Magnet School
Philando Castile Was a Role Model to Hundreds of Kids
The police shooting victim memorized the names of 500 students and their food allergies

“Castile, who was known by friends as Phil, was a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minn., where he memorized the names of the 500 children he served every day — along with their food allergies, his former coworker said.

“He remembered their names. He remembered who couldn’t have milk. He knew what they could have to eat and what they couldn’t,” Joan Edman, a recently retired paraprofessional at the school, told TIME.

Parents, several of whom rallied for justice outside the tight-knit school Thursday, said they felt safe knowing Castile was in charge of their children’s food and said Castile transformed the cafeteria into a positive and cheerful space. “He was a fixture. I was always happy to see him around school. The cafeteria was a pretty happy place. He was part of the community and an important one,” Andrew Karre, whose 8-year-old son attends J.J. Hill, told TIME.”

A whole community is mourning after losing such an important, compassionate person. Rest in Power, Philando Castile.


George Watts Montessori Magnet sits just north of downtown Durham, N.C., along the eastern edge of Duke University. Its sprawling, red-brick campus is nearly a century old and surrounded by gorgeously restored family homes that once housed Duke fraternities, before the university sold them off.

It was named a 2015 National Magnet School of Distinction, and it is outperforming other schools nearby. This year, it had more than 900 applicants — for just 65 slots.

“We are kind of a little isolated gem,” says Crum. “You know, there are signs in front yards saying, ‘This is George Watts.’ I mean, the Realtors are using that to sell homes.”

It wasn’t always this way. In 2002, Watts Elementary was in trouble.

The school was already under state review for poor performance when President George W. Bush signed the massive education bill known as No Child Left Behind, which fast-tracked a reckoning at Watts.

Now that Congress is trying to rewrite NCLB, Watts serves as an important case study for anyone trying to understand what the law got right — and wrong — in its efforts to fix or reset struggling schools.

Forcing Schools To Hit The 'Reset’ Button

Photos: Elissa Nadworny/NPR

Colleagues and parents on Thursday remembered Philando Castile as an ambitious man who served as a role model for hundreds of children before he was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota.

Castile, who was known by friends as Phil, was a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minn., where he memorized the names of the 500 children he served every day — along with their food allergies, his former coworker said.

“He remembered their names. He remembered who couldn’t have milk. He knew what they could have to eat and what they couldn’t,” Joan Edman, a recently retired paraprofessional at the school, told TIME. “This was a real guy. He made a real contribution. Yes, black lives matter. But this man mattered.”

A police officer shot Castile, 32, late Wednesday during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, authorities said. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the aftermath of the incident on video and streamed it on Facebook Live, where it went viral.

Reynolds told reporters Thursday that her boyfriend was complying with the officer’s instructors to put his hands in the air and get his license and registration. She added that he told police that he had a gun in the car and a permit to carry it. Castile did “nothing but what the police officer asked of us,” she said. “Nothing within his body language said shoot me.”

anonymous asked:

maki doing something shameful and getting caught by nico who will prob tease her for it her whole life. thank you!

this is actually my first time writing these two haha, so I hope it came out alright!

A NicoMaki that I’ll never start


Nico huffed, disappointed that Maki hadn’t been at the door to greet her after work. Sure, most of the redhead’s time was spent working at the hospital, but she had promised the self proclaimed super idol that she’d be home before her. Now here Nico was, seemingly left alone to suffer in the apartment.

Until she heard what sounded like Maki’s voice coming from their room. ‘She’s ignoring me?!’ She fumed, stomping over to wherever Maki was hiding. ‘I-if she thinks she can just LIE to the great Nico Yazawa like this, then she-’ Nico’s thoughts were interrupted when she began to actually hear Maki’s words behind the closed door to their room. “…it can’t be.” She muttered, pressing her ear up against the door.

“…Nico Nico Nii!”

Nico’s mouth gaped open instantly, almost in disbelief over what she had heard. “M-Maki-chan actually did it!” She exclaimed, prompting a shriek to emit from the bedroom. Nico quickly shoved the door open, revealing a startled Maki Nishikino standing in front of a mirror, her cheeks as red as a tomato.

“N-Nico-chan!” The young doctor exclaimed, spinning around to face her girlfriend. She had never felt more embarrassed in all her life, and this was including the time she finally found out that Santa wasn’t real. “Y-you weren’t supposed to see that!” Nico’s giddy smile was quickly replaced by a frown. “And you weren’t supposed to be hiding from me!”

“Th-that’s beside the point!” She retorted before turning to face away from Nico. After a few moments of an awkward silence, the redhead spoke up. “…don’t you dare tell anyone about this.” Nico gave her a devilish smirk. “Fine. But that doesn’t mean I’m not gonna tease you about it for the rest of your life~.”


Castile, who was known by friends as Phil, was a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minn., where he memorized the names of the 500 children he served every day — along with their food allergies, his former coworker said.

“He remembered their names. He remembered who couldn’t have milk. He knew what they could have to eat and what they couldn’t,” Joan Edman, a recently retired paraprofessional at the school, told TIME. “This was a real guy. He made a real contribution. Yes, black lives matter. But this man mattered.”

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#BlackLivesMatter #PhilandoCastile

Photo credit: anamariecox on Twitter

Via Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

anonymous asked:

What's a magnet school?

A magnet school is like a place were you go for certain things, like I’ll be going for Pre-Med. Its basically a school for ‘smart’ people. Its really hard to get into them too. Especially for pre med and I didn’t get in in the Spring but some spots were still open because people didn’t show up and I was one that got picked (the way you get picked is like a drawing, a lottery. Completely random.) So I didn’t get picked the first time but did a second time! I’m really excited and thanks for the question! :)  

Sunday, March 11, 2012 – An Escaping the Ordinary Showcase

NX35, 35 Conferette and now 35 Denton Festival. And those are only the names I remember the festival has gone by since I became aware of it. If I remember the story correctly it began as a little showcase of North Texas bands down in Austin during SXSW, but moved up to Denton a few years ago (2010 I believe). I love the concept of it, which basically turns Denton into a smaller scale SXSW with bands playing at every venue in the town along with an outdoor stage which hosts the bigger name talent (Built to Spill was one of the main attractions for this year). The only bad thing about it is Denton is about a an hour trip for me, or two hours round-trip. So with the wristband to get full access to all four days of the festival costing a pretty penny, there’s no way I’ve ever been able to justify purchasing it and then driving up there and back for three to four consecutive nights, despite knowing it would be a ton of fun. Because of that, I’ve only been to the festival one night before, two years ago when my favorite band currently in the D-FW music scene, Trebuchet, played the Boiler Room. Tonight they were once again performing during the festival and at the same venue no less, though it now goes by the name, The Abbey Underground.

I anticipated parking to be a major issue, and it was, as my dad and I pulled into the square about 7:30, and after missing a couple spots right in the square, we had to settle with a parking in front of a house on Sycamore Street.

Time was killed by grabbing a bite to eat at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, before going to the Abbey where Escaping the Ordinary was putting on their showcase show.

Up first was The Commotion, who had some technical difficulties before beginning. They have their own light system they use too, and their drummer couldn’t get it to work right off the bat, which prompted singer and guitarist, Micah Creel, to go back there and fiddle with the computer. It took a couple of minutes, but he eventually got it in working order and returned to center stage. Soon they got the show going, as Micah sang the first line of “Carry On”, “I need another perspective, ‘cause this one’s trying to cage my mind…”, with the rest of the band somewhat backing him up before really coming in as it neared the chorus. They wound that song right into “Crim”, a song that really lets guitarists, Josh Sanders and Justin Middleton, and bassist, Justin Hold, cut loose on the chorus, though the stage here seemed a bit more cramped than the ones they usually play on, which restricted their movements to some degree. Now, the band sticks to a pretty routine set list, and so far all seemed normal, but it had been a little while since I’d seen The Commotion, and in that time span they’ve evidently worked in some new songs, because one that was totally foreign to me came next. I was in awe by it, as it blew their older stuff out of the water, which is saying a lot. It just seemed a little more intense, and I loved it. They next did “Killin’ Time” and followed it with another new one, which was equally as good as the one minutes earlier. The ran through “Just a Test” and as it ended the backing track kicked in to their final song and blended it perfectly into “Back Seat Driver (Wash it Away)”.

In all it was a 35 minute set they did, and a great one at that, but sadly not many people were there to witness it.

The crowd did grow as they got their gear off stage while the next band set up, but it still wasn’t what I had imagined it would be. I guess after hearing the stories of several of the venues being at capacity on Friday and Saturday nights I figured it would be the same way here for this epic line-up of bands. That’s not to say it was a bad turn out by any means, though.

Ty Griffin, the founder of Escaping the Ordinary, had introduced The Commotion, and did the same for the next rock outfit, asking everyone to get up front for a band that had made the trek here from Austin, Magnet School. The four-piece didn’t waste much time in starting their 37 minute set, and opened with “Fur and Velvet”. The song is definitely engaging and immerses you in the full on rock the band brings, plus the outro to the song which heavily features the rhythm section, bassist, Brandon Tucker, and Dave Hobizal on drums, is nothing short of spectacular. Guitarist, Michael Wane, sang the first line or so of their next song, “The Double Agent”, before stage left guitarist, Mark Ford, picked up where he left off and sang lead on the remainder of the song, and afterwards they tore things up with the instrumental, “Swan Dive”. Michael commented briefly on the next song, their current single, before mentioning that it was on a split record they released with the Dead Twins. He then proceeded to play the opening line of my favorite song of theirs, “The Sitch”. “Do y’all want to hear a new song?…” asked Mark, who added that they played it maybe only once before. It was pretty killer, and out of all these songs they did that have yet to be recorded and released, this may well be my favorite. It was at this point that Mark encountered some problems, as he had evidently tuned with his capo still on his guitar, which had gotten it totally out of tune, and he spent several minutes fixing it, joking, “…Everyone blame me for fucking the show up…” It did derail things a bit, and when they said they had three songs left the sound guy informed them that there was only time for two. They decided to ax the one they have “been playing forever” which was “XX”. It was a bit of a shame, as it’s another one I enjoy, and too little too late the sound guy told them they could go ahead and do all three. But by that point Michael had already changed guitars and they were ready to rock out “Little White Lie”. They wrapped things with a cover song, as Michael said, “This is some nineties bullshit rock for ya…” as they began a cover of “Rave Down” by Swervedriver.

Pick up the bands album, “Tonight!” and their single, “The Sitch” through their Bandcamp page.

Like I’ve said before, I haven’t seen these guys much, but I become more of a fan with each show I catch, and tonight they rocked it. It was almost hard to think that the night could get any better after Magnet School, but it could, and it did.

The Dallas trio, Here Holy Spain, took the stage next, doing what would be their final North Texas show for a few months. The scheduled start times for the bands had gotten slightly off, but the good thing with HHS as they usually blaze right through their songs, and sure enough, they did just that, by first ripping into “Can’t Control”. Scott Brayfield patched the end of it into their next song, one of their new ones, “Out West”. I’ve liked that song a lot since hearing them debut it, but I think tonight it sounded even better than the other times I’ve heard it. They blended it into the next song, too, though this time singer and guitarist, Wes Todd, got a little feedback going before playing the opening guitar line of “No Love”, and afterwards Scott whipped that into “Waiting, Wearing Your Skin”. That was a hell of a lot of rock they packed into just a little over ten minutes, and finally took a brief break. It didn’t last too long, though, as Wes soon launched them into “Sick Again”. When it was done, bassist, Erica Guagliardi, did some riffing to pass the time as Wes messed with his guitar. After a few moments he told his band mates that they were going to cut the next song (“New Bones to Break”) and he began speaking of the bands current goings on, writing for a new record. “…We don’t know what the title is… or any of the other things you should know when making an album.” said Wes, as they did another excellent song that will be on it, “Golden Gun”. This was the second time I remember hearing this one, and it sounded much more killer than what I recalled. I know there’s probably still a lot of new material they have yet to perform, but I thus far this one stands out to me as being one of the best. They rounded it into the next song, the title track from their debut album, “Manic” , and then it was time to put an end to their 28 minute set. “This next one is called Way Out One and Five…” Wes said, adding that the song was about working a job that you hate, and, if I remember correctly, one that you want to go into and “…Blow the building up…”.

They rocked it, and performed for one of, if not the, biggest crowd of the night. As I mentioned, this was the bands last area show for quite some time, as Wes in the tour manager for the Toadies who will soon be hitting the road. It will probably be the summer before Here Holy Spain steps onto another stage, so in the meantime, you can purchase their albums, “Manic” and the amazing, “Division”, in iTunes, so check both of them out.

The final band of the night was Trebuchet. I’d been looking forward to this, mainly because I saw them here (when it was still the Boiler Room) almost every time they played here between June 2009 to late 2010 when the venue got re-branded. They got off to a later start since there were some technical difficulties involving the monitors, but everything got straightened out eventually and they opened their 51 minute set with an instrumental song, almost like they were treading the waters to make sure the sound was alright. They rocked it out, with bassist, John Yett, putting forth the most energy in my opinion, as he really got into the music. They followed it up with a newer song, which seems to make up the bulk of their set these days. I like ‘em, but I know I’ll like them more once they get their new record out where I’ll actually know the songs. Fortunately some older stuff is still in rotation, and lucky for me they still had “Black Beard” worked in, as drummer, Bobby Lotfipour, started the song while singer and guitarist, Justin Hawkins, worked out some things with the sound guy, then ditched his guitar for the song. This felt like old times, being in my “usual” spot right up front in between center stage and stage left, and Justin evidently thought so, too. I’m pretty sure it was during this song that, at a break, he said something about he was really wanting to grab hold of and hang from the water pipe above his head. After encouragement from the sound guy, he did just that, using it to steady himself as he walked out on the backs of the chairs that held the monitors, often struggling to keep his balance. Every time I saw them here he would do that, but I still remember the one time he grabbed onto said water pipe and then got scolded by the sound guy, despite having done it countless times before. They did a few more new songs afterwards, one of which was an instrumental and I believe the last of these three was their tune, “43”, which was recently put up to listen to. It’s a lengthy song, upwards of eight minutes, and still when I listen to it, it just seem like a Trebuchet song, just because it has such a different feel than their other material. I certainly don’t mean anything negative by saying that, as I love the song, and like how it shows off a completely different side of everything from the sound to Justin’s vocals, but it is definitely a departure from what they typically do. No sooner had it ended than lead guitarist, Dustin Fleming, began slowly building up to their next song, “Intelligent Design”. Now this was where things got interesting. During the second verse, Justin again decided to leave the stage, but unlike earlier where he walked on the backs of the chairs, he stepped onto one of the monitors… and fell to the floor. The monitor was apparently balanced in the chair, so when he stood on it, it gave and toppled over, bringing him with it. He looked shocked, and every fan around him grabbed him, but only after he had hit the ground. Bobby, John, Dustin, and fellow guitarist, Keith Naylor, kept right on with the song though, as Justin eventually pulled himself back on stage and re-joined them somewhere in the second chorus. “Hey, no one stand on those monitors.” he warned when the song concluded, making light of the situation. “72” came next, which stands out as being my favorite new tune of theirs I’ve heard so far, and has an epic feel to it. I also really like the line, “…Be on guard, this information has a cost…”. I’ve said many times before that I love how the band constantly changes up their set list, always keeping things fresh, but not too long ago one of their songs was used as a routine show closer, but more recently it has seemed to serve as the opener. Well, this night “Cowboy Rick” finally, once again was used to end a show. I was paying attention to the other members, but towards the end of the show I saw Johns’ bass suddenly fly across stage, landing on the opposite side as Dustin accidentally stepped on it. John walked off stage, and I was unclear as to what happened, thinking maybe he got pissed off and just threw it (haha). It turned out his bass strap had broke on him, but many of the fans still wanted more. John went and grabbed a bar stool, saying he could do one more, while Justin had already started unplugging his pedals, and after a short little debate they decided to call it a night, which was fine with me, as that was a good note to end on.

This was the best Trebuchet show I’ve seen in awhile (and also one of the longest) and it was amazing. Stellar job by the band! Check out their debut double-disc release, “The Bear and the Moon” on iTunes and their split EP with The Phuss through the Do For It Records store. You can find them in Fort Worth on March 31st at Tomcats West. Also, the band will be playing the WhiskeyBoy Radio benefit show for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in August. The exact date for Trebuchet will be Saturday, August 4th and the event will be hosted at The Ranch in Arlington.

Also, if you would like to contribute to Trebuchet’s effort to release their next album, go check out their Kickstarter campaign.

The night was just mind-blowing all the way around, so special kudos to Ty Griffin for setting all of this up. Every band who played this night is featured on at least one Escaping the Ordinary compilation, either Volume I, Volume II or Volume III, so check them all out, as they are all available for FREE download. And stay tuned to ETO, as you can count on them to do more shows in the future.

This one night of 35 Denton, at this one venue was truly spectacular and a ton of fun. Maybe next year I’ll splurge on a wristband (or could get a press pass?) and fully enjoy it. Hell, if I’m lucky maybe I can even pull together a The Music Enthusiast showcase for one of the nights.

Finally, there was something else special about going out this night… It marks the six-year anniversary of the first real local show I saw at a club in Deep Ellum. To spread my love of those bands that played that show (The FEDS and Space Cadet) I wrote a blog about it (if you could call it that, as my writing ability was even shittier then than it is now). That was the first show I ever blogged about, so essentially, March 11th marks the birth of The Music Enthusiast ( though it took several years before I adopted that name). And now, six years later, I feel like possible something could potentially come from all this… We will see, and thank you to everyone who takes time to read these posts.


NOTE: If any bands want me to A.) write a review of their album or B.) wish me to play their music on my podcast, than email me. Also, I have partnered with Sawed Off Productions & WhiskeyBoy Radio, both of whom will help me present The Music Enthusiast showcases. If your band would be interested in performing at a future showcase, email me for consideration: TheRealMusicEnthusiast@GMAIL.COM


A note to whom it may interest: I’m wanting to get advertisers on my blog. If you are a band, music venue, or have any type of product or business whatsoever you want to promote, e-mail me at: for full info. I will tell you now though, I get good traffic on my site and my prices will be VERY, VERY affordable to even the most broke bands/people. So please, allow me to help promote YOUR product constantly, and not just when I do a show review. Venues, I can list all your upcoming shows as I do for the Granada Theater. Bands, I can put up an image of your album cover and link that to iTunes, etc. Let me know if you would be interested in getting in on this exciting opportunity!