Posts Categorized: Downtown Highlights

Curriculum at The PFFS-Downtown Campus

In June 2013 we began the first stage of curriculum development for the new school by taking a team of nine educators from PFFS-University and City High School to San Diego to participate in the High Tech High, three-day ‘Summer Institute‘.  Between August 2013 and January 2014 this team worked together on five additional, ‘weekend’… Read more »

2015-2016 PFFS Staff

We are hearing frequent reports of serious teacher shortages both nationally and locally.  See “Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)” Aug. 9, 2015 and “Shortage Puts Uncertified Teachers in Arizona Classrooms”  Aug. 1, 2015.  This only deepens our appreciation for the two groups of teachers and support staff we have assembled at PFFS-Downtown and… Read more »

Project-Based Learning at PFFS

As you may know, students at both PFFS-University and PFFS-Downtown are fully engaged during these last weeks of school in the deep learning associated with interdisciplinary, project-based units of instruction.  Project-based learning (“PBL”) is an instructional methodology that asks students to engage in curriculum in a meaningful way and requires that they demonstrate not only… Read more »

PFFS-D Exhibition Night

Parents are invited to see some of the work their young people have been doing on March 4th from 5-6pm.  Students will present from their Modern Progressives project in which students have analyzed community health issues using research and GIS data.  ‘Cell City Metaphors’ will be posted and we might even be able to encourage some… Read more »

I AM NORM – Phoenix Conference

Over two dozen students from both PFFS campuses attended the I AM NORM Youth Summit in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday 2/6/15.   This conference is part of a youth-led movement that seeks to promote inclusion and embrace the diversity of the human race.  We are excited to have these students return and be ambassadors for the… Read more »

PFFS-D Community Day

As part of our interdisciplinary health unit, on Wednesday 2/4/15 we explored types of organizations that exist to help create healthy, vibrant communities. Students were put into groups and then walked to the following diverse entities: Congressman Grijalva’s Tucson office COPE – Lifestyle Improvement Center Tucson Audubon Society Southern Arizona AIDs Foundation Armory Park Senior… Read more »

Visit to San Xavier Mission and Madera Canyon

Last week PFFS-D students took a trip to the San Xavier Mission as part of our unit on Imperialism.  The visit was followed by a nature romp at Madera Canyon, where we were reminded how important it is to sometimes just let adolescents play outside!

Importance of Attendance

It is critical that your young person attends school every day when they are not sick.  Our teachers design units of instruction with powerful themes and essential questions that span multiple weeks; connecting and integrating multi-day learning activities.  Even missing one day can place a student at a disadvantage.  Missing multiple days will make success at… Read more »

PFFS Downtown Goes On Expeditions

This week we went on two Expeditions:  first to the Flandreau Planetarium on the University of Arizona campus, then to Paulo Freire Freedom School – University, where our 6th and 7th graders prepared with their 8th graders for the play, Jaguar!  – put on by the Latina Dance Theater Project.  Pictures from both Expeditions will… Read more »

PFFS-Downtown – 21st Century Learning Spaces

The structural renovation of the 6th and 7th grade learning spaces was officially completed on 7/11/14 (see below).  There are two large learning spaces and two adjoining break-out spaces accommodating 50 inaugural 6th and 7th graders and five full time staff.  There is also a central adult observation/work space. We have installed a 55″ TV monitor in each of the large… Read more »