Pres A-Z

Get to know all of the offerings at Presentation--from events, outings, programs and traditions--from A to Z!



1:1 Program: Through this technology program, each student receives an iPad for the duration of her four years at Presentation.


A-Day: Periods 1, 2, 3 and 4 meet, with dismissal at 2:40 p.m.

A-Day Smackdown: Held once a month during lunch, these teacher vs. student activities provide a stress-busting outlet during long A-Days.

Advancement Office: Located in the house with the white picket fence across the street from campus, the Advancement Office raises funds for student scholarships, new building projects, the school endowment and campus programs.

After-School Dance: No experience is necessary to take part in these after school enrichment classes.

Alumnae Office: Located in the second floor of the Advancement House, this office handles all outreach to generations of Presentation graduates, including the planning of class reunions.

ASB: Short for Associated Student Body, ASB is comprised of five student officers who act as co-presidents of the student council. ASB is elected during an all-school assembly in the spring.

Attendance Office: Located next to the Faculty Room, the Attendance Office tracks student tardiness and absences. When a student is absent, her parent must notify the Attendance Office by phone before 9 a.m. The parent should call each day the student is absent.

Auction: Held in the fall, this annual fundraiser features a fun theme, a delicious dinner and auction prizes galore!


Badminton Club: A club for badminton enthusiasts to learn, appreciate and hone the sport.

B-Day: Periods 5, 6 and 7 meet. The collaboration period moves depending on scheduled events.

Bella Voce: This auditioned women's chorale performs at school functions, community events and in competitions. The group is comprised of sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Big/Little Sisters: This program pairs freshmen with upper-classwomen to help them adjust to high school life.

Black & White Charity Ball: This semi-formal dance is held during the fall in the Miller Athletic Complex. Proceeds support Sacred Heart Community Service.

Board of Directors: Comprised of the Sisters of the Presentation, this group owns and operates the school.

Board of Trustees: Comprised of trusted advisors, members of the Presentation community, the Sisters of the Presentation and school staff, this group assists the school administration with policy-making, fundraising, capital projects and more.

Booster Club: This group of current parents and members of the Pres community supports Presentation Athletics with fundraising, event management and more.


Call Slips: When a school official needs to pull a student out of class to speak with her for any reason, a call slip is issued.

Cantabile: This auditioned singing and performance group is open to members of the freshman class.

Capstone Project: Done as part of the Leadership Academy, this student-directed project is a major undertaking and usually involves coordination of an event or program.

Career Day: This daylong event held every other year brings guest speakers from a variety of careers and fields to campus.

CCS: Short for Central Coast Section, this refers to Presentation's region of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the state's governing body of high school sports.

Center: Short for the Marian Stuckey Student Center, this building sits at the heart of campus and includes the cafeteria and dining area.

CEO: Short for the Career Exploration Office, this program helps students identify potential college majors and careers.

CI: Short for Community Involvement, this program coordinates Presentation's outreach and community service programs.

CIF: Short for the California Interscholastic Federation, this is the governing body of high school sports.

Circle and Platinum Dinner: This annual event honors donors who give $1,500 or more to the school during the calendar year. Circle members give a minimum donation of $1,500; Platinum members give a minimum of $5,000.

Class Day: This liturgy celebrates the conclusion of the year while honoring the senior class. Installation of officers, conferring of awards, presentation of the Spirit Trophy and the Senior Farewell are followed by a senior luncheon hosted by the sophomores.

Class Level Officer: Seven student-elected leaders from each grade who serve on student council.

CLC: Short for the Christian Life Center, which is home to the chapel and Campus Ministry offices. The CLC is located behind the Marian Stuckey Center and next to the pool.

Club Day: This assembly held at the start of the fall semester showcases more than two dozen student clubs. Students can sign up to become members after the assembly.

Collaboration: This 85-minute long period falls on B-Days and is used for mandatory liturgies and assemblies. It's also a time that students can set up meetings with teachers and study sessions.

Communion: In the Catholic faith, Communion is the consecration and sharing of bread and wine during Mass. At school liturgies, all students are asked to process through the Communion line. If a student is not Catholic, she may receive a blessing from a faculty member or simply process through the line and back to her seat.

Confirmation: Offered every other year to juniors and seniors, Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

CROWDS4PRES: This 24-hour crowdfunding event is held in the spring. Members of the Presentation community are asked to donate $24 (or more) on the 24th of a given month.

CSF: The California Scholarship Federation recognizes students who excel in academics, service and citizenship.


Dance Team: This audition-only team travels throughout the country for competitions. In 2015, the team was named the best dance team in the country during nationals at Disney World.

Dead Days: Days preceding final exams during which teachers do not give tests or quizzes.

DECA: Presentation's chapter of this international association helps students develop skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management and more.

Donors in Plaid: Current students give back to their sisters in plaid by paying annual class dues and fundraising for a financial gift.


Endowment Fund: This fund of money is held in perpetuity. The return on the investment is used to support academic and co-curricular programs, scholarships, facilities and more.


Fashion Show: This annual fundraiser features the senior class as well as adult and alumnae models. Senior models are picked based on involvement in student activities and academics. Members of the Fashion Club also present original dress designs on the runway.

Father-Daughter Dance: This fun mixer for dads and daughters includes costumes, a dance contest, an outdoor movie and lawn games. If a student's father is unavailable, she may bring an uncle, brother or other important male figure in her life.

Feast of the Presentation: This celebration, held in November, honors the school patroness Nano Nagle as well as the Sisters of the Presentation. The day begins with a Feast Day Mass and concludes with Feast Day Follies, during which the faculty and staff perform skits for the student body.

Forever Plaid: Found on the Alumnae page of the Presentation website, this store features a variety of Pres-related items for purchase.


Golf Tournament: This annual fundraiser is held on a Friday in may for novice and experienced golfers alike. The event includes a round of golf, lunch, an awards dinner as well as silent and live auctions.

Girls Who Code: A spin-off from the Women in Computer Science Club, this co-curricular program inspires, educates and equips girls with computing and coding skills.

Graceful Giving: This giving circle (comprised of 35 people) whose monthly donations fund a student's education at Presentation.

Grandparents Day: This special event held every other year celebrates grandmas, grandpas and other special people in our students' lives. If a student's grandparent is unavailable to attend, she may bring another important adult family figure.


Hall Decorating: During this Spirit Week competition, each class level spends a week decorating a section of the hallway in the main building of campus.

Heritage Society: This small group of friends of Presentation is committed to the welfare of the school and encourages camaraderie through social events.

Holiday Drives: This five-week fundraising effort features Food Drive, Toy Drive and Penny Drive to support Sacred Heart Community Service.

Homeroom: This 10-minute period is devoted to class-level business such as the daily bulletin, fundraising, etc. It meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the fall semester. During the spring semester, it meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Homeroom Representative: Seven leaders elected by their respective homerooms who help conduct homeroom business and represent their class level on Student Council.

Honora: The Honora is the title of the annual yearbook.


ISTS: The Integrated Science and Technology Seminar is an independent study course that explores how biology, chemistry and physics combine with engineering to produce technology.

ITS: The Presentation chapter of the International Thespian Society produces, directs and designs theater performances throughout the year.


Jenvey House: Located across the street from the school at the corner of Jenvey and Plummer, this building is home to the Robotics program, Presentation Studios and the Public Relations Department.

Junior Ring: During this beautiful liturgy and ceremony, members of the junior class are presented with their class rings. This tradition dates back to the earliest years of the school.


Key Dates: Check the back of The Lantern parent newsletter to view a calendar of the month's key dates, or you can see the complete calendar here on our website.


LAMP: Short for the Loving Alumnae Mothers of Pres, this group is for moms whose daughters have graduated. It gathers regularly for movie nights, wine tasting, book clubs and much more.

The Lantern: A monthly newsletter for current Presentation families that informs them about happenings on campus.

Lantern League: This women's giving circle, sponsored by Presentation, funds programs that improve the quality of life for women and girls within the greater Bay Area.

Leadership Academy: This yearlong series of workshops helps students learn and practice helpful leadership skills such as goal-setting, mission development, project management, communication and team-building.

Liturgical Band: Also known as Mass Hysteria, the Liturgical Band provides music and leads singing at liturgies. It is made up of students and faculty members.

Liturgy: A religious service that serves as a communal expression of faith; prayer services and Mass are both considered liturgies.



Mag Drive: A spirited class competition and student fundraiser held each fall during which students sell magazine subscriptions. If students reach financial goals, it means two extra days off in the spring.

Math & Science Academy: Promotes the understanding of STEM-related fields through independent research, special programs and a colloquium series.

May Day: A touching ceremony that honors the diversity of our community as well as our Patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mentoring: A 10-minute period devoted to academics and college preparedness held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the spring. Mentors stay with the same class of students for all four years to ensure continuity and build a rapport.

Miller Athletic Complex: Building that houses the gym, athletic offices, dance studio, weight room and more. Named for principal Mary Miller.

Mission Drive: A fundraising drive held each spring to support the missions of the Sisters of the Presentation in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Mixer: A casual dance. There are several mixers held on campus each year with fun themes and activities.

MLIP: A social media hashtag (#MLIP) as well as a feature in The Voice student newspaper that means "My Life is Plaid"

Mother-Daughter Mass & Breakfast: Moms and daughters celebrate their special relationship at a Mass and are then served breakfast by Presentation dads.

Mu Alpha Theta: An international mathematics honor society represented by a Presentation chapter.


NAHS: National Art Honor Society. Offers recognition to outstanding art students.

Nano Nagle: Foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation. In the 1700s, she risked imprisonment and disgrace by educating Irish Catholic children despite oppressive laws in place at the time.

NWBD: A social media hashtag that is short for the school's motto, "Not Words, But Deeds."

Nano Nagle Legacy Society: The Nano Nagle Legacy Society is made up of a philanthropic group of people who have remembered Presentation High School in their estate planning.


Office of Advancement: Department devoted to fundraising for the school, located in the house across Plummer Avenue with the white picket fence.

Open House: Biggest admissions event of the year held in November. Students and their families are able to tour campus, learn about academic and extra-curricular activities and hear remarks from the school's principal.

Opening Liturgy: First liturgy of the school year, usually held on the first day of school.


PAC: Presentation Ambassadors Club, one of the largest student clubs that serves at admissions events and in the shadow program. Students can join this club on Club Day only.

Pan Pan: Panther Pandemonium, the spirit week pep rally and contest held in the gym.

Panther Pride: Student club devoted to raising school spirit, boosting attendance at student events, and organizing A-Day Smackdowns.

Panther Report: Weekly news program that is broadcast in homeroom. Produced by the Broadcast Journalism class.

Panther: School mascot

Panther Wear: Athletic apparel

Panther's Den: One-stop shop for Panthers on the go! This online campus store includes links to Pres Wear, PantherWear, box office, dance and mixer tickets, special events, giving opportunities, the Forever Plaid Alumnae Store, and Wishbook.

Parent Bulletin: Weekly bulletin emailed to parents on Fridays. It contains the schedule for the upcoming week as well as other need-to-know information and reminders.

Pasta Market: Hot lunch service provider.

Peer Ministry: Peer ministers are involved in areas of service and ministry at school as well as in their parishes including planning liturgies, days of prayer, retreats, and a variety of other activities. Grades 10-12 only.

Push Day: Special days during the holiday drives during which specific items are requested (examples: frozen turkeys, hygiene supplies)


Quota: Total dollar value of magazine subscriptions each student is required to sell during Mag Drive. If the school as a whole reaches quota, a day off is earned in February. If the school reaches goal ($240/student), there's a second day off to complete the weeklong winter break.


Reception Room: The conference room to the right of the main campus door. Used as a welcoming room for campus visitors, as well as a collaborative work space for faculty.

Retreats: Daylong or overnight events and excursions that allow time for reflection, prayer and meditation. Class-level retreats for sophomores, juniors and seniors are held in the fall and spring

Robotics: The award-winning Robotics Team works out of the Jenvey House. Students are able to use skills in mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as computer science, to design and construct robots.


SADD: Students Against Destructive Decisions, a club dedicated to helping students come up with strategies to set a healthier, safer course for their lives.

SEAS: Student Environmental Action Society, a club that promotes environmental awareness. Members participate in environmental service excursions throughout the Bay Area.

Senior Dinner: End-of-the-year celebration for seniors and their parents that includes a video chronicling their four years at Presentation

Senior Lock-In: Annual overnight party for the senior class in the gym filled with fun food, games and celebration of friendships and sisterhood

Sisters of the Presentation: The order that owns and operates Presentation High School. The motherhouse is located in San Francisco.

Snip-ITS: Short-attention-span theater show produced annually by the International Thespian Society.

SPA: Students for Political Action, a non-partisan group whose purpose is to foster an interest in politics among the student body.

Speech and Debate: One of the largest student programs on campus. This after-school, extra-curricular activity has produced some of the best female debaters in the nation.

Spirit Trophy: Awarded at the end of the year to the class level that won the most points during spirit week, Mag Drive, charity drives and event attendance

Spirit Week: Weeklong celebration of all things blue and gold, including fun lunchtime activites and themed dress days

Spontaneous Combustion: The competitive improvisational comedy team on campus.

Sports Banquet: Awards night held for fall, winter and spring sports teams.

Stevens Family Building 200: Six collaborative classrooms built above the Athletic Department. Construction finished in 2015.

Student Council: Governing body of the school headed by ASB officers. Each class level is represented by six class officers and six homeroom reps.

Student Development Day: Held every two years, a day during which regular schoolwork is set aside to concentrate on an important issue. Previous topics have included human trafficking and the misrepresentation of women in the media.

Student Directory: This may be accessed on the Parents page of the website. The password will be issued to you in an email.

Student/Parent Handbook: Found in your daughter's student planner and on the Presentation Parents website, the handbook includes general information, guidelines, rules and policies.

Study Center: A dedicated space on campus for students who need additional academic support. Resources include peer tutoring and one-on-one tutoring.

Summer at Presentation: A slate of summer courses and camps for boys and girls ages 5-18. The program offers 3-week academic courses, 1-week enrichment courses and 1-week prep courses, as well as athletic camps, swimming lessons and a theater camp.


TADA!: Theater Arts Development Association, a group of adults who volunteer for and support the Performing Arts Department.

Talent Show: Annual assembly that showcases talents of individual students, choirs, dancers and more.

TOPPS: Short for Tees of Pres, this club allows students to design and merchandise Pres-approved clothing items.

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UV: A Uniform Violation is issued when a student is not in compliance with our uniform policy. Check the handbook for details.


Valenzuela Theater: Our state-of-the-art theater on campus seats an audience of 200.

Vintage '62: A men's group that gathers once a year for dinner to raise money to support the non-tuition needs of young women on Direct Aid.

The Voice: The monthly student newspaper, also found online.


WAC: Women's Advocacy Club, a student group designed to promote and encourage feminism through empowerment and education.

WCAL: West Catholic Athletic League, of which Presentation is a member school.

WICS: Women in Computer Science, a group that encourages students to consider technology as a future career.



Young Alumnae Board: A group of Presentation alumnae ages 30 and younger who meet regularly to plan events and outings.


ZenDesk: The service Presentation uses to manage requests for tech help with iPads, online forms, etc.