquel Elementary School Principal Kristin Murphy teaching profession? I guess you could say it was a calling that was in her blood. Both of her parents were educators. Her mother was a classroom teacher for over forty years and didn’t stop teaching until age 83! She could be found tutoring students on extended hospital stays during the last ten years of her career. Ms. Cardoza’s father served as a teacher, principal, and school superintendent during his career. While in high school and college, Ms. Cardoza taught swimming classes to children. She loved the children she worked with and found that watching someone learn something new brought her tremendous joy. Ms. Cardoza’s sisters are also teachers. Ms. Cardoza said the most challenging part of the teaching profession for her is “not having enough time with each child. It might mean time to help them with something they want to learn or enough time to help them sort out the challenges they have in their home lives. As a teacher, you really get to know your students and their families, it can be hard emotionally when a family or child is hurting and you can’t do anything to help them but be there for them.” When asked what the best part of her job is, Ms. Cardoza responded, “The most rewarding part of being a teacher is watching a student finally believe in themselves. Watching a child accomplish something that they previously didn’t think they could do. “Cardoza” page 31
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