Seventh grade students take the bench

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In conjunction with a civics unit in Humanities, seventh grade students had the opportunity last week to take a field trip to both the King County Courthouse and the Federal Court building downtown. Students had the chance to listen in on real trials, have discussions with judges at both the state and federal level, tour the Federal Court building, and visit a judge’s chambers. They even had time to visit with a few U.S. Marshals, which resulted in a chance to try on gear, tour a jail holding cell area, and find connections to the amendments and their class book, Monster. The students were grateful Judge Rogoff and Judge Alston, two Westside School parents, were gracious enough to give their time to help make the field trip possible and certainly memorable!