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Pride and saving our Earth

Hello SFUSD High School Students,


We hope you had a fun and restful Spring Break! There is a lot to celebrate this month.


SFUSD recognizes Pride Month in April. Since 1990, LGBTQ+ Student Services has provided schools with tools to support schools to be welcoming and affirming for all LGBTQ+ students and families. Check out their website for resources and read the newsletter below to learn more about QUEERTOPIA, a virtual conference for SFUSD queer, trans+, and intersex students and allies.


Earth Day is April 22 and we celebrate Earth Day every day with outdoor learning and lessons in climate justice. Take a look at some resources.


Finally, April is School Library Month. At SFUSD, all of our school librarians are credentialed teachers who plan diverse learning experiences to inspire equitable, active student participation. Be sure to pay a visit to your school library this month!


SFUSD is happy to bring you resources, information, and news every month through the High School Student Newsletter. Read all of the past issues on Please reach out with your input at if you have any suggestions or comments about the SFUSD High School Student Newsletter –– we welcome your ideas. 


In Community,

Karen at SFUSD Student News

Featured in this month's HS Student Newsletter:
Congratulations to the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA) Mock Trial Team!
The SOTA Mock Trial team placed second in the state at the Constitutional Rights Foundation California State Finals! The competition took place March 17 - 20, 2022 with teams from 36 California counties. The Ruth Asawa team argued the fictional case of The People v. Cobey before California Appellate Justice Steven Perren. 
Know Your Rights: Complaint Policy and Procedures Regarding Hate-Motivated Behavior
Behavior or statements that degrade an individual on the basis of their race, ethnicity, culture, heritage, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical/mental attributes or religious beliefs or practices shall not be tolerated and may be considered hate-motivated speech or hate-motivated behavior. 
A Daily Dose of Music Inspiration
SFUSD students in the Young Musicians and Mission District Young Musicians programs at the Community Music Center are part of the (Re)Imagine project. Sign up to receive daily videos from April 4 to May 23.
Queertopia is a virtual conference for queer, trans+, and intersex high school students in SFUSD and their allies. This conference is presented by SFUSD's Queer Trans Advisory Council (QTAC) and LGBTQ Student Services.
Friday, April 15, 5PM - 7PM
Saturday, April 16, 11AM - 2PM

6th Annual VĀSĀ High School Conference – Wayfinding: A Culture of Access to College


The faculty and staff of the VASA (Oceania) Student Success Program and Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies Program at the City College of San Francisco invite you to register for the 6th Annual VASA High School Conference in partnership with SFUSD. There are options to participate in the workshops virtually and in-person throughout the conference.


April 18 - 21

SF Bike and Roll to School Week
Bike & Roll to School Week celebrates getting around under our own power. Whether you're on a bike, scooter, wheelchair, or skateboard, it’s healthy, green, and FUN. Walking and transit counts too! Participate in or organize your school's celebration, and take part in the art contest for a chance to win gift cards from Blick Art Supply or have your art featured in next year's Bike and Roll to School Week poster.
April 18 - 22
Free Mission Bit Virtual Coding Workshop for 7th - 12th Graders
Code Beats is a workshop experience where you create musical beats computer coding. The program is designed to walk you through every step step you need. Even if you’ve never written music or coded before, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can create amazing beats while learning basic computer coding!
Wednesday, April 20, 5PM - 7PM
SFPL Author Event: Malinda Lo
National Book Award-winning author Malinda Lo participates in a Q&A session with San Francisco and New York City youth about her highly acclaimed novel. Set in 1954 San Francisco, Last Night at the Telegraph Club, tells the story of Lily Hu, a 17-year-old resident of Chinatown who falls in love with Kathleen “Kath” Miller amidst a racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic society. Lily and Kath begin their discovery of who they are, what they stand for and what love means.
Monday, April 25, 12PM
CCSF Connect Family Day 2022
Seniors interested in going to City College of San Francisco (CCSF) are invited to a campus tour and resource fair with their families. 
Saturday, April 30, 10AM - 3PM
Youth Art Exchange Summer Arts Internship
Earn a $1500 stipend while learning about art at Youth Art Exchange (YAX)! Open to rising 9th-12th graders planning to attend SFUSD schools in the Fall. Apply by April 22.
July 5 - 29
Opportunities For All (OFA) Program
San Francisco’s Opportunities for All (OFA) program provides access to career exploration and workforce development for San Francisco’s youth and young adults. Summer 2022 Applications are now live! The initiative includes paid internships, mentorship, and pathways to employment, including job readiness, career training, and apprenticeship for participants ages 13 to 24. 
Last Chance to Apply for the Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) Scholars Award for STEM Students!
Three SFUSD high school seniors will receive scholarships in the amount of $5,000 annually, for up to four years, while they attend a two- or four-year program at a community college or a college/university of their choice to study one of the STEM fields. Applications are due by Monday, April 11.
Exploring creativity and careers in music

Students in the newly established Music Tech and Production Career Pathways program at June Jordan School for Equity showcased their original work in front of peers and Save the Music, whose J Dilla Music Tech Grant helped fund the program.
Learning about the Supreme Court
The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson sparked a lesson and discussion in a John O'Connell High School history class.
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