The Student Council of St. Francis de Sales School is committed to promoting school pride, school spirit, and extending service to the SFDS community as well as to the outside community. This will be accomplished through unity and cooperation, exhibiting behavior that is rooted in the teachings of Jesus. All members are appreciative and encouraging of the various gifts and talents they each possess.
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What is Mock Trial Competition? Junior high students from around the county compete in the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s (CRF) annual Mock Trial Competition in November. The CRF creates a criminal case with a fact pattern based on real cases of legal and social significance. Eight witness statements are written, so some team members must learn those parts so that they can testify and be cross-examined in a trial. Others act as attorneys for the prosecution or defense and must learn the whole case and basic legal concepts to perform their roles. Other team members act as bailiff or clerk. Those with a talent for art can be a courtroom sketch artist, and others may perform as journalists who report the case. Each team member must have a basic understanding of the process and other parts so that they can cover for others if needed.
Overall team size is limited to 16, not counting journalists and artists, and each team is given an opportunity to prosecute the case once, and defend it once. The best eight teams then enter the championship rounds, until the county champ is picked. The competition is held in the main courthouse downtown on nights in November. Actual Judges or attorneys preside over the trial, with other attorneys acting as scorers.
Who and When: Next year’s 7th and 8th graders are eligible to participate on the mock trial team. You don’t have to be Perry Mason to make the team, but must be ready for some work, and some fun. For more information please feel free to contact Mrs. Godinez at email@example.com.
Since its inception in 1997, the SFDS Academic Decathlon Team has earned numerous awards in team and individual events. The Team participates in two Academic competitions each year, competing against hundreds of Catholic elementary schools from Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Areas of study include Mathematics, Theoretical and Empirical Sciences, Literature, English/Grammar, Religion, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Music, Art History, Geography, Current Events, Speech, Spelling, Logic and Reasoning. Students attend weekly practices from July through April, investing hundreds of hours in study and preparation.
Team members learn to appreciate and embrace each other’s talents and work together as partners. Students have fun learning academic material through a variety of instructional modalities including games and puzzles, audio, visual and tactile experiences.
Students from 6th, 7th and 8th grades who meet stringent criteria are invited to participate. Students are evaluated on their academic performance, behavior, work habits, attendance history, standardized test scores, and their efforts and consistency in following our Student Learning Expectations as defined by our school motto, “Living by the A’s”.
The St. Francis De Sales Altar Server program is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our Catholic religion and to become more involved in our church community. The program is open to both boys and girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who have received the sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion in the Roman Catholic Church. Students are invited to attend mandatory training sessions in the Spring of their 5th grade year, in preparation for beginning to serve in the Summer before 6th grade.
For any questions regarding the program, please call the Parish Center (818- 784-0105).
Feel free to reach out for more information or with any additional questions you may have.
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