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Friday, May 26, 2017
Last week Presidio Hill School's first-grade class learned more about diversity through the lens of National Parks. In 2015, 78% of the people who visited National Parks were white. Since then, the National Parks Service has tried to increase diversity in their parks through outreach such as videos and interviews. The first-grade students- who have the opportunity to visit our neighboring national park, the Presidio, at least once weekly- focused their learning on topics of diversity and the... Read More
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This spring, PHS middle school students had the chance to serve at the Glide Memorial Church on three trips. Glide serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to San Francisco community members who need a meal 364 days a year and 60 percent of their work is provided by volunteers. PHS' latest trip included a mix of sixth and eighth-grade students- both veterans and newcomers. The students and staff members were greeted at the venue by Amar, the volunteer coordinator, who discussed with them the meaning... Read More
Friday, April 7, 2017
One of our after-school staff members led a baking soda/vinegar science experiment and here's a little video that captures how it went. The video speaks for itself: 
Friday, March 31, 2017
Middle School Challenge Days is a period of three consecutive days during our spring semester where all middle school students sign up for a "challenge"- a group project that incorporates collaboration and experiential learning. Challenge Days change every year and every year they are a wonderful way for students to learn something fresh and interesting with a group of their peers. These days are less structured and small groups of students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades work together for all... Read More
Friday, February 17, 2017
The fifth-grade students spent much of last semester on a project to introduce our new library to PHS. The goal of the project was to use any tool (either high tech or low tech) to design a way to orient people to the new library and it's sections. Students proposed ideas for how to create engaging maps and/or make the orientation into a game. Students chose their own tools and partner groupings and spent about three months designing and implementing their design/game. The students had to... Read More
Monday, January 23, 2017
The 7th graders are taking on the role of PHS Historians – examining both secondary and primary sources to learn about our school’s rich history. Our guiding essential question for this study has been: What are the core values and traditions that define Presidio Hill School? We first examined a secondary source - Presidio Hill School: 90 Years of Child Centered Learning - to gain a foundation of our school’s history. This week, we are examining primary sources from the PHS archive in search of... Read More
Thursday, December 22, 2016
We asked our Kindergarten students about their winter break plans and what they will miss most about PHS during the break. Check out their answers! What are your plans for the winter break? Will- my grandma and grandpa are coming to my house for Christmas Olivia- I am going to Hawaii. I get to open lots of presents because of my sweet family Benjy- I'm going to North Carolina to see my grandma. Cualli- I'm going to sleep over my grandpa's house and play video games. (My brother and I) are... Read More
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The fourth grade class visits the Institute on Aging monthly during the school year. The class walks down to the senior center where they play games, draw, sing, and talk with the elders there. Students learn some of the elders' favorite songs like, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," and "Home on the Range." As one fourth grade student put it, "It's like stepping into the past for a little bit." This service project is a memorable and fun experience for students and the elders they visit. The... Read More
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
In a recent physical science project to investigate forces of tension and compression, eighth grade students were challenged to design and build a bridge from drinking straws, straight pins, masking tape, and string. The bridges needed to span a 45cm gap between two lab tables and support at least a baseball, maximizing carrying capacity while minimizing material cost. The research phase of this project included watching and reading selections from Building Big: Bridges by David Macaulay,... Read More
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Expressing Unity, Celebrating Variety...  Stepping into a great new school year! As we step into a brand new year here at PHS, our artists, both big and little, have been busy at work creating two major collaborative art installations. Celebrating variety and emphasizing unity, our students created a “stepping stone” exhibit, featured in the theatre, and a Peace Rock Garden, on display in the lower yard. Peace Day this year was festive and colorful. The lower school gathered around the rock... Read More

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