Recently the PHS Middle School Social Justice Club volunteered at St. Anthony's in the Tenderloin to support our local community. Some of the students served food and bussed tables in the dining hall, while others organized clothes and folded socks in the free clothing store. St. Anthony's said that our students were some of the best youth volunteers they've had.
Here is a reflection from Jonathan, one of the founders of the Social Justice Club:
Reflection on Volunteering at Saint... Read More
Below is a sample from our school's weekly Presidio Post - a newsletter sent to PHS families that includes: Words from Lisa, PGA Happenings, Information about Athletics and our Neighborhood Program, a Book of the Week, and much more. One section, our DEI Spotlight, was recently guest-authored by Leticia Abeyta - 3rd Grade Lead Teacher and MLT Co-Facilitator. Please see below for her wonderful piece:
Censorship Harms Everyone
Literature is a powerful tool for building empathy, understanding,... Read More
At PHS, middle school students are given a choice of teacher-curated electives four times a year. The most recent slate of electives is here. We have wonderful opportunities for students to challenge themselves with new hobbies and deepen community-building experiences across grade levels (middle school electives are for all students 6th-8th grade, and are in mixed-grade groups)! One middle school elective this cycle is "Feminist Cross-Stitching".
For years, stories of social revolutions have... Read More
Lisa Jeli, Presidio Hill School's Head of School, recently facilitated a conversation with New York Times bestselling author, Ijeoma Oluo!
From her bio: Ijeoma Oluo (ee-joh-mah oh-loo-oh) is a writer, speaker and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among many... Read More
Three PHS 7th grade students participated in a Model Congress this weekend. The Model Congress offered middle school students from across San Francisco and the Bay Area a forum for exploring pressing national issues. Students were able to participate as Republican or Democrat members of a House Committee on Immigration and Citizenship or a Senate Voting Rights Committee. Students were given a topic under the purview of their committee, were asked to do research on the topic, and then were asked... Read More
PHS is excited to share a wonderful audio guided tour of the Presidio! We hope that you love hearing about the myriad experiences students have learning, playing, and connecting in Presidio Hill School’s vibrant "backyard"–The Presidio. You’ll hear stories of students testing the pH level at El Polin Spring during science, of cooperative play between classmates in the Cypress Grove, and of poetry reading and annotation while under the natural roof of the Willow Dome (as well as many more).... Read More
PHS 5th grade hosted a panel on LGBTQ+ identity topics with PHS faculty and staff members this week. The 5th grade class's interest came about organically and authentically: When the students were prompted to reflect on their class as a welcoming community and create a welcoming poster, many students focused on the rainbow and wanted to be welcoming to all genders and sexes. The PHS teachers identified this as an example of a teachable moment/inquiry process–the students had interest and... Read More
PHS 2019 alumni and current Lick-Wilmerding student, Emily Nguyen met with current PHS middle school students to promote a program she organized, called San Francisco Ignite Leadership Youth (SFILY) program.
Emily presented about the program during one of PHS's recent all-middle-school morning meetings and invited all current 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to attend the virtual camp next summer. The camp will be facilitated by a team of 5-7 high schoolers who have demonstrated... Read More
We had a record-breaking Walkathon–a fitting kick-off to Presidio Hill's first in person community event since spring 2020!
Students had a wonderful time walking and running with their friends and parent/guardian volunteers and spectators were able to enjoy a gorgeous day in the Presidio Wall Park field! After arriving at the field, each student received water bottles and allergy-friendly snack bags, as well as popsicles after lunch! The day was full of sun, smiles, and support, and we could... Read More
Our youngest students in Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten have taken on the role of "guardians" of the lower yard garden. Together with Maria, our PHS gardening teacher, the students planted a variety of leafy greens, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Our small but mighty gardeners meet weekly to practice identifying and pulling weeds as well as teasing, or loosening, roots of starters before planting. Their vegetable garden contains arugula, green onion, napa or Chinese cabbage, green... Read More