September 2017

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Principal’s Corner

September 2017

Dear Presidio Family,

Welcome to Fall! Our first quarter of instruction concludes this Friday, September 29th.

Please join us for Open House on Tuesday, October 10th, from 3:30 to 6:30 P.M. This is an excellent opportunity to see what your student is learning and to receive your student’s report card and Spring 2017 AzMERIT score reports.

Fall Break is just around the corner. This year, Fall Break will be an entire week, from October 13th  through 20th.

Our first Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting of the year was held on September 7th and was a great success, with 14 adults in attendance. We exchanged ideas for helping Presidio and look forward to further planning at our next meeting, Thursday, October 5th in the cafeteria. Please join us!

Congratulations to the Presidio Running Club, which competed in the annual Rattlesnake Run Cross Country Classic on September 5th. Their next race will be the TMC 5k on October 29th.  Ms. Cmiel always posts pictures on our Facebook and YouTube pages, so make sure to follow to get in on the fun! We are also pleased that Presidio now has a basketball team with players from 8th through 12th grades. They will be playing their games each Friday evening at the Mulcahy YMCA in Kino Sports Park.

Congratulations to Presidio teachers Mike Schaefer and Sam Gaver. Both of these gentlemen were nominated by their peers for Arizona Charter School Teacher of the Year. We wish them success in the competition!

All the best,

Dr. Saliba




Spirit Day

The faculty on the PreK-1st Grade Campus all traveled to Mardi Gras for Spirit Day!

Our first spirit day, Tourist/Vacation Day, was a great hit!  Thank you for all who dressed up to show his/her school spirit.  If this Spirit Day did not speak to you and/or if you were unable to participate, keep an ear out for future Spirit Days.  Our next Spirit Day is Friday, November 17, 2017 and will be Pajama Day.  

Act One Field Trip

The 2nd and 3rd grade classes went on a field trip to see "The Astronaut Farmworker." It was based on the life of Jose Hernandez. He overcame the difficulties of learning a new language and moving around a lot as his parents were migrant farmworkers. He set a goal for himself and worked hard to become a NASA Astronaut. It was evident from reading the students' Thank You letters and fan mail that they enjoyed the show immensely. 

Presidio Fight Song

Presidio Student Council has created a fight song.  The fight song will be sung during Wednesday flag ceremonies and can be sung during Presidio sport's games as well. 


Presidio Fight Song

Green and White - let’s fight…

Presidio Bulldogs here’s our spirit

Join with me

C’mon let’s hear it

P- R-E-S-I-D-I-O

Presidio.  Let’s Go!


Student Council 

  • Presidio Student Council is selling $ave Around Coupon Books as a fundraiser.  Coupon books are $25; Student Council will recieve 50% of the proceeds!  Books will be sold until Friday, September 29, 2017.    

    The $ave Around Coupon book has many money saving coupons for Tucson and surrounding area restaurants and retails, including many Buy One/Get One Deals.  Coupons are good through December 2018!  Some noteworthy restaurants and retailers are: 

  • H & M
  • Michaels
  • Carter's/Gymboree
  • Famous Footwear/Shoe Carnival
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Family Dollar
  • Denny's/Waffle House
  • Breakers/Bowling/Get Air/Skate Country
  • Jiffy Lube/Meineke
  • redbox
  • Coldstone/Dairy Queen
  • Papa John's/Hungry Howie's/Chuck E Cheese's
  • Laff's Comedy Club
  • Buckelew Farms
  • Octopus Car Wash
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Burger King/Culver's
  • ...and dozens more
  • Your $ave Around Coupon book will also include an activation code for an app to download onto your smartphone.  The app will permit you to use coupons, populated by the location of your phone, from your smartphone; essentially doubling your coupons, doubling your savings.  

  • Student Council is selling raffle tickets!  The purchase of a raffle ticket will enter your name into a drawing to win a one week Mayan resort vacation and $1000.  Raffle tickets are $10.  The $10 raffle ticket is also good for $10 off any entree, with purchase of an entree of equal or greater value, to Cafe 54.  

    Rotating specials provide diners with flavors from around the world, in addition to Cafe 54's core menu of delicious sandwiches, salads, and soups.  

    Cafe 54 is a unique employment-training program for adults recovering from mental illnesses.  Cafe trainees receive on the-job training as cooks, pastry chefs, and dishwashers.  With the opportunities provided by Cafe 54, the trainees are on their way to independent employment in the community.  

    Tickets will be sold until Thursday, October 5, 2017.  

    Please contact Mrs. Megan with any questions and/or if you would like to purchase a coupon book or raffle ticket.  

    Thank you for supporting your Presidio Student Council!

Parent Teacher Organization

  • A special “Thank you” to all the parents, teachers and staff that attended the first PTO meeting.  Dr. Saliba gave the principal's report with updated information on enrollment.  There were many fundraising ideas and suggestions on how we can improve communication with parents.  In our first month of school we have already seen a positive response from our efforts as a PTO.
  • Presidio's Closet has been able to supply over 20 shirts to students in need.  We received a generous donation of $200.00 from the McDonald family in order to provide new uniform shirts to low income students.  We are currently in possession of 6 new backpacks (mainly for girls) and are trying to identify students who are in need.  Parents and teachers are encouraged to request shirts and/or backpacks for students in need by filling out a request form (located on the 1695 campus).
  • The PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee has already sprung into action and has provided teachers and staff with a lovely pancake and sausage breakfast.  Special thanks to Elizabeth Bezerra, Kim Petrikowski, Deborah Kruse and Hector Bostick for their contributions.  Our on-going campaign continues to strive to show all Presidio teachers and staff our appreciation for their tireless work. We are currently looking for donations of coffee, tea, sugar/sweetener, creamer, and canned beverages.  We would like to stock the teacher's lounge all year long. The Teacher Appreciation Committee’s next event is Nacho Tuesday on September 26th.  This event will be held on the last Tuesday of every month. We are seeking donations of chips and bowls for the October event.  Please remember, no donation is too small and all donations are very much appreciated.  If you would like to donate please drop off items at either the 1615 or 1695 offices addressed to "PTO Donations".
  • Our first fundraiser is here! Jim Click’s Millions for Tucson Raffle authorized us to receive 100% of all sales for 100 raffle tickets.  All Presidio clubs and organizations have been invited to participate in this fundraiser.  Tickets will be sold at the next meeting and the upcoming October 10th open house.  Raffle tickets are $25 and the grand prize is a 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum.  Second place includes two first class round trip airline tickets to anywhere in the word.  Third place is $5,000 cash. The drawing will be held on December 14, 2017.
  • Open house volunteers needed:  As stated above we will have a table set up at Open House and will need at least two people to man the table from 3:15pm-6:00pm.
  • Our next meeting is October 5, 2017 at 3:30pm in the cafeteria. Guest Presenter, Jennifer Krebs of Peter Piper Pizza, will be speaking about fundraising and incentive programs and will be bringing pizza!  All are welcome to attend. We provide free aftercare during the meeting for parents that are attending.

Presidio Talent Show

There will be open auditions for the Presidio School Talent Show on Thursday, October 12th starting at 3:35pm in the MPR.  Students from Grades 4 and up may bring a song, dance or movement piece, a poem or story to tell.  The Talent Show is open to Presidio Teachers and Staff as well and is a celebration of the artistic talent here at Presidio. A sign up sheet will be at the front desk and at the audition itself.  

Contact Mr. Vick for more info at


High School Drama

The Drama Class is starting off strong with some energetic and passionate students!  This first term covered the basic aspects of modern theater; roles and responsibilities of various positions in the theater world, working on physical and vocal exercises to establish distinct characters on stage, as well as deciding on monologues for the students to perform for Term Two.  The second term will take performance further with units on Pantomime, Improvisation, and other exciting topics, so stay tuned!


Middle School Drama Club

The Drama Club is starting to work on several things, including working on scenes from plays of their choosing or ones that they write themselves.  We're also looking into establishing a Junior Thespian Troupe through the International Thespian Society!  When the Junior Thespian Point System for work in theater has been established for the Drama Club, more info on that will be sent out.  


K-8 Capoeira

Capoeira is still going strong at Presidio!  Students have been working on improving their movement forms during the first term as well as memorization of the Brazilian Portuguese-named kicks, escapes, and other movements. Meditation has also been included for the older grades, as it helps them reflect on the class, themselves, and to cool off after intense training.  It's been a wonderful ride so far and the students are improving fast.


Capoeira Club

We have grown!  The Capoeira Club has grown from 4-5 students last year to around 10-12!  It's wonderful to have everyone training hard and setting positive examples for the younger members of the club.  Right now, members are training hard as always, and preparing for performances at Presidio and (hopefully) for the general public!  Again, stay tuned for those announcements.


The Javelinas had a blast creating models of landforms and ocean features in Science. They created models of the coast, the continental shelf, a cave, a volcano/mountain, an island, and more.


Our field trip was cool! It was really fun. We went to Pima County Community College to see a play. The play was about an astronaut farm worker. My mom even got to go with us. She was a chaperone. The main character was Pepito. His mom and dad were farm workers. Pepito liked school and wanted to stay in school to study to become an astronaut, but his family always had to return to Mexico. He was sad. He really wanted to go to the moon. Then, in second grade, Pepito’s family decided to stay in the United States and he got to finish school. Pepito was very happy! He finished school and went to college and then  took a test with NASA to become an astronaut. We were so happy for him! Our class even wrote letters to the actors once we got back to school. I would recommend that you go see this play, The Astronaut Farm Worker. 

Sofia S. 
3rd Grade Roadrunners
News Director 


AZ Pioneers

The Pioneers have been busy using their brains! They recently completed a family history project where they had the opportunity to become historians by interviewing family members and discovering special family recipes. All had the pleasure of tasting a few of these recipes including tacos, apple pie, cheese dip, lasagna, and arroz con leche! Thank you to all families who shared their history with us.

Now we are looking forward to delving into the world of plants and animals. We are excited to begin planting our own vegetable seeds and observing their life cycles. Go Pioneers!


Middle School

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild poses with middle school students on Monday, Sept. 25, after talking about the duties and responsibilities of leading the Tucson city government.

High School Science

It's been a lab-filled month for our high school scientists. The seniors examined the effects of various digestive enzymes on proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. The junior chemists used flame tests to determine the identity of unknown metals and determined the number of atoms in the height of value and premium aluminum foil samples. Our sophomore biologists used yeast to catalyze the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide and explored osmosis using eggs, water, and maple syrup. Finally, our freshmen modeled natural selection using marshmallows and tool "beaks," and observed the steps of the rock cycle using Starbursts. 


Middle School Diamondbacks, grade 7, are ON FIRE with their artwork oil pastel flames plus their 4-dimensional drawing!

Box Tops for Education

Presidio is collecting box tops for education! Please turn any box tops in by 10/12/17. Click HERE for a list of participating products.

Amazon Smile

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Presidio School. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop!




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