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Letter to Parents RE: Delay of In-Person Hybrid Learning
December 10, 2020   Dear Sunnyside Families — I would like to continue to extend my gratitude for your ongoing dedication to your child’s education and for your patience with the current...
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PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Locations
PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule : Regular Public Testing Locations Kino Event Center "Monday through Saturday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 7pm Address: 2805 E...
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SUSD 12: COVID-19 PSA
We have an important public service announcement to share with you: Let's keep doing our part to slow the spread of COVID. Stay safe, everyone! Tenemos un importante anuncio de servicio...
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FREE School & Weekend Meals—UPDATED!
FREE MEAL PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED SUSD will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 (no lunch application needed). Parents or students may stop by a school...
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Re-Opening Frequently Asked Questions
General FAQ's What process does SUSD have in place when a student who attends hybrid in-person learning tests positive for COVID-19?   Why isn’t the school closing...
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Miracle in El Barrio
Miracle En El Barrio has given toys to more than 34,000 kids on the Southside over the years. This year, Miracle En El Barrio will move forward with a drive-thru toy give away event at the Tucson...
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Profile of a Graduate
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system...
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Sunnyside Opening Day 2020
July 29, 2020 Dear Sunnyside Learning Community, A lot has happened since we closed our doors for traditional schooling on March 23rd. Over the last few months we have seen our Nation grow more...
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SUSD on Social Media
Following Sunnyside Unified School District on social media keeps you informed on what's going on in your school, your neighborhood and your community.   FOLLOW SUSD— facebook.com/...
PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule : Regular Public Testing Locations Kino Event Center "Monday through Saturday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 7pm Address: 2805 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, 85714 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Pima County Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Morris K Udall Center "Tuesday through Sunday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 8am-5pm Address: 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, 85715 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Pima County, City of Tucson Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   El Pueblo Community Center "Monday & Wednesday Saturday" Times: "5pm - 8pm 7am-Noon" Address: 101 W. Irvington Road, Tucson, 85714 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: Call El Rio Health 520-670-3909 Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: City of Tucson, El Rio Health Testing Vendor: El Rio Health   Ellie Towne Center "Wednesday 12/9, Friday12/11, Sunday 12/13 *closed from December 23rd to January 1st" Times: "7am - 12pm Sunday hours are 7am-1pm" Address: 1660 W. Ruthraff Road, Tucson, 85705 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "http://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Arizona Department of Health Services Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   West Congress Parking Garage "Thursdays *closed from December 23rd to January 1st" Times: 6am-9am Address: 400 W. Congress, Tucson, 85701 How to Register: "http://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Arizona Department of Health Services Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Downtown "Monday, Wednesday & Friday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 2pm Address: 88 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, 85701 How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Walk-up Sponsors: Pima County, Downtown Tucson Partnership, TEP Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Tucson International Airport - Baggage Claim "Friday through Monday (Starting 11/20/21) *Closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 11 am - 6 pm Address: 7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, 85756 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "http://www.labfinder.com/TUS/ 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Sponsors: Pima County Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Pima Community College West Campus "Mondays (Starting 11/16/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "http://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus "Wednesdays (Starting 12/2/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "http://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Pima Cmmunity College East Campus "Fridays (Starting 12/4/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 8181 E. Irvington Rd., Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "http://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute
December 10, 2020   Dear Sunnyside Families — I would like to continue to extend my gratitude for your ongoing dedication to your child’s education and for your patience with the current health crisis that has challenged our school systems. I also would like to take this opportunity to recognize our students for persevering despite the uncertainties this year has presented to them. As we end the semester, I would like to share some important information and key dates with you. Pima County continues to see an exponential increase in COVID-19 positivity rates. With the holiday season among us, we want to ensure that we are taking the necessary measures to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and students. For this reason, our Governing Board has made the decision to delay in-person hybrid learning until January 19, 2021 following Dr. Martin Luther King Day. However, school will still begin remotely on January 4th as currently scheduled. If you have chosen hybrid learning for the second semester, your child's teacher/s will begin their classes remotely on January 4th as well. Although the Pima County Health Department (PCHD) is not recommending that schools go fully remote at this time, we are once again taking a proactive approach to help mitigate the spread after the holidays. Delaying the start of in-person hybrid instruction for two weeks will allow time to pass after families have gathered and/or traveled for the holidays. The PCHD is continuing to support in-person hybrid instruction at this time because the transmission rate occurring within schools has been extremely low across the county. Further delay of in-person hybrid instruction will only happen if the PCHD makes that recommendation prior to January 19th. Please be aware that several organizations in our community have organized testing events that are scheduled to take place throughout the month of December. You can find a list of upcoming testing sites/events on our website’s homepage at susd12.org. I encourage you and your family to take advantage of these resources. The information on our website will continue to be updated as we learn about more testing events. Each year, the Oxford Dictionary announces its word of the year. To close 2020, the Oxford Dictionary instead released a list: Words of an Unprecedented Year. Words on this list like pandemic, twindemic, social distancing and systemic racism have now become part of our every-day language. In 2020 we not only added words to our vocabulary, but we also learned new ways to do school, celebrations, and life itself. As I reflect on 2020 for us here in SUSD, there is one word that brings meaning to what I know to be true about the Sunnyside community, and that is SIGNIFICANT. Every student, every parent, and every staff member in the district have been amazing and resilient throughout this extremely challenging year. We have become stronger together and will use this collective strength to make 2021 a successful year. Wishing you and your family a safe and wonderful holiday season! Steve Holmes Superintendent View or Download the PDFs sent to parents:  December 10, 2020 November 11, 2020 September 9, 2020 July 2, 2020 Jun 19, 2020 May 21, 2020
We have an important public service announcement to share with you: Let's keep doing our part to slow the spread of COVID. Stay safe, everyone! Tenemos un importante anuncio de servicio público para compartir con usted: Sigamos haciendo nuestra parte para frenar la propagación de COVID. ¡Mantenganse a salvo todos!
FREE MEAL PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED SUSD will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 (no lunch application needed). Parents or students may stop by a school or designated bus stop Monday–Friday (excluding holidays) to receive a school lunch and a breakfast to go for the following morning at the following times: Schools – 10:30am – 1pm Bus Route – 11am – 12pm     Meal Distribution Starting November 30th Please note that meal distribution at schools and bus locations will continue once we transition to remote learning. Below is a list of bus routes and school sites that will distribute meals daily starting on November 30th.   School & Weekend Meal Distribution Sites You may pick up grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at one of the school locations listed below, Monday – Friday 10:30am–1pm. In addition, all sites will now distribute weekend meals. This means that on Fridays you may now pick up a total of six meals per student: 2 Friday meals, 2 Saturday meals and 2 Sunday meals.  Apollo Middle School Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School Craycroft Elementary School Challenger Middle School Desert View High School Drexel Elementary School Elvira Elementary School Esperanza Elementary School Gallego Primary Gallego Intermediate Liberty Elementary School Los Amigos Elementary School Los Ninos Elementary School Mission Manor Elementary School Ocotillo Learning Center Rosemarie Rivera Elementary School Santa Clara Elementary School Sierra 2 - 8 School Star Academic High School Summit View Elementary School Sunnyside High School Mobile Meals – Bus Distribution Sites Below is a list of sites where school buses will distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 11am–12pm. All school buses will continue to be equipped with mobile hotspots. For detailed information for each location, click on the bus icons on the interactive map below. S. Masterson Ave & E. Behan St. (SE Corner) S. Fontana Ave & E Delta Rd. (NW Corner) Fairy Duster & Silverweed (Rancho Valencia Rest Area) Old Vail Rd & Country Club (park on Vail Rd)  * this route will now be delivering meals at E Bantam Rd & Via Noche Buena Desert Shadows Park (on Greenway Dr.) Ponderosa & San Xavier Rd @ Ramada Santa Clara Ave. and Melridge St. 9776 S. Nogales Hwy (near Family Dollar) San Xavier Education Center Felix and Lansing Strav.    
General FAQ's What process does SUSD have in place when a student who attends hybrid in-person learning tests positive for COVID-19?   Why isn’t the school closing if there was a positive case reported? The Pima County Health Department will help us to determine when and if a classroom or the entire school needs to be closed.  Our Mitigation Plan has a section about Authority & Decision for School Closure which outlines how our district makes decisions on both classroom and school closures. To view the mitigation plan, click here. What happens after a positive case has been confirmed?​ Anytime a student or staff member has tested positive, they are not allowed to return to campus until authorized. Once our school receives notification of a positive case, we immediately contact the Pima County Health Department so they can begin a contact tracing process. The school will notify every person that has been identified to have been in “close contact” with the positive individual. Close contact is defined as, “less than six feet, for more than 15 minutes within a 24 hour period”. Any student deemed to have been in close contact with the positive individual is required to stay home for 14 days starting on the date they were tested. ONLY students determined to have had close contact will need to be quarantined. All parents of the school will receive a notification letter. Our custodial staff will immediately begin a deep cleaning process. What should we do if someone in our family is sick?   What time will school start for students in Hybrid and for students in Remote learning? Start times will return to the normal school hours. Please visit your schools website, or click here to view the bell schedule for each school. Will my child have to wear a mask on the bus and in class?​ Yes. Students will be required to wear a mask at all times while riding the bus. Students will also be required to wear a mask at all times while at school excpet for when they are eating or drinking. Students are responsible for bringing their own mask to school. Do I need to complete the application for free and reduced lunch again? The current school meal program which enables all Sunnyside students to eat daily nutritious meals for FREE is set to expire in the near future. As a result, we are requesting that all parents who have not submitted a Free & Reduced application for the current school year, and/or received a Notification Letter regarding their child's school lunch status, do so immediately by clicking here. The entire process should only take 5 minutes. Is SUSD providing meals to students staying in Remote Learning? Safety measures are in place so that parents can continue to pick up meals for their students. For a list of times and locations, please click here. What will classrooms look like? Will there be safe distancing? Teachers will be setting up their classrooms so that all desks are forward facing. In classrooms where individual desks are not available, plexiglass dividers will be placed on tables to provide protection for each student. Will my child be able to drink water from the drinking fountains at school? All drinking fountains that do not have a self filling station capability have been disabled. We have installed touch-less drinking fountains throughout the schools. We highly encourage students and staff to bring their own water bottles from home so they can refill as needed throughout the day. How will breakfast and lunchtime work? Students will pick up their breakfast as they enter the school and eat in a designated area. Breakfast may also be delivered to classrooms as in past practice. Cafeterias will be set up for social distancing and the traffic flow patterns will be adjusted to eliminate lines and congregation points. Schools will add additional lunch times to reduce the amount of students in the cafeteria when necessary. Some sites may incorporate lunch in classrooms with supervision to reduce transition and numbers. All food service staff will also be required to wear face masks and gloves during meal service. Will the school screen students for COVID as they arrive on campus? Parents are expected to screen their children daily prior to sending them to school and should be checking temperatures and making sure that children are not displaying any of the COVID symptoms. We also want to share with you that our school nurses have been working closely with the Pima County Health Department to establish thorough protocols to safely treat students who suddenly feel ill while they are at school. We want to stress the importance of conducting your own health screening at home, especially as we approach the flu season. I'm concerened about cleaning. What measures do you have in place to ensure that schools are properly cleaned and disenfected? High tech equipment has been purchased and custodial staff have been trained on the proper use of all cleaning equipment and chemicals. While students and staff are on campus we’ll use the cleaner known as Oxivir which is known to kill the COVID-19 virus in 60 seconds. Oxivir is non- non-irritating chemical that can be safely used without personal protective equipment. We have invested in several portable, hand held electrostatic sprayers to effectively apply the Oxivir cleaner. All schools are equipped with several sprayers. Bathrooms will be serviced every two hours (picking up debris, flushing toilets, checking paper and soap dispensers, and lastly disinfecting with Oxivir) or on as needed basis throughout the day. Although Oxivir will not be kept in classrooms for safety reasons, teachers will be able to check out their own sprayers from the front office to disinfect high touch points in their classrooms as needed. All of our sites also have clorox 360 machines. Night custodians will thoroughly disinfect sites every day using the 360 machine with a hospital grade chemical known as Virex. When sprayed with the 360 machine, an electrostatic charge is created, which allows the chemical to attach itself to any hard surface, killing the COVID-19 virus in 10 minutes.Custodians have been trained to wear personal protective equipment while applying virex and have also been trained on the proper usage of this machine. Does SUSD have any resources for food or clothing? If you are in need of an emergency food box, call Los Ranchitos Opportunity Center at 520-545-3460 or 520-545-2158 for an appointment. PLEASE NOTE: items based upon availability. Are school counselors available at this time? Yes, counselors can be reached directly via email or phone. Their contact information is on the website at http://senegalview.com/counselors Are you providing mental health services while students are learning remotely? Mental health services and emergency needs are still available. For mental health needs, reach out to your school counselor. Internet & WiFi What if I don't have access to the internet? There are low-cost internet options available to SUSD Families. Cox - Low-cost $9.95 internet service, Connect2Compete. Restrictions apply. NEW CUSTOMERS who sign-up between July 21 - Sept 30, 2020 will get First 2 months FREE, $9.95/mo thereafter (Offer expires 9/30/2020)   Who is eligible to Qualify: Families with K-12 children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program, Head Start, SNAP, WIC, LIHEAP, and/or TANF; who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing. Application may require proof of SUSD enrollment and FRL eligibility. Verification forms are available at the District Office: Sandra Saucedo 520-545-2033 or Andrea Foster 520-545 2027.    Centurylink - Lifeline program provides discounts for qualified households. Standard discount of $9.25 per month or Tribal discount of $25.00 per month. Learn more at: http://www.centurylink.com/aboutus/community/community-development/lifeline.html   SUSD Schools - Every SUSD school has extended the school’s WiFi into the school parking lot so that students can connect to the Internet with adequate space to provide for safe social distancing. You may visit your school parking lot and playground areas between 8am and 2pm for this type of internet access. For internet access after these school hours, you can go to our SUSD District office parking lot at 2238. E. Ginter Rd., which will have 24 hour access.   Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, etc - Parents should contact their mobile service provider to ask for options for enabling the mobile hotspot service plan on their existing mobile device plan. This is the only wireless service that works on the reservation.   SUSD Mobile Hotspots - Starting Monday, March 30, our buses will begin to deliver grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at select locations. Buses will be handing out meals from 7:30am – 10am. In addition, all school buses will be equipped with mobile hotspots. This will allow students who may not have internet at home to access their assignments and check for teacher communication as they pick up their meals. Community Resources What community resources are available during school closures? TMC Now - Visit TMCnow.tmcaz.com TMC Now is a new virtual visit app that allows you to have access to a physician via mobile app or video 24/7. Trouble accessing TMC Now? Call the helpline at 520-324-5522 Mon-Fri 10am - 2pm   Emergency Food Box - If you are in need of an emergency food box, call Los Ranchitos Opportunity Center to make an appointment.  Call: (520) 545-3460 or (520) 545-2158 PLEASE NOTE: only while supplies last; items based upon availability.   United Way - http://www.unitedwaytucson.org/partner_resources Housing Assistance Legal Nutrition & Meals Child Development & Family Support Child Care Counseling and more   SUSD McKinney Vento Program - senegalview.com/mckinney-vento Providing assistance to ensure school stability for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Children may qualify for services through the McKinney Vento Program If your living situation includes: Living in a motel or hotel; living in a shelter; temporarily staying with friends or relatives due to loss of housing; or living in places not ordinarily used for sleeping (cars, parks or other public places)   Free Cell Phone Service - Are you eligible? If you receive the following you do qualify: SNAP (Food Stamps) Medicaid SSI National School Lunch Program’s Free School Lunch Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Tribal programs. ​In addition, you can qualify if your income is 135% below the Federal Poverty Guidelines in Arizona Mental Health Resources Are mental health services available to Sunnyside families/students during the school closure? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ Suicide Prevention for parents and students. Call: 1-800-273-8255 Text: "Hello" to 741741 This line is open for all to help prevent suicide. Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress.   Crisis Response Center -  The Crisis Response Center provides 24/7 access to mental health and substance use services for youth (age 0-17) and adults (18+). Call: (520) 622-6000   Domestic Violence hotline - For youth and adults Call: 1-800-799-7233 Text: "support" to 741741   Self Harm hotline - For youth and adults Call: 1-800-366-8288 Text: "connect" to 741741   Sexual Assault hotline - For youth and adults Call: 1-800-656-4673 or 1-520-327-1721 Text: "home" to 741741   Mental Health hotline - For youth and adults Call: 1-800-950-6264 Text: "nami" to 741741   Arizona Complete Health Crisis Line (formerly Nurse Wise) - For youth and adults http://www.azcompletehealth.com/members/medicaid/crisis-intervention-services.html Call: 1-866-495-6735 Offers telephonic services, no video-based telephealth, can do home visits via the Crisis Team; they do not deal with meds telephonically but have an "advice nurse" for clients who have AHCCCS who can help with meds, can schedule for CRC intake, takes all ages; Crisis Team can reach clients in an emergency within one hour, depending on county, time of day, level of urgency, but may send police for expediency too.   Community Resource hotline - For youth and adults Call: 520-879-5708   Chilphelp National Child Abuse - 24/7 Phone response for a child or anyone in the room who calls for help. Call: 1-800-422-4453
Miracle En El Barrio has given toys to more than 34,000 kids on the Southside over the years. This year, Miracle En El Barrio will move forward with a drive-thru toy give away event at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on December 18th.
Our Vision: Every child... College, Career and Community Ready. Our Mission: Our mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system as effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives. Since the release of the 1983 report “A Nation at Risk” our public school systems have been challenged with the task of improving public perception regarding how we prepare students for the future. This issue of a quality of education was compounded with the accountability requirements under the No Child Left Behind of 2001, which focused primarily on one assessment.  This narrow focus on one metric as the definitive measure of school quality misrepresents the complexity of educating students and diminishes the great work of educators across this nation who make a difference in the lives of students every day, in every classroom. And though aggregate performance is a key variable for measuring success, it simply fails to tell a bigger picture of what our students have and will be able to do in the future.  For this reason we felt it critical to recast our PROFILE OF A GRADUATE within a broader narrative of student success. This new framework provides an unparalleled level of clarity that aligns our mission, vision, and the work.  This new iteration of our graduate profile picks up where our Strategic Plan left off in 2015 and drives the work forward through five competencies, key to each student’s journey towards graduation: 1). Knowledge for Learning, 2). Knowledge for Impact, 3). Creative Confidence, 4). Critical Consciousness, and 5). Self and Systems Awareness.  In addition to college and career readiness, Community Ready was added to this iteration of the work thanks to feedback we received from community members, as well as industry and higher education professionals who expressed certain intangibles that Sunnyside students brought to their organizations. Attributing to our students traits like, “community-minded”, “a sense of social justice”, “respectfulness” we felt strongly that Community Ready also provided us with a framework to bridge the gap between knowledge and agency. This framework allows our District to capture the summative experiences that mark each child’s learning journey so that personalizing the classroom is less about technology, and more about each student’s ecology.  Thank you for being a part of our journey.      COMPETENCY #1: KNOWLEDGE FOR LEARNING Our students are knowledge creators. We look to them to not only master the content, but also to transfer knowledge across disciplines: From science to the humanities, from mathematics to the social sciences—Sunnyside students are deep thinkers and well-rounded learners with a strong sense of academic identity.  We trust our students as knowledge co-creators who share their expertise with peers and teachers as part of an intentional process of collaboration. Sunnyside students understand that learning is a social and shared responsibility. By listening respectfully, students value learning from one another as they begin to develop transferable skills like responding positively and constructively, which are important skills to employers as they are assembling their teams.   COMPETENCY #2: KNOWLEDGE FOR IMPACT When Hurricane Harvey crippled the Texas coast in 2018, Sunnyside students in our JTED Construction program rolled up their sleeves, gave up their spring break, and traveled across the country to rebuild homes. When faced with the opportunity to speak at the state capitol demanding an increase in teacher pay, one Sunnyside student took to the microphone, took a deep breath and pumped up a crowd of tens of thousands.    Our students are engaged participants in their future, not merely bystanders. Equipped with deep knowledge of history and a sense of what is fair, our students are adept at using social media and student organizations to drive change. Sunnyside students are aware of community issues and possess real-world knowledge gained from internships and other experiences that put global issues into a local context.   COMPETENCY #3: CREATIVE CONFIDENCE All students are creative, and it’s our responsibility to nurture that creativity. Borrowing from the work of Tom and David Kelley (IDEO, Stanford d.School) we define creative confidence as the natural human ability to come up with great ideas and the courage to act on those ideas.  Sunnyside students take part in human-centric experiences that use empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking to unlock their creativity. Through building prototypes, using causal loops, challenging assumptions, and acknowledging that all ideas are worthy, our students learn how to take risks. More importantly, creative confidence relies on human collaboration, which is embodied in the performing arts. Sunnyside's tradition of excellence in the fine arts provides a first point of entry for students into a world of creativity that gives them opportunities to gain confidence and succeed.    COMPETENCY #4: CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS Workplaces, schools and colleges, and other social environments are defined by internal cultures and norms that are not always visible from the outside. Some environments are built to nurture and empower, while other systems have internal cultures that hinder upward mobility. This is why we give students the tools to identify systems that perpetuate inequality so they’re prepared to take action.  In collaboration with League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the YWCA Southern Arizona we host workshops that help high school students learn about running for office while deconstructing issues such as racism, discrimination, and LGBTQ rights. Fostering critical consciousness through debate empowers our students to keep up with important issues and to demand a seat at the table.    COMPETENCY #5: SELF AND SOCIAL AWARENESS Students who are self-aware have strong intrapersonal skills such as self-regulation, which develops in the early years and aids in problem solving and supports volitional behavior. Social awareness (or social intelligence) is part of an important skill set that, later in life, is what sets a transformational leader apart from an everyday boss. This profile of a graduate takes into account our students’ social and emotional development and values traits such as assertiveness, conflict resolution, positive self-talk (to name a few)—as important indicators—of self- and social awareness, which is key to our students’ ability to thrive after high school.   NEXT STEPS 1. Create a graphic representation of the Graduate Profile 2. Introduce the Graduate Profile at the 2018 Administrative Summit 3. Develop indicators for each of the Graduate Profile competency areas 4. Establish a continuum or rubrics by grade band for each indicator that will be used to support internal accountability metrics with the desired outcome of establishing our own school label system    
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July 29, 2020 Dear Sunnyside Learning Community, A lot has happened since we closed our doors for traditional schooling on March 23rd. Over the last few months we have seen our Nation grow more divided on the public health impact of this pandemic, which has placed school reopening at the center of a political debate. Although starting school remotely is not ideal, scientific evidence along with recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pima County Health Department suggests that the high level of community transmission supports the need for schools to remain closed for in-person instruction. It is most certain that we will stay in a remote learning situation minimally until after Labor Day. As educators, we are accustomed to using data to inform our decisions and will continue to do so in making decisions for in-person learning moving forward.  However, the COVID-19 virus is not the only issue of debate our Nation is contending with. The killing of George Floyd has exposed long-standing racial inequities in every aspect of American life and has forced a deep reckoning across society. From mass protests to intimate conversations with family and friends, conversations about race and equity are part of a national dialogue. For this reason, schools must find their place in the conversation and look at ways to improve the systems that perpetuate inequalities for children.  I would like for us to reflect on the following questions throughout the year as we have further discussion on equity: What are systemic patterns or practices in our schools or departments that foster inequalities and limit students’ future opportunities for success? What biases (unconscious or conscious) do we hold about the community and students we serve that may impact our approach to student learning? For those of us who don’t interact with students, how can we examine some of our own internal biases to create a work environment that is more inclusive of all? The conversation on equity is not new to the Sunnyside Learning Community. Equity is the foundation of our Graduate Profile and is central to the formative assessment process we have been implementing for the past few years. Drawing meaning to our work in the context of equity must be more intentional as we dive deeper into our own personal improvement of practice regardless of the position we hold in the organization.  On a personal level, much of my family conversation about race this summer took place while watching the movie version of the Broadway musical, Hamilton. The significance of diversity in the cast (led by mostly Black and Latino actors) and music (hip hop and R&B), and historical backdrop provided for rich discussions on multiculturalism and institutional issues of race that I know were critical and important for my family to engage in given the events that were happening across the globe.  As we embark on this year of many unknowns, I ask that we look at the opportunities that lie ahead for the students we serve. My hope is that we seek not to return to normal- which implies going back to the status quo - but that we learn from this experience and challenge our system to provide better and more equitable educational opportunities for the children in our community. As Hamilton would say, let’s “not throw away our shot”! Let’s seize the moment to revolutionize our students’ experiences so that they are College, Career, and Community Ready. In solidarity with you, Steve Holmes Superintendent

School Staff

Ricky
Torres
Principal - HS
Sunnyside High School
Matthew
Craft
Assistant Principal - HS
Sunnyside High School
Jon
Schubel
Assistant Principal - HS
Sunnyside High School
Andrea
Aguiar
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Margarita
Alvarado
Cafeteria Helper -189
Sunnyside High School
Elizardo
Arismendez
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Daniel
Bartley
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Magdalena
Benavidez
Case Manager
Sunnyside High School
John
Bentley
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Yolanda
Bonillas
Office Assistant - 225
Sunnyside High School
Dennis
Boyd
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Toni
Bustamante
Admin Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Monika
Cabrera
College Advisor
Sunnyside High School
Guadalupe
Camacho-Diaz
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Alice
Catalano
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Brian
Chumacera-Ortega
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Melany
Coates
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Christina
Collins
School Psychologist
Sunnyside High School
Maria De Los Angeles
Contreras
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Pauleth
Contreras Yanez
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Matthew
Coody
EMS Instructor
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Delahanty
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Nicholas
Duddleston
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Erik
Ellison
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Cynthia
Elsner
Substitute - Certified
Sunnyside High School
Jeff
Ensign
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Veronica
Escobar
Attendance Clerk
Sunnyside High School
Jesus
Espinosa
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Eric
Estrada-Grijalva
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Sarah
Fraser Mirock
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Alejandrina
Gallardo
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Erika
Garcia
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Breanna
Gonzales
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Luis
Gonzales
Cook - FS
Sunnyside High School
Monterris
Goshay
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Maricela
Gracia
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Karina
Guevara
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
JALAL
HADDAD
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Neville
Hamlett
Head Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Nestor
Hernandez
Yearbook Consultant
Sunnyside High School
Johanna
Jimenez
Athletic Trainer
Sunnyside High School
Danielle
Khambholja
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Mary
Kreuziger
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sue
Latta
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Angel
Lopez
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Beatriz
Lopez Valdez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Destiny
Lopez-Cuevas
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Monica
Lucero
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Monica
Luna
Program Specialist
Sunnyside High School
Briseyda
Luquez
Admin Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Mary
Lyons
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Bridget
Machado
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Gloria
Machado
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Luz Eliza
Marquez Morales
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
David
Martin
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Michael
Martinez
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Jorge
Mazon
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Dale
McCauley
Maintenance Worker
Sunnyside High School
Michelle
McDonough
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sandra
McIntosh
Personal Care Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Jeffrey
Meadows
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Mirna
Mercado
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
I
Miller
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jesus
Molina-Vega
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Nilsa
Montijo
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Abel
Morado
Interim Asst Principal HS
Sunnyside High School
Eunice
Murrieta
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Navarro
Office Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Adriana
Nunez Quijada
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
John
O'Connor
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Pete
Palomarez
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Joel
Peralta
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Dale
Perkins
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Anthony
Pike
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Glenn
Posey
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Heather
Quinn
Math Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Adam
Ragan
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Susana
Rios
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
John
Rodriguez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Everardo
Rojas Rios
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Robin
Rudic
School Psychologist
Sunnyside High School
Mick
Stewart
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Stephen
Stoddard
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Cruz
Strange
Registrar - 261
Sunnyside High School
Alfred
Tapia
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Nancy Anne
Turner
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Margarita
Valdez de Navarro
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Rita
Valenzuela
College Advisor
Sunnyside High School
Elisa
Vasquez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Cristian
Vazquez Moreno
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Veronica
Vergara
Office Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Prashant
Verma
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sheryl
Wehn
Special Education Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Patricia
Welch
Cafeteria Manager
Sunnyside High School
Daniel
Wickland
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Markes
Williams
Coach (out)
Sunnyside High School
Caren
Zimmerman
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Alba
Acosta
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Olga
Acosta
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
David
Ahumada
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Laura
Aleccia
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Myrna
Alvarado
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Javier
Alvarez
Utility Worker - FS
Sunnyside High School
Evangelina
Alvarez de Laguna
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Chelsea
Andrews
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Zelika
Araiza
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Ivinia
Arismendez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Stephanie
Arnold
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Jose
Baca
Folklorico Instructor
Sunnyside High School
Dustin
Barr
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Kristen
Biddle
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Denise
Bravo
Parent Student Advocate
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Campas
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Castillo
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Ruben
Cazares
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Peter
Chen
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Aida
Clavero
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Linda
Coe
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Denise
Coffey
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Crystal
Cook
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Cota
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Danehy
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Alma
Davis
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Alexandre
De Backer
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Dara
De La Ossa
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Esmeralda
De La Vara
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Judith
Del Castillo
Office Manager - High
Sunnyside High School
Armando
Escalante
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Belinda
Felix
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
James
Ferguson
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Kurt
Fischer
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
James
Fish
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Susan-Marie
Flanigan
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Irma
Fraijo
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Veronica
Galindo
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Graciela
Garcia
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Garcia
Attendance Clerk
Sunnyside High School
Claudia
Garcia
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Consuelo
German
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Brenda
Glass
Computer Clerk
Sunnyside High School
Geraldine
Gonzales
Media Center Technician
Sunnyside High School
Emilia
Gonzalez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Roseanna
Gonzalez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jovita
Gonzalez
Presch Care Center Sup
Sunnyside High School
Priscila
Gutierrez
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Bianca
Guzman
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Michelle
Haden
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Angela
Haufe
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jesus
Hernandez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jose
Huguez
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Dashrath
Kachhap
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Fotios
Kourouniotis
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Gregory
Latta
Athletic Trainer
Sunnyside High School
Anthony
Leon
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
George
Leon
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Laura
Leon Cuiltre
Infant Development Assist
Sunnyside High School
Delia
Loera
Baker/Cook
Sunnyside High School
Jonathan
Lomax
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Patricia
Lopez
Cafeteria Manager
Sunnyside High School
Matthew
Lopez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Shane
Lourenco
IT Tech
Sunnyside High School
Barbara
Lozano
Parapro - 191
Sunnyside High School
Barbara
MacDonald
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Francisco
Macias
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Joseph
Martin
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Roberto
Martinez
Mariachi Instructor
Sunnyside High School
James
Mauler
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Lucedes
McBroom
Academic Interventionist
Sunnyside High School
Michael
Meadows
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Tiffany
Mendibles Munoz
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Guillermo
Mendoza
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Gabriel
Moraga
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sadequn
Nahar
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sonia
Noriega
Admin Assistant
Sunnyside High School
Juanita
Noriega de Vega
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
John
O'Brien
Athletic Director
Sunnyside High School
Francisca
Ochoa
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Vicente
Ochoa
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Ana
Oquita
Cafeteria Helper - 208
Sunnyside High School
Aida
Ortiz
Office Assistant - 208
Sunnyside High School
Megan
Paielli
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sarah
Palmer
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Joel
Palomarez
Academic Interventionist
Sunnyside High School
Raymond
Pina
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Diana
Quijada
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Michele
Quintana
Accounting Clerk
Sunnyside High School
David
Ramirez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jordan
Randolph
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Perla
Raygoza
Data Quality Specialist
Sunnyside High School
Romualdo
Rebello
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Pamela
Robles
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Maria
Rodriguez
Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Vanessa
Rodriguez
Office Assistant - 225
Sunnyside High School
David
Rodriguez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Marco
Rodriguez
Lead Acad Interventionist
Sunnyside High School
Viridiana
Rodriguez
Cafeteria Helper
Sunnyside High School
Orlando
Rodriquez
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Ruben
Romero
Program Facilitator
Sunnyside High School
Manuel
Salmeron
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Jonah
Schmidt
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Elva
Schmidt
Cafeteria Helper - 261
Sunnyside High School
Umesh
Sharma
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Elsa
Sierra
Lead Custodian
Sunnyside High School
Priscilla
Sinteral
SPEDPersonal Care Asst
Sunnyside High School
Rubi
Soto
Counselor
Sunnyside High School
Katherine
Street
Librarian
Sunnyside High School
Patricia
Thibaut
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Randy
Trujillo
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Steven
Uyeda
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Pauline
Van Os
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Brisa
Verdugo
TSW Technician
Sunnyside High School
Victor
Vigbedorh
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Kryc
Villegas
Campus Monitor
Sunnyside High School
Phorrest
Willis
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Celina
Zamora
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Howard
Zlamal
Teacher
Sunnyside High School
Sunnyside High School
1725 East Bilby Road
Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone Number: 
(520) 545-5300
Fax Number: 
(520) 545-5316

Sunnyside High School, opened in 1955, is home to 2,400 students in Tucson, AZ. Sunnyside offers a wide variety of extracurricular programs, advanced placement courses, and specialized career and technical training programs. As a part of the Sunnyside Unified School District, Sunnyside High School is a celebrated historical pillar of the Tucson community.

Sunnyside is fully accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a comprehensive high school that offers a plethora of rigorous and challenging courses. The foundation of its success is based in its Freshman Academy. This school within a school serves as a foundational environment which prepares incoming 9th graders for their tenure as high school students.

Nhà vua cấm hai TACOnce students have advanced into the upper grade levels they are invited to join one of three College and Career Academies. Each academy focuses on a career pathway where students can earn college credit, industry certifications and take part in work experiences and internships. This combination of core and elective classes has evolved Sunnyside into a culture of college and career readiness.

Additionally, the use of AVID instructional strategies and ample enrollment in Honors and Advanced Placement courses has propelled graduation rates and record amounts of scholarship offerings. This focus on learning and real world experiences has prepared our students for life after Sunnyside.

 

School Details
Year Opened: 
1955
Grades: 
9-12
Enrollment: 
2314
Mascot: 
Blue Devils
Colors: 
Royal Blue and White
Uniforms: Required
Tops: Uniforms Not Required
Bottoms:

School Activities

Physical activities are a common form of recreation and a source of well-being, and are key to improving physical fitness and physical and mental health. Community activities give students the opportunity to better know themselves, to open up to others and to gain a better sense of belonging to their community. Community activities encourage students to play an active role in society and become responsible citizens and inspirational role models.

  • Freshman Academy
  • Athletics (10+)
  • Honors/AP Courses (15+)
  • AVID
  • MESA
  • Skills USA/Career Tech Student Orgs
  • National Honor Society
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Mariachi
  • Folklorico
  • Transition Club
  • College & Career Academies
  • JTED/CTE Programs (10+)
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Air Force ROTC
  • DECA
  • Blue Devil News
  • YES Club
  • SWAT (Student Wellness)
  • Yearbook
  • FBLA
  • Award winning Auto CTE/JTED programs
  • Choir