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SUNNYSIDE SHINES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Three Sunnyside Unified Educators Receive Top Honor TUCSON, AZ. October 23, 2019 — Three Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) teachers have been named 2019 Raytheon...
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1st PLACE AWARDED TO MR. GUTIERREZ
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Desert View High School Teacher Wins $100,000 First Place Prize In 2019 Harbor Freight Tools For Schools Prize For Teaching Excellence TUCSON, AZ. October 24, 2019 — $1...
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SUPERINTENDENT HOLMES IS A STAR
Mr. Steve Holmes received the "La Estrella" award from Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, this award is a singular honor given to an individual based upon exceptional service to the Hispanic...
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UA SAYS “YES” TO SUNNYSIDE HS SENIORS
UA SAID "YES!" 135 Sunnyside High School Seniors received their acceptance letters to The University of Arizona this morning at a surprise assembly. Special guests Dr. Kasey Urquidez, Dean of UA...
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2019 STAR TEACHER & PRIDE OF SUNNYSIDE HONOREES
Please take a moment to congratulate our Star Teacher and Pride of Sunnyside honorees. The annual event was created to recognize the valuable contributions of teachers and staff. Schools...
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2019 Hall of Fame Inductees selected
The Sunnyside Alumni Association will host the 2019 Hall of Fame dinner. This year's event will take place on November 16th at Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School at 5:00 p.m. The...
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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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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...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Desert View High School Teacher Wins $100,000 First Place Prize In 2019 Harbor Freight Tools For Schools Prize For Teaching Excellence TUCSON, AZ. October 24, 2019 — $1 million have been awarded nationally in the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence and $100,000 goes to a Desert View High School manufacturing teacher. Mr. Cesar Gutierrez who teaches precision manufacturing at Desert View High School was invited to a school-wide surprise assembly where he was greeted by the student body, administrators, industry partners and his family with the news of this first place recognition. This award earned the school’s skilled trades program $70,000 and $30,000 for Mr. Gutierrez personally. The 2019 prize drew nearly 750 applications with only 18 teachers receiving recognitions. “Mr. Gutierrez has been the visionary in creating what is probably the best manufacturing program in the country. Recognized by the Arizona School Board Association as the CTE Program of the Year and the National Advance CTE award for Excellence in Education in 2016. He has built the program at Desert View to include over 300 students with seniors earning numerous industry certifications, as well as dual college credit and opportunities for work based experience,” says NJ Utter, Sunnyside Unified School District’s (SUSD) Director of Technical Education.  Desert View’s Precision Manufacturing program, a NIMS Nationally Accredited program and Pima JTED program have been recognized at both the state and national level as exemplary, preparing students to directly enter the workforce with industry-recognized credentials and a solid foundation to pursue Associate’s and Bachelor's Degrees. “My vision is to not only empower my students, but to change an entire community by helping students create opportunities for themselves that will break the cycle of poverty. Each certificate a student earns is a step towards a better job. Each college credit a student earns through dual enrollment helps them see that a balance of course work and certification makes them more employable,” says Mr. Gutierrez. “There is no greater joy for me than seeing my students begin to experience a sense of economic security and professional achievement.” SUSD is redesigning the high school experience by preparing students for college and the workforce and providing them with a wide range of transferable skills to succeed in not just one, but multiple careers. SUSD Superintendent Steve Holmes says, “SUSD plays a significant role in creating better communities and Mr. Gutierrez is a testament to our District’s commitment to ensuring that our traditionally underserved communities receive the best educational experiences.” About SUSD At Sunnyside, we are revolutionizing the public school experience by developing students who are college, career and community ready. Established in 1921 the Sunnyside Unified School District is the second-largest district in Southern Arizona serving more than 16,300 students and families. Located in a culturally-diverse community and surrounded by two First Nations and a neighboring international border—our learning community is flanked by an aerospace and innovation corridor, such that our district is positioned to lead our students into the 21st century through excellence in pedagogy, world-class career and technical education, and a legacy of athletic excellence and passion for the fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.org • Facebook • Instagram • Twitter. ###  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Three Sunnyside Unified Educators Receive Top Honor TUCSON, AZ. October 23, 2019 — Three Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) teachers have been named 2019 Raytheon Leaders in Education. The awards honor exceptional K-12 teachers in Pima County who demonstrate excellence in teaching, leadership and support for their peers. “This honor is a direct reflection of the significant work being done in Sunnyside classrooms. Our honorees represent the many exceptional educators in our district who are dedicated to ensuring that our students receive the very best educational experiences,” said SUSD Superintendent Steve Holmes. Winners include Zachary Kadera, 3rd grade teacher at Elvira Elementary, Jacki Nichols, 6th-8th grade teacher at Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School and Larissa Peru, 11th-12th grade teacher at Desert View High School. Steve Holmes said, “We are so proud of these amazing professionals. I commend each of them for their commitment to ensuring that every student they make contact with is equipped with the tools necessary to be successful and make a difference in our community." This is the fourth year Tucson Values Teachers coordinates this celebration of education champions. Raytheon will award the winners $5,000 in gifts – half of which they keep for themselves and the other half goes to their respective school. All winners will be honored at the Stand Up 4 Teachers celebration on November 7, 2019 at Loews Ventana Canyon at 5:30 pm. About SUSD At Sunnyside, we are revolutionizing the public school experience by developing students who are college, career and community ready. Established in 1921 the Sunnyside Unified School District is the second-largest district in Southern Arizona serving more than 16,300 students and families. Located in a culturally-diverse community and surrounded by two First Nations and a neighboring international border—our learning community is flanked by an aerospace and innovation corridor, such that our district is positioned to lead our students into the 21st century through excellence in pedagogy, world-class career and technical education, and a legacy of athletic excellence and passion for the fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.org • Facebook • Instagram • Twitter. ###
Mr. Steve Holmes received the "La Estrella" award from Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, this award is a singular honor given to an individual based upon exceptional service to the Hispanic community in the border region of southern Arizona or Northern Mexico. Congratulations Mr. Holmes.
UA SAID "YES!" 135 Sunnyside High School Seniors received their acceptance letters to The University of Arizona this morning at a surprise assembly. Special guests Dr. Kasey Urquidez, Dean of UA Undergraduate Admissions and Blue Devil Alumni and now UA Freshman, Patrick Robles, helped us deliver the exciting news to students and their families. Congratulations Class of 2020!! 
The Sunnyside Alumni Association will host the 2019 Hall of Fame dinner. This year's event will take place on November 16th 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. Congratulations to the 2019 Sunnyside Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductees:  Pam Betten Debbie Dimmett Fred Hambly Rudy McCormick Chris Suarez Sgt. Wil Corrales  
Please take a moment to congratulate our Star Teacher and Pride of Sunnyside honorees. 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 to represent the Pride of Sunnyside. They are honored as they reflect the finest qualities: Caring, knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for excellence in serving our students, families and colleagues.  Click here to view photos from the event.   The 2019 honorees are: Apollo Middle School                    Kathy Mayorga (Star Teacher), Abigail Murrieta (Pride) B.L. Lauffer Middle School            Ricardo Garcia (Star Teacher), Francisco Lopez (Pride) Challenger Middle School             Nancy Price (Star Teacher), Ruben Pacheco (Pride) Craycroft Elementary                   Essence Calhoun (Star Teacher), Nina Rivera Barela (Pride) Desert View High School              Hector Reyes (Star Teacher), Yessica Sehm (Pride) Drexel Elementary                        Ednna Peralta (Star Teacher), Estevan Macias (Pride) Elvira Elementary                         Nicole Handorf (Star Teacher), Edith Corrales (Pride) Esperanza Elementary                  Yvette Laplander (Star Teacher), Lupita Ornelas (Pride) Gallego Primary Fine Arts             Lauren Gerstad (Star Teacher), Karla Gil (Pride) Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts     Mark Zepezauer (Star Teacher), Claudia Newsome (Pride) Liberty Elementary                       Rosa Watson (Star Teacher), Norma Mazon (Pride) Los Amigos Tech Academy            Melissa Soto (Star Teacher), Julian Figueroa (Pride) Los Niños Elementary                   Elizabeth Stevens (Star Teacher), Kimberly Brancatelli (Pride) Mission Manor Elementary           Lourdes Garino (Star Teacher), Alfred Gomez (Pride) Ocotillo Learning Center               Deborah Eisen (Star Teacher), Lianna Castillo (Pride) Rivera Elementary                        Virginia Wheeler (Star Teacher), Alexis Urquides (Pride) Santa Clara Elementary                Lizbet Barrios (Star Teacher), Theresa Saltzman (Pride) Sierra 2-8 School                         Stacy Eilander (Star Teacher), Sarah Valencia (Pride) Star Academic High School           Monica Neice (Star Teacher), Dolores Ruelas (Pride) Summit View Elementary             Monique Leon (Star Teacher), Melanie Martinez (Pride) Sunnyside High School                 Melany Coates (Star Teacher), Stephanie Arnold (Pride) Central Office                               Bernadette Martin (Pride) Food Services                               Martha Flores (Pride) Maintenance                                Steve Olivas (Pride) Transportation                             Guillermo Aldana (Pride)
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.  
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    
TEENAGE PARENT PROGRAM SUNNYSIDE INFANT CENTER Sunnyside High School 1725 E. Bilby Road Tucson, Arizona 85706 520-545-5355 Philosophy The Sunnyside Infant Center is set up for the convenience of parenting students enrolled in the Sunnyside Unified School District. We believe that an important function of the center is to provide seNices, support, and quality care for the infants of teen parents while they attend school. We strive to establish an atmosphere in which infants are safe to explore their environment, and provide daily experiences in all areas of development, including gross motor, fine motor, sensory, social, emotional and intellectual development. We use the Arizona Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines as a guide for lesson planning. Hours of Operation The Sunnyside Infant Center is open from 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. We are open each day that school is in session. As a parent, you have access to the center any time it is open. The center does not provide transportation. Administration The Sunnyside Infant Center is regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services and is a child care center within the Teenage Parent Program in the Sunnyside Unified School District #12, located on the campus of Sunnyside High School. The center is covered by liability insurance as required by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Inspection reports are located on site and available upon request. Enrollment Information Eligibility - Infants 2 weeks to one year of age are eligible for enrollment. If the infant is walking when he/she turns 1 year old, their last day of enrollment in the center will be the Friday of that week. If the infant is not yet walking when they turn 1 year old, they will remain enrolled until they are "steady on their feet." This means they can take several steps without falling down or holding onto anything, and/or can stand unassisted from a sitting position. However, if the one-year-old presents a safety issue for the younger infants, your child's enrollment will need to be evaluated. Infants of mothers and fathers in the TAPP program are eligible for enrollment as well as district staff, faculty, and the local community, space providing. DES is accepted. The Sunnyside Infant Center does not take drop-ins. The special needs of any infant will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Fees - $39.00 per full day (6 hours or more) and $28.00 per part day (less than 6 hours). There is a non-refundable $30.00 fee at the time of registration.