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Presidio School Monthly Newsletter - February 2020
Message from the Principal - February 2020

Happy February, #PresidioFamily! February brought Rodeo, the STEM festival, and the celebration of our character pillar Caring. In looking for inspiration for my monthly message, I was reminded of the passage above from The Velveteen Rabbit. I look around our campus and see so many “real” people; people who are devoted to empowering our students, families, and each other. These people work tirelessly to bring meaningful experiences to the #PresidioFamily through flag ceremony and festival activities, greeting everyone who walks through the door by name, stopping to help tie shoes, and volunteering to help with showcase/recitals. These people are monitors, office staff, teachers, administrators, family members, and students and continually embody Caring characteristics through words and actions. Sometimes caring hurts, sometimes it’s doesn’t feel good, and sometimes it doesn’t look “pretty,” but caring is always real and is always a result of love. I encourage you to read The Velveteen Rabbit and think about all of the things that make you real. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be “real” everyday.

Happy February!

Jessica Montierth Puls, Principal

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Important Dates
March 5th 3:35pm-4:35pm - PTSO Meeting
March 13th 12PM - Early Release
March 13th - End of Quarter 3
March 16th-20th - Spring Break
Important Updates
Presidio PTSO

The next PTSO Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5th at 3:35 pm in the Cafeteria. 

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

Salsa Competition Winners

On Wednesday, February 19th, Presidio School had its annual salsa competition followed by a STEM presentation on the science behind spice (capsaicin)! Our salsa competition is an annual, beloved Presidio tradition - we had lots of delicious salsas to sample on festival day!

Congratulations to the 2020 Presidio School Salsa Contest Co-Champions!

Sophia Jacobson (3rd Grade-Ms. Aliperti)
Armida Hoffman (4th Grade-Ms. Smith)

Also, congratulations to all the participants!

Chinese New Year

Pictures from the Presidio School annual Chinese New Year Parade earlier this month! K-5 students decorated class dragons while 6-12 grade students fed "Kindness Coins" to the younger grades.

Senior Car Wash

The Presidio high school seniors will be holding a Car Wash on Saturday, March 7 from 10AM - 2PM at Presidio School!

Come out and support your seniors - all donations greatly appreciated!!

Popcorn Sales

The CCCR class is selling popcorn after school on Wednesdays and Fridays!! A large bag of popcorn costs $5 and a small bag $3. Bring some dollars and get a tasty treat after school while supporting the CCCR class - it's a win-win!


The Caterpillar classes have been studying animals and their habitats in science. They recently took a field trip to Sabino Canyon to experience animals and their habitats first hand out in nature. They also created dioramas of habitats at home as part of their homework. Here are a few pictures from the field trip and some of their cool habitats!


Roadrunners have created Book Clubs. Each student completed a reading inventory to describe the types of books he/she likes to read and what genres interest them most. Dogman was a big hit! Most enjoy reading funny stories or mysteries, while others prefer nonfiction books. Cohorts were formed and each group selected a book to read. Groups gave their club a name, created a materials list and protocol for discussion, along with the type of writing they would work on. Club names include: Golden Reading, Ghost Town Road, Gold Vipers, Wild Cats, and Fire Dragons. Readers show evidence of their thinking on post-its, in a reader's notebook, or on a story mountain (plot diagram) drawn on large construction paper. Readers are motivated. Readers are reading. Readers are thinking. The Roadrunners have come a long way in reaching their reading goals. We are constructing meaning, not just reading the words.

~Mrs. Aliperti and Boon W. (Class News Director) 
3rd Grade

6th Grade Life Sciences

The 6th grade Life Sciences classes (Colts and Chargers) recently participated in a Genetic Code Lab. We collaborated with Ms. Betty, Presidio art teacher, where we used yarn and a method she has already taught the students in order to come up with the double helix shape for DNA. Next, the students used beads to code words in order to compose a sentence about the lesson that we read. Students had to remember that you need 3 nitrogen bases in to order code for a specific amino acid which will build specific proteins. Students had to use 3 beads in a specific order to code for a specific word and then compose a complete sentence from the words they built. The sentence had to be about the lesson on DNA and the genetic code.

High School AP Government

The AP Government class has been deep into studying the various aspects of political identity and following the Democratic Primary race. Students have been analyzing the voting patterns of various demographics and the influence of money and interest groups on our political process. Students have done research on the various ideologies of alternate political parties and interest groups that operate in the US, and created posters to share what they have learned. They also created their own political parties based on what they found to be the most important political issues of this election season. They had to craft a name, symbol, identify their political leaning, and outline specific policies that their party would promote. We will also continue our Friday personal finance studies, and begin learning about various types of investments.


Grades 1-3 are learning about each of the seven continents! The third grade just finished their presentations on North American countries. 

Next month our Model UN students head to NYC for their debate! They have all been working hard to raise the money needed and studying to prepare for this important and impactful event.

Next week we should find out if students made the National Geographic Challenge competition for their ideas on how to stop plastic pollution!


Mark Your Calendars for our Dance and Kung Fu Showcase on Friday, May 1st, Musicals and Movies will be the theme. Showtimes: 9am and 1pm.

We are in need of some specialty items for loan or donation:
*Long knee high black socks (6th grade) - need 8 pair - Used is fine!
*Black suspenders (Need 8 in all, even one pair helps)
*Black musical theater character dance shoes in 1" - 1 1/2" heels (all sizes needed for donation)
*Large containers of gold sequins or larger glitter to cover top hats
*Animal print fabrics (Zebra, Lion, Giraffe, and farm animal colors, grey, pink, white, etc)
*1 small adult construction hat and safety vest
*Brightly colored bandanna's - neon colors to white or black.
*3 pair of 'Blind Mice" glasses
*Cases of water bottles
*Hand sanitizer

Thank you for looking deep in those drawers for any of these things. We also appreciate your tax donations! Please let us know if you will be donating, we would like to thank you properly.

Contact: Karen Penazek, Dance Instructor, 881-5222 X1204

High School Music

High School Music Gig Schedule

March 7, Friday, 8am, Presidio Flag Ceremony for whole school (2 songs)

March 29, Sunday, 11am-2pm, Monterey Court, Sunday Brunch (30 minute slot)

505 W Miracle Mile, Tucson, AZ 85705, 207-2429 (Reservations recommended

Apr 5, Sunday, 4-4:30pm, Tucson Folk Festival, Lawn in front of Downtown Library

Apr 19, Sunday, 4pm-7pm, Youth Showcase, House of Bards (20 minute slot)

4915 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712, 327-2011

Apr. 24, Friday, 9am and 1pm, Presidio Recital (Show openers)

1695 E Ft Lowell Rd, Tucson AZ 85719, 881-5222

May 9, Saturday, 7:00pm-9:15pm, Tanque Verde Swap Meet (Just us for 2 hours!)

4100 S Palo Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714, 294-4252

Mr. Victor's Early Elementary Art Classes

(Kindergarten) Red and Blue Caterpillars learned about different habitats. These intricate replicas were created from home with the help of their parents.

Second Grade portraits for African American History/ Awareness Month

Middle School Art

Grade 7 Dolphins Art Nouveau Style Jewelry
This lesson involves using nature inspired motifs and the fluid line characteristic of the Nouveau style to create wire jewelry. 

Artist order- Isak Sanchez, Anyssa Escobedo and Kirin Fisher.

Presidio School

1695 E. Fort Lowell Rd., Tucson
Arizona 85719 United States

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