Help win cash and supplies for schools. Sunnyside and Desert View high schools are registered in the Avery Give Back to Schools program. You can vote every day until September 14, 2012.
Help win cash and supplies for schools. Sunnyside and Desert View high schools are registered in the Avery Give Back to Schools program. You can vote every day until September 14, 2012.
Sunnyside High alum Julio Cesar Felix, Class of 2010, was drafted in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers. There are 40 rounds in the Major League Baseball draft. Julio is the son of Warehouse Manager Jose "Pepe" Felix and Rivera Cafeteria Manager Marisela Felix.
Governing Board Member Daniel Hernandez, Jr., Sunnyside High Class of 2008, has graduated from the University of Arizona. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. More »
Sunnyside High senior Mateo Garcia is the first place winner of Pima Federal Credit Union’s IMPACT Youth Scholarship. He won a $2,500 award. The application included an essay on financial literacy, personal accomplishments and goals.
Abel Salgado, Sunnyside High School Class of 2008, has graduated from Columbia University in New York City. His degree is in Liberal Arts with a specialization in Urban Studies.
Two Sunnyside High football players competed in the National High School Power Clean Championship. Anthony Peralta finished third in the 123.5-pound weight class with a lift of 215 pounds. Dominic Martinez finished third in the 136.5-pound weight class with a lift of 235 pounds.
Sunnyside High School’s Advanced Fashion Design class presented its Spring Fashion Show during lunches on Tuesday, May 15. Students modeled their creations for prom, party and casual wear. Their teacher is Sherryl Hardy.
This Friday, May 11, Sunnyside High School will host the Noche de las Estrellas Rey and Reina Pageant, which will feature a drawing for a $1,000 Quinceañera Packet (see image). Every middle school student who comes to the pageant will receive a free ticket for the drawing with the admission price of $5. The pageant begins at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. More »
Miguel Vega, a senior in the Sunnyside High School CTE/JTED automotive program, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Automotive Service Association of Arizona to attend Pima Community College. Miguel submitted a 500-word essay about his career pathway in automotive technology to win the competition among 15 Tucson high schools. His teacher is Art Basurto.
Sunnyside High School hosted a Relay for Life event April 28 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The drive led by Sunnyside’s Criminal Justice Student Organization has raised a total of $5,000. Carlos Abelaiz served as student chair; teacher Patti Thibaut was co-chair for the relay.
Sunnyside High School student poets won the top awards in all five categories at the annual Valencia Library Teen Poetry Festival April 26, 2012. The winners and their categories were Cassandra Valadez – heartfelt; Zach Taylor - speak up; Marcos Hoyos-Moreno - my family, my culture; Michelle Burruel – hodge-podge; and Teresita Sanchez - best performance. Their teacher is Kurt Fischer.
Congratulations to the middle school and high school teams that competed in the MESA Day state competition April 21. See attached listing of the rankings for the competition.
Sunnyside High School junior Zack Taylor came in second place and Sunnyside High senior Araceli Montano came in third place in the 2012 City Championships of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, held on Saturday, April 28 at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Forty-six Raytheon volunteer tutors, 81 students, seven student helpers and six teachers participated in Sunnyside Math Night April 26. This year’s series included 12 Math Nights. The first Math Night for next school year is already scheduled for August 23. Thank you to all the volunteers who help to make this a success. Special thanks to volunteer coordinator Rosemary Badian.
Sunnyside High School’s fourth annual Future Business Leaders of America/National Honor Society Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Drive yielded more than 120 inches of hair. The donated hair is used to create wigs for cancer patients. Many local hair stylists donated their services.
Students from Sunnyside High School carried the Special Olympics Torch April 25, 2012 to mark the opening of the summer games. They ran along Tucson Boulevard and through the airport area. Students from throughout the Sunnyside District are participating in the state games in Phoenix. Coaches for the Sunnyside Special Olympics team are Lori Chrisman, Harry Parks and Barb Zuniga.
An exhibit of photography by students in Sumaya Frick’s Sunnyside High CTE/JTED photography class will be on display May 2 – July 13 at the Pima County Superior Court’s Courthouse Gallery, which rotates exhibits from Tucson-area high schools. The theme of the exhibit is 300 Years of Photography. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, May 2, 11 a.m. See attachment.
Sunnyside High Career & Technical Education (CTE) photography teacher Sumaya Frick has been awarded the Paul D. Coverdale Peace Corps Fellowship, a prestigious honor granted to a few returned Peace Corps volunteers from across the nation so they may pursue graduate studies. Ms. Frick has applied to the University of Arizona to earn a Master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy. More »
Sunnyside High School senior Josua Govan has been accepted into Project Search, a JTED program in which seniors serve as interns at the University of Arizona Medical Center, South Campus or in the Student Union/Recreation Center. Josh will take one class each morning, then rotate into different training sites such as Transportation, Dietary Services, Radiology or Security.
Sunnyside High School is hosting the 2012 Relay for Life del Sol Friday-Saturday, April 27-28. In a family-friendly environment for the entire community, the event celebrates the lives of people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and fights back against the disease. More »
Sunnyside High School’s Blue Devil News Productions will film and stream the Sunnyside v. Mountain View softball game on April 19. It will be broadcast live at 3:45 p.m. on the AIA 360 website. See BDN media release attached.
Thirty-five Sunnyside High students competed at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference April 1 – 3. Senior Reyna Gissel Sanchez, who placed first in Pathophysiology, will attend the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida in June. Senior Nickolas Verdugo placed first in Interviewing Skills. More »
Students from Sunnyside and Desert View’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Career & Technical Student Organizations placed at the State Conference and will compete at Nationals.
Alex Lewis placed first in Word Processing II;
Zack Taylor placed second in Word Processing II and second in Computer Applications.
From Desert View: More »
Sunnyside High School’s BLU DVL CRU won first place in the 8th annual Spark the Floor Hip-Hop Dance Xplosion that took place at the Fox Theatre. Student dancers are Janette Lopez, Ricardo Martinez Penate, Jazmine Morales, Samantha Moreno, Kimberly Ponce, Carolina Ramos, Sabrina Rosovich and Marco Valencia. The sponsor of BLUE DVL CRU is Jose Gonzalez.
Sunnyside High sophomore Alan Acosta and senior Omar Lincoln’s band, the TJI Ellington Jazz Band, won first place at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California. Last summer, they toured Europe, playing at jazz festivals in four countries. Omar plays the trumpet and Alan plays tenor and alto sax. More »
Sunnyside High’s Academic Decathlon Team participated in the state competition March 9-10. Carlos Sanchez won the bronze medal for Essay; he has placed at state for three consecutive years. The team placed 19th in the state, its highest in eight years. More »
On March 1, 2012, Alyssa Gallego Rodriguez, Sunnyside High Class of 2007, will earn her Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Culinary Arts Management from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Alyssa’s Culinary Arts teacher at Sunnyside High School was Margaret Richardson. Alyssa’s parents are retired Sunnyside District educators Rene and Gracie Rodriguez.
Sunnyside High School sophomore Jacqueline Felix will represent the Sunnyside District when she travels to Washington, D.C. in March 2012 with the Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition.
Sunnyside High School students Vicente Torres, Gerardo Valenzuela, Jorge Crespo and Rodrigo Valenzuela have been accepted into the STEP Program. They will participate in a two-year college prep program and a three-week wilderness leadership expedition to Alaska in the summer.
Sunnyside High School will be the site of Relay for Life del Sol April 27-28. Sunnyside High’s Law Enforcement class is leading this event to bring the community together and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Get involved by joining a team, participating in the planning committee, or organizing your own Relay activities. More »
The winners of the 4th Annual Sunnyside High School Poetry Out Loud recitation contest held on February 2 were:
- Karina Latimer, 1st place
- Cassandra Valadez, 2nd place
- Teresita Sanchez, 3rd place
They will compete at the Southern Arizona regional finals at 7 p.m. on March 1 at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Blue Devil News Productions will stream Sunnyside High games live online on the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s site, www.aia365.com. Games are filmed, edited and streamed by students in Sunnyside High’s Multi-Media Technology Intern class, Blue Devil News; Nick Duddleston is the teacher. On Friday, Dec. More »
Kino Rotary Club presented Character Awards Dec. 2 to high schools who exemplify the Rotary International Four-Way Test. Awards were presented to Adriana Parra of Desert View, Casandra Valadez of Sunnyside High and Alma Rabago of S.T.A.R. Academic Center.
Sunnyside High Academic Decathlon competed in a 10-event scrimmage at Buena High School . Carlos Sanchez of the Scholastic team took first place overall. Teresita Sanchez, on the Scholastic team, took first place in Interview and had the highest interview score at the competition.
Judges needed More »
Sandra Ahern, Sunnyside High Class of 1983, was promoted Sept. 23, 2011 to Chief Master Sargeant, the Air Force’s highest enlisted rank. The 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard now has five chief master sargeants who are Sunnyside High grads: Chief Master Sgts. Sandra Ahern, Edisa Salcido, Gil Quiroz, George Silvas and Rene Lopez. Chief Master Sgt. More »
Sunnyside High School Academic Decathlon team member John Moreno placed first in Language and Literature at a nine-team regional competition Sept. 28. Teachers Valerie Heller and Geoff Thames are Academic Decathlon coaches. Sponsorships are still available for the T-shirt fund-raiser – contact Ms. Heller.
Sunnyside High School is a partner with the Univeristy ofArizona College of Medicine in a several million dollar grant, AZ-HOPE (Arizona Health Opportunities Pathways to Excellence). Sunnyside High will receive more than $16,000 in services each year of the initial three years of the grant. More »
At the conclusion of the Sunnyside High Math Night held September 22, Raytheon announced that Sunnyside High math teacher Rita Martinez is a Raytheon Math Hero, one of 32 in the nation. Ms. Martinez received a $2,500 award; a matching award was presented to Sunnyside High.
Forty-eight volunteers from Raytheon tutored 78 Sunnyside High students at the school’s September 22 Math Night. Math Night will be featured in a week-long series beginning October 10 on KVOA-4 TV to celebrate Raytheon’s 60th anniversary. The next Math Night at Sunnyside is October 20. Challenger Middle School’s Math Night with Raytheon tutors is October 4.
Seventy-five Sunnyside high students and 48 Raytheon volunteer tutors participated in Math Night at Sunnyside High on Sept. 22. At the conclusion of the event, Raytheon announced that Sunnyside math teacher Rita Martinez is one of 32 Raytheon Math Heroes in the nation. She received a $2,500 award and the school also received $2,500.
Sunnyside High School’s Academic Decathlon team – 25 students, grades 9-12 – will be holding a T-shirt fundraiser. Being a sponsor is easy - for $20, a sponsor receives a shirt and is named on the back of the T-shirt (up to 30 characters including spaces). More »
Sunnyside High graduate Jesus Hurtado, Class of 2011, has won second place for his corrido, "Padre Querido," in a contest sponsored by the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Jesus was a student last year in Zélika Araiza’s Honors Spanish class. Jesus has been invited to perform his corrido on October 22 at the Arizona Humanities Council’s Festival, "Stories of Us," in Phoenix.
The Helping Hearts of Sunnyside High School will be collecting food at the next two football games at Sunnyside High School on September 16 and September 23. All food will go back directly to the Sunnyside community. Thank you for making a difference.
Taking part in Sunnyside High School Math Night on Thursday, August 25 were 51 students, two moms, two younger brothers who wanted to learn more math, 12 very enthusiastic student helpers, 12 adult Sunnyside High helpers, 26 Raytheon tutors plus four other Raytheon volunteers. Sunnyside High teachers Rita Martinez and Pauline Vanos worked with Raytheon’s Rosemary Badian to organize the event. More »
Raytheon volunteers will be at Sunnyside High School Thursday, Aug. 25 for one-on-one math tutoring at Sunnyside Math Night.
Sunnyside High School Freshman Academy math teacher Rita Martinez has been selected as the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the MathMovesU Math Hero Awards Program sponsored by Raytheon. In addition, Sunnyside High will receive a matching $2,500 grant.
The Helping Hearts of Sunnyside High School Club is a group of students who participate in community service to give back directly to the families of the Sunnyside community. Helping Heart will be collecting canned food items at the Sunnyside-Desert View game this Friday, August 26 at Blue Devil Stadium. More »
Sunnyside High teacher and Blue Devil wrestling coach Bobby DeBerry has submitted his resignation as a teacher and coach. The Sunnyside community is grateful for his years of service and dedication, not only to the wrestlers but to all students and families. He had a spectacular career, unmatched in the history of the district. More »
Sunnyside High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) photography teacher Sumaya Frick has been awarded a three-year fellowship from the Association for Career and Technical Education AZ. She will be involved in state- and federal-level activities regarding CTE.
The registration dates and times for students entering Sunnyside High School for the 2011-12 school year are as follows:
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Note: Expect delays between 11:00 & 1:00 due to lunch breaks (Doors will close at 2:15 pm)
- Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Seniors (Class of 2012) - Pre-registered ONLY (fast pass)
- Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sunnyside High School’s Health Occupations Students of America traveled to Anaheim, California for the HOSA National Leadership Conference June 22-25. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin presented HOSA’s Heroes Award to Sunnyside High alum Daniel Hernandez, and Sunnyside High teacher Cathy Monroe, who was Daniel’s teacher, was also honored for her work in the classroom. More »
Sixteen summer school students are on track to graduate. Ceremonies will be held Thursday, June 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Sierra Middle School auditorium. A record number of 855 students have already graduated in the Class of 2011 from Desert View, Sunnyside and STAR.
The students in the Life Skills program will be sending coupons to the Marine base in Japan again next year. They can use expired coupons, so if you have any coupons that you don’t use this summer, please send them to Dora Nice at Sunnyside High School.
Arizona Daily Star May 23, 2011, "Turnover cuts experience among county prosecutors" includes photo of Deputy County Attorney O.J. Flores, a Sunnyside High graduate who played football for the Blue Devils for four years and was on the 2000 state runner-up team.
The Kino Rotary established the Character Awards this year for students from Desert View, Sunnyside High, STAR, Pueblo High and PPEP TEC High School. Recipients of the awards in the second semester include Tanya Lugo-Torres of Desert View; Alejandra Mendoza of S.T.A.R. Academic, and Velveth Makepeace of Sunnyside High.
You are invited to a retirement dinner for Raúl Nido, retiring principal of Sunnyside High School. The dinner celebration will be held on Friday, May 20, 6:30 - 11:30 p.m. at the Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road. Cost is $35 per person. Proceeds will go toward the Raúl Q. Nido Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to the Sunnyside Alumni Association. More »
Thirteen Future Business Leaders of America students from the Advanced Business Operations class at Desert View High School attended the 2011 FBLA State Leadership Conference April 18-20. The following students placed out of almost 2,000 students at this conference.
Maria Mata, second place in Spreadsheet Applications, qualifies to compete at Nationals in Orlando June 26-July 2. More »
Sunnyside High senior Katrina Arroyos represented Sunnyside as Homecoming Queen and was recently crowned the 2011 Arizona State Homecoming Queen. She will represent Sunnyside and Arizona in the competition to be America’s Homecoming Queen July 23-27 in Anaheim. As a state finalist, she is also eligible to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Homecoming Queen. More »
Sunnyside High senior Theresa Perkins is the recipient of a $500 scholarship in the Dollars for Scholars 2011 Community Volunteer Service Awards program. This award, which honors students’ volunteer activities, is sponsored by William and Margaret Nelsen. Dr. Bill Nelsen was instrumental in the design of the Learning Communities Coalition.
Sunnyside High senior Cord Boyd was named winner of the DeWayne Bennett Award sponsored by the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.
Sunnyside District students swept the Valencia Poetry Festival, with all seven awards going to Desert View and Sunnyside high students. Desert View winners are: Sadiya Buta, Alyssa Shestko, Luis Borboa and Santos Flores (Joanna Peled Award). Their teacher is Maria Elena Wakamatsu. Sunnyside High winners are: Araceli Montaño, Jennifer Schmidt and Alexia Vazquez. Kurt Fischer is their teacher.
The Sunnyside High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and National Honor Society (NHS) collected more than 200 inches of hair for the third annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation drive. The hair will be used to make free wigs for cancer patients of all ages. More »
Eighteen students in Sunnyside High’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) program have completed the 200-hour after-school program at CareGiver Training Institute to become Certified Nursing Assistants. Sunnyside’s HOSA teacher is Cathy Monroe.
Sunnyside High students Jessica Gonzalez and Aaliyah Tovar have been selected as delegates to Girls State.
Sunnyside High senior Kory DeBerry has been invited to the FILA Junior World Team trials in Cleveland, Ohio April 6-11. This tournament is by invitation only, with all expenses paid by USA Wrestling.
The Sunnyside High hip-hop dance team Blu Dvl Cru took first place at the 7th Annual Tucson Hip-Hop Explosion showcase/competition on March 19, 2011.
Sunnyside High teacher Kurt Fischer has been selected to serve as an Advanced Placement (AP) Reader at this year’s annual AP Reading in June, where 11,000 college faculty and AP teachers gather to evaluate and score approximately 11 million free-response AP exam answers.
Sunnyside High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students performed very well at the Regional Conference Competition. Luz Parra took first place in Word Processing II and Chapter Sign. Sunnyside’s FBLA teacher is Ana Danehy.
Eight students from Desert View and two from Sunnyside have been selected to participate in a STEP Expedition to Alaska. Through challenging at-sea and wilderness expeditions, the STEP program seeks to help students develop the belief that they have what it takes to succeed. For more information, see: http://stepexpedition.org/.
The Washington Post, "Giffords intern handling sudden fame after speech" featured Sunnyside High graduate Daniel Hernandez.
In the January 16 issue of the Arizona Daily Star, "Blue Devils are happy again, win FW tourney."
The Tucson Weekly cover story of January 6 - 12, "Sunnyside High School's Armando Altamirano has boxing in his blood."
Congratulations to the Sunnyside High wrestling team on achieving 310 consecutive dual match wins with victories Jan. 5 versus Rincon/University and Tucson high schools.
See Arizona Daily Star Jan. 6, "A difficult record to pin down"
Sunnyside High students Araceli Montaño, Antonio Corral and Shelby Graham took first, second and third place respectively at the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam. Their teacher is Kurt Fischer.
Sunnyside High alum Alda Dominguez—former Academic Decathlon champion and anchor for the Sunnyside Update cable TV show—will be graduating from the Navy and reporting to Japan in January.
Sunnyside High Advanced Fashion Design student Robert Carrizosa was named the Art Institute scholarship winner for the State of Arizona. As the state-level winner, he has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Robert designed a formal dress for this competition which will now be submitted to the national competition for an additional $40,000 scholarship. His teacher is Sherryl Hardy.
A scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2011 to a graduating senior at Sunnyside High whose parent has served or is currently in the armed forces. Applications will be accepted through the Alumni Association’s Dollars for Scholars application process. For the online application, see: susd.dollarsforscholars.org.
Sunnyside High Academic Decathlon brought home 10 awards at the CDO full scrimmage, including first-place finishes by Julio Chavez (Interview) and Carlos Sanchez (Speech). Additionally, Sunnyside had the highest team score for Speech. Their advisors are Valerie Heller and Geoff Thames.
Sunnyside High DECA had a busy November: More »
Sunnyside High students Rena Barba and Susan Keovongsa were two of only ten Tucson-area students selected for the Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition. Students participate in youth activism, culminating in a trip to Washington, D.C.
Sunnyside High students, faculty and staff donated a total of 710 non-perishable food items for the 12th Annual National Honor Society/Future Business Leaders of America Canned Food drive. The drive provided Thanksgiving dinner for 40 Sunnyside High School families.
Sunnyside High Academic Decathlon students competed in an eight-school scrimmage and Sunnyside had five students with top-five finishes in various categories, including a first-place in math for Andrew Hagen. Their coaches are Valerie Heller and Geoff Thames.
Patty Gamez, alum, will receive the University of Arizona Centennial Achievement Award. The award recognizes those students who have demonstrated integrity, overcome enormous challenges to achieve a college education and made a contribution to self, community and family. Read more in the UA News from November 19, 2010. More »
Elora D. Diaz, Sunnyside High Class of 2008, has earned an internship with the State Senate. She was selected after several interviews, and will begin her internship in January 2011. She is a junior at Arizona State University and will graduate in 2012 with a degree in Pre-Law/Criminal Justice. She is the daughter of Sunnyside High administrative assistant Rachel Vasavilbaso.
Desert View math teacher and department chair Alison Cornell has been named one of nine finalists for the UA/Circle K Outstanding High School Faculty Awards. She will be honored in pre-game ceremonies at the January 29, 2011 University of Arizona men’s basketball game. Congratulations also to Philip Ficara, Sunnyside High’s nominee for the awards program.
UApresents has developed a new educational outreach program, In the Schools, to replace the school matinee program. As part of UApresents In the Schools, approximately 1,500 students at Desert View and Sunnyside were treated to performances Nov. 8 and 9 by Calle Sur—a musical production which teaches students about the culture, history, languages and geography of Latin America.
Sunnyside High cross country runner Terrance Salazar took 9th place at the state cross country championships. Terrance had the best time of any runner from Southern Arizona. More »
Now on display at the Administration Building’s Rising Star Gallery is a collection of Dia de los Muertos pieces created by 4th- and 5th-grade students at Drexel Elementary. Nancy Murray is the art teacher at Drexel. Also on display is the black-and-white photo collection, "Light Painters," by Sumaya Frick’s photography students at Sunnyside High.
Sunnyside High wrestlers Lucio Murillo III and Kory DeBerry have made verbal commitments to the Arizona State University wrestling team.
Sunnyside High is promoting health and nutrition awareness by participating in Apple Crunch Week, Nov. 1 – 5, 2010. The P.E. Partners Club will visit classrooms with samples of different apples for students to try.
Sunnyside High wrestler Kory De Berry has made a verbal commitment to the Arizona State University wrestling team.
Blue Devil football was in the October 16, 2010 edition. See Change in tactic sparks Blue Devils.