Posts By: Chad Blair

Keeping Bicycles Safe

At the Paulo Freire Freedom Schools, we encourage students, staff, and visitors to arrive on their bikes.  Biking to school is great exercise, and it is great for the environment.  However, we have had bicycles stolen from out front of each campus over the past few years.  With students returning to the U of A… Read more »

Water Bottles and Books

We are very excited to start the school year with all of our amazing students.  Two important back-to-school items that can easily get overlooked are a water bottle with your student’s name on it and a good book to read during literacy.  Water bottles are necessary because we do not supply disposable cups to students…. Read more »

Paulo Freire Honors Graduates

Personalized kudos, poetry, and gratitude are the hallmarks of Paulo Freire Freedom Schools’ eighth-grade graduation. Our graduation ceremonies exemplify our commitment to honoring each individual student.  Instead of just receiving a diploma and a handshake, each Paulo Freire graduate is honored with a unique poem written by the staff.  The poem is read aloud and printed… Read more »

Staffing Updates at PFFS-U

We are very excited to announce that Gaby Gutierrez will be the lead teacher for the sixth and seventh-grade Humanities classes next year.  Gaby has been an educational assistant and advisor at PFFS-U for two years. Gaby graduated with honors from the University of Arizona and is highly qualified in English.  She will maintain her role as… Read more »

Safe Water at PFFS-U

This past semester The Historic Y, which houses Paulo Freire Freedom School-University, was identified as being a potential risk for poor water quality due to the identification of older water pipes in the neighborhood. The City of Tucson Water Department contacted Paulo Freire Freedom School – University about testing the water quality in our building in order to ensure… Read more »

The Breakfast Club

The City High School drama department will be performing The Breakfast Club this weekend.  Tickets are still available.  The performances are at Zuzi! Theater There are 4 shows over the weekend, with performances by two separate casts at 1pm & 6pm Friday, and 3pm & 7pm on Saturday. Tickets are only $5 (or FREE for CHS… Read more »

End of the Year

Wednesday, May 24th, is the final day of our school year.  A big thank you to all of the parents and community members who volunteered this year.  We wish you all a very happy, relaxing, and safe summer.

Graduation Ceremonies

Our eighth-grade graduation ceremonies are right around the corner.  PFFS-U will have its graduation ceremony on May 23rd at 6:00 pm at Zuzi! Dance Company on 5th Avenue.  PFFS-D will celebrate their graduates on May 24th at 6:00 pm at 127 S. 4th Ave.

Thank You, Volunteers!

A big, big thank you during this volunteer appreciation week to the many fantastic volunteers who help make our schools such wonderful communities.  We are grateful for the contributions of family members and community partners who have come into our classrooms, provided transportation, assisted during Intersessions, and given their time and talents in myriad different ways… Read more »

8th Grade Portfolio Presentations on 5/3

  Wednesday, May 3rd, is our eighth-grade portfolio presentation day.  Eighth graders will present their portfolio to a panel which includes their advisor, another staff member, a family member, and a sixth or seventh grade student.  Portfolio presentations last one hour.  Eighth-grade students only need to be present for the hour of their presentation on Wednesday…. Read more »