Posts By: JoAnn Groh

PBL for Life’s Projects*

*This blog was originally published at on Nov. 20. 2017 As a founder of a school with “wall to wall” Project Based Learning and a member of BIE’s National Faculty, I am obviously a convert to PBL’s educational benefits. Done well, projects inspire and engage students, teach meaningful content in ways students are more likely… Read more »

Conversation About Supporting Our Transgender Youth

You are invited to attend and important conversation on November 30 from 6-8 p.m. about strategies to help keep transgender youth safe and thriving in our schools.  The talk is co-sponsored by City Center for Collaborative Learning, the YWCA and the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families.CC-November-30-3

Kind Campus

This year, both Paulo Freire schools are part of Ben’s Bell’s Kind Campus campaign.  Activities are planned for Morning Meeting and Advisories as well school wide initiatives.  Ask your young person, what is going on and if you haven’t already, check out and be inspired by Ben’s Bell’s website:

PFFS-D and PFFS-U Board Meetings

This Wednesday the two governing boards from both schools will meet to review a draft mission statement written by the two PFFS faculties at this year’s beginning of the year retreat. The meeting is from 5:30-7:00 at 47 E. Pennington Street.  As always, the public is welcome.

Chili Cook Off!

Please join us at City High School’s Annual Chili Contest, Nov. 9th from 5:30-7:00 at 47 E. Pennington Street. All non-contestants are $5 unlimited chili and 1 free drink. Every drink beyond the first one is $1. Entering the contest is free and contestants eat free. The winners receive a medal and the categories are” Best meat Best… Read more »

PFFS-Downtown Intersession Presentations

Each morning we will highlight a different intersession experience.  Family and friends are encouraged to join us to celebrate their unique experiences. Monday, Oct. 16 – Seth (Nature and Art Heal the Heart) Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Debbie (Then and Now Through Re-photography) Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Joe (Original Tucsonans) Thursday, Oct. 19 – Patrick… Read more »

8th Grade Service Learning Opportunity

Starting on Friday, October 13th of Fall Break, Downtown Tucson will be happening with it annual Tucson Meet Yourself Festival.    Volunteers are needed and they are interested in enlisting the help of teams of 8th graders from PFFS.  Work sessions are four hours long and are available throughout the three days. If interested 8th… Read more »

Intersession Week and Fall Break

Next week is Intersession.  Check with your child’s teacher to learn about special learning opportunities, the need for parent drivers and potential change in school hours. Fall Break is the following week:  October 9-13.  And of course, no class today, September 29, so teachers can plan and grade.

Advisories Amplifying Student Voice

Student Council is too often just the stuff of proms and popularity.  Rarely is it associated with actual empowered decision making. At our school, advisories serve several purposes. Perhaps most importantly they are a place where all students can engage in socio-emotional learning, let their guards down, and be known by an adult who cares… Read more »