Posts Tagged ‘elementary’

Good Times: Throwing Pieces of Structural Iron Off the Third Floor of John Swett Alternative Elementary School

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Do people actually get paid to huck heavy pieces of metal off of the top of John Swett Alternative Elementary School on McAllister at sunrise?

People do.

Heck, if they called me up, I’d do it for free, watching them triangles accelerate at 9.8 meters per second until the satisfying crash landing. Boooooonk! 

This activity sounds like a pile driver. It’s enough to wake the entire neighborhood on a Saturday morning.

What do these things weigh, 20 pounds? Fire in the hole!

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A third of a second later:

Another third of a second later:

 

And another third of a second later. See it at the bottom?

Hurray!

Former District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin Owns Current District 3 Supervisor David Chiu at SFPD Presser

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

(So, you still can’t upload ten-minute-plus videos to YouTube? News to me.)

Anyway, last night’s SFPD Community Meeting on Broadway featured Supervisor David Chiu second-guessing the split-second actions of the SFPD and laundry-listing his obliquely-related legislation, pretty much. Oh, and also Aaron Peskin, who sounded like he knows what he’s talking about.

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IMO, David Chiu looked like the Man from Mars, plopped down into North Beach.

Give me a chance to get (or find) something online so I can tell you about this.

TECH N9NE vs. TEC-9: Check Out This Billboard in North Beach, Where Machine Pistols Roam

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This is the machine pistol the SFPD just took away from a drug dealer on Broadway near Columbus Saturday morning:

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And this is a small billboard for rapper TECH N9NE a couple blocks away near Stockton:

(And last night’s SFPD press conference was one block further up Broadway…)

I can’t imagine it makes sense to carry a TEC-9 around the Streets of San Francisco, so I’m forced to conclude that people get them because the name sounds bad-ass.

The name sounds bad-ass owing to the 101 California shootings of 1993 - that’s when this gun took off, fame-wise.

(Here’s your TEC-9 hard at work.)

Anyway, I think we probably have too many of these items on the streets, just saying…

For Some Reason, the SFPD Feels the Need for a Community Meeting in North Beach Monday Night Re: Recent Shooting

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I don’t know, is this a bad thing when the SFPD bags a wild-eyed pistol* waver, who aint afraid to die without anyone getting killed?

No matter, they’re having a meeting about Saturday morning’s shooting on Monday night, September 19th, 2011. (Is there a “community” what’s upset or something? Not sure.)

Hey, maybe BART can do one of these meetings a few days after they kill their next passenger? There’s an idea…

All the deets:

“SFPD Involved in Officer Involved Shooting
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On September 17, 2011 at 2:16 AM, San Francisco Police Officers were involved in a shooting on the 400 block of Broadway.

Officers were working a uniformed foot-beat assignment near Broadway and Kearny when they detained a person they believed matched the description of a wanted suspect and whom they believed was engaged in a narcotics transaction.

After a brief contact with the officers, the suspect fled on foot. While being pursued by officer’s the suspect reached into his waist area, pulled out a “machine pistol” type of firearm fully loaded with one round in the chamber and twenty-one rounds in the magazine and pointed it at one of the officers. The officer discharged his firearm once at the suspect. The suspect dropped his firearm and was taken into custody.

The suspect was not hit by the officer’s bullet. However, an adult male and an adult female bystander were struck. The male bystander suffered a gunshot wound to the lower left leg and the female bystander sustained a wound to the upper right thigh. Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital where they were treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

The Broadway Corridor is a popular nightlife and entertainment district heavily populated on weekend nights. While it is still unclear why the suspect was armed, the presence of such a weapon, and his willingness to point it at uniformed police officers, made him a significant threat to the public as well as the officers.

The suspect was identified as Jesus Paredes Rodriguez, age 20, of San Pablo, California. He is currently being held in San Francisco County Jail for assault charges and weapons violations.

This incident is being investigated by the San Francisco Police Homicide Detail, which investigates all officer involved shootings, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the Internal Affairs Division (Officer Involved Shooting Team) and the Office of Citizen’s Complaints.

A community meeting will be held at the Jean Parker Elementary School, located at 840 Broadway on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 6:30PM.”

Se you there, maybe.

* “Machine pistol,” really? Make? Model? I gots to know. I hope it was a Micro Uzi – that’d make an impressive show-and-tell prop at a press conference. Here’s one used for fishing, to show you what it’s like.

Frida Kahlo Seven Ways – Impressions from the Dianne Feinstein Elementary School

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The kids of Dianne Feinstein Elementary School way out there in the Parkside have created at least seven versions of Frida Kahlo.

Which one do you like best?

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California Academy of Sciences Offers Free Admission to Military, Police, Fire, Teachers Feb 1 to Mar 15

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Does that headline make enough sense? It means that if you are a member of the military (yes, including even the touchy touchy Coast Guard), or a firefighter, or a peace officer, or a teacher, then you can get into San Francisco’s awesome California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for free over the next month-and-a half:

“From February 1 through March 15, 2010, the Academy will offer free admission to military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and teachers, in honor of their service to our communities and country. To participate, individuals must show proof of occupation and a valid ID at the ticket window. This discount applies to one individual admission only and cannot be combined with other offers.”

Just think, your camera could soon be recording the most-photographed fish in the world:

This temporary program will save you $24.99.

See you there, hero.

Brandi Chastain Graces de Avila Elementary: National PTA + Jamba Juice = ?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Well, it was on this morning at William de Avila Elementary School on Haight Street, where the Chinese language immersion students got to drink fruit smoothies from Bananaman and also got to meet soccer heroine Brandi Chastain. It all had to do with the National Parent Teachers Association‘s Healthy Lifestyles Month. All the deets below.

The Jamba Juice Bananaman must be channeling the ghost of Jeff Spicoli. Anyway, the kids loved him. Click to expand:

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And here she is, straight out of San Jose, Brandi Chastain herself:

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Parents, including knuckle-knocking DCCC member Tom Hsieh, Jr. (Mayor Gavin Newsom’s friend, camera left), were encouraged by Brandi Chastain to get up and start jumping around, to the delight of the students:

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Well, that was the medium, here’s the message, after the jump.

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Meraki Wants to WiFi Your School for Just $8 Per Student, Sort of, If You Act Now

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Oddly-named Meraki wants to WiFi up your K-12 school with a quickness, so all the kids can watch the Lady Gaga (coming December 13th, 2009!) and AutoTune the News without all those pesky wires about. See?

“Meraki, the cloud-based wireless networking company, launched its “Wireless For Schools” program today, offering K-12 schools and districts a comprehensive 802.11n wireless LANat the price of $40 per student or less. The program enables schools to deploy a high-quality wireless network quickly, easily, and at less than half the cost of other solutions in the market. To qualify, schools must contact Meraki and make their purchases by December 22, 2009.”

Now that’s $40 per, but if you get some kind of E-rate rebate aka (Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries (USFSL) from Uncle Sucker, the Feds will kick in for 80% of the bill. I mean, they wanted to pay for the Bridge to Nowhere and they still want to pay for the bulk of the Chinatown subway – the Feds have all kinds of moola. So it’s time to get your fair share. You know…. for kids.

Meraki founders Hans Robertson and Sanjit Biswas want to Free the Net, or something:

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“On Sanjit: Marc by Marc Jacobs army mélange jacket with zip-out vest ($528)[!] at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Cotton t-shirt and glasses, model’s own[!].” Photo by Bryan Davis.

All right, get cracking. One Call Does it All: (415) 632-5800

Meraki Offers Wireless Networks to K-12 Schools for $40 Per Student or Less

Meraki’s “Wireless For Schools” makes it easy for schools to deploy a high-quality 802.11n wireless network across the campus

Meraki, the cloud-based wireless networking company, launched its “Wireless For Schools” program today, offering K-12 schools and districts a comprehensive 802.11n wireless LAN at the price of $40 per student or less. The program enables schools to deploy a high-quality wireless network quickly, easily, and at less than half the cost of other solutions in the market. To qualify, schools must contact Meraki and make their purchases by December 22, 2009.

The Hard Sell, after the jump.

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Mayor Gavin Newsom Opens New Chinese Language Immersion School in Haight-Ashbury

Monday, August 24th, 2009

This was the mise en scene today at San Francisco’s brand new Cantonese dual language immersion school on Haight Street.

It’s called the Chinese Immersion School at De Avila.

See?

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So, line up behind your new teacher…

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…and wait for your new principal to ring the school bell.

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It’s the first day of school.

Good luck!

Hundreds Attend Rained-Out Kristi Yamaguchi Children’s Day Festival in Japantown

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

San Francisco’s annual Kristi Yamaguchi’s Children’s Day Festival took place indoors today, but that didn’t spoil the fun.

Here’s what it looked outdoors last year, without the rain.

The gymnasium at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California on Sutter was a lively scene today:

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Japantown Peace Plaza
Street: Post and Buchanan Streets
City/Town: San Francisco, CA 

 

In recognition of Japan’s national holiday celebrating children, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California is presenting its annual Children’s Day Festival. There will be entertainment, food, games, and hands-on arts & crafts activities for youngsters. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the fun! Admission is free.

Next year’s should be drier…