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Rosa Parks readies for exhibition, graduation ceremonies

May 16, 2018 GMT

Rosa Parks Charter High School will hold its annual Winter Exhibition open house from noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursday to spotlight the projects and accomplishments of the school’s graduating class.

The exhibition will be followed six days later by the school’s graduation, noon May 23 at Assisi Heights Auditorium, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester.

About 18 Rosa Parks seniors are expected to graduate next week. The school, named Rochester Off-Campus before it changed its name to Rosa Parks last year, bills itself as a project-based school, and the capstone project represents a demonstration of what students have learned. The projects can range over a wide range of subject matter.

The exhibition this week includes projects dealing with art, bluebird monitoring, controlled or prescribed burns, an aquaponics display and the variety of sounds and songs made by frogs. Each project also includes a description of the state standards the students have met in doing their projects.

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Laurie King, the school’s program lead, said the end-of-term exhibitions were started last year, and while the event was open to the public, it wasn’t “really pushed a lot.” This year, the school has been more active in getting the word out.

“We did two last year,” King said. “It’s just kind of an open house where people walk through and see what the kids’ projects are.”