One of the seniors asked me after a particularly challenging day, “Why do you do it?” “What do you mean?” I asked. “Well, why do you stay here day after day? All of the daily challenges and constant concerns and questions from parents, teachers and students. Why do you do it?” After much reflection, I came to this conclusion: all of you. Not so long ago, in a land not so far away, I was a senior in high school. I don’t remember much about the day to day experiences, but I do remember how certain people made me feel. I had friends and teachers, as we all have, who helped shape who I am. I remember one specific class where our teacher, Ms. Close, scrapped the lesson because we were devastated by a loss of two of our own. Rather than press on, Ms. Close had us cut out construction paper hearts and safety pinned them to our backs. She then instructed us to write a personal message to each other in the hearts. I framed that heart and still have it this day. On my heart, Ms. Close wrote, “I can’t wait to see you when you’re 30 and ruling the world.” I just turned 40 this year, and am far from ruling the world, but I strive to live up to those words, including being someone you think about, hopefully in a positive way, from time to time. Congratulations to all for completing this challenging school year. All of those hours of studying, in person and virtual learning, social distancing, masking up, and transitioning between schedules have taught us to be resilient, look at the bright side, and persevere. Thank you for a memorable second year as your principal. I am looking forward to what the summer and 21/22 school year have in store.
Woah, the 20-21 school year has a last page? Yep - we just turned it! Summer reading season is on us like A/C on a sizzling day. Books to cool your kids’ minds and spark their imaginations are free at the Pima County Public Library, where summer reading tools, like a coloring-book tracker, are free & useful for logging hours. My recommendation is at least 20 minutes a day, every day. Here are a few trusted titles for fun, light reading throughout elementary!
entering 2nd graders - Nate the Great series by Marjorie Sharmat
entering 3rd graders - The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla and Volcanoes Inside and Out by D.M. Souza
entering 4th graders - The Stonekeeper series by Kazu Kibuishi and Sierra by Diane Siebert
entering 5th - The Secret School by Avi and Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine by Katherine Krohn
entering 6th - Freak the Mighty and other titles by Rodman Philbrick or Hidden Worlds: Looking through a scientist’s microscope by Stephen Kramer
Remember, reading is generational, so grab a book for yourself, too!
We Need Your Help!
Presidio School needs the help of our families in obtaining valuable feedback on access to broadband (internet) in your home. The information you provide may allow Presidio to receive additional funding to purchase broadband connections such as hotspots, modems and routers through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). To help we will need families to take a very short, seven question survey about their current broadband access.
The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program is a one-time fund to address the “Digital Divide” faced by students working off-campus. Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC) will be the administrator of the program. ECF is not a discount program like the traditional E-rate, this is a 100% reimbursement program. It is specifically intended to get students online that have not previously been able to get online.
EBB (Emergency Broadband Benefit)
The Emergency Broadband Benefit allows for families to apply with their participating internet service provider to qualify for $50 off of their monthly internet bill ($75 if on a reservation).
Families may contact their preferred service provider to see the different options and understand the provider’s preferred EBB application process to apply prior to visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org/how-to-apply. Consumers can locate participating internet service providers in their area using the Companies Near Me tool.
Dare to jump into your future with enthusiasm. Dare to place no limits on what you hope to accomplish. Dare to dream big and realize it's not just a cliché. Dare to bring excellence to everything you do.
Dare to succeed beyond your wildest expectations.
Congratulations to our students who have been nominated for Student of the Year for embodying all six of the following Character Counts Pillars.
Be honest in communications and actions.
Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do.
Have the courage to do the right thing.
Treat others with respect and follow the Golden Rule.
Be tolerant and accepting of differences.
Be considerate of the feelings of others.
Do what you are supposed to do.
Do your best.
Think before you act.
Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes.
Be open-minded; listen to others.
Don’t take advantage of others.
Treat all people fairly.
Be compassionate and show you care.
Do your share to make your home, school, community, and world better.
Get involved in community affairs.
Be a good neighbor.
20/21 Presidio School Students of the Year
Kindergarten - Nyaire Collins
Nyaire has embodied each and every
Character Counts Pillar from day one. He is caring
and constantly puts others in front of himself. He
always is the first to help and assist in anything we
need in our classroom. He always helps
clean the classroom at the end of the day. He is the
first to pick up trash and make sure everything is
ready for the next day. He is kind and supportive
of every single one of his classmates. He continually
puts their feelings and needs in front of his own. He
also tries extremely hard on all of his work and
assignments. He has raised his grades and become one
of our most successful students. I have come to rely on
hearing, "Ms. Kendra!" and seeing him run as fast as he
can to say hello and goodbye every morning and
afternoon when I arrive and leave. If we could all be a
little more like Nyaire every day, the world would be
a better place.
First Grade - Camila Ulloa
There is not a day that Camilla is not helping a friend who is struggling with an assignment or assisting with a classmate’s reading challenges. She is also very patient when assisting others. Each day she appears
in class on time and with an outstanding
attitude. She listens carefully and calmly
completes all assignments, submitting
excellent work. She is well on her way to
becoming a superior scholar.
Second Grade - Barnabas Haile
Barnabas is one trustworthy student! He
speaks up when there is something unfair
and is an invaluable citizen to our classroom
community. He is respectful in his interactions
with teachers and peers and responsibly
carries out his duties as a student. Even while
off campus he cares deeply for himself, other students and his classroom community. Great
job Barnabas! Thanks for being amazing!
Third Grade - Jack Warfe
Mr. Warfel came to campus March
22nd. While he joined our class late in the school year, Jack quickly demonstrated that he is the creme de la creme among third grade students!
Fourth Grade - Avari Himmelberger
Avari is a fun-loving, energetic student who brings much
joy and laughter to our 4th grade classroom. She has
grown academically and socially throughout the year,
including demonstrating responsibility for turning in
completed work on time. She is empathetic and gives
good advice to her peers; she makes others feel
comfortable and welcome. Whenever there are any
disagreements, Avari is always willing to listen and see
all sides of a story. Anyone who knows her, also knows
she enjoys small toys (you can check her backpack and
desk for proof!), but she seems to enjoy giving them as
gifts to her friends even more! Avari has a variety of
interests, including many topics related to science. She
completed an awesome independent research project on
space exploration and presented it to her peers; it
sparked some rich conversation and piqued other students’
interest in space as well. Avari can certainly do anything
she sets her mind to and she will continue to achieve.
She was such an important person in our classroom
community and we wish her all the best next year.
Congratulations and you rock, Avari!
Fifth Grade - Joanna Tommervik
Joanna is 5th grade's
student of the year because she
has proven to be responsible,
trustworthy, respectful, caring,
and fair. She has demonstrated
great citizenship and her character
is recognized by her teachers and
Sixth Grade - Andrew Sepulveda-Cocio
Andrew is a student
who exhibits ambition and never stays down
in failure. No matter how challenging his
subjects and courses are, he will not give up
and settle with mediocrity. Andrew has been
excellent this school year and one of the best
Seventh Grade -Josephine DeSoto
Josephine has shown a lot of
perseverance this school year which
equates with hard work. No matter how
challenging her subjects and courses are,
she will not give up and settle with
mediocrity. Josephine has been excellent
this school year and is one of the best students.
Eighth Grade - Miranndah Rivera
Miranndah is a student who exhibits
ambition and never stays down in failure.
Miranndah's drive keeps her going until she achieves
the level of excellence that she has envisioned for
herself. She has been one of the best students we
could possibly ask for this school year.
Ninth Grade - Tatiana Berley
Tatiana is a joy to have in our classes!
She is enthusiastic, hardworking, and
always eager to learn more. Tatiana can
be counted on to be honest and responsible.
In each class she not only gives her best,
but she also encourages her classmates to do the same. She treats everyone with courtesy and kindness. We are proud of Tatiana and we
happily award her Student of the Year.
Tenth Grade - Michelle Dang
Michelle has overcome a lot of
obstacles this year, and has flourished in spite
of them. Michelle is a genuine and trustworthy
peer, and is always putting her heart into
everything she does. There is nothing that
Michelle can't do, and we are so excited to
see where Michelle's dreams take her.
Eleventh Grade - Toni McDaniel
Toni McDaniel was enthusiastically chosen by
her teachers as the junior Student of the Year! Toni
exemplifies the responsibility pillar by actively
participating in class discussions and completing
readings and homework assignments on time with
quality in mind. In group projects, Toni enthusiastically
took on leadership roles, and helped her teammates
stay organized and on track. These leadership qualities
also came in handy in her role as Vice President of the
National Honor Society this year. This year posed
many unique challenges for all students, and Toni was
no exception. However she always communicated with
teachers, watched video recordings for classes she was
not able to attend, and completed assignments promptly.
Toni has dreams of entering a medical profession
someday, and she is actively working towards that goal.
Toni consistently put her best foot forward in chemistry
class this year, and is excited to begin the JTED
Licensed Nursing Assistant program next year.
Twelfth Grade - Joel Vargas
One of the biggest debates Presidio’s teachers
face in selecting a senior of the year is weighing
students who have been strong since beginning
their time at Presidio versus students who have
made dramatic gains in academics and
responsibility the shorter span of their
final year of high school. The decision to pick
Joel this year was an obvious one to all teachers
involved as Joel fits both of these categories easily.
Since his first day of high school here, Joel stood
out as someone very serious about his academics
and his future; he was often intensely quiet for a 9th
grader, seeming to take every direction and
assignment with the utmost seriousness. In this
quietness, Joel quickly showed himself to be a hard
worker. Many times things came easily, but, in the
cases they didn’t, Joel always put in the time and
effort needed to improve and meet the standards his
teachers set for him. As he progressed through his
sophomore and junior years, his teachers and
classmates got to know and admire everything else
behind the serious intensity we saw that first year;
Joel was soft spoken until he realized someone
was in need of a kind word or someone to stand up
for them; at that point, Joel always went above any
beyond to try and make a classmate’s or teacher’s
day better. He also seemed to find a stride with
academics. His successes continued, as
did his drive to improve where feedback indicated
that was important for him. The move to virtual learning
in 2020, Joel’s senior year, then changed everything.
This often meant for the awkward to the worse for most
of us: it changed how we felt about shelves stocked with
toilet paper and the possibility of trying to cut our own hair.
For Joel, it made him a stronger student in every way
possible. He always finished a week’s anatomy lessons
within 24 hours of them being posted; he attended
every class possible and reached out in advance when
this wasn’t going to be possible about his absence and
how he planned to stay caught up; he thought about the
next step of his life in new levels of detail and ambition
across class projects and papers from August to May.
To everyone who knew him, it was almost as if Joel
needed the challenge of his senior year’s upheaval
to prove to us how extraordinarily talented, driven, and
compassionate he could be, not just in comfortable
circumstances which tends to bring out everyone’s
good side, but in the most extreme circumstances
and stressors in education in the last century.
As stated at the outset, a senior of the year
in ordinary circumstances is a choice of
sustained successes or noteworthy growth
shown over the past academic year;
these words show Joel’s successes this
year and his nomination as senior of the
year confirm ordinary is always a mark Joel
aims far beyond whenever and whatever he
It is hard to believe that we are in our last week of school. It is always met with such bittersweet feelings of relief at having survived this insane year, some sadness, and of course pride as our students have done such an amazing job. Recently, It was quite funny walking through campus and hearing one of our students say, “Thank goodness it's almost summer. I don’t want to have to look at a computer for a LOOONG time!” We all have the same sentiment this time of year.
We have been very busy in kindergarten practicing for our graduation. We had a wonderful dress rehearsal, so good in fact that one of our graduates said, “Our rehearsal was better than eating cheese.” That is a bold statement and one that I am very happy to agree with.
I would like to take a minute to give a shout out to the youngest members of our Presidio family. You have done such an amazing job this year. Thank you for working so hard, being so flexible, taking on every curve ball we threw at you and doing it with wonderful humor. You made us laugh every single day. We will miss you and will never EVER forget you! Have the best summer!
Good Grief! Is it really the end of the year? We have had a very busy month in May as we finished benchmark testing and celebrated the joy of learning about the world and ourselves!
Social Studies:Last week students had the pleasure of having a guest author join us! We were visited by Mel Kaspin Blume the author of Change Maker Village. Change Maker Village is a book about race and making a change no matter your age. The students had a wonderful time and the book sparked fantastic discussion.
Science: We finished our Material Magic unit with a hands-on project. Students were challenged to make a 6 inch+ tower using only 20 small index cards and 16 paper clips. The kicker?!? It had to be able to balance a reading book! Kids learned about how the properties of a material can be changed, but most of all, they learned how to push-through difficult challenges and learn from mistakes. You can see a few pictures here. Amazing work, 2nd Graders!
Community Outreach: Our class participated in the Learning A-Z/UNISEF Challenge. We did classroom dances and read extra books to earn stars. These stars were turned into donations by Learning A-Z. Rainforest Friends were contributors to an unprecedented effort of giving! 3.3 billion stars were donated across the U.S. equating to 250,000+ healthy meals in the U.S. and 3.5 million+ days of clean drinking water across the world! Kids were motivated and generous! Superheroes Unite!
Last few days: We have had a great time doing science and STEM activities while working on digital Memory Books and reading favorite stories. We are so very proud of the perseverance our students (and families) have shown this year. COVID did not stop us! We are a school family now and we can do anything we decide to commit to if we stay focused, work hard and identify mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Yes! Believe your eyes in that last picture! Look at the tower by Cameron Murphy! Whoa!!!
Hello 4th grade!
May was a busy time for the Arctic Adventurers. Students completed U.S. State projects and presented them to the class. They wrote their own song parodies in groups and learned about the different systems of the human body. At the end of the month, we completed our Galileo post tests and any outstanding work. Students used their Dojo points in a raffle, held by Ms. Horn, and won awesome prizes (Pop-Its, Squishy pillows, games, kites and more)! Last, we chose two students for Student of the Year. It is our pleasure to announce that Avari Himmelberger and Jack Foster are the two 4th grade Students of the Year! Congratulations!!!! We will miss you all and wish you good luck next year!
Mrs. Stout and Ms. Horn
Congratulations on completing all of your final tests and surviving this school year, Mountaineers! We know that this has been a difficult year, but we made it to the end. We are wishing all of you the best in your future endeavors.
Mrs. Tran and Mr. Gaver
As we send the graduating class of 2021 off into the world we could not be more proud of our seniors. Check out what they have planned after graduation:
In the fall, Yakyra Carlisi is attending the University of Arizona where she plans to major in English, join the Blue Chip Leadership program, and pledge a sorority. Her goal is to become a published author while teaching High School English courses.
Gabriela Fragozo has been accepted to Northern Arizona University where she will major in Physiological Sciences with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, Gabriela plans to attend the University of Arizona’s law program.
Mia Garland-Rogers is excited to pursue studies in the medical field while attending the University of Arizona in the fall.
In the fall, Rain plans to attend Pima Community College to complete her general education requirements before transferring to Northern Arizona University to study business.
After graduation, Akim plans to enter the workforce to gain experience and explore the field of architecture; one of her life-long goals.
Jacob Peterson will attend the University of Arizona in the fall to study performing arts. Upon completion of his Bachelor's degree, Jacob plans to go to Boston University to pursue a Master's degree in Acting and Screenplay Writing.
Raven Rose-Cowle will attend Pima Community College in the fall to complete her general education requirements before transferring to University of Arizona to study optometry.
In July 2021, Dustin Salcido will travel to San Diego, CA to attend the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Boot Camp. Upon completion of boot camp, Dustin will participate in training to become a Combat Engineer.
Joel Vargas is attending Pima Community College in the fall to complete his general education requirements and will then transfer to the University of Arizona to pursue his Bachelor's degree in Business Management.
After graduation, Kenny Wilson will attend Pima Community College to pursue interests in the medical field.
A friendly reminder to all students if they received a Dance Prize or Award to pick them up at the front office on the 1695 Campus.
Have a wonderful summer!!
Hello from the art room!
These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity! Starting with abstract art last week, we have observed the works of Wassily Kandinski, Jackson Pollock, Salvador Dali, and a number of other wonderful abstract artists. We moved on to Post Impressionism this week, focusing on Vincent Van Gogh, and recreating our own sunflowers. We will end the year with realism and create our own self portraits for great memories of the year.
I have enjoyed being your art teacher for the remainder of the year, and I thank you all for your warm welcome!
Sincerely, Deborah B. Witchey
Monthly Family Fun - May
It’s time to have a little fun! We have provided some fun summer jokes that the whole family is sure to enjoy. Here’s a collection of hilarious summer jokes for kids! There are jokes about vacations, road trips, the beach, and more. Use these to add a laugh to an afternoon at home or read them in the car to pass time on a road trip. Submit videos of your family sharing some of these jokes with each other to social media (tag Presidio School) or email them to Ms. Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all to see and enjoy!
Q: What do you get when you combine an elephant with a fish? A: Swimming trunks!
Q: Do fish go on vacation? A: No, because they’re always in school!
Q: Why did the dolphin cross the beach? A: To get to the other tide!
Q: Why don’t oysters share their pearls? A: Because they’re shellfish!
Q: What kind of candy do you get at the airport? A: Plane chocolate!
Q: What travels all around the world but stays in one corner? A: A postage stamp!
Q: Why do fish like to eat worms? A: Because they get hooked on them!
Q: What is a shark’s favorite sandwich? A: Peanut butter and jellyfish!
Q: What is a frog’s favorite summertime treat? A: Hopsicles!
Q: What do you call a fish that doesn’t have any eyes (i’s)? A: A fsh!
Q: Why should you never blame a dolphin for doing anything wrong? A: Because they never do it on porpoise!
Welcome to our new newsletter feature, Caption This! Get on social media or send an email to Ms. Erin with a caption for this picture. Entries will be voted upon and a prize will be awarded for the most creative caption. May the odds be ever in your favor!
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