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
In honor of the 100th day of school, our lower school grades had an open hour for students to range between classrooms and activity stations. Some of our activities included making crowns, writing 100 rhyming words, making pattern block creations with 100 blocks, and participating in a series of "how many can you do in 100 seconds?" challenges. We also had a great time playing instruments and counting up to 100 beats, jamming out with every 10!
During our all-school assembly today, PHS fourth grade students shared their creative "found poems", inspired by Martin Luther King Jr's I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963. The fourth grade students, in groups of three or four, read through Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech and utilized some of their favorite words and phrases to create their own poems. They then shared these poems with our student body during a special assembly about Martin Luther King Jr... Read More
Recently, our eighth grade students have been learning about access to education and how racial demographics and household income divides San Francisco and can determine where children go to school. The students decided to build a model "one room schoolhouse" to display their research findings. They plan to cover their schoolhouse in their research papers so that visitors will be able to walk around the schoolhouse and read about their findings. Students began the project by forming groups that... Read More
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Mrs. Rynerson, a former long term fourth grade teacher, came to visit our PHS fourth grade class twice this past month. Mrs. Rynerson has studied many customs, traditions, and lifestyles of different native tribes of California, and she came to teach the class about the material culture of the native people.
The students learned how to make tulle dolls, how to use a traditional manual drill to form holes into abalone, and how to properly crush and grind acorns that would be used for a meal.... Read More
Friday, December 14, 2018
This year's Follies (our 44th!) was a celebration of the music program at PHS. Students had the opportunity to share what they have been working on in their music curriculum with their families, friends, and the entire PHS community at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater. This production showcases our student-centered and very culturally diverse music program, with students learning and performing music from all over the world. Follies this year was themed Sounds of a City and the flexibility of... Read More
In the 2017-2018 school year, PHS fifth graders experienced an amazing art collaborative experience working with the San Francisco based street artist known as fnnch. Students were inspired by his message that art can and should be accessible by all people, and fifth graders were excited by the fact that graffiti can have a positive impact on the community (especially when it includes an adorable honey bear!) Fifth grade students spent two weeks creating their own versions of fnnch‘ honey bear... Read More
In connection with the Global Climate Action Summit happening in San Francisco, Salesforce and the Benioff Ocean Initiative partnered with the California Academy of Sciences to bring ocean and climate science learning to the museum. Our 4th grade students had a special opportunity to participate in activities focused on ocean warming, plastic pollution, and ocean acidification. The students were inspired by youth leaders connected with the nonprofit organization Heirs to Our Oceans and shared... Read More
Yesterday, Presidio Hill School welcomed students to our one-hundred-and-first year! We sang welcome songs in Kindergarten, introduced ourselves in advisory, toured our new spaces in sixth-grade, and all gathered together for a special assembly!
Presidio Hill School is so lucky and grateful to have such wonderful new and returning students, staff, and families. We are looking forward to a second century full of imagination, inquisitiveness, and creativity!
To apply what they learned about density, buoyancy, and Newton's Laws of Motion, some 8th graders opted to construct a cardboard boat that can float one paddler. The students tested prototypes at the Presidio YMCA pool on Thursday, with some exciting results, which will inform their final design.
During the one-hour construction challenge on Friday at Six Flags Great America, they will compete against each other and teams from other Bay Area middle schools to make a functional boat and race... Read More