Presidio School Monthly Newsletter - February 2021
Message from the Principal - February 2021
As we gear up for blended learning (beginning on March 22, 2021), Presidio faculty and staff have made a few changes around campus and with routines. In an effort to minimize traffic, our middle and high school teachers are preparing for moving from room to room, our elementary school faculty and staff have been monitoring and adjusting seating arrangements in an effort to maximize space in anticipation of additional groups of students, and our office staff have been diligently reorganizing the front office, again to maximize space. I think the #PresidioFamily is both excited and nervous to move to our alternate learning plan. We’re excited to see more of our students on campus and nervous, as is expected, about a change in routine and how these plans may be impacted by our continuing global pandemic. However, we have done our very best to ensure that our blended learning model has minimal impact on the learning environment/process because we understand the importance of maintaining structure and routine for families and students. Our hope is to create a “new normal” that encompasses the safety protocol developed with guidance from the CDC, Arizona Department of Health, and Pima County Health Department, while continuing to focus on the academic and social growth for which Presidio is known. Thank you for continuing on this journey with us and for being part of the #PresidioFamily!
Over the months of January and February Presidio School has focused on the Caring Character Counts Pillar! Students listed below have been nominated by their teachers for showing excellent Caring in their day to day interactions by demonstrating the following characteristics:
• Being kind • Being compassionate and showing you care • Expressing gratitude • Forgiving others • Helping people in need
Kindergarten - Liliana Coronado Liliana embodies the word caring. She is so kind and nice to all her friends and teachers. She always has a smile and her kindness is such a light in our classroom. We even have a special "Lily" clap we do when we give everyone applause. If everyone were as caring as Lily, then the world would be a more friendly place.
First Grade - Samira Najera Samira is always kind to her classmates. She shows gratitude when she receives help and listens well to her classmates.
Second Grade - Kelton Barker Kelton shows caring through his consistently thoughtful and gentle ways. He cares for our world, nature, others and himself. He demonstrates the pillar of Caring every day in word and action.
Third Grade - Dallen Maust Dallen is very helpful to all students, especially during any technical challenges a student may face. He gives of himself often. Sometimes, he has to be told not to help. He cares whether or not other students are able to do their work or participate in class.
Fourth Grade - Alea Wilde Alea is a very nice and caring person. She shows caring and kindness towards everyone in her class, especially her teachers. She makes sure to check on us when we are having a bad day. Alea is a role model because she is also caring towards animals. She even volunteers at Trak which is a therapeutic ranch for animals and kids. She is the embodiment of the character pillar-Caring.
Fifth Grade - Christina McDonough Christina stands out this month for being caring because she shows a lot of empathy on a daily basis. Not only does she care about how well she is doing, always striving to improve, but she also pays close attention to how others around her are feeling and tries her best to make things better for them. She often tries to listen and understand others.
Sixth Grade - Erika Reynolds Erika is always interested in how other students are doing in class and often offers classmates extra help on her own time. She is aware of what is going on in class and will assist other students if they are having difficulties during class.
Seventh Grade - Maria Erlaine Morente During class, Maria helps out her fellow classmates who may be struggling.
Eight Grade - Rhianna Balvastro Rhianna is kind and caring towards others. I have seen her take time to make sure other students are okay, to generously give them school supplies, and to intentionally befriend students who are new to Presidio.
Freshman Class - Tatiana Berley Tati exemplifies the Caring pillar by putting so much extra effort into her work and diligently making sure she does the best she can possibly do on every assignment. She genuinely cares about the classroom environment of her teachers and classmates
Sophomore Class - Miranda Medle-Ursell Miranda exemplifies the Caring pillar. This semester she has been a "Reading Buddy" to several elementary students, and her patience and kindness make her a perfect fit for this role. Miranda excels in her biology class, and her care for others has encouraged her to set goals related to a future career in medicine. She also helps her classmates during group activities, and brings curiosity and enthusiasm to each class. Even during these unusual times, Miranda is finding creative ways to help those around her!
Junior Class - Regina Ruiz Regina treats all of her classmates and teachers with kindness and empathy. Her leadership within the "Reading Buddy" program with elementary students has further demonstrated her caring nature. With patience and enthusiasm she helps several elementary students sound out words and practice their reading and comprehension skills each week. Additionally, Regina works cooperatively with her classmates on group projects and cares about how everyone around her is doing.
Senior Class - Yakyra Carlisi Yakyra is a devoted and caring student to her friends, peers, and teachers. Yakyra goes above and beyond the call of friendship to check in on others, and to create an uplifting environment at Presidio. Yakyra will be missed by many here at Presidio when she graduates at the end of this year.
Get those Continuation Forms turned in!!
The deadline to return continuation forms and secure your student's place at Presidio for the next school year is Friday, March 5. A link to the continuation form is provided below, hard copies can be picked up at the school.
Use your Presidio school email to log in and you should arrive here:
We are excited to open Sora and library access back to our Presidio family. Let us know if you have questions and feedback by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Students, Staff, Parents, and Guardians
The counselor's corner is pleased to share with you a virtual event - The Presidio Career Fair will happen on March 12, 2021 for students in 8th grade through high school. Our guests will present valuable information on post-secondary schools and career opportunities to attending students. Please click on the button below to take a look at the flyer that our students have created for this event!!
With the holidays over and the days getting a little longer, our youngest friends at Presidio have been getting a little bit of Spring fever. Our students have discovered what a Staring Contest is. It is a little uncanny when you are teaching a math lesson and you are being intently stared at by a five year old. It is even more alarming when they yell, “Ms. Kendra, you blinked! You lose!”. We have had to have more conversations about Staring Contest protocol than I would care to admit, like telling them they need to let the other person know they are actually in a staring contest.
We have been learning about the needs of plants in Kindergarten Science. We put beautiful White Carnations in colored water to find out how plants get their nutrients. When we were talking about how beautiful the different colored flowers turned out, a student exclaimed, “Flowers DO NOT taste good!” No, they do not!
Our little caterpillars love expressing their opinions to their teachers. They always raise their hands with something important to say. Imagine trying to hold your laughter in when one of these sweet kids says out of the blue, “Mr. Mike, I HATE NCIS!”. That is a strong opinion to have about that for one so young!
Our Third Grade Team did some AWESOME Valentines Day projects to teach their classmates new and interesting facts about this fun and candy filled holiday. This research project showcases their researching skills and abilities, proper sentence writing, grammar skills, and of course shows off their amazing creativity. These are all skills we are constantly improving every day in our third grade classrooms. These presentations were done by Aiyonna Fulson, Bryant Craver and Emma McHenry and can be viewed by clicking the buttons below with their names.
This month, the 4th grade has been learning about Black History month. Students have been listening to stories written by African American authors as well as completing short research papers about famous African Americans throughout history in Social Studies. One story that the children listened to was called the Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson. This was about how families used Show Ways (quilts) to relay messages about the Underground Railroad as well as teach their family members about their heritage.
*The students drew a patch for their own 4th grade class Show Way quilt. Pictures below.
The All Mighty Power
By: Mason Johnson
Once upon a time in a village far far away from any other, there lived a boy with magical powers. Of course he isn’t the only one but this boy is the main character of our story. This boy’s name is Arakan Fukuhara. He wasn't always this way but he worked for it. Ever since the age of four he got bullied, so he realized he had to do something. From that day on he did several exercises known to improve magical capabilities and physical strength. He did the exercises up until the age of six when he started showing signs of his magic coming in.
In this world there are several magical attributes known to man. The attributes include earth, water, fire, wind, and the very few have lighting. He was different from the rest though he had not just one or two which is very rare but he had all the magical attributes dominant to his country. From the moment he learned of this he instantly told his mother Asano and his dad Ban about his powers. While he didn’t know how to control them at first he learned. He first learned earth and fire from his mom and dad, which in the magical ranking while his mom and dad were only intermediate he learned a lot from them.
By the age of ten his mom thought they should start helping him more, so they appointed six master level teachers to help him. While there are five total magical attributes there are some people who prefer to use swords. His teachers include Daichi his Earth teacher, Arata his Wind teacher, Hijiri his fire teacher, Akua his water teacher, Rai his lighting teacher, and finally his sword teacher Kitana. He spent a year with almost each of the teachers then for the final year when he would have been 15 he spent half a year practicing earth and fire since he basically mastered intermediate magic in both of those attributes. At the age of 15 he thought he should go to a magic school in the capital to eventually become the magic king of his home kingdom, the fortune kingdom. The current ruler Hisashi who has been the ruler for over 20 years he currently has the longest time ruling in magic king history, and he is the youngest from when he started at 23.
After he asked his parents, his parents immediately requested a carriage straight from the royal capital, they could afford this because they were both magic knights when they were younger. In his school he was the youngest there being only 15 while the rest were as young as 16. He spent two years there and at 17 he attempted the tryouts from the magic knights, there were a total of 5 squads and 5 captains to match. Being as skillful as he was, all the captains wanted him in their squad but he ended up picking the Red Dragon Knights as his squad. Then he set his mind to his next goal: he wanted to be the Red Dragon Knight’s captain; eventually the magic king. It would be hard though because his current captain Akaneryu was arguably the most powerful captain excelling in magic from across the sea’s dark magic, also he has another magic attribute which is intermediate in another native magic from his country which is light magic.
As a magic knight your duty is to do missions for the people and help out in any way you can. Arakan knew this was his duty and he knew he had to work as hard as he could day in and out. At the age of 18 with hard training and going through countless battles and making countless allies and friends he was promoted to vice captain. And then just one year later he became the captain of the Red Dragon Knight’s. Even though he made his goal he needed to go further. He promised himself he would stop advancing until he accomplished his goal and died as a hero.
He practiced and practiced and even learnt some dark magic from his previous captain. Quickly he learned that he doesn’t just have every magic in the kingdom, but he learned that any magic as long as he sees and practices it or gets taught it. This was very special and has never been done before, and quickly the public learned of his skill. Then just two years later the magic king got sick and passed away from a devil’s curse. As his last words and dying wish he asked captain Arakan to be the next wizard king and protect his kingdom and his people. Then now wizard king arakan became a fine ruler taking requests from the people and not just himself. Throughout his time as magic king he explored his kingdom looking for new magic. Through his travel’s he found all time of good and bad magic.
While he lived for 43 years protecting his kingdom of bandit’s, devils, monsters, dragons and even more terrifying beasts. He fought in countless battles with other kingdoms and people. In this society there was even fighting among the kingdom's people. In this society if you defeat the magic king you are now the magic king but nobody really ever tries. Mainly because they are scared or too weak when they do challenge them. Then after that he was known in history for years and years after that teaching people that goals are one thing but you need to put in effort to take the final step.
The AP US History class did a research project for Black History month. Each student was given a notable African American and was tasked to create a one-page visual highlight of the person's accomplishments. Here are a few examples of student work. Everyone did an exceptional job tapping into their creativity to present their research.
Middle school art students study mammals to demonstrate both digital artistry as well as classical watercoloring technique.
Monthly Family Fun - February
It’s time to have a little fun! We have created a fun February Valentine's Day/Caring scavenger hunt to solve. Submit pictures of your found items to social media (tag Presidio School) or email them to Ms. Erin (email@example.com) for all to see and enjoy!
Heart-shaped leaves on a tree or plant
A person wearing red
Something cuddly - such as a stuffed animal or a dog
An arrow (you might look on signs for one of these)
People holding hands, hugging or helping each other
Animals spending time together (maybe birds in a group)
Something that reminds you of your favorite candy
The number '14'
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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