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Letter to Parents RE: Delay of In-Person Hybrid Learning - Update
January 13, 2021   Dear Sunnyside Families — I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. Personally, I have started 2021 with high hopes for resolve after the year we all just endured. The...
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PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Locations
PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule : Regular Public Testing Locations Kino Event Center "Monday through Saturday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 7pm Address: 2805 E...
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Sunnyside High School Teacher named Man of the Year
  Congratulations to Adam Ragan who was named Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Man of the Year! Mr. Adam Ragan has quickly emerged as a teacher leader in our...
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Get the Credit you deserve
Did you know that if you owe taxes you can make a school donation in its place? Individuals that owe at least $200 in taxes can make a donation to any of the Sunnyside District Schools and...
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SUSD 12: COVID-19 PSA
We have an important public service announcement to share with you: Let's keep doing our part to slow the spread of COVID. Stay safe, everyone! Tenemos un importante anuncio de servicio...
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FREE School & Weekend Meals—UPDATED!
FREE MEAL PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED SUSD will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 (no lunch application needed). Parents or students may stop by a school...
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Gallego Enrollment Application
    PLEASE NOTE: We are accepting online applications for the 2021-2022 school year for Gallego Primary Fine Arts Magnet School's Kindergarten Class only. At this...
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Sunnyside Opening Day 2020
July 29, 2020 Dear Sunnyside Learning Community, A lot has happened since we closed our doors for traditional schooling on March 23rd. Over the last few months we have seen our Nation grow more...
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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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SUSD on Social Media
Following Sunnyside Unified School District on social media keeps you informed on what's going on in your school, your neighborhood and your community.   FOLLOW SUSD— facebook.com/...
January 13, 2021   Dear Sunnyside Families — I want to wish you all a Happy New Year. Personally, I have started 2021 with high hopes for resolve after the year we all just endured. The purpose of this communication is to inform you about recent changes to our reopening plans and COVID testing for our community. Reopening As you may already know, Arizona continues to have one of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the country. Further, the Sunnyside District zip code (85706) has the highest case counts in the state. Our zip code has remained a “hot spot” since November 2020, according to UArizona researchers. Our partnership with the Pima County Health Department (PCHD) continues to guide our decision-making so that public health and safety remains at the forefront. Last Friday, the PCHD issued guidance that schools should continue virtual instruction for an additional two weeks given the impact that they are seeing from the Holiday Season. For this reason, our Governing Board has decided to delay in-person hybrid learning until we receive a recommendation from the PCHD that it is safe to do so. This means we will remain in remote learning for the month of January. We will continue to work with the PCHD over the next two weeks as they analyze the full impact of New Years Eve and provide us with a date range for us to begin in-person hybrid learning. Our Governing Board will be presented with the most current COVID-19 data at our next meeting scheduled for January 26th to inform and set our in-person hybrid opening date. Testing In an effort to continue the mitigation of this virus, we have formed a partnership with a company who will help to administer COVID-19 testing starting next week. The ongoing testing events will be offered at no cost to students, staff and the SUSD community. Details will be shared on susd12.org and our social media pages very soon. Please check those sites frequently for up to date information. Please know that we are working with Pima County to ensure that all staff have the information needed in order to be vaccinated if they choose to do so. A year ago, we could have never imagined the events that would unfold before us. In almost cinematic fashion, our lives have changed quickly and drastically. Despite the bleakness we may feel, I’m fueled by the aspiration that the new vaccine will bring us. While the year 2020 will live in infamy, I begin everyday with the certainty that the Sunnyside community will not lose sight of our commitment to providing the best educational opportunities for all students. We are #SunnysideUnified, and because of that—we will emerge stronger and better. Steve Holmes Superintendent View or Download the PDFs sent to parents:  January 13, 2021 December 10, 2020 November 11, 2020 September 9, 2020 July 2, 2020 Jun 19, 2020 May 21, 2020
PCHD - Free COVID-19 Testing Schedule : Regular Public Testing Locations Kino Event Center "Monday through Saturday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 7pm Address: 2805 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, 85714 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Pima County Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Morris K Udall Center "Tuesday through Sunday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 8am-5pm Address: 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, 85715 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Pima County, City of Tucson Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   El Pueblo Community Center "Monday & Wednesday Saturday" Times: "5pm - 8pm 7am-Noon" Address: 101 W. Irvington Road, Tucson, 85714 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: Call El Rio Health 520-670-3909 Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: City of Tucson, El Rio Health Testing Vendor: El Rio Health   Ellie Towne Center "Wednesday 12/9, Friday12/11, Sunday 12/13 *closed from December 23rd to January 1st" Times: "7am - 12pm Sunday hours are 7am-1pm" Address: 1660 W. Ruthraff Road, Tucson, 85705 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Brick and mortar Sponsors: Arizona Department of Health Services Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   West Congress Parking Garage "Thursdays *closed from December 23rd to January 1st" Times: 6am-9am Address: 400 W. Congress, Tucson, 85701 How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Arizona Department of Health Services Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Downtown "Monday, Wednesday & Friday *closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 10am - 2pm Address: 88 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, 85701 How to Register: "www.labfinder.com/paradigm 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Type of Site: Walk-up Sponsors: Pima County, Downtown Tucson Partnership, TEP Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Tucson International Airport - Baggage Claim "Friday through Monday (Starting 11/20/21) *Closed 12/24/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21" Times: 11 am - 6 pm Address: 7250 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, 85756 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://www.labfinder.com/TUS/ 855-452-2346 For results: patient portal or call 520-901-2969" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: nasopharyngeal PCR (anterior nares for children) Sponsors: Pima County Testing Vendor: Paradigm Laboratories   Pima Community College West Campus "Mondays (Starting 11/16/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus "Wednesdays (Starting 12/2/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute   Pima Community College East Campus "Fridays (Starting 12/4/2020) *Closed 12/23/20-1/1/21" Times: 9am - 1pm Address: 8181 E. Irvington Rd., Tucson, 85709 Pre-Registration/ Appointment Required How to Register: "https://asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/ Log in or “Sign Up For New Account” Agency code: SALIVATEST" Ages: 5 and up Test Type: saliva PCR Type of Site: Drive-thru Sponsors: Pima Community College Testing Vendor: ASU Biodesign Institute
  Congratulations to Adam Ragan who was named Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Man of the Year! Mr. Adam Ragan has quickly emerged as a teacher leader in our organization. He represents the Sunnyside High School English Department in District-wide collaborations where his voice is instrumental in shaping curricular decisions for the content area. His visionary leadership has helped to ensure that students receive a rigorous and challenging experience that helps prepare students for college courses. Through his mastery delivery of curriculum and dynamic teaching energy, Adam draws students into the literature and brings reading to life. He is a firm believer in the development of student agency and does this by ensuring that students have a voice in their learning. He gives student choices on assignments and readings yet holds them accountable for a high standard of text selection. His rapport with students is excellent and although students are challenged, they also feel very supported. Adam works closely with district leadership to help advise and develop/implement key policies and practices. In this capacity, Adam has proven himself adept at top-level management and advocacy.  Adam has undertaken a number of active roles in the community. He serves on the TUSD Family Life Curriculum Committee where he has authored the middle school curriculum and has co-authored the high school curriculum. He has also been co-chair of the Cesar Chavez Holiday Coalition organizing the annual march & rally and Chavez/Huerta Education Month. In addition, Adam is a former Board Member and former Board Chair of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona and was instrumental in raising $2,000,000 to open a youth center on 4th Avenue. This included spearheading the development project of the center, leading the initiative for rainbow crosswalks on 4th Avenue and its completion; worked on developing and then passing the first-ever ban on youth conversion therapy in Arizona alongside the late Supervisor Richard Elias. Additionally, Adam is an adjunct faculty member at Pima Community College; former Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s appointee on the City of Tucson’s GLBT commission, including serving as co-chair; former member of the City of Tucson’s Commission on Human Rights; member of the Alliance Fund Board of Directors; member of the Pima County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee; LD3 Democrats Executive Committee; elected precinct committeeman; member of Arizona Democratic Party state committee; member of the TUSD Bond Advisory Committee; and site representative for his school and on the Sunnyside Education Association Executive Board, where he ensures that the voices of his colleagues are represented.  Adam is a strong and vocal parent/student advocate when it comes to school issues with a broad sphere of influence – a tool he utilizes to ensure that important issues are addressed and resolved. A recent example of this advocacy work is an initiative with TUSD, the City of Tucson (Regina Romero) and SunTran where Adam presented solutions on how to lower district expenses on bus passes while increasing SunTran ridership.
Did you know that if you owe taxes you can make a school donation in its place? Individuals that owe at least $200 in taxes can make a donation to any of the Sunnyside District Schools and receive a Tax Credit of equal value for the 2020 tax year. By making a donation now, you will reduce the amount of taxes you have to pay on April 15th. It’s like making payments on what you owe, except you give it to a school instead of the Arizona IRS. It’s a win-win for all of us! What is a tax credit? A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the tax you owe. If the credit is more than the amount of taxes you owe, the credit can be carried forward for up to five years. Receiving this tax credit will allow you to reduce the amount you owe the state (your state tax bill) or increase your refund from the state. When filing your 2020 taxes for the State of Arizona, the amount you donate to your school will be the amount you may claim as a state tax credit. How do tax credits work? If you donate $200, the state will allow you to take a tax credit of $200. When you file your taxes before April 15, your state tax bill will be decrease by by $200, or if you are receiving a refund your refund will be $200 more. Either way, you are sending your tax dollars directly to the school of your choice (instead of the State). YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WHEN DONATING TO YOUR SCHOOL. How does this program benefit our schools? 100% of the money you donate goes directly to the school of your choice. Please note the CTDS # next to your school for your tax records. Craycroft Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-108 Drexel Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-112 Elvira Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-114 Esperanza Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-115 Gallego K-3 Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-117 Liberty Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-116 Los Amigos Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-119 Los Niños Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-118 Mission Manor Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-122 Rivera Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-124 Santa Clara Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-126 Summit View Elementary CTDS# 10-02-12-123 Ocotillo Learning Center CTDS# 10-02-12-134 Apollo Middle School CTDS# 10-02-12-106 Challenger Middle School CTDS# 10-02-12-132 Gallego 4-8 Intermediate CTDS# 10-02-12-105 Lauffer Middle School CTDS# 10-02-12-133 Sierra 2-8 School CTDS# 10-02-12-131 Desert View High School CTDS# 10-02-12-211 Sunnyside High School CTDS# 10-02-12-230 Star Academic High School CTDS# 10-02-12-513 What will the money be used for? Arizona Tax Credit dollars will be used for the qualified school activities of your choice. Donate to such activities as athletic programs, music programs, or other after school clubs. Let our students tell you what your donation can be used for. (Click on the links to view their videos) Fine Arts Student Athletes Students How much can I donate? Arizona law enables taxpayers a tax credit contribution of up to $400 per calendar year if filing status is Married, filing Joint Return; $200 per calendar year if filing status is Single or Head of Household; and, $200 per calendar year if filing status is Married filing Separate Return. Can I make a donation by Mail? Yes you can! First, Download the TAX FORM (Spanish/English), then Print it out, and Fill it out. Put the form along with your donation in an envelope and mail it to: Sunnyside Unified School District, 2238 E. Ginter Road, Tucson, AZ 85706. Please make your donation payable to the school of your choice.  Mailed donations, must be postmarked by April 15, 2021 to receive credit towards your 2020 taxes. If you wish, you may also drop off your donation at Sunnyside Unified School District, 2238 E. Ginter Road, Tucson, AZ 85706. Can I make a donation Online? Yes! - Our online donation portal is a safe and 100% secure way make a donation to the school of your choice. https://public.susd12.org/taxdonation.aspx  Once I send in my donation, is there anything else I need to do? Yes. When you file your taxes, you will need to include Arizona Form 322 for tax credit donations. When forms become available, after the first of the year, you will need to download Arizona Form 322 from http://www.azdor. gov/Forms/Credits.aspx. What else do I need to know? You do not need to have a child enrolled in one of the SUSD schools to be eligible for the tax credit. You do not have to be a Tucson resident to donate to a school. You may donate less than $200 (single) or $400 (jointly) and still be eligible to receive the tax credit in the amount of your donation. Please make check payable to SUSD/name of school(s) • You will receive receipt for your tax records. Contributions can be made at any Sunnyside school or mail to: 2238 East Ginter Road, Attn: Tax Credit, Tucson, 85706
We have an important public service announcement to share with you: Let's keep doing our part to slow the spread of COVID. Stay safe, everyone! Tenemos un importante anuncio de servicio público para compartir con usted: Sigamos haciendo nuestra parte para frenar la propagación de COVID. ¡Mantenganse a salvo todos!
FREE MEAL PROGRAM HAS BEEN EXTENDED SUSD will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 (no lunch application needed). Parents or students may stop by a school or designated bus stop Monday–Friday (excluding holidays) to receive a school lunch and a breakfast to go for the following morning at the following times: Schools – 10:30am – 1pm Bus Route – 11am – 12pm     Meal Distribution Starting November 30th Please note that meal distribution at schools and bus locations will continue once we transition to remote learning. Below is a list of bus routes and school sites that will distribute meals daily starting on November 30th.   School & Weekend Meal Distribution Sites You may pick up grab-and-go breakfast and lunch at one of the school locations listed below, Monday – Friday 10:30am–1pm. In addition, all sites will now distribute weekend meals. This means that on Fridays you may now pick up a total of six meals per student: 2 Friday meals, 2 Saturday meals and 2 Sunday meals.  Apollo Middle School Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School Craycroft Elementary School Challenger Middle School Desert View High School Drexel Elementary School Elvira Elementary School Esperanza Elementary School Gallego Primary Gallego Intermediate Liberty Elementary School Los Amigos Elementary School Los Ninos Elementary School Mission Manor Elementary School Ocotillo Learning Center Rosemarie Rivera Elementary School Santa Clara Elementary School Sierra 2 - 8 School Star Academic High School Summit View Elementary School Sunnyside High School Mobile Meals – Bus Distribution Sites Below is a list of sites where school buses will distribute grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 11am–12pm. All school buses will continue to be equipped with mobile hotspots. For detailed information for each location, click on the bus icons on the interactive map below. S. Masterson Ave & E. Behan St. (SE Corner) S. Fontana Ave & E Delta Rd. (NW Corner) Fairy Duster & Silverweed (Rancho Valencia Rest Area) Old Vail Rd & Country Club (park on Vail Rd)  * this route will now be delivering meals at E Bantam Rd & Via Noche Buena Desert Shadows Park (on Greenway Dr.) Ponderosa & San Xavier Rd @ Ramada Santa Clara Ave. and Melridge St. 9776 S. Nogales Hwy (near Family Dollar) San Xavier Education Center Felix and Lansing Strav.    
    PLEASE NOTE: We are accepting online applications for the 2021-2022 school year for Gallego Primary Fine Arts Magnet School's Kindergarten Class only. At this time all other grades for the 2021-2022 school year are at capacity. For all other grade levels you may apply online to be placed on a waiting list. However, we do not guarantee enrollment for the 2021-2022 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 Maria Vazquez at 545-2063 or mariav@susd12.org. Current Gallego Students DO NOT need to re-apply. NOTA: Estamos aceptando solicitudes en línea para el año escolar 2021-2022 solo para la Clase de Kindergarten de Gallego Primary Fine Arts Magnet School. En este momento, todos los demás grados para el año escolar 2021-2022 están en capacidad. Para todos los demás niveles de grado, puede solicitar en línea para ser colocado en una lista de espera. Sin embargo, no garantizamos la inscripción para el año escolar 2021-2022. 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 Maria Vazquez al 545-2063 o mariav@susd12.org. Estudiantes actuales de Gallego no necesitan volver a llenar la solicitud.
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    
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July 29, 2020 Dear Sunnyside Learning Community, A lot has happened since we closed our doors for traditional schooling on March 23rd. Over the last few months we have seen our Nation grow more divided on the public health impact of this pandemic, which has placed school reopening at the center of a political debate. Although starting school remotely is not ideal, scientific evidence along with recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pima County Health Department suggests that the high level of community transmission supports the need for schools to remain closed for in-person instruction. It is most certain that we will stay in a remote learning situation minimally until after Labor Day. As educators, we are accustomed to using data to inform our decisions and will continue to do so in making decisions for in-person learning moving forward.  However, the COVID-19 virus is not the only issue of debate our Nation is contending with. The killing of George Floyd has exposed long-standing racial inequities in every aspect of American life and has forced a deep reckoning across society. From mass protests to intimate conversations with family and friends, conversations about race and equity are part of a national dialogue. For this reason, schools must find their place in the conversation and look at ways to improve the systems that perpetuate inequalities for children.  I would like for us to reflect on the following questions throughout the year as we have further discussion on equity: What are systemic patterns or practices in our schools or departments that foster inequalities and limit students’ future opportunities for success? What biases (unconscious or conscious) do we hold about the community and students we serve that may impact our approach to student learning? For those of us who don’t interact with students, how can we examine some of our own internal biases to create a work environment that is more inclusive of all? The conversation on equity is not new to the Sunnyside Learning Community. Equity is the foundation of our Graduate Profile and is central to the formative assessment process we have been implementing for the past few years. Drawing meaning to our work in the context of equity must be more intentional as we dive deeper into our own personal improvement of practice regardless of the position we hold in the organization.  On a personal level, much of my family conversation about race this summer took place while watching the movie version of the Broadway musical, Hamilton. The significance of diversity in the cast (led by mostly Black and Latino actors) and music (hip hop and R&B), and historical backdrop provided for rich discussions on multiculturalism and institutional issues of race that I know were critical and important for my family to engage in given the events that were happening across the globe.  As we embark on this year of many unknowns, I ask that we look at the opportunities that lie ahead for the students we serve. My hope is that we seek not to return to normal- which implies going back to the status quo - but that we learn from this experience and challenge our system to provide better and more equitable educational opportunities for the children in our community. As Hamilton would say, let’s “not throw away our shot”! Let’s seize the moment to revolutionize our students’ experiences so that they are College, Career, and Community Ready. In solidarity with you, Steve Holmes Superintendent