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New SUSD Governing Board Members Inducted
The Sunnyside Unified School District welcomes new Governing Board Member, Ms. Consuelo Hernandez as well as returning Governing Board Member, Ms. Eva...
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Applications for College Academy for Parents due Jan. 25
The College Academy for Parents (CAP) is a FREE, comprehensive 12-week program that works with elementary school parents to develop a college plan for their children. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR...
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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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Join our team! Sunnyside Unified School District Job Fair: Jan. 26
Kickoff your next career move! Join us for a day of interviews and on-the-spot hiring on Saturday, January 26th at our spring 2019 Job Fair at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Rd. from 8:00-...
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Gallego enrollment application now open for 2019-20 school year
    We are now accepting online applications for the 2019-20 school year for Gallego Primary Fine Arts Magnet School's Kindergarten Class. At this time all other...
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Sunnyside High School Boys Soccer Ranked #4 Nationally
Showing no signs of slowing down, the Sunnyside High School Boys Varsity team, ranked #4 in the country by MaxPreps heads into the match against Cienega, rallying behind their coach, Casey O'Brien...
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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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SUSD'S Patrick Robles Profiled in national youth multimedia project
By Mary Katzke, reset4change November 29, 2018 Patrick makes me feel like a Nordic giant when I walk beside him, but make no mistake in underestimating his stature in his community. I recently...
The Sunnyside Unified School District welcomes new Governing Board Member, Ms. Consuelo Hernandez as well as returning Governing Board Member, Ms. Eva Dong. The two members of the Governing Board were officially sworn in at last Tuesday's meeting. For information about upcoming Governing Board meetings, agendas, and livestream, please visit https://www.susd12.org/Admin/governing-board and click on the resources link at the bottom of your web browser or mobile device. 
The College Academy for Parents (CAP) is a FREE, comprehensive 12-week program that works with elementary school parents to develop a college plan for their children. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE COLLEGE ACADEMY FOR PARENTS IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 25TH.  The program, a unique collaboration between the Sunnyside District and the University of Arizona, is based on the belief that informed parents can be the best advocates for their child's success in entering college. The earlier a student and their family begin to prepare and understand the college preparation process, the more likely they will be to successfully enter a four-year university.  Now in its 16th year, CAP has served 839 families, more than 1,200 parents and 2,500 students. The program includes:  Workshops that engage parents with college knowledge and UA faculty members.  A college camp that provides activities for students K-6th grade coupled with messages encouraging college aspirations. Campus visits focused on Math, Science, Language, Arts, & Culture. A university hosted graduation ceremony for parent participants. Click here to apply. Haz clic en este enlace para accesar la página en Español.    
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    
Kickoff your next career move! Join us for a day of interviews and on-the-spot hiring on Saturday, January 26th at our spring 2019 Job Fair at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Rd. from 8:00-11:00 a.m.  Our District is seeking certified, classified, administrative and professional non-teaching personnel to be part of a learning organization where everyone's a learner.    CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR CURRENT OPENINGS  The Sunnyside Unified School District offers a comprehensive benefit package for eligible full-time and part-time employees. Benefits include: Medical/RX PPO500 PPO1500 High Deductible Health Plan Vision Dental Prepaid and DPPO Flexible Spending Account Dependent Care Account Supplemental and Voluntary Programs Supplemental Life, AD&D Disability, Illness and Cancer $25,000 District Paid Life Insurance  
    We are now accepting online applications for the 2019-20 school year for Gallego Primary Fine Arts Magnet School's Kindergarten Class. At this time all other grades for the 2019-2020 school year are at capacity. For all other grade levels you may apply online to be placed on a waiting list, with employee priority. However, we do not guarantee enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year. If an opening should occur, the student highest on the list will be contacted for potential enrollment in grades 1st to 8th at Both Gallego Primary and Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Schools. PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolling multiple students, please submit a separate form for each student. For additional information or questions, please contact LeeAnn Palomarez at 545-2063 or leeannp@susd12.org. Current Gallego Students DO NOT need to re-apply. NOTA: Estamos aceptando solicitudes en línea para el año escolar 2019-2020 para la Clase de Kindergarten de Gallego Primary Fine Arts Magnet School. En este momento, todos los demás grados para el año escolar 2019-2020 están en capacidad. Para todos los demás niveles de grado, puede solicitar en línea para ser colocado en una lista de espera, con prioridad de los empleados. Sin embargo, no garantizamos la inscripción para el año escolar 2019-2020. Si ocurriera una vacante, se contactará al estudiante con el puntaje más alto en la lista para una posible inscripción en los grados 1º a 8º en las escuelas de bellas artes intermedias de Gallego Primary y Gallego. Nota: Si está inscribiendo a varios estudiantes, envíe un formulario por separado para cada estudiante. Para información adicional o preguntas, comuníquese con LeeAnn Palomarez al 545-2063 o leeannp@susd12.org. Estudiantes actuales de Gallego no necesitan volver a llenar la solicitud.
Showing no signs of slowing down, the Sunnyside High School Boys Varsity team, ranked #4 in the country by MaxPreps heads into the match against Cienega, rallying behind their coach, Casey O'Brien this Thursday, January 17th at 6:00 p.m. How good are the Blue Devils this year? Good enough for the Arizona Daily Star's to tag them one of the best teams in Tucson sports as we head into 2019. Expect to see lots of action from Adrian Virgen, Manny Quiroz and Ulysses Torres-Palacios. Playing at home, Sunnyside is on track to become just the fourth Tucson boys soccer team in history to win an undefeated state title behind Salpointe (1985), CDO (2010) and Tucson High (2014).  So yeah...they're that good.    IF YOU GO: Varsity Boys Soccer Sunnyside High School v. Cienega 1725 E. Bilby Rd. Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:00 p.m.
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.  
By Mary Katzke, reset4change November 29, 2018 Patrick makes me feel like a Nordic giant when I walk beside him, but make no mistake in underestimating his stature in his community. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with him for two hours. I feel like this young man is a man to watch. #reset4change Patrick (“Prezident Robles”) Robles was born in Tucson, raised on Southside, in a neighborhood 97% Hispanic. All four of his grandparents are first generation Americans who saw better opportunities for their own children in America. “America was much more welcoming then,” Patrick says carefully. His father is a supervisor at a collision center, and his mother is a ‘medical assistant’ because, “Here in our school district, they can’t afford to hire full-time nurses so she does the job of a nurse, but doesn’t have a degree.” When he graduates in May, 2019, he will be a first generation college student. Patrick experienced bullying in elementary school, not because of his race, but because he is outspoken. “I’m the one who gets out on the dance floor,” he says proudly. When he was bullied in 3rdgrade, he told his mom what happened. “You don’t mess with Mexican mothers!” She met with the principal and found out he was bullying other kids, and charges were pressed on the other student’s behalf. They stopped him. “It was the first time I saw the power of standing up for myself.” Within two years Patrick was organizing the student body to fight for better food in the cafeteria. “Our beans were nasty- purple in color. Every single Tuesday, nasty tasting and looking, purple beans. We got them to change the menu to better tasting, more nutritious pinto beans.” Patrick went to sixth grade at Challenge Middle School. The first week of school, they asked if anyone would be interested in serving in the house of representatives in the U.S. government. “I go and see this lady with crazy hair- Norma Jean Higuera- and I credit her with changing my life. She saw my writing and history skills- I wasn’t taking honors courses but this got me on that track.” Higuera encouraged Patrick to join We the People. They studied the constitution – rights and responsibilities of citizens. From there on out there were many teachers and family members who have contributed to Patrick’s life. “They discovered my passion and elevated it. I came to the consensus that We the People are the true rulers of this country, if we decide to do so. We decide to take part in public life and vote, we decide to be informed. The course of this country relies on our willingness to vote, and vote smart- and standing up for others.” After that, “I ran for class president in middle school and won. Student body vice president, junior year-then this year I’m student body president.” The State of Arizona is 49thin teacher pay, as well as ranked 49thnationally in quality of education. “I think that is preposterous. The governor has TV ads saying how economically successful Arizona is, but we have lost so many good teachers because of low pay. I was good at math in sixth grade, 7thnot, 8thgrade I struggled, 9thgrade I really struggled. Educators filled in the positions of quality teachers. Lack of funding connects to lack of quality of education experience.” The students have been doing their part. “We’re waiting for our government to do theirs We had a mass awakening in April. Our teachers went on strike for a week and a half. I was out there picketing with our teachers- there are so many more students like me who are concerned and want to get involved- it takes more than just this Southside kid.” They need to demand a better education. “We’re with all students on this issue. It is going to take voting- middle aged, people of color, women, minorities.” Why do you think they are not voting now? “When I was registering people to vote, some were very hesitant due to the electoral college.  They believe even though they are voting, their vote won’t matter. We also have a lot of money infiltrating our political system. I believe that people are looking at the news and getting terrified. They see stuff that was protected under previous administration that is now being demolished.” “It starts with one conversation at a time- motivating people to vote on the issues they care about. I’m teaching 18-year-olds if we don’t vote, those politicians won’t care about us- we have to show them we care, and then they will care. My own parents didn’t vote frequently until I got involved.” What are those folks waiting for you to care about? I’ve addressed my feelings about education- that lack of funding for teachers results in lack of good education for students. College should be near to free. Right now, it’s $12,000 a year. No none living around me can afford that. What about current immigration issues? I care very deeply about immigration issues. This is a school that is 97% Hispanic/Latino- there are a ton of folks who are on DACA status. Some have no documentation at all and can’t even apply. They are probably more American than I am. One of my good friends graduated- an incredible student and student leader- is undocumented. She couldn’t even get into a great college because of her status The fact that the government labels her prevents her from reaching her potential. This un-American. At the end of the day, people are people. The people who are being affected by our president’s rhetoric are people I walk alongside every day. I think it’s a fear-based thing – it’s politicians who have been able to steer the conversation in this country to so politically polarized one ideology we can’t have a conversation without getting pissed off at each other. How about the goal being betterment of our country as a whole?” What are your long-term goals?  I want to studying Public Policy and Management. Five years from now- I’m hoping I’ll be sitting on the school board of my school that I’m attending right now. When I launch a career in public service, I want start right here with the people who believed in me. Ten years from – I see myself serving in state legislature as a representative from my area- District Two. God-willing, the Senate after that. The age limit is 26 to be a state legislator. My interest in running for office isn’t because it’s cool, it’s because I believe service is our fee for living. This is our world and I believe everyone should do their part to contribute to the common good.” “I’m hoping a Blue Wave comes in 2020.  I’m hoping that those who are elected grow the guts to do what’s right once they get sworn in in January. That they have the courage to stand up for people. It will take people willing to have empathy again- to feel for one another.” Some of Patrick’s accomplishments: Represented his school at superintendent advisory meetings Presented on the Importance of Systems Thinking and Upstream thinking Addressed the marching army of protestors who went to the state capital Member of the Tucson Teen Congress Interned with his county supervisor Currently, advocating for and working with the Coalition of Southside Students for Change Recently lead efforts for crosswalk renovations
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Reading Under the Stars is a literacy event sponsored by the Sunnyside Literacy Council and the Sunnyside Unified School District.  The goal of this annual event is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and to engage Sunnyside families in a wide range of literacy-related events. This year's event "The Heart of Literacy" will take place on February 11, 2019 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Apollo Middle School. The event will be devoted to making informed choices regarding health information and learning more about the resources available to our families. Several health screenings will be available as well as information on nutrition, meal programs, pharmacy programs, and fitness and wellness.  School performances and activities will be offered for children, including yoga classes by YMCA instructors and book giveaways! Refreshments will be available.  Please complete this FORM if you would like to participate in the event. Deadline to submit the form is January 11, 2019. Thank you!   Reading Under the Stars 2019: The Heart of Literacy  February 11, 2019 Apollo Middle School  265 West Nebraska Street 5:00-6:30 p.m.    
Tucson Values Teachers and OfficeMax/Office Depot presented the December Teacher Excellence Award on Tuesday, Dec. 18 to Donita Montgomery, a 5th grade math and science teacher at Mission Manor Elementary School in Sunnyside Unified School District. Montgomery, who is in her 19th year of teaching, has spent her last three years at Mission Manor. In addition to teaching, Montgomery coordinates the 21st Century Program at her school, providing tutoring and enrichment opportunities for more than 200 students on campus. She was nominated for the award by her daughter, Adriana Montgomery. “My mom gets to work two hours early, tutors, then teaches a full day, and then stays after school for two hours to tutor again before coming home to my brother and me to help us with our homework...She is always there for any and all of her students, past or present. She is the best teacher anyone could hope for and I am very proud of her. She deserves to be recognized for all her hard work and dedication to teaching.”