¡Viva el Mariachi! & No to Vaping - Highlights for March 17-23, 2015

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¡Viva el Mariachi! & No to Vaping - Highlights for March 17-23, 2015


“Vaping,” or smoking e-cigarettes, is a relatively new smoking trend that has become popular among young people.  Last year it was reported nationally that vaping rates among middle- and high-school youth are higher than tobacco smoking rates and that most youth think it is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. SFUSD health educators are working with students to deter vaping among their peers by providing accurate information about the health dangers. SFUSD also collaborates with the Department of Public Health and the Tobacco Free Project on #CurbIt, a campaign to keep vaping off public transportation. Several SFUSD schools are participating in national Kick Butts Day by showing student-made public-service-announcement-style videos and having students discuss why their peers should stop smoking or vaping. 

When:   Wednesday, March 18 / 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Where:  Aptos MS / 105 Aptos Ave.


Spring officially starts later this week, and the students at Malcolm X Elementary are sprucing up the new schoolyard garden they designed and built. Students incorporated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) elements in the project by learning how to design an outdoor classroom – including figuring out parts of the budget. Students built their new garden with help from Education Outside corps member Danielle Diuguid, UC Berkeley architects and urban planners, the SF chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and their Malcolm X teachers. On Wednesday, students will be planting and completing the next stage of their garden.

When:     Wednesday, March 18/ 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where:    Malcolm X Academy / 350 Harbor Rd.


Mission High school launched its first mariachi music program in January, and the students, some of whom have picked up an instrument for the first time, will be giving their debut performance to a packed house of students and families from across San Francisco. Sanchez and Bryant Elementary students, along with students from Buena Vista Horace Mann, will sing, and A-list groups such as Mariachi Nueva Generación and Ballet Folklórico Cuiccacalli will also perform. High-school students from Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High Schoola program founded by now-superintendent Richard Carranza during his teaching days in Arizona, will be joining them. Mariachi Aztlán will also be touring schools preceding the big performance.

When:      Thursday, March 19 / 7:30 p.m.

(Call for access to Mariachi Aztlán school visits during the day)Where:           Mission HS / 3750 19th St.



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