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2019 Graduation and Promotion Dates and Times
Congratulations to all of our high school graduates and 8th graders earning promotion certificates. To ensure everyone gets to enjoy these ceremonies, the Sunnyside Unified School District will...
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Summer Meal Program 2019
The Sunnyside Unified School District will be providing free summer meals at select schools from Tuesday, May 28-Wednesday, July 31st.  The schools listed below will provide free breakfast...
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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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Benefits Open Enrollment: May 1-31
It's that time of the year again! Sunnyside offers an extensive benefits package for eligible employees that provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage options based on your...
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DVHS Senior Wins Arizona Poetry Out Loud Competition, Heads to D.C.
By: Arizona Commission on the Arts   Edgardo Aguilar is AZ’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion Edgardo Aguilar, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, will represent Arizona...
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SUSD employees qualify for $25 UMR pay period premium discount
Beginning June 2018 through March 2019, Sunnyside employees will have an opportunity to earn UMR points by participating in activities to earn a premium differential of $25 per pay period for the...
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2019 Summer School Registration
Enroll for Summer School! Need to get caught up? Need to get ahead? See your counselor today! How to Register? STEP 1 - Go to your counselor to have your registration completed and...
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CTE - National Day of Signing at PCC
On Thursday, February 14th Desert View High School and Sunnyside High School seniors participated in the National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day at Pima Community College (PCC)....
Congratulations to all of our high school graduates and 8th graders earning promotion certificates. To ensure everyone gets to enjoy these ceremonies, the Sunnyside Unified School District will LIVE stream the following graduations/promotions: (Click on listed time to access the live stream). Apollo Middle School - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • 9:00 AM • 10:45 AM • 2:15 PM Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 • 9:00 AM • 11:00 AM Challenger Middle School - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • 9:00 AM • 11:00 AM • 2:00 PM Sierra 2-8 School - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 • 9:00 AM • 11:00 AM Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • 9:00 AM Star Academic High School - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 •  6:00 PM (video streaming will be live at 6:00 PM) Desert View High School - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 -  • 7:00 PM (video streaming will be live at 6:30 PM) Sunnyside High School - Thursday, May 23, 2019 • 7:00 PM (video streaming will be live at 6:30 PM)  
The Sunnyside Unified School District will be providing free summer meals at select schools from Tuesday, May 28-Wednesday, July 31st.  The schools listed below will provide free breakfast and lunch to children 18 years of age and under. Adult meals will be provided at a minimal cost of $1.75 for Breakfast and $3.25 for Lunch. All sites will be closed on July 4th and 5th in observance of the 4th of July holiday. Learn more: https://kvoa.com/news/local-news/2019/05/21/school-districts-offer-meals-to-students-over-summer-break    
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    
It's that time of the year again! Sunnyside offers an extensive benefits package for eligible employees that provides medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage options based on your individual needs. With lots of options available, you and your family can save for medical costs during retirement, plan for the medical needs of your new family, or ensure you're ready for the unexpected. ALL employees must re-enroll or enroll between May 1st-31st (for benefits to take effect September 1, 2019). Do not confuse these two dates! BENEFIT ELECTIONS FROM 2018-19 WILL NOT ROLLOVER. We are now on a 10 month plan year and our insurances will be effective September 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 with the new plan year beginning July 1.  Ready to move forward? Log-in to your iVisions portal http://visions.susd12.org/ess to review your options and make your selections for the next plan year (which takes effect September 1, 2019).   Attend one of our info sessions! Desert View High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 7th 2:30pm - 3:30pm  Sunnyside High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 14th 2:00pm - 3:00pm  Palo Verde Room - District Offices Wednesday, May 1st 7:30am - 9:30am  Thursday, May 9th 10:30am - 12:30pm  Wednesday, May 15th 7:30am - 9:30am  Wednesday, May 22nd 3:00pm - 5:00pm  Wednesday, May 29th 3:00pm - 5:00pm  Do more research! Visit the Sunnyside Benefits page to get started     "OK. I HAVE LOTS OF QUESTIONS" Q: What's the period to select in open enrollment? May 1-31st. No exceptions.  Q: When are this year’s open enrollment benefits elections effective? September 1, 2019   Q: Do I need to do anything during open enrollment? Yes. All employees need to log onto their iVisions portal and select benefits and/or assign a beneficiary for their district paid $25,000 life insurance policy Q: If I don’t want benefits, do I need to do anything? Yes. All employees need to log onto their iVisions portal to assign a beneficiary for their district paid $25,000 life insurance policy Q: Has anything changed this year? Yes. Dental Insurance is now Delta Dental and you have 3 options (PPO Base, PPO Buy-Up and HMO) Vision Insurance is now Superior Vision Rates have changed across all insurances Q: Where can I find information regarding open enrollment? All information is posted at https://www.susd12.org/Human-Resources/benefits and we will be sending weekly emails with additional information. Q: Do I have to attend an Open Enrollment meeting? Although we highly suggest all employees attend an open enrollment meeting, these meetings are NOT mandatory this year. If you cannot attend an open enrollment meeting, please consider reviewing the presentation at https://www.susd12.org/Human-Resources/benefits. Q: When are the open enrollment meetings? Desert View High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 7th 2:30pm - 3:30pm  Sunnyside High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 14th 2:00pm - 3:00pm  Palo Verde Room - District Offices Wednesday, May 1st 7:30am - 9:30am  Thursday, May 9th 10:30am - 12:30pm  Wednesday, May 15th 7:30am - 9:30am  Wednesday, May 22nd 3:00pm - 5:00pm  Wednesday, May 29th 3:00pm - 5:00pm  Q: I need help with enrolling online, where can I get assistance? The Benefits Office is holding 2 all day sessions at Los Ranchitos Learning Resource Center (LRC). Please attend one of these sessions if you need help. Computer Enrollment Assistance Los Ranchitos LRC  Friday, May 17th 7:30am - 4:30pm  Friday, May 31st 7:30am - 4:30pm    "WHAT'S THIS 10-MONTH PLAN YEAR ALL ABOUT?!" Q: My communication says that 2019/2020 will be a 10-month plan year, what does that mean? Our plan year for 2019/2020 will run from September 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Open enrollment for the 2020/2021 plan year will be in May 2020 and the 2020/2021 plan year will begin on July 1, 2020. Q: Will I be covered in the summer? As long as you enroll in May for the 2020/2021 plan year and return to work at the start of your contract for the 2020/2021 school year, you will not experience a lapse in coverage for your insurances. Q: Why are we having a 10-month plan year? We are changing our plan year from September 1 to July 1 in order for employees to have a plan year start date that is closer to our open enrollment (May). This will allow our employees to be able to make better choices because the plan year will begin 1 month after open enrollment instead of 3 months later. Q: Since our plan year is shorter, will we have the same number of deductions from our paycheck? No. For the 2019/2020 benefit year only, we will have 18 deductions for your benefits - for the 2020/2021 benefit year we will return to 21 deductions.   "PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT WELLNESS DISCOUNTS. WHAT ARE THEY?" Q: How do I know if I am a Wellness Participant? There are a few ways to tell: When you log onto your iVisions portal, you will see the lower premium for your medical insurances You can log onto www.umr.com to view your wellness points (you must have earned 50 points by March 31, 2019 in order to be eligible for the premium credit) Q: What does it mean to be a Wellness Participant? You completed 50 points by participating in wellness activities by March 31, 2019 and you are now eligible for a $25.00 per pay period reduction in your medical insurance premiums. Q: If I am not a Wellness Participant, how can I become a Participant? All you need to do is earn 50 wellness points by March 31, 2020 to be eligible for the $25.00 per pay period reduction in your health insurance premiums for the 2020/2021 benefit year! Unfortunately, it is too late to participate for the 2019/2020 benefit year but please participate in the program for the next benefit year and see the savings! (Wellness Program details are outlined in your Employee Benefits Guide) Q: I didn’t know about the wellness program - how did you communicate this? We communicated the wellness program in many ways. Please see the information at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1okI9IPXDfVfmB-xGQa6IYIDKblUOfLSiPYM1k2LWFzk/edit?usp=sharing.   "I AM RETIRING." Q: I am retiring at the end of this school year, do I still need to participate in open enrollment? Yes. If you are participating in… Regular retirement and ESI: Make your elections for September 1, 2019 so that you are offered COBRA with the elections that you would like for the new plan year. BERP: Make your elections for September 1, 2019 and the benefits office will send you an invoice for your portion of the premiums.  
By: Arizona Commission on the Arts   Edgardo Aguilar is AZ’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion Edgardo Aguilar, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, will represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, DC, April 30-May 1, 2019. The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix on Saturday, March 16. Ten students, representing schools from Tucson to Ganado, a chapter of the Navajo Nation, recited poems by a diverse array of literary luminaries, including Jimmy Santiago Baca, Maya Angelou, and Natalie Diaz. After two rounds of recitations, four students advanced to the final round. From these four, Edgardo Aguilar was named State Champion while Helena Häber, a senior at Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix, was named first runner-up. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation competition delivered in high schools in all 50 states and three territories through partnerships with State Arts Agencies. Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud program is managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, with support from regional partners, University of Arizona Poetry Center, Phonetic Spit, and William Cordeiro, PhD, a Flagstaff-based poet and lecturer at Northern Arizona University. 2019 Arizona State Champion Desert View Senior, Edgardo Aguilar   2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finalists: (students in bold advanced to final round) Edgardo Aguilar, Desert View High School, Tucson Sylvia Dale, Ganado High School, Ganado Sharmila Dey, University High School, Tucson Becca Driggs, Highland High School, Gilbert Zaquia George, City High School, Tucson Helena Häber, Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix Aslihan Hadinoglu, Coconino High School, Flagstaff Abby Noel, Verrado High School, Buckeye Daniel Noon, Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix Sophie Weinzinger, Coconino High School, Flagstaff 2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Judging Panel An esteemed panel of judges evaluated the recitations, including two Poets Laureate: Rosemarie Dombrowski, Poet Laureate, City of Phoenix Joy Young, performance and teaching spoken word artist Phoenix Laura Tohe, Poet Laureate, Navajo Nation Cynthia Wheeler, Storyteller “Beginner’s luck or perhaps I have found something that calls to me” Aguilar’s achievement is all the more impressive considering this is his first year participating in Poetry Out Loud. Prior to the competition, Aguilar commented on his road to state finals: “Beginner’s luck or perhaps I have found something that calls to me, either way, my first year of Poetry Out Loud has been quite a trip. I am just grateful to have made it this far.” Aguilar was accompanied at the event by his coach and AP English Teacher, Teresa Driver. As State Champion, Aguilar receives $200 and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC, (with an adult chaperone) to compete at the National Finals. Additionally, his school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. As runner-up Häber receives $100 and her school receives $200 for the purchase of poetry books. Reflecting on his experience thus far, Aguilar said, “I only hope what I have learned from this situation brings me closer to becoming a decent human being.” The Competition Continues The Poetry Out Loud national semifinals will be held in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 30, at Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Nine finalists will then advance to the national finals, also held at Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 1. A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends are awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship award for the National Champion.   https://azarts.gov/news/edgardo-aguilar-is-arizonas-poetry-out-loud-state-champion/
Beginning June 2018 through March 2019, Sunnyside employees will have an opportunity to earn UMR points by participating in activities to earn a premium differential of $25 per pay period for the 2019-20 plan year. That's basically $25 off your health insurance premium every pay period during (a potential savings of $525 per year!). Below are two activities that can easily satisfy your 50 points to earn this premium reduction! 1. Complete a Biometric Screening through your physician (30 points): Have your physician complete a Physician Lab Form. Visit your UMR portal to download your personalized Physician Lab Form at UMR.com and take it with you to your annual preventive exam. 2. Complete an Online Health Risk Assessment (HRA) through UMR.com (20 points): The results of your biometric screening will be used to complete a portion of your HRA Ready to get started? Follow the instructions below...   Go to www.umr.com and Click on "Login/Register".   Enter your Username and Password or Click "Register" to Create a new Account.   If you have never logged in to UMR you will need to create a new account. You will be asked to select what type of account to create. Select "Member".   Please enter your First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, Member ID, and Group Number. (Member ID and Group Number can be found on the UMR Card provided to you).   Enter your email address and phone number. Your email address can either be your SUSD email or personal email. Phone Number can be either a cell phone or home phone.   Create a Username and Password for your account.   To facilitate password recovery, you are asked to select two security questions and assign them an answer. (You will be asked to answer these questions in order to reset a forgotten account password).   You are now logged in to UMR! :)   Here you can access a variety of health resources designed to help you track and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  
Enroll for Summer School! Need to get caught up? Need to get ahead? See your counselor today! How to Register? STEP 1 - Go to your counselor to have your registration completed and approved. STEP 2 - Make your payment to the bookstore with your registration form. STEP 3 - Come to school at 7:15 am on the first day of classes. STEP 4 - Read and Sign the Student Contract. How Much Does It Cost? Sunnyside District Students (18/19 year) ½ Credit/ 1 Session Content Recovery* $65 ½ Credit/ 1 Session Content Advancement $130 1 Credit/ Both Sessions Content Recovery* $130 1 Credit/ Both Sessions Content Advancement $260 *Fee Reduction for Content Recovery Only Out of District Students (18/19 year) ½ credit/ 1 Session $160 1 Full Credit/ Both Sessions $320 What classes are offered? FIRST SEMESTER May 28th - June 11th English • English 1 • English 3 • American Literature • British Literature Math (Both Semesters Available) • Algebra I  • Algebra II  • Algebra II Concepts • Geometry • Statistics • Intermediate Algebra Social Studies • World History Semester 1 • US History Semester 1 • US Government Science Science • Biology Semester 1 • Integrated Science Semester 1   SECOND SEMESTER June 12th - June 27th English • English 2 • English 4 • American Literature • British Literature Math (Both Semesters Available) • Algebra I • Algebra II • Algebra II Concepts • Geometry • Statistics • Intermediate Algebra Social Studies • World History Semester 2 • US History Semester 2 • Economics Science • Biology Semester 2 • Integrated Science Semester 2 Questions? Contact your School to Enroll! Desert View High School 4101 East Valencia Road | Tucson, Arizona 85706 Counseling Office: 520.545.5109 Sunnyside High School 1725 East Bilby Road | Tucson, Arizona 85706 Counseling Office: 520.545.5309  Eric Freitchen, Coordinator 520.545.5217 Lisa Parriott, Counselor 520.545.5704 Stephanie Encinas, Office Manager 520.545.2712   #quepasa-image { display: none; }
On Thursday, February 14th Desert View High School and Sunnyside High School seniors participated in the National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Signing Day at Pima Community College (PCC). This event mirrored the NCAA's National Signing Day for students who commit to playing sports in college, this is a unique opportunity for seniors to be recognized in front of their parents and others. As done with collegiate athletic signings, new students inked their intentions to complete a technical program at Pima Community College. Sunnyside School District had approximately 50 students from each high school scheduled to attend Pima College Signing Day, 16 students signed for study in Manufacturing, and 7 in Administrative Justice. Last year, more than 2,400 students signed commitments nationwide. http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/video/2019/02/15/pcc-hosts-cte-letters-intent-signing-day/