By Nicholas Cheung-Solow
This interview was originally published in March 2017 in the school newspaper.
I met up with Principal Schoeman at the red tile area during lunch where he was supervising students. We had planned the interview for a long time and we finally got around to doing it. We sat down in the hallway, set up the mic and we started the interview.
I started off by inquiring about Mr. Schoeman’s first name, Tai-Sun, which his parents found from a Chinese book of names. According to Mr. Schoeman, his name means “peace” and “gentleness.” Like most of us, he was born right here in San Francisco at what use to be called French Hospital on Geary Boulevard which is now Kaiser Permanente. His year of birth was 1969 which is, according to him, a “long time ago”. He and his family then spent some time in Hawaii and Colorado before finally settling in Sonoma, California.
Mr. Schoeman majored in History of the Americas at Long Beach State University. He then went to Pepperdine University for a Master’s in Education. Finally, he finished his academic career with an Administrative Master’s Degree from UC Berkeley.
After his years of being in college, he worked as a teacher at El Dorado Elementary School in San Francisco. He taught for eight years and later became the principal at El Dorado for seven years. After that, he moved to A.P. Giannini (APG) to be the assistant principal, a job he held for four years. In the fall of 2016, he became the principal of APG.
I asked him what subject he would teach if he taught at APG. He said he would teach Language Arts because he thought it helps develop important skills. All throughout his life, Language Arts stood out to him because it is significant to communicating and learning. Finally, I asked him what the best thing about APG is and what is one thing he’d like to change about APG. Mr. Schoeman’s favorite aspect of our school is its diversity of students and staff. He thought it was nice that we could all be understanding of each other. One thing he’d like to change about APG is the building. He’d like to see the building updated because, since students and staff are here all day long, he wants the environment to be a comfortable place for working and learning.
It was quite interesting talking to the principal. We always think of him as the person who runs the school. Not many people know about Mr. Schoeman as a person. After the interview, I thanked Mr. Schoeman for taking the time to talk with me. As I left the interview, to go outside, it was raining heavily. I thought to myself, “I’m sure glad I was inside.”
By Sabrina Leung
A major thing
That everyone stresses about
Can be a knife
That stabs our heart
Once it drops
Your heart sinks
Into the ocean
Never to be found
Can be a powerup
Like in the Mario games
Once it rises
It makes the world seem like there is no gravity
Some say it decides your destiny
It’s your choice
To get good grades
Or bad grades
A major thing
That everyone stresses about
By Coco Connor
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 20. It was a Category 4 hurricane, with 150 miles per hour winds!
The hurricane devastated the area, and killed more than 900 people and injured many many more. However, the United States did not send the immediate help that was needed, and many people including children were trapped inside seriously damaged buildings. Many people have wondered why the American government did not join in to help a major hurricane’s destructions get fixed. After all, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States.
If you want to help, donate to one of the trustable sites below to make a difference for Puerto Rico. Thank you!
Unidos por Puerto Rico
Save the Children
By Oliver Trolli Tyrant and Dylan Herring
TRUE OR FALSE?
1. Former members of Paypal created it.
2. Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” Johnson created a YouTube channel to review his movies.
3. The original idea of YouTube was dreamed up at Dunkin’ Donuts.
4. 60% of YouTube's 1,000 most popular videos are blocked in Germany.
5. The oldest cat video on YouTube dates back to 1893.
6. YouTube was originally a dating site.
7. The first YouTube video was a ball bouncing.
8. The most disliked video on YouTube is Justin Bieber’s song, “Sorry”.
9. YouTube shut down North Korea propaganda.
10. Music video 'Gangnam Style' was so popular, it broke YouTube's view counter.
1.T 2.F 3.F 4.T 5.F 6.T 7.F. 8.F. 9.T 10.T
By ANYA SLEEPER SHEPPARD and EVA CIOBANU
Eggettes is a place where people of all ages go to enjoy nice cold boba drinks or crunchy and gooey eggettes (that come in flavors such as: original, chocolate, and coconut). They have a large variety of tea flavors, such as passion fruit green tea, Thai tea, red bean milk tea, and many more. They also have other types of drinks, such as fruit freezes, iced coffee, and much more.
The place is warm and friendly, but the service is a little slow. The servers are very kind and helpful, and ready to deliver your food. However, the line is always long and all the seats are usually taken, but this shows how many people enjoy Eggettes. Though Eggettes is a bit pricey, it’s worth your money.
Eggettes is located at 3136 Noriega St in San Francisco.
By Kayla Yee
Why were fidget spinners invented?
Fidget spinners were invented to distract children and provide a soothing toy to play with. According to https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/history-of-fidget-spinners/, fidget spinners were deemed a health benefit for children and adults for anxiety and ADHD-like symtoms.
Who invented fidget spinners?
In the 1980s, Catherine Hettinger developed the idea, which became the original fidget spinner-two decades before this toy became very popular.
It was 1997 and Hasbro didn’t see any excitement or magic in the “spinning toy.” Later, they sent a rejection letter to Hettinger. But now, they are selling it worldwide, about 20 years after.
Additional information about the inventor
Hettinger, a chemical engineer by training, says that she’s always been a tinkerer. In 1993, she filed for a patent on a circular device molded from a single piece of plastic, that spins on the tip of a finger, or in between two fingers. In her patent application, she described her device’s shape as similar to the US capitol building. She came up with the idea of a “spinning toy” to help children to cope and manage their feelings and emotions.
Online sources https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/history-of-fidget-spinners/
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