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Presidio School Monthly Newsletter - January 2020
January 2020

Welcome to 2020, Presidio Family! As we usher in a new year, society often reflects on the previous year and develops goals for the new year. Being in a school is interesting this time of year because, while we are beginning a new calendar year, we are in the middle of the current school year. With that in mind, I feel it is best to reflect and reevaluate goals created at the beginning of the school year. 


My goal for this school year, as a new principal, has been to get Presidio on TRACK. TRACK stands for Transparency, Relationships, Accountability, Communication, and Kindness, which developed as a direct result of surveys, conversations, and feedback from staff, students, and families. This did not necessarily constitute a complete restructuring that is often seen with new leadership, but rather adjustments in approaches and increases in the effectiveness of maintaining transparency, building and maintaining relationships, holding others and ourselves accountable while looking at the whole picture, delivery of important communication, and ensuring that all encounters are met with kindness and compassion. These adjustments have, for the most part, proven successful as evidenced by the increase in community support, the drive and diligence we see in the classroom setting, and the increased desire for all members of the Presidio Family to learn and grow together. There is always room for growth and learning, but we have made significant progress since August and I am looking forward to continuing to challenge and support our collective learning. I welcome your feedback and appreciate the faith you have put into the Presidio Family.


Happy January!

Jessica Montierth Puls, Principal

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Important Dates
February 6th 5:30pm-6:30pm - PTSO Meeting
February 14th 1pm-4pm - Science Fair
February 19th - STEM Festival
February 20th-21st - Rodeo Break No School
March 16th-20th - Spring Break
Important Updates
Presidio PTSO

The next PTSO Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 6th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the Dreamcatcher Library. 

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

Presidio Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to Spelling Bee winner, Anusmita Deb from the 4th Grade AZ Explorers! Anusmita will represent Presidio School in the next round at Catalina High School on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00am. Please consider attending to cheer her on and to show her your support. #PresidioFamily

STEM Fest

Presidio's third annual STEM Fest is taking place on Wednesday, February 19! STEM Fest is an entire day dedicated to engaging and interactive fun for the whole campus. Teachers and staff are working hard on activities for all age groups focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. From a K-5 "Biome Parade" to our traditional Salsa competition including a presentation on the science behind spice (capsaicin), this day will be fun, hands-on and of course full of learning!

CLASSROOM & STUDENT UPDATES
Roadrunners

The Art Bots are coming! We are building robots powered by batteries. Our robots can draw. They make pictures of various shapes and colors. We are testing which weight, or placement of a popsicle stick on top of the motor, will create the best picture. We’re judging our art bot’s creation by whether it drew with a smooth or jerky motion, if it drew fast or slow, and the overall appearance of the design. We’re still in the early testing stages, so come by the Science Fair to see how it all turned out.

Roadrunners 3rd Grade
Mrs. Aliperti’s Class
Shared Writing



AZ Pioneers

The Pioneers have been busy bees as we started 2020. We have been studying the parts of opinion writing pieces, practicing six strategies to solve division problems, began reading a new novel, and even presented research projects on Native American Cultural Regions. Phew! We chose to teach the class about the Native American Cultural Regions in a variety of ways. We discussed how to be creative yet respectful in our approach to share the information we studied. GO PIONEERS!

9th Grade ELA

Ninth grade continued their study of Lord of the Flies with a collaboration on the descent into savagery.

High School Science

Our Environmental Science students calculated their ecological footprints, puzzled together Pangea pieces with fossil evidence, and identified igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Our Biology students extracted DNA from their cheek cells and solved a "crime" using simulated gel electrophoresis. Our Chemistry students visited a variety of chemical reaction stations around the room, and predicted the chemical products of each reaction. Finally, our AP Biology students simulated the lac and trp operons using candy, presented on current biotechnology news, and learned how biotechnology is being used to treat various genetic disorders. 

Dance

Dance needs plain, solid, navy or black umbrella's that have the hook handle to be used for "Singing In the Rain". We are in need of costumes or pajama's that could serve as the following costumes:
1st grade: "Lion King" characters
3rd grade: "Shrek" characters (3 pigs, donkey, shrek, etc)
We are also looking for an artist to volunteer to make some props for "Mary Poppins" - chimney sweeps and chimneys.

Mr. Victor's Early Elementary Art Classes

(Kindergarten) Red and Blue Caterpillars creating miniature replicas of the Great Wall of China for their Asia Unit. Kindergarten also created Japanese Cherry Blossoms using only straws and paint.

First Graders have been enthusiastically studying Space in their home rooms. In Art-Class they reviewed the Solar System with collaborative chalk murals on the K-2 campus. Earlier this month they created Three Dimensional Space Ships out of paper.

Second Graders have been learning about camouflage in their home rooms and continue to explore three dimensional figures in Art Class on the 1615 campus. Here are pictures of their 3D Camouflage Projects.

High School Art

These two exemplary works by Danny Leslie involve the preliminary Sphere In Space lesson. This lesson develops shading and dimensional technique which is then utilized in the self-portrait. The technical skill displayed is highly 3-dimensional and exhibits exquisite and innovative artistry!

Presidio School

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

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