I can’t believe it is the end of January 2021! Although this month, as with previous months, has brought its own set of challenges, I would like to shine a light on some positive January happenings!
We kicked off January with a new character pillar (Caring) and virtual flag ceremony to celebrate those who were nominated for the Citizenship pillar. January has also brought new governmental leadership and the historical swearing in of the first female, biracial Vice President. I say this not in support or against Vice President Harris, but rather to highlight the historical moment. Finally, we are ending January with National School Choice week. National School Choice Week began in 2011 as a way to promote the concept of all forms of school choice: district schools, district magnet schools, charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling and has been celebrated during the last week of January each year since. The goal of school choice programs is to give parents more control over their child's education and to allow parents to pursue the most appropriate learning environments for children and we are so grateful that we have so many families who choose Presidio every day!
This school year has not been the easiest to navigate for anyone, but the sun always shines through the clouds. Despite the challenges, our faculty and staff have worked hard to learn new technologies and techniques to meet students where they are, while maintaining Presidio’s high expectations. Students and families have risen to the challenge, despite the odds, and have learned new systems, methods, and schedules. Families, who might not otherwise have been able to, are able to join classes and actively participate in the students’ learning and have shared their experiences with me. I appreciate the feedback as it helps me understand what is working and what needs to be modified. I am thankful for the hard work, dedication, and trust that the #PresidioFamily has put in me to lead and in each other to make it through this challenging year. I am so excited to see the growth that has occurred as a result of perspective taking, problem solving, and the integration of technology into our lives. Together we are creating a brighter future today!
Just Like That - By Gary D. Schmidt: This book is about a girl who has lost a friend recently, and moved to a new school. Learning new ways to live and make new friends can be hard when you’re dealing with loss.
Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance - Compilation by Nikki Grimes: This poetry collection pairs great women of art with great poets of the Harlem Renaissance to complete an overall picture of a tumultuous time period where great works of art were lost to the pages of time.
The Lion of Mars - By Jennifer L. Holm: Bell is a regular kid living in a colony on Mars, but when a virus breaks out amongst the adults, Bell needs to bring both their colony together, and get into contact with the other isolated colonies on the planet. Some things aren’t as easy as they seem!
CLASS of 2021 - Congratulations to Yakyra Calisi for being accepted to the University of Arizona!!! BEAR DOWN!!!
Attention Parents and Guardians below you will find helpful information:
The Presidio Closet is a cache of gently used uniform shirts and hoodies available to any students who may need them. Families can donate uniform shirts or hoodies their students no longer need to the cache for other families to use. We ask that all items be laundered prior to donation.
Any families that are in need of uniform shirts from the Presidio Closet please contact Ms. Petrikowski, email@example.com. We currently have several uniform shirts in different sizes available.
Ms. Petrikowski delivered over 100 holiday cards to Banner Hospital for the healthcare workers there before the holidays. She left a note with the cards stating where they came from and how to get in contact with the school or herself. The cards were created and signed by kindergarten, third and fifth grade students.
This year at Presidio, we have had to get used to adapting to anything that is thrown at us. Just when we were starting to get used to being in the classroom, we started learning from home. Just when we get used to learning from home, we go back to the classroom. This makes for some pretty silly situations.
One of the great things about learning from home is that we do not have to wear masks. Well, it’s great until you're told that you look funny without your mask! Oh how Covid has changed our perspective.
We learn so much about animals in kindergarten and first grade. One teacher was telling students how an emu egg is the same color and size as an avocado, to which a student exclaimed “An avotaco!?!?” I don’t know about you but an avotaco sounds delicious.
We love to challenge our youngest students here! They are so smart and we love to put those big brains to work. Naturally, some of our students do not always feel like working. Who hasn’t felt like that? Some of our kids are so smart that they pretend to be frozen when they want a little break. The real challenge is coming up with the reason why they must “unfreeze” themselves and finish their assignments.
Mrs. Penazek wanted to add... During online dance class one of my first grade students replied when I said, I will send out an E-mail to everyone, she said, "Will a G-mail work?". Keeping us on our toes!
Growing in Second Grade
The new year brings new learning, both academically and emotionally. Two weeks of remote learning to stop the Covid-19 spread took teamwork and perseverance! A huge shout out to students, families and support staff! Thank you!
In Reading we started a new unit called “Look Again.” We are reading stories and informational text about animal camouflage. Students are becoming more independent at writing complete answers using words from the question and evidence from the text.
In Science, we began our “Plant Adventures” unit. Like animals, we are learning that plants have needs, too. We love doing experiments as a class and at home! Can you tell which plant (in photo) sprouted in the sun and which one was in the dark?
In Math we are working on interpreting our word problems. The best way we have found is to model the problem using equations.
Our Character Pillar is Caring. In addition to learning ways to care for others and our world, we are learning ways to practice self-care. You may want to try one of these Go-Noodle exercises at home, too! They are great for kids and grown-ups, alike.
In Fourth grade ELA, we are working on reading comprehension and writing for AZ Merit. Students are writing multiple paragraphs on a given prompt and then utilizing their Performance Coach Text to complete the reading comprehension. In Social Studies, we are working on different regions of the United States. We just completed the Northeast region and will be working on the Southeast region. Students will continue on with a more in-depth look at the rest of the U.S. regions throughout the year.
Mrs. Horn's 4th Grade Science
4th graders have been busy putting on their researcher's hats and diving deep into the world of natural hazards! We have studied the causes and effects of many natural hazards and how communities can best prepare for them. To wrap up our learning on this subject, each student has chosen one natural hazard they were interested in studying more in-depth and are creating a project to share with their peers at a virtual fair. Check out some of our work in progress below!
The 5th Grade Mountaineers kicked off 2021 by modeling Earth in science class. Students were encouraged to be creative, resourceful, and not be limited by what materials they could use. As a result, we ended up with a variety of creations ranging from paintings, clay models, foam balls, and bowls, to glued paper, drawings, and Minecraft. This was just the beginning. They will dive deeper into the Earth's Systems and will demonstrate their knowledge of the four spheres soon.
In-Person Learning is better than Online Learning
By Korimi-Luz Lizalde (7th grade)
In-person learning is better than online learning. This is because learning in school improves concentration level as there are not as many distractions as at home and not many excuses to leave the classroom. This therefore improves the student's ability to learn, meaning that the student can work to their full ability and get the most out of each class they do. It is also easier for teachers to tell if a student is struggling or if they are cheating on homework assignments. Being able to spot this is crucial for the teacher to be able to do their job, as if a teacher does not know a person is struggling then they did not further revise the material so the student has greater understanding of the topic. Not being able to tell if a student is cheating is also a problem as it means that the student will not understand much of the material and therefore find it difficult to pursue certain careers that they might want.
In addition to this, not going to school can cause students to have little social interaction outside their family circle. This results in students falling behind in their social skills resulting in them not being able to react efficiently to certain situations. This could greatly affect future friendship and relationships of a student and could make it harder for them to succeed in the workplace. In fact a poll has shown that this is a common concern among 67% of parents.
Moreover, many websites and technologies weren’t meant to operate on such a large scale that online school demands. This means that much stress is put on these technologies resulting in many malfunctions. These malfunctions can come in the form of things such as students not being able to log onto certain websites such as Google Meets. This is disruptive towards a student's learning and could result in lower efficiency in academic subjects. These malfunctions could also come in the form of security breaches resulting in teachers and students personal information being leaked making it accessible to many people such as scammers. This could result in the loss of large amounts of money from the teacher therefore putting more stress in lives which could affect their ability to teach resulting in students not having the best chance they can get at an education.
The school's information could also be leaked making the school liable to be scammed. This could result in schools losing funding making them have to cut staff and supplies affecting the students capability to do work. It could even result in the school closing down meaning (especially in a large school) that many teachers and staff would be unemployed. If this were to happen on a mass scale then it could worsen the economy, negatively impacting the country if this event occurred.
In conclusion, in person learning is better as it allows teachers to further help students to understand work, by being able to tell if the student is struggling. In addition it improves grades as children are less distracted. It is also better as it helps children to develop further social skills making them be more successful in future relationships and the workplace. Moreover it helps to lessen stress on technology, therefore avoiding any technology malfunctions that could result in security breaches.
AP World History
As we started a new semester, the AP World History class took some time to appreciate the musical creations of the Romantic Era. Students listened to a variety of compositions that included Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, Tchaikovsky's Russian Dance, and Flight of the Bumblebee by Remsky. As the students listened to each composition, they were to draw their own piece of art that reflected the emotion of the piece and give it an original title. This is one of my favorite activities because it opens up the student experience. History can sometimes focus too much on politics and dates instead of looking at the broader range of human experience. Taking the time to listen to the music of the time, stepping back to appreciate art and how it was influenced by the events of the day is an important piece of leaning about a time in history. We are continuing our study of the revolutions of the 19th century and have started reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe for an exploration of the impact of European colonization on Africa.
High School Science
The high school Biology and Anatomy students were visited by a guest speaker this month: Dr. Stephen Goldstein, a virologist from the University of Utah who specializes in coronavirus evolution. His presentation focused on the phylogenetic lineages of past coronaviruses, as well as information about the designs of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. Students had the opportunity to ask him questions about his research and about the pandemic in general. Thank you Dr. Goldstein for spending time with our students!
High school art - featuring digital art made in the Pop Art style similar to the famous 1970's artist and icon - Andy Warhol.
Monthly Fun - January
It’s time to have a little fun! We have created a January year in review form to keep as a way to remember what a unique year 2020 was. Have fun looking back on 2020 while also looking forward to the new year ahead. Submit your year in review to social media (tag Presidio School) or email them to Ms. Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all to see and enjoy!
Caption This Photo! 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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