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Jul 17, 2015

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Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

SF schools are developing computer science curriculum for all grade levels // SF Examiner

Radio Poets 2015: Sneja Limbu

Apr 30, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

 

 

My Past Memories

Sneja Limbu, Redding Elementary 

When I see the sun

I feel like I am in the past

with all my wonderful memories

The memories

of being in the sunlight,

and playing soccer

Saying hooray when I win

and having good sportsmanship

when my team feels like they have lost 

The memory

of losing a soccer game

but still having fun

with joy and lots of smiles

The memory

of splashing puddles

while playing soccer

Radio Poets 2015: Giovanna Andrade

Apr 29, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

I Used To Be…

Giovanna Andrade, Junipero Serra Elementary

 

I used to be the ground 

that everyone steps on

but now I am heaven

where everyone is welcome

 

I used to be a cloud

for the people to guess what shape I am

but now I am a cloud with rain

that people stare at and wonder about their life

 

I used to be a dead rose

with all my petals that have fallen off

but now I am a healthy garden

of beautiful roses

 

I used to be a broken weak branch

Radio Poets 2015: Jackson Lawrence

Apr 28, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

Christmas Morning

Jack Lawrence, Redding Elementary

I wake up feeling so excited

I can't wait to see the tree all lighted

With my presents all around

I wake my parents with abound

They woke up to come into the living room

As I ripped open my presents in a boom

I was so happy with what I got

I hugged my parents and said, "Thanks a lot"

Then I went through my whole stocking

I had to say, those were rocking

Spent the whole afternoon with all my new stuff

Radio Poets 2015: Marco Chen

Apr 27, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

Dreams

Marco Chen, Garfield Elementary

 

It's Blue

Like the starry night, like the 

blue sky

 

It's bright like the glowing moon,

like the very bright sun, it's on fire

 

It's cold, but its romantic

On top of a tall mountain,

the light of the town is as bright

as the Sun

 

It's beautiful,

It looks like there

were ten suns

in the sky,

the best day ever,

I see a werewolf,

it's coming to eat the suns

I'm Awake

 

Radio Poets 2015: Jessica Ojeda Paz

Apr 23, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

 

JUPITER! 

Jessica Ojeda, ER Taylor

 

I went to Jupiter as fast as light. 

On my long journey I looked outside, 

it was a beautiful night. 

I saw millions of lights. 

I landed on Jupiter; as I walked around 

I felt different types of air. 

I thought, “what a beautiful place” 

I wish to stay

on this peaceful and clean place. 

I felt a nice warm air blowing at me. 

I wish people can live here

I called my family to come with me. 

Radio Poets 2015: Samantha Rodriguez

Apr 22, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

The Moment

Samantha Rodriguez, Hillcrest Elementary

 

Knowing that we would arrive in the morning.

It was dark

with flashing lights

and the smell of a new car,

a grey new car.

I was against the seat

on my grey koala pillow pet,

asleep,

asleep, dreaming...

I woke up

one eye then another.

As I woke up

I didn’t know where I was.

It was morning,

it smelled different.

It smelled like palm trees

and the sky was pink, cotton candy pink.

Radio Poets 2015: Ariana Carrillo

Apr 21, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Bright Star

Ariana Carrillo, Hillcrest Elementary

 

I am as bright as a star that shines in the sky that explodes on my heart that lives

In my life everywhere I go I follow the star that lives in my heart

I pretend I never see it but I do see it.

I am feeling the fresh breeze of the air but I do not feel it

I feel the hot sun

I am going to melt

My heart beats and beats everywhere I go.

The star I follow everywhere disappears

The hot sun goes away

Radio Poets 2015: Roy Hodgson

Apr 16, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

I Am

Roy Hodgson, Cleveland, Elementary School

I am a balloon floating into the sky

I am from Pizza Planet

I am the color green

I am the ketchup on your fries

 

I am from a special country I call Nicaragua

I'm a meteor striking on the earth

I'm a S.S.S.P, Super Star Soccer Player

 

I am a piece of gold someone is looking for

They say, I am Roy, the boy, the toy.

Con safos!   

 

Radio Poets 2015: Juan Ruiz

Apr 15, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Lima 
I am from Lima
where people have so much rage in their body
Now I'm in S.F.
where people are full of honesty
I am from Lima
where I couldn't stand the heat
Now I'm in S.F.
where I listen to new sick beats
I am from Lima
where I miss being so mean
Now I'm in S.F.
where I wait for August 19 I am from Lima where I eat Caldo De Gallina Now I'm in S.F. where I scare my sister pobrecita
I am from Lima
where it's hot and dry
Now I'm in S.F.

Radio Poets 2015: Grace Soper

Apr 14, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Who I am

Grace Soper, Lakeshore Elementary

 

Sometimes I sit there wondering with my mind wide open,

Thinking about who I might be.

If I am a piñata filled with joy,

If I am a balloon filled with imagination,

If I am a piggy bank filled with generosity,

If I am a backpack filled with exploration,

And if I am a gift filled with love.

My best is my bravery,

My heart is my hope,

My mind is my magnificent,

My soul is my spirit,

My smile is my success,

Radio Poets 2015: Kimberly Carballo

Apr 13, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

I Am

Kimberly Carballo, Cleveland Elementary

 

I am proud, happy, brave

I wonder how the world came to be

I see happiness around the world

I want peace in the world

I hear Let’s Go Giants

I am proud, happy, brave

 

I pretend to be a dancer

I feel drops of water on my hair

I touch the stars up above

I worry about my friends and family

I cry when I hear someone dies

I am proud, happy, brave

I understand that there is good and bad stuff

Radio Poets 2015: Ariana Gomez

Apr 9, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Where I’m From

Ariana Gomez, Leonard Flynn Elementary

 

I am from a music family.

I come from people that are in love with animals.

I am from a family who loves to dance,

And now I'm going to show you a chant

 

America SCORES is so tight, 

Boogie on down, alright alright

Hey!

 

Radio Poets 2015: Eric Mai

Apr 8, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

Darkness

Eric Mai, Garfield

 

Is dark like a very old mansion

Like shadows, staring at you

Like black flames moving through the town

Like a moving sky

Is blurry, from my far view

With mountains, with ice all over, very big,

From the middle of my eye,

Is scary, if a ghost is in it

 

A town full of people,

A big crowd,

With windows brighten up,

A tower,

To see very far,

Some wind, in a big spiral

7 suns, to help me find my way to Chinatown

Radio Poets 2015: Leslie Ann Chua

Apr 7, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

The Sky of a Million Colors

Lesley Anne Chua, Lakeshore Elementary

 

My sky, sky of a million colors, with its many

vibrant colors glimmering in the dark sky.

With its red as red as blood-red apples

It’s orange as soft as a lovely sunset

Yellow bright as the blazing sun

Green as grassy field at dawn

Blue as the delightful icy blue sky

With violet as rich as dew covered lavenders on a spring day

And pink as a flower blooming slowly

Sky of a million colors, my sky.

 

Radio Poets 2015: Oscar Martinez

Apr 6, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

The Right Words to Say I Love You

Oscar Martinez, ER Taylor

 

Too many words just to say
Three simple words. It takes time
And faith. Mom when I see you
I just can’t wait to say it.
You make me go to heaven,
I dance in the clouds all day long.

You make my day and turn
My frown upside down.
You have showed me everything I know
just Like a teacher.
Every time I see you
Make my heart come out of my chest.
This means that you’re the best.

Radio Poets 2015: Fatimah Abdolcader

Apr 2, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

  A Rainy Day

  Fatima Abdolcader, ER Taylor

 

A rainy day, 

no time to lay. 

Get out there and enjoy it! 

Before you know it, even though you think I’m thinking it, 

there is. . . 

Not a rainbow. 

 

It’s ok, 

just jump in the puddles all day. 

Splish splash 

that’s how you made a mash. 

Stick your tongue out, 

lick a snowflake, 

like a whole cake. 

Wait, do you see that?, 

It’s a dream come true!

 

Radio Poets 2015: Pradipti Lama

Apr 1, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Pradipti Lama
Redding Elementary School
Down The Road

Poetry is my life
Love Joy and Harmony
Words scatter like the meadows are starting to howl
My fragile brain
steps into the world
and my words
The world swirls down the road
as I walk down the line
Thoughts on my head
copies on the page
like a money machine pinching my cheeks
Dandelions blow off my mind
as I walk down the road to my favorite place
Poems

Stephanie Tam

 

California eighth graders are ranked 45th in the country in math, according to the most recent scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Meanwhile, the pool of jobs requiring math, science, and engineering experience is growing, especially in the Bay Area. For people with the right skills, these jobs have become the latest iteration of the American dream -- steady, livable wages, and plenty of demand.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gazeronly/14290955660
Under CC license from Flickr user torbakhopper

The latest edition of the San Francisco Public Press features a report called "Choice is Resegregating Public Schools." In it, reporter Jeremy Adam Smith unveils the reality of diversity, or more accurately the lack thereof, in San Francisco's public schools. San Francisco Unified School District's 'choice' system allows parents to rank and choose any school in the city for their children. Then, a lottery determines where they go.

 

Beginning next fall, all San Francisco public schools will offer a class called Ethnic Studies. It’s a look at American history and culture from the perspective of people who aren't white. It’s also a chance to break down race in the classroom, and deal with tough concepts like unconscious racism and structural inequality.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, February 5, 2015

Feb 5, 2015
Daniel Mondragón / Mission Local

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

OPD Still Appears to be Targeting Blacks // East Bay Express

 

On October 22nd, the Second District PTA hosted a forum featuring eight candidates for three seats on San Francisco's Board of Education.

The forum was moderated by San Francisco Chronicle Education Reporter Jill Tucker, and was co-hosted by Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, San Francisco Education Fund, Support For Families Of Children With Disabilities, and the San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee.

Note: The San Francisco Unified School District owns KALW's broadcast license. 

Project-based learning gets kids back on track

Jul 14, 2014

Nearly a dozen teenagers are scattered in small groups across a large classroom at Downtown High School in San Francisco. Some strum on guitars. Others hold hand-written lyric sheets.

This isn’t just a music class. The students are all writing songs inspired by the novel, If He Hollers, Let Him Go by Chester Himes, which deals with class, race and politics in the 1940s.

Radio Poets: Ruth Velasquez

Apr 30, 2014

Ruth Velasquez is a student at San Francisco's Cleveland Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“Who am I?” 

Cleveland Elementary School

By Ruth Velasquez 

 

 

I am a girl that’s special to one and the others.

I am a girl who says

OK

I will try again

I am a human who says

Just stop

I am a human who says

Please don't hurt me

Radio Poets: Marlon Barreno

Apr 29, 2014

Marlon Barreno  is a student at San Francisco's Junipero Serra Elementary School, where he writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring his voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“Missing My Dad”

Marlon Barreno

J. Sierra Elementary School

 

I remember the dad that I had—

I remember going over his house

And sleeping with him limb to limb

I remember playing soccer with him

Trying a lot, giving him everything I got.

Radio Poets: Bridgette Marin

Apr 28, 2014

Bridgette Marin is a student at San Francisco's E. R. Taylor Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

Me

Today I feel like a balloon going free

That when I’m blind, I can actually see

I’m a diamond so shiny, so bright

That I’m like the sun showing all the light. 

 

Today I’m a free land

So free, that I’m a new brand

I feel like a bank with money

Radio Poets: Gennesis Galindo

Apr 24, 2014

Gennesis Galindo is a student at San Francisco's Hillcrest Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“My Origin”

 

By: Gennesis Galindo

Hillcrest Elementary School

 

My name comes from

the beginning of the Bible.

 

My name comes from my Mom who named me

because she loves the way it sounds like an angel’s whisper.

 

My middle name Natasha comes from my Dad, 

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