The countdown has begun. T-minus 3 weeks until the end of the 20/21 school year and it seems that there’s still so much to do: graduation and promotion ceremonies, unit wrap ups, preparations for summer school, and end of the year procedures. The campus is buzzing with excitement and anticipation. Speaking of wrap ups-we just wrapped up state-mandated assessment “season” and I’d like to take a minute to say thank you. To the faculty and staff-thank you for your efficiency and fidelity to the process. To the families and students-whether participating in learning remotely or in person, we had over 95% of our students participate! Thank you for your flexibility and perseverance. Finally, to the leadership team-staying late, arriving early, constantly modifying schedules to adhere to our mitigation plan while ensuring a secure test environment, and coming in on weekends to administer assessments as needed-thank you!
Now, let’s take a quick breath then saddle up and make it a great ride to May 26th!
We are in need of a 55 gallon food grade barrel that will be cut down to make a new water station for Barney and Betty, the school tortoises. If anyone is willing to donate one we would greatly appreciate it!! Please contact Mr. Joe with any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-881-5222
Reading about race: Publisher’s Weekly reviews books for young adult readers in their An Anti-Racist Chlidrens’ Reading List. Standout titles include YA works like Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, a Newberry Award winner, and wildly popular The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, and for young readers, gorgeous picture book Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration is a mixed-media art book about nature and color.
Summer reading with Pima County Library is on! Print and digital ways to celebrate reading milestones and find a book your kiddo will actually like are up at the Summer Learning link.
Books from Sora, the Presidio School online library, will be available to students after the end of SY 20/21. Be sure to download the app to your or your child’s phone so that they will have access away from their school Chromebooks.
We are nearing the end of our school year in kindergarten and first grade. We are used to our routine and we have grown leaps and bounds with what we have learned. We are also a little tired so it is always fun to be silly and laugh during our long days.
One subject we love to talk about is our families. Mr. Mike’s Blue Caterpillars class was doing just that. Mr. Mike asked his kids, “How many aunts do you have?” and one of the replies was, “I have lots of ANTS outside my house”. Not ants my friend, AUNTS! The English language can be a real doozy with all our words that sound so similar.
Kindergarteners love to pretend to be the teacher. They enjoy getting up in the front of the classroom and saying, “I am Ms. Kendra, do your homework”. You might be a little taken aback when one of your students pretends to be you and says, “I am your teacher, I am 85 YEARS OLD!” That one still hurts hahaha!
The Thirteen American colonies is a concept that is introduced to our Presidio friends in first grade. One of the common questions asked is, “Name one of the first thirteen colonies”. A not so common answer from one of our first graders was, “Las Vegas… no, no, no Transylvania!”. Good guesses though!
Third Grade celebrates Earth Day by drawing art on the sidewalks outside of our 3rd grade classroom with positive messages to encourage all to "Take care of her!", "Love Mother Earth", and more! We pledged to our part. Go 3rd Grade....We Rock!
Hello, 4th grade!
This month in ELA, we reviewed for our AZ Merit Writing and Reading tests. We took our AZ Merit Writing test on April 7th, the Reading tests on April 20th and 21st and the Math tests on April 22nd and 23rd. During the week of April19th, the 4th grade decided to host a Spirit Week! We had Crazy Hair Day, Pajama Day, Sports Day, All One Color day and Meme day. Ms. Horn and I thought this may ease the tension of AZMerit. At the end of April, students have been finishing the last chapter in their Social Studies text (Chapter 9) and will be working on ELA by creating their own plays in groups of 4.
Enjoy some pics of the students and Ms. Horn (with a coffee filter in her hair to show her love for coffee) from Spirit Week!
In science, we put on our inventor hats and entered the wonderful world of animal adaptations. We studied some of the internal and external structures that help animals survive and adapt to their environment. As our culminating project, students created their own animal with explanations of the special adaptations their animal has in order to survive. Check out some of our awesome animals below!
The 5th Grade Mountaineers are learning about our Earth's resources and human impacts on our Earth's systems. As engineering practice, students are using information that they obtain to explain solutions to a design problem. They reused materials from around the house to design new products such as pet toys. As we start to dive deeper, they will be able to identify, compare, and contrast efficient and/or wasteful ways that people use Earth's resources.
The ceremony is being planned and the students and families are getting excited as we prepare to send the graduating class of 2021 off into the world. We could not be more proud of our seniors. Check out what they have planned after graduation:
In the fall, Yakyra Carlisi is attending the University of Arizona where she plans to major in English, join the Blue Chip Leadership program, and pledge a sorority. Her goal is to become a published author while teaching High School English courses.
Gabriela Fragozo has been accepted to Northern Arizona University where she will major in Physiological Sciences with an emphasis in Neuroscience. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, Gabriela plans to attend the University of Arizona’s law program.
Mia Garland-Rogers is excited to pursue studies in the medical field while attending the University of Arizona in the fall.
In the fall, Rain plans to attend Pima Community College to complete her general education requirements before transferring to Northern Arizona University to study business.
After graduation, Akim plans to enter the workforce to gain experience and explore the field of architecture; one of her life-long goals.
Jacob Peterson will attend the University of Arizona in the fall to study performing arts. Upon completion of his Bachelor's degree, Jacob plans to go to Boston University to pursue a Master's degree in Acting and Screenplay Writing.
Raven Rose-Cowle will attend Pima Community College in the fall to complete her general education requirements before transferring to University of Arizona to study optometry.
In July 2021, Dustin Salcido will travel to San Diego, CA to attend the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Boot Camp. Upon completion of boot camp, Dustin will participate in training to become a Combat Engineer.
Joel Vargas is attending Pima Community College in the fall to complete his general education requirements and will then transfer to the University of Arizona to pursue his Bachelor's degree in Business Management.
After graduation, Kenny Wilson will attend Pima Community College to pursue interests in the medical field.
The kids in aftercare have begun growing flowers with Ms. Johnston to study germination and plant-growth; they also simulated these processes in clay and painted in celebration of Earth Day/Week! (Special thanks to Ms. Petrikowski for donating the seeds and planting supplies!)
We have had a great time learning about the nuts and bolts of how music is put together. Next year we hope to apply this knowledge to hands on instruments! Kindergarten through second grade will continue with voice, rhythm and fun. Third grade will begin placing fingers on the Recorder. Fourth and fifth grades will learn Orchestral Strings, choosing a violin, viola or cello. I will see eighth graders for Classical Guitar class. High School Music elective will focus on the performance of popular music in Rock Band form. The more you know about music, the more you can learn to play and share with others!
Monthly Family Fun - April
It’s time to have a little fun! We have provided some fun April riddles that the whole family are sure to enjoy. At the very least they will make you and your family put on your thinking caps and share a few laughs. Submit videos of your family sharing some of these riddles with each other to social media (tag Presidio School) or email them to Ms. Erin (email@example.com) for all to see and enjoy!
Riddles obtained from: www.imom.com
Q: What’s in the middle of March and April but never at the beginning or end? A: The letter “R”
Q: What month has one day? A: All of them!
Q: Carrie’s birthday is in April, which is in the fall. How is this possible? A: Carrie lives in Australia.
Q: What 5-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? A: “Short”
Q: A plane crashes exactly on the border of the U.S. and Canada. Half the people on board were American and half the people were Canadian. Where do you bury the survivors? A: You don’t bury survivors!
Q: What comes once a minute, twice every moment, but never in a thousand years? A: The letter “M”
Q: Henry’s mother had four kids. The first three were named April, Fools, and Day. What was the fourth one named? A: Henry
Q: When written forward, this word is heavy. When written backward, it is not. What word is this? A: Ton
Q: When called to investigate, the police found that a man had died in his apartment. When they looked up where he worked, they discovered that he earned $30 for every month he worked with 30 or fewer days and $35 for every month he worked with 31 days. Assuming today is April 1, how much will he earn by the end of December? A: April Fools’! He won’t earn anything. He died.
Q: Mike was born on March 31st and he’s the easiest person to pull an April Fools’ joke on. Why? A: Because he was born yesterday.
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