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Friday, January 11, 2019
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
Friday, November 9, 2018
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
Friday, October 5, 2018
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
Friday, August 31, 2018
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!
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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
Monday, March 5, 2018
Although PHS will be using the whole of 2018 to toast to our Centennial Year, we marked this incredible achievement with a weekend of celebrations over March 2-3, 2018. From special guest San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, to a moving ceremony with students sharing their time capsule artifacts that will be uncovered by the class of 2118, to a heartfelt reunion of PHS alumni/ae students, faculty, staff, and parents, it was evident that PHS has shaped, and continues to shape, the lives of so many... Read More
Friday, January 26, 2018
The sixth-grade students learned about Ohlone Tribes in the Bay Area and based on their research created a proposal for an Ohlone Cultural Center in San Francisco. Desiree Munoz (https://www.presidio.gov/blog/placemaker-national-park-service-ranger-desiree-munoz-talks-about-her-ohlone-heritage) then came and talked to our class about the Ohlone, specifically her tribe the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe. Desiree Munoz is the first park ranger to be a member of an Ohlone tribe and return to her... Read More
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Presidio Hill School's very own first-grade teacher Natalie and her Forest Friday program have been featured in the winter 2018 edition of Independent School magazine. Below is a link to the online article: https://www.nais.org/magazine/independent-school/winter-2018/using-nature-to-boost-empathy,-imagination,-and-well-being/ Way to go, Natalie!