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Pledging and Unplugging: Highlights for February 28 - March 6, 2017

Highlights

Students and teachers in AccessSFUSD:The Arc are on a mission to end the ‘r-word.’ They say they still hear the word and it hurts. At a rally on the steps of City Hall, students will be talking about their very real experiences with the put-down and asking everyone to join the pledge. Senator Mark Leno, SF Board of Education Commissioner Rachel Norton and other elected officials will be joining AccessSFUSD in support of this national campaign to “spread the word to end the word.”

When: Wednesday, March 1 / 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Where:  City Hall / Polk Street steps

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Ninth graders at The Academy - SF @ McAteer are like a lot of youth today - they have their cell phones on them 24-7. But this week they will be putting their phones ‘to bed’ for an hour of unplugged interaction with their teachers and classmates. Every student will actually tuck their phones into a sleeping bag made just for cell phones, then take on the challenge of getting through an hour -- in this case, playing ‘sort the skittles,’ ‘mummy’ and a round of ‘blind trust.’ This activity is one of many in honor of Reboot National Day of Unplugging, which helps people reconnect with their community in a non-digital way.

When:  Wednesday, March 1 / 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: The Academy - SF / 555 Portola Ave.

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A crowd of city officials, community members, parents, and retired teachers will gather at Sunset Elementary for their annual read-aloud day. Fifty volunteers, including SF Supervisor Katy Tang; Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White; City Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu; SFUSD Board of Education Commissioners Shamann Walton, Emily Murase, and Mark Sanchez; and Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh will read books such as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” The event celebrates “Read Across America Day,” a nationwide read-aloud held on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

When:    Thursday, March 2 / 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where:  Sunset ES / 1920 41st Avenue (at Ortega Street)
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Just eight weeks into their culinary course at Ida B. Wells High, students are ready to put on a full-course meal for 70 people - ambiance, appetizers and all. Known as the Long Table Dinner, the meal showcases students' enthusiasm and professionalism. Chef Alice Cravens says the students quickly adapted to the rhythm of the kitchen as they explored making dumplings and other individually wrapped foods from around the world. The shared meal will have many special guests at the table - from funders to founders to family members of students.

When:  Thursday, March 2 / 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Ida B. Wells Continuation High / 1099 Hayes St.

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Believe it or not, it’s time for schools to start drafting next year’s priorities and budget at the annual School Planning Retreat. And it takes a lot of time and input to get this done. The process includes parents, staff, community members, and secondary school students. Approximately 800 participants will gather on a Saturday morning to get a broad view of the next budget year from Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh and SFUSD staff. For the remainder of the morning, everyone will meet in classrooms to look at their own student data and budget numbers - then start building their plans.

When:   Saturday, March 4 / 9:15-11:15

Where:  Everett MS / 450 Church St.

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