On Monday, PHS received the announcement that San Francisco, as well as five other Bay Area counties, would be under a shelter-in-place mandate that evening. Our plan to distribute student materials and have an extra planning day for teachers was necessarily moved forward and the entire PHS team rallied to get students and families their classroom supplies, technology needs, and extra-curricular library books and art supplies. Families were flexible and generous with each other; those who were... Read More
It is day four of distance learning over here at Presidio Hill School and students, teachers, and families are getting into the swing of our new routine! Our transitional kindergarten students have been learning new ways to say hello during morning meeting (konichiwa!), second grade students have started a “fitness friday” routine with their apprentice teacher, Allison, and middle school students have easily transitioned to using Google Classroom and are having a wonderful time connecting with... Read More
This week it became clear that the best way to promote the health and wellbeing of our community was to move to distance learning. The PHS Board of Trustees, Head of School, and administration have decided that we will close our campus beginning Friday, March 13th at the conclusion of parent/guardian-teacher conferences and our afterschool program. Please see our PHS COVID-19 webpage for details about how we reached our decision and resources for our community.
We know this outbreak is... Read More
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is a unique opportunity where our loved ones are invited to campus to see the incredible learning and teaching that happens every day. Guests come from near and far and get to enjoy time in the classrooms, as well as a special musical performance. It's a great way for PHS and our students to be able to show off this special school!
This year we had almost 150 guests join us! Grandparents and special friends together with their student created watercolor art... Read More
Presidio Hill School organizes family groups in lower school to provide additional opportunities for students and faculty to nurture social-emotional learning and connection across grade levels. A cross-section of TK-5 students create each family grouping, and faculty create and implement collaborative activities that explore PHS core values (the ABC'S of PHS). During the family groups, students begin with an icebreaker activity and then begin an interactive lesson.
Some examples of our... Read More
Last week, the 7th grade spent two nights in one of California's great national treasures—Yosemite National Park! The trip focused on group bonding, outdoor education, and experiential learning and complemented study in the students' Science and Humanities classes. Students had the opportunity to crawl through spider caves, hike to Columbia Rock, explore the recreation of an Ahwahnechee village, and exchange music and s'mores around a campfire.
During the same period, 6th graders had a... Read More
The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Lisa Jeli has been selected to be the next Head of School for Presidio Hill School, effective today, October 3rd, 2019. We are confident that Lisa’s experience, commitment, character and passion will lead our school forward for years to come.
Lisa has served as the Interim Head of School since October 2018. Prior to this role, Lisa was Presidio Hill School’s Assistant Head of School and Middle School Director from 2007-2018. With over 30... Read More
We like to kick off a new year of art with a school-wide art collaboration that acknowledges the International Day of Peace. Last year we learned about Tibetan prayer flags and, inspired by the goodwill and intentions of this tradition, we created painted silk flags that fluttered images of peace throughout the halls of our Washington and Maple Street buildings.
This year TK through 5th grade made pinwheels for peace. We had varying themes for each grade that students responded to with design... Read More
On our overnight to Point Reyes last week, the 8th grade class rekindled connections and re-established class norms. With naturalists Sam and Brandon, students worked in collaborative teams to collect and measure Pacific mole crabs from the swash zone on Limantour Beach. Our data will be included in a citizen science project tracking the crab population and depicting the baseline status of a healthy beach ecosystem. Chef Dave Cook incorporated all students into meal preparations: shucking corn... Read More
After learning about the history of immigration trends over the years, fifth graders journeyed to Angel Island to learn about the harsh treatments that took place at the Immigration Station and detention center from 1910 through the 1940s. Students toured through the dormitories that are now staged with artifacts from the decades that immigrants were detained on the Island. Fifth graders also learned about the carvings of the famous Angel Island poetry on the detention center walls. They had... Read More