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Monday, October 21, 2019
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
Friday, October 4, 2019
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
Thursday, October 3, 2019
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
Saturday, September 21, 2019
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
Friday, August 30, 2019
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
Friday, May 24, 2019
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
Friday, April 26, 2019
Last Saturday 12 of our 6th and 7th grade girls woke up early and attended the GAIM (Girls' Adventures In Math) competition in San Mateo! GAIM is a wonderful event for our students and their website details the program:"Girls' Adventures in Math is a team-based math competition for girls in grades 3-8. Our competition presents some of the most challenging and innovative math problems to students in this age group, contextualized in a comic book containing the stories of pioneering women from... Read More
Friday, April 26, 2019
Challenge Days is a unique opportunity for PHS Middle School classes. The 6th-8th grade students participate in a multi-day elective with mixed-grade groups. Students receive a menu of Challenge Days options and choose their preferences for the multi-day experience. A few of the Challenge Days groups for 2019 included:  Two-Wheeled Adventures! - In this group, students will explore San Francisco by bicycle (up to 30 miles a day). Expect to learn the rules of the road, basic bike maintenance... Read More
Thursday, March 28, 2019
The Presidio Hill School athletic program offers sports for middle school students; our goal is to provide students with many opportunities to explore new sports, increase their athletic knowledge, and develop important skills while enjoying being active and part of a team! While competition is a healthy characteristic we encourage in our teams, we do not put winning ahead of developing as a team and working together. Our program emphasizes teamwork and sportsmanship—we want our students to... Read More
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
8th Grade students recently visited the Berkeley Art Museum (BAMPFA) and explored an installation of sculpture made by the artist Masako Miki. This visit directly correlated with a sculpture unit they were exploring in art class. Students were asked the question “Where do artists get ideas?” They examined the work of two women artists who approach art-making from different inquiries. Cybéle Young takes everyday “lost objects” and through deconstruction and repetition, creates fantastical forms... Read More