March 2017

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Principal’s Corner

March 2017


Dear Presidio Family,

On Thursday evening, March 30, we are showcasing Presidio High School from 5:30 to 7 P.M. The high school band will be performing, and the Presidio Career and College Readiness class will have "Super Pop" popcorn and nachos for sale. Classrooms will be open and teachers will be on hand to describe our curriculum and programs. This is a great opportunity to learn what Presidio High School is about and why we are one of the premier high schools in Arizona. On Saturday, April 8th, we will have have a similar showcase for grades two through seven from 1 to 4 P.M. Pizza, Eegees, and Popcorn will be sold. Again, classrooms will be open and teachers available. Please tell your friends and promote our Presidio enrollment!

Our seventh graders are heading to Mt. Lemmon for University of Arizona's Sky Camp on May 10th. This is an exciting science learning opportunity, and students are busy fundraising to cover the costs of the event. Congratulations, 7th graders and Ms. Cmiel!

Our yearbook commemorating Presidio School's 20th year is coming! Order forms will be available the second week of April. Don't miss this special edition of the Presidio yearbook!

Please note that there is no school on April 14th and 17th. Enjoy the mini-break!

For the first time, Presidio will hold an honors dinner to celebrate achievements of our high school students. The event takes place May 19th from 4 to 6:30 P.M. at Pappy's event center, 1290 W Prince Road. Invitations will be sent out soon.

Testing Calendar

Our upcoming testing calendar begins Tuesday, April 11th with AIMS Science for grades four, eight, and ten. AzMERIT assessments continue for students in grades three through eleven through April 26th. This year we have scheduled students in grades three through eight to have only one test session per day to avoid fatigue.  Please mark these dates, as it is important for 100% of our students to participate. In addition, please avoid making appointments during the school day on these dates.  

These assessments are an opportunity for our students to “show what they know” and also give us valuable feedback for our instructional program. It is through state testing that Presidio earned its “A” rating.  To continue our tradition of excellence, we strive to create conditions that encourage the students to do their best. We ask that you do so as well. Getting a good night’s rest and eating a good breakfast during test week are extremely helpful for young minds.  Thank you for your assistance in this and for all that you do to enable student learning!

As the beautiful weather returns, I wish you all a happy and productive Spring!

Dr. Mark Saliba


 New Emails

Over the spring break Presidio completed some much needed upgrades to our email system! Please make sure that you are aware of the change when trying to email any Presidio teachers and staff. We do have a fowarding program in place, however, to make sure you are receiving emails from teachers and staff it is best to update your email address box. All emails are now first initial and last name followed by (ex. We have also added an email list to our website to allow for easier communication between school and home. All faculty emails can be found on our website under "About Us" and then on our "Faculty" page. 

Neon Lights Prom

April 29th, 2017 is the Neon Lights Presidio Prom! Prom will be held at Pappy's Diner, 3000 W. Prince Rd. from 7PM - 12AM. Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25. This very special night will include dinner (Italian buffet), dessert, dancing and door prizes. It is sure to be a memorable and magical evening!

PTO Meeting

Calling all Parents/Guardians, Teachers, and Community Members! Join the Presidio Parent Teacher Organization and help shape our Presidio Community. The next meeting is Thursday, April 6th at 3:30 PM in the MPR.


**PTO meetings happen the first Thursday of every month**


7th Grade Fundraiser

In order to fund-raise for their upcoming field trip to Sky School in the Catalina mountains, the 7th grade class will be selling coupon books for $10 each.  In addition, the students will also have bake sales on April 7th, April 26th, and May 3rd . This is a unique experience that allows the students to explore and learn about the ecology of the Catalina mountains under the instruction of the University of Arizona. They will spend the night in the mountains and get the opportunity to visit the observatory and view our solar system through the telescope. You can make your 2017 Extra-curricular Tax Credit donation now and indicate your desire for your donation to support Sky School. Any donations for this program would be greatly appreciated!

Presidio Yearbook

This is Presidio's 20th year!! Be sure to get your special 20th year edition of the 2016-2017 Presidio School Year Book. Order forms will be available April 10th.

Science Fair

Above is a photo of some of the students at SARSEF for the judging interview day.

The following students participated:

Kyra Szabo, Jacob Peterson, Wrex Watson, Nick Knigge, Yazmeen Somoza, Conner Roberts, Hope Greenwald, Sebastian Gonzalez, Tyler Driscoll, Julio Espinoza, Connor Wilson-Long, Connor Szabo, Abigail Kurgat, and Jayden Gerber.

Winners from SARSEF will be announced on March 31st and award ceremony on Saturday, April 1st. 


Spring Recital

Wednesday, April 5th is the date of our annual Spring Recital showcasing the talents of our students in grades 4-8. There will be two showings, one in the morning and a second in the afternoon. Showtimes will be at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM with the recital lasting approximately 50 minutes. Tickets will be on sale in the office.


The Kindergarten classes are studying about plants and how they grow. Each child is responsible for the care of a personal bean. The students will water their beans daily, and then record observations in a science notebook.


8th Grade ELA

The eighth graders will be doing their final one-hour production of Romeo and Juliet on Friday, April 28. 

Eagles will perform at 8:15 a.m., and the Falcons will perform at 2:30 p.m.

These times were selected to make it easier for parents to see their students' performance. We welcome other students to watch and cheer for us. 

High School Science

This month, the 9th grade Environmental Science students designed magazines "for" marine species, and researched air pollution and its effects. The 10th grade Biology students visited stations filled with interesting animal specimens to learn about classification. In Chemistry, our 11th grade students calculated molarity and molality, and observed various precipitation reactions to learn about solubility. Finally, our 12th grade AP students explored stations related to the endocrine system. They observed slides of endocrine organs, played matching games related to glands, hormones, and functions, and conducted an experiment to learn how steroid hormones relay signal transduction messages. 


Did you know that you can purchase your student's art on various products such as mugs, sketchbooks, t-shirts, etc. on Artsonia Children’s Museum online? When you make a purchase the Presidio art program gets 20% of the sales. To date, Ms. Betty's students have earned $100 for our art program with their artwork!! VIEW SCHOOL GALLERY


The students have been practicing static hold positions in anticipation of the belt ceremony coming up on May 10th-14th!

Running Club 

The Presidio Running Club participated in the Arizona Distance Classic 5k on Sunday, March 26th. Their last race of the school year will be the Cinco de Mayo 5k on May 7th. 

Volunteer and Supply Requests

  • Ms. Levine's Arizona Rangers are requesting lined notebook paper wide ruled.

Fundraising Opportunity

Dear Parents,

This year we have partnered with Shoparoo to leverage their hassle-free approach to raising thousands of dollars for Presidio.  7,000+ schools are already fundraising through Shoparoo and we see it as a great opportunity for us to make a difference this year.

With the free Shoparoo app, all you have to do to raise money for our school is take pictures of your receipts from the grocery store, restaurants, etc. with your phone!  Shoparoo does not require any buying, selling, collecting, delivering, etcetera… and, it works no matter where you shop or what you buy!

Yes, it really is that easy.  Our school receives a donation for every applicable receipt picture taken through the free Shoparoo app.  There is no limit to how much we can raise with Shoparoo, so please download the app and start taking pictures today.  Also, each of our first 20 participants will earn a guaranteed $1 donation for their first receipt!

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
2. Once it’s downloaded, select our school as your cause and take pictures of receipts!
3. Invite other parents and members of the community to participate in this simple fundraiser.
If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Erin at or visit

Thank you for your support!



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