Posts Categorized: Downtown Highlights

Still Openings for 6th Graders At PFFS-Downtown

We still have a few openings in our 6th grade at Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown.  If you know families who might be interested in enrolling, please let them know that it is very difficult to find an opening in the PFFS public middle schools after the 6th grade.  We currently have waiting lists in our… Read more »

We Are Public Schools

Paulo Freire Freedom School (both at the University and Downtown locations) are Tucson public schools that are demonstration sites/lab schools for best instructional practices and small school design.  We are not part of the Tucson Unified School District, within which we are physically located, but we are Tucson public schools nonetheless. In the debate about the future of K-12 education… Read more »

Enrollment Update for PFFS-U and PFFS-D

The ‘Open Enrollment’ period for Paulo Freire Freedom School – University and the new Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown closed on March 15.  A random lottery was conducted shortly after March 15th to fill all openings at each grade level for next year where the number of enrollment applications was greater than the number of openings…. 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 »

PFFS-Downtown Team Visits MC² STEM High School

On May 4-6, 2014 the PFFS-Downtown teaching team (Joe Boehm, et al) visited MC² STEM High School in Cleveland, OH to learn first hand how that ‘model school’ delivers interdisciplinary STEM curriculum to students in three locations (9th grade at the Great Lakes Science Center on Lake Erie, 10th grade at GE’s Lighting Headquarters in Nela Park, and 11th/12th… Read more »