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Honor roll & roller coasters: Highlights for February 22-28, 2017

Highlights

Every year, the African-American Honor Roll Celebration honors students in grades 3-12 who are earning a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher. Board of Education President Shamann Walton,  Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh and other district leaders will be on hand to congratulate this year’s one thousand plus honorees. Students earning a 4.0 GPA will receive an ancestral kente cloth from Ghana. This family celebration is sponsored by the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators, a volunteer organization of SFUSD educators.

When:   Thursday, Feb. 23 / 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Where:  St. Mary's Cathedral / 1111 Gough St.

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SFUSD high school students will be putting human trafficking on trial this week as they compete in the annual Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial Bay Area Championship. In an issue taken from today’s headlines -- and one that affects youth at a higher rate than adults -- students will be taking sides in a hypothetical case charging a restaurant owner with human trafficking. The mock trial is designed to clarify the workings of our legal institutions for young people. As student teams study the assigned case, conduct legal research, and receive guidance from volunteer attorneys in courtroom procedure and trial preparation, they learn about our judicial system. During mock trials, students portray each of the principals in the cast of courtroom characters, including counsel, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs. The winner will go on to represent California in the state championships.

When :   Thursday, Feb. 23 / arrive by 5:15 p.m. to allow time to go through security.  Members of the media must RSVP by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Where:   Federal Building and US Courthouse / 450 Golden Gate Ave.

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It’s Engineering Week at Roosevelt Middle School, and on Friday, students will be busy showing off what they’ve been learning. This includes final construction of a roller coaster for marbles made of pipe insulation tubing and tape, and demonstrating the Google Earth flight simulator in the computer lab. There might even be time to fire up the school’s 3D printer to make actual pancakes. Engineering Week is part of SFUSD’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, where teachers work together to ensure high-quality instruction for all students, from prekindergarten through 12th grade in STEM. 

When:  Friday, Feb. 24 / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Roosevelt MS / 460 Arguello Blvd.

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