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Sunnyside Hall of Fame Nominations due Aug 31
The Sunnyside Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2018 Hall of Fame. This year's event will take place October 20th at Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School at 5:00 p.m. The...
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Star Teacher & Pride of Sunnyside Honorees
Please take a moment to congratulate the following employees who have been recognized as being a SUNNYSIDE SUPER HERO!   The annual event was created to recognize the valuable...
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Desert View HS Fine Arts Expansion
Desert View High School will soon see the completion of a new fine arts facility, which will provide an additional 4500 square feet of space for the campus located at 4101 E. Valencia Rd. ...
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2018-2019 Bus Stop Locations and Times
Find Bus Stops by using your home address or school. Or request and/or confirm transportation services. Search By Home Address Search by School Request/Confirmation Form...
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Craycroft Elementary Offering New Opportunities for Students
By: Emily Biehl, Tucson News Now​.  TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It is officially the first day back to school for the more than 16,000 students in the Sunnyside Unified School District and...
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Sunnyside Opening Day 2018
Dear Sunnyside Learning Community, Arizona experienced a watershed year for public education in 2018. The collective impact of teachers, parents, students and community members advocating...
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Transportation Services Request Form
Help us plan your student's transportation needs for the 2018/2019 school year. Your input will help improve bus routes. The safety of your student is our top priority; we want to...
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FY2019 Average Teacher Salary Increase
Teacher Salary Increases In accordance with A.R.S. §15-903(E), as amended by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §10, a local educational agency's (LEA) budget must include the prominent display of the average...
The Sunnyside Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2018 Hall of Fame. This year's event will take place October 20th at Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School at 5:00 p.m. The annual dinner is the signature fundraiser for the Alumni Association/Dollars for Scholars, which last year awarded close to $70,000 in college scholarships to graduates from Sunnyside, Desert View and STAR Academic High School.  The Hall of Fame awards were established to honor individuals or groups who have made notable contributions to the Sunnyside educational system, the community, or their chosen profession. The awards also honor those who have exhibited leadership and innovations that have contributed to academic success and the quality of life for the Sunnyside community. Previous inductees include Steve Holmes Ned Norris, Jr.  Dr. Eugenia Favela Andy Townsend Maria Elena Wakamatsu U.S. Congressman, Raúl Grijalva 2018 Hall of Fame applications are due on Friday, August 31st at 5:00 p.m. Click here to download the Hall of Fame Application Click here to download the Hall of Fame Rubric Completed applications must include:  Completed Application Biographical Information 2 Letters of Recommendation Applications can be mailed or delivered to the Sunnyside District Alumni Association, Attn: Student Services. 2238 E. Ginter Road. Tucson, AZ. 85706. For more information, please call 545-2065. 
Please take a moment to congratulate the following employees who have been recognized as being a SUNNYSIDE SUPER HERO!   The annual event was created to recognize the valuable contributions of teachers and staff. Schools select a Star Teacher and one out-of-classroom employee who represents the Pride of Sunnyside. They are honored because they reflect the finest qualities, caring, knowledge, enthusiasm and the passion for excellence in serving our students, families and those they work alongside in Sunnyside.  We look forward to celebrating them in our schools and across the District. Individuals will be honored for their contributions to our learning community at a breakfast ceremony on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Desert View High School. School Star Teacher Honoree Pride of Sunnyside Honoree Apollo Middle School Jennifer Pfafflin Elizabeth Skeggs B.L. Lauffer Middle School Kristen Pope Barry Baker Challenger Middle School Ruby Vidal Viviana Garcia De Ortiz Craycroft Elementary Zak Poirier Stephanie Encinas Desert View High School Erin Rouse-Shott Toni Bustamante Drexel Elementary Ramón Sotelo Rosenda Valdez Elvira Elementary Amanda Morris Linda Guerrero Esperanza Elementary Claudia Valenzuela-Garcia Marni Shaner Gallego Primary Fine Arts Lily Del Valle Nereyda Gonzalez Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Carl McCurry Kathleen Conner Liberty Elementary Tracy Vincent Stephanie Olivas Los Amigos Tech Academy Hilaria Courtright Aida Martinez Los Niños Elementary Gabriela Serrano Robert Menchaca Mission Manor Elementary Mary Anne McDonough Delma Figueroa Ocotillo Learning Center Julia Mandros Connie Gallego Rivera Elementary Arlene Urquides Maria Villa Santa Clara Elementary Gloria Platt Krystina Swaim Sierra 2-8 School Melissa Monk Kimberly Zambrano Star Academic High School Lyn Racz Celia Plasencia de Tamayo Summit View Elementary Stephanie Shay Monica Robinson Sunnyside High School Victor Vigbedorh Debbie Dewoody Central Office   Debra Helmey Food Services   Maria Luz Moctezuma Maintenance   Jaime Contreras Transportation   Ben Gonzales                    
Desert View High School will soon see the completion of a new fine arts facility, which will provide an additional 4500 square feet of space for the campus located at 4101 E. Valencia Rd.  The high school offers Marching Band, Jazz and, Drum-line, Orchestra, Mariachi, Guitar and Folklórico, and is home to Troop 4478, 2018 Arizona state threatre champions. Earlier this year the young thespians brought home 23 Superior National Qualifiers awards and 6 Excellent Rated Awards. The construction project was awarded to the Mesa archiectural team at Emc2 Architects to provide additional space for the school's fine arts programs. With exceptionally strong performing arts programs from Gallego Primary and Gallego Intermediate feeders, Desert View can continue to be an performing destination for students in the District and incoming students from other districts and charters. The fine arts programs are part of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, one of SUSD's six College and Career Academies.  The expansion was funded by bond dollars and is expected to be completed by Labor Day 2018.
By: Emily Biehl, Tucson News Now​.  TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It is officially the first day back to school for the more than 16,000 students in the Sunnyside Unified School District and that means back to the books. But Jim Ridge, principal at Craycroft Elementary, says that his goal is to create new opportunities for his students this year. "Our goal is to build that opportunity for our kids to have that success when they get to high school; really strengthening that bond between elementary school, with what they did in elementary school, and building that for the high school," Ridge said. One of those new opportunities: a bike class. "We're bringing on a bike class so we can have kids doing some bike activities. It'll include both maintenance and physical activity," Ridge said. Ridge says the bike class will be an offshoot of sorts from the BMX track modeling project that Craycroft offered to its fourth grade students last year. One other big thing that Ridge says the school will continue to focus on in terms of opportunities for students is expanding its emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in the school. Last year the school brought in a 3D printer and structured their language arts program around real-world themes. Ridge says Craycroft plans to continue that for their students and he hopes the students have more of an opportunity to use the 3D printer this year. Along with that, Ridge says that the maker room, which is a space for students interested in engineering, will likely get more use this year. Ridge says he also hopes to develop a relationship with Amazon so that the students will have more access to technology as part of that STEAM emphasis at Craycroft. Copyright 2018 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved. CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF THIS NEWSCAST  
Dear Sunnyside Learning Community, Arizona experienced a watershed year for public education in 2018. The collective impact of teachers, parents, students and community members advocating for the needs of our public schools was inspiring and reassuring. This historical display of civic engagement was reminiscent of the activism demonstrated 50 years ago across our country, when many people felt disillusioned with the status quo. What I have learned from the great leaders of that era is that our common passion for righteousness as people is what ultimately unites us in our continued journey to shape the progress of our great nation. It is because of this passion that we continue to fight for what is right for our children in our public school systems. As educators, we know that our work is not just about student development, but about human progress. To this end, we convened a panel of industry leaders, students, teachers and community members and asked them to help us envision what the future holds for our students. This inquiry formed the basis for the next iteration of our Graduate Profile, and our vision statement: Every Child, College, Career and Community Ready. More importantly, this work set the tone for how our District will innovate in the area of student agency by measuring holistic competencies of learning that help tell a broader story about the wonderful students that we serve. Therefore, it is important to stay the course as a District. We will continue to support agency through our formative assessment work and through building better systems for collaboration. Although our roadmap for improvement is a complex one, it is my goal this year to bring greater clarity to our theory for change so that all educators in our ecosystem better understand how to to move the needle for student learning. The pivotal question: ‘What is the learning?’ will continue to drive our discussions as we dive deeper in thinking about our impact on performance. Be prepared to grow and learn together as colleagues, as we strive to get better at getting better. Like the social justice work of the men and women 50 years ago, our work at Sunnyside in 2018 will be led by brave thinkers who see our students and our system not for what it is, but for what it can be. Thank you for joining us on this journey, Steve Holmes Superintendent Click here for: Spanish Letter | English Letter function MM_setTextOfLayer(objId,x,newText) { //v9.0 with (document) if (getElementById && ((obj=getElementById(objId))!=null)) with (obj) innerHTML = unescape(newText); } #quepasa-image { display: none; }
Help us plan your student's transportation needs for the 2018/2019 school year. Your input will help improve bus routes. The safety of your student is our top priority; we want to make sure that your student's transportation experience is safe and timely. As we build out our school bus routes for the 2018-2019 school year. We are asking parents who have not yet returned the printed Registration Form for Transportation Services to please fill out the following electronic version. Registering your child for school transportation will allow the automated routing systems to be used to determine how many students need to be transported from each pickup location to each school. To ensure that our transportation service is used most effectively, we have implemented the following rules: District transportation services are not available to Open Enrollment students. It will be necessary for families of students under open enrollment to provide their own transportation. This includes students who are enrolled in a school that is not their school of residence. Walking to School: Students who live within the approved radius walking distance to their school will not be provided transportation. Exceptions to this rule will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Approved distances by grade level: Elementary schools: One Mile Middle schools: One Mile High schools: One and a half miles Exceptions: Students enrolled in magnet schools will receive transportation services. Students in Special Education will receive transportation services as outlined in their Individual Education Plan (IEP). McKinney-Vento Students Parents of students who were afforded school transportation under the McKinney-Vento Law will have to contact the McKinney-Vento office at (520) 545-2158 or (520) 545-3460 for school transportation eligibility.  For more information regarding the McKinney-Vento Law please click here.  Foster Students It will be necessary for the DCS Case Worker to contact the school district's Foster Liaison at (520) 545-2158 or aracelim@susd12.org, for school transportation eligibility for a student not residing within the Sunnyside USD boundary or school of origin boundary.   Please use the below form to register your child for transportation services. Confirmation letters will be sent to registered students during the summer, indicating the bus number, bus route and time the bus will arrive at the bus stop. We look forward to serving our students and families in the 2018-2019 school year. Sincerely, Carlos Valdez Director of Transportation and Maintenance
Teacher Salary Increases In accordance with A.R.S. §15-903(E), as amended by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §10, a local educational agency's (LEA) budget must include the prominent display of the average salary of all teachers employed by the district or charter for the budget and prior years, and the increase in the average salary of all teachers employed by the district or charter for the budget year reported in dollars and percentage.  The average teacher salary increase included on the FY2019 Annual Expenditure Budget for Sunnyside Unified includes: Average salary of all teachers employed in FY2019 (budget year: $47,654 Average salary of all teachers employed in FY2018 (prior year): $42,355 Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year: $5,299 Percentage increase: 13%