Posts By: JoAnn Groh

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 »

Wellness Family Night – How to Talk to Your Child About . . .

The first Wellness Family Night will be at City High on Thursday, September 21st from 5:30-7pm. The first in the series is “How to Talk to Your Child About alcohol.”  Part 2 on 9/21 will discuss marijuana and Part 3 on 11/16 will focus on prescription drugs.   Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will facilitate this important discussion, geared toward both… Read more »

Five reasons to showcase our project based learning*

*This blog by Paulo Freire Freedom School-Downtown principal JoAnn Groh was published originally on the BIE website on June 7, 2017 and on the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website on June 17, 2017. One of the requisite design elements in BIE’s Gold Standard Project Based Learning is the need for projects to include a ‘public… Read more »

Welcome New Faculty to the PFFS Team

Vanessa Reynaga – Will be our onsite videographer, working both with students and making her own mini-documentaries about the terrific work being done at our schools.  In the past she worked as a video editor for the United Way of Tucson and a photographer with GradImages.  She is a graduate of Sunnyside High School and… Read more »