Posts Categorized: Highlights

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 »

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 »

Spring Intersession 2014 – In The Bag

This semester I got to be the responsible adult holding down the fort at the school watching the comings and goings during Intersession. It was fun to catch snippets of conversations and the enthusiastic, often exhausted, reporting out by student and teacher alike.  Here is a sample: Rosemary being enormously proud to see her kids… Read more »

Spring Intersession 2014 – In The Bag

This semester I got to be the responsible adult holding down the fort at the school watching the comings and goings during Intersession. It was fun to catch snippets of conversations and the enthusiastic, often exhausted, reporting out by student and teacher alike.  Here is a sample: Rosemary being enormously proud to see her kids… Read more »

Teacher Planning / Spring 2014 Intersession

School is not in session for students today (3/7) so that PFFS-University staff can wrap up their assessments of 3rd Quarter student work and put the final touches on their planning for next week’s Intersession.  In the afternoon we will join the City High School staff to look closely together at teacher work stemming from the ‘problem… Read more »

The Importance of Sleep

In honor of Dr. Suess’ birthday and sleep in general, we read “The Sleep Book” in Literacy and had a little time for napping.  Additionally, in Kiva we watched part of a Ted Talk on what neuroscience tells us about sleep and the brain.  Tomorrow we will finish the video and discuss strategies to help… Read more »

Titan Missile Center

Our 8th graders’ visit to the Titan Missile Center on Monday (3/3) was directly connected to the Cold War unit they are studying in Humanities and reviewed physics and chemistry content they had learned earlier in the year. For those who have not yet toured the site, which is located in Sahuarita, the silo became… Read more »

Intersession Groups Meet / Receive Materials

Today (Tues 2/25) during an extended KIVA our students were given their Spring 2014 Intersession assignments and then went off to meet with their Intersession groups.  In those groups the Intersession facilitator(s) gave each young person a letter to be taken home describing: the Intersession experience, the goals and expectations for the participants, and fees… Read more »