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Presidio School Monthly Newsletter - August 2019
August 2019

Presidio Family,

I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself and share my thoughts for the upcoming school year.  The majority of my educational experience has been within the Special Education setting.  I started the self contained program at Ironwood Ridge my first year of teaching and remained there for 4 years.  I had a lot of fun and worked very hard to grow the program.  In the 4 years I was there, we began with 12 students and 3 teaching assistants and moved to 25 students, 2 teachers, and 8 teaching assistants.  From Ironwood Ridge High School, I moved to Lynn Urquides Elementary School to teach the Project ABLE classes (preschool special education classes) and the 3rd-5th grade self contained special education class.  Through that program, my staff and I created a strong connection with the families and community and worked with the students and staff to build an inclusion model for the students in my 3rd-5th grade class.  Eventually I moved to a post-secondary program called Chapel Haven West (CHW).  CHW is a 2 year program designed to empower young adults of varying abilities to live independent and productive lives.  My position at CHW was Vocational Coordinator and my team and I were able to maintain a 100% employment success rate for the students who participated in the competitive employment program.  I met with Tom and Terry in May 2014 to inquire about a special education teaching position with Presidio School, thus beginning my glorious career with Presidio.  All of my experiences have provided me with the opportunity to work with various ages, abilities, and advantages.  One thing that remained a constant theme was community building.  Throughout history, presidios were forts that offered safety.  It is my goal to build the Presidio Family in such a way that all who enter feel safe and valued, whether it is students, parents, and/or community members.  My goal is to get Presidio back on TRACK through Transparency, Relationships, Accountability, Communication, and Kindness.  In an effort to do so, we have developed monthly parent nights, increased communication via School Messenger, and periodic surveys so that we can ensure we are meeting our goals.  I welcome your feedback and the opportunity to share thoughts and am excited about the upcoming school year.

Happy August,

Jessica Montierth

Principal, Presidio School

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Important Dates
Monday , September 2nd - Labor Day No School
Tuesday, September 17th - Open House
Wednesday, September 18th - Dine Out With Presidio ~ Chipotle
Thursday, September 19th - PTSO Meeting
Tuesday, October 1st - Picture Day (K-2, high school)
Wednesday, October 2nd - Picture Day (Grades 3-8)
Important Updates
Presidio PTSO

The next PTSO Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the Dreamcatcher Library. Curious what the PTSO has in the works? Read the meeting minutes from the our last meeting to find out.

Bring any suggestions or ideas of things that you would like to see happen at Presidio this year, as well as any resources that you have that might help.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
-Margaret Mead


Dear Parents, 

I’m excited to tell you about a very special program I’m coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles. 

All around Presidio School, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located around the school for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!


Kim Petrikowski

Presidio PTSO

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On Wednesday, September 11th, also known as Patriots Day, students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. Additionally, Ms. Petrikowski will be collecting letters and cards for veterans from our students and dropping them off at the Veterans Hospital as a way of remembering 9/11 and honoring those who sacrifice so much for our freedom. Please make sure to deliver all cards and letters to Ms. Petrikowski by the end of the day on September 10th. She will be on the K-2 campus until 5:30 pm in the office

We would like to invite all family members serving in the military, or who are veterans or first responders to be recognized at the Presidio Flag Ceremony on Friday, September 6th. 

Make Dinner a Selfless Act
Dine Out With Presidio
September 18, 2019
3055 N Campbell Ave, N Campbell Ave, Tucson, United States
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September Dine Out

Mrs. Aliperti's class is doing reading partners and we are assigned partners. There are two numbers, 1 or 2, for each person. We get our books. We find a spot. Once we find a spot we check to make sure it is a good spot. When everyone has a post, the teacher flips a coin to see if the 1s will read as a curmudgeon or a golden reader. The 2s will read as the opposite of the 1. Now the partners are ready to read. Curmudgeons read with no feeling, but golden readers read like the words matter. It's like you are in a play. Readers should read like gold. Mrs. Aliperti says that good readers sound like they're having a conversation. We are working to become golden readers with our reading partners in Reader's Workshop. 

Boon W.

News Director

3rd Grade Roadrunners

Arizona Explorers

4th grade AZ Explorers just finalized their Family History Presentations in which students shared their family tree, interviewed a family member, described a family artifact, and shared a special family recipe. Students demonstrated creativity with their approach to the presentation and some also brought in food for the class to taste. Some families/parents joined us for the presentations as well. We are all so proud of the hard work the students put into showcasing their family and culture. A great way to start the year!

Arizona Pioneers

In the Pioneers class, we are working on several projects. One of them is the Family History Project and the Biomes Project. For the Family History Project, we had to do interviews, find family recipes, a family artifact, and more. On the Biomes Project, everyone in our class is studying a biome to present." - Lucas B, Class Messenger

High School Science

Our 9th grade environmental scientists reviewed the rock cycle by creating Starburst "rocks," playing a rock cycle dice game, and visiting rock stations. They are also learning about the environmental impacts of agriculture, and are preparing a homemade "Earth-friendly Eating" cookbook that will soon be sold after school to raise money for Sea Camp! Stay tuned! Our 10th grade biologists monitored how their body maintains homeostasis during exercise, practiced using compound light microscopes, and visited interactive lab stations centered around biological enzymes, pH, properties of water, and elemental properties. They also completed a pretty disgusting survey to learn about the chemistry of their bodies. If you see a sophomore, ask them to tell you a weird human body fact! Our 11th grade chemists contrasted physical and chemical changes at lab stations, created density tubes, graphed data depicting cm/inch conversions, and used cut-and-paste to practice dimensional analysis. Finally, our 12th grade AP biologists tracked water loss from plant transpiration, memorized a variety of molecular functional groups and their properties, and calculated the standard deviation and standard error of various data sets. 


Grade 7 Diamondbacks study family name heritage and cultural lineage along with the Yin Yang symbol coupled with additional textural and shading elements as they compose and design using pencil and mechanical drafter compasses!


High school dancers are working on a "Say Something" dance about human trafficking and bullying. They will perform the dance at their Flag Ceremony in October as well as the Winter Showcase in December. Students are using class and small group choreography in the dance, and are also working on a ballet with difficult timing which is a new but exciting challenge.  

A huge focus this year for our elementary students is Ballet and learning proper French terminology.  

Presidio Rock Band

Presidio's Rock Band will be playing Sunday, September 8th. Presidio was the only local school selected to showcase their talent at the grand opening of Dogtopia, a daycare, boarding facility, and spa for dogs at 7285 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 85715, near Sabino Canyon, phone 520-834-8717. The celebration will be from 1-4pm, with the Presidio Rock Band playing from 1:00 to 2:00pm. Come out and show your support! Stick around and see some other performances as well. 

Drama Club

Welcome to an exciting session of Drama Club! Our names are Amanda Gremel and Savannah Whitmer and we are instructors at Live Theatre Workshop.  Presidio has invited us to come and build a Drama Club.  During our time here we will discover singing, dancing and acting through the process of working on a small showcase. We are thrilled to be exploring this genre with your students and we can’t wait to get started. If your student must be absent, please let us know ahead of time so we can plan accordingly. The key components of our education department are: Theatre Etiquette, Acting/Performance Technique, Appreciation of the Arts, and our Mentorship Program. If you have any questions regarding these principles please feel free to contact us. You can help your child succeed and be prepared by helping with these three things.

  1. Make sure your student is dressed appropriately. We do a lot of moving around so skirts, dresses and flip-flops (or any shoe without a back) are strongly discouraged. We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe.
  2. Make sure your student is rested and fed. They can pack an extra snack to eat during their time with us.
  3. Help them with their lines and encourage them to keep trying.
  4. We ask that parents join us in class for the last 5-10min, so that everyone is on the same page for what’s expected for the following class. 

On the last day of class we will put on a showcase for family and friends.  Due to privacy of other students we ask that you do not post any video or photos on social media. If you have any questions regarding this issue please fill free to talk with us.

We are looking forward to a great term with your family. Please call us with any questions or concerns.

Amanda Gremel

Director of Children’s Programming


Supply Requests

3-12 Campus - Requesting sponges to be used for ice packs or a donation of reusable ice packs.

Dance - Requesting 1 gallon Zip Lock Bags (around 200 needed). These are used for placing each piece of costume inside for quick order for each student and class. We also would appreciate anyone to dedicate their Tax Credit to Dance so we can make new purchases for costumes and needed activities for our students.

Gate Requesting anyone's compost, seeds to plant, and soil! 

Additionally, students are making solar system models using SAM Labs programming with D.C. motors to create the orbit, and LED to create the light of the sun! That being said, any old balls that could be used for the models would be greatly appreciated. 

Presidio School

1695 E. Fort Lowell Rd., Tucson
United States

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