Presidio School Monthly Newsletter - September 2022
Message from the Principal - September 2022
Hi Presidio Family!
Last month I shared information about some of the exciting events we have scheduled for this semester. This month, I would like to dive deeper into the purpose behind field study opportunities and the logistics that go into ensuring that we are able to attend these events.
Field Study opportunities are created to provide students with extensions to the curriculum. These opportunities can be on or off campus and often include cross curricular connections to the arts, science, or social emotional learning. Funding for these events comes from a variety of sources including tax credit donations and Title 1 and Title 4 grant monies. Because of the funding sources, charter requirements, and the requirements of specific venues, Presidio is required to remain within a specific student to adult ratio. Unless otherwise specified by the venue, the ratio is 10:1 for elementary school students and 15:1 for middle and high school students. In addition to remaining within ratio, Presidio is required to RSVP with the number of students and adults attending the events.
So, what can you do to help?
Adhere to deadlines listed on the permission slip forms
Communicate any changes to your child’s permission slip as soon as you receive the information
Ensure your child arrives at school promptly with all necessary materials for the field study opportunity.
Make a Tax Credit Donation to Presidio School and indicate that it should go to your child's class Field Study opportunity.
We appreciate the support and partnership with local venues to provide our students with these amazing opportunities. We also appreciate the support (e.g. tax credit donations, offers to chaperone) and timeliness of families so that we can make these opportunities as successful as possible.
Welcome to the start of another fantastic school year at Presidio. Please join us for our next PTSO Meeting on Thursday, October 6th at 5:00 pm in the Tutor Resource Center.
What is PTSO?
PTSO stands for Parent Teacher Student Organization.
What is the Purpose of the PTSO?
To be a relevant resource for families and communities
To serve as a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every student
To serve as a type of forum where parents, teachers, administrators, staff, students, and other concerned community members discuss ways to promote quality education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy school environment
Bringing beverages, other than water, to classrooms is not permitted as stated in the Presidio School Student Handbook . Additionally, these beverages are getting knocked over and/or left behind, creating a sticky mess and attracting all forms of wildlife. In an effort to keep our campus and classroom clean, we ask that only water be brought in water bottles. Students will have access to water bottle refilling stations during breaks, passing periods, and before/after school. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Virtual Cyber Bootcamp
We are excited to announce that The Pima County School Superintendent’s Office is partnering with AZ Cyber and the Center for the Future of Arizona to host the first-ever Fall Break Virtual Cyber Boot Camp! Students that sign up will be able to participate at no cost.
Attached is the flyer that contains more details, however some points to highlight are:
-Daily Start Time: 9:00 am
-Daily End Time: 3:00 pm
-Required materials: computer/laptop with audio/video capabilities; internet
We understand that the dates for the boot camp may not align with every school district's fall break schedule; however, we hope to accommodate all schedules at future sessions. We also kindly ask that you please share this information with any Arizona students and/or teachers in your networks that may help us spread the word about this program.
Please feel free to reach out with any follow-up questions.
FREE zoom tutoring (K-Calculus 2) now in full swing through the U of A! All students can access this for free, no registration required at https://crr.math.arizona.edu/zoom-tutors. Many times, students will have the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with the tutor.
2022 Microsoft DigiGirlz x TEALS Virtual Fall Workshop
Calling all middle and high school girls! Join us for the 2022 Microsoft DigiGirlz x TEALS Virtual Fall Workshop to learn about creative, people-focused jobs in technology. During this event you will learn about the general career track of user experience and user interface (UX/UI) from our keynote speaker, test out a UX/UI activity and have the opportunity to ask a panel of UX/UI experts, ranging from research to design, all about their jobs!
Skill - prior technology experience is not necessary.
Gender - DigiGirlz considers a girl to be anyone who identifies as female, regardless of assignment at birth. While the focus of all DigiGirlz events is to encourage girls to explore digital careers, all are welcome to attend, regardless of gender identity, including those who identify as non-binary or male.
Geography - This is a remote event where the facilitators will be communicating in English. All participants must be located in the United States.
Age - This event is open to girls in grades 6-12. Participants under 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.
The senior economics class was given the opportunity to submit an original piece of artwork to the Arizona Council on Economic Education to illustrate an economic concept. Thirteen winners will be chosen and their artwork will be used to create a calendar and one lucky winner will win a $5000 scholarship. One of our students, Michelle Dang, has completed her submission and now we are anxiously awaiting the judging.
High School Biology, Chemistry & Anatomy
Our biology students have been learning about macromolecules, cell organelles, and homeostasis. They had the opportunity to make various molecules with 3D modeling kits, observed cellular structures under the microscope, and learned about osmosis using eggs, syrup, and water. The chemistry students converted between grams, moles, and atoms this month. Now they are able to calculate how many atoms of aluminum are in a specific sheet of aluminum foil! Finally, our anatomy & physiology students are learning medical terminology related to the skeletal and muscular systems. They created splints with DIY materials, memorized the major bones of the body, diagnosed fractures, and observed tissue samples under the microscope.
It's that time of year again! Students who have not turned in their artwork and submission form for the TAAG Poster Contest, please be sure to hand those in to Ms. Cam no later than Tuesday, October 4th. She will be officially sending all entries out on Wednesday (10/5). Artwork should be horizontal and no larger than 11"x8.5". If it is a digital piece, please make sure the image resolution is set to 300dpi and email to email@example.com.
In art class, the 1st graders recently created some Elmer's Glue relief art, while combining it with oil pastels, focusing on the use of warm vs. cool colors.
The Elementary students have been introduced to the color wheel, starting with the primary and secondary colors in 1st and 3rd grade, moving up to the tertiary colors in 5th grade.
The 5th graders were also introduced to basic 1-point perspective drawing, combining it with practicing their use of value (lightness and darkness in color) within their color wheel.
7th graders have been working on finishing up different types of 1-point and/or 2-point perspective drawing.
In High School Visual Arts class, we completed our perspective drawing (you will see them during the showcase later in the year) and moved forward with Color Theory. The images below are an example of an exercise, showing how different color schemes can affect the mood and psychology of the artwork.
Extra, extra, read all about it! Drama Club will be returning this year for students in grades 1-5! Parents/guardians may sign their student up via Google Forms or by filling out a paper copy in the front office. There will be confirmation of acceptance via email due to the cap on the number of students.