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
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... Read More
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
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
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
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