Posts Categorized: Highlights

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 »

Graduation Portfolio Workshop 5/7/14

Our PFFS students graduate after having presented and defended a portfolio. This is a significant part of their entire middle school experience and becomes the capstone demonstration of their learning at the end of the 8th grade. Portfolios are presented before individual panels of evaluators that include the student’s advisor, a secondary faculty member, parents and peers. Students… Read more »

Enrollment at PFFS-University and PFFS-Downtown

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 »

Prescott College Students Visit PFFS 4/24

On Thursday morning 4/24 professors Anita Fernandez (Director of the Prescott College ‘Tucson Center‘ and parent of PFFS 7th grader) and Sean Arce (Director of the TUSD’ ‘Mexican American Studies Department’ before it was shut down in 2012) brought the entire Prescott College ‘Social Justice Education Semester’ student cohort to Paulo Freire Freedom School –… Read more »

PFFS-University Orientation Meeting

New students and parents enrolled/enrolling in Paulo Freire Freedom School – University in the 2014-2015 school year are invited to paricipate in a 1 hour Orientation 5:30-6:30pm on Tuesday, 4/29/14 at 300 East University Blvd.  It will be a great opportunity to meet other new students/parents, hear about the plans for the coming year,  have… Read more »

UA Dept of Linguistics at PPFS

On Wednesday 4/17 we were graced to experience a presentation by engaging and expert linguists from the University of Arizona’s nationally regarded Linguistics program. All students learned and participated in activities on topics including baby babble, the Tohono O’odham and Mutsun American Indian languages, Arabic, interpreting ancient hieroglyphs, and the rapid extinction of languages around the… Read more »

Putting Youth on Center Stage

Pennington Street Block Party Puts Youth Center Stage on April 11  City High School invites the Tucson community to the 6th annual Pennington Street Block Party on Friday, April 11 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Join us as we launch Global Youth Service Day in Southern Arizona with a lively downtown street party! Pennington Street will be… Read more »

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate we have been sharing some of our favorite poems in Kiva.  Already we have enjoyed poems from Langston Hughes, Carl Sandberg, Emily Dickinson and Shel Silverstein.  We even watched a dramatic interpretation of “Casey At Bat” in honor of baseball season.  Please feel free to send any… Read more »

PFFS and Standardized Testing

AIMs, Common Core, PARCC – these are polarizing components of the educational scene that politicians, lobbyists, for profit textbook and testing companies, teachers’ unions and parent organizations fight about often and loudly.  So I thought I would take a minute to share our position on all of this. We understand and agree with many of… Read more »