Posts Categorized: Highlights

Students Making Meaning

On Monday 2/17 my 8th grade Humanities class discussed the actions of the EXCOMM, President Kennedy’s elite circle of advisors during the Cuban Missile Crisis and reflected on how scary groupthink can be and how almost juvenile some of the advisors were acting.  In the middle of the conversation, one of my 8th graders had an… Read more »

Curriculum Development

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 »

Presidents Day

We may be in school on Presidents Day 2/17 but our presidents did not go unremembered.  During our morning KIVA JoAnn led the entire school in a spirited game of ‘Presidential Trivia’.  Students in their advisory groups collaborated to come up with the right answers to questions like: * Name the tallest, the shortest, and the… Read more »

Making the Best of a Power Outage

On Wednesday 2/12  the power in our neighborhood went out for approximately 30 minutes.  We are glad to report that our students were great, taking the darkness in stride.  Rather than attempt to teach in relative darkness the whole school got a spontaneous park outing where they launched into a school wide game of “Infection.”… Read more »

21st Century Technology

A grant from the Arizona Department of Education ‘Charter School Program’ (AzCSP) has made it possible for us to open Paulo Freire Freedom School – Downtown  in 2014-2015 with state-of-the-art educational technology.  PFFS-Downtown will be a full-immersion STEM middle school requiring students to explore and solve problems the way adults in the real world explore… Read more »

Sex Education Classes

On February 13, 14, 17, 18, and 19 during Literacy Block each day, PFFS will be teaching classes on ‘Human Growth & Development’.  These are ‘opt-in’ classes grouped by gender requiring signed parent permission in accordance with state law and PFFS Governing Board policy.  Paper copies of the permission forms will be sent home with students… Read more »

Spring Intersession

During KIVA on Monday and Tuesday next weekthe 2014 Spring Intersession options will be presented to students and during Advisory on Tuesday they will be given the Intersession ‘Choice Sheet’ to take home.  Plan to have a reflective conversation with your young person about each option before the sheet is completed, signed by you and returned to the school.  The… Read more »

Sex Education Classes

On February 13, 14, 17, 18, and 19 during Literacy Block each day, PFFS will be teaching classes on ‘Human Growth & Development’.  These are ‘opt-in’ classes grouped by gender requiring signed parent permission in accordance with state law and PFFS Governing Board policy.  Paper copies of the permission forms will be sent home with students… Read more »

Spanish Immersion Day

We started a new tradition at PFFS today 2/7 to highlight the joy of learning Spanish.  All advisories rotated through six Spanish games and points were taken off for lapses into English.  Felicidades a Seth’s advisory – winners of the Nachos Fiesta!  Thanks to the Spanish team for arranging a great day! 

8th Grade Showcase

On Wednesday 2/5 our 8th graders had a double header first participating in a Science Fair to highlight their experiments followed by a dramatic reading of The Crucible.    The science experiments covered a range of topics including genetics to volcanos to product analysis.  All 8th graders are in the process of writing a character… Read more »