Posts By: JoAnn Groh

Brazilians visit Paulo Freire

Brazilian Teachers Tour PFFS – Feb. 19  Every year I hear this statement in some form or another, “Paulo Freire.  I studied him in grad school.”  For those who don’t know, Paulo Freire was a Brazilian educator who worked with adult literacy and who wrote extensively about education.  In his most famous treatise, Pedagogy of… Read more »

The Importance of Sleep

In honor of Dr. Suess’ birthday and sleep in general, we read “The Sleep Book” in Literacy and had a little time for napping.  Additionally, in Kiva we watched part of a Ted Talk on what neuroscience tells us about sleep and the brain.  Tomorrow we will finish the video and discuss strategies to help… Read more »

Titan Missile Center

Our 8th graders’ visit to the Titan Missile Center on Monday (3/3) was directly connected to the Cold War unit they are studying in Humanities and reviewed physics and chemistry content they had learned earlier in the year. For those who have not yet toured the site, which is located in Sahuarita, the silo became… Read more »

Titan Missile Center – Monday, March 3

On Monday the 8th graders will be going to the Titan Missile Center located in Green Valley.  It promises to be a fantastic expedition, directly related to what they are learning in their Cold War Unit in Humanities.  We will be leaving from the school PROMPTLY at 8:30 so please make sure they are on… Read more »

Students Making Meaning

On Monday 2/17 my 8th grade Humanities class discussed the actions of the EXCOMM, President Kennedy’s elite circle of advisors during the Cuban Missile Crisis and reflected on how scary groupthink can be and how almost juvenile some of the advisors were acting.  In the middle of the conversation, one of my 8th graders had an… Read more »

P.E. = Sneakers & Water Bottles

Now that the weather is getting warmer, a gentle reminder to have your young person always wear closed-toe shoes on Fridays for PE and Expeditions, on Wednesdays for Active Lunch, and on days when they have a PE Elective.  EVERYDAY  they must bring to school a water bottle (we have water bottles here on sale… Read more »

21st Century Technology

A grant from the Arizona Department of Education ‘Charter School Program’ (AzCSP) has made it possible for us to open Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown  in 2014-2015 with state-of-the-art educational technology.  PFFS-Downtown will be a full-immersion STEM middle school requiring students to explore and solve problems the way adults in the real world explore… Read more »

Scheduled Tours of Future School

Families interested in attending the new Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown should join us for a tour of the City High School facility, a presentation on the new school’s academic program and the opportunity to speak with the school’s Director and ask all those important questions you have been meaning to ask.  Upcoming times/dates… Read more »

Enrollment for Next Year

Open Enrollment for both Paulo Freire Freedom School – University and Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown is underway right now!  If you are currently attending 6th or 7th grade at PFFS-University and you plan to return next year – you must enroll at PFFS-University Enrollment.  Open enrollment ends on March 15th.  At that time, a lottery… Read more »