Another month has come and gone. Well, almost… August brought the start of school, the celebration of the Character Pillar RESPECT, and much much taller students! It is crazy how much they grow in a summer, isn’t it, let alone how much they grow in a year! We haven’t seen some of these lovely faces for almost 365 days, so it has been a thrill to “get to know” everyone again. Although the COVID-19 Delta variant has been on the rise, Presidio has been very fortunate. The #PresidioFamily is doing an amazing job following Presidio’s mitigation strategies and is committed to keeping each other safe; talk about respect!
A HUGE shout out to the Presidio High School CCCR class for providing Presidio with daily announcements and reminders about how to embody respect. If you haven’t had a chance to see the announcements, please check out Presidio’s TikTok page.
Open House is coming up on September 14, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 PM. We would love to see you all (either virtually or in person) and show off all of the amazing things our students and staff have been doing. We are working on scheduling a spaghetti dinner that evening as well. Stay tuned for more information about Open House activities in the coming weeks.
Presidio would like to congratulate Diego Yepez, Alexia Patino, and Alexa Lopez Lara who have all been accepted to the University of Arizona with generous financial assistance packages. We are all very proud of you!!
Presidio Family, please make sure that if your student is in elementary or middle school you are sending them each day in their Presidio uniform shirt. Students MUST be in a Presidio shirt per school policy. We've had quite a few students show up recently without their uniform shirt.
If you need to purchase school shirts you can do so via our website through the Presidio Store, or in-person at the school office. If you need assistance purchasing uniform shirts for your student please inquire at the front office about our Presidio Closet program.
For both of the playgrounds: jump ropes, hula hoops, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, cornhole sets, outdoor checker sets, outdoor Connect Four game, bowling sets, ring toss sets, outdoor Jenga game, scoop ball sets, buckets stilts, etc.
For aftercare: Bottled water and healthy prepackaged snacks such as baby carrots, celery sticks, apple slices, granola bars, pretzels, crackers. Also for aftercare, the students have been doing a lot of dramatic play and really having fun with it! We would love some donations of dress-up items such as hats, scarves, costume jewelry, toy accessories for different professions such as pretend tools, vet play items, grocery store play items, first responder play items, etc.
Thank you for supporting Presidio School!
Hello Presidio Family! The High School College, Career, and Civic Readiness Class (CCCR Class) will be updating and informing everyone of any upcoming events, such as meetings, PTSO news, fundraisers, and more. We are so excited to create a better connected school community.
Who is hungry for popcorn??
Beginning Wednesday, August 25 you can purchase tasty popcorn in four different flavors and support our CCCR Class at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!!
Another year at Presidio has started and our youngest students are quickly learning how to be the best Presidio students they can be. Of course this comes with some challenges. We are very excited for a school year that is closer to normal. We are also ready to laugh, laugh, laugh at the things these little comedians come up with.
We always start the year reading lots of books, and when we read I like to repeat the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” One little boy started to repeat this but instead said, “Don’t judge a cover by the book.” I did not have the heart to correct him after he tried so hard to repeat it perfectly.
As teachers, we love Target! I am sure you can find us wandering the aisles on a weekly basis. Imagine my surprise when one of my little guys piped up and said, “Miss Kendra, I LOVE TARGET!” Have to start them early!
It is always such a hot start to our school year here in Tucson. We are constantly reminding our kids to hydrate! Mrs. Lopez’s students took this to another level. One of them said, “We just gotta drink dat water. That dang water. Hydrate!”
Third Grade recently completed a fun mindfulness lesson where students worked on their perfect mug of hot chocolate. Each student colored a hot chocolate mug then placed three things that make them warm and happy inside of the marshmallows. The point of the lesson was for students to relax and think warm thoughts - calming their brains and body down after a fun day. Students learned how to focus their thoughts, and hold the positive ones close to them. The student's mugs are hanging on our bulletin board in the classroom.
The Desert Dwellers have been looking sharp in their academic skills this past month! We have been studying reading and writing stamina, the relationships in multiplication and division, and the characteristics of the regions in the U.S. In science, we have had the opportunity to complete some awesome labs where we have been practicing the scientific method. We tested the strengths of various materials and even got to engineer a ramp to test how the starting height of an object affects its speed. Check out some of our ingenuity below!
High School Science
This month the environmental science students modeled the rock cycle with Starburst, identified independent and dependent variables at interactive lab stations, and completed a virtual lab which demonstrated the laws of thermodynamics. The biology students practiced proper microscope techniques, tracked homeostatic changes during exercise, and reviewed atomic structure with plastic egg models of atoms. The anatomy and physiology students tested catalase enzyme activity with chicken livers, modeled fatty acids, analyzed various patient case studies, and reviewed medical terminology with memory card games and a Google sheets "medical dictionary" they will be adding to throughout the year. The chemistry students created density tubes, contrasted chemical and physical changes at lab stations, and practiced teamwork and time management skills while separating the components of a mixture.
The Winter Showcase Dance and KungFu performance will be together this year, and we are excited to see these students on stage once again! Please 'Save The Date' of Friday, DECEMBER 10, 2021 for a great show! As always, there will be two shows - 9:00am and 1:00pm Please come early to ensure available parking. These shows do sell out so make sure to purchase your tickets early! Ticket price is $1 per seat per person, sold Tuesday - Friday the week of the show. Performers for this Winter showcase are the high school students in Dance and KungFu, kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th grade, 1/2 of 6th grade and 1/2 of 7thgrade students. The Spring Showcase Dance and KungFu performance will be for grades 1st, 3rd, 5th, and the other half of the 6th and 7th graders and high school classes. That 'Save The Date' is MAY 6, 2022, also with two performances at 9am and 1pm. Thank you for all your support!
To all who are interested in the
TAAG Poster Contest, please
review the specs on this brochureand turn in your submissions (11"x8.5") to Ms. Cam by
September 24th, 2021. You can either email
email@example.com high resolution photo/scan of your artwork (max 5mb) and completed form, or have Ms. Cam capture the image for you. If it is in digital format, please provide a PDF and JPEG.
Here's what we've been up to in art class so far:
The 1st graders have been guided through drawing different animals using numbers or basic shapes as a starting point. We applied our knowledge of rainbow colors in 1st and 3rd grade chameleon drawings.
In the 3rd and 5th grade classes, we did a "Behind My Mask" back-to-school assignment. Students did self-portraits with their personalized face masks, but when you unfold/remove the masks, you reveal your face, showing off your smile and other characteristics of yourself to others. Everyone was encouraged to think about the Character Counts traits and include anything about themselves that they are proud of.
7th Graders and High Schoolers kicked off the year drawing "About Me" Backpacks and Hoodies. Due to some personal details on these, we were not able to publicly share these drawings. These students were also introduced to the basics of 1-point and 2-point perspective drawing.
Monthly Family Fun - August
It’s time to have a little fun! How about a back-to-school time capsule? This is the perfect way to help preserve those first day of school memories.
How to Make a Back-to-School Time Capsule
Supplies Needed to Make this Back to School Time Capsule
1. Trace your student’s hand on a piece of colored construction paper and cut it out. Have your child write their name and their grade on the handprint.
2. Have your student stand up against a wall and use the string to measure your student’s height. Cut off the string the same length as your student. Bundle it together neatly and secure it with a piece of ribbon.
3. Print out the back-to-school time capsule label and cut it out. Gather About Me Q&A, student photo’s and back to school mementos.
4. Fold the About Me Q&A in half and then roll it up to fit inside the mason jar. Place it down inside the jar.
5. Now place the handprint (or other mementos) and the bundled string inside the mason jar.
6. Pour confetti inside the mason jar and around the inside edge of the jar. Close the jar and use glue dots to adhere the back-to-school time capsule label on the front of the jar. Now tie a bow around the top lip of the jar with ribbon.
YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME CAPSULE IS COMPLETE!
Place it up on a shelf or in a special place so that on the last day of school you can open it up and your student can remember the beginning of school and see how much they’ve changed and grown throughout the school year.
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