Hi Presidio Family!
April “showered” us with state-mandated assessments, field study opportunities, and our last flag ceremony of the school year. Students in grades 3-9 and 11 spent the better part of April working through state-mandated assessments, which made for an exhausting day and required flexibility on the part of the students and teachers. Despite these challenges, we couldn’t be more proud of our students. With the help of some incentives (thank you, Ms. Cahoon), our students arrived on time, prepared, and ready to “show what they know!” Huge shout outs go to Ms. Moreno and Ms. Eisberg for single-handedly proctoring all assessments and ensuring that all students who were required to complete state-mandated assessments did so!
Our seventh graders had the opportunity to head up the mountain to Sky School last week. They were quite surprised to still see snow on the ground, even though they were warned that it was going to be chilly up there. Props to Ms. Marquez and Mr. Schaefer for braving the overnight trip with 14 of our seventh graders. They came back smelling “earthy” with huge smiles on their faces, bragging to anyone who would listen about how amazing their experience was. While seventh grade was away, sixth and eighth grade got to play… with Virtual Reality. The ACT 1 Field Study Opportunity, Freedom in Expression, took participants on a 360° visual and audio journey connecting the history of public art to the Mexican Mural Movement with a muralist in modern-day Chicago and ground-breaking female mariachis in Tucson. Survey results from the students were incredibly positive, so we are looking for more of these experiences. We love providing hands-on learning opportunities for our students!
Our final flag ceremony of the 2022-2023 school year happened on April 28. Presidio welcomed community partners from various businesses to celebrate all of their good works and participate in Presidio’s character pillar activity. We were even visited by Pima County Superintendent, Mr. Dustin Williams, and Arizona Department of Education’s, Mr. Mila Makal, who joined Presidio to spotlight our character education programs. Mr. Makal said that he planned to feature photos from our flag ceremony on the Arizona Department of Education’s social media pages, so please take a look.
April showered us with amazing opportunities that set us up for a “blooming” May. We have 18 more school days of growth and I am excited to see what blossoms in May. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2023. Let’s shower them with love and appreciation for all they do to help us grow!
Jessica Montierth, Principal